FORMER COP IN SHOOTING CASE OUT ON BAIL
charleston, s.c.» A former South Carolina police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of an unarmed black motorist was released from jail Monday evening and will remain under house arrest until his trial is set to begin next Halloween.
Circuit Judge Clifton Newman agreed with a defense request Monday that Michael Slager be released on a $500,000 surety bond.
Slager, 35, was shown on cellphone video firing eight times as Walter Scott ran from a traffic stop. He was released from jail custody about 7 p.m., said Charleston County sheriff ’s Maj. Eric Watson.
Body of country singer found B
ponca city, okla.» The body of a country singer was recovered Monday at an Oklahoma lake, one week after he disappeared while going duck hunting with a companion who had sent an ominous tweet about threatening weather.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said Craig M. Strickland, 29, of Springdale, Ark., had died at Kaw Lake, near the Kansas-Oklahoma
Cosby’s wife will testify
B boston» Bill Cosby’s wife will be forced to testify in a defamation lawsuit filed by seven women who accuse the comedian of sexually assaulting them decades ago. A federal judge on Thursday denied a motion by Camille Cosby to throw out a subpoena requiring her to give a deposition in the lawsuit. She is scheduled to be deposed by lawyers for the women Wednesday.
McDermott announces retirement B
seattle» Longtime Democratic Rep. Jim McDermott of Washington state announced Monday that he will not seek re-election for a 15th time when he completes his term at the end of the year.
“I retire from the House forever humbled and grateful to my constituents for their unwavering embrace,” McDermott said.
McDermott was first elected in 1988 and is the longest-serving member of the state’s delegation.
Cameron dismisses new Islamic State video
B london» Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday dismissed as “desperate stuff ” a new video by the Islamic State that seemed to again put a fellow Briton at the forefront of the militant group’s propaganda efforts.
The video, which depicts the execution of five men who the group claims were spying for Britain, features a masked man with a British accent who threatens to “invade” the United Kingdom. But the masked executioner in the video does not appear to be the same as the one in the video series released in late 2014 and early 2015, adding to the evidence that Jihadi John was killed in a U.S. drone strike in November.
University reopens months after attack
B nairobi, kenya» A university where Islamic extremists killed 148 people nine months ago reopened Monday, an event welcomed by many Kenyans as a victory against the jihadis. Four gunmen of the Somali extremist group stormed the university at dawn April 2, separating the Muslims students and killing the non-Muslims.