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US wars grounded in law, White House says

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 12:45pm

The White House shed new light Monday on the legal foundations for President Barack Obama's expansive use of U.S. military power to target extremists overseas, in a report that also offered the first confirmation that the U.S. now deems the al-Shabab group in Somalia to be inherently linked to al-Qaida.

Man sentenced in Capitol plot yells: 'Allah is in control!'

Dan Sewell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 12:41pm

A 22-year-old man accused of plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol in support of the Islamic State group shouted out his support of Allah and called the court system "rigged" on Monday after being sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Officials: Cambridge fire was accident, 125 people displaced

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 12:41pm

Fire investigators say they believe the massive weekend fire that displaced more than 100 people as it tore through a neighborhood in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was an accident.

Expedia IT worker snooped on CFO emails, made illegal trades

Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 12:40pm

A former information technology worker at Expedia Inc. has pleaded guilty to allegations that he used his access to the computers of top executives to rummage through their email, then made lucrative illegal stock trades based on the inside information he discovered.

Appeals court affirms conviction in Oregon car-bomb plot

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 12:40pm

A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of a Somali American sentenced to 30 years in prison for plotting to bomb downtown Portland during the annual lighting of a Christmas tree.

Ivan Moreno named Milwaukee correspondent for AP

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 12:34pm

Ivan Moreno, who oversees Statehouse coverage in Illinois for The Associated Press, has been named supervisory correspondent in Milwaukee.

Teens, young artists among California warehouse fire victims

Janie Har, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 12:32pm

Teenagers, the son of a sheriff's deputy and young artists were among the dozens of people killed when a fire tore through a converted Oakland warehouse during a dance party.

The Latest: Art colony director speaks to TV station

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 12:30pm

The Latest on a deadly fire in an Oakland warehouse (all times local):

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Death toll climbs to 36 in Oakland warehouse fire

Kristin J. Bender and Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 12:30pm

The death toll in the Oakland warehouse fire climbed to 36 Monday with more bodies still feared buried in the blackened ruins, and families anxiously awaited word of their missing loved ones.

The Latest: Conspiracy theory prompts threats to businesses

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 12:21pm

The Latest on the arrest of a man who police say fired shots in a pizzeria while investigating a fake news story (all times local):

Man convicted in son's hot-car death gets life, no parole

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 12:21pm

A judge on Monday handed down a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole for a Georgia man convicted of murder by jurors who believed he had intentionally left his toddler son in a hot SUV to die.

Note from jury: Majority still undecided in Slager trial

Bruce Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 12:12pm

The jury remained undecided — but not deadlocked — on Monday in the murder trial of a white police officer charged with shooting a black motorist in South Carolina last year.

Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline expands services

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 12:11pm

The Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline is expanding its services by adding an additional phone line for people to call in crisis.

Texas appeals ruling that bans license for detention centers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 12:01pm

The Texas attorney general is appealing a judge's ruling that prevents state officials from issuing child-care licenses to two federal detention centers in South Texas holding families who have illegally entered the U.S.

Man convicted of murder in hot-car death of 22-month-old son sentenced to life without possibility of parole

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 12:01pm

Man convicted of murder in hot-car death of 22-month-old son sentenced to life without possibility of parole.

Idaho prisons director resigns to lead national organization

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 11:54am

Idaho Department of Correction Director Kevin Kempf is resigning to take a job as the executive director of the Association of State Correctional Administrators.

Goals missed on obesity, food poisoning, despite gov't push

Mike Stobbe, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 11:51am

Progress in the U.S. against obesity, food poisoning, and infections spread in hospitals has been uneven and disappointing, despite dedicated efforts to fight these health threats by the nation's top public health agency.

Cops: Serial abductor broke into Ohio homes to kidnap girls

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 11:51am

A Cleveland-area man accused of breaking into two homes and kidnapping a girl and trying to abduct another has been indicted on rape and other charges.

Official: Lithium battery possibly started Boise State fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 11:41am

Officials say a lithium battery might have started a fire that partially destroyed a modular office building at Boise State University over the weekend.

Trial to begin for baby sitter charged in toddler's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 11:31am

Trial is set to begin for a West Virginia man accused by authorities of killing a 2-year-old boy he was babysitting and stuffing the body in a freezer.