1 year after church shooting, much is the same in Charleston

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The names of Confederate generals still adorn street signs in Charleston's public housing projects, and a heroic waterfront statue dedicated to the Confederate Defenders of Charleston still faces Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired.

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

Iraqi special forces enter center of IS-held Fallujah

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi special forces entered the center of Fallujah city early Friday, taking over a government complex and a neighborhood that served as a base for the Islamic State group militants after intense fighting, a commander said.

  • Written by QASSIM ABDUL ZAHRA, Associated Pres

Fires threatening communities around West

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — Fueled by hot and dry weather, wildfires threatened homes in California and other Western states as crews struggled to corral flames that have scorched miles of brush and timber.

  • Written by NICK UT, Associated Press CHRISTOPHER WEBER, Associated Press

Cockpit recorder of crashed EgyptAir jet recovered from sea

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt said Thursday it has recovered the cockpit voice recorder from the submerged wreckage of EgyptAir Flight 804, a major breakthrough in the investigation that could help resolve the mystery of why the jetliner plunged into the Mediterranean last month and killed all 66 people aboard.

  • Written by MAGGIE MICHAEL, Associated Press

After fatal alligator attack, theme parks review policies

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — It's an unwritten rule for Florida residents: Keep your kids away from ponds and lakes because alligators are everywhere.

  • Written by JAY REEVES, Associated Press KELLI KENNEDY, Associated Press