By Lucas L. Johnson and Kathleen Foody Associated Press CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – A gunman unleashed a barrage of gunfire at two military facilities a few miles apart in Chattanooga on Thursday, killing at least four Marines, officials said. The gunman was also killed. U.S. Attorney Bill Killian said officials were treating the attacks as an […]

By Bruce Smith Associated Press CHARLESTON, S.C. – The man accused of killing nine people at a church in Charleston last month will stand trial next July, a judge ruled Thursday. During a 25-minute hearing in Charleston, Circuit Judge J.C. Nicholson set a July 11, 2016, trial date for Dylann Roof. Public defender Ashley Pennington […]

By Marcia Dunn AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – We’ve made it to Pluto by NASA’s calculations, the last stop on a planetary tour of the solar system a half-century in the making. The moment of closest approach for the New Horizons spacecraft came around 7:49 a.m. EDT Tuesday, culminating an epic journey from […]

By George Jahn and Matthew Lee Associated Press VIENNA – After long, fractious negotiations, world powers and Iran struck a historic deal Tuesday to curb Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in relief from international sanctions – an agreement aimed at averting the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran and another U.S. military […]

By David Crary AP National Writer NEW YORK – The executive committee of the Boy Scouts of America has unanimously approved a resolution that would end the organization’s blanket ban on gay adult leaders and let individual scout units set their own policy on the long-divisive issue. In a statement Monday, the BSA said the […]

By Christopher S. Rugaber AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON – U.S. unemployment fell to a seven-year low of 5.3 percent and employers hired at a solid pace in June, but other gauges of the job market drew a bleaker picture: A wave of people stopped looking for work, and paychecks failed to budge. The figures released […]

By Julie Pace AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba will reopen their embassies in Havana and Washington, heralding a “new chapter” in relations after a half-century of hostility. “We don’t have to be imprisoned by the past,” Obama said from White House Rose Garden. “Americans […]

By Meg Kinnard, Jeffrey Collins and Jonathan Drew Associated Press CHARLESTON, S.C. – President Barack Obama delivered a passionate discourse on America’s racial history Friday in his eulogy for a state senator and pastor, slain along with eight other black churchgoers in what police called a hate crime. “What a life Clementa Pinckney lived!” Obama […]

The crowd reacts after the ruling on same-sex marriage is announced outside of the Supreme Court in Washington on Friday. The Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the US. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

By Mark Sherman Associated Press WASHINGTON – Gay and lesbian Americans have the same right to marry as any other couples, the Supreme Court declared Friday in a historic ruling deciding one of the nation’s most contentious and emotional legal questions. Celebrations and joyful weddings quickly followed in states where they had been forbidden. The […]