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Francisco Sanchez, center, is lead out of the courtroom by San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, right, and Assistant District Attorney Diana Garciaor, left, after his arraignment at the Hall of Justice on Tuesday, July 7, 2015, in San Francisco. Prosecutors have charged the Mexican immigrant with murder in the waterfront shooting death of 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle. (Michael Macor/San Francisco Chronicle via AP, Pool)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The gun used in the seemingly random slaying of a woman on a San Francisco pier belonged to a federal agent, a law enforcement official briefed on the matter said Tuesday. . . more
The man accused of killing nine people attending Bible study at a historic black church in Charleston has been indicted on three new charges of attempted murder, prosecutors said Tuesday. . . more
Authorities arrive at home of Jared FogleThe FBI and state police searched the Indiana home of Subway restaurant spokesman Jared Fogle early Tuesday. The food franchise later announced it had suspended its relationship with Fogle. . . more
Military plane crashes in southern Arizona, sparks fireMONCKS CORNER, S.C. (AP) An F-16 fighter jet smashed into a small plane Tuesday over South Carolina, killing two people and raining down plane parts and debris over a wide swath of marshes and rice fields. . . more
Tue, 07 Jul 2015 18:37:12 -0400 
A bouquet of roses lays at the spot where 17-year-old Vonzell Banks was shot and killed in the Bronzeville neighborhood in ChicagoBy Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - A group of civil rights activists on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against three Chicago suburbs to force them to take stricter gun-control measures to stem the flow of weapons into the city's crime-ridden neighborhoods. The complaint filed in Cook County Circuit Court against the towns of Riverdale, Lyons and Lincolnwood said gunshops there, along with stores in Gary, Indiana, supply a fifth of guns seized by police at crime scenes in the city. With between 400-500 murders a year, almost all with guns, Chicago lags other big U.S. cities in bringing down homicides. . . more
A Confederate flag stands in front of the South Carolina State House in ColumbiaBy Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - South Carolina's Senate passed legislation Tuesday to remove the Confederate battle flag from the state capitol's grounds, where it has flown for five decades despite being viewed by many as a symbol of slavery. A bill to banish the flag from the State House grounds to a museum easily passed a third and final 36-3 vote in the Senate. It was headed to the state House of Representatives, which voted to bring it to the floor for debate on Wednesday. . . more
Two former Vanderbilt football players were reindicted on Tuesday on charges they raped an unconscious female student two years ago, after a mistrial was declared by Judge Monte Watkins in June. "They will be in court tomorrow for arraignment, and we plan to ask that a trial date be set," said Dorinda Carter, spokeswoman for the district attorney general's office. Cory Batey and Brandon Vandenburg, convicted in January, have been free on bond since June 24, the day after the mistrial was declared. . . more
Former attorney general Eric Holder says a possibility exists for the Justice Department to cut a deal with the former NSA contractor. . . more
In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, right, stands before U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr. as he addresses the court during his sentencing, Wednesday, June 24, 2015, in federal court in Boston. Tsarnaev apologized to the victims and their loved ones for the first time Wednesday just before the judge formally sentenced him to death. (Jane Flavell Collins via AP)The move comes less than two weeks after Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was formally sentenced to death for the 2013 attack. . . more
Flowers and a candle form a makeshift memorial for shooting victim Kathryn Steinle on Pier 14 in San FranciscoA convicted felon who had been deported from the United States to Mexico five times was charged on Monday with murder in the shooting of a woman last week at a tourist area in San Francisco. Francisco Sanchez, 45, was arrested for the shooting of Kathryn Steinle, 32, last Wednesday evening. The case drew national attention after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during the weekend used the killing to decry U.S.-Mexico border security. . . more
Documents: Bill Cosby said he obtained drugs to give to women for sexBill Cosby admitted in 2005 that he secured quaaludes with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with, and that he gave the sedative to at least one woman and "other people," according to documents obtained Monday by The Associated Press. . . more
South Carolina Lawmakers Debate Removing The Confederate Flag Near StatehouseCOLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) The South Carolina Senate voted Monday to pull the Confederate flag off the Capitol grounds, clearing the way for a historic measure that could remove the banner more than five decades after it was first flown above the Statehouse to protest integration. . . more
Walter Reed placed on lockdown after unconfirmed report of active shooterStaffers at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center were asked to shelter in place after uncomfirmed reports of an active shooter on the hospital's Bethesda, Md., campus. . . more
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 09:57:21 -0400 
Wambach kisses her wifeAbby Wambach celebrated the U.S. victory over Japan in the Women's World Cup final by racing to the stands to kiss her wife a poignant moment that wasn't lost on gay rights supporters watching on television. . . more
People line up to use ATM machines of a bank after government's decision for limited daily cash withdrawals to 60 euros ($67), in Athens, on Monday, July 6, 2015. Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis resigned Monday, saying he was told shortly after Greece's decisive referendum result that some other eurozone finance ministers and the country's other creditors would appreciate his not attending the ministers' meetings. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)The country is under pressure to reach a deal with creditors as soon as possible after Greeks resoundingly rejected the notion of more austerity in exchange for aid. . . more
A group of young people wave flags representing the colors of Vatican City as they wait for the arrival of Pope Francis at Samanes Park in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Monday, July 6, 2015. Hours before Francis arrives in Ecuadors port city of Guayaquil, thousands are already waiting in Samanes Park where the pope is expected to celebrate Mass with up to 1 million people. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador (AP) Pope Francis received a hero's welcome in Ecuador's biggest city Monday as he celebrated the first public Mass of his South American tour, telling hundreds of thousands of faithful their families are the bedrock of society but need to be supported better and strengthened. . . more


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