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Trump cheered by fans at annual Army-Navy game

Donald Trump was greeted with cheers on his arrival at the annual Army-Navy game on Saturday, basking in the one of the nation's most storied football rivalries as he prepares to enter the White House. The future commander in chief, protected by panes of bulletproof glass, waved to the crowd and pumped his fist as he arrived during the first quarter of the 117th game between the military academies...
Dylann Roof's confession and journal detail racist beliefs

Dylann Roof's confession and journal detail racist beliefs

Prosecutors are using the Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof's own words to portray him as a cruel angry racist at his death penalty trial. Roof's two-hour confession to killing nine people at a church Bible study, recorded the day after the shooting, was introduced as evidence Friday, along with a handwritten journal found in his car. "How could our faces, skin color and body structure be...
Shutdown averted, Senate backs stop-gap spending bill

Shutdown averted, Senate backs stop-gap spending bill

With less than hour to spare, the Senate late Friday backed legislation averting a government shutdown as coal-state Democrats retreated on long-term health care benefits for retired miners and promised a renewed fight for the working class next year. The 63-36 vote sent the stop-gap spending bill to President Barack Obama, who signed the measure early Saturday morning. The Senate also passed and...
Giuliani removes himself from State Department consideration

Giuliani removes himself from State Department consideration

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani formally withdrew from consideration for a post in President-elect Donald Trump's administration Friday, putting an end to his ill-fated bid to lead the State Department. Trump is now seriously considering Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson for the post. Giuliani's prospects to serve as secretary of state had already dimmed, in part because of questions about his...
Trump expected to tap Exxon's Tillerson for State Dept. post

Trump expected to tap Exxon's Tillerson for State Dept. post

President-elect Donald Trump moved closer to nominating Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as his secretary of State Saturday, meeting privately with the business leader for the second time in a week. Trump's transition team cautioned that no announcement was expected over the weekend. Trump has privately signaled that he plans to tap Tillerson for the powerful Cabinet post, but had not formally offered...
Trump deepens Goldman ties as he builds out economic team

Trump deepens Goldman ties as he builds out economic team

In the heat of the presidential campaign, Donald Trump accused primary rival Ted Cruz of being controlled by Goldman Sachs because his wife, Heidi, previously worked for the Wall Street giant. He slammed Hillary Clinton for receiving speaking fees from the bank. "I know the guys at Goldman Sachs. They have total, total control over him," Trump said of Cruz. "Just like they have total...
GOP's 'Obamacare' repeal path worries health care industry

GOP's 'Obamacare' repeal path worries health care industry

One by one, key health care industry groups are telling the incoming Republican administration and Congress that it's not a good idea to repeal the 2010 health care law without clear plans to address the consequences. Hospitals, insurers and actuaries — bean-counters who make long-range economic estimates — have weighed in, and more interest groups are expected to make their views known...
Warehouse fire survivor: People 'dying right in front of me'

Warehouse fire survivor: People 'dying right in front of me'

To set foot in the Ghost Ship on a party night was to pass through the industrial facade of an old warehouse and enter an exotic world glowing with rainbow lanterns, guarded by figures of Asian deities and pulsing with a welcoming vibe. Performers who came to play the electronic dance party last weekend and those looking to be awed by the sounds and scene wanted to be among people who accepted them...
Congress approves bill on Calif. drought, Flint water

Congress approves bill on Calif. drought, Flint water

Congress has approved a wide-ranging bill to authorize water projects across the country, including $170 million to address lead in Flint, Michigan's drinking water and $558 million to provide relief to drought-stricken California. The Senate approved the $10 billion bill, 78-21, early Saturday, despite complaints from some Democrats that the drought measure was a giveaway to California farmers and...
Adding 200 more troops to Syria, US deepens involvement

Adding 200 more troops to Syria, US deepens involvement

Drawing the U.S. deeper into the Syria conflict, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Saturday he is sending 200 more troops to accelerate the push on the Islamic State's self-declared capital of Raqqa. The 200, to include special operations troops, are in addition to 300 already authorized for the effort to recruit, organize, train and advise local Syrian Arab and Kurdish forces to fight IS. Carter...
Pearl Harbor veteran honored with inflight hula, song

