10 things you need to know today: April 30, 2014

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New Star Wars movie coming in 2015.   I wonder if Harrison Ford will look younger than he did in Cowboys and Aliens?

The story about the botched execution is really interesting.

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Banned! Banned! (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

The Week

The NBA bans Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life, Oklahoma inmate dies in botched execution, and more

1. NBA bans Sterling over racist comments
The National Basketball Association on Tuesday banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life and fined him $2.5 million in a dramatic reaction to racist comments he allegedly made in a secretly recorded conversation. Commissioner Adam Silver said he would try to force Sterling to sell his team, a strong-arm move requiring the approval of three-quarters of team owners. Sterling’s views, Silver said, “simply have no place in the NBA.” [The New York Times]

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2. Oklahoma murderer dies after his botched execution is halted
An Oklahoma death row inmate, Clayton Lockett, died of a heart attack Tuesday night after hislethal injection was botched. Prison officials had called a halt to the execution after Lockett’s…

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  1. towerflower

    Can’t wait for the Star Wars movie to come out.

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    • towerflower,
      I liked the first 3 — the “Episode” series, not so much. They missed the humor that was in the first 3 and I’m hoping there will be some funny moments in the new one.

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  2. I am not a sports nut….I leave that to my hubby….but way to go getting rid of a BIGOT RACIST!! Whatever it takes…..I only wish we could start punishing all the others!!

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  4. City Police Officer Is Arrested in Westchester Shooting”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/01/nyregion/new-york-city-officer-is-arrested-in-shooting-of-a-motorist-in-westchester-county.html?_r=0

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    PELHAM, N.Y. — An off-duty New York City police officer shot a motorist six times at a stoplight in Westchester County this week, in what an official called a “completely random” attack.

    The shooting occurred shortly before midnight on Tuesday at the intersection of Sixth Avenue and Lincoln Avenue in Pelham, Chief Joseph Benefico of the village’s Police Department said at a news conference on Wednesday. For reasons that are still not clear, the officer, identified as Brendan Cronin, 27, of Yonkers, pointed a 9 millimeter Glock handgun at another car parked at a stoplight and fired, Chief Benefico said.

    A person who has been briefed on the matter said that before the shooting Officer Cronin had been drinking alcohol with other officers, who were also off duty.

    The victim, who the authorities said was a 47-year-old resident of nearby New Rochelle, told investigators that he was sitting in the passenger side of a vehicle when he heard popping sounds and realized he had been shot, Chief Benefico said. The driver of the vehicle, who was not injured, drove the victim to Montefiore Hospital in New Rochelle.

    The victim, whose name the police did not release, was shot six times — in the arm, hand and torso. He was listed in stable condition and expected to survive, Chief Benefico said. The car the victim was riding in was shown in news agency photos and videos parked outside the hospital, its windshield pocked with bullet holes.

    “Chief Benefico said that officials had not identified any possible motives, though the New York police commissioner, William J. Bratton, said alcohol might have played a role.

    ‘As of right now it seems to be completely random,” Chief Benefico said. “We have nothing to link either party to each other — no road rage, nothing right now. We are looking into that, but we have no link that connects the two of them.”

    After the shooting, the police said, Officer Cronin drove off. He was stopped a short distance away in New Rochelle by a Pelham police officer. As the officer approached, he noticed Officer Cronin pointing a gun out of the car window, the Pelham police said in a statement. He was ordered several times to drop the gun and eventually did, the statement said.

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  5. “Video prompts investigation into allegations of police brutality”

    http://wivb.com/2014/04/27/video-alleges-buffalo-police-brutality-2/

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  6. “2 Dead, More Than 150 Injured In Florida Jail Explosion”
    May 1, 2014
    http://abcnews.go.com/US/dead-150-injured-florida-jail-explosion/story?id=23543017
    At least two people have died with more than 150 others injured after a gas explosion at a Florida jail, authorities said, tying the blast to recent flooding in the region.

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  7. New for today (May 5)

    “6.0-Magnitude Quakes Shakes Thailand”
http://www.voanews.com/content/six-point-zero-magnitude-quake-shakes-thailand-burma/1907671.html

    “17 injured, trains delayed as earthquake jolts Tokyo region”

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/japanese-earthquake-stops-tokyo-trains-temporarily/article18455483/

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