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  • AP Exclusive: In western China, thought police instill fear

    KORLA, China (AP) — Nobody knows what happened to the Uighur student after he returned to China from Egypt and was taken away by police. Not his village neighbors in China’s far west, who haven’t seen him in months. Not his former classmates, who fear Chinese authorities beat him to death. Not his mother, who […]
  • Today in History

    Today in History Today is Sunday, Dec. 17, the 351st day of 2017. There are 14 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 17, 1967, Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt, 59, disappeared while swimming in the ocean off Cheviot Beach in Victoria state; despite an extensive search, his body was never […]
  • Trump calls wife of hospitalized Sen. John McCain

    President Donald Trump has called the wife of John McCain as the Arizona senator is hospitalized for cancer treatments earlier this week.
  • Amid changing political winds, Florida Gov. mulls next move

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — For more than a year, Florida Gov. Rick Scott has engaged in a guessing game about his political future: Will he challenge U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson in 2018? President Donald Trump has already publicly called on Scott to run, but Scott again this week insisted he had not made up his […]
  • Sen. Schumer: Bomb-detection units needed at transit hubs

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer wants the Transportation Security Administration to speed up plans to equip transit hubs with screening devices that can detect suicide vests like the one that exploded in a New York City subway tunnel. Schumer says Sunday that the devices known as stand-off explosive detection units are urgently […]
  • A CDC ban on ‘fetus’ and ‘transgender?’ Experts alarmed

    NEW YORK (AP) — Health leaders say they are alarmed about a report that officials at the nation’s top public health agency are being told not to use certain words or phrases in official budget documents, including “fetus,” ”transgender” and “science-based.” The health community was reacting to a story in The Washington Post published late […]
  • Officers who subdued NYC terror suspect play Santa in NJ

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Four police officers credited with subduing a would-be suicide bomber in New York City passed out toys to needy children across the Hudson River in New Jersey. The four Port Authority officers helped distribute 1,000 toys at the event in Newark on Saturday. TV station CBS2 reports that the officers said […]
  • Florida woman arrested after 3 dogs found in freezer

    PIERSON, Fla. (AP) — Sheriff’s deputies checking the home of a Florida woman and her small child found three dead dogs in her freezer and a house covered in filth and cockroaches. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports that 35-year-old Victoria Kanger was arrested on Thursday and charged with child neglect. Volusia County sheriff’s deputies say […]
  • Police: man injured in officer-involved shooting in Virginia

    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia say a man faces life-threatening injuries after being shot by a police officer. Newport News Police say the 33-year-old man fled a traffic stop on foot Saturday around noon. The man was not identified. Police say the man was pulled over for not having a front license […]
  • Planning board OKs Marriott’s $600M Maryland headquarters

    BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Marriott International’s plans to open a new $600 million headquarters in suburban Maryland has been approved by a local planning board. WTOP-FM reports that the Montgomery County Planning Board had approved the world’s largest hotel company’s plans to build near the Bethesda Metro station. Marriott announced last year it would be […]
  • ‘A Prairie Home Companion’ name becomes ‘Live from Here’

    NEW YORK (AP) — “A Prairie Home Companion” has been given a new name — “Live from Here” — in the wake of creator Garrison Keillor’s acrimonious split with Minnesota Public Radio. Chris Thile, the mandolin virtuoso who has hosted the weekly variety show since Keillor’s retirement last year, announced the new name Saturday evening […]
  • Boy, 2, fatally shot at Miami-Dade apartment complex

    MIAMI (AP) — Police say a 2-year-old boy sitting with his mother in the courtyard of a Florida apartment complex was fatally shot. The Miami Herald reports that the shooting occurred Friday night at the Arthur Mays Villas public housing complex in South Miami-Dade. Miami-Dade police say Carnelle Williams-Thomas was lying on the ground with […]
  • Wildfire burns beloved burros in South Dakota’s Custer park

    Nine burros that are a favorite of visitors to South Dakota’s Custer State Park have been burned in a wildfire and it’s not known if all of them will survive, a park official said Saturday. The park reported Saturday morning that all nine burros had been found — a day after three of them were […]
  • Biney is 1st black woman to make Olympic speedskating team

    KEARNS, Utah (AP) — Maame Biney became the first black woman to qualify for a U.S. Olympic speedskating team with a pair of victories in the 500 meters. The 17-year-old native of Ghana cruised to victory in the first 500 final at the short track trials on Saturday, beating Olympians Lana Gehring, Jessica Kooreman and […]
  • Ski lift malfunction strands dozens, 5 have minor injuries

    BOALSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A ski lift malfunction on opening day at a Pennsylvania ski resort stranded dozens of people and left five with minor injuries. Around 10 a.m. Saturday, a chair carrying skiers and snowboarders slipped along the haul rope and slid backward into another chair, officials with Tussey Mountain ski resort in Centre […]