Festival-like atmosphere outside Supreme Court
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The Supreme Court looked like a festival Tuesday, with costumes, colorful flags, towering signs and people taking selfies under the spring sunshine as advocates and protesters of same-sex marriage thronged the area in front of the high court's steps.
Baltimore Orioles to play home game closed to public on Wednesday
(Reuters) - The Baltimore Orioles said Wednesday's home game against the Chicago White Sox will be played but it will be closed to the public, as unrest in the city continues following the death of a man in police custody. The Orioles said weekend games scheduled for Baltimore against the Tampa Bay Rays instead will be played in St. Petersburg, Florida. Games that were to have been played on Monday and Tuesday against the White Sox were postponed and will be made up on May 28, the Orioles said.
Obama urges 'soul searching' after Baltimore custody death and riotBy Steve Holland and Bill Trott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - For President Barack Obama, the riots in Baltimore marked the return of a recurring nightmare that continues to bedevil him: How to stop deadly encounters between police and African-Americans and the resulting race-related violence. The first African-American president has declared again and again that Americans have more work to do to bridge the racial divide and carry on the civil rights struggle of Martin Luther King Jr. And Tuesday was no different. A day after riots in Baltimore over Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died April 19 of a broken spine in police custody, Obama gave a thoughtful diagnosis of the problem but announced no new initiatives and declared there is a limit to what he can do. ?I think there are police departments that have to do some soul searching.
In tense Baltimore, mayor criticized for response to rioting
By Ian Simpson and Warren Strobel BALTIMORE (Reuters) - Baltimore's mayor came under crticism on Tuesday for a slow police response to some of the worst urban violence in the United States in years in which shops were looted, buildings burned to the ground and 20 officers were injured. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said he had called Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake repeatedly Monday but that she held off requesting the National Guard until three hours after violence first erupted following the funeral of a 25-year-old black man who died in police custody on April 19. "The mayor of Baltimore had the city of Baltimore police on the ground.
Indonesia executes foreign drug convicts, defying global anger
Indonesia on Wednesday executed seven foreign drug convicts including two Australians by firing squad despite a storm of international anger, reports said, but a Filipina was spared at the 11th hour. Authorities put the seven plus a local man to death after midnight (1700 GMT Tuesday) on a high-security prison island in central Indonesia. Eight convicts -- two Australians, one from Brazil and four from Africa, as well as the Indonesian -- were put to death on Nusakambangan Island, MetroTV and the Jakarta Post reported. The Philippine government also expressed delight at the reprieve for Veloso, whose case attracted emotive appeals for mercy from boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao among others.
Iran says Revolutionary Guards seized ship for legal reasonsNaval units from Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) seized a cargo ship in the Gulf on Tuesday for legal reasons, an IRGC source was quoted as saying by state news agency IRNA. The report, which described the ship as "an American cargo vessel with a Marshall Islands flag", said there were 34 crew members on board who were mostly Europeans. The IRGC is Iran's elite military force and operates its own land, naval and air forces under a separate command chain from the regular armed forces. Iran's semi-official Fars news agency earlier said the ship was seized after a court order was issued for its confiscation, referring to what it called financial differences between Iran's Ports and Maritime Organization and the vessel's owner.
Stocks mostly higher as company earnings reports pour in
NEW YORK (AP) ? U.S. stocks edged higher Tuesday afternoon, erasing losses from earlier in the day, as investors worked through the latest round of earnings reports. Pharmaceutical stocks rose after drug giant Merck reported better-than-expected results.
Philippine woman drug convict execution delayed
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Iran seizes cargo ship after firing warning shotsDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) ? Iranian forces fired warning shots across the bridge of a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo vessel as it was traversing the Strait of Hormuz, boarded the ship and directed it toward the Iranian mainland, a Pentagon official said Tuesday.