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Updated at 7:14 PM

BALTIMORE (AP) " The trial for the highest-ranking officer charged in the death of a 25-year-old black man who was fatally injured in the back of a police van may hinge on a simple question: Should the officer have put a seat belt on Freddie Gray? Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams, who will decide the case of Lt. Brian Rice, focused on that question during closing arguments Thursday, asking prosecutors if they believed it was a crime not to put a seat belt on...

Updated at 7:02 PM

AURORA, Colo. (AP) " Investigators say an off-duty Colorado sheriff's deputy fired a bullet straight down the barrel of a suspect's gun, a shot they called "one in a billion." The detail emerged in a letter from prosecutors Wednesday...

Updated at 7:01 PM

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) " Female professionals will soon be better represented in emoji form. Google says Thursday that the Unicode Consortium, which controls emoji standards, has agreed to add 11 new emojis in response to Google's...

Updated at 7:01 PM

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) " Some South Sudanese, including those with dual U.S. citizenship, are not being allowed to leave war-torn South Sudan, even as the United States, India and others continued Thursday to evacuate their citizens while a...

Updated at 6:58 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) " U.S. national security officials said Thursday they're concerned about the potential for violence at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland as tensions run high around the country after the recent police shootings of...

Updated at 6:56 PM

TROON, Scotland (AP) " Phil Mickelson pointed his putter toward the hole and was ready to step right into major championship history Thursday in the British Open. Instead, he endured another dose of heartache. All because of a...

Updated at 6:54 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) " California state Sen. Sharon Runner, who left the Legislature in 2012 to undergo a double lung transplant and three years later made a dramatic return to the Senate, died Thursday, her family said in a statement. She was...

Updated at 6:52 PM

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) " The former chairman of the agency that controls New York City-area airports conspired with a United Airlines lobbyist to get the airline to run direct flights to South Carolina so that the executive could more easily visit his...

Updated at 6:47 PM

NEW YORK (AP) " The Latest on the "Pokemon Go" smartphone game craze (all times EDT): 3:45 p.m. Long Island police say a 19-year-old man had his smartphone stolen while he was playing "Pokemon Go" on it Wednesday evening. A car...

Updated at 5:44 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) " Consumers wanting to know if their foods contain genetically modified ingredients will be able to find out for the first time. Congress sent legislation to President Barack Obama on Thursday that would require most food...

Updated at 5:34 PM

NEW YORK (AP) " A federal appeals court delivered a victory to U.S. companies housing customer data overseas, ruling Thursday that prosecutors cannot force Microsoft to reveal content from a customer's email account stored in Ireland. The...

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