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US life expectancy falls, as many kinds of death increase

Mike Stobbe, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 12:04pm

A decades-long trend of rising life expectancy in the U.S. could be ending: It declined last year and it is no better than it was four years ago.

Communist Madison? City bristles at congressman's remark

Scott Bauer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 12:01pm

A Republican congressman from northern Wisconsin who derided Madison as a communist haven is not backing down from his comments even as those in the capital city that prides itself as being "77 square miles surrounded by reality" take offense.

Police say man suspected of shooting 2 Georgia police officers apparently killed himself; body found inside home

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 12:01pm

Police say man suspected of shooting 2 Georgia police officers apparently killed himself; body found inside home.

Tsunami watch canceled for Hawaii

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 12:01pm

A tsunami warning for Hawaii has been canceled.

Latest: Chief defends dropping charges in officer's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 12:01pm

The Latest on the fatal shooting of a Wayne State University police officer in Detroit (all times local):

Investigators eye fridge, electrical system in Oakland fire

Paul Elias and Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 12:00pm

Federal officials investigating a fire that killed 36 people during a party at an Oakland warehouse plan to bring in engineers to examine the building's electrical system, as they try to pinpoint the cause of a blaze that has cast a spotlight on similar artists' colonies around the country that offer cheap housing but unsafe living conditions.

2 killed in 30-vehicle pileup on slick Michigan interstate

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 11:51am

Authorities say at least two people have died and others are hurt following a 30-vehicle pileup on a snowy, icy Michigan interstate near the state capital of Lansing.

UPS driver killed when he stops for food; suspect surrenders

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 11:50am

A UPS driver who had stopped for something to eat was shot and killed early Thursday on a Wal-Mart parking lot by a motorist who then ran over him and later surrendered to authorities after an hourslong standoff at a nearby home, police and company officials said.

US official: 50,000 Islamic State killed in wars to date

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 11:50am

A senior U.S. military official for the first time says the U.S.-led coalition has killed 50,000 Islamic State militants in the last two years in Iraq and Syria.

Trump's new tone on immigrant kids divides GOP

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 11:41am

Donald Trump's new promise to "work something out" for young immigrants is dividing fellow Republicans, underscoring how difficult it will be for Congress to take any action on immigration, whether it's building a wall or dealing with immigrant youths.

US life expectancy falls, as many kinds of death increase

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 11:41am

Life expectancy in the United States has been rising for decades -- but now, that trend could be coming to an end.

NYC mayor: 'Rigorous' probe into 2 toddlers' radiator deaths

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 11:41am

Mayor Bill de Blasio says New York City is conducting a "rigorous" investigation into a "freak" radiator accident that led to the deaths of two toddler sisters.

Arkansas court upholds gay marriage birth certificate law

Jill Bleed, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 11:41am

Arkansas' highest court on Thursday threw out a judge's ruling that could have allowed married same-sex couples to get the names of both spouses on their children's birth certificates without a court order, saying it doesn't violate equal protection "to acknowledge basic biological truths."

The Latest: Cal vigil to honor 36 killed in warehouse fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 11:31am

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

USGS: Magnitude-8.0 quake hits off Solomon islands

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 11:30am

The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting that a magnitude-8.0 earthquake has struck in waters off of the Solomon Islands.

John Edwards lists North Carolina estate for $6.9M

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 11:30am

Former senator and Democratic nominee for vice president John Edwards has listed his North Carolina estate on the market for $6.9 million.

Court upholds death sentence of condemned Ohio killer of 11

Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 11:30am

The Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the conviction and death sentence of a Cleveland man who killed 11 women and hid the remains in and around his home.

Defendant's pal: Will Smith's wife and I tried to calm him

Kevin McGill, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 11:30am

A friend of the driver on trial for killing former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith told a jury Thursday that he tried to restrain Smith in the heated exchange of words following an April 9 traffic crash.

The Latest: Defense: Dylann Roof's mother had heart attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 11:21am

The Latest on the federal death-penalty trial of a white man charged with killing nine black people during a Bible study in a Charleston church (all times local):

Escaped inmate accused in police stabbing recaptured

Meg Kinnard and Jeffrey Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 11:15am

An inmate serving a life sentence who escaped from a maximum-security South Carolina prison and stabbed a police officer while on the run has been recaptured after a locked door stopped him from getting into a school, authorities said Thursday.