The judge in the murder trial of a white former South Carolina policeman accused of shooting an unarmed black suspect in the back sent the jury back for more deliberations Friday after they said they could not reach a consensus. Michael Slager -- who is facing murder and voluntary manslaughter charges -- stands accused of shooting and killing motorist Walter Scott after Scott fled a traffic stop and struggled with the officer on April 4, 2015, in North Charleston. Slager's lawyers argue that Scott's disregard for authority, aberrant behavior and aggressive actions justified the deadly encounter.
The death toll from wildfires in a popular tourist area in the southeastern US state of Tennessee has risen to 13, authorities said Friday, with the search for victims continuing. Twelve of the deaths were directly related to the blaze and one person died of a heart attack while fleeing, said Larry Waters, mayor of Sevier County, which includes the city of Gatlinburg, gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. High winds and parched vegetation caused by the worst drought in nearly a decade provided fuel for the fires in the eastern part of Tennessee.