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‘Benson,’ ‘Star Trek’ actor René Auberjonois has died at 79

The actor died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles of metastatic lung cancer, his son Rèmy-Luc Auberjonois told The Associated Press.

College Football Playoff showdowns: LSU vs. Oklahoma; Ohio State vs. Clemson

North Dakota county may become US’s 1st to bar new refugees

  FBI says it presumes Florida base shooting was act of terrorism

Rapper Juice WRLD dies after medical emergency in Chicago

  Police: Slain Arkansas officer ‘ambushed’ in patrol vehicle

  Caught on video: Women attacked, robbed at New York subway stop

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Sesame Street puppeteer Carroll Spinney dies at age 85

  North Korea conducts ‘important test’ at once-dismantled rocket launch site

  Watchdog expected to find Russia probe valid, despite flaws

Devastating factory fire kills at least 43 in Indian capital

  Woman charged in fatal Md. crash after 92 mini liquor bottles found in car

  Teacher accused of asking 5-year-old boy to rub lotion on his back at Mich. school

  Mother, grandmother charged in alleged fatal overdose of 9-month-old boy in Maryland

The two suspects face several charges and could receive life in prison in relation to the baby's fatal overdose.

  Mother allegedly ran over Calif. barber who nicked her son’s neck during haircut

The suspect allegedly rammed the barber with her car, knocking him into and breaking the glass windows of the store next door.

  Arizona man registers beehive as service animal

An Arizona man said he registered a beehive as a service animal to prove a point.

  Minnesota National Guard identifies 3 killed in helicopter crash

The Minnesota National Guard says the three soldiers who were killed when their helicopter crashed near St. Cloud this week were part of a unit that returned last May from a nine-month deployment to the Middle East.

Iran frees Chinese-American scholar for US-held scientist

  House impeachment report looks at abuse, bribery, corruption

Strong with the Force the Mississippi Department of Transportation is

  Impeachment collides with funding deadline, testing Congress

Ho ho, oh no! Arizona man gets trapped in chimney weeks ahead of Christmas

  Ex-police officer accused of choking child with dog leash

As Dems zero in on White House, Trump racks up court losses

The courts are proving to be an obstacle to the Trump administration in its fight against an impeachment inquiry from House Democrats and other congressional probes.

  Trump complains low-flow toilets are flush with problems

Trump said Friday that his administration is looking into relaxing water-saving regulations for toilets, sinks and showers, saying consumers end up using even more water by flushing multiple times and trying to get clean with low water streams.

  Texas suspect steals car with 10-month-old baby inside

A 10-month-old girl is back with her family, after being taken by a car thief in Houston Friday morning.

PG&E says it has reached $13.5 billion wildfire settlement

Pacific Gas and Electric says it has reached a $13.5 billion settlement that will resolve all major claims related to devastating wildfires blamed on its outdated equipment and negligence.

Actor Ron Leibman dead at 82

Actor Ron Leibman, who appeared in movies, theater and television in a career that spanned six decades and won a Tony for Tony Kushner’s iconic play ”Angels in America,” has died after an illness.

Banana duct-taped to wall sells for $120K

An art piece consisting of a banana duct-taped to a wall sold for $120,000.

Jury: Elon Musk did not defame British caver in tweet

Vernon Unsworth had sought $190 million in damages from a man his lawyer called the “billionaire bully.”

  Saudi student opens fire at Florida Naval base, killing 3

The assault, which ended when a sheriff’s deputy killed the attacker, was the second fatal shooting at a U.S. Navy base this week and prompted a massive law enforcement response and base lockdown.

  Slain UPS driver’s family questions police response to chase

Ordonez’s family said the father of two was filling in on someone else’s route Thursday when the robbery suspects commandeered his truck.

Supreme Court keeps federal executions on hold

The Supreme Court on Friday blocked the Trump administration from restarting federal executions next week after a 16-year break.

Supreme Court temporarily shields Trump bank records

In an order signed by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the House cannot enforce subpoenas issued to Deutsche Bank and Capital One at least until Dec. 13.

  Seventh grader without legs is a basketball phenomenon

Jojo Hayes has loved basketball for as long as he can remember. While his skills on the court are nothing new to his classmates, his deep three at the University of Illinois game has allowed more than 200,000 people across social media to see his abilities.

