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NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama says racism is a residual factor in tense community-police relations in Baltimore and other cities. In an interview with "Late Show" host David Letterman, Obama said the nation has made great strides and that he is "a testament to that." Obama also praised Letterman for hosting the program for 33 years.

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to meet Tuesday with leaders of his country's Ethiopian Jews following an outbreak of violent protests. Israel's ceremonial president says the unrest has "exposed an open, bleeding wound" and that their grievances must be addressed. Most Ethiopians in Israel arrived three decades ago but have become an underclass plagued by poverty, crime and unemployment.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A lawyer for Hillary Rodham Clinton says the former secretary of state is willing to testify one time before a panel investigating the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans. Republicans have requested two appearances so they can also grill Clinton about her use of private email. Democrats say the GOP leaders want to drag a probe into the presidential campaign season.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is expected to announce Tuesday that he will nominate Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Dunford now serves as the commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps. Dunford began his career as an infantry officer and has commanded at all levels. He has served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Forecasters say a high-surf advisory remains in effect in Newport Beach, California, because of monster waves drawing spectators. They're watching surfers and bodysurfers taking on big waves at an area known as The Wedge. Inexperienced swimmers are being urged to stay away.

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