BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Victims' family members and dozens of their fellow Irish students — including some who saw them in their final living moments — gathered at a church in Oakland on Friday night for a vigil for four of the six students killed in a balcony collapse this week.
A judge declared a mistrial on Friday night in the re-trial of a former South Carolina police chief accused of murder after a jury failed to reach a verdict despite seven hours of deliberation, a defense attorney told Reuters. It's up to prosecutor David Pascoe to determine whether Combs will be tried again, defense attorney Wally Fayssoux told Reuters by phone on Friday night. A jury in January failed to reach a verdict in the first murder case against Combs, who was charged with killing 54-year-old Bernard Bailey in 2011 after they argued over a traffic ticket issued to Bailey's daughter.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A black drinking buddy of the white man accused of killing nine people at a Charleston church says the suspect told him a week earlier that he planned to shoot up a college campus in the city.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Laura Myers, a veteran Associated Press reporter and editor who led the news cooperative's coverage of foreign affairs as the country reeled from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and spent the past five years covering politics for Nevada's largest newspaper, died Friday.
NEW YORK (AP) — Over a ton of confiscated ivory tumbled off a conveyor belt into a rock crusher in Times Square on Friday in a symbolic display highlighting an illegal trade that activists say threatens the survival of African elephants.