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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says intelligence officials have a lot to investigate, concerning the weekend shooting outside a Texas cartoon contest featuring images of the Prophet Muhammad. Spokesman Josh Earnest says analysts want to find out whether the claim of responsibility from the Islamic State group is accurate, and at what level the group may have known about the plan. He says officials want to find out if the two men who opened fire outside the event, before being fatally shot by authorities, had been in contact with the group.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Loretta Lynch is said to be "actively considering" a request from Baltimore's mayor. The mayor today called for a federal probe into whether Baltimore's police department uses a pattern of excessive force, and whether it discriminates. The Justice Department is already investigating whether the civil rights of Freddie Gray were violated. He died after being injured in police custody.
PARIS (AP) — Before he crashed a plane into a French mountain, the co-pilot of a Germanwings plane apparently rehearsed it. That's according to investigators, who say Andreas Lubitz repeatedly set the altitude level at 100 feet on the same aircraft, hours before the March 24th crash. The plane didn't actually descend sharply, since Lubitz kept readjusting the settings. On the return flight from Spain to Germany, he also set a 100-foot altitude, sending the plane crashing into the Alps.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says U.S. Navy warships are no longer accompanying American and British-flagged commercial vessels through the Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Persian Gulf. Warships began accompanying the commercial ships last Thursday, two days after Iranian naval vessels detained a cargo ship and its crew. A Pentagon spokesman says there have been no other incidents.
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL says it will consider what steps to take next, now that investigators have concluded that employees of the New England Patriots probably deflated footballs that were used in the AFC Championship game. They also concluded that the team's quarterback, Tom Brady, probably knew something about it. Footballs with less pressure can be easier to grip and catch. Brady has said many times that he never asked for balls to be deflated outside of what the league allows.
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