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June 21, 2015 - 8:27am
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Church bells are ringing throughout Charleston in remembrance of nine people who were slain during a Bible study in what has been called a racially motivated attack.

The ringing bells were part of a loosely organized movement to honor the victims Sunday. To some, Charleston is known as the "Holy City" because of the numerous churches throughout downtown.

As the bells rang, people at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal...

June 21, 2015 - 8:00am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government has been exploring a "Plan B" to deport a man who placed a bomb on a Hawaii-bound airplane in 1982 and who has remained in immigration custody since his release from prison in 2013.

Mohammed Rashed pleaded guilty in 2002 to his role in the bombing of Pan Am 830 that killed a Japanese teenager.

Under the terms of his plea agreement, the U.S. government said it would work to deport the Jordanian-born Palestinian...

June 21, 2015 - 7:01am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter is heading to Europe, and he's carrying a strong message of U.S. military support for American allies and Baltic nations to help calm growing concerns about Russian aggression.

A key theme at all his stops will be how the United States, NATO and other partners can best deal with the Kremlin in the wake of Moscow's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region and its military backing of separatists battling Ukraine's government....

June 21, 2015 - 3:08am
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison says a man believed to have shot and killed a police officer was arrested after he was seen getting onto a city bus.

He says 33-year-old Travis Boys had broken handcuffs on his wrist when he was arrested Sunday morning and taken to a hospital for treatment of apparent dehydration.

He says Boys will be booked with first-degree murder of a police officer, aggravated escape and...

June 21, 2015 - 2:49am
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Two days after the shooting deaths of nine people at a Charleston church, Republican Gov. Nikki Haley made a bold public statement: The gunman "absolutely" should be put to death. But her state can't secure one of the drugs needed for lethal injections and hasn't executed an inmate since 2011.

South Carolina's supply of pentobarbital expired in 2013. Corrections Director Bryan Stirling says attempts to buy more have failed, even as 44 people are on...

June 21, 2015 - 2:44am
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A historic black church in Charleston is set to host its first service since nine members of its congregation were fatally shot during a Bible study session.

Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church is expected to open its doors Sunday, days after police say 21-year-old Dylann Roof opened fire on congregation members who welcomed him to the church's Wednesday night Bible study.

Several events are planned throughout the city...

June 21, 2015 - 1:49am
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FRIENDSHIP, N.Y. (AP) — Investigators searching for two convicted killers who escaped from a northern New York prison are scouring a rural area near the Pennsylvania border after a possible sighting.

State Police Maj. Michael Cerretto said Sunday that 300 law enforcement officers were brought in to Allegany County following an unconfirmed report a day earlier of a sighting near a railroad line that runs along a county road.

He says police interviewed...

June 20, 2015 - 11:21pm
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A gunman opened fire on a block party in Philadelphia, leaving seven people injured, including a 2-year-old and a 10-year-old.

Philadelphia Police Lt. John Walker tells WCAU-TV (http://bit.ly/1Lr1OrS ) the shooting happened around 10 p.m. Saturday in West Philadelphia. He says it looks like the gunman just randomly fired down the street and hit anyone in the way.

Walker says both children were taken to Children's Hospital of...

June 20, 2015 - 10:47pm
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DETROIT (AP) — Ten people were shot and one of them died when someone opened fire at a block party on a basketball court in Detroit.

Police were not releasing the identity of the person killed in the shooting on Saturday night.

The Detroit Free Press (http://on.freep.com/1QJMyx8 ) said one other person was in critical condition.

Detroit Asst. Police Chief Steve Dolunt said authorities do not know the reason for the shooting....

June 20, 2015 - 10:35pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — The Lifetime movie that Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig denied would ever happen aired Saturday night — and their denial is now easy to understand. It was lousy.

Or, if nothing else, it aired on the wrong network. It belonged on Comedy Central.

It's hard to fathom what Ferrell, Wiig and their co-conspirators on "A Deadly Adoption" had in mind: Was it a misbegotten homage to the cheesy melodramas Lifetime specializes in, or an extended "...

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