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The Latest: Supreme Court delays Alabama execution

Kim Chandler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 7:11pm

The Latest on the scheduled execution of an Alabama inmate. (all times local):

Alleged Chicago gang boss denies ordering hit on informant

Michael Tarm, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 7:11pm

The purported leader of Chicago's notorious Hobos street gang took the stand Thursday at his racketeering trial — one of the biggest in recent city history — to insist he didn't order a deadly hit on a gang associate-turned-informant to stop him from providing evidence that could put the gang leadership behind bars for life.

Missing small Alaska plane rented by the pilot

Rachel D'Oro, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 7:01pm

A small plane that's missing in Alaska with four people on board was rented by a pilot described as a man who makes good decisions, the individual who handled the transaction said Thursday.

Voices from artists fearing crackdowns on artist collectives

Jocelyn Gecker and Juliet Linderman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 7:01pm

As the San Francisco Bay Area's artists grieve the loss of life from a deadly warehouse fire in Oakland that killed 36 people, they are also bracing for a possible city crackdown. The city has vowed to protect artists, but many have voiced concerns and point to Baltimore where officials raided a collective called the Bell Foundry, just days after the fire in Oakland.

Drought, the South's unwelcome guest, stays despite rains

Jeff Martin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 6:30pm

Recent showers and storms have slightly eased the South's severe drought, but experts say it wasn't enough to make up for months of dry conditions before the rain finally fell.

Firefighter: Warehouse missing from fire-inspection records

Ellen Knickmeyer and Paul Elias, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 6:22pm

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 on Thursday.

John Glenn, the 1st American to orbit Earth, has died at 95

Seth Borenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 6:14pm

John Glenn, whose 1962 flight as the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth made him an all-American hero and propelled him to a long career in the U.S. Senate, died Thursday. The last survivor of the original Mercury 7 astronauts was 95.

Ohio lawmakers pass Republican 20-week abortion ban proposal

Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 6:11pm

Abortions would be banned after 20 weeks under a bill Republican lawmakers passed Thursday, adding to legislation already on its way to Republican Gov. John Kasich that would prohibit abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected.

Reno school boss praises quick police response in shooting

Scott Sonner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 6:02pm

The head of the Nevada school district where a campus officer shot a knife-wielding high school student praised the quick police response that she says helped avert what could have been a much more dangerous situation.

Video shows struggle, then shooting that paralyzed Iowa man

Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 5:50pm

An unarmed black driver struggled with an Iowa officer and a police dog before the officer shot the motorist as he tried to get away in his pickup truck, paralyzing him, dashcam video released Thursday shows.

The Latest: House OKs bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 5:40pm

The Latest on a proposed ban on abortions after 20 weeks (all times local):

Correction: U of Illinois-Sanctuary Campus story

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 5:33pm

In a story Dec. 6 about the University of Illinois' decision not to designate its campuses a sanctuary for immigrants, The Associated Press reported that about 1,500 Illinois college students are in the country illegally, according to the Latino Policy Forum. The organization says that estimate applies to the number of students in the country illegally who attend public colleges and universities, but not private institutions.

Trump puts new spotlight on Long Island gang killings

Michael Balsamo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 5:30pm

As he sat down for an interview with Time magazine for his "person of the year" profile, Donald Trump explained his tough view on illegal immigration by retrieving a copy of the Long Island newspaper Newsday and pointing to a blaring headline: "Extremely Violent Gang Faction."

Deputies visited home of abused special-needs teens in 2011

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 5:11pm

Authorities say sheriff's deputies in 2011 had investigated the death of a 7-year-old child at a Texas home where seven special-needs teenagers were recently found locked away.

Supreme Court pauses Alabama execution of convicted murderer

Kim Chandler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 5:11pm

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday paused Alabama's plans to execute a man convicted of killing a convenience store clerk, acting after defense lawyers argued that a judge unfairly imposed the death penalty after a jury recommended life in prison.

New York governor met with feds on ex-aide's corruption case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 5:01pm

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH'-moh) says he has met with federal authorities about a corruption case against a former top aide.

Nightclub to host 6-month memorial for shooting victims

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 5:01pm

An Orlando nightclub is set to host a memorial marking six months since the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

The Latest: "There's a part of our heart that's missing"

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 4:51pm

The Latest on an Oakland warehouse fire that killed 36 people(all times local):

The Latest: Missing small Alaska plane rented by the pilot

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 4:50pm

The Latest on missing Alaska plane with four on board (all times local):