HOUSTON (AP) — It now appears that the suspect in the shooting death of a Houston-area police officer was twice committed to mental health facilities in the last five years. An attorney for Shannon Miles says he was committed to a county psychiatric center in 2010. Yesterday, authorities said he had spent several months at a state mental hospital after a 2012 arrest at a homeless shelter. Miles is charged with capital murder in the death of Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Darren Goforth. An attorney says Miles will have a psychological evaluation.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A white former police chief in South Carolina has agreed to plead guilty to a lesser charge in the shooting death of an unarmed black man. Prosecutors today agreed to drop the murder charge against Richard Combs, who is the former police chief of the small town of Eutawville. Combs agreed to plead guilty to misconduct in office. He could face up to 10 years behind bars. Authorities say Combs shot Walter Bailey in May 2011 as he tried to arrest him on an obstruction of justice charge, weeks after he argued about his daughter's traffic ticket.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The parents of a San Francisco woman who was fatally shot by a man who was in the country illegally have filed claims against San Francisco and federal officials. The family alleges that a Bureau of Land Management ranger left his loaded service weapon in a backpack in plain view in his car when it was stolen in June. The pistol was later used in the killing of Kathryn Steinle. The family also filed claims against the San Francisco Sheriff's Department and the Department of Homeland Security for failing to keep Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez in custody.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles City Council has thrown its support behind an effort to bid for the 2024 Olympic Games. Today's vote clears the way for Mayor Eric Garcetti to start negotiations with the U.S. Olympic Committee without obligating the city financially. The USOC is expected to announce that Los Angeles is the U.S. candidate to replace Boston, which was dropped from contention in July. Rome, Paris, Hamburg, Germany, and Budapest, Hungary, are already in the mix.
NEW YORK (AP) — If you're like most Americans, your heart is older than the rest of you -- at least, in terms of the kind of shape it's in. A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention takes a new approach to try to spur more Americans to take steps to prevent cardiovascular disease. CDC scientists estimated the average "heart age" of men and women in every state, based on risk factors like blood pressure, weight, and whether they smoke or have diabetes. Then it compared the numbers to average actual ages. According to CDC calculations, nearly three out of four U.S. adults have a heart that's older than their actual age.
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