Church gunman tells jury he still feels he 'had to do it'

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Dylann Roof threw away one last chance to plead for his life in front of the jurors who convicted him of killing nine black churchgoers, telling them Tuesday: "I still feel like I had to do it."

  • Written by MEG KINNARD and JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press

Things to know about Trump's Cabinet confirmation hearings

Under the U.S. Constitution, the Senate has sole authority to confirm a president's nominee to serve in the Cabinet. And while President-elect Donald Trump can't officially nominate anyone until he becomes president on Jan. 20, the Senate is getting an early start this week on his choices for several top jobs in his administration.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Kerry: 'More forceful ways' may be needed with North Korea

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday the U.S. may need "more forceful ways" of dealing with North Korea if it develops an intercontinental ballistic missile that threatens America.

  • Written by MATTHEW PENNINGTON, Associated Press

Homeland Security pick cites securing border as top priority

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's choice to lead the Department of Homeland Security says closing the border to the "illegal movement of people and things" will be his top priority if confirmed.

  • Written by ALICIA A. CALDWELL, Associated Press

Lawsuits over Trump business threaten to tie up presidency

WASHINGTON (AP) — As a businessman, Donald Trump has kept the courts busy. That's hardly likely to change when he enters the Oval Office, creating an unusual and potentially serious problem for a sitting president.

  • Written by CHAD DAY and BERNARD CONDON, Associated Press