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Dylann Roof attends a hearing at the Judicial Center in CharlestonFederal prosecutors will seek the death penalty for a white man accused of killing nine black parishioners in a racially motivated attack at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, last June, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday. "The nature of the alleged crime and the resulting harm compelled this decision," Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement. Dylann Roof, 22, is accused of opening fire on June 17, 2015, during Bible study at Charleston's historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in a massacre that shook the country and intensified debate over U.S. race relations. . . more
Sheriff deputies escort the family of police officer Edward Nero from the courthouse in BaltimoreProsecutors of Baltimore police officers charged in the death of black detainee Freddie Gray will likely stick to their arguments of illegal arrest and causing criminal injury in a transport van even though an officer was acquitted in the case this week, legal experts said. Although it was the second setback for prosecutors who have brought charges against six officers, the narrowly focused judge's decision acquitting Officer Edward Nero suggested that the prosecution's strategy could bear fruit in at least some of the five remaining trials, the experts said. Prosecutors could hope for a turning point in the June 6 trial of Officer Caesar Goodson, Jr. . . more
Bill Cosby departs the Montgomery County Courthouse after a preliminary hearing in NorristownJudge Elizabeth McHugh found that prosecutors presented enough evidence to support allegations that he drugged and assaulted a woman in 2004. The decision followed a 3-1/2 hour preliminary hearing in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, where prosecutors introduced statements that Cosby and the woman, Andrea Constand, separately gave to police in 2005. . . more
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Former NBA player Kermit Washington is accused of using donations intended to help needy people in Africa for his own gain, including paying for vacations, jewelry and entertainment. . . more
FILE - In a Monday, Nov. 2, 2015 file photo, former President Jimmy Carter answers questions during a news conference at a Habitat for Humanity building site, in Memphis, Tenn. The global human rights group The Elders said in a statement Wednesday, May 25, 2016, that former President Carter is stepping away from his front-line role as a member of the organization. The Elders said that Carter will remain affiliated with the group as an honorary, or emeritus, Elder starting June 1. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)ATLANTA (AP) Jimmy Carter is stepping away from his "front-line role" as a member of The Elders, the global human rights group announced Wednesday. . . more
FILE - In this Aug, 2006 file photo, dead trees lie on the ground in the Bialowieza National Park, a protected part of the Bialowieza Forest in eastern Poland. A spokesman for Poland's Environment Ministry says Wednesday, May 25, 2016, logging has started in parts of the nation's oldest forest, a development that aims to eliminating dying trees to ensure safety for tourists. (AP Photo/Vanessa Gera, file)WARSAW, Poland (AP) Authorities have started chopping down beetle-infested trees in parts of Poland's oldest forest, a move that aims to eliminate dying trees and to ensure safety for tourists, a government official said Wednesday. . . more
LONDONDERRY, N.H. (AP) The Latest on the fatal shooting of an heating oil company worker in Londonderry, New Hampshire (all times local): . . more
Tony Clyde Reed, center, appears on a television monitor during his arraignment on two counts of premeditated murder and unlawful gun possession, Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at Snohomish County Courthouse in Everett, WA. Reed plead not guilty in relation to charges in connection with the alleged murder of Arlington's Patrick Shunn and his wife, Monique Patenaud. (Ian Terry / The Herald via AP)EVERETT, Wash. (AP) For six weeks, authorities said a missing Washington state couple had been killed. Two brothers who fled to Mexico were charged with their slayings. . . more
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RHOADESVILLE, Va. (AP) Virginia State Police are identifying two people who died in a small plane crash. . . more
NEW SCOTLAND, N.Y. (AP) Authorities say a woman wrecked her car, ran into the woods when responding officers showed up and fell about 60 feet off a cliff in New York. . . more
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Classes resume after North Penn High School fireNorth Penn High School reopened Wednesday on time after a chaotic day. . . more
Driver charged in fatal NE Philadelphia hit-and-runPolice have charged the man who allegedly struck a pedestrian with his car early Tuesday morning in Northeast Philadelphia, and then fled the scene. . . more
Anthony Raheem Arriaga is shown in a photo provided by the Allen County (Ohio) Sheriffs office,Tuesday, May 24, 2016. Arriaga has been arrested in the death of Bennett K. Hatfield, former CEO of Patriot Coal, found shot at a West Virginia cemetery where his wife is buried, a sheriff said Tuesday, May 24, 2016. (Allen County (Ohio) Sheriffs Office via AP)CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) A West Virginia sheriff says investigators are trying to determine a motive in the fatal shooting of a former coal company executive at a cemetery where the businessman's wife is buried. . . more
FILE - This June 18, 2015, file photo, provided by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office shows Dylann Roof. The Justice Department intends to seek the death penalty against Roof, the man charged with killing nine black parishioners last year in a church in Charleston, South Carolina, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Tuesday, May 24, 2016. (Charleston County Sheriff's Office via AP, file)COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) The Latest on a church shooting in Charleston about a year ago that left nine black members dead (all times local): . . more
MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) A western Michigan man accused of abducting a 16-year-old girl last month has been charged with murder in the shooting death of a 36-year-old woman in 2014. . . more
FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2016 file photo, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe gestures as he delivers his State of the Commonwealth Address before a joint session of the 2016 Virginia Assembly at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. A U.S. law enforcement official says Gov. McAuliffe is a subject of a federal investigation looking at donations to his gubernatorial campaign. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about an ongoing investigation. CNN first reported the story Monday, May 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The Latest on a federal investigation into Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's campaign contributions (all times local): . . more
This undated photo provided by General Dynamics shows company CEO Phebe N. Novakovic. Novakovic was one of the highest-paid women CEOs for 2015, as calculated by The Associated Press and Equilar, an executive data firm. (Courtesy of General Dynamics via AP) MANDATORY CREDITFor the second year in a row, female CEOs earned more than their male counterparts and received bigger raises. But only a small sliver of the largest companies are run by women, and experts say gender parity at the top remains way off. . . more