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Desperate in Baltimore:  "Murder is out of control," according to Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, who is asking the FBI for help in stemming the record-setting homicide rate in her city.  CBS Baltimore reports that the city has suffered the most murders from  January to April since 1998, and the Mayor fears that unless something can be done to stop it, "I can't imagine going into our summer months with our crime rate where it is today."  The question remains, can federal assistance turn around crime in an urban environment where the police have been repeatedly characterized as the bad guys?  "If we support these police officers, who are out there working for the community every day, we're going to be able to turn the tide," says former U.S. Attorney for Maryland, now U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Arrests in LA Shooting Spree:  LA Sheriff's detectives are investigating the possibility that a couple arrested Sunday are guilty of shooting and injuring two people at a Whittier motel and the killing of a man in nearby La Mirada on Saturday.  Frank Shyong and Matt Hamilton of the Los Angeles Times report that a string of shootings appears to be linked to two carjackings reportedly committed by an armed man and a woman now in custody for car theft.  The spree began with the fatal shooting a 44-year-old man waiting at a stop light on Saturday afternoon by two suspects in a stolen car.  Hours later, a couple in another stolen vehicle fired shots at the motel, then fled.  Police believe that the murder, and perhaps the other shootings, were completely unprovoked.

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