The South Carolina man accused of gunning down nine parishioners at a historically black church in Charleston has told his defense lawyers that he wants to plead guilty, NBC News reported.
However, they don't want to make the offer until authorities decide whether they will seek the death penalty.
This revelation came during Dylann Roof's arraignment Friday in federal court on 33 counts related to the June 17 massacre. Roof, 21, also faces nine counts of murder in state court. The death penalty remains a possibility in both jurisdictions, though authorities have not said whether they would seek it.
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Jeb Bush called his fellow Republican presidential contender Donald Trump's candidacy a "phenomenon," and said the business man has "appealed to people's anger."
"I was surprised that Donald Trump has surged. I think he's captured the deep frustration that people feel," Bush told NBC News' Lester Holt in an exclusive interview on Friday.
Despite Trump's campaign being controversial from the start—when he accused Mexico of sending its rapists and murderers to the U.S. during his kick-off annoucement—he has a large lead over the other GOP candidates, a Quinnipiac poll showed Thursday.
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The Coast Guard says it's suspending its search at sunset for two teenage fishermen who've been missing for a week.
Capt. Mark Fedor says the search continues in the meantime and has been a 'true all hands on deck effort'.
The 14-year-old boys, Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos, went missing last Friday and their capsized boat was found Sunday. The Coast Guard has searched waters from South Florida up through South Carolina without success.
Police say a Philadelphia woman and nine members of her family tried taking a theme park for a ride by running into the park without paying for tickets. The Morning Call of Allentown reports that a 26-year-old woman was charged with theft by deception after Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom officials caught up with the family and alerted police. Police say the woman and her relatives were escorted into the park by employees after saying their tickets were being held inside by another group. After they were through the gate, police say, all 10 ran off to avoid having to pay almost $300 for tickets.
A mother forced her 5-year-old son to drink a bottle of medicine and then set the car that he was riding in on fire, killing him, police say. They have charged Narges Shafeirad, 33, with first-degree murder and first-degree arson. The little boy has been identified as Daniel Dana. The charges end the mystery over the burning car found crashed and burning in Montgomery County, Maryland early June 16.
The number of reported cases of Legionnaires’ disease is on the rise in the United States and researchers say the increase could be partly a result of climate change. More than three times as many cases of legionellosis, of which Legionnaires’ disease is one form, were reported in 2009 than 2000 — 3,522 up from 1,110, according to a 2011 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A pair of U.S. philanthropists with a passion for wild cats pledged Friday to match new donations to Oxford University's Wildlife Conservation Unit — the researchers who were tracking the movements of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe. Tom Kaplan, a natural resource investor whose net worth was put by Forbes magazine at $1 billion, and his wife, Daphne, will match donations made after 3 p.m. London time (1400 GMT) Friday up to a total value of $100,000. The Kaplans hope to help the Oxford researchers raise half a million pounds to further their work. The pledge comes hours after Zimbabwe said it would seek to extradite an American dentist who lured the lion out of a national park and killed him.
Fisher brand chopped walnuts packaged in 10 ounce plastic bags are being recalled over concern they may be tainted with salmonella.
Traveling at speeds of up to 240 mph, 164 skydivers flying head-down built the largest ever vertical skydiving formation Friday over central Illinois, smashing the previous record.
While the U.S. has been hit hard with high temperatures, it pales in comparison to Baghdad, Iraq. The city is the hottest city in the world, climbing temperatures upward of 120 degrees Friday, according to NBC News. The city felt closer to 159 degrees. And Iraqis don't have air conditioning to cool off. Citizens have said they have to go sometimes up to six hours without electricity due to power shortages.
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A Georgia sheriff is hoping drug dealing rivalries lead to arrests. In a local ad put out by Country Sheriff Stephen Jessup, it touts a free service to remove competition from drug dealing. While no dealers have turned in any rivals yet, Jessup hopes this puts a dent in the small town's large drug problem: the 12,000 population garnered around 600 drug related arrests last year.
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The college student who was pinned under a 7 1/2-ton tree after it crashed through her bedroom earlier this week said Friday that she didn't think she was going to survive the ordeal. Stephanie Epstein, 20, only sustained minor injuries when the 15,000-pound tree smashed through the ceiling of her room in Great Neck early Monday. Just four days later, she walked into a conference room at North Shore University Hospital with the help of a walker and described the terrifying experience. "I honestly didn't think I was going to make it," Epstein said through tears.
As millions of Catholics throughout the country await Pope Francis’s first U.S. visit this September, the steady moves of Hispanics away from the Catholic Church underscores a dilemma for the Church: Despite efforts to attract and retain U.S. Latinos through expansion of lay ministry positions and support for immigration reform, many Hispanics continue to convert to the evangelical church or abandon their faith altogether.
A Bergen County Sheriff's officer rescued a wailing, sweat-soaked toddler from inside a locked minivan parked at a Costco in New Jersey on a sweltering afternoon Thursday.
Concerned passersby in the parking lot at the Hackensack wholesale superstore began gathering around the minivan, and at least two tried to push down a window, which was already cracked a few inches, cellphone video shows. The child's cries can be heard from inside the car.
Police officers begin to arrive and one smashes the window on the rear right side, pulls open the sliding door, and another goes into the car to retrieve the child.