By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - An attorney for the man accused of gunning down nine people at a historic black church in South Carolina in June said on Wednesday his client is willing to plead guilty to state murder charges if that would spare him a death sentence. A guilty plea by Dylann Roof, 21, in exchange for a sentence of life in prison without parole also would spare the victims' families and survivors of the shootings from the trauma of trial proceedings, Roof's attorney Bill McGuire said. Prosecutors declined to comment afterward on whether they would accept a guilty plea from Roof, who is white and has been linked to white supremacist views.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Anthony "Big Tony" Moscatiello deserves the death penalty for coldly ordering the mob-style slaying of a South Florida businessman to protect his share of a lucrative stream of gambling profits, a prosecutor told a jury Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two years after the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, families whose loved ones died are filing multimillion dollar lawsuits against companies they say could have prevented it from happening.
A week-long teachers strike in Seattle has ended, but schools remained closed on Wednesday for a day of classroom preparation before some 53,000 students were slated to return from an extended summer vacation on Thursday. Negotiators for the teachers union and the Seattle school district reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year labor contract on Tuesday after a series of marathon bargaining sessions overseen by state mediators. Union leaders voted later in the day to endorse the pact and immediately end the walkout.