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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A friend of the white man accused of fatally shooting nine black parishioners in Charleston last year pleaded guilty Friday to lying to federal authorities during their investigation. He also revealed that the suspect told him he planned to kill himself after the slayings, which he had planned for months.

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The Supreme Court denied a request Friday to halt Texas’ voter ID law while a lower court hears a case challenging it but, in a silver lining for the law’s opponents, signaled it would reconsider if the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals tried to slow roll the case.

The 2011 law, which Texas was only able to implement after the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act in 2013, has been shot down by a district court and a three-judge panel in the 5th Circuit. The state appealed the case to the full 5th Circuit, which agreed last month to hear it “en banc,” meaning by all 15 judges on the circuit court.

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With enormous pressure on Ted Cruz to win the Indiana primary, the Texas senator nabbed the support of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R), who said he would be voting for Cruz in next week's primary while adding, "I like and respect all three of the Republican candidates."

In an appearance Friday on Greg Garrison's radio show in Indiana, Pence praised Cruz for his willingness to "stand up for taxpayers," for his "devotion and knowledge" of the Constitution, and for his anti-abortion record. However, his statement of support for Cruz was not the rebuke of Donald Trump that #NeverTrump-ers were likely hoping for.

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