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US lawmakers examine Native women's deaths, disappearances

Mary Hudetz, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 12:56pm

The sister of a missing Blackfeet woman in Montana is expressing frustration over police's initial response to her loved one's disappearance, saying in testimony prepared for U.S. senators Wednesday that dysfunctional investigations into missing persons cases have troubled numerous Native American families.

Judge declines to dismiss challenge to US asylum delays

Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 11:51am

A federal judge says immigrant rights activists can continue to challenge what they describe as unlawful U.S. government delays for asylum cases.

New effort in Maryland to combat upsurge in fentanyl deaths

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 11:41am

Authorities have announced a new effort in Maryland to combat an alarming increase of overdose fatalities caused by a synthetic opioid that's fueling the nation's worst-ever drug crisis.

Man gets 18 years for killing 8-week-old girl in his care

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 11:37am

A Kentucky man got 18 years in prison for killing an 8-week-old baby in his care.

Lawsuit: Police chief condones white officers' racism, abuse

Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 11:33am

A federal lawsuit accuses police officials in a Washington, D.C., suburb of retaliating against black and Hispanic officers who complain about racist, abusive conduct by white officers.

California insurance commissioner says claims from last month's wildfires already at $9 billion and expected to rise

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 11:33am

California insurance commissioner says claims from last month's wildfires already at $9 billion and expected to rise.

Officer fatally shoots man outside motel in north Florida

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 11:29am

A sheriff's office in north Florida says one of their officers has shot and killed a suspect.

Reward offered for N. Idaho timber theft from federal land

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 11:22am

Federal officials are offering a $2,500 reward to find those responsible for an illegal timber harvest on federal land in northern Idaho.

Melania Trump thanks troops, greets children in Virginia

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 11:11am

The first lady of the United States has thanked U.S. service members at a military base in Virginia for their efforts.

Teen says she felt harassed in recorded deputy altercation

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 11:11am

A teenage girl from North Carolina who filmed a deputy tackling her sister says she felt harassed during the recorded altercation that ends with her also being brought to the ground. A deputy has been put on leave pending an investigation.

Hawaii psychiatric hospital escape investigation completed

Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 11:09am

Officials said they are ready Wednesday to discuss the findings of an investigation into how a man escaped from a Hawaii psychiatric hospital and ended up in California.

11 migrants, 2 smugglers caught of Florida coast

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 11:08am

The U.S. Coast Guard says it took into custody 11 migrants and two suspected smugglers off the coast of Miami.

2 children wounded after toddler finds gun in dad's backpack

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 11:04am

Authorities say two children were wounded in suburban St. Louis after a toddler found a pistol in his father's backpack.

Video: Texas boy jumps from burning apartment to officers

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 10:57am

A police officer's body camera caught the moment a boy jumped from the second floor of a Dallas-area apartment into the arms of officers below.

Condition improving for mom of 5 kids killed in Ohio fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 10:55am

A hospital official says the mother of five children killed in a fire at their Ohio home remains hospitalized, but her condition is improving.

Congress OKs bill to allow killing sea lions to help salmon

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 10:49am

Congress has agreed to make it easier to kill sea lions threatening fragile runs of salmon in the Northwest.

Trump campaign Russia contacts alarm intelligence experts

Susannah George, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 10:45am

From suggestions of "political synergy" and offers of business deals to contact with more than a dozen people in then-candidate Donald Trump's orbit, Russian outreach to the Trump campaign has a familiar and alarming pattern to experts in the intelligence field.

AP: Ivanka, Kushner could profit from tax break they pushed

Stephen Braun, Jeff Horwitz and Bernard Condon, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 10:45am

At an Oval Office gathering earlier this year, President Donald Trump began touting his administration's new real estate investment program, which offers massive tax breaks to developers who invest in downtrodden American communities. He then turned to one of the plan's strongest supporters.

Cuba health mystery: Diplomats had inner-ear damage early on

Jennifer Kay and Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 10:41am

American diplomats affected by mysterious health incidents in Cuba showed damage in the inner ear shortly after they complained of weird noises and sensations, according to their earliest medical exams, publicized Wednesday.