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By Ian Simpson and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. investigators were looking into claims by the Islamic State militant group that it was behind a failed attack on a Texas exhibit of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in which two gunmen were killed, but officials said on Tuesday they doubted the group's direct involvement. The Syria- and Iraq-based Islamic State (IS) said on its official online radio station that "two soldiers of the caliphate" carried out the attack on Sunday in Garland, a suburb of Dallas. . . more
New U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Tuesday met with Baltimore officials and the family of a 25-year-old black man killed by police last month and vowed to help the city pursue police reform. The meeting in Baltimore came the week after the city's top prosecutor brought criminal charges against the six officers involved in the April 12 arrest of Freddie Gray, who suffered a spinal injury that led to his death a week later. Gray's death was the latest in a series of police killings of unarmed black men across the United States, and provoked weeks of largely peaceful protests punctuated by a day of arson and looting on April 27. "We lost a young man's life and it begins to represent so many things." The Justice Department, she said, will work with the city as it seeks to improve its police department. . . more
By Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - The older of the two brothers who carried out the Boston Marathon bombing was a controlling boyfriend who terrified his future wife's friends, a former roommate of the woman testified as lawyers fought to save the younger brother's life. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died four days after the April 15, 2013 attack that killed three people and injured 264. His younger brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, last month was convicted of carrying out the attack and could be sentenced to death. The lawyers, who at the trial's opening in March conceded that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had committed all the crimes of which he was accused, contend that Tamerlan was the driving force behind the bombing, with his younger brother going along out of a sense of sibling loyalty. . . more
PACIFICA, Calif. (AP) A beached humpback whale was discovered south of San Francisco, marking the second dead whale to wash ashore in less than three weeks. . . more
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Authorities in Florida say a ruse to get a man's fingerprints led to his arrest as a convicted killer who escaped an Ohio prison farm and disappeared for most of six decades. . . more
BOSTON (AP) Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's lawyers called a Russian historian and a psychiatrist to the stand Tuesday in a bid to save the Boston Marathon bomber from the death penalty by portraying him as the product of a dysfunctional family from a turbulent corner of the world. . . more
BALTIMORE (AP) Attorney General Loretta Lynch pledged Tuesday to improve the city's police department after meeting with the family of a man who was fatally injured in police custody. . . more
NEW YORK (AP) Jurors deliberating in the 36-year-old missing-child case of Etan Patz said Tuesday they are deadlocked for the second time in 15 days, but a judge told them to keep trying. . . more
HOUSTON (AP) States fighting President Barack Obama's plan to spare millions of immigrants from deportation say they agree with a Texas judge who has temporarily blocked the president's action. . . more
CONYERS, Ga. (AP) Sheriff's officials say a student has been taken into custody after a shot was fired inside a middle school. . . more
By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - Authorities did not violate a south Florida man's rights when his cell phone location data was used as evidence to convict him for his role in a string of armed robberies, a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday. Lawyers for Quartavious Davis, who is serving a prison sentence of almost 162 years, argued at his 2012 trial that prosecutors had no right to use cell phone location data as they had not obtained a search warrant. The case is being closely watched as courts around the country wrestle with cell phone privacy issues. "The government did not seek, nor did it obtain, any GPS or real-time ... location information," the ruling said. . . more
A tanker truck reportedly carrying gasoline overturned and then erupted into flames on the New Jersey Turnpike on Tuesday. . . more
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Two mothers have been charged after a toddler was rescued from the roof of a three-story home. . . more
LAS VEGAS (AP) Authorities said Tuesday that a man who stole a small airplane near Las Vegas over the weekend was a novice pilot who wanted to go on one last joyride before facing accusations that he had committed a sex crime against a friend's child. . . more
NEW YORK (AP) Among Hispanic groups in the United States, Puerto Ricans appear to have the worst health, according to a government report released Tuesday. . . more
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) A federal jury in North Dakota on Tuesday started deciding the fate of a man accused in a Jamaican lottery scam that authorities say cost victims around the country millions of dollars. . . more
DETROIT (AP) A 53-year-old man has died while performing maintenance at a wastewater treatment plant at a Chrysler factory in Detroit. . . more


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