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Officials: No smoke detectors in Ohio deadly home fire

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — No smoke detectors were found in an Ohio house where a fire killed two adults and two young girls in Akron, officials said as an investigation continued into what started the deadly blaze. The early Saturday fire killed a man and a woman and two girls, ages 8 and 9. A ...

Authorities to conditionally move from bridge near protest

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota authorities have said they'll move away from a key bridge near the main Dakota Access pipeline protest camp by Sunday afternoon if demonstrators agree to certain conditions. A Morton County Sheriff's Office news release details the conditions as outlined ...

Gun-rights backers vow to ‘go on offense’ during Trump years

By RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Firearms enthusiasts who embraced Donald Trump's campaign and his full-throated support of the Second Amendment are expecting a sweeping expansion of gun rights under his administration and a Congress firmly in Republican ...

Imprisoned former CIA officer fights conviction over leak

By ALANNA DURKIN RICHER, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Once an employee of the powerful CIA, Jeffrey Sterling now sits behind bars at a federal prison in Colorado. He bides his time by reading and writing and working at the facility's recreational center. Nearly two years after ...

Florida man dubbed “Grinch” arrested again by police

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Hours after a man described by police as a Christmas "Grinch" was released from a Florida jail, he is back in the slammer. The Boyton Beach Police Department says Francis Keller was arrested Sunday for holding up a fast-food restaurant and pointing a gun at ...

Cost of pedestrian bridge to NFL stadium more than expected

Cost of pedestrian bridge to NFL stadium more than expected MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The cost of building a pedestrian bridge to link a light-rail platform with the new U.S. Bank Stadium is about $1 million more than expected. The initial estimate was $9.65 million. Due to the increase, the ...

Next test for pipeline protesters: the North Dakota winter

By JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — So far, the hundreds of protesters fighting the Dakota Access pipeline have shrugged off the heavy snow, icy winds and frigid temperatures that have swirled around their large encampment on the North Dakota grasslands. But ...

Ford recalls 680,000 cars; seat belts may not hold in crash

DETROIT (AP) — Ford is recalling more than 680,000 midsize sedans mainly in North America because the front seat belts may not hold people in a crash. The recall covers certain 2013 to 2016 Ford Fusion, 2013 to 2015 Lincoln MKZ and 2015 and 2016 Ford Mondeo cars. Ford says heat ...

Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka homicide case returns to court

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The homicide case involving Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka returns to court six months after a judge ruled the former pro wrestling star mentally incompetent to stand trial in the 1983 death of his girlfriend. Snuka's mental fitness is expected to be re-evaluated at a hearing ...

New York woman mauled by pit bull has arm amputated

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a Rochester woman mauled by a pit bull earlier in the week has had one of her arms amputated. Rochester police have confirmed that surgeons amputated part of 33-year-old Mariah Schaffer's arm because of injuries she sustained during the attack early ...

Luke Bryan slaps heckler from stage with microphone in hand

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country star Luke Bryan took care of a heckler without skipping a beat during a concert this week by taking a swing at the man from the stage with his microphone still in hand. Bryan was performing his single "Move" at the Charlie Daniels' all-star Volunteer Jam in ...

Change of venue sought in Florida murder-for-hire case

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Attorneys for a Florida woman accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill her husband have asked for a change of venue. Attorney Brian Claypool told Judge Glenn Kelley on Friday that too many prospective jurors for Dalia Dippolito's retrial have an opinion of ...

Recovery begins as rains help put out Tennessee wildfires

By ADAM BEAM and JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — After nearly 24 hours of drenching rain helped quench a series of devastating wildfires in eastern Tennessee, local officials turned to cleanup and recovery efforts even as they battled their own personal ...

Police: Suspect in Tacoma officer’s death shot and killed

By LISA BAUMANN, Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — The suspect in the fatal shooting of a Tacoma officer has been shot and killed by police after a lengthy barricade situation, authorities said early Thursday. Pierce County Sheriff's Department spokesman Ed Troyer says the suspect was ...

53-pound snapping turtle saved from pipe

HOUSTON (AP) — A 53-pound snapping turtle is recovering at a Houston wildlife rehabilitation center after fire-rescue crews saved it from a drainage pipe. The Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says the specimen, one of a threatened species known as alligator snapping ...

Olympic hero Michael Phelps looks to dip his toes in tech

By MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Business Writer SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Michael Phelps wants to dive into Silicon Valley's investment opportunities as he tries to make the transition from Olympic swimming star and product pitchman to entrepreneur. "I would love to get involved, whether it's in ...

Lawyers: Trump has to sell DC hotel before taking office

By BERNARD CONDON, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — It's a glittering jewel in Donald Trump's hotel empire. Securing the rights to use the government-owned building where it is housed took him more than a year of negotiating. The resulting lease itself runs hundreds of pages, ...

US House approves bill recognizing Filipino WWII veterans

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill to honor Filipino soldiers who fought under U.S. command in World War II with the Congressional Gold Medal. The House's unanimous approval came Wednesday after the Senate passed the legislation this summer. The bill will ...

Trump picks Price as HHS secretary; Democrats blast choice

By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump has selected Georgia Rep. Tom Price, a leading critic of President Barack Obama's sweeping health care law, to head the Department of Health and Human Services. A key Senate Democrat immediately ...

AP: 10 Things to Know for Today

By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. CHARTERED AIRCRAFT CRASHES IN COLOMBIA; 5 SURVIVE The British Aerospace 146 jet operated by LaMia crashes outside Medellin, killing 76 people, including ...