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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.

Police investigate mob killing of school director in India

Police investigate mob killing of school director after 2 children found dead in north India
The Associated Press

PATNA, India - Police are investigating the mob killing of a school director in northern India after two of the school's students were discovered dead, officials said Monday.

The mob attacked the boarding school's director on Sunday after the bodies of two boys aged 10 and 11 were found in a nearby pond, Nalanda district police Superintendent Siddhartha Kumar Jain said.

The students had disappeared a day earlier from the school grounds, and villagers accused school staff of killing them and dumping them in the pond. Autopsies later showed the boys had drowned.

French terror suspect took selfie with beheaded victim

Officials: Suspect in French terror attack took selfie with beheading victim, forwarded image
Philippe Sotto And Jamey Keaten, The Associated Press

FONTAINES-SUR-SAONE, France - The top suspect in the beheading of a businessman that French authorities are calling a terrorist attack took a "selfie" photo with the slain victim and sent the image via WhatsApp to a Canadian mobile phone number, officials said Saturday.

French terror suspect took selfie with beheaded victim

Officials: Suspect in French terror attack took selfie with beheading victim, forwarded image
Philippe Sotto And Jamey Keaten, The Associated Press

FONTAINES-SUR-SAONE, France - The top suspect in the beheading of a businessman that French authorities are calling a terrorist attack took a "selfie" photo with the slain victim and sent the image via WhatsApp to a Canadian mobile phone number, officials said Saturday.

The Latest: US condemns attacks in France, Kuwait, Tunisia

The Latest: US condemns attacks in France, Kuwait, Tunisia; French suspect is truck driver
The Associated Press

SAINT-QUENTIN-FALLAVIER, France - The latest on the attack in southeastern France (all times local):

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8:25 p.m.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says "the United States condemns in the strongest terms the terrorist attacks in France, Kuwait and Tunisia today."

Attacks Friday in those three countries as well as Somalia left over 80 people dead.

Prosecutor: Balcony deaths could bring manslaughter charges

Prosecutor: Deadly California balcony collapse could lead to involuntary manslaughter charges
Paul Elias, The Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. - Prosecutors said Thursday they have opened a criminal investigation into a fatal California balcony collapse that could lead to involuntary manslaughter charges.

However, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley declined to discuss any possible target of her investigation, saying it could end with no charges being filed.

Panetta assures Afghans of full probe into video

US assures Afghans of full probe of Marines video amid condemnation and fear of strained ties
Pauline Jelinek,Robert Burns, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Pentagon leaders scrambled Thursday to contain damage from an Internet video that purports to show four Marines urinating on Taliban corpses, an act that would appear to violate international laws of warfare and further strains U.S.-Afghan relations.

UK spies will face criminal inquiry over Libya

UK spies will face criminal inquiry into claims that intelligence shared with Gadhafi regime
Paisley Dodds, The Associated Press

LONDON - Britain's spy agencies will face a criminal investigation into claims that intelligence shared with Moammar Gadhafi's regime led to the torture or rendition of two Libyan men and their families, authorities announced Thursday.

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