In our news wrap Friday, a Texas grand jury will take up the case of Sandra Bland, a black woman who police say hanged herself Monday after being jailed for a traffic violation. Friends and family say they doubt she would have committed suicide. Also, Islamic State bombers set off a car bomb that killed more than 100 people near Baghdad. The blast brought down buildings in a busy marketplace.
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A Texas grand jury will take up the case of a black woman who died in jail this week. Police say Sandra Bland hanged herself Monday in Hempstead, about 60 miles from Houston. She’d been jailed for a traffic violation. Bland had acknowledged she suffered from depression, but family and friends say they doubt she would have committed suicide.
Islamic State bombers have struck again in Iraq in one of their worst attacks yet. They claimed responsibility today for a car bomb that killed more than 100 people near Baghdad. The force of the blast brought down buildings in a busy marketplace, as Muslims marked the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
The latest Greek bailout has moved forward on two fronts. The European Union confirmed today that it will supply $7.7 billion by Monday, so Athens can make a crucial debt repayment. Also, lawmakers in Germany, the E.U.’s biggest player, approved starting negotiations on a formal bailout package, after a plea by the chancellor.
GERMAN CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL, (through interpreter):
I know that many have doubts and worries whether this way will be successful, whether Greece has the strength to permanently go down this road, and nobody can wipe aside these worries.
But I am firmly convinced of one thing:
We would be grossly negligent, even irresponsible, if we didn’t at least try this road.
The broad outlines of Greece’s bailout program were agreed to Monday by the Eurozone’s 19 leaders.
In Ukraine, hundreds came out to mark one year since a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane was shot down, leaving 298 people dead. Friends and family members of the victims and local residents gathered near the memorial site in rebel-held Eastern Ukraine. They laid flowers and released balloons at a stone marker.
Back in this country, the U.S. Justice Department formally announced a partial settlement involving Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona. Arpaio is known for his outspoken stance against illegal immigration. But federal officials accused him of discriminating against Latino inmates and retaliating against critics. Under the settlement, Maricopa County agrees to federal oversight and to new policies.
Former New York Congressman Michael Grimm will serve eight months in prison for tax evasion. The Staten Island Republican was sentenced today, after pleading guilty last year to filing false tax returns. He was accused of under-reporting more than $1 million in wages at his restaurant. Grimm resigned from the U.S. House in January.
And on Wall Street today, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 34 points to close below 18090. But the Nasdaq rose 47, as Google had its biggest gain in seven years. And the S&P 500 added two. For the week, the Nasdaq rose 4 percent, the Dow and the S&P gained about 2 percent.