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Costs top $500,000 in case of man whose son died in hot car

ATLANTA (AP) — Documents show that the cost of sending a Georgia man to prison for life after his son died in a hot car outside Atlanta is estimated to be about $550,000. A judge this month sentenced 36-year-old Justin Ross Harris to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Jurors ...

Sheriff: Arkansas jail employee dies after attack by inmate

TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — Authorities in south Arkansas say a corrections officer has died after she was attacked by an inmate at a county jail. Another jail employee was injured. The attack happened Sunday afternoon at the Miller County jail in Texarkana, on the state's border with Texas. ...

Trump says Michelle Obama’s ‘no hope’ comment about the past

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump said first lady Michelle Obama "must have been talking about the past" when she said there's no sense of hope after his election. Trump, speaking Saturday at the final rally of his postelection "thank ...

Boy, 3, out shopping with grandma dies in road rage shooting

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A 3-year-old boy being taken on a shopping trip by his grandmother was killed in a road rage shooting when a driver opened fire on the grandmother's car because he thought she "wasn't moving fast enough at a stop sign," police said. The boy and his grandmother were ...

Official: Texas city had 3 reports of dirty water before ban

By FRANK BAJAK, Associated Press CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — There were three reports of dirty water before the 300,000 residents of Corpus Christi were told not to drink the city's water due to a chemical leak at an asphalt plant, city officials said Saturday, adding that the city hasn't ...

Senator: Exploding e-cigarette recalls need to be considered

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is increasing the heat on the federal government to consider recalling e-cigarette batteries and devices that explode and catch fire, injuring users. Schumer, a New York Democrat, has called e-cigarettes "ticking time bombs" and said they continue ...

Woman dies after tree falls on wedding party in California

WHITTIER, Calif. (AP) — A woman was killed and five others were injured when a large eucalyptus tree fell on a wedding party taking photographs at a Southern California park Saturday, authorities said. Several people were trapped under the tree at Whittier's Penn Park, the Los Angeles ...

NYC 24/7: Sleepless businesses meet a need in the night

By VERENA DOBNIK, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Wake up New York, there's a whole hidden city out there in the middle of the night, at your service. Even in an era when you can order just about anything you want by smartphone at 4 a.m., there are plenty of legitimate businesses in ...

Trump wants SC Rep. Mick Mulvaney to be his budget director

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — As he prepared for the final stop on his postelection "thank you" tour, President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday announced his pick for White House budget director, a tough-on-spending conservative congressman who advocates ...

Drug overdose deaths increased significantly in past 5 years

By MICHAEL CASEY, Associated Press CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Drug overdose deaths have increased by 33 percent in the past five years across the country, with some states seeing jumps of nearly 200 percent. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 30 states saw ...

Protesters rip GOP for taking away next governor’s ‘power’

By GARY D. ROBERTSON, Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Protesters say the North Carolina legislature's actions limiting the next governor's influence before he even takes office were unconstitutional power grabs by GOP legislators unhappy their candidate didn't win re-election. "We ...

Review panel praises Dartmouth campus culture reforms

By HOLLY RAMER, Associated Press CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — An outside review panel says Dartmouth College has successfully implemented its ambitious plan to overhaul its campus culture, and the focus now will shift to assessing its effectiveness. It's been nearly two years since President ...

After nearly 45 years, new NYC subway faces deadline to open

By JAKE PEARSON, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — New Yorkers have become accustomed to waiting on the subway. But nearly 45 years? That's how long it's been since construction began on a much-needed subway line beneath the east side of Manhattan. And if history is any guide, it's ...

Obama, rapping Putin, says US could strike back on cyber

By JOSH LEDERMAN and JULIE PACE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has put Russia's Vladimir Putin on notice that the U.S. could use offensive cyber muscle to retaliate for interference in the U.S. presidential election, his strongest suggestion to date that Putin ...

The electoral voters speak and they’re not out for a revolt

By CALVIN WOODWARD and RACHEL LA CORTE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Although pestered to a fare-thee-well to abandon Donald Trump, Republican electors appear to be in no mood for an insurrection in the presidential campaign's last voting ritual. This most untraditional of elections ...

Border cities worry that ending NAFTA would hurt economies

By PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press LAREDO, Texas (AP) — Donald Trump's only visit to the U.S.-Mexico border while running for president was a stop in Laredo that lasted less than three hours. On some days, that's not long enough for 18-wheelers hauling foreign-made dishwashers and car ...

California, Uber in legal showdown over self-driving cars

By JUSTIN PRITCHARD and MICHAEL LIEDTKE, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Uber is riding its self-driving cars into a legal showdown with California regulators. The ride-hailing company is refusing to obey demands by the state's Department of Motor Vehicles that it immediately stop ...

NJ Court rejects bid to dismiss same-sex discrimination suit

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — An appeals court in New Jersey turned down a bid to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a former employee who claims she was fired by a Catholic school because she's married to a woman. The Archdiocese of Newark challenged a lower court ruling to allow the case to proceed to ...

‘Moral Monday’ leader sues over being removed from flight

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The leader of North Carolina's "Moral Monday" progressive movement and the state's NAACP is suing American Airlines saying he was removed from a flight because he is black. News outlets report that The Rev. William Barber filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday in ...

Thief steals officer’s uniform from Philadelphia courthouse

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police in Philadelphia are searching for the thief who stole parts of an officer's uniform from a bench outside a courtroom at the city's Criminal Justice Center. The 25th District officer took off his uniform jacket, badge and hat while preparing to testify in a ...