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BALTIMORE (AP) — The nation's new attorney general has been offering support today, both to the city of Baltimore and its police officers, and to the family of Freddie Gray, who died from an injury he received in police custody. Loretta Lynch met with Gray's family, days after a state prosecutor charged six police officers who were involved in his arrest. Later, she met with about a dozen officers who had been on the streets when last week's violence broke out, and told them they had joined a noble profession. She pledged to improve the city's police department.

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Leaders of the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, are considering removing or replacing a makeshift shrine to Michael Brown that has lined the middle of the street where he was killed since last summer. The shrine includes stuffed animals, flower pots and candles, and it's several yards long. The mayor says the shrine's location makes it a safety hazard. However, removing it could stoke anger among community members who were outraged by Brown's killing and a grand jury's decision not to charge the officer.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Although the Islamic State group says it was responsible for the shooting in Texas over the weekend, at an event featuring cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, the White House isn't ready to take the group's word for it. Spokesman Josh Earnest says U.S. officials want to "know a whole lot more about the facts" before concluding that the group had a connection. Two gunmen were shot and killed after opening fire outside the venue near Dallas.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The selection of Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is a signal that the battles against al-Qaida and Islamic State militants will remain top priorities for the United States. In announcing the choice of Dunford today, President Barack Obama said the nation needs to "remain relentless against al-Qaida," and "push back against" the Islamic State. Dunford was a battle commander who led forces in the initial invasion into Iraq. More recently he was in charge of the Afghanistan war coalition.

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks have finished lower following two days of gains that brought the market close to a record high. The S& lost 25 points. The Dow fell 142, and the Nasdaq is 77 points lower. The price of oil closed above $60 a barrel for the first time since December. That helped send energy stocks higher. Oil has risen 20 percent in the last month.

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