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Documents: Suspected serial killer drew complaints years ago

Seanna Adcox, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 4:21pm

People complained to South Carolina's licensing agency about Todd Kohlhepp's threats, grim statements and obscene Facebook posts years before authorities found a woman chained on his property and charged him in seven killings, redacted documents show.

Student removed from school over fake racist hunting license

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 4:20pm

A Pennsylvania high school student who posted on social media an image of a fake license to hunt black people has been removed from school.

Police: Man fatally shot in church wouldn't drop crowbar

Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 4:11pm

A church break-in escalated into a deadly confrontation in a small Kentucky town Friday when the suspect refused multiple commands to drop a crowbar and advanced toward a deputy sheriff who opened fire, killing the man, police said.

The Latest: In wildfires, son says parents 'died happy'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 4:02pm

The Latest on the wildfires in eastern Tennessee (all times local):

Attempted murder charge against mom in fecal injection case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 4:01pm

A prosecutor charged a northwestern Indiana woman with attempted murder Friday after she told police she injected fecal matter into her son's IV tube while he was hospitalized for leukemia.

Alaska town's new Inupiat name challenged in court

Rachel D'Oro, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 3:50pm

On paper, the new Inupiat Eskimo name of the nation's northernmost town is now official. But not so fast. The reality is not so simple.

Chains and branded skin: California kidnap case baffles cops

Paul Elias, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 3:50pm

Three weeks after Sherri Papini disappeared, the question of whether she was dead or alive was answered when the young mother and wife was spotted waving frantically for help along a California freeway early on Thanksgiving morning. But the mystery over what happened to her during those 22 days just seemed to grow stranger.

Utah power players eye Senate run as Hatch flirts with 2018

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 3:45pm

As the dust clears from the 2016 election, Utah Republicans have already turned their attention to 2018 and whether longtime U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch will stick to his word that he won't run for re-election.

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Macaw poses in man's mug shot after unlucky court appearance

Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 3:44pm

A 4-year-old macaw named "Bird" is an instant celebrity after appearing in a posed booking mug shot in Oregon with his unfortunate owner.

Researchers: Flint water improving, but stick with filters

Ed White, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 3:41pm

Water in Flint, Michigan, continues to improve, researchers reported Friday after finding no detectable levels of lead in 57 percent of homes during another round of tests.

Police: Marksman killed gunman after child ran to porch

Martha Bellisle, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 3:30pm

The gunman had already shot a police officer, threatened to kill two children and barricaded himself upstairs in a house for 11 hours when one of the kids, a 6-year-old boy, escaped.

Appeals court halts execution for dad who killed daughters

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 3:21pm

An appeals court on Friday stayed the execution of a Dallas man so it can review if he's mentally competent to be put to death for fatally shooting his two young daughters more than 15 years ago while their mother listened helplessly over the phone.

The Latest: Slager defense attorneys ask for mistrial

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 3:20pm

The Latest on the trial of a white former South Carolina police officer charged with murder in the shooting of an unarmed black motorist (all times local):

US casts watchful eye on Cuban crossings after Castro death

Adrian Sainz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 3:10pm

Rodolfo Lledes departed Cuba and headed for Florida with 26 others on a motorized raft made of empty 55-gallon drums. Claudia Cruz Perez wound her way on buses, boats and planes through South America to the U.S.-Mexico border, eventually landing in Miami.

Duke names Univ. of Pennsylvania provost as next president

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 3:01pm

The University of Pennsylvania's chief academic officer will take the helm of Duke University next year.

Records: Judge pulled off case after series of mistakes

Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 3:01pm

A federal judge in Louisiana was pulled off a criminal case following a series of mistakes in routine trial procedures and after she apparently delegated some of her judicial duties to a prosecutor, according to court documents reviewed by The Associated Press.

305 claims approved for Pulse nightclub victims' fund

Mike Schneider, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 3:01pm

Officials with a fund created from donations for victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting say they will distribute $29.5 million on 305 claims when the process is completed.

Tiger cubs raise cuteness quotient at Milwaukee County Zoo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 2:51pm

Three 11-week old Amur tiger cubs romped and wrestled together as they made their public debut at the Milwaukee County Zoo.

Police: Slain teen had BB gun in waistband, nothing in hands

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 2:41pm

A black West Virginia teenager had a BB gun in his waistband but nothing in his hands when he was fatally shot by a white man, a police detective has testified.