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Friend of convicted church shooter begins serving sentence

Meg Kinnard, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 7:54am

A friend with whom convicted church shooter Dylann Roof shared his plans to massacre South Carolina churchgoers has begun serving prison time for lying to federal authorities.

Smoke clouding communities near burning Okefenokee refuge

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 7:50am

Winds are pushing smoke from a giant wildfire into neighboring communities near the Georgia-Florida line.

Violent street gang MS-13 puts Long Island towns in its grip

Claudia Torrens, Frank Eltman and Colleen Long, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 7:36am

Late at night, when helicopters thrum overhead and spotlights beam down onto lawns, many people here know exactly what's going on.

Full honors for Filipino-American WWII vet who died at 101

Chris Carola, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 7:34am

Held captive by the Japanese during World War II, Florence Ebersole Smith Finch was tortured and forced to curl up in a 2-foot-by-4-foot box.

Car hits 3 Florida students after they got off school bus

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 7:25am

Sheriff's officials say they've arrested a 48-year-old driver accused of fleeing after hitting three children when they got off a school bus in central Florida.

The Latest: Protest before AG Sessions visit on NY gangs

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 7:20am

The latest on efforts to thwart violence by the street gang MS-13, which has been blamed for 11 deaths on Long Island since last year (All times local):

MS-13 on Long Island: A look at 11 suspected victims

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 7:14am

Eleven mostly young people have been found dead in two New York suburbs since the start of the school year. All are believed to be victims of the MS-13 street gang. A look at the victims:

Principal says she regrets decision about 'smash space'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 7:14am

An elementary school principal in Washington, D.C.'s suburbs is rethinking her idea to set up a "smash space" designed to let teachers hack away at a chair to relieve tension.

Facing a pro-gun government, anti-gun movement feels defiant

Nancy Benac, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 7:04am

Donald Trump, darling of the National Rifle Association, has custody of the Oval Office. The Republican-controlled Congress already has ditched one Obama-era rule to tighten access to guns. And an emboldened NRA has much more ambitious plans afoot for easing state and national gun laws as its annual convention unfolds this weekend in Atlanta.

Body parts found in Michigan probe into missing person

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 7:04am

Authorities say a young man has been arrested after body parts were found buried in a shallow grave behind a home in suburban Detroit.

Mississippi authorities arrest suspect in 1976 Texas slaying

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 7:00am

Mississippi authorities have arrested a man wanted in a 1976 slaying in Texas.

Woman accused of threats to blow up Georgia daycare centers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 6:50am

A Georgia woman has been charged with threatening to blow up daycare centers where she'd been employed in the past.

Judge to sentence former head of Chicago Public Schools

Michael Tarm, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 6:34am

A federal judge in Chicago is scheduled to sentence the former head of the nation's third-largest school district for steering $23 million in no-bid city contracts to education firms for $2.3 million in bribes and kickbacks.

Immigrants plan May Day rallies buoyed by Trump opposition

Sophia Tareen and Amy Taxin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 6:23am

Immigrant groups and their allies have joined forces to carry out marches, rallies and protests in cities nationwide next week to mark May Day, saying there's renewed momentum to fight back against Trump administration policies.

$20,000 reward offered in search for accused deputy shooter

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 6:20am

Authorities are offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a man accused of shooting and wounding a sheriff's deputy in northeast Georgia.

3 Arkansas execution drugs used for surgery, cardiac cases

Kelly P. Kissel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 6:04am

Arkansas' execution protocol includes three drugs, two of which are used in surgery and one that benefits cardiac patients. A look at the drugs:

Arkansas inmate convulses during deadline-beating execution

Kelly P. Kissel and Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 5:55am

Arkansas wrapped up an accelerated executions schedule with a lethal injection that left the condemned inmate lurching and convulsing before he died, prompting calls for investigations and renewed scrutiny of the state's efforts to put multiple inmates to death on a compressed timeline.

Florida officials: No Zika found in mosquito samples so far

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 5:53am

Florida agriculture officials say no mosquitoes in the state have tested positive for the Zika virus so far this year.

The Latest: ACLU: Did Arkansas torture death row inmate?

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 5:30am

The Latest on the final execution in Arkansas before the state's supply of a lethal injection drug expires at the end of the month (all times local):

Police: Man fatally beats pregnant wife with pipe wrench

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 5:30am

Police say a 48-year-old Florida man used a pipe wrench to beat his pregnant wife to death in front of their four children after an argument over whether the baby was his.