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10 Things to Know for Friday


May 22, 2015 5:15AM (UTC)

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:

1. GRAND JURY INDICTS ALL SIX OFFICERS CHARGED IN FREDDIE GRAY CASE

The decision allows the state's attorney to press ahead despite criticism she's part of an "overzealous prosecution" in the Baltimore man's death.

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2. ISLAMIC STATE GROUP EXTENDS ITS REACH

The takeover of the historic desert town of Palmyra means the extremists now control more territory in Syria than anyone else.

3. WHAT WEAPON IS FIGHTERS ARE USING — WITH DEADLY EFFECT

The extremists' offensive in Ramadi included about 30 suicide vehicle bombs, including 10 with great explosive power, the U.S. says.

4. SENATE POISED TO HAND VICTORY TO OBAMA

Final Senate passage of legislation to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks would clear the way for a fierce struggle in the House.

5. HOW BOY SCOUTS MIGHT EASE GAY BAN

The organization's president raises the possibility of allowing local Scout chapters to decide on their own whether to allow gays as adult volunteers and paid staff.

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6. WACO AUTHORITIES DEFEND HANDLING OF BIKER MELEE

Some motorcyclists have complained that police acted too hastily in making arrests and scooped up riders who had nothing to do with the violence.

7. EDUCATION OFFICIALS HEED FOES OF TESTING

Students in 11 states and the District of Columbia will spend less time next year taking tests based on the Common Core standards.

8. NEARLY 14 MILLION BID GOODBYE TO LETTERMAN

The last time the late-night TV host had so many viewers was in February 1994, when his show aired after CBS' telecast of the Winter Olympics.

9. WHICH BEACH IN US IS BEST

Hawaii's Waimanalo Bay, featuring powdery white coral sand, heads the annual top 10 list compiled by a professor known as Dr. Beach.

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10. BRYCE HARPER TAKING GOOD WITH THE BAD

This month, Washington's right fielder hit six home runs in a span of three games — but was ejected twice in a span of seven games.


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