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In this Dec. 6, 2016, photo, President-elect Donald Trump introduces retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis as his nominee for Secretary of Defense while speaking to supporters during a rally in Fayetteville, N.C. Trump’s choice for defense secretary was among U.S. military officials who the FBI concluded received anonymous emails from the woman whose affair with then-CIA director David Petraeus led to his downfall, The Associated Press has learned. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

AP sources: Mattis received anonymous email in Petraeus case

President-elect Donald Trump's choice for defense secretary was among U.S. military officials who, the FBI concluded, received anonymous emails from the woman whose affair with then-CIA director David Petraeus led to his downfall, The Associated Press has learned. The emails to now-retired Marine Gen. James Mattis and others, warning them ...

Critics: Alabama execution helps case against sedative

An Alabama execution in which a prisoner heaved his chest, coughed and appeared to move offers more evidence that a drug used to sedate inmates before they are put to death should not be used in lethal injections, critics of the drug said Friday. Alabama prison officials insisted there was ...

The Latest: Senate backs water bill, sends to Obama

The Latest on the final days of the congressional session (all times local): 1:06 a.m. Congress has approved a wide-ranging bill to authorize water projects across the country, including $170 million to address lead in Flint, Michigan's drinking water and $558 million to provide relief to drought-stricken California. The Senate ...

Dylann Roof laughed during church slaying confession to FBI

Dylann Roof wanted the world to know he hated black people and thought they were criminals. He thought about attacking drug dealers, but they might shoot back. So, he told the FBI, he picked a historic black church in Charleston he had learned about online. In a videotaped confession shown ...

The Latest: Dylann Roof had hate-filled journal in car

The Latest on the death penalty trial of Dylann Roof, who is charged with killing nine people during a Bible study in a Charleston church (all times local): 4:55 p.m. Dylann Roof left a handwritten journal full of hatred of blacks, Jews and even white women in his car when ...

Officials: South Beach halts Zika's spread, but risks remain

Florida declared its crisis with local transmission of Zika over for the season Friday in a welcome announcement ahead of peak tourism months, but health authorities warned that travelers would continue bringing the disease into the state. Starting in late July, state health officials had identified four zones in the ...

Japan's H-IIB rocket with a capsule called Kounotori, or stork, lifts off at the Tanegashima Space Center in Tanegashima, southern Japan, Friday evening, Dec. 9, 2016. The Japanese capsule contains nearly 5 tons of food, water and other supplies, including new lithium-ion batteries for the International Space Station’s solar power system. (Ryosuke Uematsu/Kyodo News via AP)

Japan launches much-needed supplies to space station

A Japanese capsule blasted off with much-needed supplies for the International Space Station on Friday, a week after a Russian shipment was destroyed shortly after liftoff. The Russian rocket accident and the grounding of one of NASA's commercial suppliers make this delivery all the more urgent. The spacecraft should arrive ...

A photo of Pulse nightclub shooting victims Luis Daniel Conde, left, and Juan Rivera Velazquez rests on a shelf near the chair that Velazquez styled hair, at the D'Magazine Salon, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. Jessica Silva, Velazquez's sister in re-opening the salon to honor her brother. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Months after brother died at Pulse, sister reopens his salon

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. Half a dozen black salon chairs are in place. One of them faces a large photo of the brother Juan Rivera Velazquez and his partner Luis ...

Alabama inmate coughs, heaves 13 minutes into execution

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. Ronald Bert Smith Jr., 45, was pronounced dead at 11:05 p.m., ...

The Latest: Alabama executes man who killed clerk in 1994

The Latest on the scheduled execution of an Alabama inmate (all times local): 11:15 p.m. A man convicted of killing a convenience store clerk has been put to death in Alabama, hours after the state's execution plans were twice put on temporary hold by the U.S. Supreme Court. Authorities say ...

Drought, the South's unwelcome guest, stays despite rains

Recent showers and storms have slightly eased the South's severe drought, but experts say it wasn't enough to make up for months of dry conditions before the rain finally fell. Nearly the entire region remains abnormally dry, and much more rain is needed before the drought's demise can be declared, ...

