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Federal officials investigate recent fires at black churches

Federal officials investigate recent fires at black churches, though blazes appear unrelated
Meg Kinnard, The Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Federal authorities say they are investigating recent fires at predominantly black churches, though the blazes do not appear to be related.

A federal law enforcement official speaking on condition of anonymity said a Friday fire at a church in South Carolina does not appear to have been intentionally set. The official had direct knowledge of the investigations but spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the official was not authorized to discuss them publicly.

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."

Israeli navy peacefully intercepts Gaza-bound vessel

Israeli navy intercepts vessel trying to breach blockade of Gaza, redirects it to Israel port
The Associated Press

JERUSALEM - Israel's navy intercepted a Swedish vessel attempting to breach a naval blockade of the Gaza Strip early Monday and brought it to an Israeli port, where it said the foreign activists would be questioned before they are sent back to their home countries.

Nuke talks set for several more days; signs of backtracking

Nuclear talks set to move past deadline amid signs of Iranian backtracking
Bradley Klapper And George Jahn, The Associated Press

VIENNA - World powers and Iran prepared to move past Tuesday's deadline for a comprehensive nuclear agreement, with officials suggesting significant backtracking by Tehran's negotiators that may need several more days of discussions to resolve.

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.

2 Uber managers detained in France over low-cost service

2 Uber managers detained in France over 'illicit' low-cost service
The Associated Press

PARIS - French authorities detained two senior Uber managers for questioning on Monday over "illicit activity" involving its low-cost ride-hailing service.

The detentions came amid rising tensions between the government and the American company, which culminated last week in a violence-marred taxi strike that blocked roads around the country.

France: Israeli-Palestinian conflict can explode at any time

French minister warns that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can explode 'at any moment'
Edith M. Lederer, The Associated Press

France's foreign minister warned Monday that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can explode "at any moment" and the Islamic State extremist group can interfere at any time.

Laurent Fabius told a group of reporters that "if and when it explodes, it's very, very, very problematic for the whole region and for the world."

Fabius said that "every radical group," especially in Gaza, can take advantage of the deadlocked peace process, and it would be lamentable if the Islamic State group — "the most radical of the radicals" — used this as a pretext for violence.

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.

Trump to consider suing after NBC ends business dealings

Trump says he'll consider suing after NBC say it's ending business dealings with the mogul
The Associated Press

CHICAGO - Donald Trump says he'll consider suing after NBC announced it was ending its business relationship with the Republican presidential candidate over comments he made about immigrants during his campaign kickoff.

Trump told reporters in Chicago on Monday that he's not apologizing for claiming some Mexican immigrants bring drugs and crime to the country. He says if his "strong stance" on immigration fuels NBC's decision, he's fine with it. He says he'll "probably" sue.

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.

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