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BALTIMORE (AP) — The Justice Department could announce Friday that it will conduct an investigation of whether Baltimore city police engage in discriminatory practices. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake asked for the probe following the death of Freddie Gray, who suffered a fatal spinal injury in police custody last month.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — More dangerous storms could come to the Midwest. The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma says storms could bring hail and damaging winds to the state on Friday. And they could produce more powerful tornadoes Friday and Saturday, with the area covering southern Kansas, western Oklahoma and parts of North Texas likely to bear the brunt of the storms. Earlier this week, parts of the southern Plains were hit by 51 tornadoes that destroyed homes and killed one person.

MIAMI (AP) — The first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season has formed off the South Carolina coast nearly a month before the season officially begins. Subtropical storm Ana is about 170 miles southeast of Myrtle Beach, with maximum sustained winds near 45 mph. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says the storm is moving north at about 2 mph. A tropical storm watch is in effect for Edisto Beach, South Carolina, to Cape Lookout, North Carolina.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities say they've captured a former police official implicated in the disappearance of 43 college students last year. Government officials say Francisco Salgado Valladares (vy-uh-DAHR'-ays) had been hiding in the homes of relatives. Investigators learned the family was getting together and took him into custody as he was arriving. Valladares is suspected of kidnapping and organized crime. He allegedly ordered police to hand 13 of the missing students over to a drug gang in September.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The publisher of the Los Angeles Times is buying U-T San Diego for $85 million, strengthening its presence in Southern California and putting the top newspapers in the state's two largest cities under common ownership. Tribune Publishing Co., which owns the Times, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun and other publications, says the 145-year-old U-T will remain a separate newspaper. Executives had been examining how operations might be consolidated.

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