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BNSF says changes made since South Dakota 2015 derailment

LESTERVILLE, S.D. (AP) — BNSF Railway says it's using an alternative route for moving hazardous material through parts of South Dakota since federal transportation investigators determined a broken rail probably caused the derailment of a train carrying ethanol two years ago.


Sheriff's deputy shoots armed man in drunken-driving stop

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A sheriff's deputy in South Carolina has shot and killed a drunken-driving suspect who authorities said pointed a gun at officers.


Man freed from death row blames conviction on racial bias

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A man freed from Louisiana's death row says his case was corrupted by a biased autopsy and a prosecutor's racism and religious fervor.


Maine boy with cancer dies after wish for early Christmas

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A 9-year-old Maine boy with cancer has died a week after his wish for a Christmas celebration was fulfilled.


2 explosions reported at upstate NY cosmetics factory

NEW WINDSOR, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say there have been two explosions at a cosmetics factory in the Hudson Valley.


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Students: Dartmouth professors created hostile environment

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — Dartmouth College students say three psychology professors facing sexual misconduct allegations created a "hostile academic environment" marked by excessive drinking, favoritism and at times inappropriate behavior.


Ex-Tulsa officer gets prison in daughter's boyfriend's death

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A white former police officer in Oklahoma was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison for the fatal off-duty shooting of his daughter's black boyfriend, after four trials spanning nearly a year including three that resulted in hung juries.


Amazon goes into the holidays with magnified store presence

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon goes into the holiday season with a newly magnified brick-and-mortar presence, giving it more opportunities to sell its Kindle e-readers, Fire tablets and other gadgets.


Convicted killer: Civil rights violated when dreadlocks cut

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A convicted killer in an Ohio prison claims in a federal lawsuit that his civil rights have been violated by the repeated cutting of his dreadlocks.


Jury selection postponed in Iran sanctions case

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge postponed jury selection in the trial surrounding a conspiracy to help Iran evade economic sanctions after the star defendant, an international gold trader who had been trying to broker a diplomatic solution to the case, was a no-show Monday.


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See you later, alligator! Crocodile found on Florida beach

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — Authorities are keeping swimmers away from an area where a 6-foot (2-meter) crocodile came ashore.


The Latest: Jury selection postponed in Iran sanctions case

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the trial surrounding a conspiracy to help Iran evade economic sanctions (all times local):


Driver arrested, manhunt continues in deadly police shooting

NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. (AP) — Police say they arrested the driver of an SUV that fled a traffic stop, leaving behind a passenger who fatally shot a rookie police officer in suburban Pittsburgh.


Nebraska panel approves alternative Keystone XL route, removes last regulatory hurdle to $8 billion oil pipeline project

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska panel approves alternative Keystone XL route, removes last regulatory hurdle to $8 billion oil pipeline project.


The Latest: Ex-cop sentenced in daughter's boyfriend's death

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of a former police officer convicted of fatally shooting his daughter's boyfriend in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (all times local):


Tyson Foods: New facility in Tennessee to create 1,500 jobs

HUMBOLDT, Tenn. (AP) — Tyson Foods Inc. says it plans to build a new chicken production complex in Tennessee, a $300 million project that is expected to create more than 1,500 jobs when the facility begins operations in late 2019.


Most of burned-out senior home too damaged to enter

WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — People are still missing following last week's fire at a Pennsylvania senior living community, and investigators have yet to scour most of the burned-out structure because it is too dangerous to enter.


The Latest: Officials say border agent was killed in attack

VAN HORN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the death in Texas of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent (all times local):


Virginia deputy reassigned after going to party in blackface

POQUOSON, Va. (AP) — A white Virginia sheriff's deputy has been reassigned after attending a Halloween party in blackface.


Man accused of shooting girlfriend's car on interstate found

SUTTON, N.H. (AP) — Police in New Hampshire have arrested a man suspected of firing multiple shots at his girlfriend's car on Interstate 89 hours after they told residents to lock their homes and a school district canceled classes.


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