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Former U.S. President Bill Clinton attends the Clinton Global Initiative's 2015 Winter Meeting in New YorkFormer President Bill Clinton acknowledged on Wednesday that an anti-crime crackdown he pushed in 1994 went too far, and said he now supports his wife Hillary's plans to reverse some of those justice policies. Bill Clinton signed into law a crime bill that imposed tougher sentences, put thousands of more police on the streets and helped fund the building of extra prisons. The anti-crime legislation was known for its federal "three strikes" provision that sent violent offenders to prison for life. We have too wide a net. We have too many people in prison. And we wound up spending - putting so many people in prison that there wasn’t enough money left to educate them, train them for new jobs and increase the chances when they came out that they could live productive lives," he said, according to a CNN transcript of the interview.

FILE - In this July 29, 2005, file photo, former House Speaker Jim Wright of Texas stands next to the Texas pillar while touring the World War II Memorial in Washington. Wright, a veteran Texas congressman who was the first House speaker in history to driven out of office in midterm, has died. He was 92. (AP Photo/Yuri Gripas, File)DALLAS (AP) — Former U.S. House Speaker Jim Wright, the longtime Texas Democrat who became the first House speaker in history to be driven out of office in midterm, has died at age 92.

Lubitz runs the Airportrace half marathon in HamburgFrench investigators say Andreas Lubitz tried a controlled descent on the previous flight.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is pictured in this handout photo presented as evidence by the U.S. Attorney's Office in BostonBy Richard Valdmanis BOSTON (Reuters) - Lawyers seeking to spare convicted Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev from the death penalty called witnesses on Wednesday who described his volunteer work with disabled children, his adoration of his older brother, and his father's mental illness in the years before the attack. The brother, 26-year-old boxer Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was killed after a gunfight with police days after the bombing. He would be a good younger brother, I would say," Elmirza Khozhugov told jurors via a remote video feed from Kazakhstan in Central Asia, where he now lives.

Police gather at North Ave and Pennsylvania Ave in Baltimore, MarylandBaltimore officials asked the U.S. Justice Department to investigate its police department for civil rights violations after the death of a black man from injuries sustained in police custody, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said on Wednesday. The review will look into police practices such as frisks, street stops of suspects and arrests to see if they violate the U.S. Constitution, Rawlings-Blake said at a news conference. The request follows the April 19 death of Freddie Gray, 25, who sustained spinal injuries after being arrested by police. His death sparked protests and a day of arson and looting in the largely black city, and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan lifted a state of emergency for Baltimore on Wednesday.

The Democratic candidate challenges Republicans on their approach to immigration reform.

NFL finds Patriots employees probably deflated ballsTed Wells' investigation into the possibility that the Patriots were involved in deflating footballs has found that it's more likely than not some of the Patriots were guilty.

Former U.S President Bill Clinton speaks during a plenary session at the Clinton Global Initiative Middle East & Africa meeting in Marrakech, Morocco, Wednesday May 6, 2015. Bill Clinton has largely stayed on the sidelines during the early weeks of his wife's presidential bid, opting to focus on his foundation work instead of visiting early primary states with his wife. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar)Bill Clinton continued his defense of the Clinton Foundation Wednesday, with the former president dismissing suggestions made by “Clinton Cash” author Peter Schweizer that donations taken from foreign governments during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state influenced American policy.

Rosemary Hernandez, the wife of Pedro Hernandez who is charged with the abduction and murder of Etan Patz, departs the Manhattan Supreme Court in New YorkBy Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York jury began its 16th day of deliberations on Wednesday in the murder trial of a former deli worker accused in the 1979 killing of Etan Patz, the 6-year-old boy whose disappearance changed the way the United States responds to reports of missing children. On Tuesday, the jury weighing kidnapping and murder charges against Pedro Hernandez, 54, in state Supreme Court in Manhattan told the judge it was deadlocked but was ordered to keep trying. Hernandez told police in 2012 that he choked the boy in the basement of a deli where he worked, stuffed him in a box and left his still-moving body in an alley. His picture was among the first to appear on milk cartons in a national campaign to locate missing children.

This undated photo provided by the Coeur d’Alene Police Department shows Coeur d’Alene, police officer Greg Moore, who was critically wounded in the line of duty in the early morning of Tuesday, May 5, 2015. The northern Idaho officer is in critical condition after being shot and a suspect is in custody. A northern Idaho police officer shot by a man who stole his patrol car died of his injuries Tuesday evening, a Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, police spokeswoman said. Sgt. Greg Moore died at 5:50 p.m. at Kootenai Health, Sgt. Christie Wood said in a statement.(Coeur d’Alene Police Department via AP)SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Hundreds of people gathered at a candlelight vigil for a veteran police officer who was shot and killed while patrolling a northern Idaho neighborhood, some traveling from out of state and others paying tribute to the sacrifice of a lawman they didn't know.

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