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Victim in random shooting on Wisconsin highway dies

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MILWAUKEE -- A 44-year-old Illinois woman randomly shot while traveling home from a family trip to Wisconsin Dells died Tuesday, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration confirmed.

Tracy Czaczkowski, her husband and their two minor children were targeted by Zachary T. Hays, a 20-year-old gunman suspected in a West Allis homicide earlier in the ...Read more

Slender Man defendant appeals denial of bail reduction

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MILWAUKEE--One of the two Waukesha girls charged in the Slender Man stabbing has asked the Court of Appeals to overturn a judge's decision not to let her await trial with her grandparents under human and electronic monitoring.

In an emergency petition filed late last week, Morgan Geyser's attorney argues that denying her request violates ...Read more

Victim in random shooting on Wisconsin freeway dies

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MILWAUKEE -- A 44-year-old Illinois woman who was shot when her family was randomly targeted by a gunman suspected in a West Allis homicide died Tuesday, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration confirmed.

Tracy Czaczkowski, her husband and their two minor children were traveling home Sunday from a trip to Wisconsin Dells when they passed an ...Read more

California voters getting chance to fully legalize marijuana

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A measure to legalize marijuana for recreational use in California appears headed for the Nov. 8 ballot.

A coalition that includes former Facebook President Sean Parker on Tuesday said it has collected 600,000 signatures, more than enough to qualify the initiative.

Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and other supporters of ...Read more

Analysis: Now, nothing between Trump and GOP title, and Clinton

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WASHINGTON--Once unthinkable, Donald Trump now is the Republican Party's presumptive nominee for president.

That became a certainty Tuesday as he crushed rival Ted Cruz in Indiana, drove the Texas senator out of the race, and set the course to clinch the needed delegates in the next few weeks.

The nomination of the brash man with no political ...Read more

Report on teen's death at Florida lockup cites multiple lapses

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MIAMI -- It took a full day for the top medical official on duty at Miami's juvenile lockup to read the "sick call" report on Elord Revolte, a 17-year-old who said he had been "stomped in his chest" during an Aug. 30 beatdown by more than a dozen detainees.

By then, it was too late.

"No intervention was needed," the nurse manager explained to ...Read more

Kerry to hemisphere's leaders: Energy is the future

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WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State John Kerry warned Latin American leaders Tuesday that their future will be determined by the choices they make regarding energy resources.

Giving introductory remarks for Thursday's U.S.-Caribbean-Central American Energy Summit, Kerry praised a historic Paris climate agreement aimed at curbing the pace of global...Read more

Is Hillary Clinton launching her general election campaign in Appalachia?

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WILLIAMSON, W.Va. -- Deep in a difficult conversation with an unemployed West Virginia coal worker, Hillary Clinton said, "I'll be honest with you, a lot of people said just don't go to West Virginia ... go to California, there are lot more votes there."

Yet the Democratic front-runner spent two full days this week moving from Kentucky to West ...Read more

Ted Cruz was right: GOP voters wanted an anti-establishment candidate, just not him

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WASHINGTON--Ted Cruz was never expected to advance this far in the Republican presidential nominating contest.

The Texas senator was seen as too extreme for most Republicans; too despised by the establishment; too unknown by the rest of the country.

It turned out Cruz was right all along about what Republican voters really wanted in 2016: an ...Read more

Georgia Gov. Deal rejects state's 'campus carry' bill

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ATLANTA -- Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed legislation Tuesday that would allow college students to carry concealed guns onto campuses after lawmakers defied his personal request for changes that would exempt child-care centers and make other exceptions to the gun rights expansion.

The decision to reject House Bill 859, which would legalize ...Read more

Analysis: Ted Cruz's rise and fall is explained by a cruel paradox

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WASHINGTON -- Ted Cruz rose in the presidential race by painting Republican leaders as sellouts and insisting only he had the courage to fight a broken system. Those same elites returned the favor by snubbing him when it mattered most, refusing to rally the party behind him and all but ensuring that Donald Trump will be the nominee after winning...Read more

Clinton, Sanders locked in tight battle in Indiana

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INDIANAPOLIS--Sen. Bernie Sanders looked to Indiana to provide a jolt to his faltering presidential campaign as the insurgent fought Tuesday to keep his agenda at the center of a race he is now almost certain to lose.

The lone state that voted Tuesday, Indiana was set to provide a crucial test of the continued potency of Sanders' effort to ...Read more

Chicago Public Schools updates policies for transgender students, employees

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CHICAGO -- Transgender and gender nonconforming students and employees will be able to use restrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity under an updated policy announced Tuesday by Chicago Public Schools.

School employees will have access to facilities that correspond to their gender identity, though individuals who desire ...Read more

Trump wins Indiana, putting him on pace to seize GOP nomination

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Donald Trump won the Indiana primary Tuesday, vanquishing rival Ted Cruz and all but locking down the Republican presidential nomination.

The results were clear from the instant polls closed, with Trump jumping out to a double-digit lead and running strongly across the state.

Trump's win was a major setback for not just Cruz ...Read more

Murderer of Palestinian teen handed life plus 20 years in prison

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TEL AVIV, Israel -- A radical Jew who kidnapped and slayed a Palestinian teen and helped trigger a cycle of violence that escalated into the 2014 Gaza war was sentenced to life plus 20 years in prison by an Israeli court on Tuesday.

Yosef Haim Ben-David was convicted last month by Jerusalem's District Court for abducting and murdering 16-year-...Read more

Alleged Northwestern chapel vandals indicted on hate crime charges

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CHICAGO -- Two one-time Northwestern University students arrested for spray-painting racist and homophobic messages, along with phallic drawings and the word "Trump" inside a campus chapel earlier this year now face criminal charges related to the March 11 incident, including hate crime charges, according to prosecutors.

Anthony Morales, 19, ...Read more

Analysis: GOP considers the unthinkable — uniting behind Trump

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WASHINGTON -- They've called him a liar, a clown and the possible death of the Republican Party.

But now, as Donald Trump notches another big victory in the GOP presidential primary, the Republicans once steadfastly opposed his campaign are contemplating calling him by a different name: our nominee.

Trump's seemingly inevitable march to the ...Read more

Nation and world news briefs

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Systemic failures cited in deadly smoke incident on DC Metro train

WASHINGTON -- Trains filled with rush-hour passengers were sent to investigate reports of smoke pouring from a Washington Metro subway car last year that killed a commuter inside a tunnel near one of the city's busiest stations, federal safety investigators concluded on Tuesday....Read more

What Miami cruise ship passengers had to do to clear Cuban security

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HAVANA -- When passengers came ashore for the inaugural voyage of Carnival Corp.'s Fathom cruise service to Cuba, they were unsure whether they'd encounter a thicket of red tape before they could explore Havana.

But the Cuban immigration and customs process passed the test with flying colors.

"It was fast," said Emma Pendergrass, an attorney ...Read more

Panama's president defends his country's financial institutions

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WASHINGTON -- Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela defended his country's financial reputation and reiterated Panama's commitment to greater transparency Tuesday in the wake of the leak of millions of documents that show ties between world leaders and a Panamanian law firm that specializes in setting up shell corporations.

Speaking at the ...Read more