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AP IMPACT: Abused kids die as authorities fail to protect
BUTTE, Montana (AP) -- At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities - many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger, The Associated Press has found.... 12/18/2014 1:17 PM

'Stand your ground' defense fails in Montana murder trial
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) -- Just days before he shot to death a 17-year-old German exchange student, Markus Kaarma told hair stylists he had been waiting up to shoot some kids who were burglarizing homes.... 12/18/2014 12:40 PM

Q&A: Drones might help show how tornados form
DENVER (AP) -- Researchers say they've collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones into big Western and Midwestern storms. Now they want to expand the project in hopes of learning more about how tornados form.... 12/18/2014 12:31 PM

Police: 3 killed as car hits people leaving church
REDONDO BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Police say three people - including two women in their 80s - were killed when a driver struck a group of pedestrians outside a Southern California church as a Christmas service ended.... 12/18/2014 1:23 PM

14 charged in meningitis outbreak that killed 64
BOSTON (AP) -- Federal prosecutors charged 14 people in a 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people nationwide in what authorities called the largest criminal case ever brought in the U.S. over contaminated medicine.... 12/18/2014 7:13 AM

N Korea-linked Sony hack may be costliest ever
NEW YORK (AP) -- The unprecedented hack of Sony Pictures which a U.S. official says is linked to North Korea may be the most damaging cyberattack ever inflicted on an American business.... 12/18/2014 10:52 AM

Sony cancels 'The Interview' amid terror hack threats
NEW YORK (AP) -- Under the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with the nation's largest multiplex chains pulling the film from their screens, Sony Pictures Entertainment took the unprecedented step of canceling the Dec. 25 release of the Seth Rogen comedy "The Interview."... 12/18/2014 2:25 AM

US, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord
WASHINGTON (AP) -- After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations - a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations.... 12/18/2014 2:31 AM

Reformers target traffic courts in Ferguson
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- In the aftermath of Michael Brown's death, legal activists suggested that some of the raw anger that erupted in suburban St. Louis had its roots in an unlikely place - traffic court.... 12/18/2014 12:23 PM

Marathon bombing suspect due in court Thursday
BOSTON (AP) -- Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has not been seen in public since he was arraigned on 30 federal charges in July 2013, when he still bore signs of the bloody standoff with police that led to his capture and the death of his older brother, Tamerlan.... 12/18/2014 11:54 AM