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Citizens celebrate on Friday, May 1, 2015, after State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby announced criminal charges against all six officers suspended after Freddie Gray suffered a fatal spinal injury while in police custody in Baltimore. Mosby announced the stiffest charge, second-degree depraved heart murder, against the driver of the police van. Other officers faced charges of involuntary manslaughter, assault and illegal arrest. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Rage to relief in Baltimore

Friday, May 1, 2015

BALTIMORE — Rage turned to relief in Baltimore Friday when the city’s top prosecutor charged six police officers with felonies ranging from assault to murder in the death of Freddie Gray. State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said Gray’s arrest was illegal and unjustified, and that his neck was broken because he was handcuffed, shackled and placed head-first into a police van, … 0

Baltimore police union calls for special prosecutor

Friday, May 1, 2015

BALTIMORE — A Fraternal Order of Police lodge is asking Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby to appoint a special prosecutor to the Freddie Gray investigation because of her personal connection to the Gray family’s attorney, William H. “Billy” Murphy Jr., and her marriage to a city councilman. The letter from Gene Ryan, president … 0

AP Poll: Americans approve of drone strikes on terrorists

Friday, May 1, 2015

WASHINGTON — Nearly three-quarters of Americans say it’s acceptable for the U.S. to use an unmanned aerial drone to kill an American citizen abroad if that person has joined a terror organization, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. A majority, 6 in 10, supports the use of drones to target terrorists in … 0

House passes water bill; Calif. drought solutions still debated

Friday, May 1, 2015

WASHINGTON — The House on Friday passed a big energy and water spending bill that showcases the continuing federal discord over how to handle California’s drought. The $35 billion bill includes money for the California status quo, ranging … 0

$15B aimed at US VA health care delays largely unspent as waits continue

Friday, May 1, 2015

WASHINGTON — Leaders of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs asked Congress for more than $15 billion to end long wait times for medical care for tens of thousands of vets. They got the money, but little has changed. The agency has been slow to spend the funds, … 0

Three former Christie allies charged in bridge scandal

Friday, May 1, 2015

NEWARK, N.J. — Three former allies of Gov. Chris Christie were charged Friday in the George Washington Bridge traffic scandal that has cast a long shadow over Christie’s 2016 White House prospects, and one of them pleaded guilty. … 0

US, Canada bolster oil train safety rules

Friday, May 1, 2015

WASHINGTON — Rail tank cars used to transport crude oil and many other flammable liquids will have to be built to stronger standards to reduce the risk of a catastrophic train crash and fire, under sweeping new safety … 0

US prosecutors drop Calif. massive wildfire case after key witnesses die

Friday, May 1, 2015

LOS ANGELES — The abrupt deaths of two key witnesses has caused the U.S. attorney’s office to dismiss charges against a hunter accused of starting an illegal campfire that sparked the third-largest fire in state history. Keith Matthew Emerald, 32, of Columbia, Calif., was charged with setting timber … 0

Joy in Nepal as 2 rescued 5 days after quake

Thursday, April 30, 2015

KATHMANDU, Nepal — The 15-year-old boy had been buried alive under the rubble of this quake-stricken capital for five days, listening to bulldozers clearing mountains of debris, fearful the incessant aftershocks might finally collapse the darkened crevice he … 0

House reaches deal on bill to end NSA phone collection

Thursday, April 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — House leaders have reached a bipartisan compromise on a bill that would end the National Security Agency’s controversial collection of American phone records, but the measure faces an uncertain future in the Senate. The House Judiciary … 0

Climate change could wipe out 16 percent of world’s species, new research finds

Thursday, April 30, 2015

If countries’ greenhouse gas emissions continue unchecked, 1 in every 6 species on the planet could go extinct. That is the finding of new research published this week in the journal Science. Climate change is a big factor in what has been tagged “The Sixth Extinction,” potentially the … 0

Obama pushes reading initiatives

Thursday, April 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama announced Thursday that major book publishers will provide more than $250 million in free e-books to low-income students and that he is seeking commitments from local governments and schools nationwide to provide library … 0

Baltimore police release investigation report on prisoner death ahead of schedule

Thursday, April 30, 2015

BALTIMORE — Police completed their investigation into the death of Freddie Gray a day earlier than planned Thursday and delivered it to the chief prosecutor in Baltimore, who pleaded for patience and peace while she decides whether to … 0