Friday’s Mini-Report, 5.15.15

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Boston: “A jury on Friday sentenced convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death for his role in the deadly attacks. The jury earlier found Tsarnaev guilty on all 30 criminal counts against him and on Friday handed down the death penalty on six separate counts.”
 
* Amtrak: “Amtrak’s CEO said Thursday that the railroad is safe, and getting safer, in an effort to reassure the public after one of the railroad service’s trains derailed in north Philadelphia, leaving eight people dead and dozens injured.”
 
* On a related note: “Transportation advocates say an automated train control system, which investigators said could have prevented this week’s deadly Amtrak crash, needs more money, not just more time, to be installed. “
 
* ISIS: “Islamic State fighters took control of key sites Friday in the heart of Ramadi, capital of Iraq’s largest province, in what appeared to mark a significant blow to a U.S.-backed military campaign to retake territory from the militants.”
 
* Nepal: “A Nepalese search team Friday found the wreckage of a U.S. Marine helicopter that went missing this week while flying relief materials to earthquake-stricken villages.”
 
* Unacceptable: “An internal affairs probe in Miami Beach found that two high-level former police officers sent hundreds of crude, racist and pornographic emails to fellow cops over a two-year period, the state’s attorney and police officials say.”
 
* A tidy summary: “House votes to keep funding a war it hasn’t debated, authorized or even voted on.”
 
* The final vote was 400 to 25: “The House gave overwhelming approval Thursday to create a congressional review of the potential nuclear power deal with Iran, sending the bill to the White House for President Obama’s signature as he heads into the final weeks of negotiations with the Islamic state.”
 
* Good: “The Texas House of Representatives failed to pass HB 4105, otherwise known as the Preservation of Sovereignty and Marriage Act, before a midnight deadline Thursday night, dooming – at least for now – the GOP-led effort to keep same-sex couples from marrying no matter what the Supreme Court decides in June.”
 
* He will be missed: “B.B. King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans while earning him the nickname ‘King of the Blues,’ died late Thursday. He was 89.”
 
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Friday's Mini-Report, 5.15.15