KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (AP) - AUTHORITIES SAY AN ATTACK ON A SHIITE MUSLIM CULTURAL CENTER IN THE AFGHAN CAPITAL KABUL HAS LEFT AT LEAST 41 PEOPLE DEAD AND 84 WOUNDED. INTERIOR MINISTRY SPOKESMAN NAJIB DANISH SAID AN UNKNOWN NUMBER OF SUICIDE ATTACKERS SET OFF AN EXPLOSION OUTSIDE THE CENTER BEFORE CARRYING OUT AN ATTACK INSIDE. THEY SET OFF EXPLOSIVE DEVICES IN THE BASEMENT OF THE BUILDING WHERE SCORES OF PEOPLE HAD GATHERED TO MARK THE DECEMBER 1979 INVASION OF AFGHANISTAN BY THE FORMER SOVIET UNION.

ERIE, PA. (AP) - BITTER COLD WEATHER HAS TAKEN HOLD OF MUCH OF THE NORTHERN UNITED STATES AND IS EXPECTED TO STAY PUT FOR DAYS TO COME. FORECASTERS ARE WARNING OF HYPOTHERMIA AND FROSTBITE FROM ARCTIC AIR SETTLING IN OVER THE CENTRAL U.S. AND SPREADING EAST. THE FREEZING TEMPERATURES AND BELOW-ZERO WIND CHILLS COME AS PEOPLE IN ERIE, PENNSYLVANIA, CONTINUE TO DIG OUT FROM A STORM THAT HAS DUMPED MORE THAN 65 INCHES ON THE CITY.

MONTGOMERY, ALA. (AP) - ROY MOORE IS GOING TO COURT TO TRY TO STOP ALABAMA FROM CERTIFYING DEMOCRAT DOUG JONES AS THE WINNER OF THE U.S. SENATE RACE. MOORE FILED A LAWSUIT WEDNESDAY EVENING IN MONTGOMERY CIRCUIT COURT. THE FILING OCCURRED ABOUT 14 HOURS AHEAD OF THURSDAY'S MEETING OF A STATE CANVASSING BOARD TO OFFICIALLY DECLARE JONES THE WINNER OF THE DEC. 12 SPECIAL ELECTION.

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (AP) - PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP WANTS TO GET A HEAD START ON THE 2018 LEGISLATIVE AGENDA. HE PLANS TO OPEN THE NEW YEAR BY MEETING WITH THE HILL'S TOP REPUBLICANS TO PLAN. THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS TRUMP WILL HOST SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL AND HOUSE SPEAKER PAUL RYAN AT THE CAMP DAVID PRESIDENTIAL RETREAT DURING THE WEEKEND OF JAN. 6. THE MEETING WILL FOLLOW ENACTMENT OF LEGISLATION TO CUT TAXES FOR CORPORATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS, TRUMP'S MAJOR LEGISLATIVE ACHIEVEMENT FOR 2017.
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A FORMER CASPER DOCTOR INCARCERATED IN NEBRASKA WHILE AWAITING TRIAL FOR ALLEGEDLY ORGANIZING A MULTI-STATE PRESCRIPTION DRUG CONSPIRACY LOST A REQUEST FOR A COURT HEARING ABOUT COMPLAINTS OF VIOLATIONS OF HIS RELIGIOUS RIGHTS AND ACCESS TO LEGAL MATERIALS.

U.S. MAGISTRATE JUDGE KELLY RANKIN LAST WEEK DENIED SHAKEEL KAHN'S REQUEST TO DEMAND HIS JAILERS APPEAR IN COURT TO EXPLAIN WHY THEY'RE DOING THIS, AND AT THE SAME TIME ORDERED THEM TO NOT UNREASONABLY INTERFERE WITH HIS ABILITY TO PREPARE HIS DEFENSE BEFORE HIS TRIAL NEXT YEAR.

KAHN AND OTHER DEFENDANTS ARE ACCUSED OF CONSPIRING TO DISTRIBUTE OXYCODONE AND OTHER DRUGS, WHICH RESULTED IN THE DEATH OF ANOTHER PERSON.

KAHN IS BEING HELD AT THE SCOTTS BLUFF COUNTY DETENTION CENTER IN GERING, NEB.

HE'S REPEATEDLY COMPLAINED THAT THE JAIL'S STAFF HAVE VIOLATED HIS RELIGIOUS RIGHTS BY DENYING HIM PROPER FOOD AND ASSUMING HE'S A TERRORIST BECAUSE HE IS A PRACTICING MUSLIM.

KAHN ALSO SAID HE WAS NOT ALLOWED TO HAVE ACCESS TO LEGAL MATERIALS HE NEEDS.

BUT ASSISTANT U.S. ATTORNEY STEPHANIE SPRECHER RESPONDED THAT INMATES HAVE THE RIGHT TO LEGAL MATERIALS, BUT ONLY TO A POINT.

SPRECHER WROTE KAHN HASN'T HELPED HIS CAUSE, BECAUSE HE'S VIOLATED A COURT ORDER BY TRYING TO COMMUNICATE WITH CO-DEFENDANTS AND POTENTIAL WITNESSES.

HE'S ALSO THREATENED TO ATTACK JAIL STAFF.

IN HIS RULING, RANKIN WROTE KAHN IS SUBJECT TO RESTRICTIONS BECAUSE HIS CONDUCT HAS POSED A SAFETY RISK TO THE STAFF WHO NEED TO STRIKE A FAIR BALANCE BETWEEN THE SAFETY OF OTHERS AND KAHN'S NEED TO DEFEND HIMSELF WHEN THE TRIAL HAPPENS.
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WYOMING'S REVENUE FROM LEASING LAND TO OIL AND GAS COMPANIES GREW BY MORE THAN 800 PERCENT THIS YEAR.

THE STATE NETTED ABOUT $146 MILLION THIS YEAR FROM LEASING MORE THAN A HALF MILLION ACRES OF FEDERAL AND STATE LAND.

STATE LANDS ALONE BROUGHT IN $60 MILLION THIS YEAR - MUCH HIGHER THAN THE TYPICAL REVENUE THAT STAYED BETWEEN $5 MILLION AND $7 MILLION IN PAST YEARS.

THE REVENUE FROM LEASE SALES FROM THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT AND THE AUCTIONS FROM THE OFFICE OF STATE LANDS ADDED UP TO ABOUT $16 MILLION LAST YEAR WHEN OIL AND GAS ACTIVITY WAS STILL IN A DOWNTURN.

STATE OFFICIALS SAY WYOMING'S DECISION TO SWITCH TO AN ONLINE AUCTIONING SYSTEM MAY HAVE PLAYED A ROLE IN INCREASING REVENUE.