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Baltimore asks Justice Department to review police practices

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- Baltimore officials asked the U.S. Justice Department to investigate its police department for civil rights violations after the death of a black man from injuries sustained in police custody, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said on Wednesday. | Video

Boston bomber 'would always go along' with older brother, friend says

BOSTON - A longtime friend of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's family on Wednesday told jurors deciding his sentence that he was a studious youth and adored his older brother, who cultivated a deep interest in Islam, politics and conspiracy theories before the 2013 attack.

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U.S. probing Islamic State claims it was behind Texas cartoon attack

WASHINGTON - U.S. investigators were looking into claims by the Islamic State that it was behind a failed attack on a Texas exhibit of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in which two gunmen were killed, but officials said on Tuesday they doubted the militant group's direct involvement. | Video

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Day 16 of jury deliberations in 1979 New York missing boy murder trial

NEW YORK - A New York jury began its 16th day of deliberations on Wednesday in the murder trial of a former deli worker accused in the 1979 killing of Etan Patz, the 6-year-old boy whose disappearance changed the way the United States responds to reports of missing children.

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Florida woman's online order asks for pizza, police help

ORLANDO, Fla. - Employees at a Pizza Hut in Florida were praised on Wednesday for helping rescue a customer who wrote a message in her online pizza order that she was being held hostage and needed someone to call 911, authorities said. | Video

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Former U.S. House Speaker Jim Wright of Texas dies at 92

WASHINGTON - Former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Jim Wright, a Texas Democrat known for hardball politics who quit amid accusations of financial impropriety, has died at the age of 92, the Texas Democratic Party said.

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Ex-FDIC head Sheila Bair named president of Maryland college

- Sheila Bair, an outspoken critic of Wall Street during her time as chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp, has been named president of a liberal arts college near Baltimore.

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Drought forces California into first mandatory rules to save water

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California water regulators on Tuesday adopted the state's first rules for mandatory cutbacks in urban water use as the region's catastrophic drought enters its fourth year.

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Illinois governor says no bailout for Chicago

CHICAGO - Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner on Wednesday told the Chicago City Council that the state's "terrible financial crisis" means there is no money to bail out the city from its own fiscal mess.

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Police officer dies after shooting in north Idaho

- A police officer died of his wounds after he was shot by a man he was trying to stop in northern Idaho on Tuesday, officials said.

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