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Trump puts new spotlight on Long Island gang killings

Michael Balsamo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 2:42pm

Gang killings in a New York City suburb are getting the attention of Donald Trump.

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):

Attorney: Dylann Roof's mom had heart attack during trial

Bruce Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 2:34pm

Dylann Roof's mother suffered a heart attack not long after prosecutors described how her son planned a cold and calculated killing of nine black church members in a racially motivated attack, the white man's attorney said in court documents Thursday.

Colleges pushed to note sexual misconduct on transcripts

Bill Draper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 2:33pm

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.

Oakland artists fear crackdown after Ghost Ship fire

Jocelyn Gecker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 2:32pm

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.

New York governor met with feds on ex-aide's corruption case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 2:31pm

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH'-moh) says he has met with federal authorities about a corruption case against a former top aide.

Prosecutors: Mom who gave baby methadone pleads guilty

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 2:31pm

A New Jersey mother who prosecutors say gave her 7-month-old daughter methadone has pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in the baby's death.

US life expectancy falls, as many kinds of death increase

Mike Stobbe, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 2:31pm

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.

Ohio House committee votes to pass 20-week abortion ban

Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 2:31pm

Abortions would be banned after 20 weeks under a bill that Republican lawmakers hoped to pass Thursday and add to legislation already on its way to GOP Gov. John Kasich that would prohibit abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected.

Georgia accuses US of trying to hack its election systems

Tami Abdollah, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 2:25pm

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

Reno school boss praises quick police response in shooting

Scott Sonner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 2:21pm

The head of the Nevada school district where a campus officer shot a knife-wielding high school student praised the quick police response that she says helped avert what could have been a much more dangerous situation.

The Latest: Jurors see 360-degree views of church slayings

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 2:21pm

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):

3 killed in 40-vehicle pileup on slick Michigan interstate

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 2:21pm

Authorities say three people have died and 11 others are hurt following a pileup on a snow-slickened Interstate 96 near Lansing, Michigan.

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

Alanna Durkin Richer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 2:21pm

Four former sailors who have long claimed that police coerced them into falsely confessing to a 1997 rape and murder have asked Virginia's governor to declare them innocent.

Alleged Chicago gang boss denies ordering hit on informant

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 2:14pm

The purported leader of Chicago's notorious Hobos street gang has testified he didn't order a hit on a gang associate-turned-police informant killed in 2013 in front of his step-kids.

NYC mayor: Rigorous probe into 2 toddlers' radiator deaths

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 2:12pm

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

John Glenn, the 1st American to orbit Earth, has died at 95

Seth Borenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 2:11pm

John Glenn, whose 1962 flight as the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth made him an all-American hero and propelled him to a long career in the U.S. Senate, died Thursday. The last survivor of the original Mercury 7 astronauts was 95.

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Judge in polygamous child labor case orders $200k payment

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 2:03pm

A federal judge has ordered a company with ties to a polygamous sect to pay at least $200,000 in back wages to children who were sent to work picking pecans for long hours in the cold.