• Alaska Airlines gets US approval to buy Virgin America

    In this Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, photo, fueling manager Jarid Svraka looks on as he fuels an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-800 jet with a new, blended alternative jet fuel, at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in SeaTac, Wash. On Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, Alaska Airlines said it has won government approval to buy rival Virgin America after agreeing to reduce its flight-selling partnership with American Airlines. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Alaska Airlines has won government approval to buy rival Virgin America after agreeing to reduce its flight-selling partnership with American Airlines.

  • Alabama opposing execution stay for condemned inmate

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The state of Alabama is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to allow the execution of an inmate scheduled for lethal injection on Thursday.

  • After 9 years, Times Square hotel murder case headed to jury

    This undated file photo from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, shows Clarence Dean, a convicted sex offender. It's been almost a decade since a prostitute's battered body was discovered under a bed in a Times Square budget hotel. Now jurors are about to weigh in on the murder case, which became a forum for debate over the validity of bite-mark evidence. Deliberations are set to start Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, in the case against Dean, whom prosecutors say brutally killed Kristine Yitref, while Dean says he was defending himself. (Florida Department of Law Enforcement via AP, File)

    NEW YORK (AP) — It took nearly a decade after a prostitute’s battered body was found under a Times Square budget hotel bed for the case to go to trial. But it took only about two hours for jurors to convict the suspect in a prosecution that became a forum for debate over the validity of bite-mark evidence.

  • After mistrial, slain SC man’s family still expects justice

    FILE- In this Monday, Dec. 5, 2016 file photo, Michael Slager, at right, walks from the Charleston County Courthouse under the protection from the Charleston County Sheriff's Department after a mistrial was declared for his trial in Charleston, S.C. Relatives of Walter Scott, the black motorist fatally shot while fleeing a traffic stop, say they are confident justice will prevail even though a South Carolina jury could not reach a verdict in the murder trial of a white former police officer charged in his death. (AP Photo/Mic Smith, File)

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The video was unambiguous: A white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black man in the back as the man ran away.

  • Uncle accused of kidnapping girl now charged with rape

    ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man who police say took his 9-year-old niece out of school and disappeared with her for more than a week has been indicted on sexual-assault charges.

  • Judge’s ruling adds $3 million to Hartford stadium project

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A ruling by a Connecticut Superior Court judge has added almost $3 million to the cost of Hartford’s minor league baseball stadium development.

  • Oklahoma Supreme Court orders release of Joe Mixon video

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court says a video that shows Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon punching a woman two years ago must be released to the public.

  • Biloxi sues Shuckers’ owners over baseball stadium payments

    BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — The city of Biloxi has filed a lawsuit against Biloxi Baseball and Overtime Sports Management, owners of the Biloxi Shuckers.

  • Opening statements expected in trial over Saints star death

    In this Dec. 9, 2012, file photo, New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith appears before an NFL football game against the New York Giants in East Rutherford, N.J. The trial for Cardell Hayes charged with second-degree murder in the April 9, 2016, shooting death of Smith begins with jury selection Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — In a story Dec. 6 about the trial of Cardell Hayes, who is charged in the shooting death of former NFL star Will Smith, The Associated Press reported erroneously that lawyers said a toxicology report indicated Hayes was legally drunk on the night of the shooting. The report said Smith was drunk, not Hayes.

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  • Recovery of fire victims winds down; investigation looms

    Tex Allen, facing camera, offers hugs for mourners during a vigil in memory of victims of a warehouse fire at Lake Merritt on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. Family members and friends are being notified as firefighters continue a painstaking search for victims of the Oakland warehouse fire. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Some people managed to text loved ones goodbye and “I love you” before they died in an Oakland warehouse fire that claimed three dozen lives, officials said, as heart-rending reports of victims’ last moments emerged from the most lethal building fire in the U.S. in more than a decade.