Sunday, December 17, 2017
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Baltimore police officer goes on trial for murder in death of Freddie Gray

Baltimore

Officer's Murder trial opens in Freddie Gray death

In an opening statement, Baltimore prosecutors alleged Thursday that the police officer driving the van in which Freddie Gray was fatally injured gave him an intentional "rough ride." The accusation was made by Chief Deputy State's Attorney Michael Schatzow at the trial of Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., as prosecutors seek to convict him of second-degree murder, three counts of manslaughter and other charges. Goodson's lead defense attorney, Andrew Graham, said prosecutors can't prove their case. "An accident can be just an accident, and the cause can be the person himself," Graham said. Goodson is the third officer to come to trial in Gray's death. Last month, Officer Edward Nero, who participated in Gray's initial arrest, was acquitted of all charges.

New York

Risky behavior drops among U.S. teens

U.S. teens are having a lot less sex, they are drinking and using drugs less often, and they aren't smoking as much, according a government survey of risky youth behaviors. Among a decline in several risky behaviors, a sharp decline in sexual activity stood out to researchers. The survey found 41 percent said they had ever had sex, down from about 47 percent over the previous decade. It also found marked declines last year in the proportion of students who said they had sex recently and students who had had sex with four or more partners. The results come from a study conducted by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. The surveys included 16,000 students.

Los Angeles

Mom reunited with son abducted as baby

A California mother was reunited Thursday with her abducted son, laying eyes on him and wrapping her arms around him for the first time in 21 years. Maria Mancia had been left with just a single photo of her son since his father took him in 1995. Steve Hernandez, 22, was found living in Puebla, Mexico, and was brought to the United States to meet his mother. The father is thought to be dead.

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Lightning wins at Avalanche with four-goal second period

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Updated: 11 hours ago
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Updated: 12 hours ago

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