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Rain pounds Houston as flooded roadways strand motorists

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 8:01am

Emergency crews have made dozens of high-water rescues as thunderstorms flood streets in the Houston area and batter other parts of Texas.

Sinkhole at car wash swallows truck weighing 55,000 pounds

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 8:01am

No one was injured, but the sight of a 55,000-pound tractor-trailer being partially swallowed by a sinkhole created some excitement in north Georgia.

A half-century later, questions cloud Boston Strangler case

William J. Kole, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 7:52am

Fifty years ago Wednesday, a factory worker who claimed he was the Boston Strangler was sentenced to prison.

Janet Napolitano in hospital with side effect of cancer care

Kristin J. Bender, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 7:51am

University of California President Janet Napolitano, a former U.S. Homeland Security secretary and governor of Arizona, has been undergoing cancer treatment for five months and was hospitalized after suffering complications, the school system said.

Snowmobiler dies of apparent heart attack in northern Utah

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 7:41am

A Utah man is dead after an apparent heart attack during a backcountry snowmobiling trip.

Orlando gunman's widow due in court for talks on transfer

Eric Tucker and Paul Elias, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 7:41am

The widow of the Orlando nightclub gunman knew about the attack ahead of time and then hindered the criminal investigation when she lied to FBI agents after the shooting, say prosecutors who will be in a California court Wednesday to discuss transferring her to Florida.

Texas police detective killed, suspect later found dead

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 7:30am

A police detective was shot and killed outside a suburban Dallas home by a gunman who then held officers at bay for hours before being found dead inside.

Donations pour in for boy found in Utah child abuse case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 7:22am

Police say donations and well-wishes have poured in for a 12-year-old boy whose mother was arrested after he was found locked in a filthy bathroom and dangerously malnourished.

Teen abducted as newborn still loves only mom she's known

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 7:00am

An 18-year-old woman abducted as a newborn from a hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, says she still loves the only mother she has known.

More clemency coming after Obama shortens Manning's sentence

Josh Lederman and Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 6:41am

Embracing his clemency powers like never before, President Barack Obama is planning more commutations in his final days in office after a dramatic move to cut short convicted leaker Chelsea Manning's sentence.

Charges dropped against teen accused in slaying of rabbi

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 6:00am

Charges have been dropped against a teenager accused of killing a New York rabbi in Miami.

Video of giant alligator draws crowds to Florida preserve

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 5:31am

Video of a massive alligator caught walking through a Florida nature reserve in front of stunned onlookers has prompted crowds of people hoping to catch their own glimpse.

George H.W. Bush hospitalized for shortness of breath

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 5:22am

Former President George H.W. Bush was taken to the hospital over the weekend for shortness of breath and the 92-year-old is responding well to treatments, his spokesman said Wednesday.

Man's competency questioned in Busch Gardens flamingo death

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 5:20am

A man accused of killing a flamingo at Busch Gardens is heading to court in Tampa to determine whether he is competent to stand trial.

'Grave Digger' driver hurt in crash at monster truck rally

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 5:01am

The driver of famed monster truck Grave Digger is recovering following a crash at a Florida rally over the weekend.

Virginia to execute man convicted in family's 2006 slaying

Alanna Durkin Richer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 4:20am

Virginia is planning to execute a man convicted of killing a well-known family of four in their Richmond home on New Year's Day 2006.

Police: MLK Day shooting in Miami sparked by gangs

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 3:51am

Police say rival gangs are to blame for a shooting at a park following the annual Martin Luther King Day Parade in Miami.

Suspect in Florida officer's killing captured after manhunt

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 3:41am

A Florida man wanted in the fatal shootings of his pregnant ex-girlfriend and an Orlando police officer was wearing body armor and had two handguns when he was arrested at an abandoned house, authorities said.

Inaugural speech is Trump's time to rise to the moment

Nancy Benac, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 3:31am

Tradition suggests it's time for Donald Trump to set aside the say-anything speaking style and rise to the inaugural moment.

Advocates: Asylum-seekers are being turned away at border

Elliot Spagat, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 2:30am

Immigrant advocacy groups said Tuesday that U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers are allegedly turning away asylum-seekers before their claims can be heard, violating obligations under U.S. and international law.