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Suspect arrested in fatal shooting of New Orleans policeman

Sun, 06/21/2015 - 09:49

Police said Travis Boys, 33, who was handcuffed, managed to grab a gun and fatally shoot Officer Daryle Holloway before escaping the police cruiser which crashed into a utility pole. Holloway, 45, a 22-year New Orleans police veteran and a father of three, was found in his department vehicle with a gunshot wound and his prisoner missing. When the suspect was taken into custody a day later, he still had handcuffs on him, though they were damaged, New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison told reporters.


U.S. evangelicals draw battle lines against same-sex marriage

Sun, 06/21/2015 - 05:20

With the U.S. Supreme Court expected to rule by the end of the month on whether same-sex marriage is legal, many Christian evangelicals say they would refuse to obey a decision allowing gay unions. The Defend Marriage pledge, signed by more than 50,000 people, is one of a series of measures launched by social conservatives to push back against same-sex unions. "The justices are not always right, and this is clearly a case that finds a right that is not in the Constitution, and we will not be able to respect that ruling," said Rick Scarborough, a prominent Baptist pastor in Texas and one of the authors of the pledge.


Tensions build as Supreme Court readies blockbuster rulings

Sun, 06/21/2015 - 05:13

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tensions are building inside and outside the white marble facade of the U.S. Supreme Court building as the nine justices prepare to issue major rulings on gay marriage and President Barack Obama's healthcare law by the end of the month. Of the 11 cases left to decide, the biggest are a challenge by gay couples to state laws banning same-sex marriage and a conservative challenge to subsidies provided under the Obamacare law to help low- and middle-income people buy health insurance that could lead to millions of people losing medical coverage. Many legal experts predict the court will legalize gay marriage nationwide by finding that the U.S. Constitution's guarantees of equal treatment under the law and due process prohibit states from banning same-sex nuptials.


Texas abortion law teed up for Supreme Court review

Sun, 06/21/2015 - 04:31

WASHINGTON (AP) — Abortion is back before the Supreme Court, and the justices could signal by the end of June whether they are likely to take up the biggest case on the hot-button subject in nearly a quarter-century.


Shootings' emotional burden looms over Sunday sermons

Sat, 06/20/2015 - 22:46

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Members of a historic black church will return to their sanctuary Sunday and worship, perhaps united like never before, and similar sermons of recovery and healing will reverberate throughout the country.


Manhunt for escaped killers shifts after possible sightings

Sat, 06/20/2015 - 21:51

FRIENDSHIP, N.Y. (AP) — The search for two convicted killers in New York shifted after possible sightings in the southern part of the state, 350 miles from the prison where the men escaped two weeks ago.


New Orleans policeman shot and killed while transporting suspect

Sat, 06/20/2015 - 19:27

A suspect shot and killed a New Orleans police officer who was transporting him to jail on Saturday, officials said, adding that a manhunt was underway for the suspect who escaped the police vehicle, which crashed into a utility pole. It remained unclear how exactly Officer Daryle Holloway, 45, was killed, but police said they were seeking Travis Boys, the suspect who had been handcuffed when Holloway began driving. Holloway, a 22-year New Orleans police veteran, was found with a gunshot wound in his department vehicle after it crashed, police said in a statement.


Police converge on NY towns where escaped prisoners said sighted

Sat, 06/20/2015 - 18:39

Heavily-armed police converged on towns in western New York state on Saturday to investigate possible sightings of two convicted murderers who escaped a maximum-security prison two weeks ago, police said. A witness saw two men who might have been the escapees walking along a railroad track in Friendship, a community of about 2,000 residents in a rural patch of Allegany County, New York State Police said in a statement. Police set up a perimeter in the area of Friendship, about 280 miles (450 km) southwest of the Clinton Correctional Facility where the escaped convicts had been serving sentences for murder, said New York State Police spokesman Beau Duffy.


Racist manifesto linked to Charleston shooting suspect

Sat, 06/20/2015 - 18:04

By Edward McAllister, Luciana Lopez and Alana Wise CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - Dylann Roof, the suspect in Wednesday's church massacre in Charleston, appears to have written a racist manifesto, posing in photographs with a handgun and standing in front of a Confederate military museum and plantation slave houses. Many of the local landmarks shown in the photos appeared chosen to highlight Charleston's segregated past and to touch a nerve with the city's black community by singling out sites with a special importance and sensitivity in African-American history. Roof, a 21-year-old white man, was arrested on Thursday and charged with the murders of nine African-Americans at the Emanuel African Methodist Church in downtown Charleston.


