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House approves bill on Calif. drought, Flint water

By MATTHEW DALY Associated Press WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday passed a wide-ranging bill to authorize water projects across the country, including $170 million to address lead in Flint drinking water and $558 million to provide relief to drought-stricken California. The $10 billion ...

Pizza shop gunman says he regrets how handled the situation

By JONATHAN DREW and TOM FOREMAN Jr., Associated Press SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) — The man accused of firing an assault rifle inside a Washington restaurant said he regrets how he handled the situation but refused to completely dismiss the false online claims involving a child sex ring that ...

Investigators to look at electrical system in Oakland fire

By PAUL ELIAS and SUDHIN THANAWALA, Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Federal officials investigating a fire that killed 36 people during a party at an Oakland warehouse plan to bring in engineers to examine the building's electrical system, as they try to pinpoint the cause of a ...

Southern drought relents but not over, despite recent rains

By JEFF MARTIN, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Recent showers and storms across much of the South have eased the severe drought in the region, but experts say it wasn't enough to make up for months of dry conditions before the rain finally fell. More rain is needed before the demise ...

Lawyer: FBI agent who shot at Michigan officer felt paranoid

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A lawyer for an FBI agent arrested in western Michigan for firing his gun at a police officer outside a fitness club says the agent was feeling paranoid and only vaguely recalls what happened. No one was injured in the shooting early Tuesday at the Planet Fitness ...

Christmas tree farmer returns wedding band lost 15 years ago

WHITE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A Christmas tree farmer has found and returned a wedding ring a New Jersey man lost roughly 15 years ago. David Penner says his wedding band slipped off his finger during a visit to Wyckoff's Tree Farm in White Township with his wife years ago. Penner thought ...

Florida authorities identify man killed by deputy in lake

FRUITLAND PARK, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida have identified a man who was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy after he beat the deputy with an oar in a lake. Sgt. Fred Jones of the Lake County Sheriff's Office tells local news outlets that 49-year-old Wayne Donald Dorsey was the ...

Minnesota’s population becoming older, more diverse

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's population is getting older and slightly more diverse, according to new statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau. The median age of Minnesotans is 37.7 years, which is about seven months older than the median age in 2010, Minnesota Public Radio News ...

Chinese ship pulls out of MH370 search, leaving lone ship

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The seabed search for the missing Malaysian airliner has been left to a single ship, with a Chinese vessel heading home to Shanghai, officials said on Wednesday. A Dutch survey ship Fugro Equator will finish the search of the southern Indian Ocean for Malaysia ...

Pence claims mandate for incoming Trump administration

By LISA LERER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President-elect Mike Pence claimed a governing mandate for the incoming White House, calling on Republican activists to help the Trump administration pass an ambitiously conservative agenda. The Indiana governor made little ...

Charleston church shooting suspect’s trial set to begin

By BRUCE SMITH and JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The white man who authorities said wanted to start a race war by killing nine black people in a South Carolina church is getting ready to stand trial in a city already bruised by a former police officer's ...

Emotions raw on witness stand at Will Smith death trial

By KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Early testimony in the trial of the man who fatally shot retired New Orleans Saints star Will Smith sometimes dealt more with the emotional effects of Smith's slaying than with facts. The first witness called was Deuce McAllister, a ...

‘Mannequin challenge’ video leads to arrests in Alabama

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A "mannequin challenge" video of people staging a shootout has led to the arrests of two men in Alabama and the seizure of several guns and marijuana. Madison County Sheriff's Office Capt. Mike Salomonsky tells local news outlets the video led investigators to serve ...

Officials: Suspect killed after attacking deputy with oar

FRUITLAND PARK, Fla. (AP) — A Florida deputy sheriff shot and killed a suspect who authorities say beat the deputy with an oar in a lake. Lake County Sheriff's Office spokesman Fred Jones tells local news outlets that deputies responded Tuesday night to a hit-and-run incident in which the ...

Suspect foiled by 90-year-old Holocaust survivor arrested

NEW YORK (AP) — Police in New York City say they've arrested a would-be mugger whose attempt to steal a Holocaust survivor's purse was thwarted when the then-90-year-old woman fought back. Forty-nine-year-old Lillian Maduro was arrested Monday and charged with robbery and assault in ...

Ohio man’s controversial ‘Zombie Nativity’ vandalized

CINCINNATI (AP) — A suburban Cincinnati man says someone vandalized the "Zombie Nativity" scene he puts up annually, beheading the ghoulish-looking Mary figure and flipping the greenish baby Jesus into the yard. Jasen Dixon says someone damaged the handmade scene early Tuesday at his home ...

Fake news rings alarm bells from restaurant to White House

By MATTHEW BARAKAT and JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The bizarre rumors began with a leaked email referencing Hillary Clinton and sinister interpretations of references to pizza parties. It morphed into fake online news stories about a child sex trafficking ring run ...

Automatic horn may be behind fatal Arkansas train crash

By KELLY P. KISSEL, Associated Press LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Automated equipment may have contributed to a deadly head-on train collision in Arkansas by resetting alarms set up to ensure the crew is alert. The National Transportation Safety Board meets Tuesday in Washington, D.C., to ...

Trump says cancel new Air Force One: Costs ‘out of control’

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Six weeks from taking office, Donald Trump says he wants the government to cut some costs by canceling its order for a new Air Force One, the plane that carries presidents around the globe. The government has contracted with Boeing to ...

Trump faces pushback from base, allies over Romney musings

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — As President-elect Donald Trump stood onstage during the debut night of his "Thank you" tour and teased that he was about to announce a surprise Cabinet pick, some in the Ohio crowd bellowed: "No Romney! No Romney!" Trump's ...