Final jury selection is expected to be complete Wednesday in the trial of the first of six Baltimore police officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, Maryland Judiciary spokeswoman Terri Charles said. Prosecutors and Porter's defense attorneys could make opening statements as early as Wednesday, the court spokeswoman said. Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams brought in a second set of 75 prospective jurors on Tuesday after questioning a group of similar size Monday.
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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Tuesday asked the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division to investigate the Chicago Police Department’s practices to determine whether they violated the Constitution and federal law.
In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Madigan asked for an investigation into the department’s use of force, including deadly force, as well as the adequacy of its review and investigation into officers’ use of force and allegations of misconduct.
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The man charged with killing three people at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado, has targeted the agency before, his ex-wife said Tuesday, NBC News reported.
Robert Lewis Dear, 57, could face the death penalty if he's convicted in Friday's attack, in which a police officer and two civilians were killed during a siege lasting five hours. Law enforcement officials told NBC News that after he was arrested, Dear talked about "no more baby parts" in reference to Planned Parenthood.
Dear appears to have been opposed to the reproductive health agency for decades. Barbara Mescher Michaux, who was married to Dear from 1985 to 1993, said Tuesday that Dear once put glue in the locks of a Planned Parenthood clinic near where they were living at the time — and "that was over 20 years ago when he did that," she said.
Mescher Michaux, who lives in South Carolina with her current husband, said Tuesday she was convinced that Dear specifically targeted the Colorado clinic last week.
"For him to plan this and go there, he meant to go there," she said. "There is no doubt in my mind."
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Donald Trump wasn’t backing down from claims that he saw “thousands” of Muslims cheering in New Jersey during 9/11 when he spoke to a crowd in New Hampshire’s White Mountains on Tuesday.
"I saw it and a lot of people saw it and I'm getting hundreds of phone calls and a lot of other people are too ... things are all of a sudden materializing,” he told the crowd.
Trump also referenced how the Paris attacks changed his campaign and focus on terrorism, claiming if he had been president, he would have tried to do something with Osama bin Laden before 9/11, according to NBC News.
The Republican frontrunner also claimed most of the Syrian refugees are “young, strong men.” However, according to Factcheck.org, numbers suggest that around two-thirds of the refugees are women and children under the age of 12.
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The State Department warned U.S. citizens against traveling to Mali on Tuesday, NBC News reported.
Personnel from the U.S. Embassy in Mali and their family members have also been authorized to leave voluntarily, and issued a warning for those already in the country.
"U.S. citizens already in Mali are encouraged to review their personal safety and security plans to determine whether they should depart," the travel warning said.
The advisory comes more than a week after gunmen stormed a hotel in Mali's capital of Bamako and killed 20 people.
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December 1 is recognized globally as World AIDS Day. Organizations and groups around the world will hold events to celebrate World AIDS Day. Cities and famous landmarks will light up in red to honor those who have lost the battle with AIDS and to show support for those who continue to fight. Find out how you can help.
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced two major status updates Tuesday: He and his wife have a newborn daughter and they plan to donate most of their Facebook wealth.
"Priscilla and I are so happy to welcome our daughter Max into this world!" Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post Tuesday afternoon.
He and his wife, Priscilla Chan, also posted a long letter to his daughter, expressing how she gives them hope for the future.
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A student. An art critic. An architect. An engineer. The 130 people killed in Paris during the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks came from all walks of life and represented "youth in all its diversity," according to French President Francois Hollande. Here are their portraits. More names and photos will be added as information is confirmed and available.
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John Cassisi, the former director of global construction at Citi Realty Services, was sentenced by a Manhattan judge for his role in a scheme involving New York City’s construction industry, Reuters reported.
Cassisi was sentenced to two-to-four years in prison following his guilty plea in October. He was charged with money laundering in the third degree and commercial bribe receiving in the first degree. He must also forfeit $500,000.
Prosecutors said he accepted cash or gifts from people representing contracting companies who wanted to influence his decision in awarding contracts.
Cassisi’s lawyer declined to comment. A Citigroup representative did not respond to Reuters’ request for comment.
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Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy has been asked to step down, exactly one week after dash-cam video showing the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was released. "Now is the time for fresh eyes and fresh leadership," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in announcing a new task force on police accountability. Emanuel has said the task force is being created in an effort to “strengthen the fabric of trust between the Chicago Police Department and the communities it protects.”
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A driver and passenger were killed after their vehicle collided with a school bus in Southampton Township, New Jersey on Tuesday, police said.
The Volkswagen Passat collided with a school bus at Pemberton and Ridge roads, according to officials with the New Jersey State Police Department. Two men inside the Volkswagen died from their injuries. Officials have not yet revealed their identifies.
The bus was carrying 20 members of the Lenape High School swim team, two coaches and the bus driver, police said. Eight students and one adult on the bus suffered minor injuries.
Police say a woman stole an Angry Orchard hard cider truck from a Maine 7-Eleven store and then crashed it into a barn following a high-speed chase with sheriff's deputies on Tuesday afternoon. According to WCSH-TV, 19-year-old Nicole Dyment allegedly stole the truck from a 7-Eleven on Congress Street in Portland around 11 a.m. and then eventually crashed it into a barn in Limerick, which is about 30 to 40 miles away. Dyment was injured in the crash and was transported to Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford with possible head injuries, WCSH reported.
Reese Witherspoon will host the annual lighting of the National Christmas Tree on the White House Ellipse this year, planners announced Tuesday. The lighting ceremony, scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday, will also feature actress and singer Bellamy Young of ABC's "Scandal;" Crosby, Stills and Nash; Fall Out Boy; Trombone Shorty; Andra Day and Miss Piggy. During the ceremony, President Barack Obama will illuminate a tree growing on the grounds of the Ellipse.