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Mourners recall SC shooting victim in funeral at church

Victim of deadly SC church shooting remembered in fifth funeral held at site of attack
John Moritz, The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, S.C. - The day she was killed along with eight others during Bible study at a South Carolina church, Myra Thompson achieved her goal of becoming a minister

Hundreds honoured Thompson, 59, in a service Monday at the site of the deadly shooting, Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston.

"This is a woman who I want to strive to be," South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said of Thompson. "She wanted every person she came in touch with to make them better."

Trooper had the law on his side when he shot unarmed escapee

Legal experts say trooper had the law on his side when he shot unarmed escaped convict
Colleen Long, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - A New York State trooper had the law on his side when he shot unarmed escapee David Sweat, apparently in the back, as the convicted killer ran toward a forest near the Canadian border.

State and federal law allows the use of deadly force to prevent an escape if the officer believes the suspect poses a significant threat. Law enforcement experts say this shooting was clear-cut.

New arrests in Tunisia attack as Europeans honour victims

New arrests in Tunisia resort attack as European security chiefs honour victims
Benjamin Wiacek And Jill Lawless, The Associated Press

SOUSSE, Tunisia - Top European security officials paid a sombre homage on Tunisian sands Monday to 38 people killed at a beach resort, as Tunisian authorities announced the arrest of seven alleged accomplices of the gunman.

British officials confirmed that most of the dead were British, and Prime Minister David Cameron said it was time for his country to become "intolerant of intolerance" and crack down on the ideas that fuel Islamic State group-inspired terrorism.

Rapper 'The Game' charged with hitting off-duty officer

Rapper 'The Game' charged with hitting off-duty officer during pickup basketball game
The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The rapper known as "The Game" has been charged with hitting an off-duty Los Angeles police officer during a basketball game.

The hip-hop artist, whose real name is Jayceon Terrell Taylor, was charged with one felony count of making criminal threats and one count of misdemeanour assault and battery.

He pleaded not guilty during a court appearance Monday.

Dangerous men, careful plans and a bold escape for the ages

2 murderers had lapses in the system on their side in daring prison break, but not for long
Jennifer Peltz, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - It was dawn in the cellblocks of Dannemora, time for a round of bed checks on the convicted killers, rapists and other criminals held behind the stark 19th-century walls. Guards went along the lattice of light-green bars in A Block, where well-behaved prisoners are held.

At first glance, it seemed David Sweat and Richard Matt were where they were supposed to be: asleep in their adjoining cells. But the lumps in their bunks were just sweatshirts.

Nigeria urged to repeal its anti-gay law by rights group

Nigeria urged to repeal its anti-gay law by human rights group
Michelle Faul, The Associated Press

LAGOS, Nigeria - Nigeria's draconian law against gays has encouraged mob attacks, police torture, evictions and public whippings, according to a report Monday that urges the country's new president to repeal the legislation.

The Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act is "the constitutionalization of hate and hate crimes against LGBTI individuals," writes Bisi Alimi in the report published by the PEN American Center and the New York-based Leitner Center for International Law and Justice.

US Mom pleads guilty to killing 2 kids found in home freezer

US mom pleads guilty to killing 2 kids whose bodies were found in home freezer
Ed White, The Associated Press

DETROIT - A U.S. woman pleaded guilty Monday to killing two of her children and storing their bodies in a home freezer, telling a judge that she had no remorse for beating and suffocating them.

Suicide bombings hit Chad's capital, kill 11, witnesses say

2 suicide bombings hit Chad's capital, killing 11 including 5 police officers, witnesses say
Dany Padire, The Associated Press

N'DJAMENA, Chad - Two suicide bombings rocked Chad's capital, killing at least 11 people weeks after suicide bombings killed dozens, an official said Monday.

Five police officers were among the 11 dead, said Chad's Minister of Public Security, Abderahim Bireme Hamid. He blamed extremists for the attack, saying that "the mastermind of the network was arrested yesterday."

The other six killed were extremists, he said.

NY Gov. Cuomo: Captured convict 'critical but stable'

NY Gov. Cuomo: Captured convict 'critical but stable' condition at upstate New York hospital
Michael Balsamo, The Associated Press

MALONE, N.Y. - The escaped murderer who was shot by a state trooper near the Canadian border is in "critical but stable" condition at an Albany hospital, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday.

Cuomo told CNN that David Sweat's condition initially was listed in stable condition but was downgraded to critical after being flown to Albany Medical Center on Sunday night.

Cigarettes or spark suspected in Taiwan fire that burned 498

Investigators focus on causes of fire at Taiwan theme park that burned 498; 1 victim dies
Ralph Jennings, The Associated Press

TAIPEI, Taiwan - Investigators in Taiwan were focusing Monday on the possibility that a cigarette butt or spark caused the blaze that burned 498 people, killing one, at a weekend water park party when colored powder sprayed from the stage caught fire.

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