NEW YORK (AP) — Fresh off its World Cup championship, the U.S. women's soccer team got a hero's welcome on Friday with a ticker-tape parade in lower Manhattan mobbed by young girls and other flag-waving fans, followed by a City Hall ceremony where each player was given a key to the city.
By Harriet McLeod COLUMBIA, S.C. (Reuters) - South Carolina on Friday removed the Confederate battle flag from the state capitol grounds in a joyous but solemn ceremony that relegated a divisive symbol of the South’s pro-slavery legacy to a museum. The Civil War flag, which had flown at the State House for 54 years, came down less than a month after a white gunman killed nine black men and women in a historic Charleston church. In Washington, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Friday that the man charged in the massacre, Dylann Roof, was erroneously able to buy a gun due to a mix-up in a federal background check.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Six New Mexico teens face murder charges after authorities say one of them gunned down a 60-year-old man in his driveway while the group was prowling through a neighborhood, burglarizing cars and homes and stealing vehicles.
CLEVELAND (AP) — An effort by activists to have a judge issue arrest warrants for two white police officers in the fatal shooting of a 12-year-old black boy holding a pellet gun was dismissed on Friday by an appeals court.
U.S. appeals court judges on Friday appeared divided as they considered President Barack Obama's effort to shield more than 4 million illegal immigrants from deportation, a policy put on hold by a lower court as a presidential overreach. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in the Obama administration's appeal of the lower court ruling. Two of the three judges expressed skepticism about the government's arguments in defense of Obama's executive actions on immigration, announced last November.
A divided Ohio appeals court panel on Friday said it would not force a municipal judge to issue arrest warrants for Cleveland police officers involved in the fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in a city park last November. A group of community activists who have sought to bring charges against the officers directly through a little known Ohio law had asked the 8th District Court of Appeals to compel the judge to issue arrest warrants in the case. Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Ronald Adrine in June found probable cause for Officer Timothy Loehmann, who shot Rice, and his partner, Frank Garmback, to face charges in the shooting.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The owner of an apartment house where six people died in a fire that started hours after a Halloween party has been indicted on six counts of manslaughter, authorities announced on Friday.
Fresh off its World Cup championship, the U.S. women's soccer team got a hero's welcome on Friday with a ticker-tape parade in lower Manhattan mobbed by young girls and other flag-waving fans, followed by a City Hall ceremony where each player was given a key to the city.
The second of two major California beaches that were closed after a ruptured pipeline spewed some 2,400 barrels of crude oil will be reopened next week, state parks officials said on Friday. Refugio State Beach, about 20 miles (32 km) west of Santa Barbara, was closed along with nearby El Capitan State Beach after they were fouled when an underground pipeline that runs along the coastal highway burst on May 19. "We're obviously excited to get the park open again," said Eric Hjelstrom, California's state park superintendent.