Baltimore mourns Freddie Gray, man who died in police custody

Mourners pay their respects at the casket of Freddie Gray before his funeral at New Shiloh Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland on April 27, 2015Family and friends gathered Monday for the funeral of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man whose death in custody triggered a fresh wave of protests over US police tactics. Dozens of people arrived at the New Shiloh Baptist church to pay final respects to Gray, who died on April 19 of severe spinal injuries, a week after his arrest in Baltimore.



Loretta Lynch sworn in as new US attorney general

Loretta Lynch sworn in as new US attorney generalLoretta Lynch was sworn in Monday as the 83rd U.S. attorney general, becoming the first African-American woman to serve as the nation's top law enforcement official.



Quake-aid need acute in Nepal capital, more so in villages

Strong earthquake and aftershocks shake NepalThe death toll from Saturday's massive earthquake soared past 3,700.



Justice Ginsburg has already made up her mind on gay marriage

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the 82-year-old leader of the Supreme Court’s minority liberal wing, has cast aside her usual restraint in the past months and left little doubt where she stands on the upcoming gay marriage case.



Thousands attend funeral for Freddie Gray in Baltimore

Mourners view the body of Freddie Gray before his funeral at New Shiloh Baptist Church, Monday, April 27, 2015, in Baltimore.Thousands were expected Monday at a funeral for a man who died after suffering serious spinal injuries while in the custody of Baltimore police.



Boston bomber's lawyer urges 'unrelenting punishment' over death

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is pictured in this handout photo presented as evidence by the U.S. Attorney's Office in BostonBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was adrift and following his obsessive older brother when he carried out the deadly 2013 attack, a defense lawyer said on Monday as he urged a jury to spare his client's life. The defense sought to portray Tsarnaev as a member of a fractured family who easily fell under the spell of his 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan, who lawyers described as the mastermind of the April 15, 2013, attack that killed three people and injured 264. It also echoed the recent words of the family members of some of the people killed by the 21-year-old ethnic Chechen in saying that sentencing Tsarnaev to prison for the rest of his life would both punish him and ensure he is removed from the intense media spotlight he has occupied for the past two years. "No punishment could ever be equal to the terrible effects of these crimes on the innocent people who were killed and hurt or on their families," said defense attorney David Bruck.



Mourners line up for Baltimore man who died in police custody

A family member is comforted after paying respects at the open casket of 25-year old Freddie Gray prior to funeral services at New Shiloh Baptist Church in BaltimoreBy Ian Simpson BALTIMORE (Reuters) - Mourners lined up on Monday before the funeral of a Baltimore black man who died in police custody, a death that has led to protests in the latest outcry over U.S. law enforcement's treatment of minorities. The long line stretched out of the front door of the New Shiloh Baptist Church for the funeral of 25-year-old Freddie Gray. "I am here to show that Freddie's loss of life was not in vain," said Joe Jones, head of the Center for Urban Families, which provides aid to local residents. President Barack Obama was sending Broderick Johnson, the head of his initiative for minority males, to attend Gray's funeral, the White House said.



Jury in case of missing N.Y. boy starts ninth day of deliberations

Stanley Patz, father of Etan Patz, arrives at the state Supreme Court in the Manhattan borough of New YorkBy Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jurors in the trial of a former deli worker who confessed to killing Etan Patz in 1979 began a ninth day of deliberations on Monday with a re-reading of testimony that implicated another, earlier suspect in the case of the missing 6-year-old boy. Pedro Hernandez, 54, is charged in state Supreme Court in Manhattan with the murder and kidnapping of Patz, one of the first missing children whose pictures appeared on milk cartons in an effort to locate them. His lawyers have said the real culprit is Jose Ramos, long a prime suspect in the disappearance.



Clinton Foundation acknowledges mistakes in revealing donors

FILE - In this Tuesday, April 21, 2015 file photo, Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to students and faculty during a campaign stop at New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord, N.H. The acting chief executive of the Clinton Foundation is acknowledging the global philanthropy made mistakes in how it disclosed its donors amid growing scrutiny as Hillary Rodham Clinton opens her presidential campaign, Sunday, April 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The acting chief executive of the Clinton Foundation says the global philanthropy is working quickly to remedy mistakes it made in how it disclosed donors, saying that its policies on transparency and contributions from foreign governments are "stronger than ever."



Republican presidential contenders woo evangelical voters

U.S. Presidential candidate and Senator of Texas Ted Cruz speaks at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition's forum in WaukeeBy Luciana Lopez DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) - Republican presidential hopefuls in Iowa and elsewhere have recently begun sounding a call to arms to Christian conservatives, describing what they say is an urgent threat to religious liberty. Citing high-profile dust-ups over religious freedom bills in Indiana and Arkansas, the contenders are painting a vivid picture of faith under fire. “In the past month, we have seen religious liberty under assault at an unprecedented level,” Senator Ted Cruz of Texas said on Saturday at a forum sponsored by the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition outside Des Moines.



New Jersey doctor, Google exec among Nepal earthquake victims on Everest

Marisa Eve GirawongA Google executive-turned-mountain climber and a New Jersey doctor working at a Mount Everest base camp were among three Americans killed in Saturday’s devastating earthquake in Nepal.



Obama turns 2016 hopefuls into comic fodder for media dinner

President Barack Obama, left, brings out actor Keegan-Michael Key from Key & Peele to play the part of "Luther, President Obama’s anger translator" during his remarks at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner at the Washington Hilton on Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — A presidential election just getting into gear provided President Barack Obama plenty of new material to work with on the night he describes as Washington celebrating itself.



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