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charleston, s.c.» Dy­lann Roof wanted the world to know he hated black peo­ple and thought they were crim­i­nals. He told the FBI he picked the his­toric black church in Charleston be­cause he wor­ried drug deal­ers might shoot back.

In a video­taped con­fes­sion shown Fri­day dur­ing his death penalty trial, Roof laughed and made ex­ag­ger­ated gun mo­tions as he re­counted the mas­sacre. He ex­plained he wanted to leave at least one per­son alive to tell what hap­pened and com­plained his vic­tims “com­pli­cated things” when they hid un­der ta­bles.

Com­pany re­calls 1,300 slides. Penn­syl­va­ni­abased

play­ground equip­ment com­pany Play­world Sys­tems Inc., has is­sued a re­call of its line of stain­less steel Light­ning Slides, af­ter dam­aged slides am­pu­tated the fingers of two chil­dren.

The welds that held the slide bed to its walls were sus­cep­ti­ble to crack­ing, the com­pany said, leav­ing a sharp and dan­ger­ous gap.

Of 1,300 Light­ning Slides in­stalled on play­grounds, Play­world was aware of 13 bro­ken slides. The sep­a­rated welds were dan­ger­ous, creating a haz­ard that could catch ap­pendages.

Syr­ian forces squeeze Aleppo B

beirut» Nearly two weeks into a crush­ing blitz, Syr­ian forces and their al­lies have taken con­trol of nearly all of what was once an op­po­si­tion strong­hold in eastern Aleppo, touch­ing off a new wave of evac­u­a­tions Fri­day and rais­ing con­cerns about hun­dreds of men who have dis­ap­peared and are feared to have been seized by the gov­ern­ment.

A flood of civil­ians streamed out on foot in the wake of the re­lent­less cam­paign by forces loyal to Pres­i­dent Bashar As­sad to drive rebels from their rapidly crum­bling en­clave.

Se­nate works to avoid shut­down over min­ers’ ben­e­fits B

wash­ing­ton» The Se­nate pushed to avert a gov­ern­ment shut­down at mid­night Fri­day as coal­state Democrats evoked Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump in plead­ing for a more gen­er­ous ex­ten­sion of health care ben­e­fits for re­tired min­ers.

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., had hoped to pro­vide a one-year ex­ten­sion for the min­ers rather than the shorter, four-month fix in the stop­gap spend­ing bill.

Pi­lot of balloon that crashed was on 10 drugs

B wash­ing­ton» The pi­lot of a hot air balloon that crashed in Texas in July, killing 16 peo­ple, was tak­ing med­i­ca­tions that should have pre­cluded him from fly­ing, med­i­cal ex­perts tes­ti­fied at a fed­eral hear­ing on Fri­day.

Ex­perts also tes­ti­fied Al­fred “Skip” Ni­chols, who was killed along with 15 pas­sen­gers, went up de­spite know­ing that the weather wasn’t good.

The six-hour hear­ing is part of the Na­tional Trans­porta­tion Safety Board’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the July 30 ac­ci­dent in which the balloon hit high-ten­sion power lines be­fore crash­ing about 60 miles north­east of San Antonio.

Ni­chols was pre­scribed at least 10 drugs, in­clud­ing in­sulin and oxy­codone for igh blood pres­sure, el­e­vated choles­terol, di­a­betes, de­pres­sion, at­ten­tion deficit dis­or­der, in­som­nia, fi­bromyal­gia and chronic back pain.

Med­i­cal ex­perts said some of the med­i­ca­tions, in­clud­ing oxy­codone, would have dis­qual­i­fied him from fly­ing.

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