Funeral set for 1 of 2 slain Mississippi offers; man charged

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AP News in Brief at 5:58 p.m. EDT.

The governor of Mississippi joined more than 1,000 mourners to pay respects to Hattiesburg Police Officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate, who were gunned down Saturday night.

The man accused of killing two Hattiesburg, Miss., police officers during a weekend traffic stop was addicted to drugs and possibly heard voices in his head, his mother told the Los Angeles Times on Monday. — By the time a single bagpiper marched to the front of Hattiesburg Hall on Monday afternoon, scores of law enforcement officers from across Mississippi had lined the room’s walls in a local convention center.

Mary Smith said she tried again and again to get her son Marvin Banks, 29, who lived with her, to go to Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services for all the marijuana, “spice” and pills he took. “The drugs had him,” Smith said of her son, who was unemployed. — Emergency responders searched through splintered wreckage Monday after a line of tornadoes battered several small communities in Texas and Arkansas, killing at least five people, including a young couple who died trying to shield their daughter from the storm. They were Mississippians.” Deen, 34, named Hattiesburg Officer of the Year in 2012, and Tate, 25, who graduated from the police academy in 2014, were slain Saturday during a traffic stop.

Phil Bryant, a former sheriff’s deputy. “They made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the people of this city — some they did not and would never know — because it was their job. — The man who called 911 to report he was involved in a shooting with George Zimmerman appears to be the same person involved in a road rage incident with the former neighborhood watch volunteer last year.

It was standing room only inside the Lake Terrace Convention Center’s main room, with family, community members and law enforcement personnel spilling out and filling the lobby. “The parking lot was full a half-hour before this event,” said Robert Press, University of Southern Mississippi political science associate professor. “Black, white — the whole community comes together. He just wouldn’t go.” Banks and three other suspects, charged as accomplices — including Banks’ brother, Curtis, 26 — made their first court appearances Monday afternoon as Hattiesburg mourned its first officers to be killed in the line of duty in three decades. It’s sad, but it’s good that the community can come together at moments like this.” Supporters gather at a memorial service Monday, May 11, 2015, in Hattiesburg, Miss., in remembrance of the two slain police officers, Liquori Tate, 25 and Benjamin J. Dwayne Higgason, pastor of a nondenominational church here and a volunteer chaplain for the Hattiesburg Police Department, suggested that police officers were sometimes being criticized the way soldiers were during the Vietnam War. “I believe the average person in America loves and supports police officers,” Mr. Deen, who died after a shooting during a May 9 traffic stop. (Photo: Eli Baylis, Hattiesburg American, Eli Baylis/Hattiesburg (Miss.) American) “Police officers are not allowed to grow weary.

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry departed Monday for Russia to meet with President Vladimir Putin, on his first visit to the country since relations between Washington and Moscow plummeted to post-Cold War lows amid disagreements over Ukraine and Syria. But in a sign of the considerable strains, the Kremlin said Putin’s attendance had yet to be confirmed and the Russian Foreign Ministry previewed the talks by blaming Washington for the breakdown in relations. “The Obama administration chose the path of scaling back bilateral relations, proclaimed a course of isolating Russia on the international arena and demanded that those states that traditionally follow the lead of Washington support its confrontational steps,” it said in a statement. Nevertheless, both sides stressed the importance of trying to work through some of the rancor that buried President Barack Obama’s first-term effort to “reset” ties with Moscow. A new type of blood test is starting to transform cancer treatment, sparing some patients the surgical and needle biopsies long needed to guide their care. Calloway had initially been arrested on suspicion of murder, but on Monday, she was charged only with one count of accessory after the fact to the shooting, the clerk’s office told The Times.

A lot is still unknown about the value of these tests, but many doctors think they are a big advance that could make personalized medicine possible for far more people. They give the first noninvasive way to repeatedly sample a cancer so doctors can profile its genes, target drugs to mutations, tell quickly whether treatment is working, and adjust it as the cancer evolves. WASHINGTON — When Hillary Rodham Clinton takes the stage at fundraisers thrown by a group that wants to elect her president, she’s not presented as a White House candidate.

She’s a “special guest.” When Jeb Bush raises money for a group preparing to run major parts of his all-but-certain presidential campaign, he doesn’t ask for the cash himself. Born out of two Supreme Court decisions in 2010, they are governed by rules some see as a game of winks and nods, enforced by an agency bedeviled by partisan gridlock. BOSTON — Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers rested their case Monday in their bid to save him from execution after death penalty opponent Sister Helen Prejean testified that Tsarnaev expressed genuine sorrow for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. The two sides will return on Wednesday to give closing arguments, after which the federal jury will decide whether the 21-year-old Tsarnaev should be put to death or receive life in prison. Prejean, a Roman Catholic nun whose story was told in the 1995 movie “Dead Man Walking” starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn, met with Tsarnaev five times since March at the request of the defense.

Prejean, who smiled at Tsarnaev several times during her testimony, said she could hear “pain” in his voice when he said he regretted what happened to the victims in the 2013 attack, which left three people dead and more than 260 wounded, including 17 who lost limbs. NEW YORK — The NFL suspended Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady for the first four games of the season, fined the New England Patriots $1 million and took away two draft picks Monday as punishment for deflating footballs used in the AFC title game. The league also indefinitely suspended the two equipment staffers believed to have carried out the plan, including one who called himself “The Deflator.” A league-authorized investigation by attorney Ted Wells found that Brady “was at least generally aware” of plans by two Patriots employees to prepare the balls to his liking, below the league-mandated minimum of 12.5 pounds per square inch. Brady will miss the season’s showcase kickoff game on Sept. 10 against Pittsburgh, then Week 2 at Buffalo, a home game against Jacksonville and a game at Dallas.

The latest airstrikes followed the release by the Shiite rebels of video and photos of the purported wreck of a Moroccan F-16 that they claim to have shot down over the northern province of Saada near the Saudi border. An online news site with close ties to Morocco’s royal palace and security and intelligence services said the aircraft was one of two that flew from a base in the United Arab Emirates on a reconnaissance mission over the Yemeni side of the border with Saudi Arabia. The French-language site, Le360, said rebel anti-aircraft batteries stationed on mountains opened fire on the two aircraft as they flew at low altitude. “The Moroccan fighter jets maneuvered, gained altitude, attempted to escape the danger, but it was too late.

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