The knife: Was Freddie Gray’s knife legal? That’s the latest flashpoint in the case that has gripped the nation’s attention the past few weeks. When she announced charges last week, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said the knife was legal under Maryland law, meaning his subsequent arrest was illegal. But police argue otherwise, and attorneys for two of the officers charged in the case have filed motions to inspect the knife he was carrying when he was arrested. Court documents say it was a “spring-assisted, one-hand-operated knife.” Mosby has said the knife was not a switchblade, which are illegal in Maryland. The law is even stricter in Baltimore, where it’s “also illegal to have a spring-action knife,” said a defense attorney.
Spring storms: A rough evening and night in the Midwest, as severe storms ripped through the region yesterday bringing tornadoes, flooding and heavy winds. The storm hit parts of Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska. Tornado damage was reported southwest of Oklahoma City, and the city’s main airport was shut down. At least 13 people were hurt when a tornado hit a mobile home park. Oklahoma City’s main threat last night was flash floods as residents reported washed-out roads. A semitrailer was blown over and parts of an exterior wall of a hotel in Norman was ripped off.
Rebel training: It’s controversial, but it’s about to begin. The Pentagon, as soon as this week, will begin to train moderate Syrian rebels at locations in Turkey and Jordan to fight ISIS. The first of 400 U.S. military trainers have arrived in both countries, and some 400 out of 3,000 rebels interested in the training have passed an initial security screening. The rebels will be trained on small arms, radios, medical gear and battlefield tactics. The controversy comes in the risk that some of the fighters may decide to take their weapons and training and go fight the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad — not the goal of the training. Some rebels leaders say the number of fighters trained is too low and the fighters need more sophisticated weaponry. But U.S. officials are hesitant to give rebels heavier weapons, fearing they could end up in the hands of terror groups.
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