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San Diego woman living in van gives up all 300 of her rats

SAN DIEGO — A woman living in a van in San Diego with her pet rats has agreed to give them up — all 300 of them. The San Diego Union-Tribune says the San Diego Humane Society went to the woman's van near Del Mar on Oct. 8.
Man heard in strangling video charged in 2nd death in Alaska

Man heard in strangling video charged in 2nd death in Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A man accused of killing a woman who was seen strangled in videos on a digital memory card was charged Thursday with the death of another woman, authorities in Alaska said.
White House: Ukraine aid held up in part over election probe

White House: Ukraine aid held up in part over election probe

WASHINGTON — The White House acknowledged Thursday that President Donald Trump's decision to hold up military aid to Ukraine was linked to his demand that Kyiv investigate the Democratic National Committee and the 2016 U.S.
GM workers to stay on picket line until vote on new contract

GM workers to stay on picket line until vote on new contract

DETROIT — Striking General Motors workers will stay on the picket lines for at least another week until they vote on a tentative contract with the company.

Anheuser-Busch accuses MillerCoors of stealing recipes

MILKWAUKEE, Wis. — Anheuser-Busch is suing MillerCoors over its confidential recipes for Bud Light and Michelob Ultra.
Boris Johnson gets EU Brexit deal; next hurdle is Parliament

Boris Johnson gets EU Brexit deal; next hurdle is Parliament

BRUSSELS — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's career of disdain for the European Union was a thing of the past on Thursday as he and the bloc's leaders celebrated their long-sought Brexit deal.
Energy Secretary Perry tells Trump he plans on resigning

Energy Secretary Perry tells Trump he plans on resigning

FORT WORTH, Texas — Energy Secretary Rick Perry has notified the president that he intends to leave his job soon. That's according to an administration official who confirmed the news on condition of anonymity.

Police: Toddler finds mom's gun, accidentally shoots self

MOORESVILLE, Ind. — Police in central Indiana say a toddler found his mother's unsecured gun while she was out of the room and accidentally shot himself to death.

Tulane plans big book festival between Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest

NEW ORLEANS — Tulane University has announced plans for a major book festival to be held annually between Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest. The first New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University will be March 19-21, 2020.
Country artists bring tears, prayers to CMT awards show

Country artists bring tears, prayers to CMT awards show

NASHVILLE — Country music artists cried together and prayed together at an emotional CMT Artists of the Year awards show that reflected the tight-knit community of artists who supported each other through success and loss.