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Gunman feared 'blacks were taking over the world'

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, June 19, 2015 - 04:16 AM

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A former friend who had reconnected with the man accused of a shooting massacre inside a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, says Dylann Storm Roof had become an avowed racist.

Joey Meek reconnected with Roof a few weeks ago and said Roof complained that "blacks were taking over the world" and that someone needed to do something about it for the white race.


Prosecutors rest their case in Colorado theater shooting

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, June 19, 2015 - 03:50 AM

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The prosecution in the Colorado theater shooting trial has rested after aiming to show James Holmes planned and carried out the massacre while knowing it was wrong.

Prosecutors relied on emotional testimony from victims, graphic photos and a state-appointed psychiatrist's videotaped interview with Holmes to undermine his claim that he was too mentally ill to know right from wrong. They wrapped up Friday.


Peril, promise in Obama's end game on trade, health, more

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, June 19, 2015 - 03:30 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — An encouraging vote on trade and a tragedy in South Carolina are showcasing the promise and peril of Barack Obama's presidential end game.

Obama's setback on trade in Congress last week gave way to sighs of relief at the White House on Thursday when the House put the legislation back on track.

And the president showed he still can command the national pulpit when he spoke compellingly about the shooting that left nine dead at a church in South Carolina.


House bill aims for less e-cigarette regulation

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, June 19, 2015 - 03:19 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are pushing to ease proposed government regulations for companies that sell e-cigarettes and other new tobacco products, a move that Democrats charge could lead to unsafe products on the market.

A spending bill approved by a House subcommittee Thursday would prevent the Food and Drug Administration from requiring pre-market reviews of e-cigarettes that already are on the market.


Obama unleashes frustration over Washington gridlock

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, June 19, 2015 - 03:00 AM

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — President Barack Obama says the system "still is broken," even though he has struggled "mightily" against division in politics.

Speaking to donors at a Democratic Party fundraiser in Beverly Hills hosted by filmmaker Tyler Perry, Obama expressed major frustration over Washington gridlock and admitted that he has not been able to bring the hope and change to America's political system that he campaigned on.


22 hurt when cruise ship crashes at upstate NY seaway lock

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, June 19, 2015 - 02:39 AM

MASSENA, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say 22 people aboard a cruise ship have been injured when the vessel crashed into a wall while entering a lock on the St. Lawrence Seaway in upstate New York.

The U.S. Coast Guard says the 286-foot Saint Laurent was headed from Montreal to Toronto when it hit a wall in the Eisenhower Lock in Massena, near the Canadian border, shortly after 9 p.m. Thursday. There were 273 people on board, including 192 French and Swiss passengers and 81 crew members.


Men accused in terror plot plead not guilty in Boston

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, June 19, 2015 - 01:59 AM

BOSTON (AP) — Two men have pleaded not guilty to conspiring to support the Islamic State group in a plot to kill a conservative blogger who has angered Muslims.

David Wright, of Everett, Massachusetts, and Nicholas Rovinski of Warwick, Rhode Island, entered the pleas Friday in federal court in Boston.

Both were indicted Thursday on charges of conspiring to provide material support to a terrorist organization by plotting with Boston terror suspect Usaamah Rahim to behead blogger Pamela Geller. The plot wasn't carried out.


The Latest on severe weather: S. Missouri expects new floods

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, June 19, 2015 - 01:56 AM

3:05 p.m. CDT

Emergency officials say Arkansas largely avoided major problems when the remnants of Tropical Storm Bill passed through the state.

The storm bogged down a bit over Oklahoma on Thursday, but Thursday night and Friday morning moved relatively quickly across the state's northern tier, said Rick Fahr, a spokesman for the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management. He says it could have been worse.


Warriors and fans gear up for victory parade in Oakland

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, June 19, 2015 - 01:54 AM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a rare moment of glory, Oakland will shine in the national spotlight Friday as the Golden State Warriors parade through the city with their NBA championship trophy.

The Warriors have returned to the San Francisco Bay Area after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in six games Tuesday, taking its first basketball championship in 40 years.

The victory parade starts Friday morning in downtown Oakland, followed by a rally at the end of the route.


Lawyer: Man shocked by wife's role in prison escape plot

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, June 19, 2015 - 01:44 AM

The lawyer for a man whose wife is charged with helping two convicted murderers escape from prison says his client was shocked by word of the escape plot and that his wife had discussed having the inmates kill him.

Authorities have said Joyce Mitchell, who got close to inmates David Sweat and Richard Matt while working with them in the prison tailor shop, discussed killing her husband.


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