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Killing at youth rehab center 1st known violent incident

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 4:01pm

The youth treatment center where police say a teenager brutally killed a staff member while trying to escape is a working cattle ranch in southern Utah that hasn't previously had any major violations with the state or violent incidents.

Utah shooting highlights gaps for domestic violence victims

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 4:00pm

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.

Officials: Second Georgia police officer dies after being shot by domestic dispute suspect

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 4:00pm

Officials: Second Georgia police officer dies after being shot by domestic dispute suspect.

Man denies he killed Chicago-area railway security guard

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 3:52pm

A man charged in the fatal shooting of a security guard at a Canadian National Railway facility in suburban Chicago insists he's innocent.

Jury finds man guilty in fatal 2-by-4 beating

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 3:50pm

A jury has found a Rhode Island man guilty of beating a junk car dealer to death with a two-by-four over a deal gone wrong.

Arkansas court upholds gay marriage birth certificate law

Jill Bleed, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 3:50pm

Arkansas' highest court on Thursday threw out a judge's ruling that could have allowed all 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."

Georgia accuses US of trying to hack its election systems

Tami Abdollah, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 3:50pm

The state of Georgia on Thursday accused the U.S. Homeland Security Department of apparently trying to hack its election systems

Police release video in shooting that paralyzed Iowa man

Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 3:50pm

An unarmed black motorist struggled with an Iowa officer and a police dog before the officer shot the driver when he tried to get away, paralyzing him, dashcam video released Thursday shows.

US-Canadian agency OKs changes for Lake Ontario water levels

John Flesher, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 3:41pm

A U.S.-Canadian agency adopted a fiercely contested plan Thursday designed to improve environmental conditions along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River by letting water levels rise and fall more naturally.

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.

The Latest: Jurors see dashcam video of Roof apprehension

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

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

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.

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.