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5 people struck by trains within days in Washington state

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 1:48pm

Washington state authorities have confirmed five people in three days have been hit by trains, including three fatally struck.

After 14 years, eastern North Carolina judgeship gets filled

Gary D. Robertson, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 1:41pm

The nation's longest federal court vacancy ended Thursday after nearly 14 years of foot-dragging and politics as the U.S. Senate confirmed a university professor to a North Carolina trial court seat in a bipartisan vote.

Bloomberg gun plan: Permits, assault weapon ban, age limits

Steve Peoples, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 1:22pm

Democratic presidential contender Michael Bloomberg unveiled a gun control policy on Thursday just steps from the site of one of Colorado's worst mass shootings, calling for a ban on all assault weapons, mandatory permits for gun purchasers and a new position in the White House to coordinate gun violence prevention.

Michigan victims wrongly accused of fraud win again in court

David Eggert, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 1:16pm

Residents who were falsely accused of defrauding Michigan's unemployment benefits system won another victory Thursday when the state appeals court ruled 3-0 that their lawsuit seeking financial damages should proceed.

Report: Teen who died in US custody unresponsive for hours

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 12:47pm

Video showing the U.S. Border Patrol cell where a 16-year-old from Guatemala died of the flu shows the teen writhing and collapsing on the floor for hours before he was found dead.

'Disturbing' photo leads to suspensions in WV agency

Anthony Izaguirre, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 12:42pm

A photo of West Virginia corrections trainees was so disturbing that some employees have been suspended and the governor has ordered some to be fired — but what the image shows remains a mystery.

Illinois mother pleads guilty in beating death of boy, 5

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 12:42pm

An Illinois woman charged in the beating death of her 5-year-old son pleaded guilty to murder Thursday.

Vermont to investigate women's prison after newspaper report

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 12:36pm

Gov. Phil Scott is promising the state will investigate conditions in Vermont's only women's prison after a newspaper article described sexual misconduct and drug use involving inmates and correctional officers.

Guardsman raises money to fly cat home from Afghanistan

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 12:19pm

A National Guardsman who made friends with a stray cat in Afghanistan raised enough money to bring the feline home to Delaware.

Disney's new live-action 'Mulan' trailer shows distinctly different take from original

Jacob Klopfenstein,  |  Posted Dec 5th - 12:15pm

Disney’s remake of its classic animated film “Mulan” is shaping up to be its most ambitious, and most divergent, live-action recreation yet.

SC court: Prosecutor's remarks in murder trial 'improper'

Jeffrey Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 12:01pm

The state Supreme Court overturned the murder conviction of a man who served 13 years in a South Carolina prison because the prosecutor made comments suggesting that all defense lawyers and their clients lie.

Iowa's felon list includes police force, omits drug dealer

Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 11:40am

A man convicted of delivering meth two decades ago should have been added to Iowa's database of felons banned from voting, but an embarrassing clerical error instead listed the police force that busted him.

WV pol claims legislative immunity in racist sign outburst

Anthony Izaguirre, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 11:33am

A West Virginia politician claimed Thursday that an obscure state law shields him from criminal charges after his violent outburst over a racist display at the Capitol.

West Virginia father charged in shaking death of infant boy

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 11:28am

A West Virginia man accused of violently shaking his 3-month-old son has been charged in the boy's death, police said.

Football championship sidelines Louisiana inaugural ball

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 11:17am

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards won't have an inaugural ball to celebrate the start of his second term in office, a disruption to tradition caused by college football's national championship game.

Heart transplant patient dies after Chicago hospital wedding

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 11:15am

A 23-year-old Chicago man who received two heart transplants as a teenager died in hospice care, days after he married his high school sweetheart, his new bride said.

Walking while texting, other cellphone-related injuries are on the rise, especially for the young

Sandee Lamotte, CNN  |  Posted Dec 5th - 11:15am

Cell phones are a literal pain in the neck -- and face, eyes, nose, ears and head. A new study analyzing national emergency room data shows injuries to those areas of our bodies have risen "steeply" over the last 20 years.

Police: Patron angered by ketchup pulls gun at McDonald's

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 11:02am

Authorities in Tennessee say an irate woman pointed a gun at fast food workers because they gave her ketchup instead of jelly.

Officials: Parolee arrested in fatal Iowa bank shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 11:02am

Iowa authorities announced Thursday the arrest of a prison parolee in the fatal shooting of a woman during a small-town bank robbery.