A mistrial has been declared in the trial of a South Carolina police officer charged with murder in the death of a black motorist.
Circuit Judge Clifton Newman declared the mistrial after a jury said Monday that it was unable to unanimously agree on a verdict for Michael Slager. Slager was standing trial for shooting 50-year-old Walter Scott to death in North Charleston after stopping him for having a broken taillight. Cellphone video taken by a bystander of the shooting was shown widely in the media and on the internet and sparked national outrage.
As Donald Trump's nominee to be secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson's life story could inspire those working toward the American dream of home ownership and financial security.
But the former Republican presidential candidate has no experience in elected or appointed government office, or managing an organization with a multibillion budget and thousands of employees. In his writings and public statements, Carson has also often voiced little empathy for those who depend on some of the same social welfare programs that aided his own climb out of poverty.
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The search for bodies in the charred wreckage of an Oakland warehouse resumed on Monday after a brief break due to safety concerns, with 36 recovered so far in what's become the city's deadliest blaze. Eleven of those bodies have been identified, authorities said Monday, and the death toll is expected to rise at the "Ghost Ship" warehouse that burned down Friday. Flames quickly consumed the warehouse-turned-residence in East Oakland that was hosting a party, leaving the structure a mess of blistered wood and twisted steel. President Barack Obama sent prayers to the victims of the "awful tragedy" and their families Monday and said his administration was ready to assist local and state agencies.
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A Georgia father found guilty of murder and other felonies in the hot car death of his toddler son in 2014 was sentenced to life in prison without parole on Monday, NBC News reports. Justin Ross Harris, 35, was convicted last month in the death of his 22-month-old son, Cooper, who was left in a car for seven hours in sweltering heat in the Atlanta suburbs. The case drew national attention when it was revealed that Harris, who was married at the time, was sending explicit text messages to women and underage girls. Harris was convicted of eight counts of malice murder, felony murder, cruelty to children in the first and second degree, sexual exploitation of and dissemination of harmful material to minors last month.
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One proud Georgia mom sent head shots of her son, little Asher Nash, to a modeling agency, but she got a response she never expected, NBC News reported.
Asher "really likes the camera" and loves the attention of a photo shoot, according to Meagan Nash, but the agency behind a casting call for Carter's clothing for children said that they weren't looking for children with special needs. Asher, who is 16 months old, has Down syndrome. "I was hurt, because here is my little boy — I look at him, and nothing's wrong with him," she said. Nash wrote a Facebook post about the experience. It went viral, and it wasn't long before modeling executives came calling.
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Protesters celebrated a major victory in their push to reroute the Dakota Access oil pipeline away from a tribal water source but pledged to remain camped on federal land in North Dakota anyway, despite Monday's government deadline to leave.
Hundreds of people at the Oceti Sakowin, or Seven Council Fires, encampment cheered and chanted "mni wichoni" — "water is life" in Lakota Sioux — after the Army Corps of Engineers refused Sunday to grant the company permission to extend the pipeline beneath a Missouri River reservoir.
The "Ghost Ship" warehouse was a place to "have interesting conversations about embracing different art forms," but the makeshift wooden staircase was dangerous, Ajesh Shah suspected. The 35-year-old Oakland resident had been inside several times, and even put on a show there, before it burned on Friday night at an electronic dance party, killing at least 36 people; Oakland recovery teams are searching for more. The staircase may have been to blame for some of the deaths. "It was a terribly designed staircase," he said. "It was hard to navigate, day or night. It was not constructed well. You could easily miss a step or two and hurt yourself." In city documents released Monday, firefighters noted that some of the victims may have been trapped in the blaze when "they couldn't escape down a makeshift, one-way stairwell leading to the second floor made of out wooden pallets."
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Celebrations followed in the wake of the federal government’s announcement Sunday that it would not permit the completion of the Dakota Access oil pipeline. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe, who lives on land adjacent to the construction project, and the thousands who’d gathered in Cannon Ball, N.D., to protest the pipeline saw Sunday’s news as a victory. But some say they’re celebrating with caution, because with a new presidential administration right around the corner, the federal government may change its position.
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Is the police force with you? Well, intergalactic combat experience may not be enough to qualify as a candidate for the Fort Worth Police Department, at least according to a new recruitment video released by the department.
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A federal judge agreed Monday to let a white man accused of fatally shooting nine black parishioners rehire his attorneys until a verdict is reached, but to remain his own lawyer if he is found guilty and the trial moves into a penalty phase.
The decision by U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel ended a week of Roof acting as his own lawyer in his death penalty trial. Roof wrote the Judge a handwritten note with his request over the weekend.
It is unclear why Roof is so determined to keep the lawyers out of the penalty part of his case. In their own motion Friday asking Gergel to order Roof to hire them back, they suggested there is something embarrassing Roof is afraid they might use to try to spare his life. They did not elaborate.
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Amazon is testing a grocery store model in Seattle that works without checkout lines.
Called Amazon Go, shoppers scan their Amazon app when they enter the store, and then sensors register items that shoppers pick up and automatically charge them to the Amazon app.
If a shopper puts the item back they aren't charged.
The store offers ready-to-eat meals, staples like bread and milk and meal-making kits.
The store is in testing and open to Amazon employees in a beta program. It is expected to open to the public in early 2017.