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Authorities say Hofstra student was killed by police

Mineola, N.Y.

Authorities say Hofstra student was killed by police

A Hofstra University student being held by an armed home intruder was shot and killed by a Nassau County police officer who had responded to a report of a home invasion at an off-campus home, police said Saturday.

Andrea Rebello was shot once in the head Friday morning by an officer who opened fire after the masked intruder, Dalton Smith, pointed a gun at the officer while holding the 21-year-old junior in a headlock, Nassau County homicide squad Lt. John Azzata said.

The Nassau County police officer fired eight shots at Smith, who had what police have described as an "extensive" criminal background, Azzata said. He said Smith was hit by seven bullets and died. Rebello was shot once in the head.

Smith had an arrest history dating back nearly 15 years, according to police.

New York

Fatal shooting of gay man called hate crime

The man charged with killing a gay man on a Manhattan street in an apparent hate crime has a previous arrest for attempted murder, police said Saturday.

Elliot Morales, 33, used anti-gay slurs before fatally shooting Marc Carson, 32, early Saturday in Greenwich Village, according to police.

Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Morales shot Carson in the face after apparently asking him if he wanted to die. Kelly said Carson and a companion were walking when they were confronted.

Nashville

First lady talks of determination, grit

First lady Michelle Obama has some advice for some Tennessee high school graduates: Strike your own path in college and life and work to overcome inevitable failures with determination and grit.

Obama spoke for 22 minutes to the graduates of Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet High School on Saturday in her only high school commencement address this year. The ceremony took place in the gymnasium of nearby Tennessee State University.

The first lady told the 170 graduates that she spent too much of her own time in college focusing on academic achievements. While her success in college and law school led to a high-profile job, she said, she ended up leaving to focus on public service.

"My message to all of you today is this: Do not waste a minute living someone else's dream," she said. "It takes a lot of real work to discover what brings you joy … and you won't find what you love simply by checking boxes or padding your GPA."

Elsewhere

Newark, N.J.: A US Airways Express flight from Philadelphia with 34 people aboard was forced to make a belly landing at Newark International Airport after experiencing landing gear trouble, an airline official said Saturday. No injuries were reported.

Yemen: A suspected U.S. drone strike killed four al-Qaida militants Saturday in a southern Yemeni province, officials said.

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