North Carolina upheaval: GOP bids to limit next gov's power

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's Republican-dominated legislature took extraordinary steps Thursday to reduce the powers of a Democratic governor-elect, defying raucous protests and threatened legal challenges days before he takes office.

  • Written by GARY D. ROBERTSON, Associated Press; EMERY P. DALESIO, Associated Press

Global warming's fingerprints seen in 24 weird weather cases

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new scientific report finds man-made climate change played some role in two dozen extreme weather events last year but not in a few other weird weather instances around the world.

  • Written by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer

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