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Navy honors civil rights martyr Medgar Evers

JACKSON, Miss.

Navy honors civil rights martyr

Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of slain civil-rights pioneer Medgar Evers, fought tears Friday as Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, a former Mississippi governor, announced that he is naming a new Navy supply ship — the USNS Medgar Evers — for her late husband. "He gave his life for his country," Mabus told an audience of about 200 at Jackson State University. Evers was Mississippi field secretary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People when he was assassinated outside his Jackson home on June 12, 1963. He was 37. Evers' assassination prompted President John F. Kennedy to ask Congress for a comprehensive civil rights bill. It was 1994 before his killer, white supremacist Byron De La Beckwith, was convicted of murder.

LEBANON, Pa.

Gun-rights mom killed by spouse, police say

Soccer mom Meleanie Hain, who was thrust into the national gun-rights debate after taking a loaded pistol to youth sports events, was killed by her husband in a shooting witnessed online by her video chat partner, authorities said Friday. Scott Hain, 33, used his own gun to fire several shots into his 30-year-old wife, then killed himself. Meleanie Hain's loaded pistol was in a backpack hanging from the front door.

LOS ANGELES

Motive is unclear in UCLA lab stabbing

Detectives investigating the case of a student at the University of California at Los Angeles who allegedly slashed the throat of a female classmate say they have still not discovered what prompted the violence. Investigators on Friday said they are continuing to examine the background of the suspect, Damon Thompson, 20, but nothing so far points to a motive for what sources called an unprovoked attack.

New York

Father pleads not guilty to lying to FBI

Mohammed Zazi, 53 — the father of Afghan immigrant Najibullah Zazi, who is accused of plotting a terror attack in New York City — pleaded not guilty Friday to a charge of lying to investigators. Mohammed Zazi was indicted Thursday for allegedly making a false statement in a matter involving terrorism. He was arrested last month and remains free under electronic monitoring on $50,000 bail.

PHOENIX

2 die, 19 overcome at retreat sweat lodge

Two people died and 19 others were taken to hospitals after being overcome while sitting in a sauna-like sweat lodge during a Sedona spiritual retreat, authorities said Friday. There were 64 people present, and many began feeling ill after about two hours in the sweat box, emerging lightheaded and weak, said Verde Valley Fire District Chief Jerry Doerksen.

Times wires

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