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Donald Trump's bizarre California GOP convention entrance was like 'crossing the border'

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BURLINGAME, Calif. -- The Donald Trump campaign made a wild and indelible debut Friday in Northern California, as hundreds of sign-waving protesters clashed with police and blocked Trump's motorcade, forcing the Republican front-runner to duck in a hotel back entrance in a bizarre scene carried on live television.

Roiled by the real estate ...Read more

Trump urges California GOP to unite behind him amid raging protests

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BURLINGAME, Calif.--Undeterred by protesters who nearly blocked his way into a California Republican convention, Donald Trump called on the party Friday to unite behind him even as he lashed out at what he portrayed as its corrupt system for picking presidential nominees.

Police in riot gear were unable to stop egg-tossing demonstrators who ...Read more

Norway presumes all 13 on-board helicopter dead, ends rescue mission

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STOCKHOLM -- All 13 people on-board a helicopter carrying North Sea oil platform workers that crashed on Norway's western coast are presumed dead, emergency services and police said Friday.

Two people were missing while 11 bodies were recovered when the search was halted late Friday. The search was to resume Saturday, police spokesman Stig ...Read more

Brothers went to anime convention after killing parents, San Jose police say

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Two brothers went to an anime convention last weekend after the older one shot and killed their parents in their home in San Jose, Calif., court documents allege.

Prosecutors on Friday charged Hasib bin Golamrabbi, 22, and Omar Golamrabbi, 17, with two counts each of murder, the Santa Clara County district attorney's office said. Omar ...Read more

Analysis: California's GOP could suffer consequences of Trump's virulent anti-immigration message

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BURLINGAME, Calif. -- Donald Trump's emphasis on illegal immigration has propelled his presidential campaign to the threshold of winning the Republican nomination, but it risks huge collateral damage to a California state party that has worked to distance itself from the immigration wars of two decades ago.

Trump emphatically defended, in a ...Read more

Nation and world news briefs

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IPhone in missing teen boaters' case being sent to Apple

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- An iPhone recovered in last year's at-sea disappearance of two Tequesta teens will be sent immediately to Apple in hopes the phone manufacturer recovers information from it, a judge ordered Friday afternoon.

"Good luck," Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Gregory ...Read more

Fight over Zika funds rages with first US death

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WASHINGTON -- The first officially reported death Friday in the United States from Zika-related complications, a 70-year-old man in Puerto Rico, intensified a partisan battle on Capitol Hill over $1.9 billion in emergency funds blocked for two months by Republicans.

With Florida claiming the highest number of cases of the deadly virus, ...Read more

Trump said to lack plan for fundraising, running mate vetting

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WASHINGTON -- On the cusp of the Republican nomination, Donald Trump has no blueprint for raising the estimated $1 billion he'd need to take on the Democrats and no process in place to begin vetting vice presidential contenders, according to multiple people familiar with the campaign.

He says he has no plan to win a contested convention in ...Read more

Bernie Sanders drops lawsuit against DNC

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WASHINGTON--The campaign of Bernie Sanders has dropped a lawsuit it filed in December against the Democratic National Committee, after the national party cut off its access to crucial voter data.

The move came Friday as the DNC released its independent investigation of the breach, which confirmed much of what was already known about the event. ...Read more

LGBT advocates protest Kansas transgender bathroom bill

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TOPEKA, Kan. -- Seventeen-year-old Tavarus Lafever, a transgender male, had a message Friday for lawmakers at the Kansas Statehouse.

"We go to the restroom for the same reason everyone else does," said Lafever of Wichita. "Let us pee in peace."

LGBT advocates held a protest Friday on the steps of the Capitol against a transgender bathroom bill...Read more

Workers wonder whether Sanders' fight for them will really help them compete

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Union steelworker Doug Fuller came here for a rally to protest plans to close a Carrier Corp. plant here and move jobs to Mexico. But Fuller has his own troubles: His plant in Granite City, Ill., has been temporarily shut down by U.S. Steel because of a bad market, idling more than 2,000 workers.

"It's coming back, is what they'...Read more

Is this Maduro's final year in office in Venezuela?

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BOGOTA, Colombia -- Ever since Nicolas Maduro put on Venezuela's tri-colored presidential sash on April 19, 2013, people have been wondering how long he might get to wear it. And as the 53-year-old, mustachioed former union organizer begins his fourth year in power, speculation that this year might be his last is once again hitting fever pitch. ...Read more

Pentagon modifies training and targeting after deadly US attack on hospital

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WASHINGTON -- A Pentagon investigation into a deadly U.S. airstrike at a Doctors Without Borders hospital in northern Afghanistan last fall has led to modifications in training and targeting procedures, officials said Friday.

Gen. Joseph Votel, head of U.S. Central Command, told a Pentagon news conference that the U.S. military has reviewed its...Read more

Clinton hiring staff in battleground states for general election

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NEW YORK -- Democrat Hillary Clinton's shift toward the general election campaign moved up a level Friday with the hiring of top staff members in three battleground states, the firmest signal yet that her campaign views the primary fight with Bernie Sanders as over.

The hiring of state directors in Florida, Colorado and New Hampshire -- three ...Read more

Navy commander sentenced to 6 years in 'Fat Leonard' bribery scandal

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SAN DIEGO -- The highest ranking Navy officer charged in the sprawling "Fat Leonard" bribery and contracting fraud scheme was sentenced to more than six years in federal prison Friday, the longest term handed down so far in the scandal.

Cmdr. Michael Vannak Khiem Misiewicz, 48, pleaded guilty earlier to one charge of conspiracy and one charge ...Read more

Cruz needs Indiana's evangelical voters, but do they need him?

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Ted Cruz is all about the evangelical vote, but in Indiana, it's not proving to be a big help.

Not even with Gov. Mike Pence, a hero of the religious right, announcing Friday he was backing the Texas senator.

Cruz's strong ideological position on religious liberty helped propel him to victory in Iowa and gain support in other ...Read more

IPhone in missing teen boaters' case being sent to Apple

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- An iPhone recovered in last year's at-sea disappearance of two Tequesta teens will be sent immediately to Apple in hopes the phone manufacturer recovers information from it, a judge ordered Friday afternoon.

"Good luck," Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Gregory Keyser told the families of Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos...Read more

Political news briefs

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence backs Ted Cruz

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who had been courted by Donald Trump, endorsed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz on Friday ahead of his state's presidential primary on Tuesday.

Pence announced his endorsement during a local talk radio show on Friday, calling Cruz a "principled conservative."

"I'm pleased to support him," ...Read more

Man who entered Baltimore TV station wearing animal costume charged

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BALTIMORE -- A 25-year-old Elkridge, Md., man has been charged with arson and reckless endangerment after he strode into a Baltimore television station Thursday afternoon dressed in an animal costume and wearing what police suspected at the time was an explosive device.

The suspicious device turned out to be chocolate bars, wrapped in foil and ...Read more

Drinking coffee and wine good for microbes in the gut, scientists say

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Scientists have some great news for those who love coffee, tea and wine: Drinking any of these beverages is associated with a healthier and more diverse community of microbes living in the gut.

The opposite is true for consuming sugary drinks and whole milk, as well as for eating a lot of carbohydrates and indulging in frequent snacks, ...Read more