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Cruz hits at Trump as Indiana votes, calling rival 'amoral'
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Republican Ted Cruz launched a blistering attack on rival Donald Trump as voters cast ballots in Indiana on Tuesday, calling him "amoral" and likening him to a fictitious character he described as "a braggadocious, arrogant buffoon." Replied Trump, "Cruz does not have the temperament to be president of the United States." Speaking to reporters in Evansville on the day of the state's presidential primary, Cruz warned that the country could "plunge into the abyss" if Trump is elected president. "We are not a proud, boastful, self-centered, mean-spirited, hateful, bullying nation," Cruz said, with his wife Heidi and running mate Carly Fiorina by his side.


Once a Clinton stronghold, Appalachia now Trump country
ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) - When President Bill Clinton rolled into the small Appalachian town of Ashland, Kentucky, in 1996, cheering crowds lined the streets. Local boy-turned-country music star Billy Ray Cyrus performed a special version of his hit, "Achy Breaky Heart" before nearly 20,000 supporters at a riverfront re-election rally. Back then, this was Clinton country. Today, it looks an awful lot more like Trump town. Hillary Clinton was met in Ashland on Monday by just a handful of supporters and a lone heckler, who shouted: "Go home, Hillary!" Later on, hundreds of protesters stood in pouring rain, waved Donald Trump signs and chanted "Kill-ary" as Clinton toured a health center in Williamson, West Virginia.


Islamic State fire kills American in combat in Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) - A U.S Navy SEAL was killed Tuesday by fire from the Islamic State group outside the IS-held city of Mosul, and Defense Secretary Ash Carter acknowledged it as a "combat death" as the U.S. expands its role in the northern part of Iraq. The SEAL, who has not been further identified, is the third U.S. serviceman to die while fighting in Iraq since the U.S.-led coalition launched its campaign against the Islamic State in the summer of 2014. In October, a special operations soldier was killed in a raid on an IS prison in northern Iraq. In March, an American Marine was killed in an IS attack at a newly established U.S.


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Northern Syrian city of Aleppo dragged deeper into violence
BEIRUT (AP) - A maternity hospital in a government-held section of Aleppo was struck by rocket fire Tuesday as battles killed 20 people and dragged the contested city in northern Syria deeper into chaos for a 12th straight day. The new bloodshed came as the diplomatic focus moved to Moscow, where the U.N. envoy for Syria raced to restore a partial cease-fire in the civil war that would include Aleppo. The envoy, Staffan de Mistura, met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, one day after meeting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Geneva. "We need to make sure the cessation of hostilities is brought back on track," de Mistura said.


AP Exclusive: Dozens escaped from mental hospital since 2013
LAKEWOOD, Wash. (AP) - When a man accused of torturing a woman to death broke out of Washington state's largest mental hospital with another patient in early April, officials called it a rare occurrence and cited only two other escapes in the past seven years. But a review of police reports and interviews by The Associated Press reveal 185 instances in which patients escaped or walked away over just the past 3 1/2 years or so. Patients have bolted out unsecured doors, jumped over fences, crawled out windows, run away from staff during off-campus appointments and wandered off after being allowed outside the building.


Deputies posted outside funeral for 6 of 8 slaying victims
WEST PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (AP) - Deputies were posted outside the church where the funeral for six of the eight family members killed in rural southern Ohio was being held Tuesday as authorities continue chasing leads on the slayings. The service at Dry Run Church of Christ in West Portsmouth is the last of three funerals for the victims. Seven adults and a 16-year-old boy from the Rhoden family were found dead April 22 at four homes scattered across a few miles of countryside near Piketon, about 80 miles east of Cincinnati. All eight were shot in the head, some had other gunshot wounds and bruising, and none of the deaths appeared self-inflicted, authorities said.


6-month-old rescued from collapsed building in Kenya
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - A nearly 6-month-old girl was rescued Tuesday from the rubble of a building that collapsed last week, raising hopes for more survivors in the disaster that has left 23 people dead and 93 others missing. The child, identified by the Kenya Red Cross as Dealeryn Saisi Wasike, was brought to the hospital about 6 a.m. after being found in the ruins of the seven-story building that collapsed Friday night. The child was found unharmed in a washbasin, said Pius Masai of the National Disaster Management center which is coordinating the rescue mission. Furniture had created pockets preventing the columns from falling on her and allowing air to flow into the rubble, he said.


Press Freedom Day: Journalists keep working despite threats
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) - For Abdiqadir Dulyar, simply reading messages sent to his phone can be chilling. His voice breaks as he reads a recent one: "Keep doing what you do, and we shall come to give your well-deserved reward: death." Dulyar, the 40-year-old director of the Somali TV station Horn Cable, said the threats often lead him to avoid going home and to stay at his office for weeks at a time. He said his fear was heightened last week after unidentified men opened fire on a car carrying journalists from his TV station in the capital of Mogadishu. No one was hurt.


St. Louis jury awards $55M in Johnson & Johnson cancer suit
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay $55 million to a woman who claims its talcum powder caused her ovarian cancer, the second such judgment against the manufacturer in three months. The ruling in St. Louis late Monday comes amid ongoing debate about the link between the bathroom staple and deadly disease that is often detected too late for treatment. Some studies suggest that women who regularly use talc face up to 40 percent higher risk of developing ovarian cancer. Meanwhile, New Jersey-based Johnson & Johnson cites other medical evidence showing its products such as Johnson's Baby Powder and Shower to Shower are blameless.


Dear Mama: Afeni Shakur, mother of rapper Tupac Shakur, dies
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Afeni Shakur, the former Black Panther who inspired the work of her son, rap icon Tupac Shakur, and then fostered his legacy for decades after he was slain, has died, authorities said Tuesday. She was 69. Deputies and firefighters responded to a 911 call to Shakur's home in Sausalito Monday night, performed CPR, rushed her to a hospital and tried to revive her for about an hour, but "she had in fact died from what is believed to be some kind of cardiac event," Marin County Sheriff's Lt. Doug Pittman said. Born Alice Faye Williams, Shakur changed her name when she became politically active in the 1960s and joined the Black Panther movement.

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