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Gunman opens fire at Oregon college; several killed

Crowd gathers at vigil for mass shooting victims

A gunman opened fire at a rural Oregon community college Thursday, killing several people before dying in a shootout with police, authorities said.

White House expresses concern over Secret Service report

The White House said Thursday that “significant concerns” have been raised by reports that scores of Secret Service employees accessed the unsuccessful job application of a congressman who was investigating agency scandals.

Student charged with attempted murder in South Dakota shooting

A teenage student was charged Thursday with attempted murder in the shooting of a South Dakota high school principal who was lightly wounded in the arm.

‘Christmas jar’ cash theft at library spurs aid by author

The cash donations stuffed into the large glass container on the circulation desk at Dover Public Library were meant to be an anonymous holiday gift to a needy family, a gesture inspired by the book “Christmas Jars.”

Utah man killed 3 because they wouldn’t move out

A Salt Lake City man told police he shot three people staying at his house, including a baby, because they wouldn’t move out, prosecutors said Thursday.

Wyo. man pleads guilty in killing at detox center

A Wyoming man pleaded guilty Thursday in the shooting of two American Indian men that exposed racial tensions in a reservation border town.

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1 dies in flooding as storms threaten to move up East Coast

Torrential flooding submerged cars, shut down roads, and led to at least one death Thursday as the rain-saturated East Coast braced not only for more precipitation but for a possible strike by a major hurricane.

Russia confounds US with Syria military moves

Now, 1,506 days since the Obama administration first declared Syrian President Bashar Assad’s “days are numbered,” he’s still there, and a convergence of Western trepidation and Russian resolve could strengthen his position further.

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Mormons acknowledge early polygamy days at renovated museum

The Mormon church’s renovated history museum set to reopen this week features a small and surprising display about an uncomfortable part of the faith’s history that for generations has been glossed over: polygamy.

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Black women booted from Napa Valley wine train file lawsuit

A group of mostly black women filed a racial discrimination lawsuit Thursday after they were removed from a train that tours Napa Valley wineries, saying it was humiliating to be thrown off a rail car when loud and inebriated white passengers were allowed to stay.

No shutdown: Congress approves bill to keep government open

Just hours before a midnight deadline, a bitterly-divided Congress approved a stopgap spending bill Wednesday to keep the federal government open — but with no assurance there won’t be yet another shutdown showdown in December.

Only woman on Georgia’s death row executed

The only woman on Georgia’s death row was executed early Wednesday, making her the first woman put to death by the state in seven decades.

Secret Service tried to discredit US lawmaker

Scores of U.S. Secret Service employees improperly accessed the decade-old, unsuccessful job application of a congressman who was investigating scandals inside the agency, a new government report said Wednesday. An assistant director suggested leaking embarrassing information to retaliate against Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairman of the House oversight committee.

Mom accused of tossing newborn girl had baby son die in 2008

A woman charged this week with tossing her newborn daughter to her death from a seventh-story window had an infant son die seven years ago, and prosecutors have now reopened their investigation into his death, authorities said Wednesday.

Officer killed in mall shooting; suspect charged

A police officer responding to a report of a suspicious person was fatally shot at a suburban South Carolina mall on Wednesday, and police say the suspect is charged with murder.

Russia urges coordinated terrorism fight

Russia followed its launch of airstrikes in Syria with a call on Wednesday for the world to unite in the fight against terrorist groups, and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told foreign ministers of world powers that his country was circulating a draft U.N. Security Council resolution to help make it happen.

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SD high school principal shot, wounded; students safe

A shooting at a South Dakota high school that left the principal with a minor injury may have turned out far worse if not for staff members who tackled the student suspected of firing at the administrator, authorities said Wednesday.

Russia begins airstrikes in Syria, but West disputes targets

Russia launched airstrikes Wednesday in Syria, sharply escalating Moscow’s role in the conflict but also raising questions about whether its intent is fighting Islamic State militants or protecting longtime ally, President Bashar Assad.

Hurricane may bring 10 inches of rain to parts of East Coast

Steady rain drenched much of the East Coast on Wednesday, flooding roads, closing schools and forcing some people from their homes. And forecasters say the worst is yet to come.

EPA sets limit for toxic pollutants released into waterways

The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday imposed new standards for mercury, lead and other toxic pollutants discharged into the nation’s rivers and streams from steam electric power plants.