Baltimore police officer Edward Nero found not guilty in Freddie Gray’s death


The Baltimore cop who failed to buckle Freddie Gray into a seat belt before the young black man’s 2015 police-custody death was found not guilty of assault, misconduct and reckless endangerment, a judge ruled Monday. Officer Edward Nero was accused by prosecutors of unlawfully arresting Gray without probable cause and acting negligently by failing to buckle the prisoner into a ...

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Glitz, glam and science mix well at the Liberty Science Center Gala


R2-D2 welcomed guests and honorees as they entered the Liberty Science Center for the 5th Annual Genius Awards. The Gala was held on Friday, May 20 and raised over $2.7 million. As awards were presented, a battle of the minds took place on stage with a game of chess. The official United States National Chess Champion, 23-year-old Fabiano Caruana, played ...

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Supreme Court throws out death sentence for black Georgia convict who faced all-white jury


The Supreme Court dismissed the death sentence Monday for a black convict from Georgia — because prosecutors fought to have him face an all-white jury. The justices said Timothy Tyrone Foster, who has been on death row for nearly three decades, had no chance of a fair trial when he was convicted of killing an elderly white woman. State prosecutors showed ...

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Japanese pop star Mayu Tomita stabbed more than 20 times by obsessed fan before Tokyo show


A young Japanese pop star was stabbed more than 20 times before a concert Saturday by a suspected stalker who was hell-bent on killing her, police said. Mayu Tomita, a 20-year-old J-pop idol, survived the attack with nearly two dozen wounds to her neck and chest, according to the BBC. She was unconscious and in critical condition on Monday. The ...

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Jack Horner, ‘Jurassic Park’ paleontologist, helps kids dig for real dinosaur bones at Liberty Science Center


What better way to learn about dinosaurs than to dig them up yourself! The Liberty Science Center has a new short-term exhibit called “Dino Dig” that opened to the public on May 21. Mini dinosaur hunters are welcome to come and see what they can find. The dig site is a recreation of a site in Montana called “Hell Creek ...

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Instead of risking your life on Mt. Everest, here are some equally terrifying tasks to replace the thrill


Mt. Everest is again doing what she does best: killing people with abandon. Three more people have died near the summit of the world’s tallest mountain, raising the number of dead to more than 250 since the Sherpa Tenzing Norgay hauled Sir Edmund Hillary to the peak in 1953. Roughly 40 people died during the disastrous climbing seasons of 2014 ...

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Levi’s and Google partner to create smart denim jacket capable of giving directions, answering calls


This denim is not just cool — it’s also smart. Google has partnered with Levi’s to create a smart denim jacket, dubbed Project Jacquard, that’s capable of answering calls, giving directions, controlling music and even offering information about nearby places. Project Jacquard is also washable and stylish — something most smart clothing is not. So how did the Jacquard team ...

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During Billboard Music Awards, Demi Lovato protests North Carolina transgender bathroom law with symbolic shirt


Pop diva Demi Lovato staged a protest on the stage of Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards. The singer star performed her hit “Cool for the Summer” while donning a black shirt sporting the proposed symbol of a transgender person for public bathrooms. Though she didn’t refer directly to North Carolina’s controversial HB2 law, the message was clear. Last month, Lovato and ...

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Despite peace with Donald Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan not ‘betting’ on a GOP White House win in November


Paul Ryan isn’t “betting” on a Donald Trump victory this November. In a wide-ranging interview with Politico released Monday, the House Speaker refused to predict a GOP takeback of the White House. “I’m not going to — I’m not a betting man,” the Wisconsin conservative said when asked if he would put his own money down for a Trump win. ...

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NYPD Commissioner Bratton says city gangs are turning to cyber crime


City gangs are going high tech — moving beyond their traditional criminal territory into cyber crime, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said. “We’re seeing many of our gangs here in New York…turning away from dealing with drugs and other types of crime, and focusing on getting very adept at cyber-related crime — the false identification cards, credit cards,” Bratton said Sunday ...

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