Seven police officers have been injured in clashes in northwest Baltimore after protesters threw rocks, bricks and bottles at the officers on Monday. Earlier in the day, thousands gathered for the funeral of Freddie Gray, who died of an unexplained spinal injury while in police custody. "Our officers are working as quickly and as appropriately as they can to bring about order in the area of Mondawmin and affect arrests of the criminals who violently and without provocation attacked our police officers," Baltimore Police Capt. Eric Kowalczyk. The clash started near the Mondawmin Mall and spread out over he Liberty Heights area as a line of police officers pushed them back. Kowalczyk declined to speculate on the cause of the unrest but said they received a threat Monday morning they determined to be credible.
A prosecutor declared Monday that two psychiatric exams found Colorado theater gunman James Holmes to be sane as he meticulously plotted a mass murder, considering a bomb or biological warfare before settling on a shooting so that he could inflict more "collateral damage."
"Meticulous" was the word Holmes used twice during the exams, District Attorney George Brauchler said, marking the start of a long-awaited, lengthy and emotionally wrenching trial to determine if he'll be executed, spend his life in prison, or be committed to an institution as criminally insane. The former neuroscience student has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to murdering 12 people and wounding 70 at a midnight "Batman" premiere nearly three years ago.
Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's lawyers pleaded with a jury Monday to spare his life, portraying him as "a good kid" who was led down the path to terrorism by his increasingly fanatical older brother. David Bruck delivered the defense's opening statement in the penalty phase of Tsarnaev's trial, saying there is no punishment Tsarnaev can get that would be equal to the suffering of the bombing victims. Tsarnaev, 21, was convicted earlier this month in the twin bombings that killed three spectators and wounded more than 260 other people near the marathon's finish line on April 15, 2013. This stage of the trial will determine whether he is executed, as prosecutors are demanding, or spends the rest of his life behind bars, the sentence Bruck urged the jury to impose.
The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Monday launched a formal safety investigation into the stage collapse at a suburban Indianapolis high school that injured more than a dozen students. The department initially said it lacked jurisdiction to investigate because no employees were involved, but it reversed that stance Monday based on new information that employees helped erect the stage. "This investigation will help to verify whether IOSHA has jurisdiction over the matter and if any OSHA regulations were violated," said agency spokeswoman Amanda Stanley.
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Softball-sized hail destroyed the windshield of a car driven by storm chasers in North Texas Sunday afternoon. Lawrence McEwen and Spencer Basoco were chasing a supercell storm in Erath County southeast of Stephenville when they came upon the intense storm that spawned numerous twisters and several inches of rain. Cameras were rolling inside as stone after stone slammed into the car, some estimated to be five inches in diameter, shattering the windshield. One of the storm chasers, covered in shards of glass, put on goggles to protect his eyes as they tried to find shelter out of fear the windshield wouldn't hold.
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A Chicago-area bar is being investigated after a video was posted showing a woman discovering a two-way mirror inside a bathroom at the venue. Comic Tamale Sepp was performing a set at Cigars & Stripes in Chicago’s west suburbs when she visited the women’s restroom and noticed something strange – a full-length mirror directly across from the toilet. Sepp opened the door behind the mirror and inside found a utility closet large enough to stand in. From the other side she noticed you were able to see through the mirror and into the stall. Sepp recorded her findings and posted the video on YouTube. In less than 24 hours the video had garnered more than 70,000 views. The owner of Cigars & Stripes, located at 6715 Ogden Ave., Ronnie Lotz, told Gawker’s Jezebel that “yes, absolutely” they have a two-way mirror in their restroom, and it’s been there for nearly 15 years. Police are investigating the incident.
The U.S. Geological Survey said that the estimated damage from the magnitude-7.8 quake that killed at least 4,000 people and devastated Nepal could cost between $100 million and $10 billion. As the world continues to learn the scope of the disaster, here are ways you can donate.
A powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on Saturday, killing hundreds...
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Baltimore police believe three notoriously violent gangs are now working together to "take out'' law enforcement officers.
In a statement Monday, the department called it a "credible threat'' and said members of the Black Guerilla Family, the Bloods and the Crips have formed a partnership against the police.
The department warned other law enforcement agencies to "take appropriate precautions.''
The police statement came as mourners gathered for the funeral of Freddie Gray, who died of a mysterious spinal injury while in police custody.
One woman brought the big guns to a recent Philadelphia Soul game, but there was no reason to call the police.
A babysitter hired to watch two children at a southern California home Friday night was met by a man covered in blood who said he had just “slayed the beast,” police said. The babysitter had just arrived to the home when she saw the man covered in blood standing near another man lying on the floor of the garage, Oceanside police said. The man on the floor suffered numerous stab wounds to his neck and chest, officials said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman told officers that when the blood-covered man saw her, he got up and walked toward her. She ran to her car and called neighbors for help.
The company that makes the black and white mini cookies sold in Starbucks stores is recalling the treat because they contain milk, an ingredient not declared on the packaging that can cause potentially serious or even life-threatening reactions for people allergic to it. Sweet Sam's Baking Company of the Bronx issued the recall Friday for the black and white cookies sold in Starbucks stores in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Florida, Delaware, Georgia, Ohio, South Carolina and West Virginia.
The search for kidnappers who took a sea lion pup from a Southern California beach has intensified as a reward for the culprit's arrest doubled on Monday to $10,000. The sea lion pup was snatched from Dockweiler State Beach around 3:30 a.m. on April 19 after being harassed by a group of people who were seen throwing rocks and cinder blocks at the pup. A witness reported the group had carried the sea lion away from the beach in a blanket, put the baby animal in the trunk of a black Honda Civic and drove off, Los Angeles police said. PETA announced a $5,000 reward last week for information to help nab the sea lion pup's kidnappers. On Monday, Shera Danese, the widow of longtime PETA supporter Peter Falk, doubled the reward to $10,000, according to a PETA statement.