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Police: Marksman killed gunman after child ran to porch

Martha Bellisle, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:52pm

The gunman had already shot a police officer, threatened to kill two children and barricaded himself upstairs in a house for 11 hours when one of the kids, a 6-year-old boy, escaped.

Border wall seen as threat to Big Bend beauty, wildlife

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:52pm

Opponents of a vast border wall championed by President-elect Donald Trump say it will impair tourism and conservation efforts at Big Bend National Park and beyond, according to a newspaper report.

Another Zika zone cleared as Art Basel opens in Miami

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:51pm

Florida Gov. Rick Scott says the state's Department of Health has cleared Miami's Little River area of local Zika transmission.

Tiger cubs raise cuteness quotient at Milwaukee County Zoo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:51pm

Three 11-week old Amur tiger cubs romped and wrestled together as they made their public debut at the Milwaukee County Zoo.

305 claims approved for Pulse victims' fund

Mike Schneider, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:51pm

Officials with a fund created from donations for victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting say they will distribute $29.5 million on 305 claims when the process is completed.

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Donald Trump goes off on Evan McMullin at Ohio victory rally

Dennis Romboy  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:43pm

President-elect Donald Trump went off on independent candidate and Utah native Evan McMullin without mentioning his name during the first stop on his "thank you" victory tour in Ohio.

Residents line up to see wildfire-ravaged city; 13 dead

Adam Beam and Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:40pm

People in cars and trucks rolled into the wildfire-ravaged city of Gatlinburg on Friday to get a first look at what remained of their homes and businesses, and a mayor raised the death toll to 13, including a woman who died of a heart attack during the firestorm.

2 rare Canada lynx shot dead in Maine; feds investigating

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:30pm

Two rare Canada lynx have been killed in Maine, and state and federal wildlife authorities are investigating.

Chains and branded skin: California kidnap case baffles cops

Paul Elias, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:30pm

Three weeks after Sherri Papini disappeared, the question of whether she was dead or alive was answered when the young mother and wife was spotted waving frantically for help along a California freeway early on Thanksgiving morning. But the mystery over what happened to her during those 22 days just seemed to grow stranger.

Co-conspirator gets 20 years in Indianapolis house explosion

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:23pm

One of five people charged in a deadly house explosion that devastated an Indianapolis neighborhood was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit arson.

Oklahoma court orders new sentence in Australian's killing

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:23pm

An Oklahoma appeals court on Friday ordered a new sentencing for a teenager who has been serving a life in prison without parole term for the fatal shooting of an Australian baseball player three years ago.

Philanthropist to fund Washington Monument elevator repair

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:21pm

A project to modernize the Washington Monument's elevator, estimated to cost $2 million to $3 million, will be paid for by businessman and philanthropist David Rubenstein, officials announced Friday.

The Latest: Philippine president Duterte phones Trump

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:21pm

The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST):

Ohio St. admin derided over call for compassion for attacker

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:13pm

An Ohio State administrator is being criticized for urging compassion for the Somali-born student who injured 11 people in a car-and-knife attack on campus before he was shot to death by police.

The Latest: Woman pulled from building rubble in Sioux Falls

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:01pm

The Latest on rescue efforts at a building that collapsed in Sioux Falls, South Dakota (all times local):

1 dead in small plane crash in southwestern Indiana

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:01pm

Indiana State Police say one person has died in a small plane crash in southwestern Indiana.

San Bernardino recalls terror attack with silence, speakers

Amy Taxin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:01pm

At the moment when shooters unleashed terror on San Bernardino a year ago, county employees remembered their fallen colleagues with a moment of silence late Friday morning.

House Dems likely to keep NM lawmaker as campaign chief

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 12:53pm

House Democrats will likely keep the leader of their campaign organization in his job, even though they're frustrated with their disappointing Election Day showing.

Official says rescuers have pulled a 22-year-old woman alive from a collapsed building in South Dakota

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 12:51pm

Official says rescuers have pulled a 22-year-old woman alive from a collapsed building in South Dakota.

Alabama inmate seeks execution stay from US Supreme Court

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 12:51pm

An Alabama inmate is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to stay his upcoming execution to consider whether a judge should have been able to give him a death sentence when the jury recommended life imprisonment.