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Rep. Cramer: Corps’ Decision ‘chilling signal’

(AP) — North Dakota Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer says that the Army Corps’ decision not to grant an easement for the Dakota Access oil pipeline is “a very chilling signal” for the future of infrastructure in the U.S.  Cramer said in a statement that infrastructure will be hard to build “when criminal behavior is rewarded […]

Fire Officials Investigating Cause Of Fire That Displaced Up To 80 People

(AP) — Fire investigators are trying to determine what caused the huge blaze that ripped through a Boston-area neighborhood, displacing about 60 to 80 people but “miraculously” resulting in no serious injuries or deaths.  The 10-alarm fire Saturday in Cambridge destroyed or damaged 15 structures. Some first responders suffered minor injuries. Cambridge Assistant Fire Chief […]

US Gas Prices Hold Steady Despite Production Cut

(AP) — The average price of regular grade gasoline is unchanged nationally over the last two weeks, holding steady at $2.20 a gallon.  Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that refiners have had little time to react to last week’s announcement by major oil-producing countries to slash output. Many retailers have yet to see big […]

Judge To Rule On When Michigan Vote Recount Can Start

(AP) — Michigan’s Elections director says his office will push to have a hand-recount of 4.8 million ballots cast in November’s presidential election completed before a Dec. 13 deadline.  Chris Thomas testified Sunday in U.S. District Court in Detroit about the difficulty of a recount if it starts two business days following certification of the […]

UPDATE: AG Lynch: Department Will Still Monitor Protest

(AP) — U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch says that the Department of Justice will still monitor the protest in North Dakota and is ready to “provide resources” for those who “can play a constructive role in easing tensions.”  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Sunday afternoon that the four-state, $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil […]

UPDATE: Officials Say Death Toll In Fire Climbs To 33

(AP) — Officials in Oakland, California, say the death toll from a fire at a warehouse during a dance party has climbed to 33.  Alameda County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly announced the latest figure at a news conference Sunday. The number increased from 24 earlier in the day, as crews continue to comb through the […]

The Latest: Trump Takes On Another Indiana Manufacturer

(AP) – The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST): 11:30 p.m. Donald Trump is taking on another Indiana manufacturer that has plans to let go of workers and move operations to Mexico. Late Friday, Trump tweeted: “Rexnord of Indiana is moving to Mexico and rather viciously firing all of its 300 workers. This […]

The Latest: Professor Killed On Calif. Campus Identified

(AP) – The Latest on the fatal stabbing of a professor on the University of Southern California campus (all times local): 9:40 p.m. The president of the University of Southern California has identified the professor stabbed to death by a student on campus as a psychology professor and neuroscientist. USC President C. L. Max Nikias […]

US Warns Crackdown In Myanmar Could Radicalize Rohingya

(AP) – The U.S. government, a key sponsor of Myanmar’s democratic transition, says a security crackdown that has displaced tens of thousands Rohingya Muslims and left an unknown number dead risks radicalizing a downtrodden people and stoking religious tensions in Southeast Asia. The military moved in after armed attacks by unknown assailants on police posts […]

Dazed Tennessee Residents Get First Look At Wildfire Rubble

(AP) – Gatlinburg residents and business owners have had their first look at the wildfire destruction, and many walked around the once-bustling city in a daze, sobbing. As people were allowed into the city Friday, Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters raised the death toll to 13 and said the number of damaged buildings now approached […]