Good morning. Here are some of the stories we’re following today:
1. Dash cam video from S.C. traffic stop shows Scott fleeing
The release Thursday of a police dash cam video sheds more light on what led to the fatal shooting of South Carolina man Walter Scott — a killing also caught on camera and that led to the officer's arrest for murder. Scott was pulled over for a broken taillight, and while Officer Michael Slager was at his patrol car, Scott can be seen getting out of his vehicle and running away. The videos have raised questions about the officer's credibility and is the latest in a series of cases involving controversial use of police force. Read more in NEWS.
2. Investigators in Scott shooting: We had doubts early
The South Carolina law enforcement agency investigating the fatal police shooting of Scott said Thursday they knew almost immediately that something didn't appear right. The agency's chief said "there were inconsistencies including what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds in Mr. Scott's back." He said the video did play a role in the investigation. Read more in NEWS.
3. Obama and Castro’s summit could include historic meeting
President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro could have a face-to-face meeting at the two-day Summit of the Americas in Panama, which kicks off Friday. Their potential encounter is rife with opportunity and symbolism given the thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations announced at the end of last year. Obama set a positive tone ahead of the summit, saying Thursday that a decision is near on whether to remove Cuba from the U.S.'s list of terrorism-sponsored countries. Read more in NEWS.
4. 'Absolutely devastated': At least 1 dead in Illinois tornadoes
Two tornadoes killed at least one person and damaged numerous homes Thursday night in central Illinois, where search and rescue crews were carefully sifting through debris in the "absolutely devastated" town of Fairdale, authorities said. "There's approximately 50 structures, and essentially every structure has sustained some damage" in Fairdale, said Matt Knott, fire chief in nearby Rockford, who sent most of his department to the town of about 200 people to help with the rescue. Some homes were leveled "down to the slabs," he said. Read more in NEWS.
5. Hillary Clinton could announce presidential bid Sunday
Two sources close to the Clinton campaign say the former secretary of state will announce her candidacy for president "as early as Sunday." She is expected to make the announcement on social media, with campaign stops planned for next week, including to first-in-the-nation caucus state Iowa. Clinton, who ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination in 2008, now enters the race as the undisputed front runner for her party's nod. Read more in POLITICS.
6. Santorum, Chafee among latest to talk presidential bid
The pile-up is beginning of potential 2016 presidential nominees. Joining the fray could be former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, a Republican, and former governor and senator from Rhode Island Lincoln Chafee, who's an Independent and former Republican, but said he would run as a Democrat. An aide to Santorum told NBC News he's interested in "testing the waters" again, while Chafee said online he's setting up an exploratory committee. Read more in POLITICS.
7. Pre-orders begin for much-hyped Apple smartwatch
Apple's latest gadget — the Apple Watch — became available for preview and pre-order on Friday, before it officially hits stores on April 24. Apple said it would take orders for the watch exclusively online during the initial launch period. But while the watch has been much-hyped, it's been getting some poor reviews for its relatively low battery life and slow-loading apps. Read more in TECH.
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