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Minnesota National Guard identifies 3 killed in helicopter crash

The Minnesota National Guard says the three soldiers who were killed when their helicopter crashed near St. Cloud this week were part of a unit that returned last May from a nine-month deployment to the Middle East.

  House impeachment report looks at abuse, bribery, corruption

Strong with the Force the Mississippi Department of Transportation is

  Impeachment collides with funding deadline, testing Congress

Ho ho, oh no! Arizona man gets trapped in chimney weeks ahead of Christmas

  Ex-police officer accused of choking child with dog leash

As Dems zero in on White House, Trump racks up court losses

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  Trump complains low-flow toilets are flush with problems

  Texas suspect steals car with 10-month-old baby inside

PG&E says it has reached $13.5 billion wildfire settlement

Actor Ron Leibman dead at 82

Banana duct-taped to wall sells for $120K

Jury: Elon Musk did not defame British caver in tweet

  Saudi student opens fire at Florida Naval base, killing 3

The assault, which ended when a sheriff’s deputy killed the attacker, was the second fatal shooting at a U.S. Navy base this week and prompted a massive law enforcement response and base lockdown.

  Slain UPS driver’s family questions police response to chase

Ordonez’s family said the father of two was filling in on someone else’s route Thursday when the robbery suspects commandeered his truck.

Supreme Court keeps federal executions on hold

The Supreme Court on Friday blocked the Trump administration from restarting federal executions next week after a 16-year break.

Supreme Court temporarily shields Trump bank records

In an order signed by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the House cannot enforce subpoenas issued to Deutsche Bank and Capital One at least until Dec. 13.

  Seventh grader without legs is a basketball phenomenon

White House won’t participate in next impeachment hearing

Wife of Papa John’s founder files for divorce

  Chipotle offers workers paid sick leave, but you likely won’t get away with faking it

Officials list pot vape brands reported in US outbreak

Navy sailor who killed 2 at Pearl Harbor shipyard was unhappy with commanders

  US flu season arrives early, driven by an unexpected virus

An early barrage of illness in the South has begun to spread more broadly, and there’s a decent chance flu season could peak much earlier than normal, health officials say.

Weinstein accused of misusing ankle monitor; $5M bail sought

Harvey Weinstein violated his bail conditions by mishandling his electronic ankle monitor, which left his whereabouts unrecorded for hours at a time, a New York prosecutor argued Friday.

  Report: Teen who died in US custody unresponsive for hours

Video of the U.S. Border Patrol cell where a 16-year-old from Guatemala died of the flu shows the teen writhing and collapsing on the floor for hours before he was found dead.

Taylor Swift releases Christmas song with nostalgic tug at the heart

"Christmas Tree Farm” takes a nostalgic look at Christmas past for T-Swift.

  Democrats say Trump impeachment charges must come swiftly

Lawyers for the Judiciary Committee will present findings of obstruction of justice outlined in the Mueller Report that could be added to the articles of impeachment.

‘Cannonball Run’: New record claimed for cross-country drive from New York to Los Angeles

Three drivers have claimed the new record for the fastest time driving cross-country from New York to Los Angeles.

US gains a robust 266,000 jobs; unemployment falls to 3.5%

The unemployment rate dipped to 3.5% from 3.6% in October, matching a half-century low, the Labor Department reported Friday. And wages rose a solid 3.1% in November compared with a year earlier.

  Michigan boy brings kindergarten classmates to adoption ceremony

Thursday was adoption day for a Michigan boy, but it was not just him and his new family celebrating. The child had his entire class cheering them on.

Veteran producer of ‘WarGames,’ ’Blue Bloods” dies at 85

Leonard Goldberg, a network and studio executive and producer whose TV credits ranged from “Starsky and Hutch” in the 1970s to the current drama series “Blue Bloods” and whose independent movies included “WarGames” and “Sleeping with the Enemy,” has died. He was 85.

Walmart selling KFC fried chicken-scented firelog

The traditional yule log could smell a lot like a famous bucket of fried chicken, not exactly the evergreen scent of your childhood.

  Uber reports more than 3,000 sexual assaults on 2018 rides

More than 3,000 sexual assaults were reported during U.S. Uber rides in 2018, including 229 rapes across the company’s 1.3 billion rides.

