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 A cup and saucer, part of the new Obama state china service, feature a fluted band of “Kailua Blue” framed by a textured gold rim, is seen during a preview ahead of today’s state dinner hosted by President Barack Obama for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.Associated Press

White House unveils blue-trimmed Obama state china (w/video)

The official state china of President Barack Obama's administration is a modern-inspired service trimmed in a blue that recalls the waters of his native state of Hawaii, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be among the first guests to eat from it tonight at a state dinner in his honor. Michelle Obama's offi …


  1. The latest: Former Maryland governor returns to Baltimore to help


    4:15 p.m.: A spokeswoman for former Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley says he canceled an overseas trip to return to Baltimore to help the city after the riots.

    Maryland National Guardsmen patrol near downtown businesses in Baltimore on Tuesday, a day after looting and arson erupted following the funeral of Freddie Gray. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a Baltimore Police Department van. [Associated Press]
  2. NFL relinquishing tax-exempt status


    WASHINGTON — The National Football League is giving up its tax-exempt status, which Commissioner Roger Goodell called a "distraction."

    NFL commissioner Roger Goodell addresses reporters at the National Football League Annual Meeting on March 25 in Phoenix. The NFL is giving up the tax-exempt status the league office has held since 1942, although all 32 teams pay taxes on their income. [Associated Press]
  3. Supreme Court shows split in hearing on historic in gay-marriage cases


    WASHINGTON — Supreme Court justices broke along familiar ideological lines Tuesday as they considered whether same-sex couples enjoy a constitutional right to marry, with Justice Anthony Kennedy in a familiar role as the apparent decider in a landmark gay rights case.

    Demonstrators stand in front of a rainbow flag of the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday. [Associated Press]
  4. Helicopters ferry injured from Nepal villages near quake's epicenter


    GORKHA, Nepal — Helicopters crisscrossed the mountains above a remote district Tuesday near the epicenter of the weekend earthquake in Nepal that killed more than 4,400 people, ferrying the injured to clinics and taking emergency supplies back to villages cut off by landslides.

    Sita Karka, suffering two broken legs from Saturday's massive earthquake, is assisted into an ambulance by Nepalese soldiers and police after arriving by helicopter from the heavily-damaged Ranachour village at a landing zone in the town of Gorkha, Nepal, Tuesday, April 28, 2015. Helicopters crisscrossed the skies above the high mountains of Gorkha district on Tuesday near the epicenter of the weekend earthquake, ferrying the injured to clinics, and taking emergency supplies back to remote villages devastated by the disaster. [Associated Press]
  5. Riots in Baltimore raise questions about police response


    BALTIMORE — National Guard troops fanned out through the city, shield-bearing police officers blocked the streets and firefighters doused still-simmering blazes early Tuesday as a growing area of Baltimore shuddered from riots following the funeral of a black man who died in police custody.

    An officer stands near a blaze Monday after rioters plunged part of Baltimore into chaos, torching a pharmacy, setting police cars ablaze and throwing bricks at officers. [Associated Press]