Tuesday’s Mini-Report, 4.21.15

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Iran: “The convoy of Iranian ships suspected of carrying weapons destined for rebels in Yemen is parked in the north Arabian Sea, U.S. officials said Tuesday. The aircraft carrier the USS Theodore Roosevelt and a guided missile cruiser, the Normandy, are safely to the northeast, the officials said. The Theodore Roosevelt and seven other American ships arrived in the Arabian Sea on Monday, and U.S. officials said that they could intercept the convoy.”
 
* Yemen: “The Saudi-led airstrike coalition campaign in Yemen is ending after nearly a month of pounding Iran-allied Houthi rebels, according to a statement read on Arabiya TV.”
 
* The scale of the tragedy worsens: “Investigators are just beginning to debrief the few survivors of the wreck: 28 men out of the estimated 850 people who packed onto the migrant vessel. But they have arrested its captain, identified on Tuesday by prosecutors as Mohammed Ali Malek, 27, a Tunisian, on suspicion of multiple homicide.”
 
* It’s about time: “Republicans and Democrats in the Senate reached an agreement Tuesday on an anti-human-trafficking bill, clearing the way for a vote on President Barack Obama’s nomination of Loretta Lynch for attorney general. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said he expected a vote on Lynch ‘in the next day or so.’”
 
* DEA: “The head of the Drug Enforcement Administration is expected to resign soon, according to U.S. officials, following revelations about ‘sex parties’ involving prostitutes overseas and other misconduct among its agents.”
 
* Baltimore: “The U.S. Justice Department opened a civil rights investigation Tuesday in the death of Freddie Gray, the Baltimore man whose spine was allegedly severed while he was in police custody.”
 
* He’s going where? “Robert Bates, the volunteer Oklahoma deputy reserve who shot an unarmed black man in Tulsa earlier this month, pleaded not guilty to second-degree manslaughter charges on Tuesday. The judge set a hearing for July 2, and allowed Bates to take a previously scheduled vacation to the Bahamas.”
 
* The Supreme Court on Tuesday “ruled that the police may not prolong traffic stops to wait for drug sniffing dogs to inspect vehicles.”
 
* A story I did not expect to see: “For the first time in US history, a judge has granted two chimpanzees a petition – through human attorneys – to defend their rights against unlawful imprisonment, arguably bestowing the status of ‘legal persons’ on the primates.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Tuesday's Mini-Report, 4.21.15