CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – A federal jury has sentenced Dylann Roof to death for killing nine black church members in a racially motivated attack in 2015. Roof, who is white, faced either life in prison or execution for the slayings on June 17, 2015. The Justice Department says he is the first person to get […]

By Kirsten Grieshaber Associated Press BERLIN – A truck rammed into a crowded Christmas market in central Berlin on Monday evening, killing at least nine people as it tore through tables and wooden stands. Police said the driver was arrested nearby. The truck crashed into the market outside the capital’s popular Christmas market at the […]

By Burhan Ozbilici and Suzan Fraser Associated Press ANKARA, Turkey – Shouting “Don’t forget Aleppo! Don’t forget Syria!” a Turkish policeman in a suit and tie fatally shot Russia’s ambassador to Turkey in front of stunned onlookers at a photo exhibit. Police killed the assailant after a shootout. Ambassador Andrei Karlov, 62, was several minutes […]

By Steve Megargee and Jonathan Mattise Associated Press PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. – Wildfires fueled by high winds roared through parts of the Great Smoky Mountains, burning the doorstep of the Dollywood theme park, destroying a resort and chasing thousands of people from their homes. National Guard troops arrived Tuesday to help overwhelmed firefighters, and Mother […]

By Andrew Welsh-Huggins and Julie Carr Smyth Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio – A man plowed his car into a group of pedestrians at Ohio State University and began stabbing people with a butcher knife Monday before he was shot to death by a police officer. Police said they are investigating whether it was a terrorist […]

By Michael Weissenstein and Peter Orsi Associated Press HAVANA – Former President Fidel Castro, who led a rebel army to improbable victory in Cuba, embraced Soviet-style communism and defied the power of 10 U.S. presidents during his half century rule, has died at age 90. Castro’s reign over the island-nation 90 miles from Florida was […]

By Jonathan Mattise Associated Press CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Police arrested a Chattanooga school bus driver on charges including vehicular homicide after a bus crash killed five students. Calling the Monday afternoon crash “every public safety professional’s worst nightmare,” Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher told an overnight news conference that 24-year-old bus driver Johnthony Walker was […]

By Emery P. Dalesio and Martha Waggoner Associated Press LUMBERTON, N.C. – A North Carolina state trooper shot and killed an armed man during a search and rescue operation, authorities said Tuesday, and thousands of people were told to get to higher ground as the flooding from Hurricane Matthew moved downstream. In Greenville, officials warned […]

By Julie Pace and Jill Colvin Associated Press HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – In a combative opening debate, Hillary Clinton emphatically denounced Donald Trump Monday night for keeping his personal tax returns and business dealings secret from voters and peddling a “racist lie” about President Barack Obama. Businessman Trump repeatedly cast Clinton as a “typical politician” as […]