Trailblazing Hasidic woman judge: 'It's the American dream'

NEW YORK (AP) — In some ways, Rachel Freier has a background that might be expected in a new civil court judge. She is a real estate lawyer who volunteers in family court and in her community, where she even serves as a paramedic.

  • Written by JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press

Roof found competent for sentencing, gets extra prep day

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — After a judge ruled Monday that Dylann Roof is competent to represent himself, the same jury that last month unanimously found him guilty in the slayings of nine black parishioners at a South Carolina church will return to court to begin contemplating his punishment.

  • Written by MEG KINNARD, Associated Press

IS suicide bomber kills 36 in Baghdad market

BAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide bomber driving a pickup loaded with explosives struck a bustling market in Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 36 people in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group hours after French President Francois Hollande arrived in the Iraqi capital.

  • Written by SINAN SALAHEDDIN, Associated Press; MURTADA FARAJ, Associated Press

Under 3 weeks left: Obama in closing stretch of presidency

WASHINGTON (AP) — His last vacation behind him, President Barack Obama is entering the closing stretch of his presidency, an eleventh-hour push to tie up loose ends and put finishing touches on his legacy before handing the reins to President-elect Donald Trump.

  • Written by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press