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These undated photos provided by the Baltimore Police Department, show Baltimore police officers, top row from left, Caesar R. Goodson Jr., Garrett E. Miller and Edward M. Nero, and bottom row from left, William G. Porter, Brian W. Rice and Alicia D. White, charged with felonies ranging from assault to murder in the police-custody death of Freddie Gray. A grand jury indicted the six officers, State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby said Thursday, May 21, 2015. (Baltimore Police Department via AP, File)

Six officers indicted in Baltimore death

Thursday, May 21, 2015

BALTIMORE — A grand jury indicted all six officers charged in the case of Freddie Gray, who died of injuries he suffered in police custody, allowing the state’s attorney to press ahead with the most serious charges despite criticism that she was part of an “overzealous prosecution.” The indictments announced Thursday were very similar to the charges Baltimore State’s Attorney …

Trade bill narrowly clears Senate hurdle

Thursday, May 21, 2015

WASHINGTON — In a triumph for President Barack Obama, sweeping legislation to strengthen the administration’s hand in global trade talks advanced toward Senate passage Thursday after a showdown vote that remained in doubt until the final moment. The 62-38 vote, two more than the 60 needed, came from a solid phalanx of Republicans …

Palmyra’s fall raises alarm over antiquities

Thursday, May 21, 2015

DAMASCUS, Syria — Fears mounted over the fate of one of the Mideast’s most prominent archaeological sites after Islamic State militants overran the historic Syrian town of Palmyra, seizing control Thursday of its temples, tombs and colonnades within hours. The takeover also expanded the extremists’ hold, making them the single group controlling the …

Crash probe eyes reason for Amtrak train’s speed

Thursday, May 14, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — Brandon Bostian was obsessed with trains while growing up, talked about them constantly and wanted to be an engineer or a conductor. “He would go on vacation and bring back subway maps,” Stefanie McGee, a friend …

Obama vows security cooperation for Gulf

Thursday, May 14, 2015

CAMP DAVID, Md. — President Barack Obama pledged America’s “ironclad commitment” to anxious Persian Gulf nations Thursday to help protect their security, pointedly mentioning the potential use of military force and offering assurances that a potential nuclear agreement …

Nepal overwhelmed by 2nd quake

Thursday, May 14, 2015

CHARIKOT, Nepal — Nepal has been overwhelmed by its second powerful earthquake in less than three weeks, its prime minister said Thursday as he visited this normally placid foothills town, now filling up with frightened villagers desperate for …

Official: VA wastes $5B a year in excess health spending

Friday, May 15, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs is improperly spending at least $5 billion a year for medical care and supplies being purchased in violation of required practices for competitive bidding and written contracts, a senior VA official said Thursday. “Gross mismanagement” by senior agency leaders has wasted …

Colombians see pros, cons in ban on anti-coca spray

Friday, May 15, 2015

CRUCITO, Colombia — Manuel de Jesus Sanchez holds up a green poncho to protect his skin from the midday sun. The farmer says he was working in a rice paddy four years ago when a crop duster buzzed …

Secret Service agents likely drunk in White House snafu

Friday, May 15, 2015

WASHINGTON — What were they thinking? For months new Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy had been warning agents and officers that misconduct and drunken shenanigans would not be tolerated in the once-vaunted law enforcement agency. And yet, according to investigators, two senior Secret Service agents spent five hours …

Stephanopoulos won’t moderate GOP debate

Friday, May 15, 2015

NEW YORK — ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos will not moderate a Republican presidential debate next winter, part of the fallout after revelations that the network’s top political anchor contributed $75,000 over a three-year period to the Clinton …

Trade issue deepens rift between Warren, Obama

Thursday, May 14, 2015

WASHINGTON — When President Barack Obama huffed that Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts senator and established liberal star, was a “politician like everybody else” he revealed a rift that predates the current hostilities between the two Democrats over trade. …

Pakistan holds funeral for 45 Shiites killed in bus attack

Thursday, May 14, 2015

KARACHI, Pakistan — Amid tight security, hundreds of Pakistanis paid their respects at a mass funeral on Thursday for most of the 45 minority Shiites killed in a militant attack on a bus the previous day in the …