NEW YORK (AP) — New York City authorities say a man accused of shooting a police officer in the head will be arraigned today on charges including two counts of attempted murder of a police officer. The Queens district attorney's office says Demetrius Blackwell is expected to be arraigned this afternoon. He was arrested last night in the shooting of Officer Brian Moore, who is hospitalized in critical but stable condition. Police say Blackwell fired at Moore and his partner after they pulled up in an unmarked car.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — State police in South Carolina are refusing to release dashcam video that apparently shows a white police officer shooting a 68-year-old black man to death in his driveway after a nine-mile car chase. The state's Law Enforcement Division chief says the video could ruin North Augusta officer Justin Craven's chance at a fair trial. Craven is charged with discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle in the February 2014 killing of Ernest Satterwhite.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore's mayor has lifted a citywide curfew six days after the death of Freddie Gray sparked riots in the city. The order for residents to stay home after 10 p.m. had been in place since Tuesday, and officials had planned to keep it in place through today. But the protests since Monday's riots have been mostly peaceful, and the announcement of charges against six officers involved in Gray's arrest has eased tensions.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — For the better part of three decades, Virginia operated one of the busiest execution chambers in the nation. Not anymore. The Death Penalty Information Center says Virginia has sent only six people to death row in the last nine years after sending 40 over the previous eight years. Eight inmates are currently awaiting execution, down from a high of 57 in 1995. Experts say a big reason for the decline is the establishment of four regional capital defender offices to improve legal representation for people facing a possible death sentence.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas lawmakers are considering making their state the first in the nation to require high school athletes to undergo electrocardiogram testing. The effort is being driven by stories of teenagers dying of undiagnosed heart ailments. Advocates for the screenings say the tests are simple, cheap and could save lives. But groups like the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association say cardiac deaths among teens are rare, and false positives could lead to needless, expensive follow-up tests.
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