Pearl Harbor veteran honored with inflight hula, song

A group of Hawaii musicians and a Hawaiian Airlines flight attendant provided special inflight entertainment to a Pearl Harbor survivor flying home from a ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of the attack. Ray Richmond, 97, and his family were the last passengers to board Thursday's flight from Honolulu to San Diego, said flight attendant Lehua Beltrame-Tevaga, who is also the reigning Mrs...
Trump deepens Goldman ties as he builds out economic team

Trump deepens Goldman ties as he builds out economic team

In the heat of the presidential campaign, Donald Trump accused primary rival Ted Cruz of being controlled by Goldman Sachs because his wife, Heidi, previously worked for the Wall Street giant. He slammed Hillary Clinton for receiving speaking fees from the bank. "I know the guys at Goldman Sachs. They have total, total control over him," Trump said of Cruz. "Just like they have total...
Giuliani removes himself from State Department consideration

Giuliani removes himself from State Department consideration

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani formally withdrew from consideration for a post in President-elect Donald Trump's administration Friday, putting an end to his ill-fated bid to lead the State Department. Trump is now seriously considering Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson for the post. Giuliani's prospects to serve as secretary of state had already dimmed, in part because of questions about his...
Post-election, Trump closes companies tied to Saudi Arabia

Post-election, Trump closes companies tied to Saudi Arabia

President-elect Donald Trump shut down some of his companies in the days after the election, including four that appeared connected to a possible Saudi Arabia business venture, according to corporate registrations in Delaware. News of the move comes days before Trump was expected to describe changes he is making to his businesses to avoid potential conflicts of interest as the U.S. president. The...
US close to solving mystery of alleged hacking of Georgia

US close to solving mystery of alleged hacking of Georgia

The U.S. Homeland Security Department moved closer Friday to solving the mystery about why the state of Georgia believed the federal government was trying to hack its election systems. An employee in the department who worked far removed from cybersecurity operations visited the Georgia secretary of state's website for his work, an official told The Associated Press. The employee's system was configured...
Q&A: Questions and answers in dispute over miners benefits

Q&A: Questions and answers in dispute over miners benefits

Coal-state Democrats waged a fight for health benefits for thousands of retired miners, pointing to President Harry S. Truman's promise 70 years ago guaranteeing a lifetime of coverage. The stopgap spending bill contains a short-term fix and the issue will be revisited next spring. Here are some questions and answers about the dispute. ___ Q. Why did Democrats stall the spending bill? A. Democrats...
The Latest: Michigan high court denies vote recount appeal

The Latest: Michigan high court denies vote recount appeal

The Latest on efforts for recounts of the presidential race in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania (all times local): 6:20 p.m. The Michigan Supreme Court has turned down an appeal by Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein to restart a vote recount in the state. The state high court denied the appeal Friday by a vote of 3-2. Earlier, two judges who made Republican President-elect Donald Trump's...
Trump's ties to 'Apprentice' raises conflict issues for NBC

Trump's ties to 'Apprentice' raises conflict issues for NBC

Donald Trump's continued stake in television's "Celebrity Apprentice" adds to questions about potential conflicts between his personal and public responsibilities, while raising new ones about NBC. If it continues, journalists at NBC News will be covering a president for a corporation whose entertainment division retains ties to the man. The reality show, which returns to NBC's schedule...
AP sources: Mattis received anonymous email in Petraeus case

AP sources: Mattis received anonymous email in Petraeus case

President-elect Donald Trump's choice for defense secretary was among U.S. military officials who, the FBI concluded, received anonymous emails from the woman whose affair with then-CIA director David Petraeus led to his downfall, The Associated Press has learned. The emails to now-retired Marine Gen. James Mattis and others, warning them to stay away from Tampa, Florida, socialite Jill Kelley, led...
Oakland fire exposes rift over naming transgender victims

Oakland fire exposes rift over naming transgender victims

Feral Pines proved to be as complex in death as she was in life as friends and family struggled this week to settle on the correct name to remember the victim of the Oakland warehouse party fire killed along with 35 others. Pines, a 29-year-old transgender woman who recently moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, was born in Connecticut in 1987. Relatives largely knew her as Riley, which she asked them...
Trump transition team seeks details on Energy Dept. workers

Trump transition team seeks details on Energy Dept. workers

President-elect Donald Trump's transition team is asking Energy Department employees for information about the agency's operations and personnel, including a list of employees and contractors who attended international meetings on climate change over the past five years. The detailed questionnaire seeks a list of all political appointees and senior executives and asks employees to offer their opinions...
Trump expected to tap Goldman banker for economic post

