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Officers charged...Prosecutors say arrest was illegal...No more Muscular Dystrophy telethon



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BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore's mayor is promising to change the culture of the city's police department -- after six officers were charged in the death of Freddie Gray. One of the officers -- the driver of a police van -- is charged with second-degree murder. Charges against the others include manslaughter. One community activist says the charges are a first step toward transparency. And a city councilwoman says the decision to bring charges is a "defining moment."

BALTIMORE (AP) — Prosecutors in Baltimore say the events leading to death of Freddie Gray began with an arrest that was unjustified. They say the officers had no reason to charge Gray, because the knife he was carrying was legal. Officers had described it as an illegal switchblade.

CHICAGO (AP) — There have been demonstrations around the country today to protest police brutality. And some parents in Chicago brought their children along, and used the occasion as a teaching tool on how to perceive police officers. Meredith West told her 9-year-old daughter that when she encounters an officer, she should stay calm and keep still. They were part of a small group of families who marched on Chicago's West Side.

NEW YORK (AP) — Singer Ben E. King has died in New Jersey at the age of 76. He was lead singer for the Drifters, before a solo career that included pop and R&B hits like "Spanish Harlem" and his best-known song, "Stand By Me."

NEW YORK (AP) — The Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon, a Labor Day television tradition for decades, is ending. The association says the decision is due to "the new realities" of TV viewing and charitable giving. Celebrities from Frank Sinatra, John Lennon and Michael Jackson to Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez have performed on the telethon -- hosted for most of its life by Jerry Lewis. It ran 21 and a half hours in 2010, Lewis' last year as host, and had dwindled to a two-hour show the last two years.

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