Hillary Clinton expected to announce presidential run this weekend

By Steve Holland and Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hillary Clinton is expected on Sunday to announce, via video and social media, her intention to seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, a Democrat close to the Clinton camp told Reuters on Friday. The relatively low-key announcement is a recognition that the former secretary of state and wife of former President Bill Clinton, viewed as the heavy favorite for the

Police cruiser video shows moments before fatal shooting

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The traffic stop starts like any other: an officer pulls over a motorist, walks up to the driver’s side window and asks for license and registration. What happened minutes later appears to take place without any obvious sign of provocation or conflict: The driver opens the door and runs, and the officer chases after him.

New video shows South Carolina man fleeing traffic stop before shooting

By Harriet McLeod NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) – A video captured by a South Carolina police cruiser’s dashboard camera surfaced on Thursday showing a black man fleeing after what appears to be a routine traffic stop by a white officer who would eventually pursue and fatally shoot him in the back. The footage, released by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) and aired by CNN, was taken minutes before

One dead as tornadoes sweep through northern Illinois

By Bob Chiarito ROCHELLE, Ill. (Reuters) – A dangerous storm system rolled through the Midwest on Thursday evening, killing at least one person and leveling houses and businesses northwest of Chicago, local officials said. One person was killed and at least seven people were injured in the tiny town of Fairdale, Illinois, located some 75 miles (120 km) from Chicago, according to local media, citing emergency officials. Les Bellah, village

Maryland police search for man who shot officer near convenience store

(Reuters) – Authorities in Maryland are searching for a man who shot and seriously injured a police officer early Friday morning in a confrontation outside a convenience store near the state’s capital, according to police. He is in critical condition, county police spokesman Lieutenant T.J. Smith said in an interview with ABC News affiliate WMDT. Just after 2 a.m. on Friday, the officer was on a routine patrol when he

Gay man's painful past with conversion therapy

In a move that further solidifies the White House’s stance on gay marriage and LGBTQ civil liberties, President Obama is calling for an end to what’s known as gay and transgender conversion therapies. This comes just a few months after a 17-year-old transgender teen, Lellah Alcorn, took her own life after writing an online suicide note, which included references to how religious therapists attempted to change her back to being