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Nearly half of US homes use cellphones only, shun landlines

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 2:20am

A government official says Americans are approaching a tipping point in their telephone use -- the day when cellphone-only users will outpace landline users.

Official: California water savings take a dip in October

Scott Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 2:20am

California's latest water conservation may not appear as impressive as in past months, but a state official said that residents are exceeding a long-term order to save water during drought.

Mayor of Alaska's capital found dead; police investigate

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 2:20am

The newly-elected mayor of Alaska's capital city has been found dead.

Bill up for vote lets retired teachers return with pension

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 2:10am

Certain retired teachers could return to the classroom because of a shortage of substitutes and not enough full-time teachers in some subjects under legislation up for a vote.

Utah man accused in girl's death due in court

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 2:10am

A judge is expected to consider whether a man accused of kidnapping and killing a 6-year-old girl is mentally competent to stand trial.

Las Vegas teen dies days after crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 2:10am

A teenage girl has died from her injuries days after she was struck by a truck at a Las Vegas intersection.

3-vehicle collision kills Gardnerville Woman

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 2:10am

Authorities say a Gardnerville woman has died in a collision at a State Route 88 intersection where a traffic light was not working.

Man accused of starting fire, stealing Reno fire vehicle

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 2:10am

Authorities have arrested a 31-year-old man accused of starting a fire inside a dumpster and then stealing a Reno Fire Department vehicle.

New plan to slow spread of deadly deer disease

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 2:10am

State wildlife managers are working on a new plan to prevent the spread of a deadly disease that affects elk, deer and moose.

Vermont to use drug injections to fight opiate addiction

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 2:10am

Vermont officials are adding another drug to their toolbox for fighting opiate addiction.

More prospective jurors questioned for Freddie Gray trial

David Dishneau, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 1:50am

A second set of 75 prospective jurors was due to be questioned in a Baltimore court for the first trial of a city police officer stemming from Freddie Gray's death.

Student arrested on Washington campus after racial threats

Donna Gordon Blankinship, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 1:40am

Most, but not all, students returned to a Washington state university as police arrested a 19-year-old accused of making racial threats against black students and others on social media that shut down the campus last week.

Clinton to speak at Montgomery Bus Boycott anniversary event

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 1:10am

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is traveling to Alabama to mark the 60th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

NY adds tax check-offs on mental illness, women's cancers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 1:10am

New York taxpayers will have the option of contributing to 13 causes next year that now include educational efforts to prevent women's cancers and against the stigma of mental illness.

Justice Antonin Scalia to speak at Augustana University

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 12:30am

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will be in South Dakota this winter to speak at Augustana University.

Latest: University of Chicago set to reopen after threat

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 12:21am

The latest on the aftermath of the shooting of a black teenager by a white Chicago police officer and an online threat that prompted the University of Chicago to cancel classes for a day (all times local):

U of Chicago threat came amid tension over police shooting

Michael Tarm, Don Babwin and Sophia Tareen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 12:20am

The University of Chicago may have felt it had no choice but to take the extreme step of closing for an entire day after an online threat against whites on campus that authorities say was motived by the police shooting of a black teenager, security experts said.

Conviction of ex-speaker sends NY politics into turmoil

David Klepper and Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 30th - 11:51pm

The conviction of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has shaken New York politics down to the granite foundations of the state Capitol, provoking fresh calls to overhaul a system that has stubbornly clung to its long history of corruption.

Police shooting in downtown Atlanta leaves 1 man dead

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 30th - 11:30pm

Atlanta police are investigating an exchange of gunfire with officers that left one man dead.

Ex-Connecticut mayor returns to office after prison stint

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 30th - 11:20pm

The former mayor of Bridgeport, who spent seven years in federal prison for public corruption, will once again be sworn in as mayor of Connecticut's largest city.