(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 in an incident at about 4 a.m. on Wednesday outside a nightclub in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood. In a statement, the three-year NBA veteran thanked his "fans, friends, teammates, coaches and the Pacers organization for their support and prayers during this time." "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. "I am doing as well as can be expected and I will work hard to make a full recovery." Copeland underwent surgery on Wednesday on his abdomen and left elbow for the stab wounds and was in stable condition on Thursday at a New York City hospital, the team said, adding that there was no timetable for how long he will remain hospitalized.
By Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - Testimony concluded on Thursday in the trial of a former deli worker accused of the 1979 murder of a missing New York City boy, and the jury is expected to begin deliberations next week. Pedro Hernandez, 54, charged with kidnapping and murder, confessed to police in 2012 that he choked 6-year-old Etan Patz, stuffed him in a box and left him in a New York alley. Patz vanished as he walked alone for the first time to a school bus stop in his Manhattan neighborhood on May 25, 1979. His disappearance sparked a national movement to find missing children, and his picture was one of the first to appear on milk cartons.
Strong storms rumbled through the Southern Plains early Thursday, missing major population centers but offering a preview of bad weather that could hit Chicago, Detroit and other big cities in the Midwest later in the day.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A second New Hampshire man who helped kill Pamela Smart's husband 25 years ago in a lurid case that inspired sensational media coverage was granted parole Thursday after being warned to stay away from the victim's family at all costs.