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The Latest: In wildfires, son says parents 'died happy'
GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) -- The Latest on the wildfires in eastern Tennessee (all times local):...

Police: Marksman killed gunman after child ran to porch
SEATTLE (AP) -- The gunman had already shot a police officer, threatened to kill two children and barricaded himself upstairs in a house for 11 hours when one of the kids, a 6-year-old boy, escaped....

Chains and branded skin: California kidnap case baffles cops
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Three weeks after Sherri Papini disappeared, the question of whether she was dead or alive was answered when the young mother and wife was spotted waving frantically for help along a California freeway early on Thanksgiving morning. But the mystery over what happened to her during those 22 days just seemed to grow stranger....

Extraordinary Smokies wildfire moved fast on path to city
GATLINBURG, Tennessee (AP) -- The wildfire that popped up on a steep, rugged peak in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was just one of a dozen that fire crews had been fighting over the last month because of the drought....

Ohio St. admin derided over call for compassion for attacker
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio State administrator is being criticized for urging compassion for the Somali-born student who injured 11 people in a car-and-knife attack on campus before he was shot to death by police....

Chef credited with inventing General Tso's Chicken has died
NEW YORK (AP) -- The chef credited with inventing General Tso's Chicken, a world-famous Chinese dish smothered in a sweet sauce that was never a staple in China, has died in Taiwan at 98....

During first look at wildfire rubble, residents in a daze
GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) -- Residents and business owners in Gatlinburg got their first look at the wildfire destruction on Friday, and many walked around the once-bustling tourist city in a daze, sobbing....

Trump, backers ask courts to halt or block 3 state recounts
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- President-elect Donald Trump and his supporters went to court Friday to prevent or halt election recounts in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, less than two weeks before the states would have to complete the tasks to meet a federal deadline to certify their election results....

San Bernardino recalls terror attack with silence, speakers
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) -- At the moment when shooters unleashed terror on San Bernardino a year ago, county employees remembered their fallen colleagues in silence late Friday morning....

Sheriff: McKnight shooting was 'road rage'; defends case
HARVEY, La. (AP) -- The shooting death of an ex-NFL player in a New Orleans suburb was a "road rage" incident that began on a nearby bridge, a sheriff said Friday, as he urged against a rush to judgment and defended his handling of the case....

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