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ABC News(BALTIMORE) — Baltimore police credited an overnight curfew with helping to restore some level of order in a community shaken by violence and unrest.

Law enforcement fired smoke canisters and pepper balls after some protesters defied the curfew, which went into effect at 10 p.m. and continued until 5 a.m. By midnight, 10 arrests had been made, Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said.

“Curfew is, in fact, working,” Batts said. “The city is stable. We’d like to keep it that way.”

The curfew was implemented after a day of riots followed Monday’s funeral of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died with a spinal injury a week after police took him into custody.

After appeals to disperse as the 10 p.m. curfew began, including one on the ground from Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., and others in the air from police choppers, the police line slowly moved forward, but to no avail.

The 10 p.m. curfews are to continue for one week, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said, and could be extended as necessary. A 9 p.m. curfew was already in effect for children 14 and younger.

About 2,000 National Guardsmen were deployed to the city after Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency.

The riots began Monday afternoon shortly after the funeral of Gray, and resulted in more than 250 arrests and injuries to at least 20 police officers Monday night into Tuesday. A week of peaceful protests had preceded the violence.

President Obama Tuesday said there was “no excuse” for the violence, looting and arson.

“They’re destroying and undermining businesses and opportunities in their own communities,” he said in a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Public schools in Baltimore were scheduled to reopen Wednesday after being closed Tuesday. The Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox are scheduled to play Wednesday afternoon, although Camden Yards was to be closed to spectators.

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Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Former Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Dodgers star Kirk Gibson has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

The 57-year-old Gibson, who spent the last five seasons as the skipper of the Arizona Diamondbacks, recently joined Fox Sports Detroit as an analyst. Gibson appeared on the April 6 Opening Day telecast but had not been seen since.

“I have faced many different obstacles in my life, and have always maintained a strong belief that no matter the circumstances, I could overcome those obstacles,” Gibson said in a statement released by Fox Sports Detroit. “While this diagnosis poses a new kind of challenge for me, I intend to stay true to my beliefs. With the support of my family and friends, I will meet this challenge with the same determination and unwavering intensity that I have displayed in all of my endeavors in life. I look forward to being back at the ballpark as soon as possible.”

As a player, Gibson won World Series championships with the Tigers (1984) and Dodgers (1988). Over his 17 big league seasons, Gibson hit .268 with 255 home runs, 870 RBIs, and a .352 on-base percentage while winning the 1988 National League MVP.

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that impacts movement. Some high profile names that live with the disease include actor Michael J. Fox and Muhammad Ali.

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william87/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Some American Airlines flights experienced issues involving connectivity problems with pilot iPads that caused delays.

Andrea Huguely, director of Corporate Communications for American Airlines, said that “some flights are experiencing an issue with a software application on pilot iPads.” In some of those cases, the plane was forced to return to the gate and use a WiFi connection to remedy the problem.

American Airlines spokesperson Casey Norton said that the app is used by pilots to access flight plans and maps. The cause of the issue has been identified, Norton noted, and a solution is being worked on.

Huguely told ABC News that the issue lasted only a few hours and a workaround was implemented Tuesday night.

Not all pilot iPads were affected, Huguely added, noting that the issue wasn’t particularly widespread.

In 2013, American Airlines announced in a press release that it would become the first major commercial airline to use electronic flight bags, replacing thousands of pages of paper flight information with iPads.

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Photo by Axel Schmidt/Getty Images(KIEV, Ukraine) — The European Union reaffirmed its support for reform in Ukraine on Tuesday.

“The EU supports Ukraine,” President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said. “Since March 2014, the EU and the European Financial Institutions have mobilised € 6 billion in grants and loans to help stabilise the macro-economic situation in the country and facilitate the reform process.”

The International Support for Ukraine Conference began Tuesday in Kiev. Organized by Ukrainian authorities, the conference is an opportunity for the EU to hear from Ukraine about the ongoing reform process and the challenges ahead.

