Doug Hughes was not exactly coy about his plan to fly a contraption known as a gyrocopter onto the West Lawn of the Capitol in broad daylight last month. He told a major newspaper, which said it had in turn alerted the Secret Service, which had already interviewed him back in 2013.

Noah Bierman
A grand jury's decision to indict all six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, who died of injuries suffered in police custody, allows the state's attorney to press ahead with the most serious charges despite criticism she was part of an "overzealous prosecution."Juliet Linderman
From gold to dot-coms, 1630's Dutch tulips to 2000's U.S. real estate, again and again the world's economies have been sucked into a period of intense enthusiasm followed by devastating financial losses.James Osborne
A book that revisits the life of a beloved Alaska sea captain claims Vladimir Putin came to Alaska during the Exxon Valdez oil spill, years before his rise to prominence as a political force in Russia. A Russian expert says he's not convinced.  Alex DeMarban
The president of the Boy Scouts of America on Thursday called for an end to the group’s blanket ban on gay adult leaders, warning Scout executives that “we must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be,” and that “any other alternative will be the end of us as a national movement.”Erik Eckholm
Cleanup crews wearing white coveralls and masks shoveled oil-soaked mud to plastic bags Thursday in Santa Barbara, California, where a ruptured pipeline fouled beaches just days before holiday weekend crowds were expected to descend on them, a blow to that tourism-dependent city.Richard Perez-Pena
Police in Massachusetts have some sage advice: Don't go chasing after bears while drunk and armed with nothing more than a dull hatchet.Associated Press
U.S. military personnel who had been assisting earthquake relief and rescue efforts in Nepal began leaving Thursday, the Nepalese army said.Bhadra Sharma
Money was pouring into Bruce Nassau’s five Colorado marijuana shops when his accountant called with the bad news: The 2014 tax season was approaching, and Nassau could not rely on the galaxy of deductions that other businesses use to reduce their tax bills. Jack Healy
The president’s first tweet from POTUS prompted racist, vitriolic responses, including a doctored image of his iconic campaign poster that showed him in a noose.Julie Hirschfeld Davis