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A Castro legacy: Cuban-Americans' hefty clout in US politics

Curt Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 9:10am

Cuban-Americans carry hefty political clout in the United States — they vote more frequently than any other Latinos; they have a strong presence in Washington with three senators, two of whom were serious contenders for the presidency; and only one non-Cuban has been Miami's mayor since 1985.

Final Senate seat to be settled in Louisiana Dec. 10 runoff

Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 9:10am

Louisiana's last-in-the-nation U.S. Senate race has drawn donations from desperate Democrats around the country seeking a victory in their otherwise dismal election cycle, even if they're supporting a pro-gun, anti-abortion candidate deemed such a long shot that he's getting little help from the national Democratic Party.

Despite uproar, N.Carolina governor rivals use private email

Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 9:10am

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.

Bergdahl seeks pardon from Obama to avert desertion trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 9:00am

A former prisoner of war accused of endangering his U.S. comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan is asking President Barack Obama to pardon him before leaving office.

Idaho voter turnout in November election hit record numbers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 9:00am

Idaho voter turnout hit record numbers in last month's election, beating the previous high during the 2012 presidential election.

Sandy Hook group begins violence warning-signs campaign

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 9:00am

A group formed by families who lost children in the Sandy Hook school shooting has started a new public service campaign designed to teach people to recognize the warning signs of someone who may be contemplating gun violence.

Florida deputy shoots man in Wal-Mart parking lot

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 8:51am

Authorities in Florida are investigating after a man was shot by a Florida deputy sheriff in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart store.

The Latest: Official says 9 dead in fire at warehouse party

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 8:50am

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

Fire officials say at least 9 people died in a blaze at a warehouse party in the San Francisco Bay Area

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 8:50am

Fire officials say at least 9 people died in a blaze at a warehouse party in the San Francisco Bay Area.

A Donald Trump museum? Atlantic City historians consider it

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 8:41am

A group of historians in Atlantic City wants to open a museum dedicated to President-elect Donald Trump.

Guns at zoos? Texas says no while struggling to tame rules

Paul J. Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 8:40am

More than a year after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott made firearms, including openly holstered weapons, legal in more places in the state, disputes remain over where guns are allowed — much to the frustration of advocates on both sides of the debate.

A Castro legacy: Cuban-Americans' hefty clout in US politics

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 8:31am

Cuban-Americans carry hefty political clout in the United States: They vote more frequently than any other Latinos. They have a strong presence in Washington with three senators. Only one non-Cuban has been Miami's mayor since 1985.

Texas officials: 8 hurt when bus with cheerleaders crashes

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 8:30am

Officials say eight people were injured when a bus carrying high school cheerleaders crashed with a tractor-trailer rig in Texas.

Attorney: Accused in social worker killing unfit for trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 8:10am

A hearing is expected to be held early next year to help determine if a woman charged with killing a social worker and three relatives in Vermont is fit to stand trial.

Campus attack could be latest terror case in heartland state

John Seewer and Dan Sewell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 8:00am

Authorities are investigating terrorism as a possible motive in the car-and-knife attack on the Ohio State University campus, the latest in a series of cases involving young men who apparently became radicalized in the heartland state.

Within hours, wildfires set Tennessee mountain city aflame

Adam Beam and Kristin M. Hall, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 7:20am

Tracey Mayberry told her boss to fire her.

Man convicted of murder in hot car death to be sentenced

Kate Brumback, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 6:41am

A judge is set to sentence a Georgia man Monday after a jury last month found that he intentionally left his toddler son in a hot SUV to die.

Supreme Court hears cases about use of race in redistricting

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 5:51am

The Supreme Court is returning to the familiar intersection of race and politics, in a pair of cases examining redistricting in North Carolina and Virginia.

Jury going into next week in ex-officer's murder trial

Bruce Smith and Meg Kinnard, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 5:20am

The jury in the murder trial of a former South Carolina police officer charged with gunning down a black motorist will continue deliberating next week, despite at one point Friday appearing deadlocked by a juror who told the judge he could not "with good conscience approve a guilty verdict."