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Mummers seek inclusive tone after racially sensitive display

Errin Haines Whack, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 7:30am

Organizers of the Mummers Parade are hopeful that cultural education efforts will help the city's annual New Year's celebration be more respectful and inclusive following a string of racially and ethnically offensive displays.

NY tweaks medical pot law but still no talk of legalization

David Klepper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 7:21am

New York is loosening restrictions in its nearly year-old medical marijuana law but, to the dismay of some pot advocates, there is no sign the state is in any hurry to join eight other states in embracing full legalization.

Bipedal bear's apparent death motivates bear hunt opponents

Bruce Shipkowski, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 6:22am

New Jersey's long-debated black bear hunts have stoked strong passions, blasted by animal rights activists as inhumane and supported by hunters and wildlife officials who say they help control the population and minimize run-ins with humans.

Site of deadly Oakland warehouse fire an artist space, maze

Jonathan J. Cooper and Paul Elias, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 12:30am

The converted warehouse known as the "Ghost Ship" where a deadly fire ripped through a late-night dance party was an artist workspace and illegal home for a rotating cast of a dozen or more residents, those who lived there or visited often said.

Students: Slain USC prof was caring; arrested student quiet

Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 11:50pm

A graduate student arrested on suspicion of killing the professor who oversaw his work at the University of California was described by some of his fellow classmates as a quiet but seemingly normal young man while others say he was troubled and pegged as most likely to quit the group's rigorous doctoral program.

Green Party switches strategy in Pennsylvania recount bid

Marc Levy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 10:31pm

A Green Party-backed campaign changed its strategy to force a statewide recount of Pennsylvania's Nov. 8 presidential election, won by Republican Donald Trump, and said late Saturday night that it will seek help in the federal courts, rather than the state courts.

The Latest: Stein changes strategy in Pennsylvania recount

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 10:11pm

The Latest on the Green Party's effort to force a statewide recount of the Nov. 8 presidential election in Pennsylvania: (all times local):

The Latest: Oakland sports teams donating to fire victims

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 10:11pm

The Latest on a deadly fire in a converted warehouse in Oakland, California (all times local):

Texas officials: 1 killed, 7 hurt in cheerleader bus crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 10:00pm

A woman was killed and seven other people were injured when a semitrailer crashed into a bus carrying a group of West Texas high school cheerleaders, authorities said Saturday.

Fire tears through Oakland dance party, killing at least 9

Paul Elias and Jocelyn Gecker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 9:30pm

Firefighters struggled to get to bodies in the rubble Saturday after a fire tore through a converted Oakland warehouse during a late-night electronic music party, killing at least 9 people and making the charred structure unsafe for emergency crews to enter. Officials said at least two dozen more were missing in the rubble of the building.

Overnight house fire in Ohio kills 2 adults, 2 children

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 8:43pm

An overnight house fire has killed two adults and two young girls in Akron, Ohio.

Warehouse gutted by blaze was home to Bohemian art space

Olga R. Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 8:31pm

The warehouse gutted by a blaze that killed at least nine people was home to musicians, painters, woodworkers, dancers and other artists who came together to make art and hold dance performances and parties. It was also a source of many complaints from neighbors.

Bergdahl seeks pardon from Obama to avert desertion trial

Eric Tucker and Jonathan Drew, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 8:21pm

U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the former prisoner of war who's accused of endangering comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan, is asking President Barack Obama to pardon him before leaving office.

Carter: US, partners need to stay in Iraq after IS defeat

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 7:32pm

The American military, along with its international partners, will need to remain in Iraq even after the expected defeat of the Islamic State group, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Saturday.

Despite uproar, N.Carolina governor rivals use private email

Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 6:21pm

Republican incumbent Pat McCrory and his Democratic opponent in the undecided North Carolina governor's race have together sent or received hundreds of messages from private email accounts —a sidestep around official communication channels that McCrory's team blasted as "questionable" in a comparison to Hillary Clinton.

Police use 'fake news' in sting aimed at California gang

Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 6:01pm

Police investigating a notorious gang in a city on California's central coast issued a fake press release that the chief credited with saving two men by deceiving gang members who wanted to kill them, but the ruse was criticized by news organizations who reported it as fact.

Green Party drops court case seeking statewide recount of Pennsylvania's Nov. 8 presidential election

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 5:01pm

Green Party drops court case seeking statewide recount of Pennsylvania's Nov. 8 presidential election.

California official: City started investigating whether people lived in warehouse illegally weeks before deadly fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 3:51pm

California official: City started investigating whether people lived in warehouse illegally weeks before deadly fire.

Authorities: Florida man killed himself before deputy fired

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 3:51pm

Authorities in Florida say that a man shot and killed himself in a Wal-Mart parking lot right before a deputy fired at him.