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BALTIMORE (AP) — Many in Baltimore are finding it hard to be patient with police who are keeping details about the Freddie Gray investigation close to the vest. And with weekend demonstrations likely, the lack of information is fueling suspicion and mistrust. One clergyman says there's no transparency. A coalition of news media organizations, including The Associated Press, sent a letter to the Baltimore Police Department seeking the immediate release of the criminal investigation that police turned over to prosecutors.

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Rescue and aid workers continue their efforts in Nepal today, including the capital, Kathmandu. But the city is showing signs that people are trying to get back to something like normal, despite the earthquake that killed more than 6,200 people. Farmers are bringing fresh produce and lines have disappeared at gasoline stations.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — There's a court hearing today involving the 2013 traffic jams on the George Washington Bridge, but officials aren't saying who's due to appear. The U.S. attorney's office plans a news conference about two hours after the hearing. Two of the three access lanes to the bridge in Fort Lee were shut down for four mornings in September 2013, causing massive delays. Questions about whether the lane closings were politically motivated have been dogging Gov. Chris Christie as he gears up for a presidential campaign.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite the economic recovery, U.S. families are getting squeezed more on housing costs. An analysis of Census data by Enterprise Community Partners, a nonprofit that helps finance affordable housing, finds that for more than one in four renters, housing and utilities consume at least half their family income. The government defines housing costs in excess of 30 percent of income as burdensome.

BEIJING (AP) — Police in southern China have raided the office of U.S. car-hailing app Uber after the Chinese government in January banned drivers of private cars from offering such services through apps. A statement by the Guangzhou (gwahng-joh) Municipal Transport Commission says police suspect Uber was operating an illegal taxi service without a proper business registration. It said police seized thousands of iPhones and other equipment.

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