Protests turn violent outside Trump rally in New Mexico ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Protests outside a Donald Trump rally in New Mexico turned violent Tuesday night as demonstrators threw burning T-shirts, plastic bottles and other items at police officers, overturned trash cans and knocked down barricades. Police responded by firing pepper spray and smoke grenades into the crowd outside the Albuquerque Convention Center. During the rally, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee was interrupted repeatedly by protesters, who shouted, held up banners and resisted removal by security officers. The banners included the messages "Trump is Fascist" and "We've heard enough." At one point, a female protester was physically dragged from the stands by security.
Trump, Clinton win Washington state's presidential primaries WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton and presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump each won primaries in Washington state Tuesday. Trump's win helps him inch closer to clinching the GOP nomination for president. He is within 41 delegates of the number needed to become the Republican nominee. Clinton's win might give her some momentum, but it won't get her any delegates. There were no delegates at stake in the Democratic primary. Washington Democrats already awarded their delegates based on party caucuses. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders won Washington's caucuses in March, getting 74 delegates. Clinton got 27. Republicans in Washington will allocate all 44 delegates to their national convention based on the primary results.
Obama to wrap up trip to Vietnam by talking to young leaders HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam (AP) - President Barack Obama is completing a three-day trip to Vietnam with a town hall Wednesday involving about 800 young adults participating in efforts to strengthen ties between the United States and Southeast Asia. Obama often incorporates a question-and-answer session with young leaders into his foreign trips. He is meeting with participants in the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative. The initiative targets adults under the age of 35 in a variety of educational and cultural exchanges. After the event, Obama is scheduled to fly to Japan as part of a trip that will include the first visit to Hiroshima since the end of World War II by a sitting U.S.
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VOICES: A-bomb survivors leader says Japan shares blame, too TOKYO (AP) - The debate over whether President Barack Obama should apologize to Japanese survivors of America's atomic bombings in World War II made Terumi Tanaka think: What about his own government? Tanaka, secretary-general of Japan Confederation of A-and H-bomb Sufferers Organizations, was 13 when the U.S. dropped its second atomic bomb on Nagasaki city on Aug. 9, 1945, three days after the first on Hiroshima. --- Editors: Part of a series of perspectives on the atomic bombs dropped on Japan in 1945, released this week as President Barack Obama prepares to visit Hiroshima. --- He was at home on a mountainside and survived, but lost five relatives in the blast.
Bill Cosby is ordered to stand trial in sex case NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) - She called him "Mr. Cosby" and considered him a trusted friend and mentor. But 20 minutes after Bill Cosby offered her three blue pills and told her to take them with the wine he had set out, Andrea Constand's legs began to wobble "like jelly," her eyes went blurry and her head began to throb. Cosby helped her to a couch in his living room, where she later realized he violated her as she lay helplessly in a stupor, she told police in 2005. On Tuesday, a judge ordered the 78-year-old Cosby to stand trial on sexual assault charges on the strength of Constand's decade-old police statement, sparing the former Temple University employee the need to testify at the preliminary hearing.
Group of 7 seeks way forward for aging, faltering economies TOKYO (AP) - Leaders of the Group of Seven rich nations will undoubtedly voice unity over fighting terrorism, pandemics and tax evasion at their summit in Japan this week. Finding a consensus on how to breathe life into their sluggish economies is proving more elusive. Aging workforces, sagging productivity and lingering damage from the 2008 financial crisis are complicating efforts to spur growth while the effects of the slowdown in China and the other big developing economies ripple across the globe. At a pre-summit meeting in northern Japan's Sendai, finance ministers and central bank governors of the G7 failed to concur on a coordinated approach to fighting what Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph E.
US seeking death penalty in Charleston church massacre case WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department intends to seek the death penalty against Dylann Roof, the man charged with killing nine black parishioners last year in a church in Charleston, South Carolina, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Tuesday. "The nature of the alleged crime and the resulting harm compelled this decision," Lynch said in a brief statement that said the department had considered "all relevant factual and legal issues." Roof is awaiting trial on federal hate crime charges in connection with the June 17 Emanuel AME Church shooting, which contributed to a national conversation about race relations and ultimately led to the removal of a Confederate battle flag from the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse.
The Avengers heed call to visit teen battling cancer EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) - Each night, 18-year-old Ryan Wilcox sleeps under a portrait of himself dressed as Captain America - the pinnacle of human strength and endurance. The Marvel Comics fan knows a thing or two about those heroic attributes. He is battling cancer for a second time in his life, and so when he recently received some disappointing news about his prognosis, his schoolmates rallied and called in the Avengers. On Monday, the 70-pound teen answered his front door and was shocked at what he saw: Iron Man Robert Downey Jr. and Captain America Chris Evans had not only put aside their differences on how to save the world, they had teamed up with "Iron Man" star Gwyneth Paltrow to carry out a mission to lift Wilcox's spirits.
Westbrook, Thunder put Warriors on brink of elimination OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Suddenly, these Golden State Warriors who have been compared all season to the Chicago Bulls dynasty of the 1990s are on the brink of elimination. Russell Westbrook had 36 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Warriors 118-94 on Tuesday night to take a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals. Golden State, which won a league record 73 games in the regular season, lost consecutive games for the first time this season. The Warriors must win Game 5 on Thursday in Oakland to keep their season alive. "We all have to bounce back," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.
Louisiana set to expand hate-crimes laws to include police BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana is poised to become the first state in the nation to expand its hate-crime laws to protect police, firefighters and emergency medical crews - a move that could stir the national debate over the relationship between law enforcement and minorities. If signed by the governor, the new law would allow prosecutors to seek greater penalties against anyone convicted of intentionally targeting first responders because of their profession. Existing hate-crime laws provide for larger fines and longer prison terms if a person is targeted because of race, gender, religion, nationality, sexual orientation or affiliation with certain organizations.