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Peace in Baltimore...Protesters back in Ferguson, Missouri... Markets down after report of slow US growth



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BALTIMORE (AP) — Civic leaders in Baltimore are declaring victory after the intersection at North and Pennsylvania avenues was cleared of all but a few stragglers 15 minutes after the beginning of the city's curfew Wednesday night. Hundreds of police officers in riot gear remain at the scene, which was the site of rioting Monday. Congressman Elijah Cummings says "We are proud of our city."

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Protesters are back in Ferguson, Missouri, a day after looting, fires and gunfire broke out during demonstrations over the death of a black man who died from injuries suffered in Baltimore police custody. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports several dozen people have marched down the same Ferguson street where protests over the death of Michael Brown turned violent.

TOKYO (AP) — Shares are down in Asia following news the U.S. economy skidded to a near halt in the first three months of the year. The slowdown is being blamed on a severe winter, weak exports and cutbacks in energy drilling. U.S. markets registered their disappointment Wednesday. The S&P 500 closed down eight points, the Dow 74 and a-half points and the Nasdaq nearly 32 points.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles jury is awarding $13 million to a 73-year-old woman who contracted a deadly disease from using asbestos-containing talcum powder manufactured by Colgate-Palmolive. There will be no appeal because she and Colgate reached a confidential settlement before the jury was set to hear evidence to determine punitive damages.

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California officials say they're scaling back the habitat restoration planned during construction of two massive tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to send water to farms and millions of people. The project now calls for restoring 30,000 acres for wetland and wildlife habitat instead of the 100,000 acres called for in the original plan.

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