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Berlin Attack Prompts High Security In US Cities For Holiday

NEW YORK - Police in U.S. cities have stepped up security at places where Christmas shoppers gather following a deadly truck attack in Berlin. In Manhattan, police dispatched heavily armed counterterrorism officers to stand guard at crowded Christmas markets in…

Trump Adviser Says He Is Ditching 'Drain The Swamp'

WASHINGTON - One of Donald Trump's advisers says the president-elect is no longer interested in his rallying cry "drain the swamp." "I'm told he now just disclaims that. He now says it was cute, but he doesn't want to use…

Obama Oil Pipeline Rules Face Uncertain Future Under Trump

BILLINGS - President Barack Obama's administration is expected to push through long-delayed safety measures for the nation's sprawling network of oil pipelines in its final days in power. The proposal calls for more stringent inspections in rural areas and immediate…

Stephen Curry Auctions Shoes For Oakland Fire Victims

OAKLAND - Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry is auctioning off two special pairs of shoes to raise money for victims of the Oakland warehouse fire. KCBS reports that Curry teamed up with a local artist and had two distinctive…

Mark Zuckerberg Unveils Morgan Freeman-Voiced AI Assistant

PALO ALTO - Mark Zuckerberg has enlisted the help of Morgan Freeman and taken a shot at Nickelback while unveiling his new artificial intelligence assistant. The Facebook founder and CEO showed off "Jarvis" with a post on the project and…

AMC Can Buy Smaller Movie-Theater Chain Carmike

KANSAS CITY - Federal regulators say movie-theater chain AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. can buy smaller rival Carmike Cinemas Inc. for $1.2 billion if it sells some theaters. The deal will make AMC the biggest U.S. movie theater operator. The U.S.…

Trump University Settlement Filed In Court

SAN DIEGO - Lawyers for Donald Trump and former students of his now-defunct Trump University have filed an agreement in court to settle lawsuits alleging that the president-elect defrauded them. The move signals that a deal announced last month remains…

Trump Wins Electoral College Vote, Presidency

WASHINGTON - Donald Trump has cruised to victory in the Electoral College despite thousands of anti-Trump protesters who converged on state capitols across the country. Monday's vote ensures that the billionaire will become America's 45th president. Texas put the Republican…

Obama Pardons 78, Shortens Sentence For 153 Others

HONOLULU - The White House says President Barack Obama has pardoned 78 people and shortened the sentence of 153 others convicted of federal crimes. It's the most number of individual clemencies in a single day by any president. Obama has…

US Women Increasingly Use Pot During Pregnancy, Study Finds

CHICAGO  - U.S. women are increasingly using pot during pregnancy, sometimes for morning sickness. That's according to an analysis of annual U.S. government drug surveys. Though the actual numbers are small, researchers and others say the trend raises concerns because…

Incoming Governor Says North Carolina Will Repeal LGBT Law

RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina's incoming governor says that legislators are planning to hold a special session to repeal a law limiting protections for LGBT people. Gov.-elect Roy Cooper issued a statement Monday. Cooper says legislators plan to hold the…

Electoral College Meets To Formally Elect Trump

WASHINGTON - Electors are gathering Monday in every state to formally elect Donald Trump president even as anti-Trump forces try one last time to deny him the White House. Protests are planned Monday in state capitals, but they're unlikely to…

N.C. Driver Charged After School Bus Carrying 19 Overturns

MACCLESFIELD, N.C. - Authorities in North Carolina say the driver of a school bus that overturned with 19 children on board will face charges. State Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Mike Baker said 40-year-old Julianne Bridgers of Pinetops is charged with…

Official: FBI Backs CIA Conclusion On Russian Hacking Motive

WASHINGTON - The FBI is supporting the CIA's conclusion that Russia interfered in the presidential election with the goal of supporting Republican candidate Donald Trump. In a message sent to employees, CIA Director John Brennan said he had spoken with…

Obama, At Year-End News Conference, Cites Gains

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is using his year-end news conference to boast about his administration's achievements. Obama is citing a number of positive economic indicators such as a declining unemployment rate and higher rates of insured people under his…

Judge Postpones Volkswagen Hearing By Hours

SAN FRANSISCO - A federal judge has postponed for several hours a hearing on a potential deal for the remaining 80,000 diesel vehicles caught up in Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal. In an indication the parties may be close to a…

Plant Criticized By Trump Strikes Severance Deal

WASHINGTON - An Indiana union leader says a manufacturer criticized by President-elect Donald Trump for its plans to move jobs at its Indianapolis plant to Mexico has reached a severance agreement with the plant's workers. United Steelworkers Local 1999 President…

'Rogue One' Takes Off With $29 Million Opening Night

LOS ANGELES  - "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" blasted into theaters with a $29 million opening night, according to Friday estimates from Disney. It's the biggest Thursday preview of 2016, narrowly topping "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice's" $27.7…

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