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Justices take up dispute over union fees

By SAM HANANEL (WASHINGTON, AP) — The Supreme Court will consider limiting the power of government employee unions to collect fees from non-members in a case that labor officials say…

Vandals target Confederate monuments in half-dozen states

By JIM SALTER (ST. LOUIS, AP) — Vandals have targeted monuments dedicated to the leaders and soldiers of the Confederacy, painting the slogan “Black lives matter” on memorials in a…

9 killed when plane crashes on sightseeing trip in Alaska

By MARK THIESSEN (ANCHORAGE, Alaska, AP) — Eight cruise ship passengers and their pilot died on a sightseeing excursion in Alaska when their small plane crashed in remote and rugged…

Guard arrested for aiding convicts faces arraignment

By BONNY GHOSH (PLATTSBURGH, N.Y., AP) — A maximum-security prison guard accused of delivering frozen meat with tools hidden inside to two inmates before they escaped will be arraigned Thursday…

Pastor walks line between leading, comforting Emanuel AME

By JESSE J. HOLLAND (CHARLESTON, S.C., AP) — The Rev. Norvel Goff will walk into Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church for Bible study keenly aware of the crushing burden now…

Governor: DNA miles from prison is linked to escaped inmates

By MIKE GROLL (BELLMONT, N.Y., AP) — DNA found just miles from a maximum-security prison in far northern New York is linked to the convicted murderers who escaped more than…

St. Paul airman’s remains come home after 46 years

(MINNEAPOLIS, AP) — The remains of a St. Paul airman have been returned to Minnesota, 46 years after his EC-47 aircraft plunged into a Laotian jungle during the Vietnam War.…

Possible sighting causes shift in manhunt for killers

(DANNEMORA, N.Y., AP) — State police moved their manhunt for two convicted murderers to an area west of the New York prison from which they boldly escaped more than two…

Shooting suspect feared ‘blacks were taking over the world’

By JEFFREY COLLINS and RUSS BYNUM (CHARLESTON, S.C., AP) — A former friend who had reconnected with the man accused of a shooting massacre inside a historic black church in Charleston,…

White man sought in killing of 9 people in black church

By ALEX SANZ and RUSS BYNUM (CHARLESTON, S.C., AP) — An intense manhunt was underway Thursday for a young white man who joined a prayer meeting and then opened fire inside…

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