NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Leaders of the National Rifle Association on Saturday cited the new Republican majority in the U.S. Senate as evidence of the group's political clout, but warned of looming gun-control efforts in the final years of Barack Obama's presidency.
(Reuters) - A Boston policeman has been released from the hospital two weeks after he was shot at close range by a man who was subsequently shot dead by other officers in an incident captured on video, authorities said on Saturday. John Moynihan, 34, has returned home and was continuing to recuperate following surgery to remove a bullet lodged in his neck, Boston police said in a statement. Massachusetts officials on Friday released surveillance video showing the near-fatal shooting of Moynihan, a six-year veteran who was honored for his role in responding to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. The decision to make the video public comes after the shooting last week of a black man in the back by a white police officer in South rekindled a national debate over use of force by law enforcement.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A bird flu outbreak that has puzzled scientists spread to three more Midwest turkey farms, bringing the number of farms infected to 23 and raising the death toll to more than 1.2 million birds killed by the disease or by authorities scrambling to contain it.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Leaders of the National Rifle Association cite the new Republican majority in the U.S. Senate as evidence of the gun group's political clout, but they warn of looming gun-control efforts in the final years of President Barack Obama's presidency.
By Harriet McLeod SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (Reuters) - Hundreds of mourners, including prominent South Carolina politicians, attended the funeral on Saturday of Walter Scott, an African-American father of four who was shot in the back while running from a white patrolman. The body of the slain Coast Guard veteran, whose death was filmed by a bystander, was carried in a flag-draped casket past a crowd assembled outside the W.O.R.D. Ministries Christian Center in Summerville, north of North Charleston, where the shooting took place on April 4. "This is a sad day," said Rev. James Johnson, who is president of the local chapter of civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network. "Hopefully this will heal the world." Michael Slager, the North Charleston officer who fired eight times at Scott's back as he fled from a traffic stop, has been charged with murder and dismissed from the police force.
(Reuters) - Residents of a small northern Illinois town slammed by a powerful tornado were allowed to return to their homes on Saturday to assess damage but safety concerns prevented them from staying for long, officials said. Two people were killed and 20 others injured when a rare EF-4 tornado, the second highest intensity, tore through Fairdale, about 75 miles west of Chicago on Thursday. Buses took evacuated residents on Saturday to assess damage and begin filing insurance claims, said a spokeswoman with the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office. Debris is hanging from trees and buildings that could cause death or serious injury," DeKalb County officials said in a news update on Friday.