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Prosecutors in Baltimore have dropped all remaining charges against police officers related to the death of Freddie Gray in 2015, reports NPR's Jennifer Ludden.

A total of six officers had been charged in connection to the death. Four trials had ended without convictions — one, a jury trial, ended with a hung jury, and three bench trials returned verdicts of not guilty. Three more trials were scheduled.

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Al Franken's formal dark suit over a pressed shirt and tie makes him look more like a banker than a Deadhead. But if you're riding with the Democratic senator, you will listen to the Grateful Dead.

"I just love those guys," Franken said as we rode from his hotel to two of the many events packing his schedule here at this week's Democratic National Convention.

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Several staffers are with him to tell him where he's going and who will be there. They hope they get him there on time, or at least as close as they can.

OPB Politics Now: Bill Clinton, Kate Brown And TPP

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Bill Clinton made his pitch for his wife, Hillary Clinton, to the Democratic National Convention Tuesday after the party officially nominated her Tuesday. Think Out Loud host Dave Miller and OPB Senior Political Reporter Jeff Mapes dissect his speech and more from the second day in Philadelphia.

In the Facebook Live video streamed earlier this month by Diamond Reynolds after her fiance, Philando Castile, was fatally shot by a police officer during a traffic stop in a Minnesota suburb, Reynolds identified the man who shot Castile as "Chinese" as she narrated the scene.

John Hinckley Jr., 35-years after he tried to kill a president, has won his freedom.

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has granted a request for Hinckley to leave the mental hospital where he's resided for decades, to go live full-time with his elderly mother in Williamsburg, Va.

DNC Day 3: Barack Obama, Joe Biden And Tim Kaine Speak

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The amphitheater is humming: teachers hover, students murmur over spelling sheets and proud parents deliver the last gasps of pep talks. After final embraces and a tear or two, the spelling competitors are swept backstage.

It is sixth grader Jybr Reynoso Hidrogos’ second time competing. He made the top five last year, but fell short of a trophy. Every day since, he’s spent two hours or more practicing spelling. That’s what helped him beat out his classmates and win a preliminary contest to wind up here today.

A street in Qamishli, a city in northern Syria that sits along the border with Turkey, was hit by a powerful car bomb Wednesday, killing at least 44 people and devastating a residential area, according to Syria's state-run media. Nearby buildings were severely damaged, collapsing walls and floors.

There was a time when Sandra Gologergen's freezer never ran out. Packed with traditional Inuit foods like whale, walrus, seal and fish, her freezer has been an essential lifeline, ensuring her husband, three kids and grandson make it through the long harsh winters of Savoonga, Alaska.

"Then that changed," she says.

The Tuesday night session of the Democratic convention was really three events, each with its own atmosphere and impact, but all contributing to a single theme: The Clintons are back.

This Friday is the last day state health officials are taking public comment on an updated informational booklet they put together. It’s given to abortion providers, who are then required to give it to women seeking the procedure. Abortion rights advocates have long criticized the booklet because it contains medically inaccurate information.


Tonight President Obama will take the stage at the Democratic National Convention with one goal: convincing voters to elect Hillary Clinton as his successor.

The stakes are high for the newly minted nominee, but they are arguably even higher for the incumbent president. A Clinton win would mean his policy legacy is kept intact and there's validation of his tenure in the White House.

City Plans Improvements for Water Infrastructure

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The Texas Water Development Board approved two loans this month to fund water infrastructure improvements in Austin. These loans total over $167 million and are aimed at the long-term use of water in the city. That money will fund two different projects, one of which will replace the city’s current water meter system with smart meters. Bech Bruun, Chairman of the Texas Water Development Board, said that this will increase accuracy and timeliness of information about water use.

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