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Search for missing Alaska plane slowed by fog

Rachel D'Oro, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 3:00pm

The search for a small plane missing in Alaska with four people on board has been hampered by fog and darkness in a narrow river valley believed to be part of the aircraft's flight path, responders said Thursday.

Colleges pushed to note sexual misconduct on transcripts

Bill Draper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 3:00pm

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.

Trump puts new spotlight on Long Island gang killings

Michael Balsamo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 3:00pm

As he sat down for an interview with Time magazine for his "person of the year" profile, Donald Trump explained his tough view on illegal immigration by retrieving a copy of the Long Island newspaper Newsday and pointing to a blaring headline: "Extremely Violent Gang Faction."

Police release video in shooting that paralyzed Iowa man

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 2:53pm

Police video shows an unarmed black motorist struggling with an officer and a police dog before the driver is shot and paralyzed.

North Carolina police kill stabbing suspect; children flee

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 2:53pm

A boy climbed through a window with his younger brother and called 911 after their mother was stabbed to death by her boyfriend, said police, who stormed the house and fatally shot the man when he lunged at them with a knife.

Jury foreman: 5 jurors were undecided on Slager verdict

Meg Kinnard, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 2:51pm

The foreman of the jury that couldn't reach a verdict in the murder trial of a former South Carolina police officer initially wanted to convict Michael Slager of murder.

Oakland artists fear crackdown after Ghost Ship fire

Jocelyn Gecker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 2:50pm

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.

Firefighter: Warehouse missing from fire-inspection records

Ellen Knickmeyer and Paul Elias, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 2:50pm

The illegally occupied warehouse where 36 partygoers burned to death was not in the database Oakland fire inspectors use to schedule what are supposed to be annual inspections of commercial buildings, a firefighter with knowledge of the situation said Thursday.

US official: 50,000 Islamic State militants killed to date

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 2:43pm

The U.S.-led coalition has killed 50,000 Islamic State militants in the last two years in Iraq and Syria, a senior U.S. military official said Thursday, describing a conservative total that is a bit larger than what others have stated before.

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.

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):