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Hunt for escapees focuses on burglarized cabin

CADYVILLE, N.Y. — The 2-week-old search for two escaped murderers focused on a rural area about 20 miles away from the upstate New York prison they fled, authorities said on Monday, after evidence reportedly showed the pair had been inside a burglarized cabin.

White rights’ group leader cited by shooter donated to GOP

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The head of a white supremacist group cited by the alleged killer of nine people at a black South Carolina church last week has given thousands of dollars to several 2016 Republican presidential candidates, according to media reports.

Activists urge South Carolina to take down rebel flag

CHARLESTON, S.C. — South Carolina should remove the Confederate battle flag from the state capitol grounds, religious and local elected leaders urged on Monday, after a white gunman last week allegedly shot dead nine black worshippers at a historic Charleston church.

Suspect faces state’s record on death penalty

NEW YORK — Charleston’s chief prosecutor has yet to decide whether to seek the death penalty for the man accused of murdering nine African-Americans at a landmark church, but South Carolina is a state with a history of embracing capital punishment.

Escapees on run as breakout route sealed

Two escaped killers have evaded capture for nearly two weeks despite “countless hours” of information divulged to investigators by a female prison worker who assisted in the upstate New York breakout, police said Friday.

Supreme Court rules for church in free speech case

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that an Arizona town violated a local church’s free speech rights by preventing it from posting signs notifying the public of its worship services.

Zimmerman shooter faces attempted murder charge

ORLANDO, Fla. — The man accused of shooting at George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of murder in the 2012 death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, now faces an upgraded attempted murder charge in Florida, according to media reports on Thursday.

Suspect arrested in killing of nine at black U.S. church

CHARLESTON, S.C. — A white man suspected of shooting nine people dead during Bible study at a historic African-American church in South Carolina was arrested on Thursday, a day after a massacre that authorities say was motivated by racial hatred.

Prison worker, escapees plotted husband’s murder

NEW YORK — A female prison worker in custody for helping two upstate New York inmates escape had discussed with the convicts a murder-for-hire plot against her husband, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

Obama to huddle with pro-trade Democrats

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Barack Obama will hold meetings on Wednesday at the White House with “pro-trade Democrats” from the Senate and House of Representatives, a White House official said.

Attorneys pushing for new trial in murder-for-hire plot

MILFORD, Conn. — Attorneys for a Connecticut woman convicted in 2002 of killing her brother-in-law in a murder-for-hire plot vowed on Wednesday to carry her fight for a new trial to federal court after a state court judge blocked her bid for a re-hearing.

Judge dismisses fifth juror in movie massacre trial

DENVER — The judge in the Colorado movie theater massacre trial on Wednesday dismissed a fifth juror, whose disclosure last month that she recognized a survivor of the July 2012 shooting rampage had prompted the defense to seek her removal.

Red crabs washing up on Southern Calif. beaches

SAN DIEGO — Hundreds of thousands of tiny crabs have been washing up on Southern California beaches, marring the sandy coastline with streaks of red, as warm ocean currents carry them farther north and closer to shore than usual, officials said on Wednesday.

Building permits on the rise

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. permits for future home construction surged to a near eight-year high in May, suggesting a building up of momentum in housing and the broader economy after a dismal performance at the start of the year.

White House intruder sentenced to 17 months

WASHINGTON, D.C. — White House fence jumper Omar Gonzalez was sentenced on Tuesday to 17 months in U.S. prison minus time served for bursting into the executive mansion with a knife last year.

Tropical Storm Bill hits Texas coast

HOUSTON — Tropical Storm Bill punched the Texas coast with heavy rains and strong winds on Tuesday, the National Weather Service said, just three weeks after floods killed about 30 people in the state.

Jeb Bush vows to fix Washington, D.C.

MIAMI — Former Florida governor Jeb Bush began his U.S. presidential bid on Monday with a vow to fix a dysfunctional Washington and “get events in the world moving our way again.”

Wildfire destroys dozens of homes, menaces highway

JUNEAU, Alaska — A fast-spreading Alaska wildfire has destroyed up to 45 homes and forced authorities to restrict traffic on a major highway connecting two of the state’s largest cities, state officials said on Monday.

High court upholds firing of workers for medical pot use

DENVER — Medical marijuana patients in Colorado could lose their jobs for using cannabis because the drug remains illegal under federal law, the state’s highest court ruled on Monday, upholding the firing of a quadriplegic who tested positive for pot.