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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — An attorney for Noor Salman -- the wife of the Orlando nightclub shooter -- says it's "extraordinarily rare" for bail to be granted in terror-related cases. But a magistrate judge in California today ruled that Salman can be free on bail ahead of her trial on charges of aiding her husband's attack, which killed 49 people. Prosecutors argued against releasing Salman, calling her a danger to the public. But the judge said she's not convinced of that. And an attorney for Salman says the decision to grant bail suggests that the government's case is weak.

BALTIMORE (AP) — Prosecutors in Baltimore say they've quietly dropped five criminal cases brought by Baltimore police officers who are now charged with a racketeering conspiracy. The officers are charged with robbery, extortion and overtime fraud, and are accused of stealing money and drugs from victims, some of whom had not committed crimes.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top White House ethics attorney says counselor Kellyanne Conway "acted inadvertently" and "without nefarious motive" when she promoted Ivanka Trump's fashion line during a television interview at the White House. Stefan Passantino, deputy counsel to the president on compliance and ethics, wrote in a letter to the Office of Government Ethics that he met with Conway and resolved the matter. Administration employees are subject to rules that prohibit them from using their official position to endorse products or services.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Forecasters say the mid-Atlantic region and southern New England are now at risk from the storm system that brought tornadoes to the central U.S., killing three people and destroying more than 100 homes. They say the storms are more typical of late March and April -- but they're springing up in regions that have seen unusually warm weather for this time of year.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The president of the film academy says the two accountants responsible for the best-picture flub at Sunday's Academy Awards will never return to the Oscar show. Cheryl Boone Isaacs tells The Associated Press that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' relationship with PwC, the accounting firm responsible for the integrity of the awards, remains under review. PwC accountants Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz were responsible for the winners' envelopes at Sunday's Oscar show. Cullinan tweeted a photo of Emma Stone from backstage minutes before handing presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway the wrong envelope for best picture. Boone Isaacs said Cullinan's distraction caused the error.

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