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Things to Know in the U.S. for Sept. 13

New York

Sharks found in basement pool

Seven live sharks and three dead ones were seized from a pool in the basement of a Hudson Valley home. The state Department of Environmental Conservation said officers searching a home in LaGrangeville last month found a 15-foot-diameter aboveground basement pool with seven live sandbar sharks, two dead leopard sharks and one dead hammerhead shark. Officials say the sharks were 2 feet to 4 feet long. Marine wildlife experts took blood samples and measured and tagged the sharks before transferring them to the Long Island Aquarium. No one has been charged. An investigation is continuing.

Washington, D.C.

DOJ won't charge officers in Gray's death

The U.S. Department of Justice won't bring federal charges against six Baltimore police officers involved in the arrest and in-custody death of Freddie Gray, a young black man whose death touched off weeks of protests and unrest in the city. The officers were charged by state prosecutors after Gray's neck was broken in the back of a police transport wagon in April 2015. The 25-year-old was handcuffed and shackled, but he wasn't restrained by a seat belt. Three officers were acquitted at trial, and the remaining state cases were later droped. The Gray family's attorney said the Justice Department informed him on Tuesday that no federal charges would be filed. The decision means none of the officers will be held criminally responsible. Five officers face internal disciplinary hearings later this fall. Last year, the DOJ released a report detailing widespread patterns of abuse and misconduct within the Baltimore Police Department. The federal agency entered into a court-enforceable agreement in January to reform the troubled police department.

New York

Edith Windsor, whose fight led to marriage equality, dies at 88

Edith Windsor, the gay-rights activist whose landmark Supreme Court case struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013 and granted same-sex married couples federal recognition and benefits, died Tuesday. She was 88. "The world lost a tiny but tough-as-nails fighter for freedom, justice and equality," said Judith Kasen-Windsor, who married her last year. Windsor became the lead plaintiff in what is widely regarded as the second most important Supreme Court ruling in the national battle over same-sex marriage rights. The Windsor decision was limited to 13 states and D.C., but it was a crucial step to the 2015 decision that led to nationwide marriage equality. Like countless others, Windsor had been snared by the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996, which effectively excluded married same-sex couples from federal benefits available to married heterosexuals. After living together for 40 years, Windsor and Thea Spyer were legally married in Canada in 2007. Spyer died in 2009, and Windsor inherited her estate. But the IRS denied her the unlimited spousal exemption from federal estate taxes. So at 81, Windsor sued the government for equal treatment and won. She was a national celebrity, a gay-rights matriarch, a winner of activism and technology awards and a runner-up to Pope Francis for Time magazine's person of the year in 2013.

Washington, D.C.

Supreme Court allows Trump ban

The Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to maintain its restrictive policy on refugees. The justices on Tuesday agreed to an administration request to block a lower court ruling that would have eased the refugee ban and allowed in up to 24,000 refugees. The Supreme Court will hear arguments Oct. 10 on the legality of the bans on travelers from six mostly Muslim countries and refugees anywhere in the world. It's unclear, though, what will be left for the court to decide. The 90-day travel ban lapses late this month, and the 120-day refugee ban will expire a month later.

New Hampshire

State may investigate near-hanging

Gov. Chris Sununu has asked the state attorney general's office to help with an investigation in Claremont following an allegation an 8-year-old biracial boy was nearly hanged by a group of teens. Sununu said Tuesday he expects local and state authorities to "investigate appropriately." Lorrie Slattery has said teens taunted her grandson with racial slurs Aug. 28 and pushed him off of a picnic table with the rope around his neck. An expert on abuse who spoke to the boy said he swung from his neck three times before he could remove the rope, Slattery said. None of the teens came to his aid. The boy was treated at a hospital.


$999 for an iPhone?!

With a price starting at $999 and a host of new features, the iPhone X will be a big test for both Apple and consumers. On Tuesday, CEO Tim Cook called the iPhone X — as in 10, not the letter — "the biggest leap forward" since the first iPhone. It loses the home button, offers an edge-to-edge screen and will use facial recognition to unlock the phone. Apple also unveiled a new iPhone 8 and a larger 8 Plus with upgrades to cameras, displays and speakers. Both iPhone 8 versions will allow wireless charging, a feature already offered in many Android phones. Some Androids also eliminated the home button and have edge-to-edge screens. Apple shares were mostly flat after the unveiling, down 64 cents to $160.86. — tbt* wires

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