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Gathering offers hope for teen missing since parents' deaths

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 6:54am

A Wisconsin girl who investigators believe was kidnapped after her parents were killed two months ago is being honored in her hometown with a Christmas tree adorned with messages of hope for her safe return.

Trump argues he 'never directed' longtime fixer to break law

Catherine Lucey, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 6:48am

President Donald Trump is contending he "never directed" longtime lawyer Michael Cohen to break the law. Trump's tweet Thursday comes a day after Cohen was sentenced to prison for crimes including arranging hush money payments to conceal Trump's alleged affairs.

Indian man faces prison in 'brazen' sex assault on US flight

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 6:44am

Federal prosecutors in Detroit are seeking nearly 11 years in prison for an Indian man convicted of sexually assaulting a sleeping woman during a commercial flight.

Woman sentenced for texting nude photos to student

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 5:36am

A former employee at a southwestern Idaho school who texted inappropriate photos to a then-13-year-old student must serve at least five days in jail.

Slain teen's family drops suit after seeing police video

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 5:15am

The family of a teenager killed by an Alabama police officer last year has dropped its lawsuit after watching body and dash camera video of the shooting.

12 injured as fire spreads through stores in New York City

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 5:13am

A fire raged through a row of businesses in New York City early Thursday, collapsing part of a roof and injuring 12 people including seven firefighters.

Burned bear Cinder shot and killed by hunter

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 5:02am

A bear cub found badly burned in a massive 2014 Washington wildfire has been killed by a hunter.

Florida felon gets 5 years for having 4 tons of explosives

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 4:54am

A Florida felon has been sentenced to five years in prison for possessing nearly four tons of explosive fuses.

Colombian ex-official faces prison in bribery scheme

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 4:47am

A former Colombian anti-corruption official is facing prison time after pleading guilty to U.S. money-laundering conspiracy charges as part of a bribery scheme.

2 white students charged with threatening black teacher

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 4:41am

Authorities say two white teens sent threatening and racist messages to each other on school-issued computers about a black teacher at a Florida high school.

Senate to vote on aid to Yemen in wake of Khashoggi slaying

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 10:54pm

Senators are expected to vote Thursday on a resolution that would call on the U.S. to pull assistance from the Saudi-led war in Yemen, a measure that would rebuke Saudi Arabia after the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Trump's 10 'Terrorists': The evolution of a statistic

Calvin Woodward, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 10:41pm

For some time now, President Donald Trump has been encouraging people to think of Mexico as a portal for international terrorists who "pour" into the U.S. Except, he says, for 10 who were recently caught by the U.S.: "These are very serious people."

Pledge to limit tenure as speaker wins over Pelosi critics

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 10:34pm

Rep. Nancy Pelosi all but ensured that she will become House speaker next month, quelling a revolt by disgruntled younger Democrats by agreeing to limit her tenure to no more than four additional years in the chamber's top post.

Tough times for many federal employees, new report finds

Gregory Wallace and Aaron Kessler, CNN  |  Posted Dec 12th - 10:17pm

The Environmental Protection Agency's employees do not appear thrilled with the direction of their department.

The Latest: Michigan House OKs bill to limit ballot drives

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 9:32pm

The Latest on the Michigan Legislature's lame-duck session (all times local):

Here's how to see the brightest comet of the year

Jacob Klopfenstein,  |  Posted Dec 12th - 8:37pm

Stargazers will be able to see one of the brightest comets in recent memory over the next few days.

Lawmaker arrested for child cruelty says he spanked daughter

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 7:53pm

A California lawmaker arrested on suspicion of child cruelty said Wednesday the allegation stemmed from spanking his 7-year-old daughter.

Fentanyl is the deadliest drug in America, CDC confirms

Nadia Kounang, CNN  |  Posted Dec 12th - 7:49pm

Fentanyl is now the most commonly used drug involved in drug overdoses, according to a new government report. The latest numbers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics say that the rate of drug overdoses involving the synthetic opioid skyrocketed by about 113% each year from 2013 through 2016.

The Latest: Pilot in serious condition after Hawaii crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 6:25pm

The Latest on a plane crash off the coast of Hawaii (all times local):

Pilot seriously injured after military jet crash off Hawaii

Jennifer Sinco Kelleher and Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 6:06pm

A Hawaii Air National Guard civilian contractor was in serious condition Wednesday after his plane crashed off the coast of Honolulu during a military exercise, authorities said.