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Crowd honors ‘gift of freedom’ from Pearl Harbor servicemen
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii — Thousands of people observed a moment of silence before fighter jets streaked across the sky during a ceremony Wednesday at Pearl Harbor marking the 75th anniversary of the attack that plunged the United States into World War II and left more than 2,300 service people dead. ...
By Audrey McAvoy The Associated Press FULL STORY
Rescuers comb Indonesia earthquake rubble for second day
MEUREUDU, Indonesia — Rescue workers, soldiers and police combed through the rubble of a devastated town in Indonesia’s Aceh province Thursday, resuming a search for earthquake survivors that was halted at night by rain and blackouts. Nearly 100 people died in the shallow and powerful quake th...
By Binsar Bakkara The Associated Press FULL STORY
Study: ‘Obamacare’ repeal-only would make 30M uninsured
WASHINGTON — Repealing President Barack Obama’s health care law without a replacement risks making nearly 30 million people uninsured, according to a study released Wednesday. Separately, a professional group representing benefit advisers warned congressional leaders of the risk of “significa...
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar The Associated Press FULL STORY
Trump chooses hardliners but talks softer on immigration
NEW YORK — Donald Trump embraced new Cabinet officers Wednesday whose backgrounds suggest he’s primed to put tough actions behind his campaign rhetoric on immigration and the environment, even as he seemed to soften his yearlong stance on immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children. It...
By Jonathan Lemire The Associated Press FULL STORY
Blue states wary as Donald Trump goes on victory tour
LOS ANGELES — As Donald Trump makes his thank-you tour of states that voted for him, other parts of the country are gearing up to do battle with his administration. Three of the most populous, urban and ethnically diverse states — California, New York and Illinois — voted heavily for Hillary ...
By Geoff Mulvihill and Michael R. Blood The Associated Press FULL STORY
Congress approves biomedical bill as leaders eye adjournment
WASHINGTON — Congress sent President Barack Obama bipartisan legislation Wednesday to beef up research on cancer and other diseases, battle drug abuse and speed government approvals of pharmaceuticals and medical devices. By 94-5, the Senate sent the measure to President Barack Obama for his cert...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Two juveniles charged in Tennessee wildfires that killed 14
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Authorities on Wednesday charged two juveniles in an East Tennessee wildfire that killed 14 people and destroyed or damaged more than 1,700 buildings in an iconic tourism spot at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains. Officials offered few other specifics about how they think t...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Officials outline steps for resolving Guard bonus scandal
WASHINGTON — Senior U.S. military officials sought to assure a House oversight panel Wednesday that they’re taking aggressive steps to ensure that thousands of soldiers who received enlistment bonuses and served in combat won’t be forced to return the money. Army Maj. Gen. David Baldwin, the...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Bill aims to ban police from notifying feds about immigrants
SACRAMENTO — The leader of the California Senate wants to bar police from sharing information with federal deportation agents about immigrants being released from custody to protect them from President-elect Donald Trump’s plans to boost deportations. The bill introduced by Democratic Senate Pr...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Syrian government advances despite rebel cease-fire offer
BEIRUT — Syria’s government ignored a rebel cease-fire proposal for Aleppo on Wednesday as its forces captured new neighborhoods around the city center and squeezed some 200,000 tired and frightened civilians into a shattered and rapidly shrinking opposition enclave. Facing a punishing and brut...
By Sarah El Deeb and Philip Issa The Associated Press FULL STORY
Renzi quits; search on for new leader to guide Italy to vote
ROME — Italian Premier Matteo Renzi resigned Wednesday evening, his self-inflicted penalty for staking his job on constitutional changes voters resoundingly rejected earlier in the week. He will stay in a caretaker’s role at the request of Italy’s president until a new government can be formed...
By Frances D’Emilio The Associated Press FULL STORY
Ex-chief of IRA splinter group killed in Irish city of Cork
DUBLIN — Police say two gunmen have ambushed and killed a former top figure in the Real IRA splinter group in the southwest Irish city of Cork. Witnesses say the attackers approached Aidan O’Driscoll from behind in the street, shot him once in the back, then twice more as the 37-year-old lay on...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Wildlife officials: Video captures possible second jaguar in U.S.
PHOENIX — A second wild jaguar may have been spotted in the United States. A photo taken Dec. 1 in a southern Arizona mountain range appears to show a new wild jaguar — an animal rarely seen in the country after its habitat was lost. The Arizona Game and Fish Department says a preliminary ana...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Police: Black cat crosses suspect’s path, rats him out
EPHRATA, Pa. — A Pennsylvania police department says a black cat was lucky for one of its officers tracking down a fugitive. The Ephrata Police Department posted on its Facebook page that officers were searching for Jonathan Michael Steffy last month over an outstanding bench warrant. They found...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Police officer charged with slapping man dressed as bunny
HOPATCONG, N.J. — A police officer accused of slapping a man who was wearing a bunny costume and was blowing an air horn inside a police station has been charged with assault. Hopatcong police Officer Nicholas Maresca Jr. was charged on Friday with slapping Kevin Hemmerich on Nov. 17. He faces o...
The Associated Press FULL STORY

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