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WASHINGTON (AP) — What is the U.S. doing to fight the Islamic State group? President Barack Obama will give a public update today after he holds a meeting at the Pentagon. The president is planning a series of events this week to try to allay concerns about his strategy for stopping the terror group abroad and its sympathizers at home.

BALTIMORE (AP) — A jury in Baltimore is expected to hear closing arguments today in the trial of one of six police officers accused of causing the death of Freddie Gray, who suffered a spinal injury after he was arrested. Prosecutors argue that William Porter ignored department policy and didn't place Gray in a seatbelt while he was being transported in a police wagon. They also accused Porter of not calling for an ambulance when Gray indicated he needed medical help. Porter testified that Gray didn't show signs of distress.

SALEM, Mass. (AP) — Closing arguments are expected today in the trial of a Massachusetts teenager, accused of killing his math teacher when the teen was just 14 years old. Philip Chism is accused of raping and killing Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer in 2013. Chism is now 16 years old and is being tried as an adult. His lawyers argue that Chism is mentally ill and killed Ritzer in the middle of a psychotic episode.

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Authorities in Argentina say 41 police officers are dead after a bus fell off a bridge in the northern part of the country. The crash happened early today while a convoy of three buses with military police officers was traveling near Salta, a city about 932 miles north of Buenos Aires. The civil defense director for the province says for unknown reasons the driver of one of the buses lost control, the bus went off the bridge and landed 65 feet below. Authorities say there were about 60 people on the bus.

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago firefighter is dead after falling two stories down an elevator shaft while fighting a blaze in a warehouse on the city's South Side. Fire officials say 42-year-old Daniel Capuano (kahp-yoo-AH'-noh) died early this morning as he and other firefighters searched for the source of the blaze. Officials say they were blinded by heavy smoke and Capuano fell down the shaft from the 2nd floor to the basement.

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