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Ex-senator, U.S. space hero Glenn, 95, dies

updated: 12/09/2016 3:04 a.m. Gallery Discuss

WASHINGTON -- John Glenn, whose 1962 flight as the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth made him an all-American hero and propelled him to a long career in the U.S. Senate, died Thursday. The last survivor of the original Mercury 7 astronauts, he was 95.

Trump visits Ohio, chooses labor chief

updated: 12/09/2016 3:01 a.m. Discuss

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- President-elect Donald Trump flew to Ohio on Thursday to meet with people who were slashed by a university student in a knife attack last month. Then he was off to Iowa for the latest stop on his victory tour to states that helped him win the presidency.

Life expectancy dips in U.S. in '15 for first time since '93

updated: 12/08/2016 2:57 a.m. Discuss

A person born last year in the United States is expected to die at an earlier age than someone born in 2014, according to a report published Thursday that marks the first time in 22 years that U.S. life expectancy has declined.

House passes stopgap bill, bolts

updated: 12/09/2016 2:55 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- The House on Thursday cleared bills to keep the government running through April and authorized hundreds of water projects, but a Senate fight over benefits for retired coal miners threatened to lead to a government shutdown this weekend.

At Capitol, Reid says Senate farewells

updated: 12/09/2016 2:54 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- Minority Leader Harry Reid bid farewell to the Senate on Thursday after 30 years in the chamber and more than a decade as top Democrat, a run during which he shepherded key legislation from President Barack Obama's administration, including the health care law.

U.S. report sees e-cigarette harm to young

posted: 12/09/2016 2:53 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. surgeon general on Thursday called the skyrocketing use of e-cigarettes among youths "a major public health concern," saying that although more research needs to be done on its potential harms, policymakers should take strong action to keep the products out of the hands of the nation's young people.

2nd Georgia officer dies day after being shot; suspect found dead

posted: 12/08/2016 5:06 p.m. Comments 2

A second Georgia police officer has died a day after being shot alongside a fellow officer while responding to a domestic dispute report.

Police investigating racist graffiti in NFL player's home

posted: 12/08/2016 3:50 p.m. Discuss

MOONACHIE, N.J. — Police are investigating a break-in and the scrawling of racist graffiti at the New Jersey home of a New York Giants player.

'Freak' radiator accident led to deaths of two toddler sisters, mayor says

posted: 12/08/2016 3:28 p.m. Discuss

NEW YORK — Mayor Bill de Blasio says New York City is conducting a "rigorous" investigation into a "freak" radiator accident that led to the deaths of two toddler sisters.

John Glenn, former astronaut and U.S. senator, dies at 95

posted: 12/08/2016 2:40 p.m. Gallery Comment 1

WASHINGTON — John Glenn, whose 1962 flight as the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth made him an all-American hero and propelled him to a long career in the U.S. Senate, died Thursday. The last survivor of the original Mercury 7 astronauts was 95.

Wife on video: '5,000 percent sure' she wanted husband dead

posted: 12/08/2016 2:10 p.m. Comment 1

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Millions of people have seen a secretly recorded video of Dalia Dippolito telling an undercover police officer she was "5,000 percent sure" about hiring him to kill her husband.

U.S. 30-year average mortgage rate rises to 4.13 percent

posted: 12/08/2016 11:17 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates climbed for the sixth straight week in the aftermath of Donald Trump's election win, marking new highs for the year.

House passes stopgap spending measure as senators raise objections

updated: 12/08/2016 4:41 p.m. Comments 4

WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday cleared bills to keep the government running through April and authorize hundreds of water projects, but a Senate fight over benefits for retired coal miners threatened to lead to a government shutdown this weekend.

Trump heads west to meet Ohio State attack victims

updated: 12/08/2016 1:25 p.m. Comments 2

NEW YORK — President-elect Donald Trump is taking on a somber task Thursday that became all too familiar to his predecessor — supporting survivors after an outbreak of violence, this time families and victims from last week's attack at Ohio State University.

Pizza shop gunman says he regrets how he handled situation

posted: 12/08/2016 9:21 a.m. Comments 5

SALISBURY, N.C. — The man accused of firing an assault rifle inside a Washington restaurant said he regrets how he handled the situation but refused to completely dismiss the false online claims involving a child sex ring that brought him there.

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