Pilot seriously injured after military jet crash off Hawaii
HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii Air National Guard civilian contractor was in serious condition Wednesday after his plane crashed off the coast of Honolulu during a military exercise, authorities said.
'Dirty deeds': Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen gets 3 years in prison
NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's one-time fixer, was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for crimes that included arranging the payment of hush money to conceal his boss' alleged sexual affairs, telling a judge that he agreed time and again to cover up Trump's "dirty deeds" out of "blind loyalty."
Brazilian couple get light sentences in grandson's abduction
HOUSTON (AP) — A wealthy Brazilian couple were sentenced Wednesday to minimal U.S. prison terms for helping their daughter keep her son in Brazil for the past five years in violation of the terms of her divorce to the boy's American father.
Cuba health mystery: Diplomats had inner-ear damage early on
MIAMI (AP) — American diplomats affected by mysterious health incidents in Cuba showed damage in the inner ear shortly after they complained of weird noises and sensations, according to their earliest medical exams, publicized Wednesday.
Florida school massacre panel recommends arming teachers
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The panel investigating the Florida high school massacre recommended Wednesday that teachers who volunteer and undergo extensive background checks and training be allowed to carry concealed guns on campus to stop future shootings.
States cite climate worries in push to stop US coal sales
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Four states that say burning coal will hurt their residents as it makes climate change worse are trying to stop the Trump administration from selling vast reserves of the fuel that are beneath public lands.
Insurance claims at $9 billion from California fires
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Insurance claims from last month's California wildfires already are at $9 billion and expected to increase, the state's insurance commissioner announced Wednesday.
California mulls texting fee to help poor people get phones
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California regulators are considering a plan to charge a fee for text messaging on mobile phones to help support programs that make phone service accessible to the poor, according to a newspaper report Wednesday.
Judge declines to dismiss challenge to US asylum delays
SEATTLE (AP) — Immigrant rights activists can continue to challenge what they describe as unlawful U.S. government delays in asylum cases, a federal judge has ruled.
More sleep in Seattle: Later school start helps kids get zzz
SEATTLE (AP) — High school students are getting more sleep in Seattle, say scientists studying later school start times. Teenagers wore activity monitors to find out whether a later start to the school day would help them get more sleep.
Congress OKs bill to allow killing sea lions to help salmon
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Congress has agreed to make it easier to kill sea lions threatening fragile runs of salmon in the Northwest.
Ex-judges to ICE: End immigration arrests at courthouses
BOSTON (AP) — Dozens of retired state and federal judges called Wednesday on U.S. immigration officials to stop making arrests at courthouses of people suspected of being in the country illegally, saying immigrants should be free to visit halls of justice without fearing they will be detained.
The Latest: Insurance claims at $9 billion from fires
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires all times local): 10:33 a.m. Insurance claims from last month's California wildfires already are at $9 billion.
Metaphorical Washington 'swamp' overrun by actual vermin
WASHINGTON (AP) — Andre Pittman and Gregory Cornes are on a mission to rid Washington of opportunistic vermin. But their target isn't corrupt officials or shady political fixers; it's Rattus Norvegicus, the common Norway Rat.
Minnesota lawmakers discuss reining in soaring insulin costs
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers are considering steps they could take to rein in the soaring cost of insulin, which one couple says has become so expensive that their diabetic son could no longer afford it and died.
Sting uses fake Amazon boxes, GPS to catch would-be thieves
The explosion in online shopping has led to porch pirates and stoop surfers swiping holiday packages from unsuspecting residents.
4 journalists and a newspaper are Time's Person of the Year
NEW YORK (AP) — Time magazine on Tuesday recognized journalists, including the slain Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi, as its 2018 Person of the Year in what it said was an effort to emphasize the importance of reporters' work in an increasingly hostile world.
AP FACT CHECK: Trump sees a border wall where none exists
WASHINGTON (AP) — As if spotting a mirage in the Southwestern desert, President Donald Trump and his aides are seeing a wall standing along the Mexico border where none exists.
Man who killed newlywed during robbery executed in Texas
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas inmate was executed Tuesday evening for fatally shooting a newlywed during a robbery more than 25 years ago.
Official: California must mull home ban in fire-prone areas
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's increasingly deadly and destructive wildfires have become so unpredictable that government officials should consider banning home construction in vulnerable areas, the state's top firefighter says.
California judge orders porn star to pay Trump legal fees
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Porn star Stormy Daniels must pay President Donald Trump nearly $293,000 for his attorneys' fees and another $1,000 in sanctions after her defamation suit against him was dismissed, a federal judge in Los Angeles ordered Tuesday.
Michelle Obama surprises Detroit students at Motown Museum
DETROIT (AP) — Michelle Obama surprised a group of Detroit college students on Tuesday afternoon, walking into the Motown Museum as the young men of color took part in a roundtable discussion on education.
Christmas tree farmers aim to boost sales via social media
TUALATIN, Ore. (AP) — Rosa Villarreal's three young sons jumped and ran around the field of Christmas trees like jackrabbits, their excitement palpable as they raced from evergreen to evergreen.
Activists decry no-jail sentence for former frat president
HOUSTON (AP) — In a case with echoes of the furor involving a Stanford University swimmer two years ago, advocates for sex-crime victims say the plea bargain that enabled a former Baylor University fraternity president to stay out of jail is another failure by the legal system.
With new board in place, CBS to decide Moonves' exit pay
NEW YORK (AP) — The newly elected CBS board faces daunting tasks: deciding whether former CEO Les Moonves gets a $120 million exit package following a sexual-misconduct investigation and charting a path for CBS to recover after the scandal.

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