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December 18, 2014

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  • Federal judge considering Oklahoma's death penalty

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    (AP) OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma prison system chief who halted an execution in the spring after problems with the lethal injection drugs is expected to testify in a federal challenge to the state's death penalty. Oklahoma Department of Corrections ...

  • AP Top Headlines At 1:19 a.m. EST

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    (AP) Convicted spy's parents searching for son after Cuba-US relations breakthrough Thaw in US relations brings hope for greater changes in Cuba, anxiety about future Police say 8 children have been killed in a home in northern Australia Companies on high ...

  • Dog saves man from Sacramento home fire

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    (AP) SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities are crediting a chocolate Labrador with saving the life of a Sacramento man after it alerted him to a fire inside a home that appeared not to have a smoke detector. Sacramento Fire Department spokesman ...

  • AP Top News At 12:50 a.m. EST

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    (AP) Spy's parents search for son after Cuba-US deal Hope and some fear in Cuba amid thaw with US 8 children killed in home in northern Australia Companies' data security in question after Sony hack Sony film took aim at North ...

  • Lava slows but still on track to hit Hawaii market

    1 hour, 3 minutes ago

    (AP) HONOLULU (AP) — Lava from an active volcano on Hawaii's Big Island has slowed slightly as it pushes toward a shopping center in the small town of Pahoa. The molten rock was 1,200 to 1,300 yards away from the edge ...

  • AP Top U.S. News At 12:05 a.m. EST

    1 hour, 30 minutes ago

    (AP) Digital dilemma: How will US respond to Sony hack? Companies' data security in question after Sony hack Tsarnaev appears in court for 1st time since 2013 2 states challenge Colorado marijuana legalization Feds sue NYC over Rikers Island jail violence ...

  • Today in History

    1 hour, 35 minutes ago

    (AP) Today is Friday, Dec. 19, the 353rd day of 2014. There are 12 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 19, 1974, Nelson A. Rockefeller was sworn in as the 41st vice president of the United ...

  • AP Top Health News At 11:34 p.m. EST

    2 hours, 1 minute ago

    (AP) European court rules obesity can be a disability Ebola: 11th Sierra Leone doctor dies; fire destroys supplies Irish face new abortion row over brain-dead woman Cambodian villagers angry over HIV outbreak AP IMPACT: Abused kids die as authorities fail to ...

  • Phoenix police chief fired after union strife

    2 hours, 31 minutes ago

    (AP) PHOENIX (AP) — Embattled Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia was fired Thursday, hours after he held an unauthorized news conference where he said it was "time to silence the critics" and requested a two-year contract from the city. Unions representing ...

  • Infant or fetus remains found in storage unit

    3 hours, 4 minutes ago

    (AP) COLFAX, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in Northern California are investigating how the bodies of two infants or fetuses ended up in a storage unit. The Placer County sheriff's office says a woman called authorities Nov. 25 to report an odor ...

  • Judge: Slender Man stabbing defendants competent

    4 hours, 14 minutes ago

    (AP) WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — Two Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please a fantasy character called Slender Man are mentally fit to stand trial on attempted homicide charges, a judge ruled Thursday. Experts for the state concluded that ...

  • Young immigrants allowed to get driver's licenses

    4 hours, 24 minutes ago

    (AP) PHOENIX (AP) — A judge cleared the way Thursday for thousands of young immigrants in Arizona who are protected from deportation under an Obama administration policy to get driver's licenses. The preliminary injunction issued by U.S. District Judge David Campbell ...

  • Ex-Tulsa cop to stand trial in off-duty shooting

    4 hours, 43 minutes ago

    (AP) TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A judge Thursday ordered a former Tulsa police officer to stand trial on a charge that he killed his daughter's boyfriend in an off-duty shooting. The Tulsa World reported (http://bit.ly/1sMguh9 ) that Shannon James Kepler, 54, ...

  • California lawmaker enters plea after DUI arrest

    4 hours, 45 minutes ago

    (AP) SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Democratic state senator charged with drunken driving after a party at the state Capitol pleaded no contest Thursday to a reduced charge of alcohol-related reckless driving. Sen. Ben Hueso of San Diego was sentenced to ...

  • Arson caused $30 million downtown Los Angeles fire

    5 hours, 16 minutes ago

    (AP) LOS ANGELES (AP) — Investigators have determined that arson caused a massive fire that reduced an unfinished apartment complex in downtown Los Angeles to a block of charred wood. Nobody was injured, but the Dec. 8 fire destroyed the wooden ...

  • Police: Man hid gun parts in luggage at NY airport

    5 hours, 21 minutes ago

    (AP) NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a New York City man has been arrested at Kennedy International Airport after TSA agents found handgun parts hidden in his luggage. Port Authority Police Department spokesman Joe Pentangelo says that Oscar Ramirez was ...

  • Police sketch of meteorologist shooting suspect released

    6 hours, 14 minutes ago

    (AP) TEMPLE, Texas (AP) — Authorities have released a sketch of a suspect in the shooting a Central Texas television meteorologist outside the studio where the weatherman worked. Trooper D.L. Wilson of the Texas Department of Public Safety says the sketch ...

  • Day care owner pleads in boy's death in murky pool

    6 hours, 16 minutes ago

    (AP) PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former Philadelphia day care owner has pleaded guilty in the drowning of a boy who attended her unlicensed center. Thirty-two-year-old Tianna Edwards faces up to 22 years in prison at sentencing. She pleaded guilty Thursday to ...

  • NYPD: Brooklyn man arrested in assault on officers

    6 hours, 50 minutes ago

    (AP) NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department says a Brooklyn man has been arrested in connection with an assault on officers during a protest over the apparent chokehold death of Eric Garner. Forty-three-year-old Robert Murray, accompanied by his ...

  • Dog injures Wyoming man in accidental shooting

    6 hours, 53 minutes ago

    (AP) SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) — Police in northern Wyoming say a rifle discharged after a dog apparently stepped on it, injuring a 46-year-old man. Johnson County Sheriff Steve Kozisek (KAHS'-eh-sec) says the bullet struck Richard L. Fipps, of Sheridan, in the ...

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