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Gunmen's background..."Jumpy" in Baltimore...Joints chief nominee



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WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal law enforcement officials say one of the two gunmen killed yesterday in suburban Dallas had been on the FBI's radar for years. An off-duty officer in Garland fatally shot the two outside a building that was holding a contest featuring cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. According to mainstream Islamic tradition, any physical depiction of the prophet — even a respectful one — is considered blasphemous. But a major Islamic advocacy group said bigotry is no excuse for violence.

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore police spokesman says it was a suspect, not officers, responsible for a gunshot this afternoon near one of last week's hot spots. Police say the armed suspect was spotted on surveillance cameras and was arrested after a chase. The arrest drew a crowd. The suspect was not injured. A nearby store owner says everyone is still "jumpy" since last week's protests and unrest over the death of a man severely injured while in custody.

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma sheriff at the center of a shooting controversy says he won't step down. But Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz says he doesn't plan to seek re-election next year. A volunteer deputy who shot an unarmed man is a close friend of Glanz. The deputy, Robert Bates, faces second-degree murder charges. Bates says he mistook his weapon for his stun gun.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say President Barack Obama will nominate Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Dunford, a four-star general, is said to be a widely respected, combat-hardened commander who led the Afghanistan war coalition during a key transition in 2013-2014.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Scholars at the University of California, Berkeley have pieced together a collection of letters written by Mark Twain when the author was a young newsman in San Francisco. In the letters, he likened the city's police chief to a dog chasing its tail and accused the city government of rascality. Some of the letters carried his flair for embellishment and may not be entirely true.

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