December 7, 2017

Ex-tenant says police visited Oakland warehouse before fire

A former tenant of an Oakland warehouse says police were called to the unlicensed residence several times to help with evictions before a fire last year that killed three dozen people, and even knew the leaseholder by name.
December 7, 2017

Prosecutors insist eye doc stole $136 million from Medicaid

Either Dr. Salomon Melgen is one of the biggest Medicare swindlers ever, stealing more than $100 million from the federal health care program, or a penny ante thief who walked off with $64,000.
December 7, 2017

Judge denies Texas churches' aid request in FEMA lawsuit

A judge on Thursday denied an emergency request for relief funds by three Texas churches damaged during Hurricane Harvey that are suing the federal government over how it offers disaster aid to houses of worship.
December 7, 2017

After cyberattack, much of county's business done on paper

North Carolina's largest metro area was discovering just how hard it is to conduct business without county computers that handle numerous transactions on Thursday, a day after local leaders refused to pay hackers who froze their system.
December 7, 2017

Houston residents may need to raise homes after Harvey

More than 1,600 Houston residents whose properties flooded during and after Hurricane Harvey may need to elevate their homes if they want to continue living there.
December 7, 2017

Man suspected of Bosnian war crimes pleads guilty in Ohio

A man who was accused of hiding his employment with a special Serbian police unit in Bosnia around the time of the Serb massacre of 8,000 Muslim Bosnians during the 1995 genocide has pleaded guilty to a U.S. immigration fraud charge.
December 7, 2017

Oklahoma school: 'Hazing' report led to sex assault case

Officials at an Oklahoma high school accused of failing to promptly report the sexual assault of a 16-year-old football player by several teammates started their investigation after hearing of "an alleged hazing incident," and waited eight days before contacting police, records show.
December 7, 2017

Frontier pilots demonstrate in Denver amid pay fight

Frontier Airlines pilots picketed in downtown Denver Thursday in a bid for public support in their long running fight with the Denver-based discount carrier to replace their bankruptcy contract.
December 7, 2017

California sent fire danger text alert to 12 million people

Millions of Southern Californians already dealing with a siege of destructive wildfires received an unprecedented text alert warning them to be ready for extreme fire potential early Thursday, but conditions turned out to be less dire than predicted even though strong Santa Ana winds were blowing.
December 7, 2017

Veterinarians seek permission to research pot meds for pets

Dr. Byron Maas surveys a supply of marijuana products for dogs that lines a shelf in his veterinary clinic. They're selling well.
December 7, 2017

Bitcoin soars then falls back; banks raise risk concerns

The price of bitcoin swung wildly Thursday, rising to more than $19,000 only to fall sharply within minutes, as both the euphoria and anxiety surrounding the virtual currency escalated just days before trading in bitcoin futures begins on a major U.S. exchange.
December 7, 2017

The Latest: Bosnian war crime suspect eager for deportation

The Latest on an Ohio man accused of lying about his role in Bosnian war crimes (all times local):
December 7, 2017

Mother of slain football player testifies at murder trial

A 15-year-old football player who was fatally shot while shielding his friends from gunfire was "always the protector" who "wouldn't back down," his mother testified at his murder trial Thursday.
December 7, 2017

Wounded woman drops 'bump stock' maker from Vegas lawsuit

The maker of a rapid-fire gun accessory that police say was used in the Oct. 1 mass shooting that killed 58 people and left hundreds injured at an open-air concert on the Las Vegas Strip has been removed from a wounded California woman's negligence and damages lawsuit, a lawyer said Thursday.
December 7, 2017

Alabama irony: Democrats are the elephants in the room

Some high-profile Democrats are flying into Alabama this weekend to encourage people to send Doug Jones to the Senate.His campaign wants it known that he…
December 7, 2017

EPA chief defends spending on travel and soundproof booth

Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt on Thursday defended his frequent taxpayer-funded travel and his purchase of a custom soundproof communications booth for his office, saying both were justified.
December 7, 2017

Feds: Ex-police chief lied about hate crime assault

A white former police chief charged with a hate crime in New Jersey for smashing a handcuffed black man's head into a doorjamb has now been accused of lying to federal authorities about the encounter.
December 7, 2017

US fails to enforce smog rules, 14 states allege in lawsuit

Fourteen states and the District of Columbia announced Thursday that they are suing the Trump administration over what they say is a failure to enforce smog standards.
December 7, 2017

New Mexico brothers questioned in Texas border agent's death

The FBI questioned two brothers from New Mexico in the death of a border patrol agent in Texas, according to federal court documents that have been sealed.
December 7, 2017

Schools violate safety rules enacted after Newtown massacre

Nearly half of Connecticut's school districts are violating state safety requirements enacted after the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre.