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Loretta Lynch Confirmed As Attorney General

Loretta Lynch is headed to the Justice Department.  The Senate confirmed Lynch as Attorney General on a vote of 56-43.  Lynch replaces Eric Holder, who has held the job since early 2009.  Lynch is a veteran federal prosecutor from New York and will be the first African-American woman to head the Justice Department.  Her confirmation has been held up for weeks in an unrelated dispute between Senate Republicans and Democrats.  President Obama nominated Lynch last November. 

Maryland Governor Orders State Troopers To Baltimore

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan is sending state police officers to Baltimore, where protests are heating up after a black man died in police custody.  Hogan said today that the state police will provide extra security in the area, adding that “the last thing we need is more violence.”  Gray died Sunday from spinal cord injuries suffered during his arrest on April 12th.  It’s unclear exactly how Gray was injured.  The six officers involved have been suspended pending an investigation.

Michael Brown Family Suing City Of Ferguson In Son’s Death

The family of Michael Brown is suing the city of Ferguson, Missouri over his shooting death.  Attorneys announced the civil lawsuit today saying they dispute the way the state and federal cases against police officer Darren Wilson were presented.  Attorney Anthony Gray said Officer Wilson’s initial statements to a supervisor describing the fatal shooting were enough to indict the officer.  The lawyers say they will present new evidence the public has never seen before.  Wilson claimed he shot the unarmed black teen in self defense.

Obama Expresses Sorrow About Hostage Deaths In Counterterrorism Ops

President Obama is expressing profound regret over the deaths of two aid workers in a counterterrorism operation along the Afghan-Pakistan border.  American Warren Weinstein [[ WHYNE-steen ]], had been held by al-Qaeda since 2011.  An Italian hostage was also killed in the operation in January.  Giovanni Lo Porto [[ gee-oh-VON-ee  low-PORT-oh ]] had been held since 2012.  Speaking from the White House today, President Obama accepted full responsibility and expressed grief about the mishap.

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Harold T. Fisher is a broadcast journalist and author. He is currently the host of the news/talk program, “The Daily Drum” on WHUR-FM and H-U-R Voices, Sirius/XM Channel 141. Highlights of his journalism campaigns include the aftermath of the earthquake in Port Au Prince, Haiti; coverage of the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions; the Jena 6 protests in central Louisiana; the Midwestern floods of 1994 and hurricane Andrew in 1992.

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