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

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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 "a little bit" of regret about the killings.

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

Environment 12:23pm EST

N.Y. City to pay $600,000 in police brutality case

NEW YORK New York City has agreed to pay more than $600,000 to settle claims from a man who said he was brutally beaten by police officers nearly five years ago.

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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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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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Wisconsin judge rejects Trump group bid to stop vote recount

A U.S. judge on Friday rejected a request by supporters of President-elect Donald Trump to stop a vote recount in Wisconsin, where the Republican won by more than 27,200 votes in the Nov. 8 election, according to court documents.

Election 2016, Politics, 2:40pm EST

Chicago schools' new debt deal tops U.S. muni sales next week

CHICAGO/NEW YORK The financially struggling Chicago Board of Education next week will sell a new type of debt, armed with an investment grade rating from Fitch Ratings based on the bonds' ability to withstand a bankruptcy filing.

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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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Actor T.J. Miller arrested after altercation with Uber driver

LOS ANGELES "Office Christmas Party" actor T.J. Miller was arrested in Los Angeles early on Friday because of an altercation with his Uber driver over President-elect Donald Trump, according to police and media.

Entertainment, People 3:53pm EST

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