SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas – The Texas church where more than two dozen people were killed by a gunman during Sunday services will be demolished, the pastor said.
Pastor Frank Pomeroy told leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention earlier this week that it would be too painful to continue using First Baptist Church as a place of worship.
Pomeroy discussed the state of the building with the denomination's top executives, who traveled to the rural community in a show of support, a national Southern Baptist spokesman said.
The pastor described the church as “too stark of a reminder” of the massacre, spokesman Sing Oldham said.
Teen slain by deputy on reservation
Family members of a teen fatally shot by a sheriff's deputy on a northern Wisconsin reservation questioned Thursday why the teen, whom they describe as loving and kind, was gunned down.
“(There is) no reason you can justify shooting a 14-year-old boy,” said Holly Gauthier, mother of eighth-grader Jason Pero. She said authorities have provided few details about his death on the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa's reservation.
Dispatchers received a call about a male subject walking down the street armed with a knife about 11:40 a.m. Wednesday, the Ashland County sheriff's office said. A responding deputy fired shots, striking the male. He was treated at the scene but died at a hospital.
Nevada judge delays execution
Nevada's first inmate execution in 11 years was postponed Thursday after a state court judge ordered a paralytic drug removed from a never-before-used lethal injection plan that also includes the first use by a state of the powerful opioid fentanyl.
Prisons chief James Dzurenda called off the execution for twice-convicted murderer Scott Raymond Dozier. Clark County District Court Judge Jennifer Togliatti said before issuing her order that she was “loath to stop” the process but was concerned the state plan to administer the three drugs could leave Dozier aware of pain and struggling with “air-hunger.”
Comedian accused of lewd acts
Comedian Louis C.K. has been accused of sexual misconduct toward several women, including masturbating in front of them to their horror and embarrassment, according to a report in the New York Times.
Comedians Dana Min Goodman, Abby Schachner, Julia Wolov, Rebecca Corry made the allegations against the Emmy-winning star of FX's “Louie.” A representative for the comedian said Thursday that C.K. would issue a written statement in the coming days.
The New York premiere of Louis C.K.'s new film “I Love You, Daddy” was canceled Thursday night, and HBO announced that C.K. would no longer be participating in “Night of Too Many Stars: America Unites for Autism Programs,” set to air on the cable channel Nov. 18.
Paul neighbor pleads not guilty
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul's longtime neighbor pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges that he assaulted the Kentucky Republican while the senator was mowing his lawn.
Rene Boucher faces up to a year in jail if convicted of fourth-degree assault. Boucher's lawyer, Matt Baker, described the attack as a property dispute between neighbors.
Paul, who was not at the hearing, wrote on Twitter on Wednesday that he suffered six broken ribs and has excess fluid around his lungs. The injuries have sidelined Paul from the Senate as he recovers at his home. A prosecutor said after court that criminal charges may change because of the severity of the lawmaker's injuries.
Memorial for opioid deaths to open
A memorial wall opens to the public in Chicago today that includes 22,000 pills each engraved with the face of someone who died of an opioid overdose.
The National Safety Council memorial will be in Chicago through Thursday before making stops in Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Ohio and Washington, D.C. The nonprofit organization calls the wall “Prescribed to Death: A Memorial to the Victims of the Opioid Crisis.” A machine carves a new pill on-site every 24 minutes to represent the frequency of fatal overdoses.
Thousands more JFK files released
The National Archives on Thursday released more than 13,200 records – some hundreds of pages long – related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. It's the fourth release so far this year.
Most of the collection comprising about 5 million pages of records has been released to the public, but some documents have been withheld over the years to protect individuals, intelligence sources and methods and national security. To see the files that have been released, go to www.archives.gov.
Disney plans new 'Star Wars' trilogy
The Walt Disney Co. announced Thursday that Rian Johnson will craft a new trilogy for the “Star Wars” universe, greatly expanding the director's command over the ever-expanding space saga created by George Lucas.
The announcement, made by Disney chief Bob Iger on a call with investment analysts, constituted the most ambitious new foray into the “Star Wars” galaxy, moving well beyond the original nine-film framework imagined by Lucas. Disney also announced a live-action “Star Wars” series that will debut on its streaming service that is set to launch in 2019.
'Magnum, P.I.' star dies at 84
John Hillerman, who played stuffed-shirt Higgins to Tom Selleck's freewheeling detective Thomas Magnum in the 1980s TV series “Magnum, P.I.” died Thursday of natural causes at his home in Houston, his nephew Chris Tritico said.
Hillerman, 84, had been in declining health,.
Hillerman was also known for his 1970s roles as arrogant radio show detective Simon Brimmer on the “Ellery Queen” series and the difficult boss on the sitcom “One Day at a Time.”