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BALTIMORE (AP) — The prosecutor who announced criminal charges against six Baltimore police officers today says they arrested Freddie Gray illegally, assaulted him and failed to get him medical help when he asked for it repeatedly. State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby says Gray died after suffering a critical neck injury as a result of being handcuffed, shackled by his feet and left unrestrained inside a police van. The driver of the van faces the stiffest charge, second-degree "depraved heart" murder. The other five are charged with crimes including manslaughter, assault, false imprisonment and misconduct in office.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says it's "absolutely vital" that the truth about what happened to Freddie Gray comes out. He says truth is what the people of Baltimore want most. Obama commented shortly after Baltimore's top prosecutor announced criminal charges against the six police officers who were suspended after Gray suffered a fatal spinal injury in police custody. Obama says the accused officers are entitled to due process and all the evidence needs to be presented.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Two former allies of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have been indicted on charges related to their alleged role in creating politically motivated traffic jams on the George Washington Bridge in 2013. An indictment against Bridget Kelly and Bill Baroni was unsealed today, charging the two with nine counts, including conspiracy and fraud. Both were implicated in the plot by former Port Authority official David Wildstein (WYLD'-steen), who pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges today. He's been cooperating with prosecutors.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress are demanding answers after a newspaper reported that Capitol Police officers have left their firearms in the bathrooms of the Capitol complex three times this year. The top Republican and Democrat on the House Administration Committee say it is "unacceptable" to leave dangerous weapons in the open, potentially within reach of the general public. The newspaper Roll Call says one of the guns was found by a child and the others were found by employees who work at the Capitol.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The congressman who represents the Maryland district of Warren Weinstein's (WYN'-steenz) family is pushing for the creation of a hostage czar to coordinate government efforts to free those held captive. Weinstein was killed along with an Italian hostage in a January drone strike in Pakistan targeting al-Qaida. Democrat John Delaney introduced legislation today that would create a panel within the National Security Council to unify government efforts. The bill states that it does not authorize the government to negotiate with terrorists.

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