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A jury in Riverhead, N.Y., convicted African-American John White Saturday in the shooting death of a white teenager in a racially charged case. White claimed his gun accidentally went off as he tried to protect his family from a "lynch mob" that had come to fight his son.

A winter storm in which high winds and snow led to low visibility hammered the Plains from Texas to Minnesota over the weekend. Hazardous road conditions led to 40- and 50-car pileups in two locations as well as five deaths.

Former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover (below) submitted a plan to President Harry Truman in 1950 calling for the arrest of some 12,000 Americans "to protect the country against treason, espionage, and sabotage," The New York Times reported Sunday. The plan, discovered in a newly declassified document, would have suspended the right to habeas corpus for those on a list compiled by Hoover and sent to the White House 12 days after the Korean War began.

The National Labor Relations Board reversed an administrative law judge's decision that would have allowed union use of a company's e-mail system. The board's review held that Oregon's Eugene Register-Guard newspaper was justified in enforcing a policy that banned solicitations to support its union as distinct from messages about parties, baby announcements, and requests for services.

The New York Police Department rolled out a zero-emissions, plug-in electric scooter (above) that it will test beginning in January. The scooters travel 40 to 60 miles per charge.

The FBI intends to sign a 10-year contract in January to accelerate its collection of digital facial images, fingerprints, palm patterns, and even individual ways of speaking and walking in the world's largest computer database of biometrics, according to The Washington Post.

Early public reaction to double-decker buses in San Francisco has been favorable, according to The San Francisco Chronicle. The buses, which are on loan through Jan. 8 from a British company, are space-saving on congested streets and easier to maneuver than long, articulated buses.

The University of New Mexico's football team ended a 46-year drought without a bowl victory by defeating Nevada, 23-0, in the New Mexico Bowl played in Albuquerque on Saturday. The Lobos ended the season with a 9-4.

Sen. John McCain (R) of Arizona has closed the gap with GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney among New Hampshire's Republican primary voters, a Boston Globe poll shows.

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