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Charleston church shooting suspect's trial set to begin

Bruce Smith and Jeffrey Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:01am

The white man who authorities said wanted to start a race war by killing nine black people in a South Carolina church is getting ready to stand trial in a city already bruised by a former police officer's racially charged murder trial that ended in a hung jury.

Officials: Suspect killed after attacking deputy with oar

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:40am

A Florida deputy sheriff shot and killed a suspect who authorities say beat the deputy with an oar in a lake.

'Mannequin challenge' video leads to arrests in Alabama

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 3:30am

A "mannequin challenge" video of people staging a shootout has led to the arrests of two men in Alabama and the seizure of several guns and marijuana.

Groups call blocking of inaugural protests unconstitutional

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:30am

Protest organizers and their attorneys say the National Park Service is quashing dissent by blocking access to public space for those who want to demonstrate during President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration.

Poet, nail art lover among warehouse fire victims

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:00am

There was a mortuary worker who dreamed of being a painter or photographer. A poet who texted her father Kurt Vonnegut lines. A music manager known for her love for nail art.

Official: Refrigerator potential source of deadly fire

Paul Elias and Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 1:40am

Investigators honed in on a refrigerator and other electrical appliances as possible causes of the fire at a warehouse in Oakland that killed 36 people, as crews were set to finish their search for bodies.

AP WAS THERE: 75 years ago, the AP reported on Pearl Harbor

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 1:32am

EDITOR'S NOTE — On Dec. 7, 1941, as Japanese bombs rained down on Pearl Harbor, The Associated Press' chief of bureau in Honolulu, Eugene Burns, was unable to get out the urgent news of the historic attack that would draw the U.S. into World War II. The military had already taken control of all communication lines, so Burns was left without a line to the outside world. In Washington, AP editor William Peacock and staff got word of the attack from President Franklin D. Roosevelt's press secretary. In the language and style used by journalists of his era, including the use of a disparaging word to describe the Japanese that was in common use, Peacock dictated the details of the announcement. Seventy-five years after their original publication, the AP is making the dispatches available to its subscribers.

Critics worry after Trump security chief fuels conspiracies

Steve Peoples, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 1:10am

On issues of national security and intelligence, no one is likely to have more influence in Donald Trump's White House than retired Gen. Michael T. Flynn.

House GOP eyes food stamp overhaul

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 1:01am

House Republicans are laying the groundwork for a fresh effort to overhaul the nation's food stamp program during Donald Trump's presidency, with the possibility of new work and eligibility requirements for millions of Americans.

Mistrial in 'open and shut' police shooting stuns observers

Errin Haines Whack and Jeffrey Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 1:00am

The video was unambiguous: A white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black man in the back as the man ran away.

Casper driver who stopped after hitting deer struck by semi

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 12:51am

Authorities say a Casper driver who stopped along the side of a highway after hitting a deer was struck and killed by a semitrailer over the weekend.

Survivor recalls fear, anger on day of Pearl Harbor attack

Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 12:50am

Surprise, fear, anger and pride overcame Jim Downing as Japanese planes bombed Pearl Harbor.

Hundreds protest white nationalist's speech at Texas A&M

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 11:40pm

Hundreds of people protested a white nationalist's speaking engagement at the Texas A&M University campus.

The Latest: More victims in Oakland fire publicly identified

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 11:23pm

The Latest on a deadly fire in an Oakland warehouse (all times local):

The Latest: FBI: No evidence LA subway threat is credible

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 11:00pm

The Latest on a threat against a Los Angeles subway station (all times local):

Man carrying gas can, matches arrested near Rockefeller tree

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 10:40pm

Police in New York City have arrested a man who they say was carrying a gas can and matches and acting erratically near the Rockefeller Center tree.

Did authorities miss opportunities to prevent tragic fire?

Ellen Knickmeyer and Paul Elias, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 9:50pm

City and state officials fielded years of complaints about dangerous conditions, drugs, neglected children, trash, thefts and squabbles at the illegally converted warehouse where 36 partygoers were killed in a weekend fire, with inspectors knocking on the door as recently as two weeks before the blaze.

Ohio 'heartbeat' abortion bill heads to governor's desk

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 9:01pm

An Ohio bill that would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected is headed to the governor's desk.

Georgia executes ninth inmate this year, most in US

Kate Brumback, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 9:01pm

With the execution Tuesday of a man convicted of killing his father-in-law, Georgia has put to death nine inmates this year — more than any other state.