Lyle Mitchell, who like his wife, Joyce Mitchell, worked at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, did not know about the escape plans until they were discovered missing on June 6, his lawyer, Peter Dumas, told NBC's "Today" television program. On the 13th day of the massive manhunt by New York State Police and other law enforcement officers on Thursday, criticism began surfacing over a separate investigation ordered by Governor Andrew Cuomo into prison failings that led to the escape. Mitchell visited his wife on Tuesday in jail, where she is being held on charges she supplied hacksaw blades and other tools to Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 35, Dumas said.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Clementa Pinckney, among those killed in the Charleston church where he was the beloved pastor, was also a state senator lauded Thursday as "the best of the 46 of us in this chamber" as colleagues gathered in tribute near his black-draped desk in the state Capitol.
KEARNY, Ariz. (AP) — A smoky brush fire near a rural Arizona community forced hundreds of residents to evacuate as flames tore through at least two residences, but most have been allowed to go home, officials said Thursday.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that Texas did not violate free speech rights when it rejected a proposed specialty vehicle license plate displaying the Confederate flag, to some an emblem of Southern pride and to others a symbol of racism. The 5-4 ruling will give states that issue specialty license plates wide latitude to decide which ones to approve. The court's four liberals were joined in the decision by conservative Clarence Thomas.