Trump expected to tap Goldman banker for economic post

President-elect Donald Trump is expected to name Goldman Sachs president Gary Cohn to an influential White House economic post, two people informed of the decision said Friday. Cohn, 56, would lead the White House National Economic Council, a posting that would require him to leave his $21 million a year job as president and chief operating officer at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Trump repeatedly vilified...
Tourists stream back to Gatlinburg, but rebuilding looms

Tourists stream back to Gatlinburg, but rebuilding looms

Visitors jammed the main roads and sidewalks in Gatlinburg as the tourism city reopened to the public Friday for the first time since wildfires killed 14 people. While the main drag was left intact, the charred remains of homes, vehicles and businesses on side roads served as a reminder of the cleanup and repairs needed in the days ahead. Officials estimate 2,500 buildings were damaged by the wildfires...
Dakota Access pipeline court battle to linger into new year

Dakota Access pipeline court battle to linger into new year

A federal court battle over whether the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline can finish the $3.8 billion project will linger at least into the first couple months of the new year. Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners last month asked U.S. District Judge James Boasberg to declare it can legally lay pipe under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota — the last remaining large chunk of...
'Lightning' slide recalled after children lose fingers

'Lightning' slide recalled after children lose fingers

At least two children have suffered amputated fingers because of broken welds on stainless steel playground slides.  
New CDC data understate accidental shooting deaths of kids

New CDC data understate accidental shooting deaths of kids

Government statistics released this week claiming that 77 minors in the U.S. were killed by unintentional gun discharges last year significantly understate the scope of an enduring public health problem. A review of shootings nationwide by The Associated Press and USA TODAY Network found that at least 141 deaths of minors were attributed to unintentional or accidental shootings in 2015 — 83...
Sound engineer, attorney among Oakland fire victims

Sound engineer, attorney among Oakland fire victims

A popular sound engineer, a young attorney and a woman described as a visionary were among the people killed in a fire that engulfed a dance party inside an Oakland warehouse. The Alameda County Sheriff's Department has released the names of all 36 victims. They ranged in age from 17 to 61. Federal officials were investigating the fire's cause. Here's a closer look at who the victims were: ATTORNEY...
Toys R Us, Target offer 'quiet hours' for children with autism

Toys R Us, Target offer 'quiet hours' for children with autism

Major retailers have made accommodations this holiday season for shoppers with children with autism.
It's Trump's war soon: Afghan future is cloudy at best

It's Trump's war soon: Afghan future is cloudy at best

Afghanistan has fallen so far from Americans' consciousness that some may have forgotten it's called the forgotten war. It also is America's longest war. Now in its 16th year and showing little sign of ending, it will soon be the responsibility of Donald Trump, two presidents removed from the October 2001 invasion. During the presidential campaign, neither Trump nor Democrat Hillary Clinton offered...
Lynch to visit mosque amid spike in anti-Muslim hate crimes

Lynch to visit mosque amid spike in anti-Muslim hate crimes

Attorney General Loretta Lynch is visiting a mosque in Virginia next week amid a sharp increase in hate crimes targeting Muslims. Lynch is scheduled to visit the All Dulles Area Muslim Society Center in Sterling on Monday morning. She will travel to New York City the following day for a discussion with gay, lesbian and transgender youth at Harvey Milk High School and to visit the Stonewall Inn and...
John Glenn, astronaut and senator, to lie in state in Ohio

John Glenn, astronaut and senator, to lie in state in Ohio

John Glenn will lie in state in Ohio's capitol building before a celebration of his life of military and government service and two history-making voyages into space. The public viewing at the Ohio Statehouse and a memorial service at Ohio State University's Mershon Auditorium are planned for late next week. The dates and times were being worked out Friday, said Hank Wilson, of the John Glenn College...
Canada reaches carbon agreement with provinces

Canada reaches carbon agreement with provinces

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday that his government and the majority of Canada's provinces had come to an agreement on a national carbon pricing plan. Trudeau has been working on a national carbon pricing plan with the provinces for months amid worries about the United States heading in the opposite direction and how that could put Canadian companies at an economic disadvantage. Earlier...
Firefighter sees own house burn while battling Gatlinburg wildfires

