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Next North Carolina governor says he can carry out agenda

Gary D. Robertson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 7:31pm

North Carolina's incoming Democratic governor said Wednesday he's optimistic he'll be able to repeal the law limiting state and local LGBT protections, vowing to pull back the conservative agenda of a Republican-dominated legislature.

No. 1 UConn beats No. 2 Notre Dame 72-61 for 83rd win in row

Tom Coyne, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 7:23pm

Napheesa Collier scored 20 points, Gabby Williams had 19 points, 12 rebounds and six assists and No. 1 Connecticut beat No. 2 Notre Dame 72-61 on Wednesday night for its 83rd straight victory.

Alabama to execute man condemned when judge overrode jury

Kim Chandler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 7:21pm

An Alabama man convicted of killing a store clerk is scheduled to be executed Thursday, but lawyers for the former Eagle Scout are urging it be blocked because a judge overrode a jury recommendation in imposing the death sentence.

Ohio House committee approves 20-week abortion ban

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 7:21pm

Abortions would be banned after 20 weeks under a bill that Republican lawmakers hope to pass Thursday and add to legislation already on its way to GOP Gov. John Kasich that would prohibit abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected.

Warning prompts Southwest Airlines flight's return to Dallas

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 7:11pm

A Southwest Airlines flight bound for Houston from Dallas turned back after a cockpit warning indicated a pressurization issue.

The Latest: House committee approves 20-week abortion ban

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 7:11pm

The Latest on bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks (all times local):


Raging Oakland warehouse fire trapped victims in smoke

Paul Elias and Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 7:11pm

The fire that killed 36 people during a party at an Oakland warehouse started on the ground floor and quickly raged, with smoke billowing into the second level and trapping victims whose only escape route was through the flames, federal investigators said Wednesday.

Authorities: 1 officer killed, 1 wounded; shooter at large

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 6:30pm

A man fatally shot one Georgia police officer and wounded a second before fleeing an apartment complex near a college campus that went on lockdown as a precaution, authorities said. They said the suspect is believed to be armed and dangerous.

Correction: Warehouse Party Fire-Victims story

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 6:30pm

In stories that ran Dec. 4 through Dec. 7, The Associated Press, using information provided by the city of Oakland, erroneously reported the age and last name of an Oakland warehouse fire victim. The victim was 24-year-old David Cline, not 35-year-old David Clines.

Feds: Hoax beliefs fueled death threats to Sandy Hook parent

Jennifer Kay, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 6:13pm

A Florida woman has been charged with making death threats against the parent of a child who died in the Sandy Hook school shooting massacre because she thought the attack was a hoax, federal authorities announced Wednesday.

2 juveniles charged in Tennessee wildfires that killed 14

Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 6:00pm

Authorities on Wednesday charged two juveniles in an East Tennessee wildfire that killed 14 people and destroyed or damaged more than 1,700 buildings in an iconic tourism spot at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Deadline looms to register for Affordable Care Act coverage

Ben Neary, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:54pm

However the Republican majority in Congress and President-elect Donald Trump decide to meet promises to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Wyoming officials say it appears people who sign up for federally subsidized insurance now are likely to remain covered through next year.

2 toddlers die after steam burns possibly caused by radiator

Tom McElroy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:50pm

Two sibling toddlers died Wednesday after suffering steam burns in a New York City apartment, and investigators are looking into whether a radiator malfunctioned, authorities said.

Firefighter held hand of woman buried under building

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:50pm

One of the first responders who helped rescue a young woman from a building collapse in Sioux Falls that killed a construction worker said he thought of his daughters as he held her hand under the rubble.

College roommates among Oakland warehouse fire victims

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:43pm

A fun-loving computer science graduate and 21-year-old college roommates were among the 36 people killed when fire engulfed a dance party inside an Oakland warehouse.

Teacher barred for 12 years after dragging student by hair

Jeff Amy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:40pm

Fired, criminally charged and with her state teaching license on the line, Linda Winters-Johnson admitted Wednesday that she'd been wrong to drag a special education student by the hair across the gym floor at Greenville High School.

The Latest: Mayor: City will review smoke-alarm regulations

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:40pm

The Latest on the Oakland warehouse fire (all times local):

US envoy nominee Branstad member of Masons, banned in China

Josh Funk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:40pm

If Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad becomes the next U.S. Ambassador to China, he may want to leave any Masonic symbols at home.

Purported Chicago gang leader to jurors: Gang never existed

Michael Tarm, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:31pm

The purported leader of Chicago's powerful Hobos street gang surprised courtroom observers by choosing to testify Wednesday at his own racketeering conspiracy trial, telling jurors that no such gang existed despite his full-arm tattoo emblazoned with the words — "Hobo: The Earth Is Our Turf."