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Authorities in Alaska suspend search for boy missing after deadly landslide

Authorities have suspended the search for the 12-year-old boy still missing following a deadly landslide in the southeast Alaska community of Wrangell.

Ex-NFL player Sergio Brown pleads not guilty to killing mother

Former NFL Player Sergio Brown pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of first-degree murder and concealing a homicide in the September death of his mother.

Massachusetts man drives into utility workers and officer, steals cruiser, then flees, police say

Law enforcement officials say a driver in a suburb of Boston crashed into at least two individuals and a police officer before stealing a police car, fleeing the scene and then crashing the cruiser.

Environmentalists say Pearl River flood control plan would be destructive. Alternative plans exist

Environmental groups in Mississippi say findings from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers show a long-debated flood control project along the Pearl River would be “destructive.”

Jury acquits officer in Maryland county’s first police murder charge in shooting handcuffed man

A Maryland jury has acquitted a police officer who had been charged with murder after shooting a handcuffed man.

Boy Scout abuse claims fund shouldn’t pay $21 million in lawyers’ fees, judge says

The judge presiding over the Boys Scouts of America’s bankruptcy has rejected a $21 million fee request from attorneys hired by law firms representing survivors of child sexual abuse.

Louisiana governor-elect names former gubernatorial candidate to lead state’s department of revenue

Louisiana Gov.-elect Jeff Landry named Richard Nelson, a Republican state lawmaker who spearheaded proposals to eliminate Louisiana’s income tax, as the next revenue secretary.

California inmate charged with attempted murder in attack on Kristin Smart’s killer

A twice-convicted killer has been charged with attempted murder for a prison yard attack on a fellow inmate convicted of the high-profile killing of California college student Kristin Smart, who vanished 27 years ago.

Ex-Nashville mayor to run for GOP-held US House seat, seeking a political return years after scandal

Former Nashville Mayor Megan Barry has announced a run for the U.S. House seat held by Republican Rep. Mark Green.

Chicago man pleads guilty in shooting of three undercover federal officers

A Chicago man has pleaded guilty in a 2021 drive-by shooting of three undercover law enforcement officers that he mistook for rival gang members.

Jonathan Majors’ ex describes ‘substantial’ pain caused by actor as defense questions her drinking

Jonathan Majors’ former girlfriend testified Wednesday about the injuries that she suffered after the actor allegedly attacked her in the backseat of a cab this spring.

Norfolk Southern to end relocation aid right after one-year anniversary of its fiery Ohio derailment

Norfolk Southern railroad plans to stop paying relocation aid to people displaced by last February’s fiery derailment in eastern Ohio right after the one-year anniversary of the crash.

Top Wisconsin Senate Republican says a deal is near for university pay raises. UW officials disagree

The leader of the Republican-controlled Wisconsin Senate says lawmakers are nearing a deal that would allow for long-blocked pay raises for Universities of Wisconsin employees to take effect.

Amazon’s internal plans to advance its interests in California are laid bare in leaked memo

An internal Amazon memo has provided a stark look at the company’s carefully laid out plans to grow its influence and advance its interest in Southern California.

UNLV-Dayton basketball game canceled in wake of mass shooting in Las Vegas

UNLV’s basketball game at Dayton on Wednesday night has been canceled because of a mass shooting earlier in the day at the Las Vegas school.

Trainers at New Jersey police seminar disparaged women, made ‘inappropriate’ remarks, officials say

A new state comptroller report finds that a police training seminar in New Jersey included instructors making lewd comments about women, encouraging officers to pull people over for no reason and showing a photo of an ape after talking about pulling over a 75-year-old Black man.

Wisconsin wedding barns face new regulations under liquor-law overhaul signed into law

Wisconsin’s wedding barns face new regulations under a liquor law overhaul bill they fought to kill but that Gov.

Jill Biden and military kids sort toys the White House donated to the Marine Corps Reserve program

Jill Biden and military kids are sorting toys donated by the White House to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program.

US House chair probes ballot shortages that hampered voting in Mississippi’s largest county

The chair of a congressional committee with oversight of U.S. federal elections says ballot shortages in Mississippi’s largest county could undermine voting and election confidence in 2024 if local officials don’t make changes.

New GOP-favored Georgia congressional map nears passage as the end looms for redistricting session

A Georgia special session to redraw congressional and legislative voting district maps is likely to end Thursday.

Opening month of mobile sports betting goes smoothly in Maine as bettors wager nearly $40 million

Officials say bettors placed nearly $40 million in online bets during the first month since it became legal.

Biden’s campaign will not commit yet to participating in general election debates in 2024

President Joe Biden’s campaign is not yet committing to general election debates next year. The comment on Wednesday by one of his top campaign leaders was the latest sign that a staple of modern White House campaigns may not be in play in 2024.

Gaza protests prompt California governor to hold virtual Christmas tree-lighting ceremony

California Gov. Gavin Newsom won’t host an in-person Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the state Capitol this year.

Proposal to create new tier for big-money college sports is just a start, NCAA president says

A day after NCAA President Charlie Baker made an aggressive and potentially groundbreaking pitch to allow some schools to pay their athletes, his proposal was met with praise, caution and questions from around college sports.

Nevada grand jury indicts six Republicans who falsely certified that Trump won the state in 2020

A Nevada grand jury has indicted six Nevada GOP members who submitted a document to Congress falsely declaring Donald Trump the winner of the 2020 presidential election, making the Western swing state the third to seek charges against so-called “fake electors.”

Juanita Castro, anti-communist sister of Cuban leaders Fidel and Raul, dies in Miami at 90

The anti-communist sister of Cuban leaders Fidel and Raul Castro has died in Miami at age 90. Juanita Castro died Monday, nearly 60 years after she fled their communist revolution.

St. Louis prosecutor, appointed 6 months ago, is seeking a full term in 2024

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Gabe Gore, who was appointed to the job by Missouri Gov. Mike Parson in May after Kim Gardner’s sudden resignation, says he’s running for a full term in 2024.

Wisconsin appeals court upholds decisions denying company permit to build golf course near park

A state appeals court has upheld decisions that denied a company a permit to build a golf course near a state park along Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan shoreline.

Automakers, dealers and shoppers dawdle on EVs despite strong year in US sales growth

The EV trend in the US at the end of 2023 is a little tough to tease out. Overall sales hit a record, but they’re also falling short of expectations amid the industry’s push to transition away from combustion engines and quickly towards EVs.

Lawsuit accuses Sean Combs, 2 others of raping 17-year-old girl in 2003; Combs denies allegations

A woman has sued the hip-hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs claiming he and two other men raped her 20 years ago in a New York City recording studio when she was 17.