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APNewsBreak: Church shooting suspect’s friend to plead

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A friend of the white man accused of fatally shooting nine black parishioners in Charleston last year is set to plead guilty to two federal charges, according to an agreement signed by federal prosecutors and filed online Monday. Joey Meek, 21, has...

Illinois impasse sparks fears of the unthinkable: No school

HARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) — School officials in Illinois are worried that lawmakers’ nearly yearlong fight over a state budget could spill into summer and force some districts to close their doors in the fall. If it happens, it would be the most traumatic consequence of...

Backlash greets plans for Muslim cemeteries across US

AP Photo/Elise Amendola DUDLEY, Mass. (AP) — On the site of a long-idle dairy farm, leaders of a local mosque hope to build a final resting place for about 500 Muslim families – to the dismay of many residents of this quaint town in central Massachusetts. In arguments...

Cleveland settles lawsuit over Tamir Rice shooting for $6M

AP Photo/Tony Dejak CLEVELAND (AP) — The city on Monday reached a $6 million settlement in a lawsuit over the death of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old black boy shot by a white police officer while playing with a pellet gun outside a recreation center. An order filed in U.S....

Obama says new US troops in Syria will be essential

AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster HANNOVER, Germany (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday announced the deployment to Syria of an additional 250 U.S. special operations forces to assist local troops who are trying to dislodge Islamic State extremists, significantly broadening the...

US to states: Make it easier for ex-prisoners to obtains IDs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Loretta Lynch is urging the nation’s governors to make it easier for convicted felons to obtain state-issued identification after they get out of prison, part of a broader plan being announced Monday to help smooth the path for state...

A Washington ritual: Pentagon, Congress at odds over bases

AP Photo/Cliff Owen WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon thinks it has a winning argument for why Congress should allow a new round of military base closings. The case goes like this: The Army and Air Force have vastly more space for training and basing troops than they need, and...

Illinois seeks to limit use of solitary confinement

AP Photo/M. Spencer Green SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Brian Nelson’s years in solitary confinement left him terrified of other people, and he says he can still taste the concrete dust from his cell, even though he’s been free since 2010. The 51-year-old is afraid...

1 dead, 1 ‘cooperating’ after shooting death in church

NORTH WALES, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a dispute between two members of a suburban Philadelphia church during a Sunday worship service ended with one person shooting and killing the other. Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said the disagreement escalated...

Administration: Up to 250 military personnel headed to Syria

AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster AERZEN, Germany (AP) — President Barack Obama has decided to send up to 250 military personnel to Syria to help local forces fighting the Islamic State group. That’s the word from a senior administration official who says Obama would announce...