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NEW YORK (AP) — There's a court ruling today against the government's bulk collection of Americans' phone records. A federal appeals court in New York says the program goes beyond what Congress has allowed. A lower court judge had thrown out the case. But the appeals court said the lower court was wrong in finding that the phone records collection program was legal. Today's ruling doesn't mean the program will be blocked. The court says it's up to Congress to decide whether and under what conditions it should continue.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Loretta Lynch says she'll decide soon whether the Justice Department will undertake a civil rights investigation into the Baltimore police department. Lynch is testifying before a Senate subcommittee, her first appearance before Congress since being sworn in last week. Baltimore's mayor yesterday asked the Justice Department to investigate the policing practices of the entire city police force. Baltimore was rocked by unrest after the death of a 25-year-old man who was severely injured in police custody.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady's agent says the NFL was determined to blame the Patriots quarterback for deflated footballs in the AFC title game. And he says the report from investigators that was released yesterday left out some key facts. Agent Don Yee released a statement today calling the report "a significant and terrible disappointment." He says investigators "reached a conclusion first, and then determined so-called facts later." The report found that Brady probably knew about plans to deflate footballs to make them easier to throw and handle.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The National Weather Service says it has received reports of 51 tornadoes across the Great Plains. And it's warning of increasingly severe storms throughout the week. Tornadoes were reported in Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and North Texas. The Oklahoma City area appears to have been the hardest hit. Emergency crews today were combing through the wreckage where a twister struck an RV park and hotel. At least a dozen people were reported injured, but there are no reported deaths.

BERLIN (AP) — Tomorrow marks 70 years since the fall of Nazi Germany in World War II. And while millions of Germans experienced the end of that war as a total defeat, today most Germans see it as liberation from 12 years of tyranny. In a poll released last week, just nine percent of the Germans who were surveyed see the end of World War II as a defeat. Germany's Parliament tomorrow will reflect upon what it says is a day that stands for "the double liberation from war and Nazism."

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