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The following front-page stories received the most comments during the preceding week.

After Donald Trump said on Jimmy Kimmel's late-night ABC show that he'd debate Bernie Sanders, the Democratic candidate responded on Twitter, "Game on. I look forward to debating Donald Trump in California before the June 7 primary." Sanders has almost no chance of catching Hillary Clinton in pledged delegates, so it would be unprecedented for a Democratic candidate in his position to debate the presumptive Republican nominee. But after Sanders accepted the offer, CBS News reported, "Trump was kidding about debating Sanders and it will never happen." read more


Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will court voters on opposite sides of the gun debate over the next two days in events that will highlight the United States' deep divide on the topic. Trump and other top Republicans will speak at the National Rifle Association convention Friday in Louisville, where organizers are trying to unite gun-rights voters by painting Clinton as a foe of their causes who must be stopped. Clinton will appear Saturday in Florida with the mother of Trayvon Martin and other parents who have lost children to gun violence. She's become a forceful advocate for restrictions meant to reduce the nation's 33,000 annual gun deaths. read more


Freddie Gray arresting officer Edward Nero was found not guilty on all counts by Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams Monday morning. Nero faced second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and two counts of misconduct in office. Nero waived his right to a trial by jury. His bench trial began May 12 and final arguments were heard Thursday. Gray, a 25-year-old black man from the Sandtown area of Baltimore, died on April 19, 2015 of a spinal cord injury he sustained while in police custody.


Democrats on Capitol Hill are discussing whether Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz should step down as Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairwoman before the party's national convention in July. Democrats backing likely presidential nominee Hillary Clinton worry Wasserman Schultz has become too divisive a figure to unify the party in 2016, which they say is crucial to defeating presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump in November. Wasserman Schultz has had an increasingly acrimonious relationship with the party's other presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders, and his supporters, who argue she has tilted the scales in Clinton's favor. "There have been a lot of meetings over the past 48 hours about what color plate do we deliver Debbie Wasserman Schultz's head on," said one pro-Clinton Democratic senator. read more


A State Department Inspector General report faulted former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for not complying with policies for email preservation, according to a copy of the report obtained by CNN on Wednesday. The report, which was provided to lawmakers, states, "At a minimum, Secretary Clinton should have surrendered all emails dealing with Department business before leaving government service and, because she did not do so, she did not comply with the Department's policies that were implemented in accordance with the Federal Records Act." read more


Bill Nye: The ocean is warming and expanding. This effect alone will displace millions of people. The effects on agriculture, water supplies, and weather patterns will create a great many problems for a great many of us. By my reckoning, our delay, and the reluctance of conservative presidential candidates to embrace the problem and discuss it is a result of the diligent effort of a handful of climate change deniers. They have been especially successful at introducing the idea that routine predictive uncertainty, e.g. plus or minus two percent, is somehow the same as plus or minus one hundred percent. It isn't, and the deniers are wrong. Since the presentation of the facts and science concerning global warming and climate change have been heretofore insufficient to motivate enough of us voters, I am now challenging the deniers directly. read more


Hillary Clinton suggested in a CNN interview that given how far behind Bernie Sanders is at this late date, it's time he either scaled back the attack rhetoric on her or dropped out. She said, "I won nine out of the last 12 contests back in '08. I won Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia. So I know the intense feelings that arise, particularly among your supporters as you go toward the end. But we both were following the same rules, just as both Senator Sanders and I are following the same rules, and I'm 3 million votes ahead of him and I have an insurmountable lead in pledged delegates, and I'm confident that just as I did with Senator Obama, where I said, you know what? It was really close. Much closer. Much closer than it is between me and Senator Sanders right now." read more


A middle school student in Virginia was handcuffed and suspended from school for stealing a 65-cent carton of milk from the cafeteria. But Ryan Turk was on the school's free lunch program so the milk was free. A Prince William County police officer accused Turk of stealing the milk, then said he became disorderly because he pulled away from the officer. He's been charged with larceny for allegedly attempting to conceal the milk, police said. "This is ridiculous ... this is beyond embarrassing ... he's at home for 65 cents," his mother Shamise Turk said. "I don't have no understanding as to why he is being charged with larceny when he was entitled to that milk from the beginning."


Police are moving to stave off violence outside the Donald Trump rally at Anaheim Convention Center in southern California. About 1:45 p.m., shortly after pro- and anti-Trump forces engaged in non-violent shouting matches, police officials declared the area to be an unlawful assembly, shutting down foot traffic on part of Katella Avenue and arresting some protesters. The gathering outside the convention center grew more heated just as Trump's speech ended, shortly after 1 p.m. Trump's speech touched on gun control, his proposal for a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, the candidate's satisfaction with his role as a "great messenger." read more


George Coy Wayman, 18, is charged with capital murder after witnesses told authorities that he shot his three-year-old stepson for jumping on the bed. Dominic Castro, 3, died from a gunshot wound to the head. Initially, witnesses told officials that the gun discharged due to the child jumping on the bed. Eventually, the witnesses revealed that Wayman pointed the gun at the boy and told him if he didn't stop jumping on the bed he would shoot and then Wayman fired the gun, striking the child in the back of the head. read more


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