(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.
(Reuters) - The number of police officers injured so far in civil unrest in Baltimore has risen to 20, Captain John Kowalczyk of the Baltimore City Police Department said on Tuesday. Arson fires set during riots also left one person injured in critical condition, Kowalczyk said at a news conference. (Reporting by Barbara Goldberg; Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst)
(Reuters) - Baltimore police may release some of those arrested during this week's civil unrest this week and pursue charges against them at a later date due to legal time constraints, Captain John Kowalczyk of the Baltimore City Police Department said on Wednesday. The law requires people under arrest to be released if charges have not been filed within 48 hours, Kowalczyk said at a news conference. Kowalczyk said police arrested 35 people since the beginning of curfew on Tuesday night.
By 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, Obama gave a thoughtful diagnosis of the problem but announced no new initiatives and declared there is a limit to what he can do. The violence followed the funeral of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died April 19 a week after sustaining a broken spine in police custody.
"We're like the neutral force," said Munir Bahar, co-founder of the 300 Men March movement, whose disciplined followers may have helped prevent greater violence on Tuesday at the protest's nexus at North and Pennsylvania avenues. Now Baltimore is in the midst of some of the worst urban unrest in years, prompting a state of emergency and a citywide curfew. Baltimore erupted in violence and looting on Monday, following the funeral for Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died on April 19 after suffering a spinal injury while in police custody. The ensuing confrontation has brought in plenty of outsiders, from national politicians to international news media to representatives of Billy Graham Ministries, several of whom were in the crowd on Tuesday.
By Megan Davies NEW YORK (Reuters) - A night of arson and looting in Baltimore has shaken the confidence of people running businesses beyond the areas hardest hit. While Baltimore's unemployment rate is higher than the national average and it is lagging in per capita income, the city government's budget is stable, it has a diverse business sector, elite universities and medical facilities, and a growing number of tourists flock to its downtown harbor. "I woke up this morning feeling really concerned about the future of our industry in Baltimore and whether people will want to move here and live here," said Will Runnebaum, owner of Baltimore's Marcus-Boyd Realty. "We started to feel the impact of the events taking place as early as Saturday, with cancellations of parties that were booked for events," said Brian McComas, the owner of Ryleigh's Oyster restaurant which has several Baltimore locations and has temporarily closed one.
By Jason Lange WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In the 1950's Baltimore was the sixth largest city in the United States with a peak population of nearly 950,000. Now the riot-hit metropolis ranks 26th on that measure and scores as one of the less equal American cities when measured by income and educational achievement. By comparison, across the whole of the U.S., the top take in $9.30 for every dollar earned at the bottom. Among 50 major U.S. cities, Baltimore ranked No. 12 in the inequality reading. Growing income inequality has emerged as a key theme ahead of the 2016 presidential election with both Democrats and Republicans calling for the issue to be addressed.
By Ian Simpson BALTIMORE (Reuters) - The looting and street violence that roiled Baltimore this week shows why it is a big mistake to shut down the city's recreation centers, many residents say, fearing the closures make it more likely that young people get in trouble with the law. The rampage by mostly youthful crowds on Monday, sparked by the death of a 25-year-old black man who was injured while in police custody, was a painful reminder that young people badly needed after-school programs and recreation centers, they said. Since 2012, Baltimore has unloaded 14 of 55 centers in an overhaul of its recreation programs, a move forced in part by the city's strained finances and long-term decline of its population. Across the street from the shuttered Parkview Recreation Center and just blocks from where Gray was arrested on April 12, residents said the closure of the facility gave neighborhood youth few choices when school was out.
BP Plc and the United Steelworkers union (USW) chapter representing striking workers at the company's Whiting, Indiana, refinery reached a tentative agreement on Wednesday to end an 11-week work stoppage. The two sides have to negotiate an agreement on returning the striking workers to the Chicago-area plant, but a ratification vote is expected next week, said Dave Danko, president of USW Local 7-1, which represents the workers. "We are pleased to have a tentative agreement in place at Whiting and will work towards getting our colleagues back to work as soon as possible," said BP spokesman Scott Dean.
NEW YORK (AP) — Jurors in the murder trial surrounding the disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979 said Wednesday they were deadlocked after 10 days of deliberating and revisiting reams of testimony and exhibits, but the judge told them to keep going.
ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Officials say a crew member who was aboard a freight train that struck a parked train in New Mexico probably would have survived if he had not jumped from the train right before impact.
By Emmett Berg SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A four-month-old girl who was in the back seat of a car that was stolen at a traffic light in San Francisco was rescued unharmed by police after a citywide alert on Wednesday and a suspect was arrested, authorities said. The child was in an SUV that was stopped at an intersection in the city's Tenderloin district when the suspect kicked the side of the vehicle and then ducked out of sight, said Officer Albie Esparza of the San Francisco Police Department. A few miles from the crime scene, the suspect inadvertently stopped in front of the San Francisco Public Defender's office on 7th Street, where, Esparza said, "a diligent sergeant located the vehicle and took the suspect in custody." The child was unharmed and was returned to the SUV's driver, police said. The suspect, Solomon Alemu of San Francisco, will face charges for stealing the vehicle, as well as kidnapping, child endangerment and a probation violation, police said.
One women has died after being shot and another woman remains hospitalized in Wilmington, Delaware.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Five years ago Federal Aviation Administration officials questioned the mental fitness of the Germanwings pilot who crashed an airliner in the French Alps last month, but they awarded him a U.S. pilot license after his German doctor said he had fully recovered from severe depression, government records show.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A serial rapist testified Wednesday in California that forgetfulness led him to let the power in his ankle monitor run too low twice while he was on supervised release — missteps that prompted prosecutors to seek his return to a mental hospital.
SEATTLE (AP) — Prosecutors have filed five charges in juvenile court against the 16-year-old accused of firing a gun inside his Washington state high school.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel passed a bill Wednesday that would expand popular tax-free college savings accounts that President Barack Obama failed to scale back.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The United Auto Workers union has 816 members at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee, or about 55 percent of the total blue collar work force, according the union's latest disclosure with the U.S. Department of Labor.
HAMMONTON, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a chemical leak at a medical company in southern New Jersey has left several workers feeling ill.
SEATTLE (AP) — Hundreds of climbers and Sherpas who were attempting to climb Mount Everest from the north side when a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck the region are packing their gear and heading out after expedition leaders said Chinese authorities closed all climbing in Tibet for the spring.