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Student posts $10,000 bail in Washington racial threats case

Donna Gordon Blankinship, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 8:01pm

A Western Washington University student posted $10,000 bail Tuesday evening after he was arrested on campus Monday and accused of making racial threats against black students and others on social media.

Rising cigarette taxes tied to lower infant deaths, study finds

Lindsey Tanner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 7:48pm

When it costs more to smoke, fewer babies die, according to a new study that links rising cigarette taxes with declines in infant mortality, especially among blacks.

Prosecutors lay out details in case against state auditor

Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 7:21pm

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley has been on leave and has faced calls for his resignation since the government charged him with keeping millions of dollars that should have been refunded to customers of his old real-estate services business.

Ex-wife says clinic suspect targeted Planned Parenthood

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 7:21pm

An ex-wife of the man charged with killing three people at a Colorado Planned Parenthood said on Tuesday that he has targeted the reproductive health organization before.

Ex-Connecticut mayor returns to office after prison stint

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 7:00pm

The former mayor of Bridgeport, who spent seven years in federal prison for public corruption, was sworn in again on Tuesday as mayor of Connecticut's largest city.

Ex-death row inmate Mumia to get hearing over medical care

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 6:50pm

Former death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal (moo-MEE'-ah AH'-boo jah-MAHL') has been granted a federal court hearing in Pennsylvania over the medical care he's received for hepatitis C and other health problems.

Vegas police arrested officer for solicitation in October

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 6:50pm

Las Vegas police say they arrested one of its officers seven weeks ago on a charge of soliciting prostitution.

Antelope Valley College reopening after violence threat

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 6:40pm

A college in Los Angeles County is reopening after vague threats of violence closed it down for most of the day.

Flight attendant accused of attacks appears in court

Tom Foreman Jr., Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 6:40pm

An American Airlines flight attendant accused of attacking fellow crew members and two U.S. air marshals during a trans-Atlantic flight made her first court appearance Tuesday, where attorneys argued over whether she should be held in custody or released to her family.

New Mexico early child education proposal gets new push

Russell Contreras, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 6:30pm

Democrats and a coalition of 40 groups said Tuesday they will push — again — for legislation that would tap into New Mexico's permanent land fund to expand early childhood education.

Detention hearing for arrested Secret Service man delayed

Randall Chase, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 6:30pm

A chickenpox outbreak has prompted a Delaware judge to cancel a detention hearing for a Secret Service officer charged with trying to solicit sex from an undercover agent he thought was a 14-year-old girl.

FBI: Background checks for gun sales peak on Black Friday

Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 6:30pm

The FBI processed a record number of firearms background checks on Black Friday, the agency said Tuesday.

Utah man accused in 6-year-old girl's death not competent for trial

McKenzie Romero  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 6:29pm

The man accused of raping and killing 6-year-old Sierra Newbold remains incompetent to stand trial more than three years later, court-appointed psychologists have found.

Facebook CEO to donate nearly $45B to charities

Brandon Bailey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 6:14pm

Talk about birth announcements: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife said they'll devote nearly all their wealth — roughly $45 billion — to good works in celebration of their new baby daughter, Max.

Second inmate dies in 3 weeks at California state prison

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 6:11pm

For the second time in three weeks, officials at a California state prison are investigating the death of an inmate as a homicide.

Reports show NAU shooting victims under influence of alcohol

Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 6:10pm

Results of toxicology tests on the victims and suspect in a shooting at Northern Arizona University could bolster claims of self-defense, legal experts say.

Utah prison settles suit after inmate missed dialysis, died

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 6:10pm

Utah State Prison settled a wrongful death lawsuit involving an inmate who died after a dialysis provider didn't show up to give him treatment for two days, according to court documents filed Tuesday.

Police investigate death of Alaska's capital city mayor

Dan Joling, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 6:02pm

Police in Alaska's capital city have tentatively ruled out gunshots, drugs or suicide in the death of the newly elected mayor but have not determined whether he died from a natural event or foul play.

Planned Parenthood shooting: Domestic terrorism? It's knotty

Eric Tucker and Sadie Gurman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 6:01pm

The man accused of killing three people at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic brought several guns, ammunition and propane tanks that officials say he assembled around a car.