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Demonstrations for Freddie Gray ... Activists accuse Syrian govt of dropping chlorine ... More Nigerian women, girls freed

By The Associated Press | Posted - Apr. 30, 2015 at 4:40 a.m.



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UNDATED (AP) — Police in Baltimore say there were no major disturbances reported during the city's second night of a 10p.m.-to-5.a.m. curfew. A crowd in New York City also joined in last night's demonstrations over the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who was arrested earlier this month and mysteriously sustained serious spinal injuries. At least 60 people were arrested in last night's New York protest.There also was a protest in Ferguson, Missouri.

BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say Syrian government forces have killed at least 20 civilians while targeting rebels in the northwest who've been advancing in recent weeks. The airstrikes and shelling in Idlib province overnight targeted rebels in areas surrounding a town that recently fell to the insurgents. Activist groups say government helicopters had dropped explosives-filled barrels containing chlorine on the town. That report has not been independently verified.

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — A day after the Nigerian army celebrated the rescue of 293 girls and women in the forest stronghold of Boko Haram (BOH'-koh hah-RAHM'), the army says more women and children believed to have been abducted by the Islamic extremists have been rescued. The army says several lives were lost including during shootouts in nine separate extremist camps in the Sambisa Forest. And the army says some of the captives began opening fire on their rescuers.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The man in California known as the "pillowcase rapist" says forgetfulness led him to allow the power in his ankle monitor to run too low twice while he was on supervised release. Prosecutors in Santa Clara County want Christopher Hubbart returned to a mental hospital. A judge who heard testimony yesterday has 90 days to make that decision. Hubbart has acknowledged raping at least 40 women between 1971 and 1982. He was sent to a mental hospital but doctors declared the 64-year-old fit to live in the community in 2013.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is trying to get major book publishers to provide more than $250 million in free eBooks to low-income students and wants commitments from local governments and schools to ensure every student has a library card. President Barack Obama plans to announce the two initiatives today at a Washington library. It's part of his two-year-old ConnectED program that aims to improve education through digital connectivity.

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