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Feds: Disband police, overhaul services in polygamous towns

Jacques Billeaud and Astrid Galvan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 7:00pm

The federal government on Friday said the police force that serves two polygamous towns found to discriminate against non-believers should be disbanded.

Lawyer: Reno boy shot by school cop had been bullied, beaten

Scott Sonner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 6:50pm

An emotionally distressed 14-year-old armed with a knife had been bullied and beaten and was trying to escape from a crowd of classmates this week who had gathered to capture video of an anticipated fight when a campus police officer shot the boy, his lawyer told The Associated Press on Friday.

Missing plane likely crashed into Alaska lake, officials say

Mark Thiessen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 6:41pm

A small airplane ferrying a father and his two teenage children to Anchorage presumably plunged into an expansive Alaska lake shortly after taking off from a nearby rural community, officials said Friday.

The Latest: Trump brings 'thank you' tour to Michigan

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 6:41pm

The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST):

Critics: Alabama execution helps case against sedative

Kim Chandler and Kate Brumback, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 6:30pm

An Alabama execution in which a prisoner heaved his chest, coughed and appeared to move offers more evidence that a drug used to sedate inmates before they are put to death should not be used in lethal injections, critics of the drug said Friday.

The Latest: Reno boy shot by campus cop tried has stroke

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 6:30pm

The Latest on the shooting of a 14-year-old boy by a school police officer in Reno, Nev. (all times local):

John Glenn, astronaut and senator, to lie in state in Ohio

Dan Sewell and Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 6:20pm

John Glenn will lie in state in Ohio's capitol building before a celebration of his life of military and government service and two history-making voyages into space.

EPA rejects $20.4 million in requests for mine spill costs

Dan Elliott, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 6:01pm

The Environmental Protection Agency said Friday it will pay $4.5 million to state, local and tribal governments for their emergency response to a mine spill that the EPA triggered, but the agency turned down $20.4 million in other requests for past and future expenses.

Firefighter: Warehouse missing from fire-inspection records

Ellen Knickmeyer and Paul Elias, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 5:51pm

The illegally occupied Oakland warehouse where dozens of partygoers perished in a blaze does not appear in a database fire inspectors use to schedule inspections and may never have been checked for fire hazards, a firefighter with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press.

AP sources: Mattis received anonymous email in Petraeus case

Ted Bridis, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 5:22pm

President-elect Donald Trump's choice for defense secretary was among U.S. military officials who the FBI concluded received anonymous emails from the woman whose affair with then-CIA director David Petraeus led to his downfall, The Associated Press has learned.

4 more Zika cases, likely homegrown, found in Texas

Jamie Stengle, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 5:20pm

Four more cases of Zika that were likely transmitted by mosquito bites in Texas have been found in the same neighborhood where the state's first such case was discovered, state health officials said Friday.

US close to solving mystery of alleged hacking of Georgia

Tami Abdollah, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 5:20pm

The U.S. Homeland Security Department moved closer Friday to solving the mystery about why the state of Georgia believed the federal government was trying to hack its election systems.

Obama endorses Minnesota bid for World's Fair in 2023

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 5:20pm

President Barack Obama has endorsed a Minnesota bid to host a World's Fair in 2023 on the theme of wellness.

Oakland fire exposes rift over naming transgender victims

Janie Har, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 5:20pm

Feral Pines proved to be as complex in death as she was in life as friends and family struggled this week to settle on the correct name to remember the victim of the Oakland warehouse party fire killed along with 35 others.

4 bodies found in burning car in suburban Houston

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 5:10pm

Authorities are investigating the deaths of four people whose bodies were found in suburban Houston in a car that had been set on fire.

Utah day care, parents settle toddler's bean bag chair death

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 5:10pm

A Utah day care center where a toddler suffocated under a bean bag chair when a worker sat on it has reached a settlement with the parents and been cleared of criminal charges, but must undergo monthly inspections by state regulators who found three violations.

Bundy brothers balk at attending US court hearing in Vegas

Ken Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 5:10pm

Two sons of Nevada cattleman Cliven Bundy refused to attend, and several co-defendants shouted an oath of defiance at the end of a Friday court appearance for 17 men accused of conspiring and taking up arms against federal agents near the Bundy ranch in Nevada in April 2014.

School boss changes ruling, bans Confederate flag clothes

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 4:50pm

A school district where a black student was upset that a classmate was allowed to wear a sweatshirt depicting the Confederate flag said on Friday that after more students went to class wearing Confederate flag clothing it must be banned.

Dylann Roof laughed during church slaying confession to FBI

Jeffrey Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 4:46pm

Dylann Roof wanted the world to know he hated black people and thought they were criminals. He thought about attacking drug dealers, but they might shoot back. So, he told the FBI, he picked a historic black church in Charleston he had learned about online.