Vatican convicts 2 in leaks scandal; journalists cleared

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A Vatican court declared Thursday it had no jurisdiction to prosecute two journalists for having published confidential information after an eight-month trial that drew scorn from media rights groups around the world.

  • Written by NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press

Trial begins for Baltimore officer charged in arrestee death

BALTIMORE (AP) — As the highest-ranking officer involved in the arrest of a man whose broken neck in police custody sparked riots and upheaval in Baltimore, Lt. Brian Rice was well aware of his duties, prosecutors said Thursday.

  • Written by JULIET LINDERMAN, Associated Press

US gives tentative OK to flights to Cuba from 10 US cities

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government on Thursday tentatively approved scheduled commercial airline service to Havana from 10 American cities, further bridging the gulf between countries as close as 90 miles and an hour flight but long kept at a greater distance by the Cold War.

  • Written by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, Associated Press

Bomb blast, gunbattle kill 4 during Bangladesh Eid prayers

NEW DELHI (AP) — Islamic extremists in Bangladesh hurled homemade bombs and traded gunfire with police guarding an Eid prayer service attended by hundreds of thousands of people on Thursday, killing two officers, a woman and an assailant.