The Latest: Teen girl among mall shooting victims The Seattle Times reports that one of the victims in the deadly Washington state mall shooting is a 16-year-old girl. Sarai Lara's mother said she had survived cancer as a young girl and was a happy student. Evangelina Lara told the newspaper through a translator that she was shopping Friday night at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington, with Sarai and her younger sister, but they split up. She says Sarai went to Macy's looking for pants. News of the shooting spread through the mall, and Lara tried to get to her daughter but was unable to do so. Evangelina Lara says it was confirmed at 2 a.m.
Doubts remain after Charlotte police shooting video released CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Charlotte police released dramatic video Saturday that shows officers with guns drawn surrounding a black man with his hands at his side before shots are fired and he buckles and falls. It's unclear if there was anything in the man's hands in the footage, which has done little to assuage his relatives. The footage of the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott was released amid days of protests, including an outpouring by hundreds earlier Saturday, which coalesced around demands for the public to see the video. Police said Scott had a gun, though residents have said he was unarmed.
Black history finds home on National Mall with new museum WASHINGTON (AP) - Black history officially has a new, prominent place in America's story. With hugs, tears and the ringing of church bells, the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture opened its doors Saturday to help this nation understand, reconcile and celebrate African-Americans' often-ignored contributions toward making this country what it is today. President Barack Obama, the nation's first black president, wiped away a tear as he formally opened the Smithsonian's 19th museum with an impassioned 31-minute speech on the National Mall. His audience included two former presidents, leaders from all branches of the federal government, and first lady Michelle Obama, whose lineage has been traced back to slaves in the South.
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Syrian troops advance in Aleppo amid war's heaviest bombing BEIRUT (AP) - Syrian troops captured a rebel-held area on the edge of Aleppo on Saturday, tightening their siege on opposition-held neighborhoods in the northern city after what residents described as the heaviest air bombardment of the 5 ½-year civil war. The U.N. meanwhile said that nearly 2 million people in Aleppo, Syria's largest city and onetime commercial center, are without running water following the escalation in fighting over the past few days. The U.N. Security Council called an emergency meeting on the escalating attacks Sunday morning at the request of the United States, Britain and France. Government forces captured the rebel-held Palestinian refugee camp of Handarat as airstrikes pounded rebel-held eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo, killing 52 people, including 11 children and six women, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Ted Cruz calls his decision to back Trump 'agonizing' AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Ted Cruz appears uncomfortable defending the man he says he'll vote for in November, Donald Trump. Addressing a policy forum organized by The Texas Tribune, the Texas senator said Saturday it was "agonizing" making the decision to back Trump, whom he once called a "pathological liar" and "serial philanderer." He denied he caved in to pressure from top Republicans nationally and in his home state, saying he would have faced an outcry no matter what. "Any path we took, if I supported Donald, if I didn't support Donald, the criticism was going to be there," Cruz told a packed auditorium.
Clinton, Trump look to overcome weaknesses on debate stage WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump needs to prove to voters that he has the policy depth and gravitas to serve as commander in chief. Hillary Clinton needs a moment to connect with Americans who question whether she can be trusted. In an election year that has upended political convention, the candidates' best opportunity to conquer their weaknesses will come in the most traditional of campaign forums: Monday's 90-minute, prime-time debate. Both campaigns expect a record-setting television audience for the high-stakes showdown, which could help tip the balance in a tight White House race. The visuals alone will be striking as the candidates step behind their podiums at Hofstra University in suburban New York.
War crimes tribunal for IS detainees lacks support WASHINGTON (AP) - War crimes investigators collecting evidence of the Islamic State group's elaborate operation to kidnap thousands of women as sex slaves say they have a case to try IS leaders with crimes against humanity but cannot get the global backing to bring current detainees before an international tribunal. Two years after the IS onslaught in northern Iraq, the investigators, as well as U.S. diplomats, say the Obama administration has done little to pursue prosecution of the crimes that Secretary of State John Kerry has called genocide. Current and former State Department officials say that an attempt in late 2014 to have a legal finding of genocide was blocked by the Defense Department, setting back efforts to prosecute IS members suspected of committing war crimes.
Priests' murders rattle Mexican city gripped by violence POZA RICA, Mexico (AP) - In this eastern Mexican oil town already weary of rising gangland violence and extortion, the abduction and murder of two priests this week sank many residents only deeper into despair. The killings in Poza Rica, in the troubled Gulf state of Veracruz, also came at a moment of heightened tension between the Roman Catholic Church and Mexico's government. Church leaders are increasingly frustrated by authorities' inability to protect their priests under President Enrique Pena Nieto's administration, and the church is openly opposing his proposal to legalize gay marriage by encouraging the faithful to join demonstrations around the country.
Savior or disaster? UK's Labour divided on Corbyn victory LIVERPOOL, England (AP) - Soft-spoken socialist Jeremy Corbyn is the antithesis of Donald Trump. But the British politician - resoundingly re-elected leader of the opposition Labour Party on Saturday - is riding the same wave of anti-centrist sentiment that's propelling the brash U.S. Republican presidential candidate. Both are political outsiders who have unsettled their parties and energized their large fan bases, but whose ability to win power remains unproven. To supporters like Carel Buxton, a retired school principal from London, the 67-year-old longtime leftist Corbyn is "authentic." "People in this country are sick to death of well-spoken, booted-and-suited slimy politicians," she said.
Anthem protests spread to colleges, WNBA player sits NEW YORK (AP) - Liberty guard Brittany Boyd sat on the bench with her head bowed in prayer during the national anthem before a WNBA playoff game. Hours earlier, college football players for Michigan and Michigan State, along with a group of students at North Carolina, raised their fists during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner on Saturday. Since 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the anthem before NFL preseason games, citing racial injustice and police brutality, his movement has slowly spread across fields and courts in the U.S. On Saturday, college and professional athletes joined together to follow his lead after a week punctuated by riots in Charlotte, North Carolina , and the killing of an unarmed black man in Tulsa, Oklahoma .