Charleston church shooting victims sue FBI over gun buy

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The FBI is being sued by survivors of the shooting inside the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, who say federal mistakes enabled Dylann Roof to buy the .45-caliber handgun he used.

  • Written by MEG KINNARD, Associated Press

Are we overusing the tribute of flying flag at half-staff?

NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly every day, somewhere in the country, the Stars and Stripes was lowered to half-staff last year in one of the most significant official gestures of mourning and respect, an Associated Press analysis found.

  • Written by JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press

Obama quickly signs Puerto Rico financial rescue bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama signed a rescue package on Thursday for financially strapped Puerto Rico, which is facing more than $70 billion in debt and a major payment due Friday.

  • Written by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

Judge blocks Mississippi law on objections to gay marriage

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge blocked a Mississippi law on religious objections to same-sex marriage moments before it was set to take effect Friday, ruling it unconstitutionally establishes preferred beliefs and creates unequal treatment for gay people.

  • Written by EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press