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US official warns of North Korean nuclear capabilities

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 12:40pm

A senior U.S. military official says North Korea now has the capability to launch a nuclear weapon. But the official says that while the U.S. believes Pyongyang can mount a warhead on a missile, it's not clear that it can hit a target.

Kentucky county reaches $3.5M settlement after shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 12:40pm

A Kentucky county has agreed to a $3.5 million settlement with the family and passengers of a teenager who was fatally shot by a sheriff's deputy as she drove away from a party.

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

Bruce Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 12:32pm

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.

Latest: Chief defends dropping charges in officer's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 12:30pm

The Latest on the fatal shooting of a Wayne State University police officer in Detroit (all times local):

Correction: Vaccine Fight-Texas story

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 12:30pm

In a story Dec. 7 about Texas' immunization program, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the state requires parents to opt in to having their children immunized. It requires parents to opt out if they don't want their kids immunized.

The Latest: Chief: Suspect apparently killed himself

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 12:04pm

The Latest on the shootings of two police officers in Georgia (all times local):

US life expectancy falls, as many kinds of death increase

Mike Stobbe, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 12:04pm

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.

Communist Madison? City bristles at congressman's remark

Scott Bauer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 12:01pm

A Republican congressman from northern Wisconsin who derided Madison as a communist haven is not backing down from his comments even as those in the capital city that prides itself as being "77 square miles surrounded by reality" take offense.

Police say man suspected of shooting 2 Georgia police officers apparently killed himself; body found inside home

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 12:01pm

Police say man suspected of shooting 2 Georgia police officers apparently killed himself; body found inside home.

Tsunami watch canceled for Hawaii

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 12:01pm

A tsunami warning for Hawaii has been canceled.

Investigators eye fridge, electrical system in Oakland fire

Paul Elias and Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 12:00pm

Federal officials investigating a fire that killed 36 people during a party at an Oakland warehouse plan to bring in engineers to examine the building's electrical system, as they try to pinpoint the cause of a blaze that has cast a spotlight on similar artists' colonies around the country that offer cheap housing but unsafe living conditions.

2 killed in 30-vehicle pileup on slick Michigan interstate

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 11:51am

Authorities say at least two people have died and others are hurt following a 30-vehicle pileup on a snowy, icy Michigan interstate near the state capital of Lansing.

UPS driver killed when he stops for food; suspect surrenders

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 11:50am

A UPS driver who had stopped for something to eat was shot and killed early Thursday on 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.

US official: 50,000 Islamic State killed in wars to date

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 11:50am

A senior U.S. military official for the first time says the U.S.-led coalition has killed 50,000 Islamic State militants in the last two years in Iraq and Syria.

Trump's new tone on immigrant kids divides GOP

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 11:41am

Donald Trump's new promise to "work something out" for young immigrants is dividing fellow Republicans, underscoring how difficult it will be for Congress to take any action on immigration, whether it's building a wall or dealing with immigrant youths.

US life expectancy falls, as many kinds of death increase

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 11:41am

Life expectancy in the United States has been rising for decades -- but now, that trend could be coming to an end.

NYC mayor: 'Rigorous' probe into 2 toddlers' radiator deaths

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 11:41am

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

Arkansas court upholds gay marriage birth certificate law

Jill Bleed, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 11:41am

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

The Latest: Cal vigil to honor 36 killed in warehouse fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 11:31am

The Latest on an Oakland warehouse fire that killed 36 people(all times local):