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WASHINGTON (AP) — China recently denied a request from a U.S. aircraft carrier for a port visit in Hong Kong, the State Department said Friday, in an apparent sign of mounting tension in the disputed South China Sea.
By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A friend of the suspected gunman accused of slaying nine black parishioners in a 2015 attack on a South Carolina church pleaded guilty in a federal court on Friday to lying to investigators and concealing knowledge of the crime. Joseph Meek, 21, had agreed in a deal with prosecutors to plead guilty to withholding information about a crime and making false statements to authorities investigating the massacre in Charleston, according to court documents filed this week. Under the agreement, Meek could be called to testify against his childhood friend, Dylann Roof, 22, who has been accused of opening fire during a June 17 Bible class at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church.