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Baltimore emergency lifted, Guard pulls out...Chicago approves reparations for police torture victims...Earth's carbon dioxide passes milestone

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BALTIMORE (AP) — The governor of Maryland has lifted the state of emergency for Baltimore and says all National Guard and state police have been pulled out. More than 3,000 National Guard troops and 1,000 police officers from other areas had been sent to Baltimore when rioting erupted on April 27. The violence followed the funeral of Freddie Gray, who died of injuries suffered in police custody. Baltimore's mayor is asking the Justice Department to investigate whether city police use excessive force and discriminatory practices.

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago City Council has approved a $5.5 million reparations package for victims of a police torture scandal in the city. Dozens of men who claimed they were tortured by a detective unit during the 1970s, '80s and early 90s could each receive as much as $100,000. As many as 80 victims may be eligible to share in the award. In addition to approving the money today, the city issued a formal apology and promised to teach schoolchildren about one of the darkest chapters in Chicago's history.

DETROIT (AP) — A boy who was missing for 11 days before being found in his Detroit basement says his stepmother ordered him down there, and gave him food and electronic devices while investigators searched for him. Charlie Bothuell (BAHTH'-yoo-ehl) testified today at a hearing to determine whether his father and stepmother will go on trial on torture and child abuse charges. The 13-year-old said he sometimes went upstairs but never left the home and was too afraid of his stepmother to seek help.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. defense officials are telling a Senate panel it would be possible to set up a humanitarian safe zone for those caught in the crossfire in Syria, but it would require shifting troops around. Defense Secretary Ash Carter calls it a "challenging" proposition. He says the safe zone would be targeted by both Islamic State militants and Syrian government forces. The safe zone is being proposed by senators including Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin, who says he hopes U.S. allies or the United Nations could help.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal scientists say global levels of the most prevalent heat-trapping gas have risen to levels that haven't been seen in about 2 million years. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says in March, the global monthly average for carbon dioxide hit 400.83 parts per million. That's the first month in modern records that the entire globe broke 400 parts per million. NOAA's chief greenhouse gas scientist says carbon dioxide is increasing at a record pace, 100 times faster than natural rises in the past.

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