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Nigeria chooses a president today

 
Associated Press
Associated Press
Published March 28, 2015

Mexico

Nation sets 25% pollution cut for climate talks

Mexico has become the first developing nation to submit pollutant reduction goals for next fall's Paris climate change talks, pledging Friday to cut greenhouse gas and short-lived climate pollutants 25 percent by 2030. Short-lived pollutants include "black carbon," essentially soot produced by burning wood, dung, coal and some diesel fuel, which Mexico plans to cut by half. Soot reductions would account for 3 percent of the overall 2030 target, while greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and methane would be cut 22 percent from 2103 levels. Mexico's Environment Department said the country's total greenhouse emissions would peak and stop growing in absolute terms by 2026. Activists and the U.S. government praised Mexico's announcement.

Phoenix

Lawmakers, police chiefs clash over bill

Arizona lawmakers thought they were doing police a favor when they passed a measure that would keep secret for two months the name of any officer involved in an on-duty shooting. But police chiefs say the proposal would serve only to hamper their ability to manage complex police-community relations, and they are asking the governor to veto the measure. Civil-rights groups and community activists also want to see the bill rejected, saying that adding another layer of secrecy will only deepen the divide between law enforcement and some segments of the public, especially in minority communities. Police unions support the measure that is on Gov. Doug Ducey's desk, calling it a common-sense idea based strictly on safety. Ducey spokesman Daniel Scarpinato said the governor was still reviewing the legislation.

Elsewhere

New York: Someone possibly "inappropriately accessed" a gas line before an explosion and fire that rocked a row of Manhattan tenements, injuring 22 people, four of them critically, and left two persons unaccounted for, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday.

Somalia: Armed assailants attacked a Mogadishu hotel Friday, leaving at least seven people dead and seizing an unknown number of hostages, officials and witnesses said. The militant Islamist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility.

Jackson, Miss.: A former University of Mississippi student has been indicted on federal charges connected to a noose being put on a statue of the student who integrated the school, the Justice Department said Friday. Graeme Phillip Harris of Alpharetta, Ga., who is white, was a student when the noose was placed on the James Meredith statue in 2014.

Times wires

Traffic passes by campaign posters for opposition candidate Gen. Muhammadu Buhari in Daura, his hometown, in Katsina state in northern Nigeria on Friday. President Goodluck Jonathan, who is seeking re-election, urged the nation to vote peacefully and accept the results of today's presidential election, which analysts say will be the most tightly contested in the history of Africa's richest nation and its largest democracy.