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BALTIMORE (AP) — A judge says there is a hung jury in the case of a Baltimore police officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray. The jury couldn't reach a decision after three days of deliberations in the manslaughter trial of William Porter. He was the first of six officers to stand trial on charges stemming from Gray's arrest and death. The judge told the jurors they had "clearly been diligent" before he dismissed them. Gray died after suffering a broken neck in a police van while handcuffed and shackled.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is stressing that today's interest rate hike was pre-emptive. The Fed is raising its key lending rate by a quarter point to a range of 0.25 percent to 0.5 percent. It's the first increase in nine years. Yellen says the Fed went ahead with its rate hike despite low inflation because its policies operate on a lag. Inflation remains well below the central bank's 2 percent target, but that's largely because of transitory factors such as falling oil prices.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department is unveiling an update to the National Terrorism Advisory system and issuing its first "bulletin." Secretary Jeh (jay) Johnson says adding a bulletin to the alert system is an effort to better inform the public about evolving terrorist threats. Today's bulletin, reminding people of ongoing concerns over terrorism at home, will be in effect until June 16, 2016. It outlines much of what Johnson and other officials have said since the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California.

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal civil rights investigation of the nation's largest police departments has begun in earnest. Department of Justice agents are expected to sit down with top Chicago police brass today. In coming months, investigators will talk to everyone from beat cops to residents who alleged police misconduct in their neighborhoods. The DOJ announced the investigation earlier this month after the release of video showing a white officer fatally shooting a black teenager.

NEW YORK (AP) — The Republican presidential debates continue to be a big television draw, with 18 million people tuning in to the confrontation from Las Vegas last night. The Nielsen company says it was the third most-watched among the five GOP primary debates that have taken place so far this year.

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