FILE - This June 18, 2015, file photo, provided by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office shows Dylann Roof.(Charleston County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

What’s up next in the federal trial of Dylann Roof?

Last month, a jury found Roof guilty of all 33 counts related to last year’s massacre at a historic black church in South Carolina that left nine parishioners slain at a Bible study, including hate crimes and obstruction of religion.

Protesters against the Dakota Access Pipeline rappel from the catwalk in U.S. Bank Stadium during the first half of an NFL football game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)

3 people arrested in Dakota Access pipeline stadium protest

Three people are in custody Monday awaiting formal charges after two Dakota Access pipeline protesters rappelled from the roof of the U.S. Bank Stadium to hang a banner during the Minnesota Vikings’ season finale against the Chicago Bears.

FILE - This June 18, 2015, file photo, provided by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office shows Dylann Roof.(Charleston County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

With Roof as his own lawyer, sentencing begins in slayings

While prosecutors plan to call up to 38 people related to the nine people killed and three who survived the June 2015 slaughter during Bible study, Roof said last week he plans on calling no witnesses and presenting no evidence.

In this July 25, 2016 file photo, the funeral procession for slain Baton Rouge police Corporal Montrell Jackson leaves the Living Faith Christian Center in Baton Rouge, La. Jackson, slain by a gunman who authorities said targeted law enforcement. The number of police killed in the line of duty rose sharply in 2016, driven by shootings of police around the country, most notably ambushes in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
From Jan. 1 through Wednesday, 135 officers lost their lives. Some died in traffic accidents, but nearly half were shot to death.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Officers killed in the line of duty rose in 2016

There was a 56 percent increase in shooting deaths over the previous year. Of the 64 who were fatally shot, 21 were killed in ambush attacks often fueled by anger over police use of force involving minorities.

Sgt. Brad Stone of the Louisiana Army National Guard gives safety instructions to people loaded on a truck after they were stranded by rising floodwater near Walker, Louisiana, after heavy rains inundated the region, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016. (Max Becherer/AP)

Hurricanes, fires and floods devastate many in 2016

Between the floods in Louisiana and Texas, Hurricane Matthew and Hermine, and the Gatlinburg wildfires in Tennessee, many felt the devastating effects of the punches from Mother Nature in 2016.

Vice president-elect Mike Pence, right, watches as President-elect Donald Trump speaks during an election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

2016: Obama completes last term; Clinton, Trump face PR blunders

Barack Obama made plenty of headlines with his agenda for the final year in the White House. Meanwhile, Donald Trump was under fire for a vulgar hot mic moment and Clinton faced scrutiny after FBI-director gave her famous emails a second look.


Comet to zoom by Earth on New Year’s Eve

If the clouds hold off enough, Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdušáková should be a good sight with the help of some binoculars or even better, a telescope.


Poll: What was your favorite viral trend of 2016?

2016 was a year chocked full of viral trends like Pokemon Go!, the victim of a Kit-Kat theft who became an overnight sensation, Ken Bone, Harambe, Chewbacca Mom, creepy clowns, and the mannequin challenge.