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NORTH DAKOTA TRIBE'S REQUEST TO STOP WORK ON PIPELINE DENIED
NEAR THE STANDING ROCK SIOUX RESERVATION, N.D. (AP) - A judge on Friday denied the Standing Rock Sioux tribe's attempt to halt the construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline near its North Dakota reservation, but three federal agencies asked the pipeline company to "voluntarily pause" work on a segment that tribal officials say holds sacred sites and artifacts. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe, whose cause drew thousands to a protest site in North Dakota, had challenged the Army Corps of Engineers' decision to grant permits at more than 200 water crossings for Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners' $3.8 billion pipeline, saying that the project violates several federal laws, including the National Historic Preservation Act, and will harm water supplies.
AP EXPLAINS: WHAT'S THE DAKOTA ACCESS OIL PIPELINE?
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A federal judge has denied the Standing Rock Sioux tribe's request to stop construction of the four-state, $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline. The lawsuit alleges that the pipeline, which would be placed less than a mile upstream of the tribe's reservation, could impact drinking water for more than 8,000 tribal members and millions who rely on it downstream. Protesters and private security guards recently clashed on private land where the tribe says construction disturbed ancient sacred sites. Here's a look at the planned pipeline and the tribe's ongoing protest: --- AFTER FIERY TRAIN DERAILMENTS, A MASSIVE PIPELINE PLANNED Owned by Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners, the $3.8 billion, 1,172-mile project would carry nearly a half-million barrels of crude oil daily from North Dakota's oil fields through South Dakota and Iowa to an existing pipeline in Patoka, Illinois, where shippers can access Midwest and Gulf Coast markets.
TRUMP CHIEF WON'T REVEAL NORTH KOREA PLAN AS TENSIONS MOUNT
WASHINGTON (AP) - Hours after North Korea tested new nuclear technology, Donald Trump's campaign chief refused Friday to outline the Republican presidential nominee's approach to rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula as both White House contenders increasingly focus on national security. Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, pressed repeatedly on Trump's plan, said only, "He wouldn't do what's being done now." "He's not going to reveal all of his plans, and he's made that very clear. And maybe someone can ask him in a debate," Conway told CBS "This Morning." ''But the fact is that this entire world would be put on notice that there's a strong leader in the White House." Democrat Hillary Clinton said North Korea's determination to develop a "deliverable nuclear weapon" represents "a direct threat to the United States." The former secretary of state, in a statement, called for new sanctions in addition to those endorsed by the Obama administration and adopted earlier in the year with the United Nations.
CALIFORNIA PROSECUTORS CHARGE 7 OFFICERS IN SEX SCANDAL
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Prosecutors said Friday they have charged seven current and former San Francisco Bay Area officers in a sexual misconduct scandal involving a teenager. The wide-ranging scandal surfaced when a teenage girl who described herself as a prostitute said she had sex with about 30 law enforcement officials in Oakland and elsewhere in the region. The officers were charged with a range of felonies and misdemeanors, including engaging in prostitution, oral copulation with a minor, engaging in lewd acts and obstruction of justice, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley said at a news conference. The now 19-year-old said she had sex with four officers before she turned 18 and sometimes traded sex for protection from arrest or tips about planned prostitution stings.
POLICE CHIEF WAS INVESTIGATED FOR ILLEGAL GUN SALES
BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi police chief killed himself soon after learning that authorities were investigating allegations that he illegally sold city-owned firearms, including an assault rifle, a sheriff's official said Friday. Hancock County Chief Deputy Don Bass told The Associated Press that Bay St. Louis police chief Mike DeNardo illegally sold one city-owned assault rifle, and that authorities were looking into allegations that other city-owned weapons were sold. It wasn't clear if the buyer knew the sale was illegal, and Bass said he could not discuss whether the weapon was evidence from a case or had been purchased for the department's use.
