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Virginia marina fire destroys at least a dozen boats

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:52pm

An early morning fire at a central Virginia marina destroyed about a dozen boats Friday, sinking some and sending others ablaze down the James River.

Dylann Roof laughed during church slaying confession to FBI

Jeffrey Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:51pm

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.

Agency: Drug use should have grounded pilot in balloon wreck

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:41pm

Medical experts say the pilot of a hot-air balloon that crashed in Texas, killing him and 15 others, had medical ailments and was prescribed numerous prescription drugs that should have prevented him from flying.

The Latest: Trump urges voters to elect Louisiana Republican

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:41pm

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

Officials: South Beach halts Zika's spread, but risks remain

Jennifer Kay, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:41pm

Florida declared its crisis with local transmission of Zika over for the season Friday in a welcome announcement ahead of peak tourism months, but health authorities warned that travelers would continue bringing the disease into the state.


Obama orders review of election-season hacking

Kathleen Hennessey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:41pm

President Barack Obama has ordered intelligence officials to conduct a broad review of election-season cyberattacks, including the email hacks that rattled the presidential campaign and raised fresh concerns about Russia's meddling in U.S. elections, the White House said Friday.

School boss: Student has right to wear Confederate clothing

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:31pm

A high school student has a right to wear a sweatshirt depicting a Confederate flag even though it upsets a black student and her father, the school superintendent said Friday.

The Latest: Roof says he couldn't look at victims' families

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:30pm

The Latest on the death penalty trial of Dylann Roof, who is charged with killing nine people during a Bible study in a Charleston church (all times local):

New CDC data understate accidental shooting deaths of kids

Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:21pm

Government statistics released this week claiming that 77 minors in the U.S. were killed by unintentional gun discharges last year significantly understate the scope of an enduring public health problem.

Cops: Ex-chaplain estranged from family kills daughter, self

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:20pm

A former university and Air Force chaplain bought a shotgun after completing treatment for substance abuse and drove to the home of his estranged family, where he killed his adult daughter and then himself, police said Friday.

Hero-astronaut John Glenn to lie in state in Ohio

Dan Sewell and Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:20pm

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

Snow, freezing rain hits Northwest

Steven Dubois and Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:01pm

A wintry mix of snow, ice and rain showered fear and excitement in much of the Northwest, a region that typically lives under a cloud of mist and drizzle.

Man gets 19-45 years in Michigan's 'Baby Kate' disappearance

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:01pm

A northern Michigan man convicted of second-degree murder in the disappearance of his 4-month-old daughter is not an "an evil person," a judge said Friday in sentencing him to 19 to 45 years in prison.

Police: Woman backs car into 2-year-old nephew, killing him

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:01pm

Police say a New Jersey woman backed her car into her 2-year-old nephew, killing him.

E. Idaho agencies switch to new reporting system

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 12:50pm

Three eastern Idaho agencies have upgraded to a new system intended to streamline report writing and improve the ability of dispatchers to receive calls.

Man convicted of shooting 2 officers during Ferguson protest

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 12:50pm

A jury has convicted a man of shooting two police officers during a 2015 protest in Ferguson amid fallout over the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown months earlier.

US Sen. Jim Risch proposes new wilderness area in Idaho

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 12:43pm

U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, an Idaho Republican, has introduced a bill that would protect the state's portion of the craggy, scenic Scotchman Peaks.

The Latest: Lawyers say execution sedative was ineffective

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 12:41pm

The Latest on the execution in Alabama of a man convicted of killing a store clerk (all times local):

Officials seek certification requirement for 911 dispatchers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 12:40pm

The manager of the Idaho State Police's emergency communication program says certification should be required for emergency dispatchers.