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Baltimore officials asked the U.S. Justice Department to investigate its police department for civil rights violations after the death of a black man from injuries sustained in police custody, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said on Wednesday. The review will look into police practices such as frisks, street stops of suspects and arrests to see if they violate the U.S. Constitution, Rawlings-Blake said at a news conference. The request follows the April 19 death of Freddie Gray, 25, who sustained spinal injuries after being arrested by police. Six officers were charged last week in a case that is the latest in a series of deaths in the United States of unarmed black men involving police officers.
The EU opened a new front Wednesday in its battle with Internet firms like Amazon and Google as part of a wide-ranging digital strategy aimed at making Europe more competitive with global rivals. Brussels launched an anti-trust inquiry into the European online shopping sector amid concerns that US companies in particular are distorting the 28-nation bloc's cherished single market. The probe is the spearhead of a digital market strategy unveiled by the European Commission that aims to tear down cross-border barriers faced by many consumers when they go online.
NEW YORK (AP) — The haunting case of missing first-grader Etan Patz has endured for almost four decades — and deliberations in the long-awaited murder trial stemming from his 1979 disappearance are enduring extraordinarily long, too.