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Marching in Baltimore... Nigeria: Freed women traumatized...Economy grinds to near halt

By The Associated Press | Posted - Apr. 29, 2015 at 4:51 p.m.



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BALTIMORE (AP) — People are marching in Baltimore this evening to protest the death of Freddie Gray, who was critically injured while in police custody. Many of the protesters are wearing black T-shirts that say: "Black Lives Matter" — which has become the slogan of a movement against police brutality. The demonstration comes as the city tries to get back to normal after riots Monday night. A curfew was put in place Tuesday and it will continue for the rest of the week.

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's army says many of the nearly 300 girls and women freed from the forest stronghold of Boko Haram were severely traumatized. The military is flying in medical and intelligence teams to evaluate the former captives. Some were so transformed by their captivity that they opened fire on their rescuers, and experts say they'll need intensive psychological treatment.

NEW YORK (AP) — Data showing the U.S. economy skidded to a near halt in the first three months of the year has sent stocks lower. Economists cite harsh winter weather, plunging exports because of the strong dollar and sharp cutbacks in oil and gas drilling as major factors sapping economic growth. Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve has downgraded its assessment of the economy. The Dow fell more than 74 points today, the S&P 500 dropped nearly 8 and the Nasdaq lost more than 31.

HAMMONTON, N.J. (AP) — A chemical leak at a medical company in southern New Jersey has left several workers feeling ill. Officials say it was a refrigerant leak at Home Solutions Infusion Therapy in Hammonton. The cause of the leak remains under investigation, though officials say it may have been caused by a malfunction in the building's ventilation system. Eight people were taken to hospitals for evaluation, while two others were airlifted by medical chopper.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Finance Committee has voted unanimously to expand popular tax-free college savings accounts. The bill would let students use money from college savings accounts to buy computers and other technology, something they cannot do now with tax-free distributions from the accounts. In January, Obama proposed eliminating the benefits in an effort to simplify an often confusing array of tax breaks for college students. But he withdrew the proposal after both Republicans and Democrats panned it.

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