Firefighter sees own house burn while battling Gatlinburg wildfires

Pete Thompson, a firefighter and EMT, watched helplessly as his home was engulfed in flames while he rushed to an emergency call nearby. Two juveniles have been arrested and charged in the Tennessee wildfires that killed 14 people and destroyed or damaged more than 1,700 buildings including the two-story house where Thompson and his wife and two daughters lived for the last eight years, “My...
GOP's 'Obamacare' repeal path worries health care industry

GOP's 'Obamacare' repeal path worries health care industry

One by one, key health care industry groups are telling the incoming Republican administration and Congress that it's not a good idea to repeal the 2010 health care law without clear plans to address the consequences. Hospitals, insurers and actuaries — bean-counters who make long-range economic estimates — weighed in recently, and more interest groups are expected to make their views...
Obama orders review of election-season hacking

Obama orders review of election-season hacking

President Barack Obama has ordered intelligence officials to conduct a broad review of election-season cyberattacks, including the email hacks that rattled the presidential campaign and raised fresh concerns about Russia's meddling in U.S. elections, the White House said Friday. The review, led by intelligence agencies, will be a "deep dive" into a possible pattern of increased "malicious...
The Latest: Dylann Roof had hate-filled journal in car

The Latest: Dylann Roof had hate-filled journal in car

The Latest on the death penalty trial of Dylann Roof, who is charged with killing nine people during a Bible study in a Charleston church (all times local): 4:55 p.m. Dylann Roof left a handwritten journal full of hatred of blacks, Jews and even white women in his car when he was arrested for killing nine black people in a Charleston church. The journal was entered into evidence Friday at Roof's death...
The Latest: Trump Team dismisses report on Russian hacking

The Latest: Trump Team dismisses report on Russian hacking

The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST): 9:50 p.m. Donald Trump's transition team is dismissing a report that the CIA believes Russia tried to intervene in the U.S. election because it wanted Trump to win. A Friday night statement released by the transition team notes that the CIA "are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction." U.S. intelligence...
Michigan lets autonomous cars on roads without human driver

Michigan lets autonomous cars on roads without human driver

Companies can now test self-driving cars on Michigan public roads without a driver or steering wheel under new laws that could push the state to the forefront of autonomous vehicle development. The package of bills signed into law Friday comes with few specific state regulations and leaves many decisions up to automakers and companies like Google and Uber. It also allows automakers and tech companies...
The Latest: Senate backs water bill, sends to Obama

The Latest: Senate backs water bill, sends to Obama

The Latest on the final days of the congressional session (all times local): 1:06 a.m. Congress has approved a wide-ranging bill to authorize water projects across the country, including $170 million to address lead in Flint, Michigan's drinking water and $558 million to provide relief to drought-stricken California. The Senate approved the $10 billion bill, 78-21, early Saturday morning despite complaints...
Dylann Roof laughed during church slaying confession to FBI

Dylann Roof laughed during church slaying confession to FBI

Dylann Roof wanted the world to know he hated black people and thought they were criminals. He thought about attacking drug dealers, but they might shoot back. So, he told the FBI, he picked a historic black church in Charleston he had learned about online. In a videotaped confession shown Friday during his death penalty trial, Roof laughed several times and made exaggerated gun motions as he recounted...
Donald Trump remains producer on 'New Celebrity Apprentice'

Donald Trump remains producer on 'New Celebrity Apprentice'

Donald Trump is gone from the boardroom of NBC's reboot of "Celebrity Apprentice" but he's kept a business connection to the reality show. President-elect Trump has an executive producer credit on "The New Celebrity Apprentice," said Clare Anne Darragh, a spokesman for "Apprentice" creator Mark Burnett. She declined further comment on Trump's participation in the show...
Clinton decries rise of fake news in Capitol speech

Clinton decries rise of fake news in Capitol speech

Hillary Clinton decried the rise of fake news as an "epidemic" during a speech on Capitol Hill. Clinton addressed fake news during a speech for retiring Nevada Sen. Harry Reid at the Capitol Thursday. Clinton warned that "it's now clear that so-called fake news can have real-world consequences," an apparent reference to an incident involving a gunman who fired multiple shots inside...
Coca-Cola names Quincey as next CEO, Kent stays as chairman

Coca-Cola names Quincey as next CEO, Kent stays as chairman

Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent will step down from that role next year and be succeeded by the company's No. 2 executive, at a time when people are drinking less sugary soda including its flagship Coke drink. Chief Operating Officer James Quincey, long expected to become the next CEO, will take over leadership of the world's largest beverage maker on May 1, the company said Friday. Kent will remain as...
Critics: Alabama execution helps case against sedative

