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BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake wants the federal government to investigate her city's police department to determine whether it uses a pattern of excessive force or discriminatory policing. She says complaints of excessive force and lawsuits alleging misconduct are down over the last few years but police-community relations remain fractured. Meanwhile, the state of emergency declared last week because of unrest has been rescinded.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal official has testified that he and a supervisor went to talk to Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) after he gave the middle finger to a camera and he apologized for it. The testimony came in Tsarnaev's federal death penalty trial. Prosecutors say the photo shows Tsarnaev was unrepentant about the bombings. The defense hopes to convince a jury not to decide capital punishment.

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL says an investigator's report has enough evidence to conclude that the New England Patriots likely deflated footballs used in the AFC title game. The report also concludes that quarterback Tom Brady probably knew about it. The evidence includes texts between a locker room assistant and an equipment assistant.

CEMENT, Okla. (AP) — A large portion of the Great Plains is under a tornado watch, including North Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska. The National Weather Service says a weak tornado has touched down in southwestern Oklahoma. No injury or damage was reported as the storm moved toward Chickasha, where the school district kept its students as a precaution.

DALLAS (AP) — Former U.S. House Speaker Jim Wright has died at age 92. Wright, known for being a decorated combat pilot and orator, represented a Fort Worth-area congressional district for 34 years. Wright resigned in 1989 after being investigated a year by the House Ethics Committee. He was publicly branded a "crook" by little-known Georgia Congressman Newt Gingrich.

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