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.
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.
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.
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.
Family members of a Gary woman and her young nephew now missing for six days say they are sleepless and anxious but still hopeful the pair will be found with the support of the community. Diamond Bynum, 21, disappeared with 2-year-old King Walker from her home Saturday, police said. Indiana search crews in Lake and Porter counties hit the streets again Thursday in an attempt to find the two, who authorities said were last spotted at a McDonald’s Monday and not seen since. The missing woman, who family members say is mentally challenged, has been without her medication, which could affect her moods. The family says they worry about how she is possibly taking care of herself and her beloved nephew on her own.
Israel's prime minister made a rare call to the Palestinian Authority's chairman on Friday following the death of an 18-month-old Palestinian boy who was killed in a house fire suspected to have been set by Jewish extremists, NBC News reported.
Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to Mahmoud Abbas to say "everyone in Israel was shocked by the reprehensible terrorism," according to a statement issued by his office.
The mother of the slain child was being treated for burns on 90 percent of her body, hospital officials told NBC News earlier. Israeli officials named the slain child as Ali Dawabsha and said his four-year-old brother was in intensive care. His father was also reported to have been injured.
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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.
The American dentist who admitted to killing Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe paid for an illegal hunt and should be extradited to face justice, Zimbabwe's environment minister said Friday, Reuters reported.
"Unfortunately it was too late to apprehend the foreign poacher as he had already absconded to his country of origin," Oppah Muchinguri, Zimbabwe's environment, water and climate minister, told a news conference, referring to 55-year-old Walter James Palmer. "We are appealing to the responsible authorities for his extradition to Zimbabwe so that he be made accountable."
Muchinguri said the prosecutor general had started the process to have him extradited from the United States.
Palmer said he had hired professional guides and believed all the necessary hunting permits were in order for the hunt. The 13-year-old lion was a favorite with foreign tourists and the subject of an Oxford University study.
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A Texas businessman used an app to find his iPhone in a rural pasture after it fell about 9,300 feet during a flight from Houston. The Wichita Falls Times Record News reported Thursday that Ben Wilson says his cellphone still works. Wilson says he and a pilot were traveling home Monday in a Beechcraft Bonanza when a pressure change caused the passenger door to open slightly.