Today’s edition of quick hits:
* The latest from Baltimore: “[Local] police, struggling to prevent a repeat of Monday night’s rioting and looting, on Tuesday afternoon said they were bringing in reinforcements from surrounding areas and beyond to help maintain peace.”
* “Rough Rides”: “When a handcuffed Freddie Gray was placed in a Baltimore police van on April 12, he was talking and breathing. When the 25-year-old emerged, ‘he could not talk and he could not breathe,’ according to one police official, and he died a week later of a spinal injury. But Gray is not the first person to come out of a Baltimore police wagon with serious injuries.”
* Devastation in Nepal: “The death toll from the devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Nepal surpassed 5,000 on Tuesday, as the government pushed back against criticism over a slow response.”
* In Iranian waters: “Iranian forces have seized a cargo ship, flagged to the Pacific island nation of the Marshall Islands, off the coast of Iran, senior American defense officials told NBC News on Tuesday. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard fired across the bow of the ship, then boarded it, the officials said.”
* The reaction: “The U.S. military has dispatched a destroyer in pursuit of a commercial ship that was fired upon, and then boarded by, Iranian forces in the Strait of Hormuz, the Pentagon said Tuesday.”
* Baptism by fire: “As he prepared to swear in Loretta E. Lynch as attorney general on Monday, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. said she was uniquely qualified to bridge the divide between minority neighborhoods and police officers clashing over the use of deadly force. Within hours, Baltimore was in flames, and Ms. Lynch was consumed by an issue that could define her time in office.”
* Saudi Arabia said this morning “it has arrested a total of 93 people with ties to the ISIS in recent months, foiling their plans to carry out multiple terrorist attacks which included a strike on the U.S. embassy.”
* Good idea: “Antibiotic-resistant bacteria have become a massive health problem worldwide, killing thousands of people every year and prompting calls to phase out the unnecessary use of antibiotics on farm animals and in people. After all, the more often these drugs are used, the more quickly bugs outsmart them – rendering them useless. Now Tyson Foods – the biggest chicken seller in the US – is trying to tackle the problem of antibiotic resistance, announcing today that it plans to eliminate the use of human antibiotics in its flocks by 2017.”
* Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.): “The chairman of the House transportation committee says he never considered recusing himself from the panel’s work on aviation legislation after he began dating a top airline industry lobbyist.”
* Speaking of the Keystone State: “Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s testimony before a grand jury regarding the leak of protected materials last year ‘was riddled with inconsistencies,’ according to the presentment that recommended criminal charges against her.”
* Florida: “The government of the nation’s third-largest state is controlled by one party, yet the standoff is Republican against Republican, in some cases involving members of the same family. House Republicans have been distracted by a leadership coup while Gov. Rick Scott is personally threatening to veto Republican senators’ bills and spending items unless they approve his tax cuts of $673 million.”
* A Fox News personality boasted on the air yesterday, “You better believe no one would have been beheaded when [George W. Bush] was president.” Given the Daniel Pearl tragedy, it seemed like an unusually ignorant thing to say.
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