A man suspected of shooting a doctor at a major Boston hospital on Tuesday later died of a "self-inflicted" gunshot wound, the city's Police Commissioner William Evans said, adding that the incident was over. The victim in the shooting at Brigham & Women's hospital, a male doctor, sustained "life threatening" injuries, police said. Police have yet to identify the shooter or the victim, who Evans said is being treated in the emergency room at Brigham & Women's. Brigham & Women's, located in downtown Boston amid a cluster of major healthcare facilities, is a teaching hospital for Harvard Medical School.
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An Arkansas policy prohibiting inmates from having beards violated the religious rights of a prisoner who had wanted to grow one in accordance with his Muslim beliefs, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday. The justices, on a 9-0 vote in a closely watched case involving prisoner Gregory Holt, rejected the state's reasoning that the policy was needed for security reasons to prevent inmates from concealing contraband. Holt, who wanted to grow a half-inch beard (1.3 cm), is serving a life sentence for burglary and domestic battery at the Varner Supermax prison, according to the Arkansas Department of Correction. Justice Samuel Alito, writing on behalf of the court, said the state already searches clothing and hair and had not given a valid reason why it could not also search beards.