Dylann Roof convicted of all counts in church slaughter

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Dylann Roof was convicted Thursday in the chilling slaughter of nine black church members who had welcomed him to their Bible study, a devastating crime in a country that was already deeply embroiled in racial tension.

  • Written by JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press; MEG KINNARD, Associated Press

Obama environmental legacy at stake as GOP, industry align

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — President Barack Obama's administration will leave behind a host of disputed recent actions and unfinished business on the environment — from shelved energy leases and blocked mining projects to pollution restrictions and decisions on hundreds of potentially imperiled species.

  • Written by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press

Lawsuit: Black man fatally shot by DC police posed no threat

WASHINGTON (AP) — An unarmed black motorcyclist posed no threat to the District of Columbia police officer who fired two fatal shots from the passenger seat of his police car, the man's parents said in a $50 million wrongful-death lawsuit filed Thursday.

  • Written by BEN NUCKOLS, Associated Press

DuPont to pay $50M over mercury-contaminated Virginia rivers

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Chemical giant DuPont will pay more than $50 million but admit no fault under a proposed environmental settlement after releasing toxic mercury for decades that made its way into Shenandoah Valley waterways, state and federal officials announced Thursday.

  • Written by SARAH RANKIN, Associated Press

US defers Philippine aid decision, criticizes Duterte boasts

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States said Thursday it is deferring a decision on a major aid package to the Philippines and is deeply troubled by a boast from the nation's leader that he used to drive around looking for criminals to kill.

  • Written by MATTHEW PENNINGTON, Associated Press