Both sides can also use the conference to discuss necessary measures of support.

“We are…using other support tools such as unilateral trade measures,” Juncker noted. “Important progress in reforms has been achieved, but more must be done, in a credible and sustained way.”

Juncker noted completed steps, including efforts to decentralize, the adoption of a new gas market law, reduction in regulatory and licensing requirements in an effort to facilitate business, and the adoption of an anti-corruption package.

“The work in many areas across the board — constitutional reform, decentralisation, justice and civil sector reform, energy sector reform, improving business climate — must continue,” Juncker concluded. “The contract the EU has with Ukraine is clear: You keep reforming and we will keep supporting.”

The EU has been supportive of Ukraine in the wake of tensions between Ukraine and neighboring Russia, which annexed the Crimean peninsula last year.

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MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The Supreme Court grilled lawyers arguing for and against same-sex marriage Tuesday about two questions:

– Does the Constitution require all states to offer marriage licenses to same-sex couples?
– If not, does the Constitution require states to recognize the marriage rights of same-sex couples who are already married?

The part of the Constitution that could potentially require these things is the 14th Amendment, which reads:

“No State shall … deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny … the equal protection of the laws.”

To non-lawyers, that sounds like a strange place to look for gay marriage, but it’s the same part of our founding document the court used to strike down sodomy laws, and restrictions on abortion.

Fortunately, there’s a very clear question that the Supreme Court’s case-law requires the justices to ask when they’re deciding whether a state law is constitutional:

“Is it plausible that the state that passed the law had a ‘rational basis’ for doing so?”

If so, then the law should pass muster.

In recent years, though — without quite acknowledging they were doing it — the court has tended to ask more difficult questions when a law affects gays and straights differently.

That is: What about the actual reason a state passed, or is keeping, the law? Is that rational, or is the reason the state is claiming just a pretext for discrimination?

Which of those questions is the one the court should use was the subject of much debate Tuesday, because the level of scrutiny the justices put state traditional-marriage laws under could determine the outcome of the case.

For example:

The case in front of the court Tuesday involves Michigan asserting the right to continue denying marriage and adoption rights to a Michigan lesbian couple with four adopted children. The liberals want to force Michigan to prove it has an actually rational reason for doing so, not just that it can articulate any old reason.

Justice Elena Kagan asked the lawyer for Michigan if he thought that Michigan allowing gays to marry would hurt its attempts to encourage straight people to have kids.

The lawyer, John Bursch, at first responded, “We are saying that, your honor–” but then he interrupted himself and said, “Now, obviously, under a rational basis, that’s not a question that you need to decide.”

Later, another liberal, Justice Sonia Sotomayor asked, “How does withholding marriage from one group, same-sex couples, increase the value to the other group?”

Bursch began to answer, but Justice Antonin Scalia interrupted: “Excuse me. Do you have to answer that question?”

Bursch accepted the help.

“Under rational basis, we don’t,” he said.

Justice Scalia continued, “I thought your burden was simply to show that the state’s reason for this institution is a reason that has nothing to do [with prejudice against] same-sex couples.”

Bursch agreed, saying, “Justice Scalia, you’re exactly right, and that’s why we prevail.”

But Justice Kagan did not, returning, “Before…an exclusion…can be made in…something as fundamental to a society and to individuals as marriage, the state needs some reason.”

And it was clear that Kagan found Bursch’s reasons to be lacking, even though they were, as Bursch articulated them, rational and not based on prejudice.

It was the same “rational basis” question that prompted a long discussion of the marriage practices of Ancient Greece.

Justice Samuel Alito, perhaps inspired by the same argument made by scholars Ryan Anderson and Sherif Girgis in their book, What Is Marriage? suggested that prejudice wasn’t necessarily behind states’ anti-gay-marriage laws: Take ancient Greece, for example. Classical Athens did not look down on homosexuality, and yet marriage there was nonetheless only between a man and a woman. In Justice Alito’s view, if there is a valid, rational reason for a state law barring gay marriage, the court has to uphold that law.

