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Soot swept up: business untouched by wildfires set to reopen

Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 1:01pm

Businesses remained closed Monday in the fire-ravaged Tennessee community of Gatlinburg, but many were in cleanup mode in hopes of reopening to the public — possibly by midweek.

No bail for 15-year-old charged with decapitating classmate

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 1:01pm

A 15-year-old boy charged with killing a high school classmate whose headless body was found near a river said in a police report made public Monday that they had gone to smoke marijuana together and he had last seen the classmate alive.

Restored carousel to offer rides in N. Idaho next spring

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 1:01pm

A restored, hand-carved carousel will likely start offering rides next spring, a northern Idaho group says.

Note from jury: Majority still undecided in Slager trial

Bruce Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 12:53pm

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.

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Death toll climbs to 36 in Oakland warehouse fire

Kristin J. Bender and Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 12:53pm

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.

Boy Scouts to relocate national museum to New Mexico

Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 12:50pm

From merit badges and uniforms to an impressive collection of Norman Rockwell paintings and drawings, the Boy Scouts of America will be packing up more than a century of scouting history and taking it to the wilds of northern New Mexico.

Yellowstone dam, fish bypass OK'd; court approval needed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 12:50pm

Federal officials have approved a $57 million dam and fish bypass on Montana's Yellowstone River but construction can't proceed until a judge signs off.

Kennedy vote seems key to Supreme Court redistricting cases

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 12:50pm

Justice Anthony Kennedy appears to hold the decisive vote in two Supreme Court cases involving challenges from African-American voters to electoral districts in North Carolina and Virginia.

Police: Man kills ex-girlfriend in Utah, dies after chase

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 12:45pm

A Utah man died following a police chase and shooting after he shot and killed an ex-girlfriend who had a restraining order against him, authorities said. It was unclear if he was killed by the officers or took his own life.

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

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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.