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Defense rests in Freddie Gray case...Officer acquitted in videotaped beating...Willard Scott to retire



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BALTIMORE (AP) — The defense has rested in the manslaughter trial of a Baltimore police officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray. Defense attorneys called 12 witnesses over three days, including the defendant, William Porter. Prosecutors say Porter was negligent for failing to buckle Gray into a transport wagon and failing to call a medic when Gray asked to go to a hospital. Instead, Gray was taken to a police station, arriving with a broken neck.

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A Long Island, New York police officer who was recorded punching and kicking a man during a traffic stop has been acquitted on all charges. Nassau County Police Officer Vincent LoGiudice (loh-joo-DEES') beat motorist Kyle Howell while trying to arrest him, and prosecutors said he used excessive force after Howell tried to empty a bag of marijuana hidden in his glove compartment. The defense said Howell's movements made the officer fear for his safety.

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (AP) — A Florida sheriff's deputy has been charged in the 2013 shooting death of a man who was carrying an air rifle on a busy street. Broward sheriff's deputy Peter Peraza is charged with manslaughter with a firearm in the 2013 shooting of Jermaine McBean. Authorities say McBean may have been unable to hear police commands because he was listening to music through earbuds.

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Police say the gunman who caused a lockdown at Arkansas State University yesterday initially wanted to shoot other people at the school, but changed his mind and instead wanted to kill himself. In a report today, Jonesboro police say Brad Bartelt told an officer he was upset over an injury he suffered while training to drive an 18-wheeler at Arkansas State University's Newport campus three years ago. He also told police he was on several psychiatric medications and painkillers, and had been "seeing demons in the woods around his house."

NEW YORK (AP) — Willard Scott is retiring. The 81-year-old television weatherman has been a fixture on NBC's "Today" show for 35 years. In recent years he's appeared on the morning show once or twice a week to mark the birthdays of viewers 100 years old and over. The show plans a tribute to Scott on Tuesday.

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