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Suspect in Charleston killings indicates desire to plead guilty

The accused killer of nine people in Charleston, S.C., church wants to plead guilty to federal charges.

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 A banner hangs Friday at the Castaways Marina with pictures of Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen.

'Gut-wrenching' decision: Search for teens suspended

The U.S. Coast Guard on Friday evening reluctantly ended its weeklong search in the Atlantic for two missing teenage fishermen.

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 President Barack Obama signs the three-month highway funding bill Friday in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.

Monster of a fall awaits Congress after summer break

President Barack Obama on Friday signed a short-term transportation funding bill but scolded lawmakers.

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 Ray Tensing

2 backup officers at DuBose shooting scene won’t be charged

Two University of Cincinnati officers who arrived after a colleague shot and killed an unarmed black driver won’t be charged for lying.

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 Former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing, second from left, appears before Judge Megan Shanahan at Hamilton County Courthouse Thursday for his arraignment in the shooting death of motorist Samuel DuBose in Cincinnati.

Former officer pleads not guilty in campus shooting death

People in the courtroom erupted into cheers and clapped when officer Ray Tensing’s bond was set at $1 million, drawing the ire of the judge.

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Senate passes a highway bill, but only for three months

Some senators expressed dismay that they were approving another short-term solution — instead of passing a long-term highway spending bill.

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Trump’s plan to deport 11 million faces obstacles

Donald Trump has never said how he intends to find the illegal immigrants he wishes to deport.

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Nation briefs: Pentagon plans to arm more stateside troops

Plus: Ruling on detainees, Lion killing investigated, Biden pushes Iran deal, Rapidly spreading brushfire in Calif.

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Plus: Jury chosen for trial; Fighter jet ready; Guantanamo lobbying; Clinton emails released; $25 ATM limit in Kansas; Fla. panthers at

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University of Cincinnati officer charged with murder in motorist’s shooting

A white campus officer has been indicted on a murder charge in the fatal shooting of a black man amid a minor traffic stop.

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Congress poised to avert highway fund shutdown, for now

The U.S. House on Wednesday approved a short-term bill to keep federal highway money flowing for three months.

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Colorado shooter's mom: Silence was his loudest cry for help

James Holmes’ parents insisted at the sentencing phase of his trial that they had no inkling that he was having homicidal thoughts.

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National briefs: Health records revamped

Plus: Boehner ouster sought; United Airlines hacked; Windows 10 released.

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 These are the four sets of human remains excavated from the chancel of a church on the site of Fort James at Jamestown, Va. The remains are thought to be some of European America's earliest leaders, including, the Rev. Robert Hunt, thought to be the first Anglican minister in the Americas; Capt. Gabriel Archer, the early expeditionary leader; Sir Ferdinando Wainman, the cousin of Sir West, the Virginian governor; and Capt. William West, the governor's uncle.

Remains of early colonial Jamestown leaders are ID’d

The remains of four leaders of the colonial American settlement in Jamestown, V., have been unearthed and identified by archaeologists.

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GOP searches for women to lead efforts against Planned Parenthood

Republicans in Congress are designating women lawmakers to draft measures to end federal assistance to Planned Parenthood health services.

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 Missing 8-year-old Madyson “Maddy” Middleton, from Santa Cruz, Calif.

Santa Cruz, Calif., shocked by girl’s killing, boy’s arrest

The body of an 8-year-old girl has been discovered in a trash bin in her neighborhood, and a teenage boy who lives there has been arrested.

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 Joyce Mitchell reacts as she appears to plead guilty Tuesday at Clinton County court, in Plattsburgh, N.Y.

Ex-prison worker admits aiding escape

Joyce Mitchell pleaded guilty Tuesday to helping two prison inmates escape in June.

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Nation briefs: Prison officer charged with raping inmates

Plus: Jail releases Bland footage, Dad defends Colo. shooter, Co-pilot broke spacecraft, Federal pollution regulation

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 The organization sent an email to its members last week requesting money to “stop Obama from confiscating millions of guns.”

Could some Social Security recipients lose gun rights? NRA says yes

The NRA says beneficiaries who lack capacity to manage their affairs are targets for the “largest gun grab in American history.”

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 Dondie LeBlanc Breaux, mother of Mayci Breaux, center, and Kevin Breaux, right, father of Mayci, are comforted outside the Church of the Assumption, after her funeral in Franklin, La., Monday, July 27, 2015. She was one of two people killed in Thursday's movie theater shooting in Lafayette, La.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Judge says she did not involuntarily commit theater gunman in La. shootings

Despite mental issues that spurred court-ordered hospital evaluation, shooter wasn’t involuntarily committed and thus was able to buy a gun.

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Obama criticizes Huckabee, Trump, Cruz and other Republicans

President Barack Obama defended the Iran nuclear deal and chided  “ridiculous” claims against it by Republican presidential contenders.

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FBI emphasizes speed as Islamic State exhorts individuals to attack

Its making swift arrests of those suspected of being Islamic State sympathizers in a strategy change to stem prospect for homegrown terror.

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 Senate Minority Leader Sen. Harry Reid of Nev. arrives at the Capitol Building before the Senate convenes for a Sunday session on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sunday, July 26, 2015. On the agenda are efforts to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law and reviving the federal Export-Import Bank. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

House, Senate clash over highway bill ahead of Friday deadline

The move sets the two chambers on a collision course days ahead of an August recess amid the summer driving season.

