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May 12-- Today’s Top Stories from ABC News

 

VOTE 2016
--Trump Day in Washington - the presumptive Republican presidential nominee meets with several GOP leaders,  the most-anticipated is his meeting with House Speaker, Paul Ryan, who had been withholding his support.
--The pressure is mounting on Trump to go public with his tax returns. Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney are calling on him to do that. Trump says he's being audited, and his taxes will be released when the audit is complete. But tax experts say he can release them whenever he wants.

 

SC SHOOTING
A federal grand jury returns an indictment against a former South Carolina police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black man...caught on video. Michael Slager is accused of shooting Walter Scott 8 times and violating his constitutional rights. Scott's lawyer and family praised the federal prosecutors for pressing the case.

 

FREDDIE GRAY TRIAL
The bench trial of Edward Nero, one of six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, begins in Baltimore. A judge - no jury will hear the case - meaning it could move much faster than originally expected. The prosecution starts with opening statements - their presentation will likely last through Monday of next week.

 

TX FERTILIZER BLAST
The cause of the 2013 West Fertilizer Plant explosion in Central Texas, which killed 15 people and leveled a five-block area has now been ruled a criminal act.

 

MA STABBINGS
The family of the man who went on a stabbing rampage in Taunton, Massachusetts says the tragedy... could have been completely prevented... if he hadn't been discharged from the hospital.

 

ZIKA VIRUS
Florida Governor Rick Scott is warning the approaching hurricane season will bring heat and rain...attracting mosquitoes that spread the Zika virus. The governor was in Washington to express his concerns with lawmakers and urge them to come up with an action plan...and funding.

 

CO PLANNED PARENTHOOD
A judge rules that Robert Dear, who acknowledged killing three people at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic is mentally incompetent to continue with his criminal case.  That stalls the proceedings and potentially sets the stage for a mental health defense.

 

CRIME/ISIS
--America's top cop FBI Director James Comey says he's worried about an uptick in murder rates in some major cities ... including Chicago where there were 175 homicides within the first quarter.
--Comey says law enforcement are currently tracking at least 800 Americans they believe are reading ISIS propaganda on social media.

 

IRAQ
The most violent day in Baghdad this year - ISIS claimed responsibility for 3 separate bombings that rocked the city