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The Latest: Execution challenges pending with high court

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 3:41pm

The Latest on the scheduled execution of a Georgia death row inmate convicted of killing his father-in-law (all times local):

Feds seek 17 to 21 years for ex-congressman Chaka Fattah

Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 3:41pm

Federal prosecutors are seeking a sentence of 17 to 21 years for a former Pennsylvania congressman convicted of a racketeering scheme that included a string of illicit financial moves to cover up an illegal $1 million campaign loan.

3rd man arrested in death after party at ritzy NYC apartment

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 3:30pm

A third person has been arrested in connection with the stabbing death of a Connecticut man who vanished last month after a party at a luxury New York City apartment.

Researchers fret as info lags on pot effects on older adults

Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 3:30pm

Surveys show a small but growing number of older adults are using marijuana — a trend that worries researchers who say not enough information exists about how pot affects older users.

3 in custody in robbery of wife of Missouri governor-elect

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 3:30pm

Three teenagers are in custody in the armed robbery of the wife of Missouri Gov.-Elect Eric Greitens, and the former Navy Seal officer who takes office next month said Tuesday it's a good thing police got to them before he did.

Neighbors oppose Idaho plan to log 40-acre cedar grove

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 3:25pm

A 40-acre grove of cedar trees could be logged next summer to generate extra revenue, Idaho officials say, but they're facing opposition from nearby residents.

Did authorities miss opportunities to prevent tragic fire?

Ellen Knickmeyer and Paul Elias, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 3:22pm

City and state officials fielded years of complaints about dangerous conditions, drugs, neglected children, trash, thefts and squabbles at the illegally converted warehouse where 36 partygoers were killed in a weekend fire, with inspectors knocking on the door as recently as two weeks before the blaze.

Female DJ, music promoter, among warehouse fire victims

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 3:22pm

The Oakland warehouse fire took the lives of musicians, artists and others trying to break down barriers.

300-pound mom bear, 3 cubs found dead in church parking lot

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 3:21pm

A mother bear and three cubs have been found dead in a Pennsylvania church parking lot.

Murder-for-hire trial to be heard by 4 women, 2 men

Terry Spencer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 3:21pm

A Florida woman accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill her husband will be tried before a jury of four women and two men.

Indiana man accused in wife's death faces charge in Florida

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 3:21pm

Federal authorities in Florida want an Indiana man accused of kidnapping and killing his estranged wife returned to the state.

7 Texas special-needs teens were regularly locked in closet

David Warren, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 3:21pm

Seven special-needs teenagers living near Houston were repeatedly locked away in a closet by their adoptive mother and restricted to a lone room strewn with human waste, state and county officials said Tuesday.

After 9 years, Times Square hotel murder case headed to jury

Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 3:21pm

Almost a decade after a prostitute's battered body was found under a bed in a Times Square budget hotel, jurors are about to weigh a murder case that became a forum for debate over the validity of bite-mark evidence.

NTSB: Crew fatigue main reason behind fatal 2014 train crash

Kelly P. Kissel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 3:21pm

Crew fatigue brought on by irregular work schedules and a moderate form of sleep apnea is the primary reason behind a middle-of-the-night train crash that killed two Union Pacific workers and injured two others in northern Arkansas, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday.

Police: 3 kids killed, mother critically injured in shooting

Russell Contreras and Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 3:04pm

Critically wounded, an Albuquerque mother struggled in vain to pull her three children to safety after a gunman shot them during a confrontation inside the family's home in what police described Tuesday as a violent and senseless act.

Former Oklahoma state trooper sentenced to 8 years in prison

Justin Juozapavicius, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 2:51pm

A former Oklahoma state trooper accused of sexually assaulting women during traffic stops was sentenced Tuesday to more than eight years in prison after pleading guilty to lesser charges.

Mistrial in S. Carolina police shooting mystifies observers

Errin Haines Whack and Jeffrey Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 2:51pm

The video was unambiguous: A white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black man in the back as the man ran away.

Trump interjects himself in Air Force One, business deals

Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 2:43pm

President-elect Donald Trump, a political newcomer who touts his corporate skills, turned businessman-in-chief Tuesday, first demanding the government cancel a multibillion-dollar order for new presidential planes and then hailing a Japanese company's commitment to invest billions in the U.S.

Man fatally shot by police after Ohio crash was UAE citizen

Mark Gillispie, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 2:42pm

A man fatally shot by a police officer after his car flipped on the Ohio Turnpike was a citizen of the United Arab Emirates and a student at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, a spokeswoman for the state attorney general's office said Tuesday.