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 More than a dozen Chinese nationals were charged in May with scheming to have impostors take college and grad school exams and cheat their way into top American universities.

Convicted Chinese national in test-taking scheme asks for deportation; U.S. wants jail

Biyuan Li, 25, was among 15 Chinese nationals charged in U.S. and China with scheming to have impostors take college and grad school exams.

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Defense department renews $1.73 billion contract with CMU

The school’s SEI is the only federally funded research/development center dedicated to cybersecurity and software engineering.

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 Neal Falls, of Springfield, Ore., was killed by a woman he attacked July 18 in Charleston, W.Va. Police are investigating whether Falls had any connection to cases of suspicious deaths and missing women in other states.

Man killed by escort in W.Va. possibly linked to missing women

Police said Neal Falls of Oregon was under investigation by police in 20 states.

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National briefs: CDC releases details in pot cookie death

Plus: Boy Scouts end blanket ban on gay adult leaders; Space fans fund exhibit in Washington museum; and more news from around the country.

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House will decide fate of Export-Import Bank

Senate voted on Sunday to resurrect the federal Export-Import Bank, handing the Republican Party’s most conservative wing a major defeat.

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Boy Scouts to end ban on gay leaders

However, some scouting groups will still be able to limit leadership jobs to heterosexuals.

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Lynch: Bland’s death highlights black Americans’ concerns

“...Many minority communities for so long have felt that law enforcement was coming in essentially to enforce laws against them,” she said.

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 Shadows of organizers and reporters pass a video display screen prior to a news conference by organizers of Boston's campaign for the 2024 Summer Olympics in January.

Boston drops out of Olympic bid race

Mayor Marty Walsh’s decision was a harsh blow to the city’s chances for the Summer Games.

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 President Barack Obama, third left,  participates in a bilateral meeting with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, right, at the National Palace today.

Obama, in Ethiopia, addresses South Sudan conflict

President Obama set a deadline for a peace accord, Aug. 17, threatening both sides with sanctions if they don’t.

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National briefs: After coma, child of R&B singer dies

PLUS: Trump GOP front-runner; Against ‘gun-free’ zones; Democrats block repeal; Fiat Chrysler fined.

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 President Barack Obama participates in a wreath laying ceremony on Saturday at a memorial to those killed in the 1998 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Kenya at Memorial Park in Nairobi.

In Kenya, Obama finds welcome mat, tough talk

Mr. Obama found himself at odds with his hosts over issues of democracy, human rights and same-sex marriage.

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In Pakistan, detainees are vanishing in covert jails

Critics warn that gains against the Taliban may be coming at the cost of human rights, potentially undermining its counterterrorism effort.

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 Mourners, Christina Walls, left, embraces Diana Lennon, right, during a candle light vigil to honor the victims of Thursday night's shooting at The Grand 16 theater during a vigil on Friday in Lafayette, La.

Movie theater shooter’s mental problems didn’t prevent gun purchase

Lafayerre shooter was able to purchase a gun despite metal troubles.

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Judge orders release of immigrant children, mothers detained by U.S.

A federal judge found that two detention centers fail to meet minimum legal requirements of a 1997 settlement.

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Hillary Clinton will testify on Benghazi

There appears to be a dispute between the panel and Ms. Clinton’s lawyers over the ground rules.

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Mourners gather for Sandra Bland's funeral

The Texas sheriff at whose jail Ms. Bland was found hanged says he is seriously considering disciplinary action against jail staff members.

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National briefs: No thanks, Pentagon tells vigilantes

PLUS: Ex-cop held in heists; Economy affects major; Suspect in shooting killed.

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 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton

Federal investigators ask for Justice Department probe of Clinton emails

The inspector general has advised the DOJ that some classified data went through Hillary Rodham Clinton’s personal email server.

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Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.4 million vehicles to fix hacking issue

Fiat Chrysler is recalling 1.4 million vehicles to fix a software vulnerability that could let hackers wirelessly control a vehicle.

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Nation briefs: McConnell the target of Cruz rancor

Plus: VA dysfunction alleged, Airline-fare rise probed, Rick Perry charge dropped

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 Jonathan Pollard in 1998.

Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard eligible for 'mandatory parole' in November

Jonathan Pollard, the U.S. intelligence analyst convicted of spying for Israel, could be freed as soon as November.

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 President Barack Obama is greeted by his half-sister Auma on Friday at Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya.

With his visit to his father’s homeland, Obama shows a new sense of confidence

President Barack Obama on Friday came to Kenya, his father’s homeland, overriding debunked claims about his own birthplace and identity.

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Turkey strikes Islamic State targets in Syria for the first time

Turkish jets bombed Islamic State targets in Syria for the first time Friday, and leaders vowed further action against the militants.

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If this little piggy gets too big, it’s bad

When this little piggy gets too big to be a pet, problems arise.

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 Mason Matthews, 10, leaves a card at a makeshift memorial for shooting victim Jillian Johnson Friday at Red Arrow Workshop in River Ranch in Lafayette, La.

Louisiana killings called ‘methodical’

A man who opened fire in Lafayette, La., is said to have a history of mental health issues.

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Trump makes Texas-size splash at border

Donald Trump’s border patrol escort for a trip to the U.S-Mexico border backed out of the event Thursday.

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Prosecutor agrees with Texas jail suicide finding

A Texas county prosecutor said the autopsy of Sandra Bland, a black woman found hanged in a Texas jail, confirms the initial suicide ruling.

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