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Deal lets troops keep sign-up bonuses

updated: 12/01/2016 4:04 a.m. Discuss

Thousands of California National Guard troops will not have to repay enlistment bonuses and benefits they received a decade after they signed up to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a deal between House and Senate negotiators.

Twisters in Southeast raze buildings, kill 5

updated: 12/01/2016 4:02 a.m. Discuss

Tornadoes that dropped out of the night sky killed five people in two states and injured at least a dozen more early Wednesday, and two other deaths were linked to a lightning strike.

Charlotte officer cleared in slaying

updated: 12/01/2016 3:44 a.m. Discuss

A prosecutor on Wednesday cleared a Charlotte police officer in the killing of a black man whose death touched off civil unrest, and he presented evidence to challenge assertions that the slain man was unarmed.

The nation in brief

updated: 11/30/2016 3:38 a.m. Discuss

S.C. fatal police shooting goes to jury

Names and faces

updated: 12/01/2016 3:36 a.m. Discuss

Singer-songwriter Bob Dylan is not only skipping the ceremony in Stockholm awarding him the Nobel Prize in Literature, but he also skipped meeting with the president Wednesday. President Barack Obama met with several American winners of the Nobel Prize before they officially accepted their awards. Before the gathering, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that "unfortunately, for those of you wondering, Bob Dylan will not be at the White House today, so everybody can relax."

In the news

updated: 12/01/2016 3:35 a.m. Discuss

Justin Normand, 53, made a sign reading "You Belong. Stay Strong. Be Blessed. We Are One America." and then stood outside the Islamic Center of Irving, Texas, for about 90 minutes on different days to show his support for the center, which has been the scene of several anti-Muslim protests.

Powerball

posted: 12/01/2016 3:16 a.m. Discuss

The winning numbers drawn Wednesday night in Powerball are: 3-14-18-25-45

Indiana firm again wins bid to run Arkansas youth lockups

posted: 11/30/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

A $160 million contract to run seven youth lockups is once again to go to a for-profit, Indiana-based company after a three-month-long delay that stemmed from complaints by Arkansas nonprofits currently operating the facilities.

Tennessee wildfires displace thousands, kill 3

posted: 11/30/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Deadly wildfires engulfed two tourist towns near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, along with much of the surrounding timberlands, destroying more than 150 homes and businesses and displacing thousands of residents and visitors.

Trump taps Price to lead health agency

posted: 11/30/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 8

President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday chose Rep. Tom Price of Georgia to oversee the nation's health care system, picking a fierce critic of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act who also has championed efforts to privatize Medicare.

Felt total fear, ex-officer says

updated: 11/30/2016 3:51 a.m. Discuss

Former North Charleston Patrolman Michael Slager choked back tears Tuesday, testifying in his own defense that he felt "total fear" when the black motorist he was chasing from a traffic stop got control of his Taser and pointed it at him.

Veterans plan to shield protesters

updated: 11/30/2016 3:47 a.m. Discuss

As many as 2,000 veterans plan to gather next week at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota to serve as "human shields" for protesters who have for months clashed with police over the construction of an oil pipeline, organizers said.

3 still in hospital after Ohio attack

posted: 11/30/2016 3:46 a.m. Discuss

Three victims remained hospitalized late Tuesday after a car-and-knife rampage at Ohio State University that injured 11.

Boren won’t run for Oklahoma helm

posted: 11/30/2016 3:45 a.m. Discuss

Dan Boren, a former fourterm Democratic congressman from one of Oklahoma’s most well-known political families, has decided not to run for the state’s open governor seat in 2018.

U.S. kids barely up in math, science; Singapore tops list

posted: 11/30/2016 3:44 a.m. Discuss

U.S. students have strides to make when it comes to math and science, where they lag behind a solid number of East Asian countries, according to results released Tuesday from an international exam.

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