By Ian Simpson BALTIMORE (Reuters) - Baltimore erupted in violence on Monday as hundreds of rioters looted stores, burned buildings and injured at least 15 police officers following the funeral of a 25-year-old black man who suffered a spinal injury while in police custody. The riots broke out just blocks from the funeral of Freddie Gray and spread through much of West Baltimore in the most violent protests against police treatment of African Americans since arson and gunfire in Ferguson, Missouri, last year.
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court are set on Tuesday to hear arguments on whether the Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry, taking up a contentious social issue in what promises to be the year's most anticipated ruling. The decision, due by the end of June, will determine whether gay marriage will be legal nationwide. The arguments center on gay marriage bans in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee, four of the 13 states that currently prohibit it. All eyes will be on conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy, who may cast the deciding fifth vote on a court closely divided on gay rights.
On Monday the California Supreme Court overturned the death sentence for now 37-year-old Paul Gordon Smith, Junior.
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California’s recent drought and the rise of cannabis farms are raising concerns over the plant’s water usage.
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