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Baltimore officers charged...Protest to 'victory' rally...Judge: US liable for Katrina flooding

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 1, 2015 at 4:51 p.m.



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BALTIMORE (AP) — Court records show the six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray have made their first appearance. Bail was set at $350,000 for three officers and $250,000 for the other three. One of the officers faces a second-degree murder charge among other charges. Prosecutors say Gray died after suffering a critical spine injury in the back of a police wagon.

BALTIMORE (AP) — The head of Black Lawyers for Justice says the march the group is planning in Baltimore tomorrow will now be a "victory rally" after a prosecutor charged six officers in the death of Freddie Gray. Malik Shabazz says he's pleasantly surprised by the charges and he's commending State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby "for standing up for justice." The Baltimore police officers' union is calling the charges a rush to judgment.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The global chemical weapons watchdog has a team ready to go to Syria to investigate recent claims of chemical weapons attacks against civilians. But it first needs the Syrian government's approval. In addition to allegations of chlorine attacks in recent months, the head of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is expressing "serious concerns" about allegations of toxic chemicals being used in the northwestern province of Idlib this week.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that federal authorities are liable for some of the catastrophic flooding that followed Hurricane Katrina and other storms The flooding in St. Bernard Parish and New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward has been blamed on a now-closed navigation channel built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. How much the government will have to pay in damages is unclear. The judge has set a hearing for next week to begin discussions.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Blues legend B.B. King is telling fans he's in hospice care in Las Vegas. On his official website, the 89-year-old musician is thanking fans for their well-wishes and prayers. Las Vegas police say an ambulance was summoned to King's address yesterday and a person was hospitalized following what was characterized as a dispute over medical care. King was diagnosed with diabetes decades ago.

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