First trial date set in Freddie Gray case

The first trial for six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray will start Nov. 30, and the other trials are set for early next year. Judge Barry Williams decided that Officer William Porter will go on trial first. Porter faces charges of manslaughter, assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in the death of Gray, a black man who died in April after being injured in police custody.

New York

Clinton Foundation exec Shalala has stroke

Donna Shalala, president of the Clinton Foundation, had a stroke shortly after the closing ceremonies of the organization's major fall event Tuesday. Shalala, 74, fell ill after leaving the events, according to foundation officials. Shalala served as secretary of health and human services in the Clinton administration. An e-mail from former President Bill Clinton said, "Initial reports are very encouraging."


Hunt is on for exact 1775 battle sites

Archaeologists using 21st-century technology are mapping out the exact spots British soldiers and Colonial militiamen were standing as they fired at each other during a pivotal skirmish on the first day of the American Revolution. Parker's Revenge occurred on April 19, 1775, after the battles of Lexington and Concord as the redcoats retreated to Boston. The Friends of Minute Man National Park is financing the project in a partnership with the National Park Service.


Data on migrants' sea crossings released

Some 522,000 migrants have made the dangerous crossing across the Mediterranean so far this year, the International Organization for Migration said in Geneva. More than 388,000 of them went by boat from Turkey to Greece, while 131,000 ventured from Northern Africa to Italy. Smaller numbers have arrived in Spain and Malta. Nearly 2,900 people have died this year trying to cross the Mediterranean, according to IOM.


Snowden arrives on Twitter, follows NSA

Edward Snowden has joined Twitter. The former National Security Agency contractor, who leaked classified documents about government surveillance, had more than 185,000 followers an hour after his first tweet, "Can you hear me now?" He followed just one account: the NSA. Snowden is living in exile in Russia.


Toll rises in wedding party airstrikes

The death toll from Saudi-led airstrikes that hit a wedding party has risen to 131, making it the deadliest single incident since the start of the country's civil war. The United Nations says at least 2,355 civilians have been killed in fighting since March. At least 80 women were killed in the wedding airstrikes in Taiz.

Burkina Faso

Presidential guard comes under fire

The army fired artillery at the barracks of the presidential guard that carried out a short-lived coup this month and is now refusing to disarm. Burkina Faso's army earlier surrounded the barracks, the presidential palace and national radio in the capital, Ouagadougou. Under a peace deal brokered last week, members of the presidential guard are supposed to disarm immediately. But the presidential guard said that they will not give up their weapons.

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