The jury in the murder trial of former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez finished its fourth day of deliberations on Friday without a verdict. Hernandez, 25, a former tight end for the New England Patriots, is accused of fatally shooting semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd in an industrial park near Hernandez's Massachusetts home in June 2013. If convicted of first-degree murder, Hernandez would be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Hillary Clinton is expected on Sunday to announce, via video and social media, her intention to seek the Democratic presidential nomination, a party official told Reuters on Friday. Following the announcement, the former secretary of state will travel to the key primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire, said the source, who is close to Clinton. In her previous presidential run in 2008, Clinton lost to the current president, Barack Obama, in part because of the Obama campaign's clever use of social media to draw attention to his candidacy and raise huge sums through small donations. Her use of social media is also an appeal to young voters, whom Clinton needs to become American's first woman president.
US Secretary of State John Kerry and Cuba's foreign minister made progress as they held historic talks to restore diplomatic ties, a US official said before their presidents attend a landmark summit. Kerry and Cuban counterpart Bruno Rodriguez met in Panama City on the eve of the Summit of the Americas, the first meeting of this level since 1958, one year before Fidel Castro's revolution. The two agreed they made progress and that we would continue to work to resolve outstanding issues," a senior State Department official said on condition of anonymity. The US State Department's Twitter account published a picture of Kerry and Rodriguez looking at the camera with straight faces as they shake hands in a room with two chairs and a glass coffee table.
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The traffic stop starts like any other: an officer pulls over a motorist, walks up to the driver's side window and asks for license and registration. What happened minutes later appears to take place without any obvious sign of provocation or conflict: The driver opens the door and runs, and the officer chases after him.
By Harriet McLeod NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A video captured by a South Carolina police cruiser's dashboard camera surfaced on Thursday showing a black man fleeing after what appears to be a routine traffic stop by a white officer who would eventually pursue and fatally shoot him in the back. The footage, released by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) and aired by CNN, was taken minutes before a bystander's video recorded North Charleston Patrolman Michael Slager gunning down 50-year-old Walter Scott as he ran. The new video clip, which lasts just four minutes, shows Slager, 33, approaching a black Mercedes-Benz and asking the driver, Scott, for his license and proof of insurance.
In a move that further solidifies the White House’s stance on gay marriage and LGBTQ civil liberties, President Obama is calling for an end to what’s known as gay and transgender conversion therapies. This comes just a few months after a 17-year-old transgender teen, Lellah Alcorn, took her own life after writing an online suicide note, which included references to how religious therapists attempted to change her back to being a boy.
By Scott Malone FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) - The judge in former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez's murder trial on Thursday reprimanded a local television station after two jurors reported being followed by one of its trucks, warning the incident could have led to a mistrial. The jury has begun its third day of deliberations on whether Hernandez, 25, is guilty of murdering an associate, in the first of two murder trials he faces this year. After the jury in Fall River, Massachusetts, determines whether he killed semiprofessional football player Odin Lloyd, he will face a trial in Boston on charges of fatally shooting two Cape Verdean men outside a nightclub in 2012. Before deliberations began, Bristol County Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh said that two of the 15 jurors reported they had been followed by a van from WHDH television.
Democrat Hillary Clinton has slipped against leading 2016 Republican candidates in Colorado, Iowa and Virginia, according to a poll released on Thursday that cited damage from the furor over the former secretary of state's emails. The Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll also showed Clinton in a close race with U.S. Senator Rand Paul, the Kentucky Republican who declared his candidacy on Tuesday.