Blind inmate executed in Tennessee for woman’s 1991 killing

Tennessee has put a 53-year-old blind inmate to death in the electric chair for his conviction in the 1991 killing of his estranged girlfriend. Thursday's execution was only the second of a blind inmate in the U.S. since the nation's reinstatement of the death penalty in 1976.

  ‘Devastated’: 3 crew killed in Black Hawk crash in Minnesota

Three soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard were killed Thursday when the Black Hawk helicopter they were riding in for a routine maintenance test flight crashed in a farm field in central Minnesota, Gov. Tim Walz confirmed.

R. Kelly charged with paying bribe before marriage to Aaliyah

Federal prosecutors are accusing singer R. Kelly of scheming with others to pay for a fake ID for an unnamed female a day before he married R&B singer Aaliyah, then 15 years old, in a secret ceremony in 1994.

  Florida family fights porch pirates with dirty diapers

A Florida family fought back against porch pirates with a decoy package filled with dirty diapers.

  Chase with stolen UPS truck ends with shootout, 4 dead

Four people, including a UPS driver, were killed Thursday after robbers stole the driver’s truck and led police on a chase that ended in gunfire at a busy Florida intersection during rush hour, the FBI said.

  Kerry endorses Biden as ad cites NATO leaders mocking Trump

The Biden campaign rolled out Kerry’s endorsement as it continued to portray Trump as a dangerous and erratic commander in chief and head of state.

  National Guard brings holiday cheer to western Alaska for 63rd annual Operation Santa

The Alaska National Guard is carrying out a tradition 63 years strong, bringing Christmas cheer to a remote community. This year the team took Operation Santa to Napakiak.

  Loaded gun inside baby gift bought at Florida thrift store, opened at shower

The family thought they were buying an unopened Baby Einstein’s bouncer, but instead, it was a semi-automatic rifle.

  Estranged husband of missing Conn. mom denies owing millions to her family

Fotis Dulos denies owing money to the family of Jennifer Dulos.

  Willie Nelson says he’s not smoking, but is still using pot

The 86-year-old country music legend said he no longer smokes to help protect his health.

  ‘I was insulted’: Fake Christmas tree at R.I. Capitol offends tree farmer

An artificial Christmas tree at Rhode Island's State House sparks controversy.

Airbnb introduces new rules to rein in parties, nuisances

The company said Thursday it’s banning “open invite” parties at all of its accommodations. Those are parties open to anyone and advertised on social media, for example.

  Giuliani in Ukraine as Congress moves closer to impeachment

Giuliani met in Kyiv with Andrii Derkach, a member of Ukraine’s parliament who has promoted unsubstantiated claims against the Bidens.

DA: Man had shot 6-year-old nephew before Syracuse police killed him

Authorities in Syracuse say police shot and killed an armed man after the man shot his 6-year-old nephew.

  Democrats say Trump impeachment charges must come swiftly

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will deliver an unusual public statement Thursday morning on the status of the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

Trump asks Supreme Court to void financial records subpoena

President Donald Trump asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to void a subpoena from the House of Representatives that seeks the president’s financial records from his accounting firm.

Phone-in-cheek: Spike seen in cellphone-linked face injuries

A study published Thursday found a spike in U.S. emergency room treatment for these mostly minor injuries.

Planned Parenthood is spending over $1 million on ads targeting GOP senators

Television, radio, digital and direct advertisements targeted to three conservative lawmakers will appear in North Carolina, Colorado and Arizona.

’Narwhal’ staying with rescue; role as therapy dog

The extra feature isn't causing any complications.

Justin Timberlake apologizes to wife after ‘strong lapse in judgment’

Justin Timberlake was seen holding hands with co-star Alisha Wainwright a few weeks ago.

  Disney releases new trailer for live-action ‘Mulan’ remake

While we shouldn’t expect the grand musical numbers from the animated version, the new trailer released Thursday morning makes several nods to our favorite songs.

  ‘Unicorn puppy’ will stay with Mo. rescue shelter

Little Narwhal was born with a tail on his forehead.

  ’Dizzy’ Florida man launches car into dealership, deputies say

Cameras captured the moment a car was launched over a row of cars and into a dealership parking lot. Several cars were damaged after it landed.

  Impeachment takeaways: History lessons, partisan feuds

Three of the lawyers were chosen by Democrats, one by Republicans, and the experts split much like the committee, along partisan lines, over whether Trump committed an impeachable offense when he asked the president of Ukraine to investigate his political rival Joe Biden.

