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NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market has posted its biggest gain in two month after the U.S. government reported an encouraging pickup in hiring. The gain of 223,000 jobs in April suggested that the economy may be regaining its footing after a slow start to the year. The Dow climbed 266 points. The S&P climbed 28, and the Nasdaq rose 58 points. All 10 sectors in the S&P index rose, led by health care companies. It was the biggest gain for the index since March 16.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A black South Carolina man who was shot by a white sheriff's deputy outside his home has said he should have dropped the gun he was carrying. Bryan Heyward made that statement in a recorded interview with an investigator, as he was being rushed to the hospital. The recording was played today during a meeting between sheriff's officials and community leaders. Heyward was shot in the neck yesterday after deputies responded to his call about a home invasion. Authorities have said he came out his back door with a gun and was shot after a deputy ordered him to drop it.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Baltimore's police department is going to get the same kind of federal scrutiny that was given to departments in Cleveland and in Ferguson, Missouri. It's a federal civil rights investigation, one that was requested by city officials after the death last month of a man injured while in police custody. Investigators will look for any discriminatory practices by police. And they'll examine allegations that Baltimore officers use excessive force and make unconstitutional searches and arrests.

NEW YORK (AP) — The father of a 6-year-old New York City boy who went missing in 1979 says he is convinced that the man who's been on trial in the case is the one who killed his son. Stan Patz (payts) is the father of Etan (AY'-than) Patz. He spoke today after a judge declared a mistrial in the case against Pedro Hernandez. The jury was deadlocked after 18 days. Patz says sitting through Hernandez's trial convinced him the man is guilty. And he says that gives the family closure. Prosecutors want to set a new trial date.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jeb Bush is accusing the Obama administration of being "small-minded and intolerant" on issues of religious freedom. He makes the charge in remarks prepared for a speech tomorrow at Liberty University. The school founded by the late Jerry Falwell is a regular stop for Republican presidential contenders. In the speech, Bush charges that "federal authorities are demanding obedience, in complete disregard of religious conscience." The appeal to religious conservatives comes weeks before Bush is expected to launch a formal presidential campaign.

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