(Reuters) - Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland was recovering at a New York hospital on Thursday after undergoing surgery on his abdomen and elbow from knife wounds and said he would "work hard to make a full recovery." Copeland, 31, and his former fiancée Katrine Saltara, 28, were stabbed at about 4 a.m. on Wednesday outside a nightclub in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood. Also injured in connection with the incident was Atlanta Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha, who is out for the season. In a statement, Copeland, a three-year NBA veteran, thanked his fans, teammates and others for their support and apologized for being out late. "I also want to apologize to everyone, particularly the NBA and the Pacers for my bad choice at being out at that time," he added.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — With U.S. death penalty states scrambling for alternatives to lethal injection amid a shortage of deadly drugs, Oklahoma legislators believe they've found a foolproof and humane method — nitrogen gas hypoxia.
BOSTON (AP) — Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's attorney is renowned for keeping her high-profile clients off death row, but Judy Clarke could face her most daunting challenge yet in trying to save the Boston Marathon bomber from execution.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A bird flu strain that's deadly to poultry has been confirmed in a second commercial turkey flock in eastern South Dakota and preliminary tests have confirmed the presence of some form of bird flu at a North Dakota farm, bringing to at least 15 the number of Midwest farms infected in the latest outbreak.
By Tracy Rucinski CHICAGO (Reuters) - A Chicago police officer charged with involuntary manslaughter went on trial on Thursday in the fatal shooting of a 22-year-old black woman that became part of the national debate over police use of deadly force, especially against young black people. Dante Servin, who is Hispanic, shot and killed Rekia Boyd while off duty near his home in March 2012. He is the first Chicago police officer in more than 15 years to be charged in a fatal shooting. Servin has chosen to allow Cook County Judge Dennis Porter, rather than a jury, decide his guilt or innocence.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's prison director said Thursday that he'll fire someone if needed after he investigates the death of an inmate who went without dialysis for two days when providers failed to show up for treatment.
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.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A phosphate export firm owned by the Moroccan government will give the Clinton Foundation a donation of at least $1 million in advance of a May meeting the charity is to host in Morocco, Politico reported Thursday. The gift adds to the Clinton family charity's reliance on contributions from foreign nations as Hillary Rodham Clinton prepares to enter the 2016 presidential race.