May 29, 2016

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After two trials and no convictions in Freddie Gray death, criticism mounts against Baltimore prosecutor Mosby

BALTIMORE — After two trials and no convictions, Baltimore’s top prosecutor faces criticism that she moved too quickly to file charges against six officers in the case involving a 25-year-old black man who died a week after he was critically injured in police custody, triggering protests and riots a year ago. Even the judge overseeing Read More…

As Zika spreads, Florida town a study in bug-borne illness

RIO, Fla. — A summer flu seemed to be sweeping through Rachel Heid’s riverfront neighborhood. Pale and shaky, she left work with a fever. Neighbors had the same symptoms, and a contractor at her home felt so sick he went to the hospital. Heid thought the neighborhood children were passing a bug around their circle. Read More…

Bill Cosby due in suburban Philadelphia court for preliminary hearing on sex crime allegations

PHILADELPHIA — Bill Cosby is due in Pennsylvania court Tuesday morning for a key hearing in his criminal sex-assault case. The preliminary hearing will determine whether prosecutors have enough evidence to send the 78-year-old entertainer to trial. Cosby is accused of drugging and molesting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia mansion Read More…

Hawaii on verge of history, could be first state to put gun owners into FBI ‘Rap Back’ database

HONOLULU — Hawaii could become the first state in the United States to enter gun owners into an FBI database that will automatically notify police if an island resident is arrested anywhere else in the country. Most people entered in the “Rap Back” database elsewhere in the U.S. are those in “positions of trust,” such Read More…

After conservative backlash, Facebook announces it’s dropping reliance on news outlets for ‘trending topics’

LOS ANGELES — Facebook says it is dropping its reliance on news outlets to help determine what gets posted as a “trending topic” on the giant social network, a move adopted after a backlash over a report saying it suppressed conservative views. Facebook’s General Counsel Colin Stretch outlined the change in a 12-page letter sent Read More…

NBA Playoffs: Warriors’ Green’s a ‘kicker’ — and that might be why he eluded suspension

MIAMI — Draymond Green has a history, and in this case it seems to have been helpful. He’s a kicker. Only a minute before the overly excitable Golden State forward kicked Oklahoma City’s Steven Adams in the midsection during Game 3 of the Western Conference finals on Sunday night, his leg flailing upward either clumsily Read More…

10 things to know, Monday, May 23

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Obama lifts arms ban in first visit to Vietnam The move aims to bolster a communist government seen as a crucial, though flawed partner, especially in the context of China’s regional aspirations. 2. Bloodshed across the Middle Read More…

In his first visit to Vietnam, Obama lifts half-century ban on arms sales

HANOI, Vietnam — U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday lifted a half-century-old ban on selling arms to Vietnam, looking to bolster a government seen as a crucial, though flawed partner in a region that he has tried to place at the center of his foreign policy legacy. Obama announced the full removal of the embargo Read More…

Coordinating bombings in Yemen, Syria as Iraqi military pushes back against Islamic State

DAMASCUS, Syria — The Latest on a violent day in the Middle East, with deadly bombings in Syria and Yemen and the start of an Iraqi government offensive to retake the city of Fallujah from the Islamic State group (all times local): 3:30 p.m. Iraq’s Prime Minister has hailed “big successes” by troops, hours after launching Read More…

Once off limits, hospitals become deadly targets in Middle East wars

BEIRUT — As one of the few pediatricians remaining in the Syrian city of Aleppo, Dr. Mohammed Wassim Maaz offered hope to tens of thousands of children and their parents trapped in the horror and misery of the five-year civil war. But last month, an airstrike widely believed to have been carried out by the Read More…