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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the U.S. and its allies are making progress against Islamic State militants in both Iraq and Syria. After meeting with his national security team today at the Pentagon, Obama delivered an update aimed at reassuring Americans who are worried about the spread of terrorism. Obama said airstrikes have increased, and that the coalition has successfully knocked out key figures in the group's leadership, "one by one."

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Two senior U.N. officials who work to prevent genocide say they are "sickened by blatant manifestations of hatred and intolerance" by public figures against Muslims, in response to recent extremist attacks. They said calls by U.S. political figures for Muslims to be banned from entering the country, to be registered in a national database or to be forced to carry identification that would highlight their religion are "an affront to our common humanity."

BALTIMORE (AP) — The jury in the Freddie Gray case has sent its first questions to the judge, asking for transcripts of a Baltimore police dispatcher tapes and a police interview with Officer William Porter, who is on trial. Porter is charged with manslaughter. Prosecutors say he failed to seek medical attention for Gray, who died of a broken neck suffered while in custody.

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Lowered flags and remembrance events in Newtown, Connecticut, today have marked the anniversary of the 2012 massacre of 20 students and six staffers at Sandy Hook Elementary. The anniversary fell on a school day for the first time, but schools remained open. The school was demolished. A new campus will open next fall.

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle has become the first city in the nation to allow drivers of ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft to unionize over pay and working conditions. The City Council voted 8-0 for the requirement. Backers say some drivers who depend on full-time work winds up making less than minimum wage. The companies are expected to file a court challenge.

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