As South Carolina honors victims, Alabama lowers its flags

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Confederate battle flag was still flying high atop a 30-foot pole outside the South Carolina Statehouse on Wednesday as lawmakers prepared to honor their beloved black colleague with a viewing in the Rotunda. Elsewhere around the nation, leaders were already demoting the historic but divisive symbol.

  • Written by SEANNA ADCOX, Associated Press JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press JONATHAN DREW, Associated Press

Republicans push back against proposed dietary guidelines

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans are pushing back against proposed dietary guidelines that urge Americans to consider the environment when deciding what foods to eat.

  • Written by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press LAURAN NEERGAARD, Associated Press

Landmark Dutch ruling: Cut emissions to protect citizens

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — In a sweeping victory for environmental activists that could have global repercussions, a Dutch court ordered its government on Wednesday to cut the country's greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25 percent by 2020 to help fight global warming.

  • Written by MIKE CORDER, Associated Press

Rains cool Pakistan as heat wave's death toll climbs to 838

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A cool wind from the sea and pre-monsoon rains brought the first signs of respite to southern Pakistan on Wednesday as the death toll from a scorching heat wave climbed to 838 — a high figure even for a nation accustomed to sizzling hot summers.

  • Written by ADIL JAWAD, Associated Press

Confederate, Jim Crow tributes go well beyond battle flag

ATLANTA (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called for removing the Confederate battle flag that flies in front of her state's Capitol. But she hasn't said the Confederate veterans' monument alongside the flag should go.

  • Written by BILL BARROW, Associated Press