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Top GOP senator needs to know more about Trump's UN pick

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 4:59pm

A leading Republican senator on foreign policy issues says he doesn't yet know whether President Donald Trump's pick to be U.N. ambassador has the expertise and background to capably handle the job.

Sierra snowpack well above average after California storms

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 4:37pm

Back-to-back California storms blanket the Sierra Nevada in snow, more than twice the snowpack level compared to this time last year, with winter still nearly two weeks away.

Pay for private university chiefs grows by 4 percent

Collin Binkley, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 4:02pm

Presidents of America's private colleges and universities saw their pay increase by nearly 4 percent in 2016, with dozens receiving more than $1 million, according to a new report .

Newtown shooter described 'scorn for humanity'

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 3:48pm

Documents from the investigation into the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut are shedding light on the gunman's anger, scorn for other people, and deep social isolation in the years leading up to the shooting.

African-American North Carolina voting rights activist dies

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 2:53pm

Rosanell Eaton, an African-American voting rights activist who successfully helped challenge voting restrictions supported by North Carolina Republicans, has died. She was 97.

A young mayor, his friend, and a fatal attraction to opioids

Michael Rubinkam, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 2:38pm

Brandon Wentz agonized over his resignation letter.

The Latest: More candidates emerge for Trump chief of staff

Zeke Miller, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 2:29pm

The Latest on the White House chief of staff (all times local):

Spokane police clear city hall homeless encampment

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 2:27pm

A homeless encampment in front of the Spokane City Hall has been removed by police.

A young mayor, his friend, and a fatal attraction to opioids

Michael Rubinkam, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 1:17pm

Janel Firestone found her son — the 24-year-old, just resigned mayor of the tiny Pennsylvania town of Mount Carbon — in what she assumed was a deep sleep. She tried to wake him for his overnight shift at the local supermarket, but he couldn't be roused, even after she sprinkled him with water from a wet washcloth.

Funeral for 'Baby Jane Doe' found near California highway

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 1:06pm

Dozens of people bearing flowers or stuffed animals attended a funeral for a newborn girl found dead last summer along a Southern California highway.

'Ralph' tops box office again, 'Aquaman' is a hit in China

Jake Coyle, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 12:37pm

In the calm before the Christmas storm at the box office, "Ralph Breaks the Internet" remained No. 1 for the third straight week, while the upcoming DC Comics superhero film "Aquaman" arrived with a cannonball-sized splash in Chinese theaters.

Woman revived after found with no pulse pinned at toll booth

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 12:03pm

A Michigan woman was resuscitated after she was found pinned between her SUV and an Indiana toll booth and a defibrillator registered no pulse.

Lawyer: Mom accused in son's decapitation 'mentally ill'

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 11:09am

The attorney for a Houston woman accused of drowning and decapitating her 5-year-old son says she is a "very mentally ill individual."

One word stalls climate talks as UN countries fight over science report

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 11:04am

A diplomatic standoff over a single word could set the stage for a bigger showdown during the second half of this year's U.N. climate summit.

Driver charged in fatal August crash with bicycle in Eagle

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 10:44am

A 70-year-old driver involved in a fatal crash with a bicyclist has been charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter.

Arkansas man injures 3 deputies, steals law enforcement SUV

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 10:37am

Authorities in Arkansas say three deputies responding to a house have been injured when they were attacked by a man who then stole a sheriff's office SUV and slammed it into another law enforcement vehicle.

Elder Bushes are gone but family Maine retreat to stay alive

David Sharp, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 10:28am

"Poppy" and "Bar" are gone, but the passing of George H. W. and Barbara Bush won't mean an end to children's laughter, splashing in the pool, barking dogs or clinking horseshoes at the family's property on the Maine coast.

US states to meet at deadline on Colorado River drought plan

Ken Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 10:24am

With drought entering a second decade and reservoirs continuing to shrink, seven Southwestern U.S. states that depend on the overtaxed Colorado River for crop irrigation and drinking water had been expected to ink a crucial share-the-pain contingency plan by the end of 2018.

Police: 2 arrested in connection with Layton armed robbery

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 10:17am

Authorities say two people are in custody in connection with an armed robbery in Layton last month.