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Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake holds a news conference on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 in Baltimore.  The mayor called on U.S. government investigators to look into whether this city's beleaguered police department uses a pattern of excessive force or discriminatory policing. Rawlings-Blake's request came a day after new Attorney General Loretta Lynch visited the city and pledged to improve the police department.  (Kim Hairston/The Baltimore Sun via AP)  WASHINGTON EXAMINER OUT

Baltimore mayor asks feds to investigate police

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

BALTIMORE — Baltimore’s mayor was emphatic last week: She did not want federal oversight of her police department. “Nobody wants the Department of Justice to come in here and take over our city,” Stephanie Rawlings-Blake declared as the National Guard enforced a 10 p.m. curfew. But it was hard to find any opposition Wednesday after she softened her tone and …

Co-pilot in Alps crash practiced rapid descents

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

PARIS — The co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 appears to have practiced sending the jetliner into a deadly descent on another flight, just two hours before he intentionally crashed it into the French Alps, investigators said Wednesday. The revelation appeared to support the theory that the Germanwings crash was not only deliberate but …

Scottish National Party’s rise alters UK elections

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

EDINBURGH, Scotland — When Britain’s national elections are held Thursday, there’s a solid chance John Alexander will opt for the Scottish National Party, the group that led September’s failed separatist campaign, even though he favors unity. Alexander, an energy-industry employee from Glasgow, says he has not been impressed with Britain’s major political parties. …

UN: Aid flowing better, even as Nepal suffers airport woes

Sunday, May 3, 2015

KATHMANDU, Nepal — Runway damage forced Nepalese authorities to close the main airport Sunday to large aircraft delivering aid to millions of people following the massive earthquake, but U.N. officials said the overall logistics situation was improving. The …

Women freed from Boko Haram tell of stonings

Sunday, May 3, 2015

YOLA, Nigeria — Even with the crackle of gunfire signaling rescuers were near, the horrors did not end: Boko Haram fighters stoned captives to death, some girls and women were crushed by an armored car and three died …

NYPD officer shot in head fighting for life

Sunday, May 3, 2015

NEW YORK — A man who officials say boasted of being a street “hellraiser” and who served prison time for attempted murder was arraigned on charges that he shot a New York City police officer in the head. …

Six days after riots, Baltimore lifts curfew

Sunday, May 3, 2015

BALTIMORE — Six days after riots sparked by Freddie Gray’s death, Baltimore’s mayor lifted a citywide curfew Sunday and faith leaders called for continued activism until justice is achieved. A jubilant crowd of several hundred prayed and sang …

Arab coalition forces land in Yemen

Sunday, May 3, 2015

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — With helicopter gunships hovering overhead, at least 20 troops from a Saudi-led Arab coalition came ashore Sunday in the southern port city of Aden on what military officials called a “reconnaissance” mission, as fighting raged between Iranian-backed Shiite rebels and forces loyal to the …

Valley Views: Tree Swallow Pair

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Tree Swallow Pair Pondside Road, Longmeadow Photograph and text by Margaret “Pedge” Daniels, Longmeadow I have a favorite spot for tree-swallow watching down along Pondside Road in Longmeadow, and often visit it just to see who might be …

Rage to relief in Baltimore as 6 officers charged in death

Saturday, May 2, 2015

BALTIMORE — Rage turned to relief in Baltimore Friday when the city’s top prosecutor charged six police officers with felonies ranging from assault to murder in the death of Freddie Gray. State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said Gray’s arrest …

1 in 4 US renters use half their pay for housing

Saturday, May 2, 2015

WASHINGTON — More than one in four U.S. renters have to use at least half their family income to pay for housing and utilities. That’s the finding of an analysis of Census data by Enterprise Community Partners, a …

Black mothers suspicious their babies are still alive

Friday, May 1, 2015

ST. LOUIS — Eighteen black women who were told decades ago that their babies had died soon after birth at a St. Louis hospital now wonder if the infants were taken away by hospital officials to be raised …

Ex-Christie allies charged in scandal

Friday, May 1, 2015

NEWARK, N.J. — Federal prosecutors brought charges Friday against three former allies of Gov. Chris Christie — but not Christie himself — in the George Washington Bridge traffic scandal, easing the legal threat that has hung over his …