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Purported Hobos gang leader testifies at his Chicago trial

Michael Tarm, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 3:41pm

The purported leader of Chicago's powerful Hobos street gang surprised observers by choosing to testify at his federal racketeering trial and claimed no such gang existed.

Report: LGBT students still face discrimination at school

Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 3:40pm

Many public schools are still hostile environments for LGBT students, an international human rights organization concluded in a report released Wednesday.

Hunter accused of killing upright walking bear sues 6 people

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 3:40pm

A hunter who says he was falsely accused online of killing a New Jersey black bear that walked upright on its hind legs and became an internet celebrity has sued six social media posters.

Charges possible over video of black student eating chicken

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 3:40pm

A Pennsylvania teenager accused of producing a racist video of a black classmate eating chicken and posting it online could face criminal charges.

Girl's body found in well: trial opens for Kentucky man

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 3:40pm

Trial has begun for a Kentucky man who authorities accuse of killing his former girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter and disposing of her body in a well.

The Latest: Wreaths presented to honor Pearl Harbor fallen

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 3:40pm

The Latest on a ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor (all times Hawaii):

Commander backs standing for national anthem at Pearl Harbor

Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 3:34pm

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.

Ships, jets, giant crowd mark Pearl Harbor anniversary event

Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 3:32pm

Thousands observed a moment of silence and watched jets streak across the clear blue sky at 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.

Next North Carolina governor says he can carry out agenda

Gary D. Robertson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 3:31pm

North Carolina's incoming Democratic governor says he's optimistic he'll be able to repeal the state's law limiting the state's LGBT protections, vowing to use an array of strategies to pull back on the conservative agenda of a Republican-dominated legislature.

The Latest: Student shot at Nevada school; no other injuries

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 3:31pm

The Latest on a shooting at a Reno High School (all times local):

Attorney: Park Service quashing dissent during inauguration

Ben Nuckols, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 3:31pm

The National Park Service is quashing dissent by blocking access to public space for those who want to demonstrate before, during and after President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, Washington civil rights attorneys said Wednesday.

Prosecutor drops charges in death of Detroit college officer

Jeff Karoub, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 3:25pm

Prosecutors dropped murder charges Wednesday against a man in the killing of a Detroit college police officer who was shot in the head while on duty, but did not elaborate on why they no longer consider him a suspect.

2 juveniles charged in Tennessee wildfires that killed 14

Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 3:21pm

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.

'Mr. President' Biden as GOP, Dem senators pay tribute

Donna Cassata, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 3:21pm

For one afternoon, Senate Republicans and Democrats gleefully referred to Joe Biden as "Mr. President."

The Latest: Teen accused in killing was trying to leave

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 3:21pm

The Latest on a teenager accused of killing a state member at a southern Utah youth treatment center (all times local):

Sailor laid to rest 75 years after his death at Pearl Harbor

Rogelio V. Solis, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 3:21pm

American flags hung from every pole and business in the small Mississippi town of Wesson as the remains of a 23-year-old sailor headed to his last resting place Wednesday, 75 years to the day after he was killed at Pearl Harbor.

The Latest: Warriors pledge money for Oakland fire relief

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 3:21pm

The Latest on the Oakland warehouse fire (all times local):

Church attack survivor recalls loud noise, then darkness

Bruce Smith and Jeffrey Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 3:12pm

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.

Judgment in Rolling Stone defamation case put on hold

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 3:11pm

Enforcement of a jury's decision in a defamation case against Rolling Stone has been put on hold while a judge considers the magazine's challenge to the verdict.