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Protests in Baltimore over man's death in police custody

Baltimore protestProtesters who have been holding demonstrations almost daily this week over the death of Freddie Gray are promising their biggest march yet a day after the Baltimore Police Department acknowledged that it failed to get him the medical attention he needed after his arrest.

Protesters vowed to "shut down" the city by marching through the streets and snarling traffic. The president of a black lawyers' group predicted thousands of people would turn out for the demonstration, when good weather is forecast and the Baltimore Orioles host the Boston Red Sox.

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White House releases report on NSA surveillance six years later

White House releases NSA infoWith debate gearing up over the coming expiration of the Patriot Act surveillance law, the Obama administration on Saturday unveiled a six-year-old report examining the once-secret programme to collect information on Americans’ calls and emails.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) publicly released the redacted report following a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by the New York Times. The basics of the National Security Agency (NSA) programme already had been declassified, but the lengthy report includes some new details about the secrecy surrounding it.

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Hawaii poised to be first to raise smoking age to 21

Hawaii raising smoking age to 21Hawaii is poised to be the first state to raise the legal smoking age to 21 after the measure cleared the Legislature Friday.

The bill prevents adolescents from buying, possessing or smoking traditional or electronic cigarettes. It is unclear if Gov. David Ige will sign the measure. Currently the legal age in Hawaii is 18.

"The statistics show that if you keep people from smoking until they're 18, there's a three-in-one chance that they will never become a smoker.

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Bill Cosby accused of sexual assault by three more women

Bill Cosby accused by 3 more womenThree more women have accused Bill Cosby of sexually abusing them decades ago, as the veteran comedian gets ready for the final show in his US comedy tour. Janice Baker Kinney, Marcella Tate and Autumn Burns said at a press conference hosted by celebrity attorney Gloria Allred that Cosby, 77, drugged and sexually assaulted them in separate incidents between 1970 and 1982.

They join more than three dozen women, many of whom are represented by Allred, who have made similar accusations in public over the past year.

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Nebraska legislature leads charge to abolish death penalty

Nebraska moves to end death penaltyNebraska’s Republican-dominated legislature is leading the charge to abolish the death penalty in the state, potentially making it the first GOP-controlled state in decades to ban the practice and setting up a confrontation with Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts.

State lawmakers approved Legislative Bill 268 late last week, which would replace the death penalty with life without parole, in a lopsided 30-13 vote, enough to overcome Ricketts’ promised veto if support holds.

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Video contradicts police claims about black man who died in jail cell after arrest for sagging pants

Video contradicts police claimsThe final moments of Ervin Leon Edwards’ life were spent facedown on the floor of the West Baton Rouge Parish Jail.

Dragged into an isolation cell and surrounded by about half a dozen law enforcement officers, Edwards sometimes struggled with them. At other times, he appears to be lying still, according to recently obtained video footage of the incident.

At one point, while Edwards apparently resisted attempts by officers to restrain him, a Port Allen police officer shocked Edwards with a stun gun. Not long afterward, the inmate quit moving, the footage shows.

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Maryland Governor Sends State Troopers to Baltimore Protests

Maryland governor sends in state troopers"The last thing we need is more violence in Baltimore City"
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said Thursday he sent state police troopers to Baltimore as protests over a man’s death following an injury in police custody heat up.

“People legitimately have concerns, and the community is out in force protesting,” Hogan said, The Baltimore Sun reports. “I want to thank the folks involved in that. So far it has been peaceful. We want to try to keep things under control. The last thing we need is more violence in Baltimore City.”

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