Independent U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont on Thursday announced he would seek the 2016 Democratic nomination for president in a bid likely to pressure Hillary Clinton from the left and challenge her on financial issues. Sanders, a self-described socialist and one of the most outspoken liberals in Congress, faces a difficult fight against Clinton, the presumptive party frontrunner.
By Scott Malone and Ian Simpson BALTIMORE (Reuters) - Residents of Baltimore and activists across the United States waited on Thursday for official word on the cause of a black man's death in police custody earlier this month, as protests over the case spread to other cities. More than 100 people were arrested in New York overnight on Wednesday during protests against police violence, while Baltimore saw a largely peaceful night as a curfew held after rioting over the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray. Thousands of National Guard troops and police remained in the mostly black city of Baltimore on Thursday morning to maintain order and enforce a 10:00 p.m. curfew set after unrest on Monday saw buildings and cars burned, stores looted and 20 officers hurt. Baltimore officials tried to tamp down expectations that there would be a quick answer on the fate of the six police officers involved in the arrest that preceded Gray's death.
By Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - Lawyers seeking to spare Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev the death penalty will continue to argue on Thursday that he was a good young man whose life was derailed when he fell under the influence of his now-dead older brother. Teachers and friends who knew him before he attacked the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, said he was a bright student who was generous, kind, and likeable. Tsarnaev’s attorneys have sketched for jurors how his immigrant family unraveled in the years before the bombings, chronicling how his mother and older brother, Tamerlan, became deeply interested in Islam. They are seeking to paint Tsarnaev as a sweet kid who grew up in the wrong household, ultimately falling in with his 26-year-old brother's plan to bomb the marathon to satisfy a growing longing for violent jihad.