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Heisman finalists: Jackson, Watson, Peppers, 2 Sooners

Ralph D. Russo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 5:51pm

Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson is a Heisman Trophy finalist for the second consecutive season, joining Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers and Oklahoma teammates Baker Mayfield and Dede Westbrook.

California lawmakers aim to protect immigrants from Trump

Jonathan J. Cooper and Amy Taxin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 5:50pm

California lawmakers on Monday urged President-elect Donald Trump to refrain from pursuing mass deportations and introduced urgent legislation to fund immigration lawyers and help public defenders protect the state's immigrants.

Music therapist, teacher, teens among warehouse fire victims

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

A therapist who used music to help kids cope with trauma. A woman who taught at a Montessori school. An artist who could make friends with anyone.

Suit: Stop NYC from erasing ID card data amid Trump concern

Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 5:40pm

Two state politicians sued on Monday to try to stop New York City from destroying personal records related to its immigrant-friendly municipal ID cards, a move the city is considering to prevent the data from becoming a deportation tool for a new Republican federal administration.

Owner of stolen Alaska pickup spots truck, shoots windows

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

An Alaska woman shot the windshield of her own pickup in an attempt to stop a thief from driving off.

Mistrial declared in black motorist's shooting by officer

Bruce Smith and Seanna Adcox, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 5:40pm

A South Carolina judge declared a mistrial Monday after a jury deadlocked in the murder trial of a white former police officer charged in the shooting death of an unarmed black motorist.

Police recover peeping drone taking video of bathrooms

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 5:31pm

A Utah police department is warning people to keep an eye out for unmanned drones flying outside their bathroom windows.

Police: School stabbing suspect had suicidal thoughts

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 5:30pm

An Orem, Utah, teenager accused of stabbing five other students told police after the attack that he's had suicidal and harmful thoughts since he was very young.

Clemency denied for Georgia inmate set for execution

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 5:21pm

Georgia's parole board has declined to spare the life of a death row inmate scheduled for execution this week.

Police won't know for days if officer fired fatal shot

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 5:20pm

Results of ballistic tests to determine whether a police officer or someone else fired the shot that killed a northern Indiana man aren't expected for at least several days, a state police spokesman said Monday.

Colleagues paint caustic portrait of artist colony founder

Ellen Knickmeyer and Tim Reiterman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 5:20pm

The founder of a ramshackle Oakland artists' colony where dozens of people burned to death saw himself as a kind of guru and loved to surround himself with followers but showed chilling disregard for their well-being, according to relatives, neighbors and acquaintances.

Navajo Nation files $160 M claim with EPA over mine spill

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 5:11pm

The Navajo Nation has submitted a claim of more than $160 million in damages to the federal government over last year's mine waste spill that fouled rivers in three western states.

Man accused of threatening Muslim officer faces hate charge

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 5:11pm

A man who authorities said shouted "go back to your country" at a Muslim woman wearing a religious head covering may have picked the wrong target: a decorated New York City police officer.

Police: Fake news story led gunman to popular DC pizzeria

Matthew Barakat and Jessica Gresko, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 5:11pm

The bizarre rumors began with a leaked email referencing Hillary Clinton and sinister interpretations of references to pizza parties. It morphed into fake online news stories about a child sex trafficking ring run by prominent Democrats operating out of a Washington, D.C., pizza joint.

Deputy dies when personal car goes into San Antonio sinkhole

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 5:11pm

Officials say an off-duty sheriff's deputy has died and two other people hurt when two vehicles plunged into a water-filled sinkhole in San Antonio.

Police: Man kills ex-girlfriend in Utah, dies after chase

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 5:03pm

A Utah man died following a police chase and shooting after he shot and killed an ex-girlfriend who had a restraining order against him, authorities said.

Appeals court affirms conviction in Oregon car-bomb plot

Steven Dubois, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 5:01pm

A federal appeals court Monday upheld the conviction of Mohamed Mohamud, the Somali American sentenced to 30 years in prison for plotting to bomb downtown Portland during the annual lighting of a Christmas tree.

Feds settle man's claim to cash seized from airplane in Cody

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 5:00pm

Federal prosecutors in Wyoming have agreed to pay $25,000 to settle a Colorado man's claim to more than $250,000 cash that law enforcement seized after investigating an unregistered airplane that landed at the Cody airport in early 2014.

Student accused of stabbing roommate over food is charged

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 5:00pm

An Ohio college student accused of stabbing his roommate and fellow student in the chest during a fight over fast food has been charged with felonious assault.

Obama legacy: Handing Trump a broad view of war powers

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 5:00pm

After eight years as a wartime president, Barack Obama is handing his successor an expansive interpretation of the commander in chief's authority to wage war around the globe. And that reading has continued to grow even as Obama prepares to pass control to Donald Trump.