The rational basis question was also behind the long conversation about how “new” same-sex marriage is. If it’s a new institution and nobody knows how it will affect child-rearing and the larger institution of marriage, then isn’t it entirely rational for some states to ban it and others to permit it? That’s why it made many same-sex-marriage proponents nervous that Justice Kennedy began his questioning by saying, “[T]he word that keeps coming back to me in this case is ‘millennia.’”

Kennedy was suggesting that that’s how long traditional marriage has been around for, compared to just a few years for same-sex marriage.

Justice Ginsburg, however, said that the relevant comparison was how long modern, egalitarian marriage has been around for, which she dated only to 1982.

Finally, it’s worth noting that rational basis is crucial to understanding the difference between the first question the court is considering — Does the Constitution require states to issue marriage licenses to gay couples? — and the second: Does the Constitution require states to recognize gay marriages consecrated in other states?

Douglas Hallward-Driemeier was the lawyer arguing that even if the Constitution doesn’t require gay marriage, it does require marriage recognition. He made clear he thought there was a constitutional right to gay marriage — but just in case, he also argued that something more than the rational basis question should be asked for his clients.

Driemeier said it should be harder for states to take away rights that people already have than it is to deny them the rights in the first place. And in this case, his clients are already married. He cited Justice Kennedy’s gay-rights opinion, saying: “[O]nce married, a couple has a constitutionally protected liberty interest in their marriage.”

Once you’re relying on marriage rights one state has granted you, Driemeier suggested, something more than rational basis — either Scalia’s or Kagan’s version — should apply.

So these two questions will likely determine who wins and who loses in June:

– Does the court ask the liberals’ or the conservatives’ version of the rational basis question about gay marriage?
– If they ask the conservatives’ version, is that also the right question for determining whether states have to recognize marriages from other states?

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Stockbyte/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) — Seven people on their way to church recently avoided a potentially deadly crash, thanks to the combined efforts of a thoughtful stranger, emergency dispatchers and a roadside assistance worker.

“If not for them, maybe it’d be a different story,” Vivian Ikpefua, the owner of the car, told ABC News Tuesday.

On Sunday, Ikpefua was traveling with six others when the car they were in got a flat tire. James Richards, a roadside assistance worker, was stopped on the shoulder of the Westpark Tollway in southwest Houston to help them when he got a call from the Harris County Toll Road Authority Incident Response Command.

“Be advised, sir,” the dispatcher said. “There’s a vehicle approaching you that is swerving all over the lane….He is about to get on the shoulder. You need to steer clear of the lane.”

Minutes earlier, an alert driver had called command to report an erratic SUV on the roadway.

“I cannot imagine what would have happened if she hadn’t taken the time to give us a call,” dispatcher Alexa Barrick told local station ABC13.com.

With just seconds before impact, dispatchers radioed to warn Richards, who said he and the family were all standing between his wrecker and Ikpefua’s vehicle. Richards, who said the SUV was just a mere exit away, tried to quickly get everyone back inside the car.

“I didn’t have time to explain because I [knew] it’s coming,” he said Tuesday. “I looked over my shoulder [and] I see it coming.”

With nearly 40 cameras perched on the toll road, dispatchers prepared themselves for the worst as they watched the SUV take to the shoulder and bear down on Richards and the stranded family. The SUV smashed into the tow truck’s rear.

Richards described the impact as “bone-chilling…one of my cat lives, for sure.”

Neither he nor the family members were hurt.

“We heard a loud noise at the back of my car….My daughter was crying….I was scared,” Ikpefua said Tuesday. “If he [Richards] hadn’t been there, it’d be a different story.”

Capt. Terry Allbritton of the Harris County Precinct 5 Constable’s Office did not identify the driver of the SUV, who he said suffered leg and head injuries, and was given a ticket for driving on the shoulder. He may have been distracted and not realized he was on the shoulder, Allbritton said.

