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Firefighters wary despite gains against California fire

Southern California firefighters contained part of the fifth-largest fire in the state’s history but warned coastal communities today that they’re still at risk if unpredictable winds whip up again and fan the flames. Read More

Kentucky lawmaker facing assault allegations commits suicide

Updated on  December 13, 2017 at 7:57 pm
Dan Johnson, a Republican state lawmaker in Kentucky who defiantly denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl in the basement of his home, died in an apparent suicide tonight, the county coroner said. He was 57. Read More

Air Force Academy accused of retaliating over sex assaults

Updated on  December 13, 2017 at 12:37 pm
A former U.S. Air Force Academy official who was harshly criticized for her handling of sexual assaults said the school made her a scapegoat and that commanders are downplaying the number of attacks. Read More

Fed boosts benchmark rate for third time this year

Updated on  December 13, 2017 at 9:22 am
The Federal Reserve is raising its benchmark interest rate for the third time this year, signaling its confidence that the U.S. economy remains on solid footing 8½ years after the end of the Great Recession. Read More

Moore not conceding Senate race to Jones

Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore is not conceding to Democrat Doug Jones, telling campaign supporters “it’s not over.” Read More

Tillerson softens U.S. stance on possible talks with N.Korea

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson today softened America’s stance on possible talks with North Korea, calling it “unrealistic” to expect the nuclear-armed country to come to the table ready to give up a weapons of mass destruction program that it invested so much in developing. Tillerson said his boss, President Donald Trump, endorses this position. Read More

Jones ‘overwhelmed’ by victory over Moore

Updated on  December 12, 2017 at 6:30 pm
Alabama senator-elect Doug Jones says his victory over Republican Roy Moore in today’s special election marks a moment for national unity. Read More

CNN’s Acosta complains of White House threat

CNN’s Jim Acosta says he was warned by the White House press secretary Sarah Sanders not to ask a question during President Donald Trump’s bill signing ceremony today, further evidence of sour relations between the network and administration. Read More

San Francisco native becomes city’s 1st black woman mayor

Updated on  December 12, 2017 at 3:45 pm
San Francisco native London Breed became the city’s acting mayor today following the sudden death of Mayor Ed Lee, and is the first African-American woman to lead the city in the midst of a seemingly endless technology driven economic boom. Read More

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee leaves behind city in turmoil

Updated on  December 12, 2017 at 3:41 pm
Under Mayor Ed Lee’s seven-year watch, San Francisco went from a city mired in recession to a technology-fueled economic powerhouse where housing costs skyrocketed and the chasm between the wealthy and everyone else grew. Read More

Accused NYC subway bomber expected to face federal charges

A would-be suicide bomber was held today on state terrorism charges while federal prosecutors prepared their own case in the rush hour blast in the heart of the New York City subway system that failed to cause the bloodshed he intended, officials said. Read More

Some glitches seen in deadline week for ‘Obamacare’ sign-ups

Consumer advocates reported some glitches today in the final days for “Obamacare” sign-ups, although the Trump administration largely seemed to be keeping its promise of a smooth enrollment experience. Read More

Maui residents call for end to illegal fireworks

With New Year’s around the corner, Maui residents are complaining over social media about loud booms in their neighborhoods, which are irritating residents and frightening children and pets. Read More
Updated on  December 11, 2017 at 4:34 pm

Deaths from window blinds show need for cord ban, study says

Children’s injuries and deaths from window blinds have not stalled despite decades of safety concerns, according to a new U.S. study that recommends a complete ban on blinds with cords. Read More