- SC Senate votes to take down flag; House OK still needed
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Senate voted Monday to remove the Confederate flag from a pole on the Statehouse grounds, though the proposal still needs approval from the state House and the governor.
- Condemned Boston Marathon bomber files motion for new trial
BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev filed a motion for a new trial Monday, less than two weeks after he was formally sentenced to death for the 2013 attack.
- Fraying family ties cut to heart of theater gunman's defense
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — They show up in court every day, a visible reminder to jurors that even a killer has parents who love him and don't want him to die.
- San Francisco status as 'sanctuary' criticized after slaying
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The killing of a woman at a sightseeing pier has brought criticism down on this liberal city because the Mexican man under arrest was in the U.S. illegally, had been deported five times and was out on the streets after San Francisco officials disregarded a request from immigration authorities to keep him locked up.
- Deadly weekend in Chicago highlights city's gang warfare
CHICAGO (AP) — A 7-year-old boy who was one of seven people shot to death in Chicago over the holiday weekend was the son of a gang leader with a lengthy arrest record, and police say the man's refusal to cooperate with detectives highlights the city's ongoing challenge to curb gang-related violence.
- Q&A: As Obama health law survives, GOP split over next move
WASHINGTON (AP) — Having lost their latest war against President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, Republicans must decide how to wage battles that could fan the issue for the 2016 elections.
- The anti-pot taboo shrinks in presidential politics
DENVER (AP) — Presidential candidates are talking about marijuana in ways unimaginable not long ago.
- Upscale Idaho town threatened by fire urged to flee homes
BAYVIEW, Idaho (AP) — A wildfire in northern Idaho has destroyed at least six homes and forced about 200 residents in an upscale lakeside community to evacuate as it ballooned to more than 3 square miles Monday.
- Wins, setbacks mark the path to nationwide same-sex marriage
WASHINGTON (AP) — In 2004, when Massachusetts became the first state to allow same-sex couples to marry, President George W. Bush declared support for a constitutional amendment "to protect the institution of marriage." Voters in 13 states changed their constitutions to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. In most of those states, the vote wasn't even close.
- Atlantic City betting big on non-gambling attractions
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City's efforts to recapture some of the tourism dollars it has lost to casino competition in recent years finally appear to be working.