Residents of Syria's Aleppo share tormented goodbyes online

BEIRUT (AP) — First came the distress calls from doctors in underground shelters and morgues. Then residents under relentless bombardment in the few remaining blocks under rebel control in Aleppo began posting emotional goodbyes on social media and in widely circulated messages.

  • Written by SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press

Man who fired shots in DC pizzeria to face federal charges

WASHINGTON (AP) — A man inspired by an internet conspiracy theory to fire an assault weapon inside a pizza restaurant warned friends that his "raid" could involve killing people, according to court documents made public Tuesday.

  • Written by JESSICA GRESKO, The Associated Press

Dolly Parton gives support to wildfire victims, 'my people'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country music icon Dolly Parton's home and businesses in East Tennessee were spared from deadly wildfires last month, but she's pitching in to help her neighbors recover from the devastation.

  • Written by KRISTIN M. HALL, Associated Press

Perry would bring oil industry ties to Energy Department

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rick Perry, President-elect Donald Trump's choice for Energy secretary, has close ties to the Texas oil industry and has corporate roles in two petroleum companies pushing to get government approval for the proposed 1,200-mile crude oil pipeline that has stoked mass protests in North Dakota.

  • Written by STEPHEN BRAUN, Associated Press

ConAgra to pay $11.2M to settle tainted peanut butter case

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — A ConAgra subsidiary pleaded guilty Tuesday and agreed to pay $11.2 million — including the largest criminal fine ever imposed for a foodborne illness in the United States — to resolve a decade-long criminal investigation into a nationwide salmonella outbreak blamed on tainted peanut butter.

  • Written by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press