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Officers charged in Freddie Gray's death...Guilty plea expected from former Port Authority official...Ben E. King dead at 76



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BALTIMORE (AP) — A Maryland prosecutor says all six of the Baltimore officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray are being charged in connection with his death. The charges include second-degree murder, manslaughter and assault. The prosecutor announced today that Gray's death in police custody was a homicide. She also said Gray's arrest was illegal -- and that the switchblade that was supposedly found clipped to his pants was in fact a knife that was legal.

NEWARK (AP) — A former official of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is at a courthouse in Newark, where a source says he'll be pleading guilty to charges related to a traffic jam near the George Washington Bridge. The jam was caused for political purposes. David Wildstein (WYLD'-steen) was a loyalist to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie -- who's had to deal with questions about the traffic jam as he prepares for a likely presidential run. Christie fired his deputy chief of staff over the scandal.

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal is renewing its appeal to international donors to send tents and tarpaulins for temporary shelter along with grain, salt and sugar. The government also asked donors to send money to help with relief efforts if they cannot send things that are immediately necessary after last weekend's devastating earthquake. Nepal's finance minister says the country is receiving "things like tuna fish and mayonnaise" -- instead of foods that are urgently needed. Officials say the country needs 400,000 tents, and so far has only been able to provide 29,000.

NEW YORK (AP) — The man who sang the classic song "Stand By Me" has died. Ben E. King was 76. Word of his death comes from his publicist. As a member of the Drifters, King co-wrote and sang lead on "There Goes My Baby." The band had a string of hits featuring King, including "Save the Last Dance for Me" and "This Magic Moment." The 1961 ballad "Spanish Harlem" gave King his first solo hit.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Eighteen black women who were told decades ago that their babies had died soon after birth at a St. Louis hospital are now wondering if the children in fact lived and were taken from them. A video that went viral shows Melanie Gilmore reuniting with her birth mother, Zella Jackson Price. DNA confirmed with near 100-percent certainty that they are mother and daughter. Price was 26 in 1965 when she gave birth, only to be told hours later that her daughter had died. Her lawyer says other women are reaching out. He says city officials are trying to help, but no one can locate birth records from the hospital, which closed in 1979.

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