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'Mr. President' Biden as GOP, Dem senators pay tribute

Donna Cassata, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 3:21pm

For one afternoon, Senate Republicans and Democrats gleefully referred to Joe Biden as "Mr. President."

Church attack survivor recalls loud noise, then darkness

Bruce Smith and Jeffrey Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 3:12pm

A survivor of last year's massacre at a black South Carolina church testified Wednesday that her Bible study group had just closed their eyes and started praying when a loud sound shattered the stillness. The basement room went dark.

Judgment in Rolling Stone defamation case put on hold

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 3:11pm

Enforcement of a jury's decision in a defamation case against Rolling Stone has been put on hold while a judge considers the magazine's challenge to the verdict.

Pennsylvania highest court grapples with life terms for kids

Mark Scolforo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 3:01pm

A case before Pennsylvania's highest court on Wednesday could soon produce new sentencing rules for juvenile homicide defendants in the state who are facing the possibility of life in prison without parole.

The Latest: Names of officers shot in Georgia released

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 3:01pm

The Latest on the shooting of two police officers in south Georgia (all times local):

2 toddlers die after steam burns possibly caused by radiator

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:54pm

Authorities say two sibling toddlers have died after suffering steam burns in a New York City apartment, and investigators are looking into whether a radiator malfunctioned.

Responders search for 2 missing crew members off Aleutians

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:51pm

Responders are searching for two missing crewmembers after three others were rescued from a sinking fishing vessel off Alaska's Aleutian Islands.

The Latest: Police say 2 shot, wounded at Walmart in Arizona

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:51pm

The Latest on a shooting at a Walmart store in Glendale (all times local):

Latest: Lawyer: Police 'dropped ball' in officer shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:51pm

The Latest on the fatal shooting of a Wayne State University police officer in Detroit (all times local):

Arizona police search for gunman who shot 2 inside Wal-Mart

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:44pm

Police were searching for a shooter who wounded two people inside a Wal-Mart store Wednesday in a Phoenix suburb.

Hunter accused of killing upright walking bear sues 6 people

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:41pm

A hunter who says he was falsely accused online of killing a New Jersey black bear that walked upright on its hind legs and became an internet celebrity has sued six social media posters.

Delaware court mulls whether death penalty ruling is retroactive

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:41pm

Delaware's Supreme Court justices are deciding whether their ruling declaring the state's death penalty law unconstitutional can be applied retroactively to a dozen men already sentenced to death.

Deadline looms to register for Affordable Care Act coverage

Ben Neary, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:41pm

The deadline is approaching fast for people in Wyoming to register for insurance coverage for next year under the federal Affordable Care Act.

Child predator who fled US is convicted of rape in England

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:41pm

A child predator in Pennsylvania who vanished before his 2006 sentencing was convicted Wednesday in England of raping a 13-year-old girl.

Obama thanks France's Hollande for "close partnership"

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:41pm

The White House says President Barack Obama has spoken with President Francois Hollande of France to offer his appreciation for their close partnership.

Aimless pizza shop gunman latched onto internet, religion

Jonathan Drew and Jessica Gresko, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:33pm

Before he was charged with firing an assault rifle inside a Washington restaurant, where he had been drawn by an online hoax, Edgar Maddison Welch was known as a well-meaning father of two girls who unnerved some with his religious fervor and sometimes had trouble detaching himself from the internet.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:33pm

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.

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Official: Fire at warehouse trapped people on second floor

Paul Elias and Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:30pm

The fire that killed 36 people during a dance party at an Oakland warehouse grew rapidly and was raging by the time people on the second floor of the building detected it, trapping them upstairs, investigators said.

Nightclub victims' kin: Oakland fire families face long road

Michelle R. Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:30pm

Authorities investigating the California warehouse party fire that killed 36 people have said they are considering a criminal case — even murder charges. But as relatives learned after a nightclub fire killed 100 people in Rhode Island, any prosecution would be a long and complicated road that may not end with a feeling of justice.

Alabama set to execute man Thursday for store clerk killing

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:21pm

A man convicted of killing a convenience store clerk is scheduled to become the second inmate executed in Alabama this year.