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The Latest: DC pizza shop suspect to appear in court

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 6:10am

The Latest on the man accused of firing an assault rifle inside a Washington restaurant while investigating an online hoax (all times local):

Florida authorities identify man killed by deputy in lake

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 5:50am

Authorities in Florida have identified a man who was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy after he beat the deputy with an oar in a lake.

Christmas tree farmer returns wedding band lost 15 years ago

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 5:40am

A Christmas tree farmer has found and returned a wedding ring a New Jersey man lost roughly 15 years ago.

Lawyer: FBI agent who shot at Michigan officer felt paranoid

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 5:10am

A lawyer for an FBI agent arrested in western Michigan for firing his gun at a police officer outside a fitness club says the agent was feeling paranoid and only vaguely recalls what happened.

Southern drought relents but not over, despite recent rains

Jeff Martin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 5:00am

Recent showers and storms across much of the South have eased the severe drought in the region, but experts say it wasn't enough to make up for months of dry conditions before the rain finally fell.

Investigators to look at electrical system in Oakland fire

Paul Elias and Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 5:00am

Federal officials investigating a fire that killed 36 people during a party at an Oakland warehouse plan to bring in engineers to examine the building's electrical system, as they try to pinpoint the cause of a blaze that has cast a spotlight on similar artists' colonies around the country that offer cheap housing but unsafe living conditions.

Authorities think escaped inmate stabbed police officer

Meg Kinnard, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 4:50am

South Carolina authorities were searching Thursday for an inmate who escaped a maximum-security prison and was suspected in the stabbing of a police officer miles away.

North Carolina police kill man suspected in woman's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 4:40am

North Carolina police have killed a man they say stabbed a woman to death, then lunged at officers with a knife.

Police: Teen killed trying stunt at Brooklyn subway stop

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 4:20am

Police say a New York City teen has died after attempting to perform a dangerous stunt at a subway station in Brooklyn.

Utah sheriff lost part of hand in Idaho hunting accident

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 4:00am

Police documents say a northern Utah sheriff lost part of his left hand, including at least three fingers, in an Idaho hunting accident.

Suspended novels return to school shelves in Virginia county

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 2:50am

Two classic American novels, "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and "To Kill a Mockingbird," will immediately return to public school library shelves in a Virginia county.

Alabama scheduled to execute man for clerk's 1994 killing

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:50am

Alabama is preparing to execute an inmate convicted in the 1994 killing of a convenience store clerk.

Driver of deadly crash had history of accidents, seizures

Juliet Linderman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:40am

The man who crashed a Baltimore school bus into a transit bus, killing himself and five other people, had been in at least a dozen car accidents in the past five years, had a history of seizures and other medical issues, and recently had his commercial driver's license privileges suspended because of an outdated medical certificate, according to federal transportation investigators.

Police urge no rush to judgment in shooting of Reno student

Scott Sonner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:30am

Social media postings about a school district police officer shooting a Nevada high school student waving a knife toward classmates drew an immediate plea from authorities not to rush to conclusions about the on-campus incident.

Obama and Trump hurled insults, now trade pleasantries

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:23am

Did anyone see it coming, the apparent new rapport between President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump?

Trump to meet with victims of OSU attack, resume road show

Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:22am

Donald Trump is going to try to show a more sensitive side Thursday, meeting with victims of last week's Ohio State University attack, before taking his "thank you" road show to three more states that supported him in the election.

Trumps taps retired Marine general for homeland security

Lolita C. Baldor and Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:20am

Retired Marine Gen. John Kelly carved out a reputation as a highly respected, but often outspoken commander who could roil debate with blunt assessments or unpopular directives on issues ranging from women in combat to the treatment of detainees at the Guantanamo Bay detention center.

A look at 3 investigations of senior military officers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:20am

Military leaders are launching a broad review of how the services investigate accusations of misconduct by senior officers, citing deep concerns about how long the process now takes and whether it treats people equally.

APNewsBreak: Military targets handling of misconduct cases

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:20am

Military leaders are trying to fix the lengthy, inconsistent process for investigating senior officers accused of misconduct, The Associated Press has learned. They are seeking to change a hodgepodge system in which investigations can drag on for years while taxpayers pay six-figure salaries to officers relegated to mid-level administrative posts.

You're Hired? Inside the interviews as Trump picks Cabinet

Julie Pace and Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:20am

When Robert Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television, arrived to a recent meeting with Donald Trump, the president-elect greeted him with a blunt question.