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Attorneys meet following outcome in Freddie Gray case ... VA to pay for robotic legs ... No Star Wars premiere for Egypt

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 17, 2015 at 4:50 a.m.



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BALTIMORE (AP) — Prosecutors and attorneys for Baltimore Police Officer William Porter plan to meet in the judge's chambers today to discuss a possible retrial. Yesterday, a mistrial was declared after jurors couldn't decide whether Porter was responsible for the death of Freddie Gray, whose neck was broken while he was being transported in a police van in April. Prosecutors say Porter was partly to blame for not putting Gray in a seatbelt and not calling for an ambulance when Gray indicated he needed medical help.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California, have Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell talking about revisiting the wiretapping issue. McConnell says recent attacks have raised questions about whether it was wise to limit the National Security Agency's authority in listening in on communications. The Kentucky Republican says the issue might be addressed by Congress next year.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs has agreed to pay for robotic legs that could allow scores of paralyzed veterans to walk again. Many veterans cannot afford the $77,000 needed to pay for the powered exoskeleton called the ReWalk. ReWalk Robotics says it has evaluated 45 paralyzed veterans who meet the height and weight requirements for the technology, which consists of leg braces with motion sensors and motorized joints.

BERLIN (AP) — Volkswagen says it's making structural changes that will help it speed up its internal decision-making processes. The German automaker says the number of top managers reporting directly to the CEO will be nearly cut in half. Volkswagen is grappling with the fallout of an emissions-cheating scandal, which the company says is linked to a small group of company engineers.

CAIRO (AP) — Talk about the dark side. There was no opening day showing in Cairo for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." Moviegoers with IMAX tickets were disappointed when the theater said it was cancelling the premiere because the copy of the movie it received was corrupt. Fan Mahmoud Salem (sah-LEHM') says he's livid. He says, "They are lucky people here aren't die-hard fans. If this had happened in the U.S., they would have set the theatre on fire." IMAX Egypt says the movie is showing as scheduled today.

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