Confederate flag sets off debate in GOP 2016 class

Sat, 06/20/2015 - 17:03

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee for president in 2012, called for the immediate removal of the Confederate battle flag from outside the South Carolina Statehouse, scrambling the 2016 GOP presidential contenders into staking a position on a contentious cultural issue.


Police converge on NY town where escaped prisoners said sighted

Sat, 06/20/2015 - 15:27

Police using dogs and helicopters converged on a town in western New York state on Saturday to investigate a reported sighting of two convicted murderers who escaped a maximum-security prison two weeks ago, police said. New York state police spokesman Beau Duffy said police set up a perimeter in the area of the town of Friendship, about 280 miles 450 km) southwest of the Clinton Correctional Facility, where the escaped convicts had been serving sentences for murder. A witness saw two men walking along a railroad track that runs along a road in Friendship, a community of about 2,000 residents in Allegany County, New York State Police said in a statement.


Police check out new lead on escaped New York prisoners

Sat, 06/20/2015 - 15:22

FRIENDSHIP, N.Y. (AP) — The search for two killers landed Saturday in New York's southern tier near the Pennsylvania border, about 350 miles from the prison where they escaped two weeks ago.


New Orleans policeman shot and killed while transporting suspect

Sat, 06/20/2015 - 12:10

Daryle Holloway, a 22-year New Orleans police veteran, was found in his Police Department vehicle, which had crashed into a utility pole, with a gunshot wound to his body, police said in a statement. A suspect he was transporting to a local jail, 33-year-old Travis Boys, was missing from the car and is the focus of a manhunt in connection with the officer's murder, police said. New Orleans police, assisted by state law enforcement and the U.S. Marshals Service, fanned out from the crash site looking for Boys, police added.


Hillary Clinton calls for gun control, decries racism

Sat, 06/20/2015 - 10:16

WASHINGTON (AP) — Issuing an emotional plea following the South Carolina church shooting, Hillary Rodham Clinton called for "common-sense" gun reforms and a national reckoning with the persistent problem of "institutional racism."


Alleged Dylann Roof manifesto discovered online

Sat, 06/20/2015 - 08:18

The white man accused of killing nine people at a historic black church in South Carolina appears to have left a hateful screed on the Internet.


Charleston church shooter planned first to attack college: media

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 23:24

The Washington Post reported 22-year-old Christon Scriven, a black neighbor of gunman Dylann Roof, said that during a recent night of drinking, Roof said he wanted to open fire on a school. "My reaction at the time was, 'You're just talking crazy,'" Scriven told the Post.


Man accused of church killings spoke of attacking college

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 23:09

A black drinking buddy of Dylann Roof says he told him a week earlier of his plan to shoot up a college campus.


NRA executive suggests slain Charleston pastor to blame for gun deaths

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 20:34

A National Rifle Association executive in Texas has come under fire for suggesting that a South Carolina lawmaker and pastor slain with eight members of his congregation bears some of the blame for his opposition to permitting concealed handguns in church. Houston-based lawyer Charles Cotton, listed as a national NRA board member on the gun lobby's website, made the comments in an online chat room he administers called texaschlforum.com, a discussion board devoted to gun rights and firearms issues. In an online thread about Wednesday night's mass shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Church in Charleston, Cotton said that one of the nine people slain, church pastor and Democratic state Senator Clementa Pinckney, had voted against legislation in 2011 that would have allowed concealed possession of handguns in restaurants, day-care centers and churches.


New York escapees on run as prison officer is suspended

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 18:55

A New York state corrections officer was suspended on Friday in connection with the prison escape of two convicted murderers who have evaded capture for nearly two weeks, officials said. Authorities did not say whether they believed the corrections officer, whose name was not released, would face charges or if he was believed to have assisted in the breakout at the maximum security Clinton Correctional Facility in the upstate New York community of Dannemora. The U.S. Marshals Service has put escapees Richard Matt and David Sweat on its 15 Most Wanted Fugitives List, and the manhunt, now in its 14th day, has widened to encompass the entire country.


Families of South Carolina church massacre victims offer forgiveness

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 18:41

As the young white man charged with murdering nine people inside an historic black church in South Carolina stood silently and expressionless at a court hearing on Friday, relatives of the slain worshippers faced him one by one, offering tearful words of grief and forgiveness. Dylann Roof, 21, who authorities say spent an hour in Bible study with parishioners at the nearly 200-year-old Emanuel African Methodist Church in Charleston before opening fire on them, appeared via video feed before a magistrate judge who ordered him held without bond. "May God have mercy on your soul," said Felicia Sanders, whose 26-year-old son, Tywanza Sanders, was the youngest person to die in Wednesday's rampage.


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