Critics: Alabama execution helps case against sedative

An Alabama execution in which a prisoner heaved his chest, coughed and appeared to move offers more evidence that a drug used to sedate inmates before they are put to death should not be used in lethal injections, critics of the drug said Friday. Alabama prison officials insisted there was no reason to believe Robert Bert Smith Jr. suffered after receiving the first of three drugs. The debate focuses...
Missing plane likely crashed into Alaska lake, officials say

Missing plane likely crashed into Alaska lake, officials say

A small airplane ferrying a father and his two teenage children to Anchorage presumably plunged into an expansive Alaska lake shortly after taking off from a nearby rural community, officials said Friday. No bodies have been found, but items belonging to the pilot and three passengers on board were discovered floating Thursday in Lake Clark, said John Quinley, a spokesman for the National Park Service...
Teen charged with murder in attack at troubled-youth ranch

Teen charged with murder in attack at troubled-youth ranch

An Arizona teenager was charged with aggravated murder and other counts Friday in the brutal slaying of one worker and the assault on a second staffer at a southern Utah ranch for troubled teens. Clay Brewer, 17, hit the counselor 10 times with a metal stick after "losing his mind" because of an addiction to pills that led him to be sent there, show charging documents. Brewer told investigators...
Oakland artists fear crackdown after Ghost Ship fire

Oakland artists fear crackdown after Ghost Ship fire

The Ghost Ship is now gone. But there's The Salt Lick, the ominously named Deathtrap and other converted warehouses where artists are holding emergency meetings behind locked metal doors. Oakland has long been hospitable to an underground art scene that flourished in its abandoned industrial warehouses and helped put this gritty city on the world's art map. But now its art and music underground is...
Voices from artists fearing crackdowns on artist collectives

Voices from artists fearing crackdowns on artist collectives

As the San Francisco Bay Area's artists grieve the loss of life from a deadly warehouse fire in Oakland that killed 36 people, they are also bracing for a possible city crackdown. The city has vowed to protect artists, but many have voiced concerns and point to Baltimore where officials raided a collective called the Bell Foundry, just days after the fire in Oakland. Here's what artists in Oakland...
Firefighter: Warehouse missing from fire-inspection records

Firefighter: Warehouse missing from fire-inspection records

The illegally occupied Oakland warehouse where dozens of partygoers perished in a blaze does not appear in a database fire inspectors use to schedule inspections and may never have been checked for fire hazards, a firefighter with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. Oakland fire officials are supposed to annually inspect commercial buildings for fire safety, with only single-family...
Officer slayings 'wreaked havoc' on rural Georgia community

Officer slayings 'wreaked havoc' on rural Georgia community

The manhunt lasted barely a day. A telephone tip Thursday morning led police to a home where a SWAT team found the suspected gunman dead inside — apparently having shot himself as officers arrived following a telephone tip. But the pain and anxiety aren't over for residents of Americus, a city of about 17,000 people in rural southwest Georgia. They are still mourning Americus police Officer...
Right to the end, Trump campaign spent less than Clinton's

Right to the end, Trump campaign spent less than Clinton's

Donald Trump's campaign spent about $94 million in its final push for the White House, according to new fundraising reports filed Thursday. The Republican continued his campaign-long trend of spending far less than Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. Her campaign blew through almost $132 million in its closing weeks, according to reports filed Thursday with the Federal Election Commission. The latest...
Trump picks fast food executive Andrew Puzder for Labor

Trump picks fast food executive Andrew Puzder for Labor

President-elect Donald Trump plans to add another wealthy business person and elite donor to his Cabinet, saying he would nominate fast-food executive Andrew Puzder as labor secretary. Puzder heads CKE Restaurants Holdings, the parent company of Carl's Jr., Hardee's and other chains. In 2010, he published a book called "Job Creation: How it Really Works and Why Government Doesn't Understand It...
Trump returns to campaign trail in Louisiana and Michigan

Trump returns to campaign trail in Louisiana and Michigan

Appearing jovial and relaxed, Donald Trump plunged back into election politics Friday, a full month after he won the presidency, thanking Michigan voters and prodding Louisiana Republicans to turn out for Saturday's Senate runoff election. Trump regaled supporters in Grand Rapids with a lengthy recitation of his victories in a string of battleground states, including Michigan, which had not previously...
New coalition will push back on repeal of Obama health law

