National Briefs: Clinton laments shooting, unrest

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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.

Trou­bled ex­e­cu­tion

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

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