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Not guilty plea in federal court for church shooting suspect
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- The white man accused of gunning down nine parishioners at a black church in Charleston wants to plead guilty to 33 federal charges, but his lawyer said in court Friday that he wouldn't do so until prosecutors say whether they'll seek the death penalty.... 7/31/2015 5:23 PM

Coast Guard: Search for teens will be suspended at sunset
OPA-LOCKA, Fla. (AP) -- The Coast Guard will suspend its search at sunset for two teenage fishermen who've been missing for a week, officials said Friday.... 7/31/2015 4:39 PM

Coast Guard suspending search at sunset for missing teens
MIAMI (AP) -- The Coast Guard says it's suspending its search at sunset for two teenage fishermen who've been missing for a week.... 7/31/2015 4:06 PM

No charges against 2 officers in traffic stop shooting probe
CINCINNATI (AP) -- A prosecutor says a grand jury decided no charges are warranted against two University of Cincinnati police officers who responded to the traffic stop in which another officer fatally shot a driver.... 7/31/2015 5:29 PM

Escaped inmate suspected in killing is captured after chase
KITTANNING, Pa. (AP) -- An escaped inmate suspected of strangling an acquaintance and stealing a gun and two trucks while on the run led police on a chase and rammed a cruiser before being captured Friday, authorities said.... 7/31/2015 4:41 PM

Higher wages a surprising success for Seattle restaurant
SEATTLE (AP) -- Menu prices are up 21 percent and you don't have to tip at Ivar's Salmon House on Seattle's Lake Union after the restaurant decided to institute the city's $15-an-hour minimum wage two years ahead of schedule.... 7/31/2015 2:59 PM

Amid California drought, fears rise of trees dying, falling
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- As Californians and the communities they live in cut back water use and let lawns turn brown, arborists and state officials are worrying about a potentially dangerous ripple effect: Nearby urban trees going neglected and becoming diseased or dying.... 7/31/2015 4:38 PM

Arctic-bound ship leaves Portland after oil drilling protest
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Authorities used boats, personal watercraft, poles and their bare hands to remove protesters in kayaks and hanging from bridges who had tried to block a Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker bound for an Arctic drilling operation.... 7/31/2015 1:49 PM

Several wildfires blackening dry California's golden hills
LOWER LAKE, Calif. (AP) -- A series of wildfires blackened the golden hills of California on Friday, egged on by bone-dry vegetation, triple-digit temperatures and gusting winds.... 7/31/2015 6:03 PM

Obama signs highway extension, calls for long-term funding
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says the U.S. government can't keep funding highway and transit projects "by the seat of our pants."... 7/31/2015 3:58 PM

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