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Trump goes ‘presidential’ in speech; Cruz picks veep
WASHINGTON — With the general election in his sights, Republican Donald Trump delivered a sober foreign policy address Wednesday aimed at easing fears about his temperament and readiness to be commander in chief. Rival Ted Cruz made a desperate attempt to jolt the GOP race by tapping Carly Fiorina...
By Julie Pace and Ken Thomas The Associated Press FULL STORY
Trump plans Thursday rally in Orange County
SACRAMENTO — Donald Trump is courting Golden State voters who could put him over the top in GOP convention delegates. The presidential candidate will kick off his California campaign with a rally in Costa Mesa Thursday night before he addresses the state’s Republican convention on Friday, his ...
By Juliet Williams The Associated Press FULL STORY
Math scores slip and reading flat for nation’s 12th-graders
WASHINGTON — It’s not a promising picture for the nation’s high school seniors — they are slipping in math, not making strides in reading and only about one-third are prepared for the academic challenges of entry-level college courses. Scores released Wednesday from the so-called Nation’s...
By Jennifer C. Kerr The Associated Press FULL STORY
Lawmakers blast Valeant for price gouging
WASHINGTON — Lawmakers accused Valeant Pharmaceuticals of gouging patients to reward Wall Street investors during a hearing Wednesday scrutinizing the embattled drugmaker’s pricing tactics. The blistering criticisms from Senate Republicans and Democrats came as Valeant’s outgoing CEO William ...
By Matthew Perrone The Associated Press FULL STORY
Officials: 2016 fire season expected to be less severe
DENVER — The upcoming wildfire season across the U.S. isn’t expected to be as bad as last year’s infernos, when a record 15,800 square miles burned, the nation’s top wildland firefighting official said Wednesday. But parts of the nation should expect a rough season after a warm, dry winter ...
By Dan Elliot The Associated Press FULL STORY
Willie Williams, trailblazing top cop for two cities, dies
ATLANTA — Willie L. Williams, who was the first black police chief in Philadelphia and in Los Angeles, where he took over in the wake of the Rodney King riots, has died. He was 72. His daughter-in-law Valerie Williams told the Associated Press that he died Tuesday evening at his home in Fayettev...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Hastert sentenced to 15-months in prison
CHICAGO — Dennis Hastert, the Republican who for eight years presided over the House and was second in the line of succession to the presidency, was sentenced Wednesday to more than a year in prison in the hush-money case that revealed accusations he sexually abused teenagers while coaching high s...
By Michael Tarm The Associated Press FULL STORY
High court seems poised to overturn McDonnell conviction
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court could make it tougher for the government to crack down on public corruption, signaling Wednesday that it may overturn former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s federal bribery conviction. Justices across the ideological spectrum expressed concerns during arguments in t...
By Sam Hananel The Associated Press FULL STORY
Protests as Venezuela embraces two-day workweek
CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan cities cleaned up from a night of looting and fiery protests Wednesday as government offices closed their doors for the rest of the week in the face of a worsening energy crisis that is causing daily blackouts. The socialist administration began imposing a four-hou...
By Hannah Dreier The Associated Press FULL STORY
Paris attacks suspect Abdeslam extradited, charged in France
PARIS — The lone known surviving suspect in the Paris attacks was returned Wednesday to the city where Islamic State extremists unleashed a night of mayhem and charged with a host of terrorism offenses, raising hopes that he may be able to help French investigators trace the pathways of IS fighter...
By Lori Hinnant and Raphael Satter The Associated Press FULL STORY
Qatar’s largest bank investigating alleged data breach
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Qatar’s largest bank is investigating a security breach that appears to have exposed sensitive personal data for what could be hundreds of customers, including employees of international broadcaster Al-Jazeera and potentially senior government officials. Qatar Nat...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Wrong-way driver causes crash, runs from L.A. freeway
LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles authorities are searching for a man who drove the wrong way on westbound U.S. 101 and slammed into a big rig and two cars before running from the scene. The California Highway Patrol says there were no serious injuries in the four-vehicle crash early Wednesday near Tarz...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Three Sumatran tiger cubs step out at San Diego Zoo
SAN DIEGO — Three endangered Sumatran tiger cubs have made their debut at San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Visitors got their first glimpses Tuesday of Nelson, Cathy and Debbie as the 3-month-old cubs romped and munched on plants in their habitat. The trio was born in late January to Joanne, a Sumat...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
School project’s graffiti sparks fears Zodiac Killer is back
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A Florida State University class project about drug cartels and serial killers took a turn when students scrawled a message on a sidewalk associated with the infamous Zodiac Killer. The Tallahassee Democrat reported Wednesday that police started investigating after finding th...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Winner of rubber duck race can dine anywhere in the world
HARVARD, Mass. — A rotary club in a small Massachusetts town is gearing up for its annual rubber ducky race in which the winner’s prize is a free dinner for two anywhere in the world. The Boston Globe reports that the winner of Harvard’s Ducky Wucky River Race will receive free airfare, a two...
The Associated Press FULL STORY

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Warrants served in probe stemming from San Bernardino attack
LOS ANGELES — The FBI and other law enforcement agencies have served warrants at two Southern Cali..
On surprise Iraq visit, Biden urging end to political crisis
BAGHDAD — Vice President Joe Biden made a surprise visit to Iraq on Thursday to implore the countr..
Airstrikes, shelling kill at least 60 in Syria's Aleppo city
BEIRUT — A wave of airstrikes and shelling killed more than 60 people in less than 24 hours in the..
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