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Baltimore heads into weekend of rallies after officers charged

By Scott Malone and Ian Simpson BALTIMORE (Reuters) - A jubilant Baltimore headed into a weekend of rallies on Saturday after six police were criminally charged over the death of a black man that fueled national outrage over police conduct in black com...

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Iowa governor declares state of emergency due to bird flu outbreak

Iowa Governor Branstad speaks at the Family Leadership Summit in AmesBy P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO (Reuters) - Iowa Governor Terry Branstad declared a state of emergency on Friday due to a rapidly expanding avian flu outbreak, saying the entire state was at risk from the spread of the disease. The announcement, which gives authorities powers to enforce preventative measures, was made soon after state agriculture officials announced four new poultry farms had initially tested positive for the virus. Iowa, the top egg-producing state in the United States, is the third state to declare a state of emergency because of the viral outbreak, which either has led or will lead to the extermination of up to 21 million chickens and turkeys nationwide. Iowa's state of emergency is effective immediately now and will be in force until at least the end of May, depending on developments in the outbreak, Branstad told a news conference.

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‘Bridgegate’ dogs Christie as indictments, guilty pleas unveiled

Christie Aide David Wildstein Returns To Court In Bridgegate ScandalBy Hilary Russ NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former ally of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Friday pleaded guilty to federal charges related to the George Washington Bridge closure scandal, while two others were indicted - another blow to Christie's image at a time when he is trying to get his presidential campaign off the ground. David Wildstein, a former senior Christie appointee to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy at a U.S. district court in Newark. Prosecutors also unsealed a nine-count indictment against Bill Baroni, former deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and Bridget Kelly, a former deputy chief of staff to Christie. Paul Fishman, who succeeded Christie as the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, said no one else was expected to be charged in the bridge scandal, based on current evidence.

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NY jury finds ex-Goldman programer Aleynikov guilty of code theft

Former Goldman Sachs computer programmer Aleynikov waits to appear in Manhattan Criminal Court at New YorkA jury on Friday convicted a former Goldman Sachs Group Inc programer of stealing the investment bank's high-frequency trading code. The jury said it had reached a split decision, finding Sergey Aleynikov guilty on only one count of stealing "secret scientific material" from Goldman. They were unable to reach a verdict on another similar count and acquitted Aleynikov on a count of unlawful duplication. Aleynikov's lawyer, Kevin Marino, said earlier that his client faced between 1-1/2 years and 4 years if found guilty on any of the three counts.

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Mayweather vs Pacquiao: ‘Fight of the century’

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: "Fight of the Century"It’s been hyped for months and talked about for years. Finally, the bell is about to ring in the so-called fight of the century between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

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A week after earthquake, Nepal still needs tents and food

Fresh croissants emerged from a popular bakery and were quickly snapped up. Farmers delivered fresh produce and lines disappeared at gasoline stations. Slowly, life edged back toward a semblance of normal in Nepal's quake-hit capital Friday as resident...

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