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GARLAND, Texas (AP) — Police in Garland, Texas say they're not sure if a shooting outside a conference center was connected to an event inside. Two gunmen were killed Sunday after opening fire on a security officer. Inside the center, the New York-based American Freedom Defense Initiative was holding a contest to award $10,000 for the best cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad. Such drawings are considered insulting to many followers of Islam.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore has lifted a citywide curfew and faith leaders are calling for continued activism following the death of Freddie Gray, who was severely injured while in police custody. On Sunday, a crowd of several hundred prayed and sang civil-rights songs at a City Hall rally. The gathering came two days after the city's top prosecutor announced criminal charges against six officers involved in Gray's arrest.
PASSAIC, N.J. (AP) — Firefighters in Passaic, New Jersey have brought under control a blaze that started in a church and ripped through several buildings. Passaic Mayor Alex Blanco tells NJ Advance Media that the fire appeared to have started in the alley of the church and quickly spread to nearby buildings. Blanco says about 80 people were displaced by the fire, but no one was injured.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Forecasters expect high surf along the Southern California coast to peak on Monday. Big waves on Sunday forced a cruise ship to change course. The Carnival Imagination had to dock in San Diego because the high surf and long swells in Long Beach made conditions unsafe. The National Weather Service says a storm off New Zealand churned big waves along the Southern California coastline, creating dangerous rip currents and waves reaching 5 to 10 feet. Lifeguards rescued at least 16 people from the water.
NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's plans on Monday to unveil its latest effort to revive its sputtering business. Already, the fast-food chain has tried a number of moves to inject life back into its brand, including trimming its menu to simplify operations and make room for new offerings. McDonald's also has revamped its grilled chicken recipe and said it would curb the use of antibiotics in raising chickens. And two months ago it brought in a new CEO.
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