The Brief

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake prepares to speak at a media availability at City Hall, on May 1, 2015 in Baltimore.
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Baltimore Calls for Police Probe

Baltimore officials have asked the United States Department of Justice to investigate the city's policing practices following the death of Freddie Gray in police custody, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (pictured) announced at a press conference Wednesday

In this April 12, 2015 file photo, water flows from a leaking pipe in a Los Angeles street gutter.

Calif. Approves Water Cutbacks

Water regulators adopted sweeping restrictions on how people, governments and businesses can use water amid the state's ongoing drought

Self Driving Freightliner Inspiration Truck Daimler

Meet the Country’s First Self-Driving Semi Truck

The Freightliner Inspiration Truck allows drivers to cede full control of all critical functions when cruising down the highway, given appropriate traffic and environmental conditions, the company said in a statement

Gendarmes and rescuers from the Gendarmerie High-Mountain Rescue Group working at the crash site of the Germanwings Airbus A320 near Le Vernet, French Alps, on March 31, 2015.

Germanwings Co-Pilot Rehearsed Rapid Descent

The co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 4525 tried a controlled descent on the previous flight that morning to Barcelona before the plane crashed into a mountainside in March on its way back to Germany, French investigators said in a new report released Wednesday

SpaceX Pad Abort Test

Watch NASA's 90-Second SpaceX Test

The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft flew a teeny-tiny, 90-second, unmanned mission from Cape Canaveral, Florida, this morning in a big step for the future of manned space travel. Here's why the result of the mission matters

Frank Freshwaters, 79, of Akron, Ohio, United States, is seen in 1959 and 2015 photos released by the Brevard County Sheriff's Office in Florida.

'Shawshank' Fugitive Arrested 56 Years After Escape

A fugitive who spent time at the penitentiary featured in prison-escape film 'The Shawshank Redemption' was finally apprehended in Florida after 56 years on the lam. Authorities arrested 79-year-old Frank Freshwaters after receiving a tip from U.S. Marshals

Close-up of police badge, studio shot

Chicago Set to Offer Reparations to Victims of Police Torture

The law, which has the support of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, would create a $5.5 million fund to pay the 100 victims tortured by officers acting under the guidance of former Chicago police Cmdr. John Burge. Each individual victim would be eligible for up to $100,000


U.S. Ranked Worst Developed Country for Maternal Health

A woman in the U.S. faces a 1 in 1,800 risk of maternal death, according to a new report, the worst of any developed country. The U.S. ranked No. 42 on children's well-being, No. 61 on maternal health and No. 89 for political status

A Sunni fighter who has joined Shi'ite militia groups known collectively as Hashid Shaabi (Popular Mobilization), allied with Iraqi forces against the Islamic State, looks at an Islamic State flag and ammunition displayed in al-Alam Salahuddin province, March 15, 2015.

Experts Doubtful ISIS Was Mastermind of Texas Shooting

The Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria claimed that the gunmen at a Texas cartoon exhibition were “soldiers of the caliphate,” but experts say that it’s still unclear if and what ties really existed. “What proof has ISIS offered?” said one longtime member of the CIA