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GATLINBURG, Tennessee (AP) — The wildfire that popped up on a steep, rugged peak in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was just one of a dozen that fire crews had been fighting over the last month because of the drought. But the Nov. 23 fire on Chimney Tops proved to be...
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — The nation's largest mall is hosting its first-ever black Santa Claus this this weekend. The Star-Tribune reports The Mall of America in suburban Minneapolis hired Larry Jefferson to play Kris Kringle from Thursday to Sunday as part of its Santa...
WASHINGTON (AP) — When Donald Trump named his Treasury secretary, Teena Colebrook felt her heart sink. She had voted for the president-elect on the belief that he would knock the moneyed elites from their perch in Washington, D.C. And she knew Trump's pick for Treasury_Steven...
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — At the moment when shooters unleashed terror on San Bernardino a year ago, county employees will remember their fallen colleagues with silence. Later on Friday, community members will gather to remember the 14 people killed and 22 wounded with...
BOSTON (AP) — The British man sentenced to life in prison for trying to detonate explosives in his shoe on a trans-Atlantic flight in 2001 says he can't afford the $250,000 fine that was part of his sentence. Richard Reid has asked a federal judge in Boston to declare him...
MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — A California mountain lion placed under a death sentence for killing nearly a dozen alpacas owned by a Malibu woman was granted a reprieve when the woman announced she wouldn't act on a state-issued permit giving her the right to kill the animal. A neighbor...
Former NFL player Joe McKnight was shot to death following an argument at an intersection with another motorist outside New Orleans, authorities said. Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said the Thursday incident involving McKnight happened about 2:43 p.m. in Terrytown, a...
CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — So far, the hundreds of protesters fighting the Dakota Access pipeline have shrugged off the heavy snow, icy winds and frigid temperatures that have swirled around their large encampment on the North Dakota grasslands. But if they defy next week's...
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — It only takes a minute for a crispy Christmas tree to touch off a raging inferno. Researchers who set up a mock living room complete with curtains and an armchair — and then hit "record" as a tree-turned-torch engulfed the room in 63 seconds — hope their...