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Democrat to try solving Chicago gun violence with sentencing

Ivan Moreno, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 11th - 8:23am

Illinois legislators are facing increasing pressure from law enforcement to crack down on repeat gun offenders who are blamed for the surge in Chicago's violence this year.

Connecticut case challenges use of cellphone tower evidence

Dave Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 11th - 8:00am

An appeal before the Connecticut Supreme Court is adding to the divided legal landscape nationwide surrounding the validity of cellphone tower evidence used in criminal trials.

Have travel plans? Prepare for cold rain and snow

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 11th - 7:40am

A blanket of snow will cover the Great Lakes and the Northeast ahead of an expected dip into Arctic-cold temperatures.

Fearing Trump crackdown, "dreamers" advised to end travel

Claudia Torrens, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 11th - 7:40am

Immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children, but were protected from deportation by President Barrack Obama, are being warned by some advocates to make sure they are not traveling abroad when Donald Trump is sworn in as president on Jan. 20.

Schumer: Check transit employees against terror watch lists

Michael Balsamo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 11th - 4:40am

Federal homeland security officials should move faster to require rail and transit agencies across the nation to screen their employees using federal terrorism watch lists, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said.

Trump team challenges intel on Russian election influence

Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 10:36pm

Donald Trump's presidential transition team on Saturday challenged the veracity of U.S. intelligence assessments that Russia was trying to tip the November election to the Republican. A top Senate Democrat demanded a full congressional investigation.

Trump to name Exxon Mobil CEO as secretary of state, NBC News reports

Dennis Romboy  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 5:43pm

It appears former GOP presidential candidate and adopted Utah favorite son Mitt Romney won't become secretary of state.

Winds likely contributed to Texas pelicans killed by traffic

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 5:40pm

Strong winds and high tides may have contributed to the deaths of more than 60 brown pelicans killed by oncoming traffic along a highway near Texas' border with Mexico.

Man sentenced in shooting that led to quadruple amputation

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 5:21pm

A man has been sentenced to more than 30 years in prison for a Kansas store robbery shooting that left a retired guidance counselor so seriously injured that doctors had to amputate her hands and feet.

Nearly 100 nativity sets from around the world fill home

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 5:13pm

Terry and Dixie Johnson display almost 100 different nativity sets inside their Eagle Mountain home — each with a story about the country it comes from and how they got it.

SBI investigates fatal shooting involving Leland officer

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 5:11pm

North Carolina's State Bureau of Investigation says it's looking into a shootout in which a police officer was wounded and a suspect was killed.

Advocates call Alabama execution an 'avoidable disaster'

Kim Chandler and Kate Brumback, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 4:21pm

Defenders of a condemned inmate in Alabama are calling his execution an "avoidable disaster," but the state prison commissioner says there was no visible evidence that he suffered during a lethal injection.

Firefighters battle blaze in Boise apartment complex

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 4:11pm

Firefighters from multiple agencies were called to a blaze at a Boise apartment complex that left one person dead and others injured.

Red-suited SantaCon pub crawl revelers fan out across NYC

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 4:02pm

Red-suited revelers fanned out across New York City's bars Saturday despite efforts by a community group to deter the annual pub crawl known as SantaCon.

Freezing rain downs trees, powerlines in Portland

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 3:42pm

Freezing rain downed trees and power lines and stranded some light-rail passengers in Portland for about three hours Saturday as the first winter storm of the season continued.

Dylann Roof's confession and journal detail racist beliefs

Jeffrey Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 3:31pm

Prosecutors are using the Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof's own words to portray him as a cruel angry racist at his death penalty trial.

California county agrees to pay family of slain inmate $3.6M

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 2:52pm

The family of a mentally ill inmate who was beaten to death in a Northern California jail will receive $3.6 million under a settlement.

Brother says former US Sen. Kay Hagan is in intensive care

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 2:41pm

Former U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, a Democrat who represented North Carolina, has been hospitalized after falling seriously ill, her family said.

KKK, other racist groups disavow the white supremacist label

Jay Reeves, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 2:30pm

In today's racially charged environment, there's a label that even the KKK disavows: white supremacy.