New coalition will push back on repeal of Obama health law

Supporters of the 2010 health care law will launch a political coalition Friday to block its repeal. They're targeting Republican lawmakers whose constituents may now be at risk of losing health insurance. The initial goal is to stop Congress from repealing the law without simultaneously passing a replacement for some 20 million people covered through subsidized private health insurance and expanded...
Big business warns Trump against mass deportation

Big business warns Trump against mass deportation

Still grappling with Donald Trump's surprise election, the nation's business community has begun to pressure the president-elect to abandon campaign-trail pledges of mass deportation and other hard-line immigration policies that some large employers fear would hurt the economy. The push, led by an advocacy group backed by New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg and media mogul Rupert Murdoch, is still...
Months after brother died at Pulse, sister reopens his salon

Months after brother died at Pulse, sister reopens his salon

Six months after her brother and his longtime partner were killed in Orlando's gay nightclub massacre, Jessica Silva is re-opening the couple's beauty salon. Half a dozen black salon chairs are in place. One of them faces a large photo of the brother Juan Rivera Velazquez and his partner Luis Daniel Conde, who died June 12 in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. It's the same chair where...
Wisconsin recount goes ahead, judge mulls Pennsylvania case

Wisconsin recount goes ahead, judge mulls Pennsylvania case

A federal judge allowed Wisconsin's presidential recount to move forward Friday as a another federal judge in Pennsylvania planned to take the weekend to decide on a Green Party-backed request to recount paper ballots and examine election computer systems for signs of hacking. U.S. District Judge Paul S. Diamond in Philadelphia said he will rule Monday on the recount bid by Green Party presidential...
10 things to know about John Glenn, who has died at 95

10 things to know about John Glenn, who has died at 95

Ten notable aspects of the life of astronaut and senator John H. Glenn Jr. who died Thursday at 95: ___ ENDURING MARRIAGE Glenn married his childhood sweetheart, Anna "Annie" Margaret Castor, in 1943. She survives him. He bought her a diamond engagement ring in 1942 for $125 and it was never replaced. ___ FIGHTER PILOT John Glenn was a U.S. Marine Corps fighter pilot in World War II and...
All-American John Glenn: Astronaut, fighter pilot, senator

All-American John Glenn: Astronaut, fighter pilot, senator

John Glenn was the ultimate all-American hero. He was the first American to orbit the Earth, a war hero fighter pilot, a record-setting test pilot, a longtime senator, a presidential candidate and a man who defied age and gravity to go back into space at 77. But those were just his accomplishments. What made John Glenn was more his persona: He was a combat veteran with boy next door looks, a strong...
US defense secretary offers assurances to Afghan leaders

US defense secretary offers assurances to Afghan leaders

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Friday that America will stick with Afghanistan for years to come as a new U.S. president takes over what is already America's longest war. In a joint appearance In Kabul with Afghanistan's president, Ashraf Ghani, Carter said the U.S. cannot afford to give up on Afghanistan after more than 15 years of U.S. involvement, the deaths of more than 2,200 U.S. troops...
John Glenn, astronaut and US Senator, dies at 95

John Glenn, astronaut and US Senator, dies at 95

He became a hero as the first American to orbit the Earth and then served as a longtime U.S. senator. But John Glenn, who died Thursday at age 95, continued to defy gravity decades after his initial flight. The last survivor of the original Mercury 7 astronauts flew into space again at age 77. To his fellow crewmates on the space shuttle Discovery in 1998, the legend-turned-senator had to be called...
The Latest: Alabama executes man who killed clerk in 1994

The Latest: Alabama executes man who killed clerk in 1994

The Latest on the scheduled execution of an Alabama inmate (all times local): 11:15 p.m. A man convicted of killing a convenience store clerk has been put to death in Alabama, hours after the state's execution plans were twice put on temporary hold by the U.S. Supreme Court. Authorities say 45-year-old Ronald Bert Smith Jr. was pronounced dead at 11:05 p.m. CST Thursday after a lethal injection at...
Alabama inmate coughs, heaves 13 minutes into execution

