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BALTIMORE (AP) — Police have been clearing the streets of Baltimore after a 10 p.m. curfew went into effect for a second night. Shortly after 10, only a couple dozen people were left at the scene of Monday's rioting in Baltimore. A police helicopter has been broadcasting a warning to stragglers, telling them they must go home or be subject to arrest. During the day, residents continued to protest the death of Freddie Gray, who died after injuries he suffered in police custody.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Loretta Lynch is calling this week's rioting in Baltimore "senseless acts of violence." In her first public remarks on the unrest since being sworn in two days ago, Lynch says the violence was counterproductive to improving relationships between the police and community. The rioting erupted Monday after the funeral for Freddie Gray. The FBI and Justice Department have been investigating Gray's death for potential civil rights violations. The 25-year-old black man suffered severe spinal injuries while in police custody.

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The death toll from Saturday's 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Nepal continues to climb. More than 5,500 people are now known to have died. Twice that many were injured and tens of thousands have been left homeless. Frustration over the slow delivery of humanitarian aid boiled over in a protest in the capital Wednesday.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A proposal to allow needle exchanges in Indiana communities with high rates of hepatitis C or HIV is headed to Republican Gov. Mike Pence. Indiana is facing its worst HIV outbreak in decades. State health officials say more than 140 people with ties to Scott County in the southern part of the state have tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS. The county typically sees about five new HIV cases a year.

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Sen. Bernie Sanders has made it official. He tells The Associated Press that he's running for president. The Vermont independent joins Hillary Rodham Clinton in a race in which she is the heavy favorite for the Democratic nomination. But Sanders says people should not underestimate him, because his brand of what he calls "Democratic Socialism" has appealed to Vermonters of all political persuasions.

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