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Maryland governor calls for peaceful protests...US military looks into reports of civilian deaths...France joins rescue of migrants

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 2, 2015 at 1:11 p.m.



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BALTIMORE (AP) — As demonstrators pour into Baltimore's streets, Maryland's governor is urging them to keep things peaceful. Gov. Larry Hogan says the right to demonstrate "is a fundamental part of our society, but damaging property or putting innocent bystanders in danger will not be tolerated." Violence erupted in Baltimore Monday after the funeral of Freddie Gray, who died after being injured in police custody. The six officers involved in the arrest have now been charged with felonies.

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S. military says it is looking into an activist group's claim that at least 52 civilians were killed in U.S.-led airstrikes near the Syrian border town of Kobani. The strikes happened Thursday and Friday as the coalition targeted the Islamic State extremist group. The coalition said earlier that its strikes during that time destroyed seven Islamic State positions and one of the group's vehicles.

ROME (AP) — Ships from Italy and France have rescued more than 1,400 migrants today in the Mediterranean Sea near Libya. The Italian coast guard carried out the bulk of the rescues but France says one of its patrol boats rescued 217 migrants and detained two suspected smugglers. It was the first rescue operation by France since an April 23 decision by European leaders to boost patrols after an estimated 800 migrants died when a fishing boat capsized.

YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — A group of women and girls freed from captivity in a Nigerian forest has arrived at a refugee camp for people displaced by Boko Haram (BOH'-koh hah-RAHM') extremists. They looked bewildered, even in shock, after traveling for three days in a military convoy. The military says it has rescued nearly 700 women and children this week as part of a campaign to shut down terrorist camps and drive out extremists.

LONDON (AP) — Congratulations are pouring in from around the world following the birth of a British princess. The 8-pound, 3-ounce girl was born today to Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge. Hours later, mother and baby went home from the hospital. President Barack Obama wished the royal family "much joy and happiness."

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