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A firefighter's jacket and helmet sit on a marker outside Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal church, early Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Greeleyville, S.C. The African-American church, which was burned down by the Ku Klux Klan in 1995, caught fire Tuesday night, June 30, 2015. (Veasey Conway/The Morning News via AP)

Church fires not usually arson; weather found as cause in SC

Thursday, July 2, 2015

GREELEYVILLE, S.C. — As social media buzzed about church fires in the South, investigators announced Thursday that weather caused a destructive blaze at a predominantly black church in South Carolina. The State Law Enforcement Division said in a statement that investigators found no evidence of criminal intent in the fire at Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church in Greeleyville, about …

Greeks unsure what they’re voting for

Thursday, July 2, 2015

ATHENS, Greece — Costas Christoforidis hasn’t decided how to vote in Sunday’s referendum on a bailout deal for Greece’s troubled economy. The problem is, the 37-year-old farmer isn’t sure what he’s voting for. “If it’s saying ‘No’ to austerity, then it’s a ‘No’ from me too. But if we are rejecting Europe, I …

Egyptian warplanes hit back at militants

Thursday, July 2, 2015

CAIRO — Egyptian warplanes launched new airstrikes and troops went house-to-house Thursday in the troubled Sinai Peninsula, a day after Islamic State-linked militants set off the area’s bloodiest fighting in decades in an unprecedented, coordinated attack. The combat, described as “war” by the media and officials, heightened tensions across Egypt as it marks …

Dozens killed in attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait and France

Saturday, June 27, 2015

SOUSSE, Tunisia — A young man pulled a Kalashnikov from a beach umbrella and sprayed gunfire at European sunbathers at a Tunisian resort, killing at least 37 people — one of three deadly attacks Friday from Europe to …

Senior Iranian official: progress slow at nuclear talks

Saturday, June 27, 2015

VIENNA — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Vienna Friday to launch a top-level push to meet next week’s deadline for talks on Iran’s nuclear program, which aim to curb Teheran’s nuclear activities in exchange for …

Leahy heads US Senate delegation to Cuba ahead of embassies

Saturday, June 27, 2015

HAVANA — A bipartisan delegation of U.S. senators was in Cuba on Friday to meet with top government officials and others to discuss rapprochement between the two countries. The United States and Cuba announced on Dec. 17 they …

One escaped murderer killed, other is on run

Saturday, June 27, 2015

MALONE, N.Y. — One of two convicted murderers who staged a brazen escape from an upstate maximum-security prison three weeks ago was shot and killed by a Border Patrol agent in a wooded area about 30 miles from …

Confederate flag battles familiar to presidential candidates from Florida

Saturday, June 27, 2015

The email came with a simple subject line: Our Flag. “Well, you finally did something that I don’t agree with,” wrote Glenn Langford, a constituent of then-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in February 2001. “My Southern-Florida heritage is important to me.” Langford’s correspondence was one of many that arrived …

Veterans voice

Friday, June 26, 2015

Announcements REUNION: USS Long Beach CGN-9 Association will hold its 2015 reunion from Sept. 14 to 20 at the Wyndham Jacksonville Riverwalk in Jacksonville, Florida. The room rate is $96. Call 904-396-5100 for reservations, making sure to identify yourself as a reunion member. For more information call Don …

Court upholds health care law

Thursday, June 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court sent a clear message Thursday that President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul is here to stay, rejecting a major challenge that would have imperiled the landmark law and health insurance for millions of …

Services held for shooting victims

Thursday, June 25, 2015

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — A choir and band launched into one of Ethel Lance’s favorite gospel tunes and roused hundreds of mourners from their seats Thursday in a crescendo of music at the first funeral for victims of …

Militants launch counteroffensive in northern Syria

Thursday, June 25, 2015

BEIRUT — After weeks of setbacks, militants from the Islamic State group launched swift counteroffensives Thursday on predominantly Kurdish areas of northern Syria, killing and wounding dozens and setting off car bombs, activists and officials said. The two-pronged …

Christie set to enter 2016 race

Thursday, June 25, 2015

NEWARK, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is entering the 2016 Republican presidential nomination contest and will announce that Tuesday at his old high school, several people familiar with his plans told The Associated Press. The Republican …