While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, May 2 edition

Six Baltimore police officers face murder, other charges in Freddie Gray’s death

A Baltimore police officer was charged with murder and five others with lesser charges in the death of a black man who suffered a critical neck injury while riding inside a police van, the city’s chief prosecutor said on Friday.

Freddie Gray, who died in hospital a week after his arrest on April 12, was in handcuffs and shackles but otherwise was not restrained inside the van, a violation of police department policy, prosecutor Marilyn Mosby said at a news conference.

The Maryland state medical examiner had ruled Gray’s death a homicide, Mosby said. The officer charged with murder was the driver of the vehicle. She said the officers failed to give Gray the medical attention he asked for and that his arrest was unlawful.

The death of 25-year-old Gray has become the latest flashpoint in a national outcry over the treatment of African-Americans and other minority groups by US law enforcement.

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Violent clashes overshadow start of Milan Expo

The opening of Expo 2015 was marred Friday by violent clashes between police and dozens of militants opposed to Milan’s hosting of the world fair.

Police fired tear gas at stone-throwing protestors wearing balaclavas or gas masks who had smashed windows and torched several cars and bins during a “No Expo” march which organisers said had brought 30,000 people onto the streets.

Water cannons were used to put out blazes, including one at a bank branch where the wall had been graffiti-ed with the words: “You’ve skinned us, today you pay.”

The violent scenes left parts of Milan’s elegant centre looking like a battle zone, giving a bitter-sweet start to a six-month food-themed event Italy hopes will bolster its international standing and boost its struggling economy.

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Boxing: Pacquiao the people's choice as betting heads towards record levels

Floyd Mayweather is a slight favourite, but Manny Pacquiao is the people's choice according to the money being wagered on the Filipino icon ahead of Saturday's welterweight showdown.

Jay Rood, vice-president of race and sports books at MGM Resorts International, said that some two thirds of the bets placed at MGM sports books have so far been for Pacquiao.

That included one US$500,000 (S$664,000) wager on the World Boxing Organisation champ, who will bring a record of 57-5 with two drawn and 38 knockouts to the fight.

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Football: Becks appeal remains strong at 40

David Beckham will celebrate his 40th birthday on Saturday with a star-studded bash in Morocco as the Manchester United and England legend shows retirement has done little to diminish his love of the limelight.

Beckham, his wife Victoria and their four children are reported to have headed to the luxury Amanjena Resort near Marrakesh, where the couple renewed their marriage vows in 2004, and a host of celebrities will jet in to get the party in full swing.

The guest-list is said to feature high-profile friends of the Beckhams, including Hollywood actor Tom Cruise, film director Guy Ritchie, chef Gordon Ramsay and football agent Dave Gardner, the partner of glamorous actress Liv Tyler.

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Reality TV star Bruce Jenner sued for wrongful death in car crash

Olympic champion and reality television star Bruce Jenner has been sued for wrongful death by relatives of the woman killed in a car crash involving the former athlete on a Malibu highway in February, a Los Angeles court spokeswoman said on Friday.

Spokeswoman Kathy Roberts said the 16-page lawsuit was brought by two stepchildren of Kim Howe, who died in the Feb 7 four-car collision on the Pacific Coast Highway that sheriff's deputies said at the time left five other people injured.

Jenner, an occupant and the presumed driver of one of the vehicles, declined medical treatment at the scene, authorities have said.

The suit came one week after Jenner declared in a nationally televised interview that he identifies as a woman, becoming the most high-profile American to come out as transgender.

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