CHARLESTON, South Carolina -- South Carolina's governor declares that the Confederate flag should be removed from the Statehouse grounds as she acknowledges that its use as a symbol of hatred by the man accused of killing nine black church members has made it too divisive to display in such a public space. By Seanna Adcox, Jeffrey Collins and Meg Kinnard. AP Photos.
With: CHARLESTON SHOOTING-THE LATEST; CHARLESTON SHOOTING-SUPREMACIST GROUP; CHARLESTON SHOOTING-FAITH.
WASHINGTON -- Republicans with presidential aspirations rush to embrace South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's call to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the state capitol, eager to move past a vexing issue that challenges the party's effort to win over the diverse coalition of voters it likely needs to win back the White House. By Steve Peoples and Lisa Lerer. AP Photos.
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama says the history of slavery is "still part of our DNA" in the United States, even if racial epithets no longer show up in polite conversation. He uttered the N-word in making his point. By Nedra Pickler. AP Photos.
WASHINGTON -- The United States begins annual security talks with China, and an official says it plans to raise directly the breach of a federal government server that resulted in the theft of personnel and security clearance records of millions of employees and contractors. By Matthew Pennington. AP Photos.
BUENOS AIRES -- When Pope Francis tours a handful of South American countries in July, he won't be stopping in his native Argentina, where he has yet to return since becoming leader of the Roman Catholic Church. By Debora Rey and Peter Prengaman. AP Photos.
WASHINGTON -- Failure to act on climate change could cause an estimated 57,000 deaths in the United States from poor air quality by 2100, the Obama administration argues in a new report that warns of dire effects of global warming. By Matthew Daly. AP Photo.
With: CLIMATE HEALTH.
WASHINGTON Backers of President Barack Obama's trade agenda are imploring key senators to stand by their previous votes when they revisit the issue in a showdown set for Tuesday. By Charles Babington. AP Photos.
BELLMONT, New York -- Items recovered from a remote hunting cabin might be linked to a pair of convicted killers who escaped from a nearby prison more than two weeks ago, authorities said Monday as searchers swarmed rugged woods in the hamlet in far northern New York. By Mike Groll. AP Photos.
UNITED STATES-ISLAMIC STATE
WASHINGTON -- An Islamic State operative suspected of involvement in the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, has been killed in a U.S. airstrike in Iraq, the Pentagon says.
SANTIAGO, Chile -- Chile's capital shuts down hundreds of businesses and orders hundreds of thousands of cars off the streets as a gray carpet of smog causes an environmental emergency. Restrictions are eased for Tuesday after air quality improves . By Eva Vergara. AP Photos.
NEW YORK -- New York City has reached the outlines of a settlement with Muslims who challenged police surveillance as an unconstitutional and stigmatizing intrusion on their religious rights, a court filing says. By Jennifer Peltz.
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuela will hold legislative elections Dec. 6, election officials announce after months of mounting pressure from local opposition groups and international observers. By Hannah Dreier. AP Photo.
CANADA-OIL TRAIN DISASTER
TORONTO -- The Canadian government filed new charges Monday in the runaway oil train explosion that killed 47 people in Quebec two years ago. By Rob Gillies.
HAVANA -- A U.S. group will ship nearly $900,000 in supplies to build a state-of-the-art facility to preserve Ernest Hemingway's books, letters and photos in Havana -- the first major export of construction materials to Cuba since the trade embargo was loosened. By Michael Weissenstein. AP Photos.
SEARCH-EX-WHITE HOUSE CHEF
TAOS, New Mexico -- From spending more than a decade preparing food for some of the world's most influential people as the White House executive chef to appearing on the Food Network's "Iron Chef America" show in 2006, Walter Scheib is being remembered for his culinary creations and charity work. Scheib's body was found Sunday night after a weeklong search that started when his girlfriend reported him missing. He failed to return from a June 13 hike in the mountains near the Taos Ski Valley. AP Photos.
BOGOTA, Colombia -- Four Colombian soldiers are killed when their helicopter lands in a minefield, the latest attack attributed to leftist rebels as both sides in the country's long-running conflict harden their positions amid languishing peace talks. By Joshua Goodman.
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri -- Governors across the U.S. have been making trade missions abroad on costly trips that have an uneven track record of yielding any tangible benefits for their states. By David A. Lieb. AP Photos.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- The first movie theater to operate in the Haitian capital in years has opened its doors off a renovated downtown square, a welcome sign of revival in a city shattered by an earthquake more than five years ago. By Evens Sanon.
BUSINESS & FINANCE:
TAKATA AIR BAGS-CONGRESS
WASHINGTON -- The Senate takes its turn in questioning U.S. regulators and Takata Corp. executives about the expanding recall of the Japanese company's air bags.
WASHINGTON -- Real estate has gotten hot again. Home sales are on pace for their best year since 2007. First-time buyers are streaming back into the market. Prices are skyrocketing, aided by a stronger job market and tantalizingly low mortgage rates that are creating pressure for buyers to act fast. By Economics Writer Josh Boak. AP Photo.
Anthem sees its more than $47 billion bid to buy rival Cigna as a way to muscle up on technology that helps consumers and to strengthen its rapidly growing Medicare Advantage business. By Business Writer Tom Murphy. AP Photo.
With: BIGGER INSURERS-CONSUMER IMPACT.
NEW YORK -- Martha Stewart single-handedly changed the game for home decorating and cooking in the late 1990s, becoming the "it" designer for all things domestic. But the announcement of an acquisition of her media and merchandising empire in a deal that values the company at far less than in it was worth in its glory days shows how much her brand has eroded over the years. Martha Stewart's is being sold to Sequential Brands Group in a deal valued at $353 million. That's a fraction of the $1.8 billion valuation when the company went public in 1999. By Retail Writer Anne D'Innocenzio. AP Photo.
With: MARTHA STEWART-ACQUISITION-GLANCE.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:
LOS ANGELES -- Apple's abrupt about-face on paying royalties for songs during a three-month free-trial period for its new music service was a symbolic victory for superstar Taylor Swift and other artists, and a shrewd business move by Apple, at a time when the streaming phenomenon is causing major changes in the music industry. By Business Writers Ryan Nakshima and Brandon Bailey.
LOS ANGELES -- Hip-hop music mogul Diddy is arrested on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles, where his son is on the football team, police say. AP Photos.
COSBY DEFAMATION SUIT
SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts -- A federal judge should throw out a defamation lawsuit against Bill Cosby filed by three women accusing him of decades-old sex crimes because the remarks were personal opinions protected under the U.S. Constitution, his lawyers say. By Philip Marcelo. AP Photos.
LOS ANGELES -- Several companies have put special seats in auditoriums that vibrate, sway and rattle, punctuating every gunshot and punch in films with a physical accompaniment. By Business Writer Ryan Nakashima. AP Photos.