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Stay or go? Tribe gives conflicting messages to protest camp
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- For protesters fighting the Dakota Access pipeline, the messages from the Standing Rock Sioux reservation are confusing: The tribal chairman tells demonstrators that it's time to leave their camp and go home. Another leader implores them to stay through the bitter North Dakota winter....

Alabama inmate coughs, heaves 13 minutes into execution
ATMORE, Ala. (AP) -- A man who killed an Alabama convenience store clerk more than two decades ago was put to death Thursday night, an execution that required two consciousness tests as the inmate heaved and coughed 13 minutes into the lethal injection....

Trump puts new spotlight on Long Island gang killings
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) -- As he sat down for an interview with Time magazine for his "person of the year" profile, Donald Trump explained his tough view on illegal immigration by retrieving a copy of the Long Island newspaper Newsday and pointing to a blaring headline: "Extremely Violent Gang Faction."...

Months after brother died at Pulse, sister reopens his salon
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Six months after her brother and his longtime partner were killed in Orlando's gay nightclub massacre, Jessica Silva is re-opening the couple's beauty salon....

Officer slayings 'wreaked havoc' on rural Georgia community
What started as a 911 call reporting a domestic disturbance erupted in violence as two responding officers were struck by deadly gunfire - leaving a rural Georgia community grieving and on edge as police hunted the attacker....

Firefighter: Warehouse missing from fire-inspection records
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The illegally occupied Oakland warehouse where dozens of partygoers perished in a blaze does not appear in a database fire inspectors use to schedule inspections and may never have been checked for fire hazards, a firefighter with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press....

Group works to reunite pets, owners after Tennessee fires
GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) -- In the emergency evacuations ahead of fast-spreading wildfires out of the Great Smoky Mountains last week, scores of pets were separated from their owners....

The Latest: Jurors see dashcam video of Roof apprehension
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- The Latest on the federal death-penalty trial of Dylann Roof, charged with killing nine black people during a Bible study in a Charleston church (all times local):...

John Glenn, astronaut and US Senator, dies at 95
WASHINGTON (AP) -- He became a hero as the first American to orbit the Earth and then served as a longtime U.S. senator. But John Glenn, who died Thursday at age 95, continued to defy gravity decades after his initial flight....

Judge to hold hearing on stopping Wisconsin recount
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A federal judge is set to consider halting Wisconsin's presidential recount....

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