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California wildfires costs soaring past last year's records

Paul Elias, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 11:09pm

Insurance claims and cleanup costs associated with California wildfires last month are expected to exceed the record-breaking amounts paid out last year after blazes ripped through the state's wine country.

Analysis: A rancorous first glimpse of new Trump-Dem dynamic

Zeke Miller and Lisa Mascaro, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 10:29pm

President Donald Trump's first encounter with newly empowered congressional Democrats produced a striking Oval Office display that revealed how ill-prepared he is for the biggest political challenge of his presidency.

Florida massacre commission considers school safety plans

Terry Spencer, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 10:21pm

There were plenty of missteps in communication, security and school policy before and during the Florida high school massacre that allowed the gunman to kill 17 people. Now, the state commission investigating the shooting will consider a long list of recommendations addressing these problems statewide.

South Carolina teen charged in school shooting off to court

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 10:17pm

A teen charged with shooting at a group of South Carolina elementary school students outside for recess, killing one of them, is set to appear in court.

Spotty ice expected on roads as thawing snow refreezes

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 10:11pm

Officials are warning of another day of dangerous road conditions after a wintry snowstorm walloped several Southern states.

Meth playing bigger role in US drug overdose crisis

Mike Stobbe, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 10:07pm

A bigger share of U.S. drug overdose deaths are being caused by methamphetamine, government health officials reported.

Ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn asks for probation, community service in Russia probe false statements case

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 7:12pm

Ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn asks for probation, community service in Russia probe false statements case.

California lawmaker arrested on child cruelty suspicion

Kathleen Ronayne, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 6:57pm

California state lawmaker Joaquin Arambula was arrested Monday on suspicion of misdemeanor child cruelty, Fresno police Chief Jerry Dyer said.

Texas has executed an inmate condemned for killing a newlywed during a robbery 25 years ago.

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 6:26pm

Texas has executed an inmate condemned for killing a newlywed during a robbery 25 years ago.

The Latest: Texas executes inmate for killing newlywed

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 6:01pm

The Latest on the execution of Texas inmate (all times local):

Deputy on leave after video posted of him roughing up teens

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 5:52pm

A North Carolina sheriff's deputy has been placed on administrative leave after a video posted to social media shows him roughing up two teenage girls recording an arrest on their cellphones.

The Latest: Northern California fire death toll climbs to 86

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 5:49pm

The Latest on destructive California wildfires (all times local):

Nude photos linked to ex-USC doc in sex-abuse investigation

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 5:20pm

Detectives were trying to determine whether nude photographs linked to a former University of Southern California gynecologist show any of the hundreds of women who allege he sexually harassed them during examinations.

Florida officer shoots wounds man during 911 call

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 5:15pm

Authorities say a Florida police officer shot and wounded an unarmed man while responding to a 911 call.

Feds charge DEA agent with trafficking drugs, guns with gang

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 5:04pm

A former suburban Chicago police officer is accused of trafficking drugs and guns to a violent international street gang and then joining the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency so he could continue.

Reading between the lines of Trump's Oval Office tussle

Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 5:03pm

The heated, on-camera Oval Office exchange between House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and President Donald Trump was an extraordinary public airing of grievances, with lots to unpack. What was being said between the lines? And who was blurring facts?

Twin Falls man pleads guilty to sexually abusing 2 children

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 4:18pm

An Idaho man has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing two children at different points in 2017 and 2018.

Georgia confrontation: Officer shot in arm, suspect killed

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 4:17pm

A woman shot a police officer in the arm during a confrontation Tuesday afternoon in north Georgia, and then another officer returned fire and fatally shot the woman, authorities said.

Yellow, green, saffron: Colors of protests around the world

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 4:03pm

something that can command attention across cultures in a memorable and visually arresting way.

Man accused of killing city worker will stay behind bars

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 3:56pm

A Utah man accused of fatally shooting a city code enforcement officer will stay behind bars after a judge refused to lift the no bail order.