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The year in late night: Laughs, tears and politics in 2017

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 00:04

From Jimmy Kimmel's heartfelt plea for health care reform to Melissa McCarthy's memorable Sean Spicer impression, watch 2017's best moments in late night.

Deputy recalls breaking through frozen pond to pull out boy

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 21:20

NEW HARMONY, Utah (AP) — A Utah sheriff's deputy said Tuesday he was desperate and numb from the cold as he punched and stomped his way into a frozen pond on Christmas Day to pull out an 8-year-old boy who had fallen through the ice while chasing his dog.

Ben Affleck Spends Christmas with Ex Jennifer Garner and Kids as He Continues Treatment

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 21:00

Ben Affleck, ex Jennifer Garner and their three children celebrated Christmas as a family

Merry Christmas from Mar-a-Lago: Tiffany and Ivanka Trump Mocked for Bikini-Clad Video

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 20:17

In a new Twitter video, first daughters Tiffany and Ivanka Trump blew kisses to followers — but received mostly criticism in return

US forces kill 13 Shabaab militants in air strike

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 19:43

The United States carried out an air strike on Christmas Eve against the Shabaab Islamist group that left 13 dead, according to a statement released Wednesday. "In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, US forces conducted an airstrike against al-Shabaab militants on the morning of Dec. 24, 2017, in southern Somalia, killing 13 terrorists," read the statement from the US Africa Command (AFRICOM). The United States has stepped up its operations in Somalia in recent weeks, with frequent strikes against Shabaab and a separate self-proclaimed branch of the Islamic State in the Horn of Africa nation.

The Latest: Halt to church construction 'only viable option'

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 19:14

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the halted construction at a church that was destroyed on Sept. 11, 2001 (all times local):

4 Found Dead In Basement Apartment In Upstate New York

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 18:58

A property manager found four bodies in a basement apartment in upstate New York on Tuesday.

These Two Best Friends Just Learned They're Actually Brothers After 60 Years

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 18:31

One never knew his father, and the other was adopted. Separately, they sought answers about their ancestry

Argentina judge says death of prosecutor Nisman was murder

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 17:44

Alberto Nisman, the Argentine prosecutor who was found dead days after accusing former President Cristina Fernandez of covering up Iran's role in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center, was murdered, a federal judge said on Tuesday. In a 656-page ruling, judge Julian Ercolini said there was sufficient proof to conclude that the shot to the head that killed Nisman in January 2015 was not self-inflicted. Fernandez and others had suggested the death was a suicide, but a prosecutor investigating the case last year recommended it be pursued as a murder probe.

A U.K. Woman Tried to Bring Painkillers Into Egypt. She Was Sentenced to 3 Years

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 16:43

A woman from the United Kingdom was sentenced to three years in jail for bringing potent painkillers into Egypt.

New York City on track to end year with sharp drop in murder rate

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 16:40

The city recorded 278 homicides up to mid-December, compared with 325 last year, and police say there were the lowest number of index crimes since the 50s NYPD police stand guard inside the New York Port Authority Bus Terminal in the city after it reopened following an explosion on December 11, 2017 Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Man who killed mom, self wasn't allowed to have firearms

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 16:38

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — A man who killed his mother and then fired more than 100 rounds at police as her body lay in a yard during an eight-hour standoff before killing himself wasn't permitted to have firearms and likely obtained them from his father, who killed himself days after the rampage, authorities said.

These Cities Are Suing The Pentagon Over 'Deadly Gaps' In America's Gun-Check System

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 16:37

The cities of New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco are suing the U.S. Department of Defense over its legal failure to report service member crimes to the FBI and national gun background check database, multiple outlets reported Tuesday.

Democrat In Tied Virginia Race Tries To Stop Winner From Being Picked Out Of A Bowl

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 16:35

Democrat Shelly Simonds launched a last-minute effort Tuesday to prevent the race for a crucial seat in Virginia’s House of Delegates from being settled by luck.

U.S. appeals court rejects challenge to Trump voter fraud panel

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 15:36

A U.S. appeals court in Washington on Tuesday upheld a lower court's decision to allow President Donald Trump's commission investigating voter fraud to request data on voter rolls from U.S. states. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) watchdog group, which filed the lawsuit, did not have legal standing to seek to force the presidential commission to review privacy concerns before collecting individuals' voter data.

Orrin Hatch grateful for 'honor' from Utah newspaper criticizing him

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 14:25

Orrin Hatch’s tweet did not include a link to the editorial. The longest serving Republican senator, Orrin Hatch, tweeted on Christmas day that he was grateful after his local paper hailed him on its front page as the “Utahn of the year”, but he made no mention of a stinging accompanying editorial. Many were left asking if Hatch was being sarcastic or had tweeted before reading the Salt Lake Tribune’s full reasoning for the award, for the most impactful person in the state, which hit out at his part in slashing the size of Utah’s national monuments.

Orrin Hatch Trolls Utah Newspaper That Wants Him To Retire

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 14:19

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) on Monday tweeted out an editorial in The Salt Lake Tribune naming him “Utahn of the Year,” declaring that he was “grateful for this Christmas honor.”

First Responders Reunite With Man They Saved After He Collapsed While Holding Infant Daughter

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 14:04

The gift of life has proven to be a present money cannot buy.

Sen. Hatch 'Grateful' for Being Named Newspaper’s 'Utahn of the Year.' But the Article Was Scathing

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 14:03

The Salt Lake Tribune named Senator Orrin Hatch “Utahn of the Year,” but he got the honor for all the wrong reasons.

Man's 'Christmas Vacation' Homage Has Neighbors Calling 911

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 13:58

A Colorado man’s homage to his favorite Christmas movie gave him the gift of laughter this year.