WASHINGTON

Library of Congress gets rare images

A Houston homemaker who has quietly collected rare Civil War images for 50 years has sold more than 500 early photographs to the Library of Congress.

The library announced the acquisition Sunday and is placing the first 77 images online.

On Friday, Robin Stanford, 87, delivered the historic stereograph images from her collection to the library. Some scenes offer a rare glimpse of slave life in the South from images made by Confederate photographers.

Other images show South Carolina at the start of the war. Another set depicts President Abraham Lincoln's funeral procession in 1865.

"I'm a little old lady, so I've had plenty of time to do it," she told the Washington Post. She said she had planned to give the pictures to her son, John, a Texas college professor. But he died suddenly last year at age 53, and that "just took the air out of my balloon, collecting-wise," she told the paper. - AP
MASSACHUSETTS

Officer improving

A Boston police officer shot point-blank in the face Friday by a suspect was in stable condition at a hospital Sunday and improving after surgery to remove a bullet lodged below his ear. Officer John Moynihan, 34, underwent several hours of surgery at Boston Medical Center, where he was upgraded from critical condition. Commissioner William Evans said Moynihan is expected to be moved from intensive care within days and make a full recovery. - AP
NEW JERSEY

First lady joins fete

First lady Michelle Obama mixed her message of education for girls with one of empowerment for black women at Black Girls Rock!, an annual event honoring trailblazing women of color. "No matter who you are, no matter where you come from, you are beautiful," Obama told the crowd. The honorees at Saturday night's event in Newark were actress Jada Pinkett Smith, singer Erykah Badu, actress Cicely Tyson, director Ava DuVernay, educator Nadia Lopez, and humanitarian group CARE USA chief Helene D. Gayle. - AP