By Jeffrey Collins and Russ Bynum Associated Press CHARLESTON, S.C. – A former friend who had reconnected with the man accused of a shooting massacre inside a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, said Dylann Storm Roof had become an avowed racist. Joey Meek reconnected with Roof a few weeks ago and said that […]


By Jeffrey Collins and Russ Bynum Associated Press CHARLESTON, S.C. – It was an act of “pure, pure concentrated evil,” Charleston’s mayor said – a black community’s leading lights extinguished by gunfire, allegedly at the hands of a young white man who sat among them through an hour of prayer. In one blow, the gunman […]

By Jonathan Lemire and Steve Peoples Associated Press WASHINGTON – The Donald is running for president. Real-estate mogul and reality-television star Donald Trump said Tuesday he will seek the Republican nomination for president. He’s the 12th high-profile Republican to enter the 2016 race, with more to come in the weeks ahead. “All of my life, […]

By Bruce Smith Associated Press CHARLESTON, S.C. – A grand jury affirmed the state of South Carolina’s murder charge on Monday against a white former North Charleston police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man trying to run from a traffic stop. The shooting April 4 was captured on video by a bystander, showing […]

By Marilynn Marchione AP Chief Medical Writer Texas doctors say they have done the world’s first partial skull and scalp transplant to help a man with a large head wound from cancer treatment. MD Anderson Cancer Center and Houston Methodist Hospital doctors announced Thursday that they did the operation on May 22 at Houston Methodist. […]

By Darlene Superville and Randall Chase Associated Press WASHINGTON – Beau Biden, who followed his father, Vice President Joe Biden, into politics and was twice elected attorney general of Delaware, died Saturday of brain cancer nearly two years after he was first diagnosed. Beau Biden was 46. The younger Biden, who suffered from various health […]

By Denise Lavoie AP Legal Affairs Writer BOSTON – A jury sentenced Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death Friday for the Boston Marathon bombing, sweeping aside pleas that he was just a “kid” who fell under the influence of his fanatical older brother. Tsarnaev, 21, stood with his hands folded upon learning his fate, decided after 14 […]

By Juliet Linderman and Amanda Lee Myers Associated Press BALTIMORE – Baltimore’s top prosecutor announced criminal charges Friday against all six officers suspended after a man suffered a fatal spinal injury in police custody, saying “no one is above the law.” State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby declared that Freddie Gray’s death was a homicide, his arrest […]

By Jessica Gresko and Tom Foreman Jr. Associated Press BALTIMORE – Rioters looted stores and hurled rocks and bricks at Baltimore police Monday, injuring several officers just hours after thousands mourned the man who died after suffering a severe spinal injury in police custody. Seven officers were hurt. Some had broken bones, and one was […]