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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.


Obama rejects mass shootings as 'new normal' in America

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 18:36

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — President Barack Obama said Friday he refuses to accept the idea that regular mass shooting are "the new normal" in America but doesn't expect Congress to respond because of the influence of the National Rifle Association.


Why isn't suspected Charleston shooter Dylann Roof called a terrorist?

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 14:41

Dylann Roof hoped that he would spark a “race war” by murdering nine African-American people in South Carolina, according to reports.


Church shootings put spotlight on South Carolina prosecutor again

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 14:17

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - For the second time in two weeks, South Carolina prosecutor Scarlett Wilson finds herself at the center of a racially charged murder case generating national headlines, after the shooting of nine black men and women at a historic church in Charleston. Wilson will prosecute Dylann Roof, a 21-year-old white man accused of shooting black worshippers at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Wednesday night.


U.S. doctor sanctioned for 'abhorrent and abnormal' troop training

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 13:29

By John Shiffman RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - A state board revoked the license of a former U.S. Army doctor on Friday, finding that he plied students with hypnotic drugs during battlefield-trauma training and performed dangerous procedures, including intentionally inducing shock. The doctor, John Henry Hagmann, was cited for training he provided in 2012 and 2013 in Virginia, North Carolina, Colorado and Great Britain. Students testified on Friday that Hagmann also performed penile nerve blocks and instructed them to insert catheters into one another's genitals.


Philadelphia Boy Scouts council allows openly gay leaders

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 12:39

The move by the Cradle of Liberty Council, which serves more than 15,000 members in the Philadelphia area, comes a month after Robert Gates, president of The Boy Scouts of America, called for an end to the long-time ban on adult gay leaders. "When we heard the remarks, we thought it was a good time for change," said council president James Papada, who announced the unanimous vote by the council's board of directors.


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