SEOUL: NORTH KOREA'S 5TH NUKE TEST 'FANATIC RECKLESSNESS'
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea said it conducted a "higher level" nuclear test explosion on Friday that will allow it to finally build an array of stronger, smaller and lighter nuclear weapons. It was the North's fifth atomic test and the second in eight months. South Korea's president said the detonation, which Seoul estimated was the North's biggest-ever in explosive yield, was an act of "fanatic recklessness" and a sign that leader Kim Jong Un "is spiraling out of control." President Barack Obama condemned the test and said the U.S. would never accept the country as a nuclear power.
FACEBOOK ALLOWS POSTINGS OF 'NAPALM GIRL' PHOTO AFTER DEBATE
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) - Facebook on Friday reversed its decision to remove postings of an iconic 1972 image of a naked, screaming girl running from a napalm attack in Vietnam, after a Norwegian revolt against the tech giant. Protests in Norway started last month after Facebook deleted the Pulitzer Prize-winning image by Associated Press photographer Nick Ut from a Norwegian author's page, saying it violated its rules on nudity. The revolt escalated on Friday when Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg posted the image on her profile and Facebook deleted that too. Initially, it stood by the decision, saying it was difficult to create a distinction between allowing a photograph of a nude child in one instance and not others.
LAWMAKER SAYS YOSEMITE ADDITION VIOLATES US LAW
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Yosemite National Park violated federal law when it added 400 acres of land it plans to preserve as habitat for endangered wildlife without clearing it through Congress, a U.S. lawmaker said Friday. The addition of wetlands, grassy meadows and forest on Yosemite's western boundary marks its largest expansion in nearly 70 years. But any significant amount of land added to a national park needs congressional approval, U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop said in a statement to The Associated Press. "The Park Service acted outside of its authority, and we will require them to account for their actions," said the Utah Republican, who chairs the House Natural Resources Committee, which has oversight of public land.
GERALDO RIVERA SAYS HE REGRETS BACKING ROGER AILES
NEW YORK (AP) - Geraldo Rivera says he's "filled with regret" for initially discounting the sexual harassment allegations against his former Fox News Channel boss, Roger Ailes, and is apologizing for his skepticism. In a lengthy post to his Facebook page Thursday night, Rivera said Ailes is a "deceitful, selfish misogynist" if the charges against him are true. Ailes has denied them, but Fox News parent 21st Century Fox settled a lawsuit this week with first accuser Gretchen Carlson, paying her $20 million and publicly apologizing. Other women also have accused the deposed Fox News boss of harassment. Rivera tweeted in the wake of Carlson's lawsuit this summer that "I stand with Roger Ailes" and encouraged others not to believe the charges against him.
NEWTOWN MEMORIAL PROPOSAL DEEMED TOO CLOSE TO HUNTING CLUB
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The latest proposed site for a permanent memorial to the Sandy Hook school shooting victims has been rejected because planners say it is too close to a nearby hunting and fishing club.
The chairman of the Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission, Kyle Lyddy, said Friday the commission felt it would be inappropriate to put a memorial near the Potatuck Club, where gunshots can be routinely heard.
"It's been brought up that any location we go to in Newtown there may be an audible sound of gunfire, in hunting season specifically," he said. "But the frequency, because of how close this was to the club, is just inconsistent with what we were looking to do."
Lyddy said the commission, which has been working for three years on plans for a memorial to the 26 victims of the December 2012 shooting, has a number of criteria for a site, many of which were requested by the victims' families.
STUDY: FIVE-SECOND RULE IS TOO GENEROUS FOR FALLEN FOOD
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - It might be time to reconsider the five-second rule when thinking about eating food that has fallen on the floor. Researchers at Rutgers University in New Jersey say in a new study that bacteria can contaminate food that falls on the floor instantaneously. The findings were published this month in the American Society for Microbiology's journal. Researcher Donald Schaffner said the five-second rule is a "significant oversimplification of what actually happens when bacteria transfer from a surface to food." Schaffner's research isn't the first to conclude that the favorite excuse for why that yummy snack that fell on the ground is still OK to eat is wrong.