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WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director James Comey (KOH'-mee) says federal investigators knew ahead of time that one of the two gunmen in last weekend's attempted attack outside a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas had been aware of the event. Comey says agents had developed information hours before the provocative event near Dallas that Elton Simpson had an interest in it. He said that information was distributed to local authorities in Texas, but there had been no indication that Simpson was planning an attack.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A lawyer for five police officers who were involved in Sunday's shooting in Texas say they have yet to return to work but are "doing well." The officers killed two gunmen who had wounded a security guard at a cartoon contest about the Prophet Muhammad. The officers' names have not been released. One officer subdued Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi when they opened fire outside the contest. After the initial shots, four SWAT officers who were nearby also fired. Both suspects were killed.

CAIRO (AP) — Al-Qaida in Yemen has announced the death of one of its top commanders in a U.S. airstrike. The death of Nasr al-Ansi was announced by an al-Qaida operative in a video posted online. Al-Ansi was believed to have been close to Osama Bin Laden. He made several video appearances on behalf of the group's Yemen branch. In January, he issued the claim that the Yemen branch was responsible for the attack on the offices of a French satirical magazine that killed 12 people.

BOSTON (AP) — As lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) try to get a life sentence instead of the death penalty for him, they may call a well-known death penalty opponent to the stand. They've told the judge in Boston that Sister Helen Prejean (PRAY'-zhahn) may be one of their final witnesses. She was made famous by the 1995 movie "Dead Man Walking."

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks have closed moderately higher, recovering from a sell-off yesterday. Investors remained cautious today following comments a day earlier from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, who suggested that stock prices might be too high. The Dow gained 82 points today. That index is now up by less than 1 percent for the year. The S&P gained seven points and the Nasdaq rose 25.

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