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A man stands on top of a police car during a protest after the funeral of Freddie Gray who died from spinal injuries about a week after he taken into custody by police. Illustrates BALTIMORE-POLICE  (category a), by Hamil R. Harris, Peter Hermann and Ashley Halsey III,  (c) 2015 The Washington Post. Moved Monday, April 27, 2015. (MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Jabin Botsford)

Riots in Baltimore over man’s death in police custody

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Rioters plunged part of Baltimore into chaos yesterday, torching a pharmacy, setting police cars ablaze and throwing bricks at officers hours after thousands mourned the man who died from a severe spinal injury he suffered in police custody. The governor declared a state of emergency and called in the National Guard to restore order, and Attorney General Loretta Lynch, in …

Today’s the day: Gay marriage arguments at Supreme Court

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Today is a potential watershed moment for America’s gay and lesbian couples. After rapid changes that have made same-sex marriage legal in all but 14 states, the Supreme Court will hear arguments over whether it should be the law of the land. All eyes will be on the justices for any signals that …

T workers jam statehouse hearing on transit overhaul

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Unionized MBTA employees packed a statehouse hearing room as state transportation officials and members of a review panel appointed by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker outlined recommendations for shaking up the troubled Boston-area transit system. Many of the workers are opposed to changes in work rules or an easing of anti-privatization rules proposed by Baker. While they were not allowed to testify at yesterday’s …

Obama defends U.S. intelligence after hostage deaths

Friday, April 24, 2015

A day after revealing an intelligence failure that cost the lives of two al-Qaida hostages, President Obama yesterday praised the nation’s spying operations as the most capable in the world while promising a review aimed at preventing future …

In Baltimore, protesters promise biggest Freddie Gray rally yet

Friday, April 24, 2015

After a week of protests, people angry over the unexplained police-custody death of Freddie Gray promised their biggest march today, when they would try to “shut down” the city. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake thanked protesters for being peaceful so …

HIV, hepatitis C epidemic in Indiana sparks CDC alert

Friday, April 24, 2015

An Indiana county is experiencing nearly daily increases in new HIV infections tied to intravenous drug use, and health officials hope the situation prompts other states to closely track their hepatitis C and HIV rates to identify potential clusters of the diseases. Indiana state health officials said yesterday …

Italian authorities: Terror suspects planned Vatican attack

Friday, April 24, 2015

Islamic extremists suspected in a bomb attack in a Pakistani market that killed more than 100 people had also planned an attack against the Vatican in 2010 that was never carried out, an Italian prosecutor said yesterday. The …

Scientists trick subjects into feeling invisible

Friday, April 24, 2015

Your brain’s sense that your body is your body is something you probably take for granted. But new research shows that in just seconds, your brain will readily accept a full-body illusion as truth. Even if that illusion is that your entire body has turned invisible. And the …

Loretta Lynch wins confirmation as attorney general

Friday, April 24, 2015

Loretta Lynch won confirmation as the nation’s first black woman attorney general yesterday from a Senate that forced her to wait more than five months for the title and remained divided to the end. The 56-43 vote installs …

PolitiFact NH: Former Sen. Evan Bayh says health care costs are fastest growing part of Defense Department budget

Friday, April 24, 2015

“The fastest-growing part of the Pentagon’s budget are health care expenses.” — Evan Bayh on Thursday, April 2nd, 2015, in an interview in Concord, N.H. --------------------- When former senators Evan Bayh, an Indiana Democrat, and Judd Gregg, a …

Rough ride? Lawyer says fatally injured arrestee lacked belt

Friday, April 24, 2015

No video captured what happened to Freddie Gray inside the police van where officers heaved him into a metal compartment after pinning him to a sidewalk. The cause of his fatal spine injury has not been revealed. But …

U.S. drone strike kills al-Qaida hostages, including American

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A CIA drone strike in January that was aimed at a suspected al-Qaida compound in Pakistan accidentally killed two hostages, including a kidnapped American, U.S. officials acknowledged yesterday. U.S. officials said they didn’t realize until weeks later that …

Prosecution rests in penalty phase of Boston bomber’s trial

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A video played yesterday at the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev showed a mother crouched over her 8-year-old son as he lay dying on the sidewalk, a scene prosecutors hoped would linger in jurors’ minds while …