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Cameras that can record will be installed in Baltimore police vans like the one in which Freddie Gray suffered a fatal injury, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said on Wednesday. "We're working through a process that will place cameras with recording capabilities in the backs of all our police vans, to ensure that we have a more complete record of what occurs there," Rawlings-Blake told reporters. The van in which Gray was transported had a non-recording camera that the driver could use to monitor the passengers, but it was not working at the time.
By Suzanne Barlyn and Elizabeth Dilts NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two years after New York socialite Brooke Astor died in 2007, her son, Anthony Marshall, was convicted of bilking her of millions of dollars. The heiress suffered from dementia, and did not know that her son, charged with her care, was paying himself exorbitant amounts from her assets. The Astor story is surprisingly common: a growing number of Americans suffer from Alzheimer's or another form of dementia, and a sizeable percentage of those patients will fall victim to scams.
The White House lifted a 40-year-old ban on taking photos during public tours of the executive mansion on Wednesday, delighting tourists who immediately began posting pictures on social media. First lady Michelle Obama announced the change in a video on Instagram. "If you've been on a White House tour, you may have seen this sign," she said, holding up a placard reading "No Photos or Social Media allowed." "Well, not anymore," Obama said as she tore up the sign, laughing.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ? An ex-California state senator pleaded guilty Wednesday to a racketeering charge in an organized crime and public corruption case centered in San Francisco's Chinatown.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) ? Water board: California water use fell 29 percent in May, biggest savings since tracking began.
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The U.S. government is investigating possible collusion between major airlines to limit available seats, which keeps airfares high, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press.
A Washington state Girl Scouts organization said on Wednesday it has returned a $100,000 gift after the donor told them the money could not be used to the benefit of any transgender participants in the scouts program. The Girl Scouts of Western Washington said it received the donation, amounting to nearly a third of its 2015 financial-assistance fund, on March 30. "Making the world a better place has been Girl Scouts' goal since its founding in 1912, and diversity and inclusion are inherent parts of what our organization is all about," the Girl Scouts of Western Washington said in a statement.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) ? With a handful of Alabama counties still refusing to grant gay marriages even as they issued licenses for straight weddings, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that all must abide by court decisions allowing same-sex unions.
OCRACOKE, N.C. (AP) ? Authorities say a man apparently bitten by a shark off the North Carolina Outer Banks is being airlifted to a hospital with serious wounds.
DeSean Jackson said the Philadelphia Eagles "tried to blow me up" with a "smear campaign" after the wide receiver was released by the team in 2014.