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One year after church shooting, much is the same in Charleston

Posted 6/17/2016 in National

The names of Confederate generals still adorn street signs in Charleston's public housing projects, and a heroic waterfront statue dedicated to the Confederate Defenders of Charleston still faces Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired.



Divided America: Evangelicals feel alienated, anxious

Posted 6/17/2016 in National

Pastor Richie Clendenen stepped away from the pulpit, microphone in hand. He walked the aisles of the Christian Fellowship Church, his voice rising to describe the perils believers face in 21st-century America.



McCain: Obama 'directly responsible' for Orlando shooting

Posted 6/17/2016 in National

Republican Sen. John McCain said Thursday that President Barack Obama is "directly responsible" for the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, because of the rise of the Islamic State group on the president's watch.



Rifle used in Orlando shooting was designed for military use

Posted 6/17/2016 in National

The weapon used in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history was designed to meet U.S. military requirements for a small, quiet combat rifle for use in close quarters.



Obama embraces Orlando families, appeals for gun controls

Posted 6/17/2016 in National

Embracing grieving Orlando families and appealing anew for national action, President Barack Obama claimed a threat to all Americans' security Thursday as a strong reason to tighten U.S. gun laws.



Lawsuits may offer fodder for Trump, Clinton attack ads

Posted 6/17/2016 in National

The presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are both trying to prevent the public release of videos that are critical to legal cases involving the candidates.



Few if any minority senior execs in Trump's empire

Posted 6/17/2016 in National

There are few, if any, black executives in the upper ranks of the Trump Organization, a review by The Associated Press has found.



Sanders says beating Trump a top priority, not the only goal

Posted 6/17/2016 in National

Pressing his "political revolution" to turn its attention to defeating Donald Trump, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said he will work with Hillary Clinton to transform the Democratic Party itself and "create the America that we know we can become."



Philadelphia is 1st major American city with soda tax

Posted 6/17/2016 in National

Philadelphia became the first major American city with a soda tax on Thursday despite a multimillion-dollar campaign by the beverage industry to block it.



Trump to discuss terrorism, no fly list with NRA

Posted 6/16/2016 in National

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said Wednesday that he will be meeting with the National Rifle Association to discuss ways to block people on terrorism watch lists or no fly lists from buying guns as his party scrambles to respond in the aftermath of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.



Sheriff: Charges unlikely after 2-year-old killed by alligator

Posted 6/16/2016 in National

A sheriff said charges are unlikely against a Nebraska couple after an alligator killed their 2-year-old son by snatching him out of shallow water at a Walt Disney World beach, but the entertainment giant is reviewing whether to add gator warning signs.



In wake of mass shootings, Dem senator wages filibuster

Posted 6/16/2016 in National

A Democratic senator who mourned the loss of 20 children in his home state of Connecticut four years ago waged a nearly 15-hour filibuster into the early hours of this morning, demanding votes on gun control measures just days after a mass shooting at a Florida nightclub.



Gunman raged against 'filthy ways of the west'

Posted 6/16/2016 in National

While his victims texted heartbreaking last words to loved ones from the blood-drenched floors of packed bathrooms, Omar Mateen apparently turned to social media to measure the viral shockwaves his attack on a gay nightclub had generated.



Shooter claimed police academy rejection was over religion

Posted 6/16/2016 in National

Omar Mateen graduated from community college with a criminal justice degree, worked as a security guard and wanted to be a police officer.



Muslim view of LGBT people in spotlight after Orlando attack

Posted 6/16/2016 in National

After the massacre in Orlando, the head of a prominent Muslim advocacy group stood before a bank of microphones and made remarks beyond the expected condemnations.



Man arrested in California with weapons faces Indiana charge

Posted 6/16/2016 in National

An Indiana man facing weapons and ammunitions charges in California after telling officers he was headed to a gay pride event was charged Wednesday in Indiana with child molestation -- allegations that apparently spurred his cross-country journey to Los Angeles, a prosecutor said.



Southern Baptists oppose Confederate flag, talk racial unity

Posted 6/15/2016 in National

The Southern Baptist Convention on Tuesday urged Christians to stop displaying the Confederate battle flag, recognizing that it is perceived by many as a "symbol of hatred, bigotry and racism" that offends millions of people.



Some on terror list can buy guns, and Dems try to capitalize

Posted 6/15/2016 in National

Omar Mateen, investigated twice by the FBI, was on the government's terrorist watch list for 10 months before being removed. Yet even had he remained on that listing, it wouldn't have stopped him from buying the firearms he used in Sunday's Orlando shooting rampage.



Details emerge about nightclub gunman's wife

Posted 6/15/2016 in National

She was a sweet, pretty California girl with Palestinian roots who left an arranged marriage only to find love with a man who committed the worst mass shooting in modern U.S history.



FBI looking at whether Omar Mateen led a secret gay life

Posted 6/15/2016 in National

The murky picture of Orlando gunman Omar Mateen grew more complex Tuesday with word that the FBI is investigating whether he had been a regular at the gay dance club he attacked and had been leading a secret life as a gay man.



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