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Baltimore to put cameras in police vans, review riot gear

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BALTIMORE - Cameras that can record will be installed in Baltimore police vans like the one in which Freddie Gray suffered a fatal injury, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said on Wednesday.

Amtrak seeks to combine lawsuits over fatal Philadelphia derailment

- Amtrak has asked a U.S. judicial panel to consolidate lawsuits before a single judge in Philadelphia over the May 12 train derailment that killed eight people and injured more than 200.

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In America's South, black church fires fan racial fears

- Some were deliberately lit. Others were caused by an electrical fault or lightning. But regardless of the origins, a spike in fires at black churches is fraying nerves at a time of heightened racial tensions across the United States.

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Obama pushes state Medicaid expansion in healthcare hub Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Fresh from another Supreme Court validation of his landmark healthcare law, President Barack Obama visited healthcare hub Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday to push state governments to expand the Medicaid health program for the poor. | Video

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Colorado movie gunman researched psychosis, military tactics online

DENVER - Colorado movie massacre gunman James Holmes researched hallucinations and mental illness in the weeks ahead of the rampage that killed 12 people, as well as bomb-making and terrorism manuals, jurors at his murder trial heard on Wednesday.

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Maine lawmakers tighten foreclosure rules in win for consumers

AUGUSTA, Maine - Homeowners in Maine gained stronger protection against bank foreclosures under legislation approved late on Tuesday over the objections of some of the United States' largest lenders in what consumer advocates called a win for homeowners.

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Human cause suspected in destructive Washington state grass fire

- Investigators suspect human activity, rather than lightning, sparked a grassland fire that has destroyed at least 29 homes near the eastern slopes of the Cascades in central Washington, officials said on Wednesday.

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NYC St. Patrick's Parade to target LGBT community with new leaders

NEW YORK - Leaders of the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade named two new leaders in a move aimed at including more gay and lesbian groups, which until this year had been barred from taking part.

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Man suspected of starting pharmacy fire during Baltimore riots is arrested

- A man suspected of torching a CVS Health Corp pharmacy in Baltimore that became a symbol of the April rioting in the city was arrested on Wednesday, authorities said.

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Protecting dementia sufferers from scammers gains ground in U.S

NEW YORK - Two years after New York socialite Brooke Astor died in 2007, her son, Anthony Marshall, was convicted of bilking her of millions of dollars. The heiress suffered from dementia, and did not know that her son, charged with her care, was paying himself exorbitant amounts from her assets. | Video

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