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Italian authorities: Terror suspects planned Vatican attack

Italian prosecutors say terror suspects sought in Italy had plotted attack against Vatican
Colleen Barry, The Associated Press

MILAN - Islamic extremists suspected in a bomb attack in a Pakistani market that killed more than 100 people had also planned an attack against the Vatican in 2010 that was never carried out, an Italian prosecutor said Friday.

Friends: Man's death after arrest reveals Baltimore dynamics

Friends of man who died after Baltimore police arrest say case reflects neighbourhood reality
Juliet Linderman, The Associated Press

BALTIMORE - Slight and slender at just 5-feet 8-inches and 145 pounds, 25-year-old Freddie Gray was a warm, funny, generous figure in Baltimore's predominantly poor and African American Sandtown community, his friends and relatives said.

The young man who died of traumatic spinal injury a week after his April 12 arrest used to give his hand-me-down clothes to younger children and crack jokes whenever anyone was having a bad day, they said.

NFL suspends DE Greg Hardy for 10 games

NFL suspends Cowboys DE Greg Hardy for 10 games under personal conduct policy
Barry Wilner, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The NFL suspended defensive end Greg Hardy for 10 games without pay Wednesday for conduct detrimental to the league after concluding there was "credible evidence" he roughed up his former girlfriend nearly a year ago when he was a member of the Carolina Panthers.

Hardy, who joined the Dallas Cowboys as a free agent on a one-year, incentive-laden deal, was notified Wednesday of the decision in a letter from Commissioner Roger Goodell. Hardy plans to appeal.

US Justice Department probes Baltimore police-custody death

US Justice Department opens civil rights probe of man's death in Baltimore police custody
The Associated Press

BALTIMORE - The U.S. Justice Department says it has opened a federal investigation after an African-American man died of spinal injuries he suffered after an arrest in Baltimore.

Spokeswoman Dena Iverson announced the investigation Tuesday by the department's Civil Rights Division.

The investigation will look for civil rights violations in the case of Freddie Gray, who was arrested April 12 and placed in a transport van.

He was rushed to the hospital in critical condition about 30 minutes later and died Sunday of what police described as a significant spinal injury.

Baltimore on edge after arrestee's fatal spine injury

Inner-city Baltimore on edge after suspect suffers fatal spine injury while in police custody
Juliet Linderman, The Associated Press

BALTIMORE - Baltimore's top police officials, mayor and prosecutor sought to calm a "community on edge" Monday while investigating how a man suffered a fatal spine injury while under arrest. Six officers have been suspended, but investigators say they still don't know how it happened.

Panetta assures Afghans of full probe into video

US assures Afghans of full probe of Marines video amid condemnation and fear of strained ties
Pauline Jelinek,Robert Burns, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Pentagon leaders scrambled Thursday to contain damage from an Internet video that purports to show four Marines urinating on Taliban corpses, an act that would appear to violate international laws of warfare and further strains U.S.-Afghan relations.

UK spies will face criminal inquiry over Libya

UK spies will face criminal inquiry into claims that intelligence shared with Gadhafi regime
Paisley Dodds, The Associated Press

LONDON - Britain's spy agencies will face a criminal investigation into claims that intelligence shared with Moammar Gadhafi's regime led to the torture or rendition of two Libyan men and their families, authorities announced Thursday.

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