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'Angels' left outside the home where 3 children fatally shot

Russell Contreras, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:11pm

Two days after police say a man who shot and killed three children and critically wounded their mother, neighbors placed angel figurines and stuffed animals outside the Albuquerque home.

Texas eyes immunizations as more kids file exemptions

Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:10pm

Texas could be the epicenter for the nation's next major fight over stricter requirements for immunizations as rates of schoolchildren who refuse shots for non-medical reasons climb in America's second-largest state.

Next North Carolina governor says he can carry out agenda

Gary D. Robertson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:10pm

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.

US envoy nominee Branstad member of Masons, banned in China

Josh Funk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:10pm

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

Former Eagle Scout set to be executed for Alabama killing

Kim Chandler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:02pm

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.

2 juveniles charged in Tennessee wildfires that killed 14

Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:01pm

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.

Commander backs standing for national anthem at Pearl Harbor

Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:00pm

U.S. Pacific Command Commander Adm. Harry Harris says those who served during the attack on Pearl Harbor never failed to stand for the national anthem.

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Raging Oakland warehouse fire trapped victims in smoke

Paul Elias and Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:00pm

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.

Crowd honors 'gift of freedom' from Pearl Harbor servicemen

Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:00pm

Thousands of people observed a moment of silence before fighter jets streaked across the sky during a ceremony Wednesday at Pearl Harbor marking the 75th anniversary of the attack that plunged the United States into World War II and left more than 2,300 service people dead.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:52pm

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

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:51pm

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.

Church attack survivor recalls loud noise, then darkness

Bruce Smith and Jeffrey Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:50pm

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.

Woman in love triangle admits to killing husband, mistress

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:50pm

A woman who prosecutors say was in a love triangle with her husband and their live-in mistress has pleaded guilty to her role in their slayings.

College roommates among Oakland warehouse fire victims

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:43pm

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.

Prison for Michigan man accused of wanting to fight in Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:41pm

A Detroit-area man accused of trying to travel to the Middle East to fight in Syria's civil war has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Former Johnson County Attorney ordered jailed for contempt

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

A former Johnson County prosecutor will spend the holidays behind bars after pleading guilty to a federal contempt of court charge.

Authorities: 10 NC men face federal dog-fighting charges

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

Federal authorities say 10 North Carolina men face charges involving dog fights in which as much as $100,000 was bet on a single match.

Sheriff: Teen killed staffer while trying to leave ranch

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:30pm

A teenager accused of killing a staff member at a youth treatment center and injuring another worker carried out the attacks because he wanted to leave the ranch, not because of a grudge against either person, a Utah sheriff said Wednesday.

Firefighter held hand of woman buried under building

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:30pm

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.