SAN FRANCISCO — Hillary Rodham Clinton broke nearly three weeks of silence Thursday on the fatal police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old in Missouri, saying his death and the violent protests that followed resulted from frayed bonds of trust in a racially divided community.
The remarks by the former secretary of state during a speech to a technology group were her first about Michael Brown’s Aug. 9 death in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.
As a potential Democratic presidential candidate, Ms. Clinton was criticized for waiting so long to talk about the shooting of Mr. Brown, who was black, by a white police officer after a midday confrontation on a street.
Ms. Clinton lamented the shooting and the numerous tense confrontations that followed between angry protesters and heavily armed police.
GOP leader challenged
WASHINGTON — Raul Garcia has a question for Kevin McCarthy, the House’s No. 2 Republican: “While we are waiting for you on immigration reform, who should be harvesting America’s food?”
It’s a provocative query and the foundation of Mr. Garcia’s long-shot challenge to Mr. McCarthy, a four-term incumbent California congressman, who rose to power after another GOP leader thought unsinkable, Virginia’s Eric Cantor, fell to an unknown candidate in a primary.
Mr. Garcia’s is an unknown California farm worker who got on the ballot as a write-in candidate. But he now has backing from labor unions and ambitions to hold the new House majority leader to account in his own, agriculture-rich back yard for the failure of the Republican House to move immigration legislation.
OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma death row inmate who writhed, moaned and clenched his teeth before he was pronounced dead about 43 minutes after his execution in April began succumbed to the lethal drugs he was administered, not a heart attack, after the state’s prisons chief halted efforts to kill him, an autopsy report released Thursday says.
Department of Corrections Director Robert Patton had said inmate Clayton Lockett died from a heart attack several minutes after he ordered the execution stopped. But an independent autopsy performed for the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety says all three execution drugs Lockett was administered were found throughout his system.
Army general forced out
WASHINGTON — An Army general will be stripped of a star and forced to retire as punishment for mishandling sexual misconduct complaints against a subordinate, the Army announced Wednesday.
Maj. Gen. Michael Harrison Sr., a former commander of Army forces in Japan, will have to retire as a brigadier general, effectively a demotion that will cost him pension benefits. The decision was made by Army Secretary John McHugh after a lengthy review.
In June 2013, the Army suspended Gen. Harrison from his commander’s job in Japan after receiving complaints that he had protected a colonel on his staff from allegations of sexual assault and other improper conduct.
Woman killed at festival
RENO, Nev. — A woman died at the counterculture Burning Man festival in Nevada early Thursday morning after she fell underneath a bus, according to a statement issued by the festival.
The Burning Man festival, a famously unplanned music event and gathering best known for the image of a smoldering wooden human effigy, moved to the Black Rock Desert outside Reno in 1990.
DQ hit by hackers
EDINA, Minn. — Dairy Queen has become the latest victim of computer hackers bent on pilfering customers’ credit and debit card information.
The Edina, Minn.-based ice cream and fast food chain confirmed Wednesday that “customer data at a limited number of stores may be at risk.” Dairy Queen is owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway.
— Compiled from wire reports