CHENANGO BRIDGE, N.Y.

Driver fatally strikes state trooper

A pickup truck driver changed lanes and intentionally hit a trooper conducting a traffic stop along a highway on Thursday, killing him instantly, and was charged with murder, police said. Almond Upton admitted to police that he deliberately swerved his pickup truck from the left passing lane to the right shoulder to hit Trooper Christopher Skinner on Interstate 81 near Binghamton around noon, police said. Upton, 60, of Melrose, Fla., had sideswiped two other vehicles with his 2014 Toyota Tacoma.

LOS ANGELES

Attacker’s videos known to police

Santa Barbara County sheriff’s deputies who checked on Elliot Rodger three weeks before he killed six college students were aware he had posted disturbing videos but never viewed them before or after determining he was not a threat to himself or others, the department disclosed Thursday. The statement from the sheriff’s office corrected an earlier assertion that deputies were unaware of the videos when they checked on him on April 30. The statement does not explain why the videos were not viewed or whether the deputies knew anything about the contents.”

Visitor, jail settle beating lawsuit

A man who said he was beaten by sheriff’s deputies while visiting his brother at a Los Angeles County jail will receive more than $1 million to settle a civil-rights lawsuit. The Los Angeles Times said lawyers for Gabriel Carrillo announced the settlement Thursday. Carrillo said he was attacked in February 2011 at the Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles after bringing a cellphone to a waiting area — a violation of jail rules.

PORTLAND, ORE.

Six monkeys die after zoo arrival

Officials said six small monkeys have died at the Oregon Zoo in Portland just two days after arriving at the facility. The cotton-topped tamarin monkeys were part of a group of nine that arrived May 22. The remaining three appear healthy, a zoo spokesman said Thursday.

DALLAS

Execution supplier to remain secret

Texas’ prison system does not have to reveal where it gets its execution drugs, the state attorney general’s office said Thursday, marking a reversal by the state’s top prosecutor on an issue being challenged in several death penalty states. Under Greg Abbott, who is also the Republican nominee for governor in the nation’s busiest death penalty state, the Texas Attorney General’s Office had since 2010 rejected three similar attempts by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to keep secret its source of the drugs used to carry out lethal injections.

Compiled from wire reports.