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Funeral set in Charleston for slain member of black church

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — After much thought and prayer, DePayne Middelton-Doctor decided in January to return to her childhood roots and attend the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. She had attended a Baptist church for years, but she felt the time was right to switch.<p>Less than six months …

Charleston Church Shooting

Scott Walker calls for respect on same-sex marriage ruling

<b>(CNN) —</b> Scott Walker said same-sex marriage proponents should respect the religious opinions of those who disapprove of same-sex couples having the right to legally wed.<p>Speaking in Denver at the Western Conservatives Summit on Saturday, the Wisconsin governor spelled out his criteria for judges and …

LGBTQI

DEAR AMERICA: Here's why everyone thinks you have a problem with guns

2015 has seen a flurry of high-profile mass shootings in America.<p>In what's become a disturbing routine during his presidency, Barack Obama has pleaded with lawmakers to change America's gun laws.<p>"This is something we should politicize. It is relevant to our common life together," a visibly …

Guns

Candidate Donald Trump talks immigration, gay marriage and ISIS

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Presidential candidate Donald Trump touched on a wide range of issues in an interview aired Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union," including his continued support for traditional marriage, immigration issues with Mexico and his desire to bring outsourced jobs back to the …

Donald Trump

Some States Are Still Trying To Resist Gay Marriage

County clerks in Texas will be able to turn away gay couples seeking marriage licenses, the state's attorney general Ken Paxton (R) announced on Sunday.<p>Clerks can refuse based on religious objections, Paxton told the Austin American-Statesman, and because the clerks will probably be sued, "numerous …

Five predominantly black Southern churches burn within a week; arson suspected in at least three

In the week after nine people were shot dead at Emanuel AME Church in South Carolina, five churches with predominantly black congregations in five Southern states burned. Three of the fires were being investigated as arson.<p>The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are …

Dylann Roof

Australia's Great Barrier Reef at Risk

The health of the largest ecosystem on Earth is in danger. On Wednesday, UNESCO World Heritage delegates will announce whether they will place the Great Barrier Reef on a list of endangered World Heritage sites—a move the Australian government wishes to avoid. The 1,200-mile-long reef brings in …

Australia

One in Three Americans Own Guns; Culture a Factor, Study Finds

A new study aimed at figuring out who owns gun in the United States and why suggests that about a third of Americans have at least one.<p>Most are white males over the age of 55, and a “gun culture” is closely linked with ownership, the team at Columbia University reports.<p>The study, published in the …

Guns

Burned Black Churches May Be ‘Violent Backlash’ After Charleston Shooting

One after another, black churches have burned down across the South in the wake of Charleston. Some have been ruled arson—but are they hate …

Crime

KKK plans Confederate flag rally as tempers flare in South Carolina

Tempers flared today during counter-protests over the Confederate flag at the South Carolina state house in Columbia just as the Ku Klux Klan was …

Texas attorney general attacks 'lawless' supreme court ruling on gay marriage

Ken Paxton vows to defend clerks who refuse to register gay unions on religious grounds, but most counties are issuing licences<p>The attorney general of one of America’s most conservative states has vowed to personally defend marriage clerks who refuse to register gay unions on religious grounds.<p>The …

Texas abortion providers study whether clinics could reopen

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Abortion providers cheered a move by the U.S. Supreme Court to temporarily block part of a Texas law that would have closed more than half the state's 19 remaining abortion clinics. Now they are studying whether it could also allow them to reopen some previously shuttered …

Data Protection

KKK Plans Pro-Confederate Flag Rally In South Carolina

Members of the Ku Klux Klan have announced plans to rally next month in South Carolina in support of the Confederate flag.<p>State officials confirmed to The Washington Post that the Loyal White Knights chapter of the KKK got permission to meet at the statehouse in Columbia on July 18. The group's …

California Governor Jerry Brown Signs Mandatory Vaccine Law

California Governor Jerry Brown signed a mandatory school vaccination bill into law Tuesday, abolishing the “personal belief” exemption that many …

Oklahoma to quickly resume executions after Supreme Court decision

(Reuters) - Oklahoma is looking to resume executions as soon as August after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week that a drug used in the state’s lethal injection mix was appropriate and legal, officials said on Tuesday.<p>Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has filed a request with the Oklahoma …

Criminal Justice

Despite same-sex marriage ruling, spasms of resistance persist

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Hood County, Texas, clerk isn't going to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, she said Tuesday, because she has rights.<p>"I would like to issue a statement that I will not be issuing same-sex marriage licenses due to my religious convictions," Katie Lang wrote in a statement …

LGBTQI

US police killings headed for 1,100 this year, with black Americans twice as likely to die

Guardian investigation finds 547 people killed by law enforcement so far in 2015 as Obama’s call for ‘appropriate oversight’ continues to go unheeded<p>Police in the United States are killing people at a rate that would result in 1,100 fatalities by the end of this year, according to a Guardian …

The last days of an island Eden?

The controversial Nicaragua canal, dubbed the largest engineering project in history, is forcing a small, sleepy community into the spotlight.<p>A sleepy, isolated island community in Nicaragua, nestled at the foot of one of Central America's most active volcanoes, faces an uncertain future. But the …

Central America

A crowded Thai island's secret side

Every day, thousands of travellers flock to Thailand’s Maya Bay, the location of Leonardo DiCaprio’s film The Beach. Colleen Hagerty found a way to avoid the masses.<p>Thailand’s Phi Phi islands are by no means uncharted territory. Located off the coast of Krabi in southern Thailand, the archipelago …

Asia Travel