Attorney and police union question doctor’s view a chokehold killed Eric Garner. She isn’t backing down

New York (CNN)A defense lawyer and a New York City police union have cast doubt on her findings that an officer’s chokehold led to Eric Garner’s death, but the medical examiner stood by her conclusion during Wednesday testimony. The chokehold, she said, was “part of the lethal cascade of events.” Explaining that “application of pressure to the anterior neck is a painful phenomenon,” Persechino said Garner’s neck displayed fresh hemorrhaging when she examined him. Eric Garner’s family makes music video The medical examiner’s testimony comes a day after Inspector Richard Dee, the commanding officer for the New York police’s training section, saw a still from the arrest video and testified that the move meets the definition of a chokehold. Whether …

Dallas police raid Catholic diocese properties in investigation of alleged sex abuse by clergy

(CNN)Dallas police searched the headquarters of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas and other properties Wednesday as part of the church’s widening sex abuse scandal, police and church officials said. The diocese said in a statement that Paredes and the other four priests who were the subjects of Wednesday’s search warrant were on a list of accused clergy that Bishop Edward Burns released in January. Burns said the diocese has been cooperating with investigators even before the list was made public. “We recognized throughout our collaboration with the police there are some who are not satisfied and want to look for themselves,” he said. “We know we have given them the files. And so we say by all means look.” The …

She let a student take lunchroom food without paying. Then she was fired

(CNN)When a student at a New Hampshire high school put items on his tray that he didn’t have the money for, lunchroom employee Bonnie Kimball didn’t think it was a big deal. A photo of her termination letter provided to CNN shows that the company accused her of violating its procedures as well as federal and school policies. The letter was dated April 9 and said Kimball was fired on April 4. “On March 28, a District Manager was on-site and witnessed a student coming through the line with multiple food items that you did not charge him for. This in strict violation of our Cash Handling Procedures, the Schools Charge Policy and Federal Regulation governing free meals,” the letter …

It’s been a week since anyone has seen 4-year-old Maleah Davis. Here’s what we know

(CNN)A mother is missing her little girl and the girl’s stepfather has told a story of abduction and a 24-hour blackout. Here’s what we know about the case: Stepfather says he was attacked and abducted Darion Vence, the stepfather, told police he, Maleah and Maleah’s 1-year-old brother were driving to George Bush Intercontinental Airport in north Houston to pick up Maleah’s mother, Brittany Bowens, who had been in Massachusetts. Vence said he heard a “popping noise.” Thinking it was a tire, he stopped to check. A blue pickup truck then pulled up behind his car and two Hispanic men got out. One of the men said, “Maleah looks very nice, looks very sweet,” Vence told police. That’s when the other …

El Chapo’s attorney asks a judge to intervene over ‘cruel and unusual’ prison conditions

(CNN)An attorney for Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman asked a federal judge to intervene over what she described as “cruel and unusual” prison conditions for the drug kingpin who is in custody in a federal prison in New York. He’s been in US detention for 27 months, and is in solitary confinement in a 10-by-8-foot windowless cell in Manhattan, according to his defense attorney, Mariel Colon.

The Easter story helps an ‘outcast’ preacher find her way back home

(CNN)The Rev. Barbara Brown Taylor was attending a seminar one day when someone asked her a question that she hasn’t been able to forget. “She has such powerful gifts of language and narration that her readers and hearers find their own questions and concerns coming to expression in ways that prompt them to say, ‘Yes, yes that’s what I feel,”’ Long says. Why Taylor is scared of true believers What Taylor is feeling on this recent afternoon is hungry. It’s lunchtime when she receives a visitor at her secluded farm in the northeast Georgia mountains. Now 67 with a mass of dazzling white hair, Taylor motions to a spread in her kitchen that she’s prepared for her guest. “Deviled eggs, …

A German auction house is helping return Nazi-looted art to their rightful owners

(CNN)Nina McGehee always knew that her family fled Europe before World War II broke out. But she only recently learned about what they left behind. A common estimate for the number of works of art looted in the Nazi era is 600,000 with at least 100,000 still missing. Often, in the process of restitution, the burden is on families to prove an object was sold because of Nazi persecution. That’s starting to change as countries and institutions strengthen their commitments to researching the provenance of objects in their possession and making that information publicly available. A central database contains an estimated 25,000 missing, looted or identified objects — paintings, drawings, antiquities — from more than 15 countries. But Neumeister Auctions …