CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A small group of parishioners was allowed inside the bullet-scarred Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church on Saturday, getting a firsthand glimpse of the room where nine people from their congregation were slain.
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.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A handcuffed prisoner in a moving police cruiser managed to grab a gun, fatally shoot the officer at the wheel and escape from the vehicle, which careened into a utility pole at a busy intersection, police said Saturday.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Confederate flag has no place on South Carolina Statehouse grounds, and it's past time to remove the symbol of hatred, a Republican state lawmaker said Saturday, three days after the shooting massacre at a black church 100 miles away.
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.
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. An FBI spokesman in Columbia, South Carolina, declined to comment on the website or its contents. 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.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada National Guardsman has marked the end of a one-year deployment in Afghanistan with a surprise Father's Day weekend homecoming with his wife and six children at the Reno Rodeo.