Good morning. Here are some of the stories we're following today:
1. Nine Killed in 'Hate Crime' Shooting at S.C. Church
A gunman remained at large early Thursday after nine people were shot and killed in Charleston, South Carolina, during a Bible study session at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, one of the nation's oldest African-American churches, authorities said. Read more in NEWS.
2. Slain Pastor 'Answered Call to Preach at the Age of 13'
The call to serve God and his community came early to the Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney. He received his first appointment to pastor at the age of 18, according to the church's website. At 23, Pinckney was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives, and in 2000, he was elected to the State Senate as a Democrat. Read more in NEWS.
3. Map of Hate: KKK Among Racist Groups Operating in S.C.
South Carolina is home to 19 known hate groups — including two factions of the Ku Klux Klan and four “white nationalist” organizations, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. More than a dozen of the groups listed are explicitly based on racial hatred — perhaps a reflection of local history in a corner of the U.S. where the Confederate flag still flies in the grounds of the State House. Read more in NEWS.
4. Into Thin Air: Trail of Escaped Killers Has Gone Cold
Hundreds of law enforcement officers have combed thousands of acres. Investigators have looked at more than 1,300 tips. Police and helicopters have swarmed toward what looked like promising leads. And yet there has still been no confirmed sighting of the fugitives. Read more in NEWS.
5. Dolezal Defiant Amid Calls for Her Resignation
The former Washington state NAACP leader who stepped down after questions were raised about her racial identity is refusing calls to resign from a volunteer police oversight commission amid allegations of improper conduct. Read more in NEWS.
6. U.S. Treasury to Put a Woman on the $10 Bill
The U.S. Treasury threw a curve ball at advocates who were pressing to get a woman on the $20 bill, announcing Wednesday that it's going to put one on a redesigned $10 bill, instead. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew told reporters that the new notes are being timed for 2020, in part to mark the 100th anniversary of the constitutional amendment that gave women the right to vote. Read more in NEWS.
7. AT&T Faces $100M Fine Over 'Unlimited' Data Plans
The Federal Communications Commission said Wednesday it plans to fine AT&T, the nation's second-largest wireless carrier, $100 million for misleading customers about "unlimited" data plans. Read more in TECH.
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