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New attorney general to visit Baltimore ... IS claims it carried out TX attack ... Another possible migrant tragedy

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 5, 2015 at 6:51 a.m.



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BALTIMORE (AP) — The new U.S. attorney general is visiting Baltimore today, the scene of last Monday's rioting and looting following the funeral for a man who died in police custody. Other Justice Department leaders will accompany Attorney General Loretta Lynch. The FBI and the Justice Department are investigating the death of Freddie Gray for possible civil rights violations, and in coming weeks the Justice Department is expected to release results of a separate review of the police department's use of force practices.

CAIRO (AP) — The Islamic State group claims it sent two of its "soldiers" to carry out the weekend attack near Dallas. It's the first time the militant group has claimed responsibility for an attack in the U.S. Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi were shot and killed by a police officer Sunday, shortly after they opened fire outside an exhibit of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammed. A security officer was shot and wounded.

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry has made an unannounced trip to Somalia today, in a show of solidarity with a government trying to defeat militants allied with al-Qaida. Kerry arrived at Mogadishu's airport and was greeted by Somalia's president and prime minister on the tarmac. Kerry is the first top U.S. diplomat ever to visit Somalia.

ROME (AP) — Migrants rescued in the Mediterranean this past weekend are telling officials with the aid group Save the Children that "dozens" of their fellow passengers drowned. A Save the Children representative in Sicily says in their first interviews with aid officials, the survivors say many people in their rubber boat fell into the sea and couldn't swim. The incident is believed to have occurred on Sunday in the sea between Libya and Sicily when a commercial vessel approached to rescue the migrant boat.

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) — A 77-year-old Ohio woman has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after admitting she caused her 100-year-old mother's death by severe neglect. Mary Strawser was sentenced yesterday by a judge in Logan County, Ohio who told her he couldn't believe that more wasn't done to take care of Strawser's mother. Prosecutors say Strawser neglected her mother for years, leaving her to die on a couch in a dilapidated trailer. She weighed 84 pounds when she was found dead in 2014.

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