Alabama inmate coughs, heaves 13 minutes into execution

A man who killed an Alabama convenience store clerk more than two decades ago was put to death Thursday night, an execution that required two consciousness tests as the inmate heaved and coughed 13 minutes into the lethal injection. Ronald Bert Smith Jr., 45, was pronounced dead at 11:05 p.m., about 30 minutes after the procedure began at the state prison in southwest Alabama. Smith was convicted...
Voices from artists fearing crackdowns on artist collectives

Voices from artists fearing crackdowns on artist collectives

As the San Francisco Bay Area's artists grieve the loss of life from a deadly warehouse fire in Oakland that killed 36 people, they are also bracing for a possible city crackdown. The city has vowed to protect artists, but many have voiced concerns and point to Baltimore where officials raided a collective called the Bell Foundry, just days after the fire in Oakland. Here's what artists in Oakland...
Video shows struggle, then shooting that paralyzed Iowa man

Video shows struggle, then shooting that paralyzed Iowa man

An unarmed black driver struggled with an Iowa officer and a police dog before the officer shot the motorist as he tried to get away in his pickup truck, paralyzing him, dashcam video released Thursday shows. Driver Jerime Mitchell managed to get back inside the vehicle with officer Lucas Jones clinging to his body by the open driver's side door. The video shows Jones shooting Mitchell at close range...
Debris in Alaska lake possibly from plane carrying 4 people

Debris in Alaska lake possibly from plane carrying 4 people

Debris believed to be from a small plane carrying four people that's missing in Alaska was found Thursday in a lake near where the aircraft took off from, an official said. Searchers in a boat found the debris floating on Lake Clark, National Park Service spokesman John Quinley said, He said the items are believed to belong to the occupants of the Piper PA-28 Cherokee, which took off from Port Alsworth...
Trump puts new spotlight on Long Island gang killings

Trump puts new spotlight on Long Island gang killings

As he sat down for an interview with Time magazine for his "person of the year" profile, Donald Trump explained his tough view on illegal immigration by retrieving a copy of the Long Island newspaper Newsday and pointing to a blaring headline: "Extremely Violent Gang Faction." The article focused on the killings of five teenagers from the same New York City suburb and suspicions...
Boy, 13, killed in botched smoke-shop heist was shot in back

Boy, 13, killed in botched smoke-shop heist was shot in back

An unarmed 13-year-old boy who died during a botched grab-and-run theft at a Las Vegas smoke shop was shot seven times in the back and head, according to a prosecutor, police and coroner reports. Details about the Dec. 2 death of Fabriccio Patti emerged as the clerk, Raad Sunna, 24, appeared for the first time Thursday before a Las Vegas judge. He was allowed to remain free on $150,000 bail and house...
10 things to know about John Glenn, who has died at 95

10 things to know about John Glenn, who has died at 95

Ten notable aspects of the life of astronaut and senator John H. Glenn Jr. who died Thursday at 95: ___ ENDURING MARRIAGE Glenn married his childhood sweetheart, Anna "Annie" Margaret Castor, in 1943. She survives him. He bought her a diamond engagement ring in 1942 for $125 and it was never replaced. ___ FIGHTER PILOT John Glenn was a U.S. Marine Corps fighter pilot in World War II and...
Oakland artists fear crackdown after Ghost Ship fire

Oakland artists fear crackdown after Ghost Ship fire

The Ghost Ship is now gone. But there's The Salt Lick, the ominously named Deathtrap and other converted warehouses where artists are holding emergency meetings behind locked metal doors. Oakland has long been hospitable to an underground art scene that flourished in its abandoned industrial warehouses and helped put this gritty city on the world's art map. But now its art and music underground is...
John Glenn, the 1st American to orbit Earth, dies at age 95

John Glenn, the 1st American to orbit Earth, dies at age 95

John Glenn, whose 1962 flight as the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth made him an all-American hero and propelled him to a long career in the U.S. Senate, died Thursday. The last survivor of the original Mercury 7 astronauts was 95. Glenn died at the James Cancer Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, where he was hospitalized for more than a week, said Hank Wilson, communications director for the John...
Chief of staff Priebus? Some Trump loyalists still dubious

Chief of staff Priebus? Some Trump loyalists still dubious

When President-elect Donald Trump tapped Reince Priebus as his chief of staff, Republican leaders cheered the prospect of a close ally having a top White House job. But as Priebus tries to wield his influence and bring more structure to the president-elect's freewheeling political organization, he's frustrating some longtime Trump allies who see him as too conventional a pick for an unconventional...