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Baltimore riot toll: 200 arrests, 144 car fires, 15 buildings burned

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BALTIMORE -- Parts of Baltimore continued to smolder Tuesday after a chaotic night of fires, looting and rioting stemming from the death of a black man who suffered a fatal injury in police custody.

As a brilliantly sunny morning dawned over neighborhoods left in tatters, city workers and citizens began slowly cleaning up the debris -- hauling ...Read more

VIDEO: Baltimore Riots -- Young Man Disciplined By Relative

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ArcaMax News -- Protests and rioting over the death of Freddie Gray shook the streets of Baltimore Monday. A viral video that emerged from the protests shows what appears to be a mother, or close relative, disciplining a young man for taking part in the riots.

The rioting began following Gray's funeral Monday afternoon. The 25-year-old African...Read more

A look at the major gay rights cases decided by the Supreme Court

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court has struggled with the issue of gay marriage and gay rights for nearly half a century. Here are some of the key decisions:

Baker vs. Nelson, 1972: The first Supreme Court gay marriage ruling was just a sentence long, saying that the appeal of a gay couple from Minnesota who had been turned down for a marriage ...Read more

Supreme Court hears historic gay marriage arguments

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WASHINGTON -- Facing a historic decision on gay rights, the Supreme Court was set to hear arguments Tuesday on whether the Constitution gives same-sex couples a right to marry in every state.

The justices must decide whether to resolve the national debate over gay marriage this year with a clear constitutional ruling, or instead leave the ...Read more

GOP has few options to get Clinton emails short of arresting her

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WASHINGTON -- If Republican lawmakers really want to read Hillary Clinton's missing emails, they have a long way to go to get their hands on them.

Congressional power only goes so far. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives could vote to sue the former secretary of state to force her to turn over the emails or her computer server. ...Read more

China's oldest drum tower is Zengchong village's beating heart

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ZENGCHONG, China -- More than a century before the Declaration of Independence was drafted, inhabitants of this southern Chinese village erected an elaborate drum tower.

Built without nails, its 11 hexagonal tiers stack up like a wedding cake 82 feet tall. Painted roosters, chickens, peacocks and ducks, in bright blues, greens and yellows, ...Read more

Trade fight galvanizing the Left

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WASHINGTON -- With the first round of appropriations bills and a possible budget conference report on the House floor this week, the chamber's progressive contingent is looking farther down the road at the storm brewing over so-called Trade Promotion Authority, or "fast track."

Legislation allowing President Barack Obama to negotiate the Trans-...Read more

Stuart Rothenberg: Hillary Rodham Romney? Keep an eye on O'Malley

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WASHINGTON -- For all her recent efforts to prove her progressive credentials to Democratic primary voters and caucus participants, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has not made those on her party's left entirely comfortable with her. And she never will.

Because of that, a credible alternative would have the capacity to rally ...Read more

Is it time to put a woman's face on the $20 bill?

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- There are more $20 bills in circulation than there are humans on the planet -- 8.1 billion in all -- and as the only denomination issued by most ATMs, it has become America's most indispensable currency. Given the role of symbolism in a system that assigns value to paper currency because that's what the government says it's ...Read more

A cybersecurity turf war at home and abroad

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WASHINGTON -- The House passed not one, but two, bills last week to provide immunity from consumer lawsuits to companies that share with each other, and with the government, information about cyberthreats and attacks on their networks.

It's clear that majorities of both parties believe greater cooperation between business and government is ...Read more

Gensler, a sharp-elbowed 'force,' will watch over Clinton's campaign finances

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On one of his last nights as chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Gary Gensler thanked Elizabeth Warren. There were others on the list he ticked through at the affair packed with congressional aides, government officials and even a few lobbyists, but Warren, the Massachusetts senator and star of the left, was one of the first: a...Read more

Grassley's Iowa advice for presidential hopefuls: show up

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WASHINGTON -- It's tough to be in two places at once. And if history is any guide, all of the senators running for president will frequently forgo floor votes to be on the trail shaking hands and kissing babies.

Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, who hasn't missed a vote since 1993 and represents a state the candidates will call a second home ...Read more

Tester's DSCC pursues same strategy that nearly nixed him in 2006

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WASHINGTON -- If the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee had its way a decade ago, its current chairman probably wouldn't be in the Senate today.

In the 2006 cycle, Democratic strategists in Washington preferred state Auditor John Morrison in the Montana Senate race, hoping to avoid a primary and keep the party focused on defeating ...Read more

Researcher says a sinking Santa Catalina could pose tsunami threat

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LOS ANGELES -- For decades, researchers have debated whether Santa Catalina is sinking or rising.

Now there is a new study that makes the case that the island is sinking, albeit very slowly.

A Stanford University researcher says new underwater imaging suggests Catalina could be completely submerged in 3 million years, though that remains in ...Read more

De Blasio's Wisconsin reception shows potency as election force

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MILWAUKEE -- New York Mayor Bill de Blasio attracted the biggest crowd to Wisconsin Democrats' annual dinner on Saturday since Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama attended seven years ago. The foray to the home state of expected Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker shows de Blasio's determination to affect the 2016 election.

"I'm ...Read more

Baltimore streets erupt in violence; governor calls out National Guard

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BALTIMORE -- The streets of this city erupted in violence Monday hours after the funeral of a black man who suffered a mortal injury in police custody, with hundreds of rioters setting police cars and businesses ablaze, throwing rocks, looting stores and injuring at least 15 officers, six of them seriously.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan declared a ...Read more

Violence rocks Baltimore as night falls; National Guard mobilizes

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BALTIMORE -- The streets of Baltimore erupted in violence Monday hours after the funeral of a black man who suffered a fatal injury in police custody, with hundreds of men and women setting fire to cars, looting businesses and throwing bricks, rocks and bottles at police in the city's worst episode of racial violence since the 1960s.

Thousands ...Read more

Baltimore devolves into chaos, violence, looting

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BALTIMORE -- After two weeks of tension over the death of Freddie Gray, Baltimore devolved into chaos Monday.

Roaming gangs clashed with police in the streets, seriously injuring officers, tearing open businesses and looting their stocks. Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency and called up the National Guard, and state police requested...Read more

Baltimore rioting kicked off with word of a 'purge'

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BALTIMORE -- It started Monday morning with word on social media of a "purge" -- a reference to a movie in which crime is made legal. It was to begin at 3 p.m. at Mondawmin Mall, then venture down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Inner Harbor.

With tensions in the city running high on the day of Freddie Gray's funeral, police began alerting local ...Read more

Defense begins last chance to save life of Boston Marathon bomber Tsarnaev

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BOSTON -- Hoping to save Dzhokhar Tsarnaev from the death penalty, lawyers for the convicted Boston Marathon bomber aggressively portrayed his older brother, Tamerlan, as the brains and muscle behind the 2013 terrorist attack, revealing for the first time that Tamerlan initially planned to strike in Russia but returned to this country because he...Read more