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GARLAND, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says state officials are investigating the shooting at a public events space hosting a Muhammad cartoon contest that wounded a guard and resulted in the death of two gunmen. The FBI is providing investigative and bomb technician assistance. One unanswered question is whether yesterday's attack is related to the contest. Depictions of the prophet are considered offensive by many Muslims.

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Maryland National Guard is drawing down close to 3,000 troops brought in to keep the peace in Baltimore where life shows signs of returning to normal following riots and looting over the death of a black man after an arrest. The city-wide curfew has been lifted but the official state of emergency is expected to remain in place for a couple of days. Six police officers face charges in the death.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican field of presidential hopefuls continues to grow. Former technology executive Carly Fiorina says she's seeking the GOP presidential nomination. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson also is set to launch his run today. Fiorina and Carson each have the potential to help the Republican Party win over a more diverse group of supporters in 2016. Fiorina is likely to be the only prominent woman to seek the GOP nomination, with Carson the only likely African-American.

BRUSSELS (AP) — There's talk of progress today in discussions between Greece and its bailout partners on how to prevent the country's bankruptcy. But officials caution there's more work left to do. There are complaints in Athens that the International Monetary Fund is pushing the cash-strapped country too hard over labor reforms. Greece's next big repayment is 750 million euros due to the IMF on May 12.

ISTANBUL (AP) — Officials say a crane operator in Turkey was drunk when he drew fire while driving through the barriers of a military base. Soldiers shot at the tires, causing the crane to fall into a ditch, killing the driver. Officials say terrorism is not suspected.

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