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Attorney: Dylann Roof's mom had heart attack during trial
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Dylann Roof's mother suffered a heart attack not long after prosecutors described how her son planned a cold and calculated killing of nine black church members in a racially motivated attack, the white man's attorney said in court documents Thursday....

Stay or go? Tribe gives conflicting messages to protest camp
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- For protesters fighting the Dakota Access pipeline, the messages from the Standing Rock Sioux reservation are confusing: The tribal chairman tells demonstrators that it's time to leave their camp and go home. Another leader implores them to stay through the bitter North Dakota winter....

Investigators eye fridge, electrical system in Oakland fire
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Federal officials investigating a fire that killed 36 people during a party at an Oakland warehouse plan to bring in engineers to examine the building's electrical system, as they try to pinpoint the cause of a blaze that has cast a spotlight on similar artists' colonies around the country that offer cheap housing but unsafe living conditions....

61-year-old German identified as Oakland fire victim
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- A 61-year-old German man who made his friends feel celebrated is believed to be the oldest victim of the fire that engulfed a dance party inside an Oakland warehouse....

APNewsBreak: Effort to stem homegrown US extremism launches
BOSTON (AP) -- A federally backed effort to stem the rise of homegrown extremists is underway in Massachusetts, nearly three years after the White House announced the initiative on the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people and injured hundreds....

Pizza shop gunman says he regrets how he handled situation
SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) -- The man accused of firing an assault rifle inside a Washington restaurant said he regrets how he handled the situation but refused to completely dismiss the false online claims involving a child sex ring that brought him there....

Major survey of transgender Americans finds pervasive bias
NEW YORK (AP) -- The largest-ever survey of transgender Americans paints a grim picture of pervasive discrimination and harassment, to the point that many of them attempt suicide at some point....

An officer and a refugee: New policeman straddles worlds
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- Soon after arriving in New Hampshire as a teenager, Abdesselam Baddaoui met two fellow refugees who accidentally ended up involved in a criminal case because, after being instructed about domestic violence laws, the wife mistakenly believed she had to call police any time she and her husband argued....

USGS: 6.5 magnitude quake in ocean off California coast
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Northern California on Thursday, jolting residents of the coastal town of Ferndale but bringing no immediate reports of damage or injuries....

Sheriff: Teen killed staffer while trying to leave ranch
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A teenager accused of killing a staff member at a youth treatment center and injuring another worker carried out the attacks because he wanted to leave the ranch, not because of a grudge against either person, a Utah sheriff said Wednesday....

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