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The Department of Justice will seek the death penalty against accused church shooter Dylann Roof, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced Tuesday.
Lynch said in a statement that her department came to that decision after a "rigorous review process," NBC News reports.
"The nature of the alleged crime and the resulting harm compelled this decision," she said.
Roof, 22, will stand trial for the massacre of nine people last June at the historically black Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. He was charged with nine counts of murder, three counts of attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.
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Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign requested a recanvass in Kentucky's presidential primary Tuesday, where he trails Hillary Clinton by less than one-half of 1 percent of the vote.
The Sanders campaign said it will ask the Kentucky secretary of state to have election officials review electronic voting machines and absentee ballots from last week's primary in each of the state's 120 counties.
Sanders signed a letter Tuesday morning requesting a full and complete check and recanvass of the election results in Kentucky.
"He's in this until every last vote is counted and he's fighting for every last delegate," said Sanders' spokesman Michael Briggs.
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The NFL awarded Super Bowls to Atlanta, Miami and Los Angeles, three cities that made significant financial investments in new stadiums or recently upgraded an existing one.
Atlanta will host the game in 2019, followed by Miami (2020) and Los Angeles (2021), it was announced Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings.
Atlanta will host its third Super Bowl, but the first at its new $1.4 billion stadium which opens in 2017. The previous two were at the Georgia Dome.
Miami will have its record-setting 11th Super Bowl following a $450 million stadium renovation.
Bill Cosby was ordered Tuesday to stand trial on sexual assault charges after a hearing that hinged on a decade-old police report in which a woman said the comedian gave her three blue pills that put her in a stupor, unable to stop his advances.
District Judge Elizabeth McHugh ruled that prosecutors had sufficient evidence to bring Cosby to trial, and she set his arraignment for July 20, at which time the TV star will enter a plea and a trial date will be set.
Cosby, 78, could get 10 years in prison if convicted.
"Mr. Cosby, good luck to you, sir," the judge said.
"Thank you," he replied.
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The costs of providing health care to an average American family surpassed $25,000 for the first time in 2016 — even as the rate of health cost increases slowed to a record low, a new analysis revealed Tuesday.
CNBC reports that the $25,826 in health-care costs for a typical family of four covered by an employer-sponsored "preferred provider plan" is $1,155 higher than last year, and triple what it cost to provide health care for the same family in 2001, the first year that Milliman Medical Index analysis was done.
And it's the 11th consecutive year that the total dollar increase in the average family's health-care costs exceeded $1,110, the actuarial services firm noted in releasing the index.
A significant cost driver identified by the index was the rapid growth in what health plans and insured people are paying for prescription drugs.
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Florida sheriff's detectives are investigating a cellphone video purportedly showing a 15-year-old girl having sex with as many as two dozen boys in a public high school bathroom after school.
Authorities originally decided not to pursue any criminal charges, but when the video surfaced and was sent to news outlets and posted online, detectives and the Florida Department of Children and Families decided to investigate further, Lee County Sheriff's Office spokesman Tony Schall said Tuesday. Schall declined to elaborate on what possible charges could be filed in the case.
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Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald said Tuesday he regrets remarks he made comparing long wait times at VA health care sites to waiting in line at a Disney amusement park.
"It was never my intention to suggest that I don't take our mission of serving veterans very seriously," McDonald said in a written statement. "If my comments Monday led any veterans to believe that I, or the dedicated workforce I am privileged to lead, don't take that noble mission seriously, I deeply regret that. Nothing could be further from the truth."
McDonald's statement came after a Republican senator called for his resignation and GOP lawmakers and veterans' service groups slammed his remarks as insulting and inappropriate.
Police raided Google's French headquarters Tuesday looking for evidence of "aggravated tax fraud," marking one of Europe's most conspicuous attempts yet to cast a U.S. technology leader as a manipulative scofflaw.
The probe reflects an intensifying air of European indignation looming over Google and other U.S. tech companies as they amass huge amounts of cash while reducing their tax bills through complex maneuvers that shield their profits.
As it has consistently done when confronted about its tax strategy, Google issued a statement Tuesday maintaining that it complies with all laws. The Mountain View, California, company, which is owned by Alphabet Inc., also said it is cooperating with the French investigation.
Making it to the Scripps National Spelling Bee is an amazing achievement for any kid, but for 11-year-old Neil Maes, being born deaf made his journey especially unlikely.
After receiving cochlear implants in both ears as a baby, he had to train his brain to understand spoken words. It took countless hours of speech therapy.
"We didn't even know that he'd be able to talk. It wasn't a guarantee," his mother, Christy Maes, said Tuesday.
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A half dozen tornadoes spotted in Great Plains states caused no major damage but kicked off what's expected to be a busy week of severe weather.
The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, says six tornadoes were reported Monday in Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas, but there were no reports of serious damage or injuries. More storms are in the forecast all week, with Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and northeastern Colorado in the crosshairs on Tuesday.
Forecasters say two separate but sparsely populated areas could see tornadoes and large hailstones on Tuesday: western Oklahoma and south-central Kansas, and southwestern Nebraska and northeastern Colorado.
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Two FBI agents were shot Tuesday morning while attempting to serve a warrant to a man who was later found dead in his south suburban Chicago home.
The Cook County medical examiner's office identified the suspect as 50-year-old Melvin Toran. Court records show Toran had a long criminal history, including a conviction for murder in 1986.
He was paroled from prison on Feb. 18, 2013, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections.
SWAT teams were seen swarming Toran's home in Park Forest around 8:30 a.m.
FBI special agent Garrett H. Croon said two agents suffered non-life threatening gunshot wounds during the attempted arrest of Toran, who was later found dead in his home.
Americans have been pronouncing the name of the Swedish furniture store Ikea all wrong, "Today" found out.
Instead of emphasizing the the first letter and saying "eye-kee-ah," the way the word was intended to be pronounced is apparently "ee-kay-uh."
An Ikea representative confirmed to "Today" that Americans, in fact, say the Swedish store's name differently from its actual pronunciation.
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The Canadian Armed Forces' Snowbirds will fly over the National Mall in Washington, D.C. around noon Tuesday.
The air demonstration team will pass over the Mall, then head to Dulles International Airport, trailing "show smoke" during the flyover. Ten aircraft will fly in formation.
The show is meant "to highlight the relationship between Canada and the United States of America," according to the Royal Canadian Air Force.