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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 1:00 am


No federal case for Freddie Gray

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BALTIMORE – The U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday it won't bring federal civil rights charges against six Baltimore police officers involved in the arrest and in-custody death of Freddie Gray, a young black man whose death touched off weeks of protests and unrest in the city.

The officers were charged by state prosecutors after Gray's neck was broken in the back of a police van in April 2015. The 25-year-old was handcuffed and shackled, but he was unrestrained by a seat belt.

Three officers were acquitted in state court, and Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby later dropped the remaining state cases. Five officers face internal disciplinary hearings scheduled to begin Oct. 30.

Change urged after autopilot car death

Design limitations of the Tesla Model S's Autopilot played a major role in the first known fatal crash of a highway vehicle operating under automated control systems, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday.

The board said the direct cause of the May 2016 crash was an inattentive driver's over-reliance on technology and a truck driver who made a left-hand turn in front of the car. But the board also recommended that automakers incorporate safeguards that keep drivers' attention engaged and limit the use of automated systems to conditions they were designed for.

Charges dropped in deadly derailment

A judge on Tuesday dismissed criminal charges against the engineer in an Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia that killed eight people, citing a lack of evidence in a case that prosecutors initially refused to pursue.

Brandon Bostian, 34, had faced charges that included involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment after his train rounded a curve at more than twice the speed limit and flew off the tracks. About 200 people were hurt.

Same-sex marriage plaintiff dies at 88

Edith Windsor, a gay rights pioneer whose landmark Supreme Court case struck down parts of a federal anti-gay-marriage law and paved a path toward legalizing same-sex nuptials nationwide, died Tuesday. She was 88.

Windsor, who had struggled with heart issues for years, died in New York, said her lawyer, Roberta Kaplan.

Twitter porn 'like' a mistake, Cruz says

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, says “a staffing issue” led to his official Twitter account “liking” a pornographic image overnight.

Cruz told reporters at the Capitol on Tuesday morning that “there are a number of people on the team who have access to the account. It appears that someone inadvertently hit the 'like' button and when we discovered the post, which was I guess an hour or two later, we pulled it down.”

“It was a mistake, it was not a deliberate action,” he said.

Son Eric gives Trump grandchild No. 9

President Donald Trump has become a grandfather for the ninth time. Eric Trump, the president's son, and Eric's wife, Lara, welcomed their son, Eric “Luke” Trump on Tuesday. The Trump Organization announced the birth on Twitter.