(Reuters) - Defense attorneys for six police officers facing criminal charges in the Freddie Gray case are seeking to have the trial moved from Baltimore, saying their clients cannot get a fair trial there, the Baltimore Sun reported on Thursday. The lawyers filed an 85-page document on Wednesday in Baltimore Circuit Court asking for a change of venue, arguing that a "presumption of prejudice" exists in the city, the newspaper said. Gray, a 25-year-old black man, was arrested April 12 and suffered a spinal injury in police custody.
Ivory Coast confirms H5N1 bird flu outbreak: OIE
Ivory Coast has confirmed an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu last month among backyard birds in the central town of Bouake, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Thursday. The outbreak started on April 9 and was confirmed in positive laboratory test results last week, the Paris-based OIE said in a statement, citing information received from the government's veterinary services in Ivory Coast. The outbreak affected 98 out of 138 susceptible birds at the location and caused the death of 93, it said.
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas prepared for more flooding on Thursday while still reeling from torrential rains that killed at least 16 people, inundated major cities and set a record for the wettest month in the state's history. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch on Thursday morning stretching from south of San Antonio to Dallas, through Oklahoma, where severe weather this week killed an additional six people, and into Kansas. The city of Wharton, about 60 miles (96 km) southwest of Houston, issued a voluntary evacuation notice for areas along the Colorado River likely to be hit by floods.
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