Allbritton added that if it wasn’t for Richards, the accident could have been much worse.

“Fortunately, his quick thinking and his training was able to save these peoples’ lives and his own,” Allbritton said.

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Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA Playoffs – First Round: Houston Rockets 103 – Dallas Mavericks 94 (Rockets win series, 4-1)

MLB: Kansas City Royals 11 (14-6) – Cleveland Indians 5 (6-13)

Toronto Blue Jays 11 (10-11) – Boston Red Sox 8 (11-10)

New York Yankees 4 (13-8) – Tampa Bay Rays 2 (11-10)

Seattle Mariners 2 (9-11) – Texas Rangers 1 (7-13)

Washington Nationals 13 (8-13) – Atlanta Braves 12 (10-10)

Minnesota Twins 3 (9-11) – Detroit Tigers 2 (14-7)

Cincinnati Reds 4 (10-10) – Milwaukee Brewers 2 (4-17)

Miami Marlins 4 (9-12) – New York Mets 3 (15-6)

Chicago Cubs 6 (12-7) – Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (11-10)

Chicago White Sox (8-9) @ Baltimore Orioles (9-10) (postponed)

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ABC News(BALTIMORE) — Protesters defied a citywide curfew in Baltimore Tuesday night, and police eventually responded by using smoke cannisters to disperse the crowd.

The curfew was implemented after a day of riots followed Monday’s funeral of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died of a spinal injury apparently suffered in police custody.

After appeals to disperse as the 10 p.m. curfew began, including one on the ground from Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., and others in the air from police choppers, the police line slowly moved forward, but to no avail.

The crowd defying the curfew appeared to be much smaller than the ones out earlier Tuesday and, at times, it seemed the media may have outnumbered the residents. But there was a small contingent that refused to move and when they started throwing objects, including water bottles, police responded.

Police earlier used bullhorns as a reminder for the curfew, which began at 10 p.m. and was to last until 5 a.m. Wednesday. Police said certain exceptions would be allowed, including for going to and from work and medical emergencies.

The 10 p.m. curfews are to continue for one week, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said, and could be extended, as necessary. A 9 p.m. curfew was already in effect for children 14 and younger.

Some 2,000 National Guardsmen were deployed to the city after Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency.

President Obama said Tuesday there was “no excuse” for the violence, looting and arson.

“They’re destroying and undermining businesses and opportunities in their own communities,” he said in a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Public schools in Baltimore were scheduled to reopen Wednesday after being closed Tuesday. The Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox were scheduled play Wednesday, although Camden Yards was to be closed to spectators.

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Photo by Mark Cunningham/Detroit Lions/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The National Football League on Tuesday announced that it would end its tax-exempt status, as its central office will become a taxable entity.

When the league merged with the now-defunct American Football League in the 1960s, Congress approved tax-exempt status for professional football leagues. With Tuesday’s action, the NFL will join the National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball as taxable entities, while the National Hockey Association is tax-exempt.

With the move, owners and executives — including Commissioner Roger Goodell — will no longer have to disclose their salaries.

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bereta/iStock/Thinkstock(PRIPYAT, Ukraine) — What does the fox say?

From the looks of this little guy, not much. He’s got his mouth full with one almighty sandwich.

In a video shot near Pripyat, Ukraine, in the Chernobyl exclusion zone, a fox was caught on camera carving up a five-decker sandwich. It carefully layers the cold cuts and bread like a deli master and then delicately holds the culinary creation in its mouth.

He has a serious case of his eyes being too big for his mouth, but this sly fox doesn’t seem to care one bit.

According to the BBC, a radio crew gave the bread and meat to the animal.

The fox was found by journalists near the Chernobyl nuclear disaster zone, which was abandoned by humans after 1986 and has since seen an increasing population of foxes, wolves and bears.

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