By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A white South Carolina police officer was charged with murder on Tuesday after a video showed him shooting eight times at the back of a 50-year-old black man who was running away. North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey said state investigators decided to charge officer Michael Slager, 33, with the murder of Walter Scott after they viewed the video of the incident, which followed a traffic stop on Saturday morning. The FBI and U.S. Justice Department have begun a separate investigation. A video of the encounter published by the New York Times shows a brief scuffle between Slager and Scott before the latter begins running away.
By Andy Sullivan LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Reuters) - Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky built a national reputation on his willingness to challenge Republican orthodoxies. Paul announced his candidacy on Tuesday in a post on his website, a few hours before what his political action committee described as "a very special rally" scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at a hotel in Louisville, Kentucky's largest city. The firebrand who wants to scale back the authority of the Federal Reserve has been quietly courting Wall Street donors. Tuesday's announcement makes Paul the second major Republican figure to announce presidential ambitions for 2016, after Senator Ted Cruz of Texas.
By Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - The jury that will determine whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is guilty of carrying out the 2013 bombing attack on the Boston Marathon that killed three people and injured 264 is due to begin deliberations on Tuesday. Tsarnaev, 21, is also charged with shooting a police officer to death three days after prosecutors contend he and his older brother set of a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs at the race's crowded finish line on April 15, 2013. The question of whether the ethnic Chechen defendant is guilty of 30 criminal counts may be the easy part of the jury's job. "The judgment is entirely yours," U.S. District Judge George O’Toole told the jurors on Monday after they heard closing arguments by prosecutors and Tsarnaev's lawyers.
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