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State of emergency continuing...Shooting at Muhammad cartoon contest...US denies civilian casualties in airstrike

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 4, 2015 at 3:50 a.m.



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BALTIMORE (AP) — The curfew is gone but the state of emergency in Baltimore is expected to continue over the next two days as life begins a return to normal following the riots and looting after the funeral last week for Freddie Gray. The 25-year-old black man died after he was injured while in police custody. Police say officers will continue to deploy to "areas of concern" and monitor protest activity.

GARLAND, Texas (AP) — Police in Texas are still investigating whether a shooting in a Dallas suburb was related to a provocative contest for cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad. Two gunmen were killed yesterday after opening fire on a security officer outside the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland just as the contest was wrapping up. Authorities were searching the gunmen's vehicle for explosives as an extra precaution.

BEIRUT (AP) — A spokesman for U.S. Central Command says there's no indication of civilian presence in a town in northern Syria during a coalition airstrike last week targeting Islamic State group positions. Activists claim 52 civilians were killed in Bir Mahli. But Maj. Curtis Kellogg denies the claim, saying Kurdish forces that held the town before IS reported that no civilians had been in the town for two weeks. The military says 50 militants died.

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's ceremonial president says Jerusalem must respond to the grievances of Ethiopian Jews who have long complained of racism, lack of opportunity, endemic poverty and routine police harassment. Reuven Rivlin spoke a day after thousands of people clashed with police in Tel Aviv. He says the protests by Ethiopian Jews "exposed an open, bleeding wound in the heart of Israeli society."

BOSTON (AP) — A harsh winter took its toll on snow removal budgets and other resources. A survey by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials says 23 states spent a combined billion dollars, assigned 8 million work hours and used millions of tons of salt and other chemicals during snow removal operations.

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