Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s startling decision to pull out of the race for speaker of the House of Representatives was the latest vivid illustration of how today’s Republican Party is bitterly divided between hardcore conservatives and pragmatists.
City officials in South Carolina approved a $6.5 million settlement Thursday with the family of an unarmed black man fatally shot by a white police officer who was captured on cellphone video firing at the man's back as he ran away.
In a story Oct. 7 about the guilty plea of a man who killed five relatives with a meat cleaver, The Associated Press erroneously transcribed a quote said during sentencing and attributed it to the wrong person. The quote was, according to a trial transcript, "The burning question is why these things happen, but in the sum total of things it really doesn't much matter," not, "The question is why he'd do these things. It really doesn't much matter." It was said by Assistant District Attorney Mark Hale, not State Supreme Court Judge Vincent Del Giudice.
The families of three high school students who died after being hypnotized by a former principal will receive $200,000 each from the Sarasota County School District under a settlement agreement unanimously approved by the School Board on Tuesday.