White House won’t participate in next impeachment hearing

A senior Trump administration official said the White House will not participate in the House Judiciary Committee’s next impeachment hearing.

Wife of Papa John’s founder files for divorce

Annette Cox Schnatter left him back in April and bought her own house, but just filed the divorce paperwork.

  Chipotle offers workers paid sick leave, but you likely won’t get away with faking it

Chipotle is taking steps to ensure a healthier workforce, but you won't be able to get away with faking sick.

Officials list pot vape brands reported in US outbreak

Health officials investigating a nationwide outbreak of vaping illnesses have listed, for the first time, the vape brands most commonly linked to hospitalizations.

Navy sailor who killed 2 at Pearl Harbor shipyard was unhappy with commanders

The gunman was identified as 22-year-old Gabriel Romero.

  US flu season arrives early, driven by an unexpected virus

An early barrage of illness in the South has begun to spread more broadly, and there’s a decent chance flu season could peak much earlier than normal, health officials say.

Weinstein accused of misusing ankle monitor; $5M bail sought

Harvey Weinstein violated his bail conditions by mishandling his electronic ankle monitor, which left his whereabouts unrecorded for hours at a time, a New York prosecutor argued Friday.

  Report: Teen who died in US custody unresponsive for hours

Video of the U.S. Border Patrol cell where a 16-year-old from Guatemala died of the flu shows the teen writhing and collapsing on the floor for hours before he was found dead.

Taylor Swift releases Christmas song with nostalgic tug at the heart

"Christmas Tree Farm” takes a nostalgic look at Christmas past for T-Swift.

  Democrats say Trump impeachment charges must come swiftly

Lawyers for the Judiciary Committee will present findings of obstruction of justice outlined in the Mueller Report that could be added to the articles of impeachment.

‘Cannonball Run’: New record claimed for cross-country drive from New York to Los Angeles

Three drivers have claimed the new record for the fastest time driving cross-country from New York to Los Angeles.

US gains a robust 266,000 jobs; unemployment falls to 3.5%

The unemployment rate dipped to 3.5% from 3.6% in October, matching a half-century low, the Labor Department reported Friday. And wages rose a solid 3.1% in November compared with a year earlier.

  Michigan boy brings kindergarten classmates to adoption ceremony

Thursday was adoption day for a Michigan boy, but it was not just him and his new family celebrating. The child had his entire class cheering them on.

Veteran producer of ‘WarGames,’ ’Blue Bloods” dies at 85

Leonard Goldberg, a network and studio executive and producer whose TV credits ranged from “Starsky and Hutch” in the 1970s to the current drama series “Blue Bloods” and whose independent movies included “WarGames” and “Sleeping with the Enemy,” has died. He was 85.

Walmart selling KFC fried chicken-scented firelog

The traditional yule log could smell a lot like a famous bucket of fried chicken, not exactly the evergreen scent of your childhood.

  Uber reports more than 3,000 sexual assaults on 2018 rides

More than 3,000 sexual assaults were reported during U.S. Uber rides in 2018, including 229 rapes across the company’s 1.3 billion rides.

Blind inmate executed in Tennessee for woman’s 1991 killing

Tennessee has put a 53-year-old blind inmate to death in the electric chair for his conviction in the 1991 killing of his estranged girlfriend. Thursday's execution was only the second of a blind inmate in the U.S. since the nation's reinstatement of the death penalty in 1976.

  ‘Devastated’: 3 crew killed in Black Hawk crash in Minnesota

Three soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard were killed Thursday when the Black Hawk helicopter they were riding in for a routine maintenance test flight crashed in a farm field in central Minnesota, Gov. Tim Walz confirmed.

R. Kelly charged with paying bribe before marriage to Aaliyah

Federal prosecutors are accusing singer R. Kelly of scheming with others to pay for a fake ID for an unnamed female a day before he married R&B singer Aaliyah, then 15 years old, in a secret ceremony in 1994.

  Florida family fights porch pirates with dirty diapers

A Florida family fought back against porch pirates with a decoy package filled with dirty diapers.

  Chase with stolen UPS truck ends with shootout, 4 dead

Four people, including a UPS driver, were killed Thursday after robbers stole the driver’s truck and led police on a chase that ended in gunfire at a busy Florida intersection during rush hour, the FBI said.

