Suspect in Charleston church shooting faces highest penalty

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly a year after the brutal shooting deaths of nine black parishioners at a Charleston, South Carolina, church, the U.S. Justice Department announced Tuesday its intent to seek the death penalty against the man facing federal hate crime charges in the killings.

  • Written by ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press MEG KINNARD, Associated Press

Mount Vernon exhibit looks at Washington as slaveholder

MOUNT VERNON, Va. (AP) — It is the unavoidable Achilles' heel in the reputation of George Washington and so many other Founding Fathers: that men who risked their lives to protect their nation's liberty were also slaveholders.

  • Written by MATTHEW BARAKAT, Associated Press

Group of 7 seeks way forward for aging, faltering economies

ISE, Japan (AP) — Leaders of the Group of Seven rich nations plan to voice unity over fighting terrorism, pandemics and tax evasion at their summit in Japan this week. Finding a consensus on how to breathe life into their sluggish economies is proving more elusive.

  • Written by ELAINE KURTENBACH, Associated Press PAUL WISEMAN, Associated Press

Native groups protest planned French auction of artifacts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Native American leaders are protesting the latest plan by a Paris auction house to sell off part of their tribal history, and their demand for the return of their ceremonial objects is getting bipartisan support.

  • Written by MATT BARAKAT, Associated Press MARY HUDETZ, Associated Press