British physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking has been hospitalised in Rome for checks after not feeling well but his condition is not believed to be serious, a spokesman said. Hawking, 74, who was in Rome to attend a conference at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and met Pope Francis on Monday, was taken to Rome's Gemelli hospital on Thursday night. Both the spokesman and a Vatican source said Hawking, who suffers from motor neurone disease, was not believed to be in serious condition.
By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - Jurors considering a murder charge against a white South Carolina former police officer who shot and killed a fleeing black motorist last year told a judge on Friday they were unable to reach a verdict. Jurors were deliberating for a third day in the state case against ex-North Charleston patrolman Michael Slager, 35. The judge told jurors they had a duty "to make every reasonable effort to reach a unanimous verdict." If no verdict is reached, the judge said he would declare a mistrial and re-try the case with a different jury.