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McCain defeats Republican challengers to win Arizona primary
PHOENIX — U.S. Sen. John McCain beat back a primary challenge Tuesday from a Republican tea party activist to win the right to seek a sixth Senate term in November, clearing an important hurdle in a race that was inundated with questions about GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. The 2008 GOP...
By Bob Christie The Associated Press FULL STORY
Agriculture closes offices in five states after threats
WASHINGTON — The Agriculture Department said Tuesday it had closed offices in five states after receiving anonymous threats that it considered serious. USDA spokesman Matthew Herrick said the department had received “several anonymous messages” late Monday that raised concerns about the safet...
By Mary Clare Jalonick The Associated Press FULL STORY
Five bodies found in burned California care home for disabled
TEMECULA — The bodies of five people were found after a fire gutted a board-and-care home for developmentally disabled people southeast of Los Angeles, authorities said Tuesday. Remains of the five adults were discovered Monday morning after firefighters put out a fire at the home, said a stateme...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Wildfire prompts evacuations of 200 homes in California
BANNING — Fire officials say a wildfire tearing through brush east of Los Angeles has forced 700 people from their homes and destroyed a small building. The Riverside County Fire Department says the fast-moving fire has prompted the evacuation of at least 200 homes as it raced through a square mi...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Islamic State militants buried thousands in 72 mass graves
HARDAN, Iraq — Surrounded by smoke and flames, the sound of gunshots echoing around him, the young man crouched in the creek for hours, listening to the men in his family die. On the other side of the mountain, another survivor peered through binoculars as the handcuffed men of neighboring villag...
By Lori Hinnant and Desmond Butler The Associated Press FULL STORY
IS destruction of Iraqi air base could hinder Mosul operation
QAYARA AIR BASE, Iraq — The air base that Iraqi forces hope to use as a staging area to take Mosul back from the Islamic State group was almost completely destroyed by the retreating militants, raising new doubts over whether the long-awaited operation will begin this year. Iraqi forces seized t...
By Susannah George and Balint Szlanko The Associated Press FULL STORY
As refugee children die, Nigeria probes theft of food aid
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Children who escaped Boko Haram’s Islamic insurgency now are dying of starvation in refugee camps in northeastern Nigeria’s largest city as the government investigates the theft of food aid by officials. Refugees have staged near-daily protests over the past week. In one,...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Clashes subside in Syria between Turkish, Kurdish forces
BEIRUT — Clashes between Turkey’s military and Kurdish-backed Syrian forces subsided Tuesday evening after days of fighting between the two had frustrated efforts by a U.S.-led coalition to drive the Islamic State group from northern Syria. Western officials had expressed alarm that the fightin...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Barack Obama cuts short the sentences of 111 federal inmates
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama cut short on Tuesday the sentences of 111 federal inmates in another round of commutations for those convicted of nonviolent drug offenses. Obama has long called for phasing out strict sentences for drug convictions, arguing they lead to excessive punishment an...
By Kevin Freking The Associated Press FULL STORY
State farmworkers on edge over historic overtime bill
MENDOTA — Many California farmworkers who make up the backbone of the nation’s No. 1 agricultural state on Tuesday were praising historic legislation that brings them closer to receiving the same overtime pay as the rest of the state’s workers who are paid by the hour. If signed into law by G...
By Scott Smith The Associated Press FULL STORY
State: Benghazi emails involving Hillary Clinton recovered by FBI
WASHINGTON — The State Department says about 30 emails that may be related to the 2012 attack on U.S. compounds in Benghazi, Libya, are among the thousands of Hillary Clinton emails recovered during the FBI’s recently closed investigation into her use of a private server. Government lawyers tol...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Trump may visit Mexico before immigration speech
WASHINGTON — A campaign official says Donald Trump could make a last-minute trip to Mexico on Wednesday, hours before he delivers a highly anticipated speech on immigration. Trump has made illegal immigration and his call for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border a centerpiece of his presidential ca...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Phoenix-area woman finds 7-foot-long snake near trash
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — A suburban Phoenix woman has found a 7-foot-long boa constructor slithering near her trash can. The Arizona Republic reports that Scottsdale firefighters were called Monday night to remove the snake, which they say was docile. Department spokesman David Folio says this is the...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Pokemon, just go: France does not want creatures in schools
PARIS — Attention, legendary Pokemon creatures: You may soon be expelled from the schools of France. The education minister, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, said Monday that the makers of the popular “Pokemon Go” smartphone game should stop beaming their most avidly hunted Pokemon figures into real-l...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Headstone of Civil War soldier to be fixed after 154 years
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Some mistakes are never too late to fix. A Civil War soldier misidentified when he was buried at an Ohio cemetery more than 150 years ago is to get a new headstone. Confederate soldier Augustus Beckmann was fatally wounded in the Battle of Shiloh on April 7, 1862. But he was b...
The Associated Press FULL STORY

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