News Wrap: Top ranking officer in Freddie Gray death acquitted, Nice death truck driver ‘recently radicalized’
JUDY WOODRUFF: And our coverage will start tonight at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.
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HARI SREENIVASAN: Thanks, Judy and Gwen.
In the day's other news: The fourth Baltimore police officer to stand trial for the death of Freddie Gray was acquitted today. Lieutenant Brian Rice was the highest-ranking officer charged. Gray died in April 2015 after being critically injured during a ride in a police van. Two other officers have been acquitted, and two more are awaiting trial. The trial of a sixth officer ended in a hung jury.
An Afghan teenager attacked passengers on a train in Germany tonight with an axe and a knife. Several were seriously wounded. Police say it happened on a regional train near the city of Wurzburg and Bavaria. Police killed the 17-year-old attacker. There's no word on a motive.
In France, there's new evidence that the man who killed 84 people in a truck attack in Nice had been radicalized just recently. The uncle of Mohamed Bouhlel said today an Islamic State militant recruited him in the last two weeks.
And a prosecutor said there's further evidence.
FRANCOIS MOLINS, Paris Prosecutor (through translator): Another witness told us that he started growing a beard 10 days ago, explaining — and I quote the witness — that the beard was for religious purposes. He had also mentioned the Islamic State, saying he didn't understand why ISIS could not claim a territory.
HARI SREENIVASAN: Meanwhile, France held a nationwide moment of silence today. And in Nice, thousands gathered on the promenade where the attacker plowed into crowds of people last Thursday.
A document tied to last year's Iran nuclear deal has surfaced, and it indicates that key restrictions will start to lapse within 11 years. The Associated Press reports that, beginning in 2027, Iran will be allowed to install more powerful machines to enrich uranium. That could reduce the time needed to build a bomb to six months or even less.
An investigative report today for the World Anti-Doping Agency details extensive state-supported doping by Russia since 2011. Its findings go well beyond previous allegations of Russian cheating at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
The report's author, Richard McLaren, said in Toronto that the biggest surprise is the extent of state oversight and control.
RICHARD MCLAREN, Author of World Anti-Doping Report: From all of this comes a picture which emerges of an intertwined network of state involvement. It was a failsafe method of permitting cheating Russian athletes to compete while using performance-enhancing substances.
HARI SREENIVASAN: The Anti-Doping Agency called for the International Olympic Committee to ban all Russian athletes from next month's Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. In response, Russian President Vladimir Putin said all officials — quote — "directly responsible" for the cover-up will be suspended.
Wall Street got off to a slow start. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 16 points to close at 18533. The Nasdaq rose 26 points and the S&P 500 added five.
And President Obama has awarded the Medal of Honor to a Vietnam War veteran nearly 50 years after he helped save more than 40 U.S. soldiers. Retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Charles Kettles received the nation's highest military award today for repeatedly flying his helicopter into enemy fire.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: To the dozens of American soldiers that he saved in Vietnam half-a-century ago, Chuck is the reason they lived and came home and had children and grandchildren, entire family trees made possible by the actions of this one man.
HARI SREENIVASAN: Kettles originally received the Distinguished Service Cross, but the Veterans History Project campaigned to upgrade it to the Medal of Honor.
That's it from Washington for now. I'm Hari Sreenivasan.
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