Historic US towns endured wars, storms. What about sea rise?

The most vulnerable coastal communities sit only a few feet above sea level and are already getting wet at some high tides. Scientists estimate the sea will rise another 2 feet to 4 feet in the next 50 years.

  Deer could lead Santa’s sleigh after antlers tangle with Christmas lights

Animal services says this is a good reminder to make sure hanging holiday decorations are secure and high enough to avoid issues with wildlife.

  Parents, 17-year-old son fight 3 different types of cancer at same time

While the three are being treated for cancer, the family is fighting hard to keep the French-American restaurant they've owned and operated for 16 years open.

  Man accused of killing girlfriend’s kids, self after argument about smoking in house

Police say the suspect was a convicted felon and should not have had a firearm.

’Tis the season: Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lights up

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was officially turned on Wednesday night, at an event featuring celebrities including Idina Menzel, Lea Michele and Ne-Yo among the performers.

Drug can curb dementia’s delusions, researchers find

A study found that the drug that curbs delusions in Parkinson's patients did the same for people with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.

‘Star Trek’ writer, story editor DC Fontana dead at age 80

D.C. Fontana, a writer and story editor for the original “Star Trek” television series and later a contributor to “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and other related projects, has died at age 80.

  Ga. store owner says thieves took $80K worth of drones and accessories, ransacked Toys for Tots box

Thieves stole $80,000 in drones and accessories from a Georgia hobby store, and even raided the Toys for Tots box, the store owner said.

Surprising 1st results from NASA’s sun-skimming spacecraft

Scientists said Wednesday they've observed bursts of energetic particles never before seen on such a small scale and switchback-like reversals in the out-flowing solar magnetic field.

Minnesota sues Juul over ‘deceptive marketing’ to youth

The lawsuit describes how Juul has created a public nuisance and violated the consumer protection laws in Minnesota.

Instagram will ask new users for their age

Some people don’t like revealing their age, but if you’re thinking about signing up for Instagram, you’ll have to give it up.

  Profs make impeachment case; Democrats say they’re all in

Lawmakers accuse Trump of “openly and indiscriminately” defying the House’s constitutional authority to conduct the impeachment proceedings by instructing officials not to comply with subpoenas for documents and testimony.

Google co-founders step aside as antitrust scrutiny heats up

Google’s founders are stepping aside and their long foreshadowed successor, Sundar Pichai, has been well prepped to serve as the public face of the company.

Jimmy Carter discharged from Georgia hospital

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter was discharged from a hospital Wednesday after being treated for a urinary tract infection, a spokeswoman said.

  668,000 will lose food stamp benefits under new work rules

Hundreds of thousands of Americans who rely on the federal food stamp program will lose their benefits under a new Trump administration rule that will tighten work requirements for recipients.

Zimmerman sues Trayvon Martin’s family, attorneys

Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of the 2012 killing of Trayvon Martin, is suing the teen’s parents, family attorney, the attorney’s book publisher and prosecutors who tried his case.

Vaping-related injuries reported in all 50 states

All 50 states are now dealing with a vaping-related lung injury case.

Once-a-month birth control pill? Experiment works in animals

Birth control pills work great if women remember to take them every day but missing doses can mean a surprise pregnancy. Now scientists have figured out how to pack a month’s supply into one capsule.

  Trump aims for role of NATO statesman but mars unity message

The gathering of NATO leaders follows Trump’s frequent criticism of alliance members as falling well short in doing their financial part through the first three years of his presidency.

  Lifestyle changes, lower cholesterol earlier in life can help prevent heart disease, study says

Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans, with more than 600,000 dying from the disease in the U.S. every year. Lowering cholesterol may be the key to reducing heart disease risk.

Rapper T.I.’s remarks spark NY bill to end virginity tests

New York could ban intrusive tests aimed at determining virginity in response to the controversial remarks made recently by the rapper T.I. that he has a gynecologist check his daughter’s hymen annually.

Buffalo bishop resigns under fire for handling of misconduct

Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone was forced to step down amid an outcry for his removal over how he handled allegations of clergy sexual misconduct. The Vatican said Pope Francis appointed Albany Bishop Edward Scharfenberger to run the Buffalo Diocese temporarily.

  Abortion bill in Ohio suggests doctors reimplant ectopic pregnancies

Such a pregnancy involves a fertilized egg implanted outside the uterus, which can lead to life-threatening complications for the woman.