Thousands rally over chokehold death

Thousands of people marched peacefully through the New York City borough of Staten Island on Saturday to protest the death of an unarmed black man who was put in a chokehold by a white police officer.

Police reported no arrests after the afternoon rally and march, which drew more than 2,500 people. Eric Garner died July 17 after a confrontation with a New York police officer who used a prohibited hold.

“This is a Birmingham, Alabama, moment!” the Rev. Herbert Daughtry said to about 100 demonstrators at a Staten Island church before the march. He asked for anyone who had been harassed, humiliated or disrespected by police to stand. Almost everyone did.

The Rev. Al Sharpton told them to remain nonviolent or go home. He also repeated his call for a federal takeover of the criminal investigation into the death of Garner, an asthmatic 43-year-old father of six who was stopped for selling loose cigarettes.

— Associated Press

Washington state
More rain expected in fire-singed state

A slow-moving front bringing heavy rain is expected to arrive Sunday in areas of Washington state scarred by wildfires, just days after flash floods destroyed at least 10 homes.

The National Weather Service forecast said the rain will arrive late Sunday morning, bringing more worries to an area already battered by widespread wildfires and flooding.

An estimated 10 homes were damaged or destroyed, and highways were blocked as heavy rains unleashed mudslides Thursday in an area of north-central Washington where hillsides have been left barren by wildfires. The area also saw the largest wildfire in state history. The blaze burned more than 400 square miles.

— Associated Press

California officer in coma after gunfight: Authorities say a San Bernardino police officer remained in a medically induced coma after he was shot in the head by a man who was then killed by another officer. Officer Gabriel Garcia, 31, was listed in extremely critical condition Saturday. Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said Garcia is responding to treatment and is fighting for his life. He was shot once in the head and twice in the upper body Friday as he and his partner stopped to talk to a group of people outside a home. His partner killed the gunman in a shootout.

Woman dies when car hits parade float: A car struck a parade vehicle Saturday in rural Michigan, killing an 80-year-old woman and injuring 10 others, authorities said. Lapeer County Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Jason Parks said that Jeanette Rumptz of Metamora Township died at the crash site after the car she was driving struck a truck that had been converted to resemble a steam locomotive.

— From news services