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Wyoming police to dole out donated money for good deeds

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 2:31pm

A good deed could turn into a $50 tip from Jackson law enforcement officials who will dole out donated money ahead of the holidays.

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Death toll hits 30 in inferno at art studio 'horror house'

Kristin J. Bender and Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 2:22pm

The death toll from a fire that tore through a warehouse hosting a late-night dance party jumped to 30 on Sunday as firefighters painstakingly combed through rubble for others believed to still be missing.

Former tenant: Oakland warehouse was unsafe makeshift space

Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 2:21pm

Shelley Mack, a one-time tenant of the converted warehouse dubbed the "Ghost Ship" found the rental in an ad on Facebook. She paid about $700 a month in rent, along with a security deposit of the same amount and a one-time contribution of about $700 to a fund meant to go toward improvements. She said none were ever made.

Cuban exiles see only a glimmer of hope in Castro's funeral

Adriana Gomez Licon, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 1:51pm

In the heart of Miami's Little Havana, Cuban exile Armando Garcia said Sunday's funeral of Fidel Castro granted neither simple closure nor optimism for immediate change, but was a glimmer of hope for democracy in Cuba.

Police search for man who stole West Valley City squad car

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 1:31pm

Police in West Valley City say they're searching for a man who stole a squad car after officers responded to a report of a disturbance.

Officials in Oakland, California, say the death toll from a fire in a converted warehouse has risen to 30.

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 1:31pm

Officials in Oakland, California, say the death toll from a fire in a converted warehouse has risen to 30.

A look at key figures in the Will Smith case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 1:11pm

Trial begins Monday for Cardell Hayes, 29, who has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the April shooting death of former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith. A look at some of the key figures in the case:

Woman charged after video showing cat thrown from 3rd floor

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 12:51pm

A New Jersey woman has been charged with animal cruelty after someone posted a video of her throwing a cat out of a third-story window on social media.

Officials: 3 remain hospitalized after West Texas bus wreck

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 12:51pm

Authorities say a West Texas high school cheerleader sponsor and two cheerleaders remain hospitalized after a semitrailer hit their bus in a crash that killed another cheerleader sponsor.

Dylann Roof to judge: Let lawyers back on death penalty case

Meg Kinnard, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 12:51pm

The white man charged with the shooting deaths of nine black parishioners at a South Carolina church asked a judge on Sunday if he could have his defense team back, at least temporarily.

Correction: Campus Stabbing-California story

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 12:41pm

In a story Dec. 3 about the fatal stabbing of a professor, The Associated Press misidentified the professor's school in the first paragraph in some versions. The professor was from the University of Southern California, not the University of California.

Officials investigating cause of massive Boston-area fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 12:41pm

Fire investigators on Sunday were trying to determine what caused a massive blaze that ripped through a Boston-area neighborhood, displacing an estimated 60 to 80 people but "miraculously" resulting in no serious injuries or deaths.

Police: Mutilated body of man, 68, found in NYC apartment

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 12:11pm

Police say a 68-year-old man has been found dead with his penis severed in a New York City bathroom and that a 32-year-old homeless man has been arrested in connection with his death.

Death toll in warehouse fire rises to 24, with more expected

Jonathan J. Cooper and Kristin J. Bender, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 12:01pm

The death toll in a late-night dance party fire at a converted Oakland warehouse rose to 24 on Sunday as firefighters dug slowly through the charred remnants of the building in their search for what they expect will be more victims.

Bipedal bear's apparent death motivates bear hunt opponents

Bruce Shipkowski, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 11:50am

New Jersey's long-debated black bear hunts have stoked strong passions, blasted by animal rights activists as inhumane and supported by hunters and wildlife officials who say they help control the population and minimize run-ins with humans.

NY tweaks medical pot law but still no talk of legalization

David Klepper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 11:50am

New York is loosening restrictions in its nearly year-old medical marijuana law but, to the dismay of some pot advocates, there is no sign the state is in any hurry to join eight other states in embracing full legalization.

Skiing Santas tackle the slopes in annual Maine charity

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 11:41am

Whether he's called Santa Claus, Father Christmas or Pere Noel, he had a slew of jolly, red-suited lookalikes hit the ski slopes on Sunday in Maine.

UW gets DOE funding for carbon capture and storage projects

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 11:31am

The U.S. Energy Department has awarded nearly $2.4 million to the University of Wyoming for research into commercial carbon capture and storage projects in Wyoming.

Leftovers 'Moana,' 'Fantastic Beasts' rule box office again

Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 11:29am

Audiences came back for a second helping of "Moana" and "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" this weekend. Both family-friendly films topped the post-Thanksgiving box office charts, with "Moana" bringing in $28.4 million and "Fantastic Beasts" earning $18.5 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Mummers seek inclusive tone after insensitive displays

Errin Haines Whack, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 10:50am

Organizers of the Mummers Parade are hopeful that cultural education efforts will help the city's annual New Year's celebration be more respectful and inclusive following a string of racially and ethnically offensive displays.