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Gas prices to stay low nationwide, analysts say

OPEC effect called already at pumps

Subscriber onlyAmericans will still see low gasoline prices this Christmas season despite a recent uptick at the pump, analysts say. Continue reading...

Trump gives 2 states pep talk

Giuliani out as a prospect for Cabinet

Subscriber onlyGRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Donald Trump waded back into election politics Friday, a full month after he won the presidency, thanking Michigan voters and prodding Louisiana Republicans to turn out for today's Senate runoff election and protect the party's 52-48 advantage in Washington. Continue reading...

Senate readies stopgap bill vote

Democrats back off on miner bid

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- The Senate headed to a vote averting a government shutdown at midnight Friday as coal-state Democrats beat a tactical retreat and promised to continue their fight next year for months-long health care benefits for retired miners. Continue reading...

Murderer coughs, heaves during his lethal dosing

Alabama defends use of contentious drug

Subscriber onlyATMORE, Ala. -- An Alabama inmate coughed repeatedly and his upper body heaved for at least 13 minutes during an execution using a drug that has previously been used in troubled lethal injections in at least three other states. Continue reading...

Food, water head for space station

Subscriber onlyCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A Japanese capsule blasted off with much-needed supplies for the International Space Station on Friday, a week after a Russian shipment was destroyed shortly after liftoff. Continue reading...

Town grieves slain officers

Georgia campus officer rushed to back up lifelong friend

Subscriber onlyWhat started as a 911 call reporting a domestic disturbance broke out in violence as two responding officers were struck by deadly gunfire, leaving a rural Georgia community grieving and on edge as police hunted the attacker. Continue reading...

Oakland fire recalls 1946 hotel disaster

California warehouse blaze turns spotlight on fire-safety standards, awareness

Subscriber onlyATLANTA -- The Winecoff Hotel fire in Atlanta, the deadliest hotel fire in U.S. history, killed 119 people 70 years ago this week and led to new and lasting fire safety standards for hotels and other public buildings. Continue reading...

Obama orders probe of election hacking

Subscriber onlyPresident Barack Obama has directed U.S. intelligence agencies to conduct an investigation into hacking attacks related to the U.S. election and issue a report before he leaves office next month, White House counterterrorism adviser Lisa Monaco said. Continue reading...

Jury views Roof's taped confession to FBI agent

Subscriber onlyCHARLESTON, S.C. -- 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. Continue reading...

Monday ruling set for recount in Pennsylvania

Wisconsin judge OKs review; Stein Michigan appeal denied

Subscriber onlyPHILADELPHIA -- A federal judge allowed Wisconsin's presidential recount to move forward Friday as 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. Continue reading...

Missouri judges toss alien-bail law

Subscriber onlyJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Supreme Court struck down a state law that denies bail to criminal defendants who cannot prove they are legally present in the U.S. Continue reading...

The nation in brief

Subscriber onlyFlorida says zonesnow clear of Zika Continue reading...

Man found guilty of shooting police

Subscriber onlyST. LOUIS -- A jury convicted a man of shooting two police officers during a 2015 protest in Ferguson amid fallout over the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown months earlier. Continue reading...

Memphis sees record-setting 214th homicide of the year

MEMPHIS — With its latest apparent shooting death, Memphis hit 214 homicides this year, a record for this city beset by gang activity and gun crime, police said Friday. Continue reading...

UPS driver helps rescue woman being held captive, sheriff says

UNION, Mo. — Authorities say a UPS driver helped rescue a woman whose husband is now charged with beating and holding her captive for 15 hours. Continue reading...

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