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Tourists stream back to Gatlinburg, but rebuilding looms
GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) -- Visitors jammed the main roads and sidewalks in Gatlinburg as the tourism city reopened to the public Friday for the first time since wildfires killed 14 people....

The Latest: Dylann Roof had hate-filled journal in car
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- The Latest on the death penalty trial of Dylann Roof, who is charged with killing nine people during a Bible study in a Charleston church (all times local):...

Teen charged with murder in attack at troubled-youth ranch
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- An Arizona teenager was charged with aggravated murder and other counts Friday in the brutal slaying of one worker and the assault on a second staffer at a southern Utah ranch for troubled teens....

Dylann Roof laughed during church slaying confession to FBI
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Dylann Roof wanted the world to know he hated black people and thought they were criminals. He thought about attacking drug dealers, but they might shoot back. So, he told the FBI, he picked a historic black church in Charleston he had learned about online....

Sound engineer, attorney among Oakland fire victims
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- A popular sound engineer, a young attorney and a woman described as a visionary were among the people killed in a fire that engulfed a dance party inside an Oakland warehouse. The Alameda County Sheriff's Department has released the names of all 36 victims. They ranged in age from 17 to 61....

Trump's ties to 'Apprentice' raises conflict issues for NBC
NEW YORK (AP) -- Donald Trump's continued stake in television's "Celebrity Apprentice" adds to questions about potential conflicts between his personal and public responsibilities, while raising new ones about NBC....

John Glenn, astronaut and senator, to lie in state in Ohio
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- John Glenn will lie in state in Ohio's capitol building before a celebration of his life of military and government service and two history-making voyages into space....

New CDC data understate accidental shooting deaths of kids
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Government statistics released this week claiming that 77 minors in the U.S. were killed by unintentional gun discharges last year significantly understate the scope of an enduring public health problem....

Oakland fire exposes rift over naming transgender victims
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Feral Pines proved to be as complex in death as she was in life as friends and family struggled this week to settle on the correct name to remember the victim of the Oakland warehouse party fire killed along with 35 others....

Critics: Alabama execution helps case against sedative
ATMORE, Ala. (AP) -- Critics of a drug used to sedate inmates before they are put to death said Friday that an Alabama execution in which a prisoner heaved his chest, coughed and appeared to move bolstered their argument that the drug should not be used in lethal injections....

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