Investigators casting wide net in nightclub shooting probe

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Shot in the leg and lying in a mix of blood and water on a bathroom floor, Patience Carter heard gunman Omar Mateen dial 911 from just a few feet away. The American-born son of an Afghan immigrant, Mateen told the person on the other end he wanted America to stop bombing his country, she recalled.

  • Written by JAY REEVES, Associated Press ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press

Police: Indiana man's car had 15 pounds of explosives

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An Indiana man who said he was headed to a gay pride event had a loaded assault rifle with magazines rigged to allow 60 shots to be fired in quick succession, along with 15 pounds of chemicals mixed and ready to explode, according to police in California.

  • Written by AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press TOM DAVIES, Associated Press

Southern Baptists oppose Confederate flag, talk racial unity

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Southern Baptist Convention on Tuesday urged Christians to stop displaying the Confederate battle flag, recognizing that it is perceived by many as a "symbol of hatred, bigotry and racism" that offends millions of people.

  • Written by TRAVIS LOLLER, Associated Press

Authorities search for boy dragged into water by gator

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The search continued Wednesday morning for a 2-year-old boy who was dragged into the water by an alligator near Disney's upscale Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, authorities said.

  • Written by JAY REEVES, Associated Press

'Not the America we want': Obama blasts Trump's Muslim plans

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is angrily denouncing Donald Trump's anti-Muslim rhetoric, blasting the views of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee as a threat to American security and a menacing echo of some of the most shameful moments in U.S. history.

  • Written by KATHLEEN HENNESSEY, Associated Press