  Kerry endorses Biden as ad cites NATO leaders mocking Trump

The Biden campaign rolled out Kerry’s endorsement as it continued to portray Trump as a dangerous and erratic commander in chief and head of state.

  National Guard brings holiday cheer to western Alaska for 63rd annual Operation Santa

The Alaska National Guard is carrying out a tradition 63 years strong, bringing Christmas cheer to a remote community. This year the team took Operation Santa to Napakiak.

  Loaded gun inside baby gift bought at Florida thrift store, opened at shower

The family thought they were buying an unopened Baby Einstein’s bouncer, but instead, it was a semi-automatic rifle.

Clay County Fair receives international awards, recognition

"The World's Greatest County Fair" was the recipient of 14 awards, which beats the previous record of 12 awards that was set in 2015 and 2018.

  Estranged husband of missing Conn. mom denies owing millions to her family

Fotis Dulos denies owing money to the family of Jennifer Dulos.

  Willie Nelson says he’s not smoking, but is still using pot

The 86-year-old country music legend said he no longer smokes to help protect his health.

  ‘I was insulted’: Fake Christmas tree at R.I. Capitol offends tree farmer

An artificial Christmas tree at Rhode Island's State House sparks controversy.

Airbnb introduces new rules to rein in parties, nuisances

The company said Thursday it’s banning “open invite” parties at all of its accommodations. Those are parties open to anyone and advertised on social media, for example.

  Giuliani in Ukraine as Congress moves closer to impeachment

Giuliani met in Kyiv with Andrii Derkach, a member of Ukraine’s parliament who has promoted unsubstantiated claims against the Bidens.

DA: Man had shot 6-year-old nephew before Syracuse police killed him

Authorities in Syracuse say police shot and killed an armed man after the man shot his 6-year-old nephew.

  Democrats say Trump impeachment charges must come swiftly

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will deliver an unusual public statement Thursday morning on the status of the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

Trump asks Supreme Court to void financial records subpoena

President Donald Trump asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to void a subpoena from the House of Representatives that seeks the president’s financial records from his accounting firm.

Phone-in-cheek: Spike seen in cellphone-linked face injuries

A study published Thursday found a spike in U.S. emergency room treatment for these mostly minor injuries.

Planned Parenthood is spending over $1 million on ads targeting GOP senators

Television, radio, digital and direct advertisements targeted to three conservative lawmakers will appear in North Carolina, Colorado and Arizona.

Justin Timberlake apologizes to wife after ‘strong lapse in judgment’

Justin Timberlake was seen holding hands with co-star Alisha Wainwright a few weeks ago.

  Disney releases new trailer for live-action ‘Mulan’ remake

While we shouldn’t expect the grand musical numbers from the animated version, the new trailer released Thursday morning makes several nods to our favorite songs.

  ‘Unicorn puppy’ will stay with Mo. rescue shelter

Little Narwhal was born with a tail on his forehead.

  ’Dizzy’ Florida man launches car into dealership, deputies say

Cameras captured the moment a car was launched over a row of cars and into a dealership parking lot. Several cars were damaged after it landed.

  Impeachment takeaways: History lessons, partisan feuds

Three of the lawyers were chosen by Democrats, one by Republicans, and the experts split much like the committee, along partisan lines, over whether Trump committed an impeachable offense when he asked the president of Ukraine to investigate his political rival Joe Biden.

Historic US towns endured wars, storms. What about sea rise?

The most vulnerable coastal communities sit only a few feet above sea level and are already getting wet at some high tides. Scientists estimate the sea will rise another 2 feet to 4 feet in the next 50 years.

  Deer could lead Santa’s sleigh after antlers tangle with Christmas lights

Animal services says this is a good reminder to make sure hanging holiday decorations are secure and high enough to avoid issues with wildlife.

  Parents, 17-year-old son fight 3 different types of cancer at same time

While the three are being treated for cancer, the family is fighting hard to keep the French-American restaurant they've owned and operated for 16 years open.

  Man accused of killing girlfriend’s kids, self after argument about smoking in house

Police say the suspect was a convicted felon and should not have had a firearm.

’Tis the season: Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lights up

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was officially turned on Wednesday night, at an event featuring celebrities including Idina Menzel, Lea Michele and Ne-Yo among the performers.

Drug can curb dementia’s delusions, researchers find

A study found that the drug that curbs delusions in Parkinson's patients did the same for people with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.