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President Obama also cited the deadly shootings at Oak Creek and Aurora. "In the coming weeks, I will use whatever power this office holds to engage my fellow citizens — from law enforcement to mental health professionals to parents and educators — in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this," said the president.

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Obama Meets Bloomberg As He Prepares Order On Guns:

As his administration prepares an executive order tightening access to guns, President Barack Obama met Wednesday with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a proponent of new gun laws who has become the chief enemy of the National Rifle Association.

The White House said Obama and Bloomberg “discussed ways to keep guns out of the hands of those who should not have access to them and what more could be done at the state and local level to help address gun violence in America.”‎

As leader of the nation’s largest city, Bloomberg was a vocal advocate for tighter gun laws, launching Mayors Against Illegal Guns in 2006 with then-Boston Mayor Tom Menino.‎

Map of ISIS: Growing Reach… But A Complex Picture:

The map of ISIS “activity” makes for frightening reading.

The group or its affiliates claim conspiracies and attacks on four continents; its self-declared “provinces” cut a swath across the Middle East and Africa; and it has begun to take the war to its enemies with the bombing of the Russian Metrojet airliner over Sinai and the Paris attacks.

There’s still a huge difference between the “ISIS core” carrying out mass murder in Iraq and Syria or seizing a city the size of Ramadi, and an infatuated follower in Boston or London picking up a carving knife. At one end of the spectrum, there are well-trained fighting units and bomb factories operating in ISIS’ heartland. At the other are lone wolves who adopt the group’s moniker and language in the solitude of their apartments, and who adopt the ISIS “brand” because it has a dynamism and cachet that al Qaeda no longer possesses.

Baltimore: Freddie Gray Case Sees Hung Jury In Police Officer’s Trial:

What happens next is anyone’s guess now that a mistrial has been declared in the case against a Baltimore police officer in the death of Freddie Gray.

William Porter was one of six officers charged in connection with the death of Gray, a 25-year-old who died after sustaining a neck injury while in police custody. Prosecutors will decide whether to retry the case.

Legal analysts described the mistrial as a major setback for the prosecution that could affect the cases of the other five officers.

Judge Barry Williams will hold one or more scheduling conferences with the prosecution and defense in his chambers — behind closed doors — to discuss a new trial date, the court’s communications office said.

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