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Supreme Court weighs lawyers' actions in 2 death row cases

The Supreme Court could decide Monday whether to hear two cases about the actions of lawyers in death penalty trials.

Seven years before Thomas Sims defended Sammie Stokes in a South Carolina death-penalty trial, he had prosecuted Stokes for assaulting his ex-wife.

KKK, other racist groups disavow the white supremacist label

In today's racially charged environment, there's a label that even the KKK disavows: white supremacy.


SBI investigates fatal shooting involving Leland officer

North Carolina's State Bureau of Investigation says it's looking into a shootout in which a police officer was wounded and a suspect was killed.


Advocates call Alabama execution an 'avoidable disaster'

Defenders of a condemned inmate in Alabama are calling his execution an "avoidable disaster," but the state prison commissioner says there was no visible evidence that he suffered during a lethal injection.


Schwarzenegger: OK Trump is still 'Apprentice' producer

Arnold Schwarzenegger, star of the new version of "Celebrity Apprentice," is unfazed that President-elect Donald Trump has retained a producer's stake in the show.


Army beats Navy 21-17 to end 14-year losing streak in series

Army ended a 14-year run of frustration against Navy, using an overpowering running game and opportunistic defense to carve out a long overdue 21-17 victory Saturday.


Trump expected to tap Exxon's Tillerson to lead State Dept.

President-elect Donald Trump moved closer to nominating Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as his secretary of State on Saturday, a decision that would bring a business leader with close ties to Russia into the Cabinet.


Southwest to resume Los Angeles flights to 3 Mexico resorts

Southwest Airlines is hoping to resume recently suspended flights between Los Angeles and three resort cities in Mexico beginning Sunday.


Red-suited SantaCon pub crawl revelers fan out across NYC

Red-suited revelers fanned out across New York City's bars Saturday despite efforts by a community group to deter the annual pub crawl known as SantaCon.


Freezing rain downs trees, powerlines in Portland

Freezing rain downed trees and power lines and stranded some light-rail passengers in Portland for about three hours Saturday as the first winter storm of the season continued.


Defendant in murder trial insists drunken Will Smith had gun

The man who fatally shot retired New Orleans Saints star Will Smith insisted Saturday that he did so only after a drunken, irate Smith retrieved a gun from his damaged SUV following an April 9 car crash.


Trump campaign manager Conway to lead Christmas parade

Republican President-elect Donald Trump's campaign manager is returning to her native New Jersey to lead a holiday parade.


10 prominent early astronauts carrying on US space history

Early U.S. space history is fading with the death of John Glenn, the last of the Mercury 7 astronauts, and the 2012 passing of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. But others survive, veterans of a time when Americans were glued to their television sets to watch their heroics, from fiery Saturn V launches to ocean splashdowns.


Dylann Roof's confession and journal detail racist beliefs

Prosecutors are using the Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof's own words to portray him as a cruel angry racist at his death penalty trial.


The Latest: Closing arguments Sunday in Will Smith shooting

The Latest on the trial of Cardell Hayes, charged with second-degree murder in the April 9 shooting death of former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith (all times local):


California county agrees to pay family of slain inmate $3.6M

The family of a mentally ill inmate who was beaten to death in a Northern California jail will receive $3.6 million under a settlement.


Activist objects to bath mats with image of Hindu deity

A Hindu activist is calling on Boston-based online retailer Wayfair to stop selling bath mats carrying the image of the Hindu deity Ganesha.


Brother says former US Sen. Kay Hagan is in intensive care

Former U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, a Democrat who represented North Carolina, has been hospitalized after falling seriously ill, her family said.


Public viewing of John Glenn in Ohio to extend for 8 hours

Members of the public will be given eight hours Friday to pay their respects to John Glenn as the late astronaut-hero lies in state at Ohio's capitol building.