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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.

2 juveniles charged in Tennessee wildfires that killed 14

Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:40pm

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.

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.

Ships, jets, giant crowd mark Pearl Harbor anniversary event

Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:01pm

Thousands 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.

Firefighter brawl: 2 accused of blocking other Maryland crew

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:01pm

Two Maryland firefighters have been accused of assaulting a female firefighter from another station during a fight over which unit should go first inside a burning home.

New York won't keep ID card applicants' records in future

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:01pm

New York City won't keep personal records from future applicants for its immigrant-friendly municipal ID cards, though a court has temporarily blocked the city from destroying more than 900,000 current cardholders' records.

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

Donna Cassata, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:01pm

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

Canadian man in video of scuffle with Chicago policeman sues

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 3:52pm

A 61-year-old Canadian man who was arrested after a scuffle with an off-duty Chicago police officer is suing the officer.

Wildlife officials: Video captures possible 2nd jaguar in US

Astrid Galvan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 3:51pm

A second wild jaguar may have been spotted in the United States.

NTSB: Driver in fatal crash was speeding, had prior wrecks

Juliet Linderman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 3:51pm

The driver of a Baltimore school bus that careened into a transit bus, killing him and five others, was speeding, had a history of previous crashes and had a seizure the week before, national investigators said Wednesday.

Nightclub victims' kin: Oakland fire families face long road

Michelle R. Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 3:50pm

Authorities investigating the California warehouse party fire that killed 36 people have said they are considering a criminal case — even murder charges. But as relatives learned after a nightclub fire killed 100 people in Rhode Island, any prosecution would be a long and complicated road that may not end with a feeling of justice.