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Winter storm weakens but thousands still without power

CHICAGO (AP) — The fury of the winter storm that swept into the northern Great Plains on Christmas Day weakened heading into Tuesday, but thousands remained without power in the Dakotas and Michigan. High winds and drifting snow continued to make travel hazardous in the Dakotas, even as ...

Mom suffocates baby son, kills self in murder-suicide

YORK, Pa. (AP) — Police in Pennsylvania are investigating after they say a 40-year-old mother intentionally suffocated her 12-month-old son before taking her own life in an apparent murder-suicide. The bodies were found by officers who were dispatched to Sheri Shermeyer's Shrewsbury ...

Cell service at Rainier: Do you want to hear me now?

By PHUONG LE, Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — On a recent snowshoeing trip on Mount Rainier, Nancy Spears brought her cellphone along but was happy not to have coverage: It gave her time to connect with her snowy surroundings rather than her social media accounts. Spotty or no cellular ...

Ex-NFL star back in court ahead of double murder trial

BOSTON (AP) — Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez is heading back to court for another pretrial hearing ahead of his double murder trial in connection with a drive-by shooting in Boston in 2012. Hernandez is charged with killing 29-year-old Daniel de Abreu and 28-year-old ...

Recounts or no, US elections are still vulnerable to hacking

By MICHAEL RUBINKAM and FRANK BAJAK, Associated Press ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Jill Stein's bid to recount votes in Pennsylvania was in trouble even before a federal judge shot it down Dec. 12. That's because the Green Party candidate's effort stood almost no chance of detecting potential ...

As Gov. Haley joins Trump, a Trump supporter succeeds Haley

By SEANNA ADCOX, Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — If South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is confirmed as President-elect Donald Trump's pick for United Nations ambassador, her successor will be an entrenched veteran of the state's GOP who as attorney general decided not to prosecute ...

Blizzards, ice storms wreak havoc across northern plains

CHICAGO (AP) — Travel conditions remained hazardous as a winter storm swept across much of the northern Great Plains Monday, with blowing and drifting snow creating near-zero visibility on some roads. The combination of freezing rain, snow and high winds that forced the shutdown Sunday of ...

Pollution from dead Ivy League lab mice worries neighborhood

MICHAEL CASEY, Associated Press HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — Neighbors of Dartmouth College property where for years the Ivy League school disposed of mice and other small animals used in science experiments say they fear pollution from the site has contaminated their groundwater and they worry ...

Trump repeating some behaviors he criticized in Clinton

By LISA LERER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump spent the past two years attacking rival Hillary Clinton as crooked, corrupt, and weak. But some of those attacks seem to have already slipped into the history books. From installing Wall Street executives in his Cabinet ...

Trump’s pick for ambassador to Israel has all sides on edge

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — If President-elect Donald Trump wanted to show he planned to obliterate President Barack Obama's approach to Israel, he may have found his man to deliver that message in David Friedman, his pick for U.S. ambassador. The bankruptcy ...

Deep divide stops effort to repeal North Carolina LGBT law

By GARY D. ROBERTSON and EMERY P. DALESIO, Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A supposedly bipartisan deal to repeal North Carolina's anti-LGBT law collapsed when both sides balked and started blaming each other, likely meaning the state will remain a pariah shunned by corporations, ...

Trump denounces attack, vows tough immigration plan

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and JULIE PACE, Associated Press PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Denouncing the deadly attack on a Christmas market in Germany, President-elect Donald Trump renewed his vow to stop radical terror groups and appeared to suggest a willingness to move ahead with his campaign pledge ...

Cancer-stricken ‘Jeopardy!’ player wins $103K before death

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A woman who died of cancer just days before her appearance on "Jeopardy!" aired won six contests in a row and more than $103,000, some of which she donated to cancer research. Cindy Stowell's run ended when she finished second in her seventh appearance that aired ...

Amid scrutiny, Eric Trump to stop raising money for charity

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — One of President-elect Donald Trump's sons will stop directly raising money for his namesake foundation, saying he worries the donations could be perceived as buying access to his father. Eric Trump said Wednesday that it ...

New Jersey alleges Rent-A-Center tolerated racial slurs

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey has filed a civil rights lawsuit against Rent-A-Center, saying the national retailer tolerated racial slurs a manager reportedly used frequently at two of the company's stores. The state complaint, filed in Camden Superior Court on Wednesday, requested that ...

Michigan governor doesn’t expect to be charged over Flint

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder says he has "no reason to be concerned" about being charged in the Flint water investigation. Snyder's comments to the Detroit Free Press (http://on.freep.com/2h51dml ) occurred as the bill for his legal fees reached $4.9 million — all paid by ...

Trump’s Cabinet selections signal pointed shift after Obama

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Propelled by populist energy, President-elect Donald Trump's candidacy broke long-standing conventions and his incoming Cabinet embodies a sharp turn from the outgoing Obama administration. Trump, a Republican who pledged major changes ...

Trump aides: Democrats’ complaints are sour grapes

By ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Sour grapes. That's how Donald Trump's closest advisers see Democrats' complaints that Moscow hacked their private emails this election season in a bid to sow discord among their supporters and sway the election toward ...

Woman who fled to Mexico with her baby now jailed in Arizona

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a woman who had fled to Mexico with her 4-month-old son after being told she had to hand the child over to the Arizona Department of Child Safety. U.S. Marshals Service officials say 25-year-old Elizabeth Morales has been booked into the ...

Obama says he’ll focus on helping new generation of leaders

HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama says one of his missions after leaving office will be to develop a new generation of leaders on issues such as climate change, criminal justice reform and expanding health insurance coverage. In a wide-ranging interview with NPR, Obama said he wants ...