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Firefighter: Warehouse missing from fire-inspection records

Firefighter: Warehouse missing from fire-inspection recordsThe illegally occupied Oakland warehouse where dozens of partygoers perished in a blaze does not appear in a database fire inspectors use to schedule inspections and may never have been checked for fire ...



Gov't proposal envisions phone calls on airline flightsWASHINGTON (AP) ? Airlines could let passengers make in-flight phone calls using Wi-Fi under a proposal from federal regulators.
Chris Petersen the playoff rookie among final four coaches

College football coaches from left to right; Nick Saban of Alabama, Chris Petersen of Washington, Ohio State's Urban Meyer and Dabo Sweeney of Clemson pose the college football championship trophy Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)ATLANTA (AP) ? Chris Petersen chatted up Nick Saban while they waited to pose with the championship trophy, looking for any bit of insight that might help the College Football Playoff's rookie coach.



Trump chooses former WWE exec McMahon for small business

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2016 file photo, Linda McMahon talks with reporters after a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York. President-elect Donald Trump will nominate wrestling executive Linda McMahon to serve as administrator of the Small Business Administration, a Cabinet-level position. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)WASHINGTON (AP) ? President-elect Donald Trump is naming former wrestling executive Linda McMahon to lead the Small Business Administration.



Washington state suing agrochemical giant over PCB pollution

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, left, speaks as Gov. Jay Inslee looks on during a news conference, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, in Seattle, where Ferguson announced a lawsuit against agrochemical giant Monsanto over pollution from PCBs, Washington says it's the first U.S. state to sue Monsanto over pollution from PCBs. The chemicals, polychlorinated biphenyls, were used in many industrial and commercial applications, including in paint, coolants, sealants and hydraulic fluids. PCB contamination impairs rivers, lakes and bays around the country. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)SEATTLE (AP) ? Washington on Thursday became the first U.S. state to sue the agrochemical giant Monsanto over pervasive pollution from PCBs, the toxic industrial chemicals that have accumulated in plants, fish and people around the globe for decades.



In fossil rarity, tumor found in 255-million-year-old beast

Handout of a histological thin section of the gorgonopsid lower jaw of a saber-tooth mammal-like beast that prowled Tanzania 255 million years agoBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scientists examining the jawbone of a saber-toothed, mammal-like beast that prowled Tanzania 255 million years ago have come across a remarkable fossil rarity: one of the oldest-known tumors. University of Washington researchers on Thursday described a benign tumor composed of miniature tooth-like structures they found embedded next to the root of the creature's enlarged canine tooth while studying an unrelated aspect of the jaw.



Reno school boss praises quick police response in shooting

Reno police officer Tim Broadway briefs reporters outside Hug High School on the north side of Reno, Nev., on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016 after a Washoe County School District police officer shot a student following a disturbance at the school. The student was taken to a Reno hospital where there was no immediate word on the student's condition. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)RENO, Nev. (AP) ? The head of the Nevada school district where a campus officer shot a knife-wielding high school student praised the quick police response that she says helped avert what could have been a much more dangerous situation.



S. Korean president faces possible last day in power

Lawmakers and members of opposition Justice Party with signs stand during a rally demanding the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. Park aces the political fight of her life as lawmakers attempt to force her from office over prosecution claims that she helped a confidante extort money and favors from companies and manipulate state affairs. The signs read: "Impeach Park Geun-hye immediately." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)South Korean President Park Geun-hye entered what could be her last day in power Friday, as lawmakers geared up for what's widely expected to be a successful impeachment vote amid a corruption scandal ...



Trump picks opponent of higher minimum wage for Labor Dept

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump gestures as Andy Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, departs after their meeting at the main clubhouse at Trump National Golf Club in BedminsterBy Amanda Becker and Robert Iafolla WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Donald Trump named fast-food executive Andy Puzder to head the U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday, drawing criticism from labor advocates worried about his opposition to a higher minimum wage and government regulation of the workplace. Puzder, chief executive of CKE Restaurants Inc [APOLOT.UL], which operates the Carl's Jr. and Hardee's fast-food chains, has frequently argued in the media that higher minimum wages would hurt workers by forcing restaurants to close. Fast-food workers, who are largely not unionized, are engaged in a multi-year campaign known as the "Fight for $15," which is supported by labor unions, to raise minimum wages to $15 per hour.



Video shows struggle, then shooting that paralyzed Iowa man

In this image made from a Nov. 1, 2016 dashcam video released Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, by Cedar Rapids Police Department, an unarmed black motorist struggles with an Iowa officer and a police dog before the driver is shot and paralyzed. The video shows that 37-year-old Jerime Mitchell rushes back to his pickup truck and Cedar Rapids officer Lucas Jones shoots him as the vehicle rolls away. (Cedar Rapids Police Department via AP)CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) ? An unarmed black driver struggled with an Iowa officer and a police dog before the officer shot the motorist as he tried to get away in his pickup truck, paralyzing him, dashcam video released Thursday shows.