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Trump visits Arlington cemetery for holiday commemoration

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 1:33pm

President Donald Trump made an unannounced visit to Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday for a holiday commemoration.

Report: Federal Air Marshal Service curtailing surveillance

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 1:03pm

The Federal Air Marshal Service says it's curtailing a domestic surveillance program that's been accused of spying on thousands of unwitting passengers who are not suspected of a crime or appear on a terror watch list.

Lawyer argues scholar kidnapping case belongs in state court

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 12:35pm

Lawyers for the man charged with kidnapping and killing a Chinese University of Illinois scholar have argued the case should be heard in state court, where the death penalty isn't an option.

Audits: $53M of missile motors wrongly listed as not working

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 12:15pm

A Department of Defense audit found that $53 million of ballistic missile motors stored at Hill Air Force Base in northern Utah were inaccurately designated as not working.

Idaho test reactor is pivotal in US nuclear power strategy

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 11:55am

A nuclear test reactor that can melt uranium fuel rods in seconds is running again after a nearly quarter-century shutdown as U.S. officials try to revamp a fading nuclear power industry with safer fuel designs and a new generation of power plants.

Idaho Fish and Game names new director

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 11:51am

A 35-year veteran of Idaho Fish and Game has been named its new director.

E. Idaho city renames street after US congressman and wife

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 11:35am

An eastern Idaho city has renamed a street after Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson and his wife, Kathy.

All evacuation orders lifted in deadly California wildfire

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 10:50am

The remaining residents who fled from the deadliest wildfire in California history were allowed to return to their home Saturday and assess the damage.

US Official: 'End days' nearing for Islamic State in Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 9:56am

Fighting against the Islamic State group in its last enclave in eastern Syria "is going very well," a U.S. official said Saturday as U.S.-backed Syrian fighters battled the extremists on the edge of the largest urban area they still hold.

Family: Man left woman to die on freeway during first date

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 9:49am

It started out as a mystery — how did a Fort Lauderdale waitress wind up lying on a suburban freeway before dawn last weekend, getting fatally struck by numerous passing cars?

Yellowstone opens to winter travel

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 9:13am

Select roads in Yellowstone National Park have opened to the public for motorized oversnow travel.

Baylor ties pervade rape case that sparked uproar

Ryan Tarinelli, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 9:02am

The Texas judge who approved a plea deal allowing a former Baylor University student accused of rape to avoid jail time holds three degrees from Baylor. The criminal district attorney overseeing the case holds two. The prosecutor who agreed to the plea agreement graduated from Baylor law school.

Some complain about sex offender in north Mississippi parade

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 8:58am

Some people in a north Mississippi town are complaining after the local chamber of commerce chose a sex offender as the grand marshal of the town Christmas parade.

The Latest: Zinke blames 'vicious' attacks for departure

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 8:28am

The Latest on the departure of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (all times local):

Light at the end of the tunnel for UN climate talks

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 8:28am

A deal on the rules that govern the Paris climate accord appeared within grasp Saturday, as officials from almost 200 countries worked to bridge remaining differences after two weeks of U.N. talks in Poland.

Worries about ballot security overshadow disputed House race

Michael Biesecker and Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 7:53am

Six months ago, election officials in rural North Carolina's Bladen County resolved to tighten security at their headquarters and protect the ballots stored there by installing an alarm and video cameras and securing an unlocked door that leads to another government office.

Interior Secretary Zinke resigning, cites 'vicious' attacks

Ellen Knickmeyer, Matthew Brown and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 7:48am

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, facing federal investigations into his travel, political activity and potential conflicts of interest, will be leaving the administration at year's end, President Donald Trump said Saturday. In his resignation letter, obtained by The Associated Press, Zinke said "vicious and politically motivated attacks" against him had "created an unfortunate distraction" in fulfilling the agency's mission.

2 women in custody in death of 4-month-old boy at NYC hotel

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 7:42am

A 4-month-old boy died Saturday after he was found unconscious and unresponsive in the lobby of a New York City hotel. Police apprehended two women who were with him, and they're expected to face charges.

Trump says Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke leaving administration at end of year, successor to be announced next week

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 7:21am

Trump says Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke leaving administration at end of year, successor to be announced next week.