• December 6, 2016

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US to build $1.6B Idaho facility for warships' nuclear waste

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A $1.65 billion facility will be built at a nuclear site in eastern Idaho to handle fuel waste from the nation's fleet of nuclear-powered warships, the Navy and U.S. Department of Energy announced Tuesday.

Alaska Airlines gets US approval to buy Virgin America

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alaska Airlines has won government approval to buy rival Virgin America after agreeing to reduce its flight-selling partnership with American Airlines.

LA authorities boost security after threatened rail attack

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Heavily armed sheriff's deputies stood watch Tuesday at a Los Angeles-area subway station named in an unconfirmed threat and Mayor Eric Garcetti took the line to work to show confidence in security measures.

Head-on crash leaves New Jersey trooper, another man dead

MILLVILLE, N.J. (AP) — A recently married rookie state trooper responding to a call for help was killed in a violent wreck on a highway when a car traveling in the opposite direction crossed a grassy median and slammed into his cruiser head-on, authorities said.

Miss. lawyers: Don't revive lawsuit over Confederate emblem

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Attorneys for Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant are asking a federal appeals court not to revive a lawsuit that sought to erase the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag.

NTSB: Crew fatigue main reason behind fatal 2014 train crash

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Crew fatigue brought on by irregular work schedules and a moderate form of sleep apnea is the primary reason behind a middle-of-the-night train crash that killed two Union Pacific workers and injured two others in northern Arkansas, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday.

Female DJ, music promoter, among warehouse fire victims

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland warehouse fire took the lives of musicians, artists and others trying to break down barriers with their performances.

Man arrested in ex-NFL player's death; sheriff defends probe

HARVEY, La. (AP) — The Louisiana man who fatally shot ex-NFL player Joe McKnight during a road rage dispute was jailed on a manslaughter charge as a sheriff angrily defended the investigation Tuesday, saying authorities "strategically" waited for days to make the arrest because they needed to find independent witnesses.

After 9 years, Times Square hotel murder case headed to jury

NEW YORK (AP) — A nearly decade-old murder case over a prostitute's death in a shabby Times Square hotel was headed toward the jury room Tuesday, after being drawn out by debate over the validity of bite-mark evidence.

1st Cuban migrants land in Florida since Castro's death

MIAMI (AP) — Thirteen Cuban migrants who arrived early Tuesday in the Florida Keys aboard a homemade boat are the first to land on U.S. soil since Fidel Castro died, U.S. authorities said, adding they're on alert amid an ongoing surge in sea crossings.

Pipeline delays cost builder millions, risking contract loss

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The completion of the Dakota Access oil pipeline has been delayed after the U.S. Army declined to grant an easement for the final few thousand feet under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota pending further study. Pipeline company Energy Transfer Partners originally was expected to finish the pipeline before the end of this year, but the Army's move likely delays it by several months. That will be costly to the Dallas-based company, but industry experts say it's unlikely to kill the project completely. Here's a look at some of the ways the delay could impact the pipeline:

Math a concern for US teens; science, reading flat on test

WASHINGTON (AP) — American students have a math problem.

Filing: As guard lay dying, inmate stole gum from his pocket

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — The killing of a guard at a federal prison in Pennsylvania was a calculated slaying during which the suspect inmate paused to chew a piece of gum he took from the dying guard's pocket, federal prosecutors said in court papers.

Georgia leads US in executions this year, set for ninth

ATLANTA (AP) — Lawyers seeking to block Tuesday's scheduled execution of a man convicted of killing his father-in-law after a custody fight over a young son have argued a juror lied about her own messy relationship history and swayed fellow jurors to vote for a death sentence.

The Latest: Sheriff defends probe of slain ex-NFL player

HARVEY, La. (AP) — The Latest on the fatal shooting of ex-NFL player Joe McKnight, who was killed during a road rage dispute (all times local):

After mistrial, slain SC man's family still expects justice

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Relatives of Walter Scott, the black motorist fatally shot while fleeing a traffic stop, say they are confident justice will prevail even though a South Carolina jury could not reach a verdict in the murder trial of a white former police officer charged in his death.

Michigan recount expands, Pennsylvania awaits federal ruling

DETROIT (AP) — The presidential recount in Michigan expanded Tuesday to its largest county, which includes Detroit, and five other large counties, with the fate of a statewide recount push in Pennsylvania awaiting action in federal court.

New North Carolina governor to face resolute GOP legislature

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's next governor campaigned on a promise to work on bending back state government's recent rightward turn, with the repeal of a law limiting LGBT rights near the top of his to-do list.

Justices uphold Katrina fraud verdict against State Farm

WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous Supreme Court has upheld a jury verdict that State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. committed fraud against the federal government after 2005's Hurricane Katrina.

The Latest: Death toll remains at 36 in Oakland fire

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a deadly fire in an Oakland warehouse (all times local):

Fake news rings alarm bells from restaurant to White House

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 by prominent Democrats operating out of a Washington, D.C., pizza joint.

Ohio firefighter shot, wounded while on scene of house fire

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Officials say an Ohio firefighter was shot and wounded while in a firetruck at the scene of a house fire.

Presidential recount in Michigan expands to Detroit area

DETROIT (AP) — The presidential recount in Michigan expands Tuesday to its largest county, which includes Detroit, and five other counties, and the fate of a statewide recount push in Pennsylvania awaits action in federal court.

Spokesman offers few clues on Trump's pipeline stance

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A spokesman for President-elect Donald Trump isn't offering many clues about how the incoming administration will act regarding the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline.