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BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore's mayor is asking federal investigators to look into whether the city's police department uses a pattern of excessive force or discriminatory policing. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said today that the community has a "fractured" relationship with police. Her request came a day after new Attorney General Loretta Lynch visited the city. The mayor says Lynch understands the urgency of her request. Baltimore saw days of unrest after Freddie Gray, a black man, was taken into custody and suffered critical injuries. He died a week later.

PARIS (AP) — There was no way for passengers to know -- but the co-pilot of a flight from Germany to Spain in March was apparently practicing for a disaster he would cause just two hours later. Investigators say Andreas Lubitz was setting the altitude on that flight as low as 100 feet above the ground, although the plane never actually descended to that level. It was on the return flight to Germany later that day that authorities believe he deliberately sent the plane into a controlled descent, crashing it into a mountain and killing all 150 people on board.

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks have turned broadly lower, after the release of weak U.S. economic reports. Oil prices are higher, helping drillers and other energy companies gain. U.S. payroll processor ADP said hiring slowed in April to its weakest pace in nearly a year and a half. A separate government report showed U.S. worker productivity declined in the first three months of the year as labor costs jumped, reflecting a slowdown in growth.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — One of Iran's most prominent human rights activists has been arrested by state security forces. That word comes from the husband of the activist, Narges Mohammadi. Her activism has included promoting women's rights and campaigning to end the death penalty. Her husband, who lives in exile in France, says about 10 people showed up at her house yesterday to detain her. They later called her 8-year-old twins to tell them she was behind bars.

SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) — Two people are dead after being hit by a police car on the New Jersey Turnpike early today. Authorities say the two had walked away from a disabled vehicle and were apparently in the left lane when they were hit. The officer driving the police car was treated for minor injuries.

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