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AP WAS THERE: 75 years ago, the AP reported on Pearl Harbor

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 8:04am

EDITOR'S NOTE — On Dec. 7, 1941, as Japanese bombs rained down on Pearl Harbor, The Associated Press' chief of bureau in Honolulu, Eugene Burns, was unable to get out the urgent news of the historic attack that would draw the U.S. into World War II. The military had already taken control of all communication lines, so Burns was left without a line to the outside world. In Washington, AP editor William Peacock and staff got word of the attack from President Franklin D. Roosevelt's press secretary. In the language and style used by journalists of his era, including the use of a disparaging word to describe the Japanese that was in common use, Peacock dictated the details of the announcement. Seventy-five years after their original publication, the AP is re-publishing these dispatches.

US, Western leaders calling for immediate Aleppo cease-fire

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 8:01am

The United States and five other Western powers on Wednesday called for an immediate cease-fire in the Syrian city of Aleppo and accused Russia of blocking efforts to halt the bloodshed.

Manatee rescued off Cape Cod swims to another unusual spot

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 8:00am

The pregnant manatee rescued off Massachusetts' Cape Cod and released off Florida's Atlantic coast is now in another unusual place — the Bahamas.

Correction: Police Killing-UAE Citizen story

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 8:00am

In a story Dec. 6 about the police killing of a United Arab Emirates citizen, The Associated Press reported erroneously on the location of the city of Hudson, Ohio. Hudson is south of Cleveland, not north of Cleveland.


Official: Refrigerator potential source of deadly Oakland fire

Paul Elias and Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 7:59am

Investigators zeroed in on a refrigerator and other electrical appliances as possible causes of the fire at a warehouse in Oakland that killed 36 people, as crews were set to finish their search for bodies.

Man falsely linked to bombing to stand trial in assault case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 7:40am

A Massachusetts man falsely portrayed by a newspaper as a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing will stand trial on a sex assault charge.

US mumps cases at highest level in 10 years

Susan Scutti, CNN  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 7:19am

The United States is being hit with the most mumps cases in a decade, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The latest tally, as of Nov. 5, is 2,879 cases in 45 states and the District of Columbia.

100 snakes, lots of rats, 2 mini pigs seized from NY home

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

Authorities have seized 100 snakes, lots of rats, two miniature pigs and a few dozen birds from a New York home where dozens of creatures were found dead.

Record 607 bears killed in New Jersey's hunt

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 7:00am

Hunters have killed a record 607 bears in New Jersey.

Drug dealer 'White Boy Rick' pushes for reduced sentence

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 6:00am

A Detroit-area drug dealer nicknamed "White Boy Rick," who has been in prison for 28 years for crimes when he was a teen, is making another effort to get his sentence reduced.

Man in critical condition after Little Rock police shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 6:00am

The Little Rock police chief says an officer shot and critically injured a man who reportedly told police dispatch he had fatally shot some people.

Man says Long Island cop kept him from seeing dying mom

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 6:00am

A Long Island man says a Nassau County police officer beat and restrained him over a parking dispute that prevented him from seeing his dying mother one last time.

Suspect foiled by 90-year-old Holocaust survivor arrested

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:30am

Police in New York City say they've arrested a would-be mugger whose attempt to steal a Holocaust survivor's purse was thwarted when the then-90-year-old woman fought back.

With Clinton's loss, Washington groups seek new missions

Julie Bykowicz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:10am

They're at opposite ends of the political spectrum, but two Washington groups that had been focused squarely on Hillary Clinton now have something in common: preserving their very existence.

Charleston church shooting suspect's trial set to begin

Bruce Smith and Jeffrey Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:01am

The white man who authorities said wanted to start a race war by killing nine black people in a South Carolina church is getting ready to stand trial in a city already bruised by a former police officer's racially charged murder trial that ended in a hung jury.

Officials: Suspect killed after attacking deputy with oar

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:40am

A Florida deputy sheriff shot and killed a suspect who authorities say beat the deputy with an oar in a lake.

'Mannequin challenge' video leads to arrests in Alabama

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 3:30am

A "mannequin challenge" video of people staging a shootout has led to the arrests of two men in Alabama and the seizure of several guns and marijuana.

Groups call blocking of inaugural protests unconstitutional

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:30am

Protest organizers and their attorneys say the National Park Service is quashing dissent by blocking access to public space for those who want to demonstrate during President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration.

Poet, nail art lover among warehouse fire victims

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:00am

There was a mortuary worker who dreamed of being a painter or photographer. A poet who texted her father Kurt Vonnegut lines. A music manager known for her love for nail art.