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BALTIMORE (AP) — Despite arrests during protests and for curfew violations, the atmosphere in Baltimore has changed to relieved and even celebratory following the announcement that six police officers face charges in Freddie Gray's death. The state's attorney says the arrest itself was illegal and unjustified and that his neck was broken because of how he was handled and placed head-first into a police van, where his pleas for medical attention were ignored.

UNDATED (AP) — Police in Portland, Oregon, say one officer was injured during May Day demonstrations. A splinter group from a largely peaceful march hurled chairs and other objects at officers. Police temporarily closed a major city bridge and used pepper spray on some demonstrators when a march deviated from its permitted route. In Seattle, police say black-clad May Day marchers hurled wrenches and rocks at officers.

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A week after the devastating earthquake, police in Nepal say the death toll continues to climb, now topping 6,600 with more than 14,000 reports of injuries. Hopes have faded for finding anyone still alive in the rubble. The country is renewing its appeal to international donors. Nepal says it needs 400,000 tents plus tarpaulins for temporary shelter along with grain, salt and sugar.

LONDON (AP) — A royal birth in Britain is about to happen. Prince William's wife Kate has been admitted to a London hospital for the birth of the couple's second child. In a brief statement, palace officials said the Duchess of Cambridge was admitted at 6 a.m. local time Saturday at St. Mary's Hospital. The baby will be a younger brother or sister to William and Kate's first child, Prince George.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bulk-shipping lithium-ion batteries by air could be in trouble. Testing confirmed that aircraft fire suppression systems can't prevent overheated batteries from causing powerful explosions and fires, and the race is on to find safer packaging. The hazardous cargo committee of the International Civil Aviation Organization, will appoint a panel to look at solutions short of a shipping ban.

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