More protests: Anger over the death of Freddie Gray spilled into the streets of Baltimore yesterday, when two people were arrested during a protest march from city hall to a police station. There were no other arrests and the protests — on the whole — were peaceful. Gray died Sunday, one week after he was arrested by Baltimore police. Sometime while he was in police custody, Gray suffered a severe spinal cord injury. The circumstances of the arrest and the injury are being investigated.
‘Full responsibility’: President Obama apologized yesterday while announcing that a U.S. drone strike accidentally killed two hostages held by al Qaeda, including one American. The incident happened in January when a counterterrorism operation targeted an al Qaeda compound. U.S. officials had “no reason to believe” the hostages — American Warren Weinstein and Italian national Giovanni Lo Porto — were there, the White House said. U.S. officials also didn’t know that two Americans, both al Qaeda operatives, were present at targeted drone strike sites. They were also killed. An independent investigation into the mishap is being conducted by the Office of the Inspector General.
History: It took five months, but Loretta Lynch finally made history yesterday, becoming the first African-American female attorney general in U.S. history. The vote was 56-43. Her nomination was delayed during a dust-up between Republicans and Democrats over abortion language tucked inside an anti-human trafficking bill. That skirmish finally ended earlier this week, when Democrats and the GOP reached a deal, ultimately clearing the way for the vote on Lynch. She replaces Eric Holder, who made history himself as the first black to hold the position.
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