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Thousands protest choke hold death

New York

Thousands protest choke hold death

Thousands of people marched peacefully through Staten Island on Saturday, chanting "No justice, no peace" and "I can't breathe" as they protested the death of Eric Garner, who died after a New York police officer subdued him with a choke hold. The march, organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network, began at noon, starting at the place where Garner died and ending at the Staten Island District Attorney's Office. As demonstrators walked, they sporadically invoked the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown and subsequent protests in Ferguson, Mo. Garner, 43, died July 17 after a police officer arrested him on suspicion of selling untaxed cigarettes. A video recorded on a cellphone shows Garner saying that he couldn't breathe as an officer restrains him in a choke hold. This month, the Medical Examiner's Office ruled the death a homicide.

Elmendorf, Texas

Police chief killed as he tries to make arrest

The police chief of the small Texas town of Elmendorf was killed Saturday while attempting to arrest a man on a warrant, authorities said.

Police Chief Michael Pimentel was shot once in the shoulder and once in the abdomen, Sgt. Jason Burchett told the San Antonio Express-News.

Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau told the newspaper that a 24-year-old man was taken into custody and will face a charge of capital murder of a police officer.

Wilmington, Del.

All lanes of damaged bridge have re-opened

Delaware transportation officials said a bridge on a key East Coast interstate has fully re-opened after it was closed in early June because several supporting columns were tilting.

The Delaware Department of Transportation said the northbound lanes of the Interstate 495 bridge over the Christina River re-opened to traffic Saturday. The southbound lanes of the bridge were re-opened July 31.

The 4,800-foot bridge, which carries an average of about 90,000 vehicles daily, was closed June 2 after officials learned that supporting columns were tilting.

Iceland

Airlines on alert as eruption begins

Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano burst forth with a small eruption Saturday under the ice of Europe's largest glacier, scientists said, prompting the country to close airspace over the area.

Thousands of small earthquakes have rattled the volcano, located deep beneath the Vatnajokull glacier, in the past week. Icelandic Meteorological Office vulcanologist Melissa Pfeffer said Saturday that seismic data indicated that an eruption had begun, with magma from the volcano melting ice within the glacier's Dyngjujokull icecap.

The remote area, 200 miles east of the capital of Reykjavik, is uninhabited.

Elsewhere

China: The Chinese government on Saturday rejected the Pentagon's claim that a People's Liberation Army fighter jet had buzzed dangerously close to a U.S. surveillance plane in international air space last week.

France: European space officials said Saturday they're investigating whether the inaccurate deployment Friday of two satellites will complicate their efforts to develop a new Galileo satellite navigation system that would rival America's GPS network.

Times wires

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