Hours after the funeral of Freddie Gray, riots have broken out in the streets of Baltimore. A police captain told reporters, “This afternoon, a group of outrageous criminals attacked our officers. Right now, we have seven officers that have serious injuries, including broken bones, and one officer who is unconscious.” Several businesses have been looted as police attempt to restore order to parts of the city. Baltimore has been home to demonstrations in recent days, as protestors sought answers for how Freddie Gray, a young black man, sustained fatal injuries while in police custody. This weekend, 35 individuals were arrested, but violence was isolated to several confrontations with officers. The current riots have taken over several city blocks ... Discuss
This footage, shot with a unmanned drone by a Reuters reporter over the city of Kathmandu in Nepal shows the widespread destruction of this weekend’s massive earthquake. At least 3,600 were killed, and tens of thousands lost their homes ... Discuss
Every year, U.K. newspaper The Sunday Times compiles a list of the 1,000 wealthiest people in Britain, and this year was the first that the country’s monarch didn’t make the top 300. Queen Elizabeth's mere £340 million landed her at No. 302 on the list. Businessman Len Blavatnik took the top spot, with an estimated worth of £13.17 billion. Musicians Paul McCartney, Andrew Lloyd-Webber and U2 also landed spots in the top 300. According to the Sunday Times, the wealth of Britain’s richest people has doubled in the past 10 years. The 1,000 people on the list have a combined worth of £547.126 billion, which is more than the poorest 40 percent of households in the U.K. combined ... Discuss
The Baltimore PD issued a press release today saying that several gangs “including the Black Guerilla Family, Bloods, and Crips have entered into a partnership to ‘take-out’ law enforcement officers.” The police department says it considers the information a “credible threat,” telling agencies to “take appropriate precautions to ensure the safety of their officers.” The release from police comes after they made 35 arrests as pockets of violence broke out during demonstrations this weekend, where protestors gathered in response to the death of Freddie Gray. Police said they believe “outside agitators continue to be the instigators behind acts of violence and destruction." Six officers were also injured.
Protestors are seeking answers as to how Freddie Gray—who was arrested two weeks ago after he allegedly “fled unprovoked upon noticing police presence”—mysteriously died. After being arrested and put into a police van, Gray suffered a severed spine and crushed vocal box. He died from the injuries just days later. Questions have been raised as to not only how he sustained those injuries, but also how police responded. A video shows them dragging a visibly injured Gray into a van while he screams in pain. And despite requests for medical assistance, officers did not administer any in the van. The officers involved in the case have been suspended while it is being investigated ... Discuss
Collin Burns can probably solve a Rubik’s Cube faster than you can even spell “Rubik’s Cube.” The teenager proved it Saturday at a Rubik’s Cube competition (yes, apparently those exist) at a high school in Pennsylvania. Burns solved the 3x3 Cube in 5.25 seconds, beating the previous world record, which was 5.55 seconds. The whole thing (and subsequent celebration), was caught on camera, and the new time will soon be added to the World Cube Association’s world record database....
An investigation by NBC News has reportedly found 11 incidents in which Brian Williams embellish stories related to his news reports. The internal investigation was sparked by an apology Williams issued earlier this year, after it came to light that the anchor exaggerated a story about having his helicopter hit by a rocket while embedded during the Iraq war. Soldiers present disputed his claim, saying that a different helicopter nearby was shot, not the one Williams was on. According to a report in The Washington Post, the investigation team found numerous other inconsistencies, though it is not known when they will make their findings officially public. The Post spoke to “a person familiar with details of the probe.” Williams' suspension from the NBC Nightly News comes to an end in August, but it is still unclear if he will return to the anchor desk, though some insiders think it is unlikely ... Discuss