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SYDNEY, Australia (AP) — As a siege inside a cafe in Sydney, Australia, stretches into a second day, police aren't saying how many hostages are still inside, or what they think the gunman's motives might be. They're also not saying whether he's made any demands -- and there's no word on whether the five hostages who are now free escaped or were released. A gunman took the hostages during the Monday morning rush hour. Two people in the cafe were seen holding up a flag with an Islamic declaration of faith.

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) — Fearing a backlash against Muslims in Australia, some social-media users in that country are sending a message of solidarity to Muslims as the Sydney cafe siege stretches on. Some are offering to accompany anyone who feels intimidated. One Sydney resident wrote on Facebook that she had seen a woman on a train remove her headscarf.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is refusing to let Arizona enforce stringent restrictions on medical abortions while a challenge to them plays out in lower courts. The justices today left in place a lower court ruling that blocked rules that regulate where and how women can take drugs that induce abortion. The rules also would regulate the use of the abortion medications after the seventh week of pregnancy instead of the ninth.

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are opening higher as the market comes off its worst loss in two months. The Dow was up more than 100 points higher in the opening minutes today. It had plunged 315 points on Friday following another sharp drop in the price of oil and more signs of weakness in China. Today, the price of crude has inched higher.

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns say they respect the police, but also respect their players' rights to protest. Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins yesterday wore a T-shirt during pre-game warmups that supported two black Ohioans who were killed during encounters with law enforcement. It read, "Justice for Tamir Rice and John Crawford." A Cleveland police union official told that Hawkins was "disrespecting the police on a job that we had to do."

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