The Latest: Jurors see dashcam video of Roof apprehension

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): 5:30 p.m. Jurors in the Charleston church shooting trial have viewed dashcam video from two police cruisers showing the apprehension of Dylann Roof. ...

Attorney: Dylann Roof's mom had heart attack during trial

Dylann Roof's mother suffered a heart attack not long after prosecutors described how her son planned a cold and calculated killing of nine black church members in a racially motivated attack, the white man's attorney said in court documents Thursday. Roof's mother collapsed and said "I'm sorry" several times on ...

Dalia Dippolito talks with her attorney Brian Claypool on the first day of her murder-for-hire retrial Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (Lannis Waters/Palm Beach Post via AP, Pool)

Wife on video: '5,000 percent sure' she wanted husband dead

Millions of people have seen a secretly recorded video of Dalia Dippolito telling an undercover police officer she was "5,000 percent sure" about hiring him to kill her husband. At her retrial on Thursday, six Florida jurors who said they had never seen the 2009 video watched Dippolito tell Boynton ...

Pizza shop gunman says he regrets how he handled situation

The man accused of firing an assault rifle inside a Washington restaurant said he regrets how he handled the situation but refused to completely dismiss the false online claims involving a child sex ring that brought him there. "I just wanted to do some good and went about it the ...

FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2012 file-pool photo, Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad raise their glasses at the beginning of a formal dinner in the rotunda at the Iowa Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. Branstad, President-elect Donald Trump's choice for U.S. ambassador to China, can boast a 30-year relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the most powerful Chinese leader in decades, especially amid escalating talk of a trade war with the U.S.’s largest trading partner?  (AP Photo/The Des Moines Register, Andrea Melendez, Pool, File)

Trump chooses hardliners but talks softer on immigration

Donald Trump embraced new Cabinet officers Wednesday whose backgrounds suggest he's primed to put tough actions behind his campaign rhetoric on immigration and the environment, even as he seemed to soften his yearlong stance on immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children. It's clearer by the day, underscored by ...

Shoplifting suspect stabs officer at South Carolina Walmart

A deputy police chief says a female officer has been stabbed inside a Walmart store in Columbia, South Carolina, while responding to a shoplifting call. Deputy Chief Melron Kelly tells WACH-TV (http://bit.ly/2hmauXs ) the incident took place just before 10 p.m. at the store on Bush River Road. Kelly says ...

North Carolina Attorney General-elect Josh Stein speaks to a crowd of supporters during a victory celebration for Gov.-elect Roy Cooper, a day after Cooper's opponent, incumbent Governor Pat McCrory, conceded the election in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Ben McKeown)

Next North Carolina governor says he can carry out agenda

North Carolina's incoming Democratic governor said Wednesday he's optimistic he'll be able to repeal the law limiting state and local LGBT protections, vowing to pull back the conservative agenda of a Republican-dominated legislature. Roy Cooper told The Associated Press in an interview - two days after Republican Gov. Pat McCrory ...

Aimless pizza shop gunman latched onto internet, religion

Before he was charged with firing an assault rifle inside a Washington restaurant, where he had been drawn by a fake news story, Edgar Maddison Welch was known as a well-meaning father of two girls who unnerved some with his religious fervor and sometimes had trouble detaching himself from the ...

FILE - This undated photo provided by the Alabama Department of Corrections shows Ronald Bert Smith Jr.. Smith, who is scheduled to be executed Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 for the 1994 slaying of Huntsville store clerk Casey Wilson, is asking the governor to stop his execution because a judge imposed a death sentence over the jury's 7-5 recommendation of life imprisonment.  (Alabama Department of Corrections via AP, File)

Alabama to execute man condemned when judge overrode jury

An Alabama man convicted of killing a store clerk is scheduled to be executed Thursday, but lawyers for the former Eagle Scout are urging it be blocked because a judge overrode a jury recommendation in imposing the death sentence. Forty-five-year-old Ronald Bert Smith, Jr., is set to receive a lethal ...

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