Obama bans future oil leases in much of Arctic, Atlantic

HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama on Tuesday designated the bulk of U.S.-owned waters in the Arctic Ocean and certain areas in the Atlantic Ocean as indefinitely off limits to future oil and gas leasing.

  • Written by KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press

Germany hunts 'violent and armed' Tunisian in truck attack

BERLIN (AP) — Germany on Wednesday launched a Europe-wide manhunt for a "violent and armed" Tunisian man with ties to Islamic extremists who has used at least six different names and three different nationalities, saying he is a suspect in the Berlin Christmas market attack.

  • Written by GEIR MOULSON, Associated Press

911 call in road-rage case: 'This little kid's been shot'

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Newly released 911 recordings depict a frantic, chaotic scene as a grandmother pulls into a Little Rock shopping center and discovers her 3-year-old grandson has been shot in what police describe as a road-rage killing.

  • Written by JILL BLEED, Associated Press

North Carolina lawmakers meeting to consider HB2 repeal

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's legislature reconvened Wednesday to decide whether enough lawmakers are willing to repeal a 9-month-old law that limited LGBT rights, including which bathrooms transgender people can use in public schools and government buildings.

  • Written by GARY D. ROBERTSON, Associated Press; JONATHAN DREW, Associated Press