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Hearing scheduled on Colombia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The chairman of the Senate committee with jurisdiction over homeland security says he has scheduled a hearing May 23 to review the Secret Service investigation of the Colombia prostitution scandal.

Sen. Joe Lieberman tells CNN's "State of the Union" that he believes the agency has done a thorough job in investigating the incident. But the Connecticut independent also wants to know whether there were warning signs about agents' behavior.

He also wants to hear what steps are being taken to ensure something similar doesn't happen again.

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Bloomberg addresses grads on civil rights

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has told University of North Carolina graduates that last week's gay marriage vote in North Carolina shows there is still a lot of work to be done for civil rights in this country.

Bloomberg spoke Sunday to thousands of graduates at Kenan Stadium.

Bloomberg told them Americans have slowly understood since this country was founded that if the government can deny freedom to one person, it can deny freedom to everyone. The mayor says every generation has brought more freedom to this country, and he expects the latest generation to continue to the work, especially in light of last Tuesday's vote approving a state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

Bloomberg also says the university's motto, "Light and Liberty," should be the defining spirit of this century.

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Four women killed in Chicago crash

CHICAGO (AP) -- A speeding car hit a support beam of a Chicago elevated train track, crashing with enough force to split in two and killing four passengers inside, authorities said Sunday.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office said three women died at the scene. A fourth woman was pronounced dead at an area hospital early Sunday. She was identified as Ieshia Nelson, 21, of Chicago. The names of the other women were not immediately available.

Chicago Police Department spokesman Hector Alfaro said the car was traveling fast when it hit a support beam of a Chicago Transit Authority train track on the city's West Side before it ran into a light pole. The crash happened about midnight Sunday.