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Biden says his family convinced him to run with Obama

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 2:05pm

Former Vice President Joe Biden says he initially refused to run with then-presidential candidate Barack Obama a decade ago, but his family ultimately convinced him he had to support an African-American candidate with a real chance of winning.

US appeals court blocks Trump administration rules allowing more employers to opt out of providing free birth control

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 1:50pm

US appeals court blocks Trump administration rules allowing more employers to opt out of providing free birth control.

The Latest: Bomb threat hoax targets US schools, businesses

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 1:46pm

The Latest on the nationwide emailed bomb threats (all times local):

Senate passes resolution saying Saudi Crown Prince bin Salman is responsible for journalist Jamal Khashoggi's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 1:32pm

Senate passes resolution saying Saudi Crown Prince bin Salman is responsible for journalist Jamal Khashoggi's death.

The Latest: Authorities: No threat to Columbine High School

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 1:31pm

The Latest on a threat against Columbine High School (all times local):

McCaskill: Senate has lost its way, must do better

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 1:28pm

Democrat Claire McCaskill has stern words for her soon-to-be former colleagues in the Senate, saying that polarization and fear of political consequences have rendered the body ineffective and unwilling to take on difficult issues.

Senate votes to recommend US stop aiding Saudi Arabia in Yemen war in fallout over journalist Jamal Khashoggi death

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 1:28pm

Senate votes to recommend US stop aiding Saudi Arabia in Yemen war in fallout over journalist Jamal Khashoggi death.

Authorities: Bomb threats across US appear to be hoax

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 1:27pm

Authorities say bomb threats sent Thursday to dozens of schools, government buildings and other locations across the U.S. appear to be a hoax.

Hawaii trial set for psychiatric patient charged in escape

Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 1:24pm

A man who spent decades in a Hawaii psychiatric hospital after killing a woman wants to go to trial on escape and identity theft charges after authorities said he fled the facility and flew to California before being captured, his defense attorney said Thursday.

2 men face trafficking felony for moving alleged hemp plants

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 1:23pm

Two men have been charged with trafficking marijuana into Idaho even though they say they were transporting immature hemp plants from one out-of-state farm to another.

Prosecutors allege fraud, kickbacks and murder-for-hire plot

Jonathan Drew, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 1:23pm

A Russian couple who lived a lavish life behind the gates of a sprawling North Carolina mansion hid an explosive secret, prosecutors said this week: They were living off a scheme that produced $150 million in kickbacks from subcontractors seeking business with Russia's military.

The Latest: Man gets 9 years in prison for plane sex assault

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 12:46pm

The Latest on a man convicted of sexually assaulting a sleeping woman on a plane (all times local):

The Latest: Florida Senate leader 'open' to arming teachers

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 12:30pm

The Latest on the commission investigating the Florida high school massacre (all times local):

The Latest: Senate OKs resolution blaming Saudi crown prince

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 12:22pm

The Latest on the congressional response to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi (all times local):

Man puts up sculpture of middle finger as a message to town

Lisa Rathke, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 12:17pm

A Vermont man who is in an ongoing dispute with his town has let officials know exactly how he feels by erecting a large wooden sculpture of a fist with the middle finger raised on his front lawn.

Texas report says 'changing climate' intensifying disasters

Paul J. Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 12:02pm

Natural disasters in Texas on the scale of Hurricane Harvey's deadly destruction last year will become more frequent because of a changing climate, warned a new report Thursday ordered by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in a state where skepticism about climate change runs deep.

Students kept inside at Columbine school following threat

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 11:57am

Students at Columbine High School and nearby suburban Denver schools are being kept inside because of a threat against Columbine that has drawn a large police response.

Recalled California judge asks for help to pay legal debt

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 11:42am

A California judge who was recalled after sentencing a former Stanford student to six months in jail for sexually assaulting a young woman is asking people to donate money so he can pay court-ordered attorney's fees to the backers of the recall.

The Latest: US sets Jan. 31 deadline for Colorado River plan

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 11:38am

The Latest on efforts for seven Southwestern states to reach agreement on Colorado River drought contingency plans (all times local):

Investigation yields few clues on missing Colorado woman

Kathleen Foody, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 11:32am

Kelsey Berreth was last seen on Thanksgiving Day, captured on surveillance video entering a grocery store with what appears to be her 1-year-old daughter in a baby carrier. Weeks later, investigators don't know what happened to the 29-year-old Colorado mother.