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UPS driver killed when he stops for food; suspect surrenders

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 3:40pm

A UPS driver who had stopped for something to eat was shot and killed early Thursday in 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.

APNewsBreak: 'Norfolk Four' seek pardons from Va. governor

Alanna Durkin Richer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 3:31pm

Four former sailors who have long claimed that police coerced them into falsely confessing to a 1997 rape and murder have asked Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe to formally declare that they are innocent, their attorneys said Thursday.

Man convicted in killing of 5-year-old girl gets 30 years

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 3:31pm

A second man convicted in the fatal shooting of a 5-year-old girl as she sat on her grandfather's lap in Milwaukee has been sentenced to prison.

US official warns of North Korean nuclear capabilities

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 3:30pm

North Korea now has the capability to launch a nuclear weapon, a senior U.S. military official said Thursday, adding that while the U.S. believes Pyongyang can mount a warhead on a missile, it's not clear that it can hit a target.

Trump puts new spotlight on Long Island gang killings

Michael Balsamo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 3:20pm

As he sat down for an interview with Time magazine for his "person of the year" profile, Donald Trump explained his tough view on illegal immigration by retrieving a copy of the Long Island newspaper Newsday and pointing to a blaring headline: "Extremely Violent Gang Faction."

California conjoined twins separated in successful surgery

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 3:11pm

Conjoined California twins Eva and Erika Sandoval have become two separate toddlers following a 17-hour marathon surgery and are recovering "quite well," officials said Thursday.

S. Idaho man not competent to stand trial in murder case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 3:11pm

A Twin Falls man charged with first-degree murder in the strangulation death of a 20-year-old woman has been declared mentally incompetent.

Police release video in shooting that paralyzed Iowa man

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 3:11pm

Police video shows an unarmed black motorist struggling with an Iowa officer and a police dog before the driver is shot and paralyzed.

Defendant's pal: Will Smith attacked my friend after crash

Kevin McGill, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 3:01pm

Anger and anguish were evident in a New Orleans courtroom Thursday as a friend of the man on trial for killing retired Saints star Will Smith repeatedly insisted that Smith and his friends were the aggressors following an April 9 traffic crash that was followed by heated words and multiple gunshots.

House approves bill on Calif. drought, Flint water

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 3:00pm

The House on Thursday passed a wide-ranging bill to authorize water projects across the country, including $170 million to address lead in Flint, Michigan's drinking water and $558 million to provide relief to drought-stricken California.

Search for missing Alaska plane slowed by fog

Rachel D'Oro, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 3:00pm

The search for a small plane missing in Alaska with four people on board has been hampered by fog and darkness in a narrow river valley believed to be part of the aircraft's flight path, responders said Thursday.

Colleges pushed to note sexual misconduct on transcripts

Bill Draper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 3:00pm

Colleges that expel students whom they suspect of having committed sexual assault are being asked to go further by specifying the reason for expulsion on their transcripts.

North Carolina police kill stabbing suspect; children flee

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 2:53pm

A boy climbed through a window with his younger brother and called 911 after their mother was stabbed to death by her boyfriend, said police, who stormed the house and fatally shot the man when he lunged at them with a knife.

Jury foreman: 5 jurors were undecided on Slager verdict

Meg Kinnard, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 2:51pm

The foreman of the jury that couldn't reach a verdict in the murder trial of a former South Carolina police officer initially wanted to convict Michael Slager of murder.

Oakland artists fear crackdown after Ghost Ship fire

Jocelyn Gecker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 2:50pm

The Ghost Ship is now gone. But there's The Salt Lick, the Death Trap and other communal collectives where artists are holding emergency meetings behind locked metal doors.

Firefighter: Warehouse missing from fire-inspection records

Ellen Knickmeyer and Paul Elias, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 2:50pm

The illegally occupied warehouse where 36 partygoers burned to death was not in the database Oakland fire inspectors use to schedule what are supposed to be annual inspections of commercial buildings, a firefighter with knowledge of the situation said Thursday.

US official: 50,000 Islamic State militants killed to date

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 2:43pm

The U.S.-led coalition has killed 50,000 Islamic State militants in the last two years in Iraq and Syria, a senior U.S. military official said Thursday, describing a conservative total that is a bit larger than what others have stated before.

Utah shooting highlights gaps for domestic violence victims

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 2:36pm

The case of a Utah woman who police say was shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend shortly after getting a restraining order against him exposes gaps in the system for victims of domestic violence, advocates said Thursday.

The Latest: All 36 Oakland fire victims identified

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 2:34pm

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