Judge: Charleston church survivors' lawsuits can keep going

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- A judge says Charleston church shooting survivors can continue pursuing lawsuits accusing the FBI of negligence they say enabled Dylann Roof to buy the gun used in the attack. U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel ruled Thursday. The FBI had sought to dismiss lawsuits filed by lawyers for three people who survived the attack and the estates of five slain inside Emanuel AME Church in June 2015.

Tearful friend of Dylann Roof apologizes at sentencing

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- During a night of vodka, cocaine, marijuana and video games, Joey Meek listened as a childhood buddy confided that he hated blacks so much he was going to kill them at a South Carolina church. Meek said he thought his friend was all talk until a week later, when news broke of a deadly shooting rampage at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.

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The Latest: 27-month sentence for friend of Dylann Roof

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- The Latest on the sentencing of man who lied to FBI about Dylann Roof's plan to massacre worshippers at a South Carolina church (all times local): 12:35 a.m. The only person with whom Dylann Roof shared his plans to massacre worshippers at a South Carolina church has been sentenced to 27 months in prison for failing to report a crime and lying to the FBI.

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Dylann Roof's friend gets over 2 years for hindering FBI

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- During a night of vodka, cocaine, marijuana and video games, Joey Meek listened as a childhood buddy confided that he hated blacks so much he was going to kill them at a Charleston church. Meek said he thought his friend was all talk until a week later, when news broke of a deadly shooting rampage at Emanuel AME church.

Confederate flag flies next to NCAA arena in South Carolina

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- A small group of protesters flew a large Confederate flag from the top of a parking garage next to a South Carolina arena hosting two men's NCAA Tournament games. The group arrived Sunday morning, raising the flag from the back of a pickup truck . They planned to stay throughout the games and be on grounds as fans arrived at Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

Confederate flag flies next to NCAA arena in South Carolina

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- A small group of protesters flew a large Confederate flag from the top of a parking garage next to a South Carolina arena hosting two men's NCAA Tournament games. The group arrived Sunday morning, raising the flag from the back of a pickup truck . They planned to stay throughout the games and be on grounds as fans arrived at Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

State politics in Carolinas clash with NCAA Tournament

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- Times have changed in the Carolinas. Everyone knew this day was coming, but now it's a reality. The NCAA Tournament, a spring fixture in basketball-crazed North Carolina, is tipping off in South Carolina on Friday. Because of state-level politics, the NCAA no longer considers North Carolina a suitable host, while a political move has put South Carolina back in the governing body's good graces.

Lone lawmaker crusades against the death penalty in Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Hank Sanders closed his eyes, pressed his hand to his forehead and tried to recall the first time he petitioned the state of Alabama to abolish the death penalty. Was it 2000? Or maybe 1998, shortly after the American Bar Association called for a moratorium on capital punishment? The 74-year-old senator from Selma couldn't say for sure, so he asked his secretary to dig into the files.

New sentencing hearing set for friend of church shooter

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- A new sentencing hearing has been set for a man who police say failed to warn authorities about his friend's plans to kill black worshippers at a Charleston church. Court records show 22-year-old Joey Meek is due in court March 21. Meek has pleaded guilty to failing to report Dylann Roof's plans and lying to federal authorities. Prosecutors sought a stiff sentence for Meek.

Library named for Charleston church shooting victim targeted

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Police in South Carolina are looking for whoever is responsible for racist and anti-gay graffiti at three buildings, including a library named for one of the victims of the 2015 Charleston church shootings. Area news outlets report that workers found the graffiti when they arrived Monday morning.

Judge nixes stiffer sentence for Dylann Roof's friend

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Dylann Roof's friend should not get an unusually tough prison sentence for failing to warn police about Roof's plans to kill black worshippers at a Charleston church, a judge ruled on Monday. Prosecutors had argued that Joey Meek, 22, knew about Roof's desire to start a race war by killing black people inside a church.

The Latest: South Carolina bill tackles Dylann Roof loophole

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The Latest on South Carolina lawmakers proposing to close the Dylann Roof loophole (all times local): 12:40 p.m. A South Carolina state senator says a bipartisan bill lengthening the time for background checks and strengthening reporting requirements for criminal charges and restraining orders might not have stopped Dylann Roof, but it would stop others. Democratic Sen.

Bill seeks to stop gun sales to those who shouldn't have one

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina needs better safeguards to prevent people who shouldn't have a gun from buying one, as white supremacist Dylann Roof did before massacring congregants in a black Charleston church, a Democratic and Republican state senator said Wednesday. The two hope their bipartisan approach can crack South Carolina's conservative opposition to laws that make it it harder for anyone to get a gun.

Officials: Man threatened Jewish centers to frame, harass ex

NEW YORK (AP) -- A former journalist fired for fabricating details in stories made at least eight of the scores of threats against Jewish institutions nationwide, including a bomb threat to the Anti-Defamation League, as part of a bizarre campaign to harass and frame his ex-girlfriend, federal officials said. Juan Thompson was arrested in St. Louis and appeared there in federal court Friday on a cyberstalking charge.

The Latest: Reporter says bomb threat suspect harassed him

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Latest on an arrest in connection with threats made to Jewish institutions nationwide and the Anti-Defamation League's headquarters in New York (all times local): 7 p.m. A former journalist from St. Louis accused of making threats to at least eight Jewish community centers had been accused of bizarre behavior before. Juan Thompson is facing a federal charge of cyberstalking an ex-girlfriend.

Man charged with threatening Jewish centers to frame his ex

NEW YORK (AP) -- A former journalist fired for fabricating details in stories made at least eight of the scores of threats against Jewish institutions nationwide, including a bomb threat to the Anti-Defamation League, as part of a bizarre campaign to harass and frame his ex-girlfriend, federal officials said Friday. Juan Thompson was arrested in St. Louis and appeared there in federal court Friday on a cyberstalking charge.