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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A friend of the white man accused of shooting nine black parishioners to death in Charleston, South Carolina, has pleaded guilty to federal charges as part of a plea deal. Joey Meek today admitted lying to authorities and failure to report a crime during a hearing in federal court in Charleston. Authorities have said Meek failed to tell investigators all he knew about Dylann Roof's plans to shoot nine black parishioners at Emanuel AME Church last June. Roof is charged with nine counts of murder in state court and with hate crimes and other charges in federal court.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors in California have charged two sons with murder in the killing of their parents. They say the 22-year-old (Hasib Bin Golam Rabbi) and his 17-year-old brother will be arraigned today. Shamima and Golam Rabbi were found shot to death Sunday in their home on a quiet cul de sac in San Jose. The double slaying and the arrest of the sons have horrified the area's tight-knit Muslim community. The older son told the San Francisco Chronicle in a jailhouse interview that he is eager to tell the real story but offered no other details. He emphasized that his brother is innocent.
BURLINGAME, Calif. (AP) — Several hundred protesters have gathered near a Burlingame, California, hotel where Donald Trump will address the state GOP convention. A dozen protesters linked arms to block the road in front of the hotel but no one is using the street because police had already closed it to traffic. Last night, Trump supporters and opponents got into confrontations outside a Trump rally in Southern California and raucous protesters damaged police cars.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The University of Georgia plans a candlelight service to remember four students killed in a car crash — along with 22 other members of the university community who have died in the past year. The service planned for Tuesday evening is an annual event to honor university and employees who passed away. It holds special significance this year, coming shortly after the Wednesday night car crash that took the lives of four students and left one other critically injured.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A spokesman for actor Will Ferrell says he is not pursuing a film project about President Ronald Reagan. The spokesman says the actor had read and considered the script for "Reagan" but had never committed to developing or starring in what was described as a comedic film. The reports of the film had prompted a strong family backlash. The script for "Reagan" had been described in a Variety report as a political satire about the president falling into dementia at the start of his second term.
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