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WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Loretta Lynch calls it "one of the most challenging issues of our time." She's talking about the worsening relations between some city police departments and the communities they serve. Lynch today announced that the Justice Department will carry out a wide-ranging investigation into the practices of Baltimore police officers. She says the death of Freddie Gray and the rioting that followed exposed a "serious erosion of public trust."
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market has been getting a boost today from the April jobs report, which showed that employers were still hiring workers at a steady pace. They added 233,000 jobs last month, as the unemployment rate fell from 5.5 percent to 5.4. Investment strategist Paul Christopher with Wells Fargo Advisers says he's become more convinced that the weak March jobs report was an aberration.
ATLANTA (AP) — A truck driver says the small plane that crashed on an Atlanta interstate highway this morning had grazed the hood of his tractor-trailer before hitting the median wall. Gerald Smith says he tried to walk over to the wreckage, but that it was burning so badly, there was no way to try to help anyone out of the plane. All four people aboard the plane died. The Federal Aviation Administration says the plane apparently developed trouble soon after taking off from DeKalb (deh-KAB') Peachtree Airport.
DALLAS (AP) — Investigators in north Texas are trying to determine if some heavy rain caused today's derailment of a 17-car freight train. The rain damaged train tracks in the area. Forecasters have warned that conditions are ripe for strong thunderstorms and tornadoes today from western Kansas to Texas. In Nebraska, the governor has declared a state of emergency as workers struggled to rescue people from floodwaters in the southeastern corner of the state. The area received nearly a foot of rain.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A man accused of kidnapping and sexually abusing two Amish girls in northern New York has pleaded guilty to 21 federal charges for, among other things, making child porn with them and with four other young children. The Amish girls, ages 7 and 12, were abducted in August from their family's roadside farm stand. They were released the next day.
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