Acquittal of officer leaves Baltimore asking: What happened?

BALTIMORE (AP) — With no witnesses or video inside the metal compartment of a police van, it's likely no one will ever know what snapped the neck of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man left handcuffed and shackled but unbelted on his trip to the station.

  • Written by JULIET LINDERMAN, Associated Press

After Orlando, slight cracks in gun-rights' grip on Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — How has the Orlando shooting slaughter affected the politics of gun control in Congress? A bipartisan House measure barring firearms sales to some suspected terrorists nicely captures the mix of new and familiar forces in play.

  • Written by ALAN FRAM, Associated Press

At least 6 tornado touchdowns confirmed in northern Illinois

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois officials and residents began assessing damage Thursday after eight tornadoes damaged rural communities in the northern part of the state amid powerful storms that swept across the Upper Midwest.


Colombians cheer deal putting them on verge of peace accord

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombians cried and hugged as the leaders of their government and the country's biggest rebel group signed a cease-fire and disarmament deal moving their country to the verge of a final peace accord to end decades of fighting.

  • Written by LIBARDO CARDONA, Associated Press MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN, Associated Press