Sacramento, Gaza Strip, Orlando: Your Evening Briefing

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Photo Credit Sacramento Police Department, via Agence France-Presse — Getty Images 1. A private autopsy found that Stephon Clark, the unarmed black man who was killed by the Sacramento police in his grandmother’s backyard, had been shot eight times from behind or the side.
The autopsy also concluded that Mr. Clark’s death was not instantaneous, raising questions about why he had not been given more immediate medical care. The Sacramento police, who released the photo of the shooting above, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the private autopsy.
A lawyer said the findings proved that Mr. Clark could not have been moving in a threatening fashion toward Sacramento officers when they opened fire.
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Photo Credit Anton Vaganov/Reuters 2. “These are difficult times in the Russia-U.S. relationship.”
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Does Hell Exist? And Did the Pope Give an Answer?

Does Hell Exist? And Did the Pope Give an Answer? Photo Pope Francis has had several chats with a left-wing Italian journalist who considers himself an atheist and occasionally puts words in the pope’s mouth. Credit Max Rossi/Reuters ROME — The Vatican felt obliged this week to reaffirm that Pope Francis believes in a central tenet of Catholicism, that there is a hell.
That odd declaration came after the newspaper La Repubblica published a front-page article on Thursday by an atheist, left-wing and anticlerical giant of Italian journalism, who reported that during a recent meeting the pope had said hell did not exist.
Bad souls are “not punished,” the journalist, Eugenio Scalfari, 93, reported the pope as saying. “A hell doesn’t exist.”
Nor, for Mr. Scalfari, does a tape recorder or notebook or the orthodoxy of quotations marks.
The Vatican characterized the remarks as misquotations.
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Continue reading the main story In the past, Mr. Scalfari, the founder of La Repubblica..