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US envoy nominee Branstad member of Masons, banned in China

Josh Funk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:00pm

If Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad becomes the next U.S. Ambassador to China, he may want to leave any Masonic symbols at home.

Commander backs standing for national anthem at Pearl Harbor

Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:00pm

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.

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Raging Oakland warehouse fire trapped victims in smoke

Paul Elias and Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:00pm

The fire that killed 36 people during a party at an Oakland warehouse started on the ground floor and quickly raged, with smoke billowing into the second level and trapping victims whose only escape route was through the flames, federal investigators said Wednesday.

Crowd honors 'gift of freedom' from Pearl Harbor servicemen

Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:00pm

Thousands of people observed a moment of silence before fighter jets streaked across the sky during 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.

Arizona police search for gunman who shot 2 inside Wal-Mart

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:52pm

Police were searching for a shooter who wounded two people Wednesday inside a Wal-Mart store in a Phoenix suburb.

Authorities: 1 officer killed, 1 wounded; shooter at large

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:51pm

A man fatally shot one Georgia police officer and wounded a second before fleeing an apartment complex near a college campus that went on lockdown as a precaution, authorities said. They said the suspect is believed to be armed and dangerous.

Church attack survivor recalls loud noise, then darkness

Bruce Smith and Jeffrey Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:50pm

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.

Woman in love triangle admits to killing husband, mistress

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:50pm

A woman who prosecutors say was in a love triangle with her husband and their live-in mistress has pleaded guilty to her role in their slayings.

College roommates among Oakland warehouse fire victims

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:43pm

A fun-loving computer science graduate and 21-year-old college roommates were among the 36 people killed when fire engulfed a dance party inside an Oakland warehouse.

Prison for Michigan man accused of wanting to fight in Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:41pm

A Detroit-area man accused of trying to travel to the Middle East to fight in Syria's civil war has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Former Johnson County Attorney ordered jailed for contempt

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:40pm

A former Johnson County prosecutor will spend the holidays behind bars after pleading guilty to a federal contempt of court charge.

Authorities: 10 NC men face federal dog-fighting charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:40pm

Federal authorities say 10 North Carolina men face charges involving dog fights in which as much as $100,000 was bet on a single match.

Sheriff: Teen killed staffer while trying to leave ranch

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:30pm

A teenager accused of killing a staff member at a youth treatment center and injuring another worker carried out the attacks because he wanted to leave the ranch, not because of a grudge against either person, a Utah sheriff said Wednesday.

Firefighter held hand of woman buried under building

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:30pm

One of the first responders who helped rescue a young woman from a building collapse in Sioux Falls that killed a construction worker said he thought of his daughters as he held her hand under the rubble.

Feds: Woman made death threats to Sandy Hook victim's parent

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:30pm

A Florida woman has been charged with making death threats against the parent of a child who died in the Sandy Hook school shooting massacre because she thought the attack was a hoax, federal authorities announced Wednesday.

Charges possible over video of black student eating chicken

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:12pm

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

2 toddlers die after steam burns possibly caused by radiator

Tom McElroy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:11pm

Two sibling toddlers died Wednesday after suffering steam burns in a New York City apartment, and investigators are looking into whether a radiator malfunctioned, authorities said.

Aimless pizza shop gunman latched onto internet, religion

Jonathan Drew and Jessica Gresko, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:11pm

Before he was charged with firing an assault rifle inside a Washington restaurant, where he had been drawn by an online hoax, Edgar Maddison Welch was known as a well-meaning father of two girls who unnerved some with his religious fervor and sometimes had trouble detaching himself from the internet.

Lawsuit accuses Stanford of mishandling sex assault reports

Kristin J. Bender, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:01pm

A Stanford University graduate student claimed in a federal lawsuit that the school failed to adequately investigate and discipline a former student who was a "known sexual predator" while attending the college and sexually assaulted her and other female students between 2011 and 2014.