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'I had to do it,' accused gunman says of South Carolina church attack


CHARLESTON, S.C. Jurors in the federal hate crimes trial of Dylann Roof watched a video on Friday of the avowed white supremacist confessing to killing nine parishioners at a historic black church in South Carolina and saying he felt he "had to do it."

Polar vortex redux? U.S. forecasters say it could hit next week

CHICAGO Forecasters are sending chills down some spines with a prediction that much of the northern half of the United States could see frigid weather next week similar to life-threatening lows the polar vortex brought to parts of the country in 2014. | Video

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Deadly New York crane collapse in Feb was operator error: report

NEW YORK A crane collapse in February that killed one person, injured three pedestrians and flattened parked cars along a busy street in New York City was the result of operator error, a city report concluded on Friday.

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Dallas pension fund halts payments following mayor's lawsuit

The Dallas Police and Fire Pension System's board has halted withdrawals from a deferred retirement plan following a lawsuit by the city's mayor, who claimed withdrawals were accelerating the $2.7 billion pension system's descent into insolvency.

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Child porn suspect on 'most wanted' list arrested in Alaska

A man who was on a federal law enforcement agency's top 10 "most wanted list" after being indicted on charges of distributing child pornography was arrested in Alaska, officials said on Friday.

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Wisconsin judge rejects bid to stop election recount

A U.S. judge in Wisconsin on Friday rejected a request by supporters of President-elect Donald Trump to stop a recount of election votes, while a Pennsylvania judge said he would rule on Monday on whether to allow a recount to go forward.

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California county settles with family of killed inmate for $3.6 million

SAN FRANCISCO A county in the San Francisco Bay area has reached a $3.6 million settlement with the family of a mentally ill inmate who authorities said was beaten to death by jail guards last year, attorneys and county officials said on Friday.

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Ex-Cantor Fitzgerald mortgage bond trader indicted in U.S. for fraud

A former Cantor Fitzgerald trader has been indicted on charges that he defrauded investors by lying about the price of mortgage bond transactions he handled for them after the financial crisis, U.S. prosecutors said on Friday.

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Inmate coughs, heaves during Alabama execution raising ire over drug

A man executed by Alabama on Thursday night heaved and coughed for 13 minutes before dying, and critics of capital punishment said his reaction was caused by a drug that should be banned because it does not render a prisoner sufficiently unconscious. | Video

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Activist Chicago priest reflects on city's 'shameful' violent year

CHICAGO A longtime activist Chicago priest who has marched in protests, attended vigils and delivered sermons decrying violence in the city's most deadly year in nearly two decades, fears the surge in murders could continue into 2017.

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