By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A South Carolina man will plead guilty to federal charges he lied to investigators and concealed knowledge of his friend's plans for a deadly mass shooting that killed nine parishioners at a Charleston church last year, court papers showed on Monday. Joseph Meek, 21, will plead guilty to two charges, according to a plea agreement filed in federal court. An attorney for Meek and federal prosecutors declined to comment.
A security guard who stopped a middle-school choir from singing the national anthem at the September 11 memorial in Manhattan acted inappropriately and the students are welcome to come back and sing the anthem, a memorial official said on Monday. Fifty-one choral students led by their teacher from Waynesville Middle School in North Carolina started signing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the National September 11 Memorial in New York last week when a security guard stopped them because they lacked the required permit to perform. Although the rules require a permit, which takes 10 business days to process and carries a $35 fee, it was still appropriate for middle-school students to sing the national anthem at the site, where more than 2,700 people died in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, a spokeswoman for the 9/11 Memorial said.
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia sheriff's deputy was fired Monday and charged with a felony after an investigation found she used pepper spray to punish a jail inmate who spit in her face while his hands and feet were in restraints, the sheriff said.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The father of a Florida teen who went missing at sea while on a fishing trip with a friend said Monday he will share whatever information is found on his son's recovered cellphone with the other boy's family and law enforcement.
A U.S. appeals court on Monday restored the four-game "Deflategate" suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, handing the National Football League a victory in the latest round in a battle with one of its marquee players. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York reversed a federal judge's ruling that had overturned NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's decision to penalize Brady, twice the league's most valuable player, over his alleged involvement in a scheme to deflate footballs used in a 2015 playoff game. The Patriots won that game over the Indianapolis Colts, sending them to the Super Bowl, where they defeated the defending champion Seattle Seahawks to give Brady his fourth championship title.
U.S. motor travel surged at a record pace in February as Americans took to the road again after January's historic snowstorms, U.S. data released on Monday showed, fueling optimism about gasoline demand as refiners brace for the busy summer driving season. U.S. motorists logged 232.2 billion miles, the most for any February and up 5.6 percent from a year earlier, the U.S. Department of Transportation said. The data suggest that the slowdown caused by a late-January snowstorm which stranded millions in the U.S. Northeast was unusual.
EAGLE, Idaho (AP) — Kobe Bryant's recent mention of the Great Big Idaho Potato Truck might have helped save the traveling advertisement from a premature retirement, according to the head of a state agency that promotes Idaho potatoes.
DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Supreme Court refused Monday to take up the case of a suburban Denver baker who would not make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, letting stand a lower court's ruling that the Masterpiece Cakeshop owner cannot cite his Christian beliefs in refusing service.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Already home to the world's biggest skyscraper, Dubai has another tall order to fill: By 2030, its leader wants 25 percent of all trips on its roads to be done by driverless vehicles.