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 […]

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By Erica Werner Associated Press WASHINGTON – Alexander H. Stephens, onetime vice president of the Confederacy, sits memorialized in stone, right leg crossed over left, staring sternly into the distance as summer-clad tourists mill about him in the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall. Solemn and cold, he looks like he could sit there for eternity. But […]

By Nedra Pickler Associated Press WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama said the United States has not overcome its history of racism and is using the N-word to make his case. In an interview, Obama weighed in on the debate over race and guns that has erupted after the arrest of a white man for the […]

By Jeffrey Collins Associated Press CHARLESTON, S.C. – They forgave him. They advised him to repent for his sins, and asked for God’s mercy on his soul. One even told Dylann Storm Roof to repent and confess, and “you’ll be OK.” Relatives of the nine community leaders shot down during a Bible study session at […]

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 […]

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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, […]