Accused Texas gunman was former target of FBI terror probe WASHINGTON (AP) - The target of a federal terror investigation was one of two suspects in a shooting at a Texas cartoon contest featuring images of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad, and the Islamic State group on Tuesday claimed responsibility for the attack. An audio statement on the extremist group's Al Bayan radio station said "two soldiers of the caliphate" carried out Sunday's attack in the Dallas suburb of Garland. It did not provide details and it was unclear whether the group was opportunistically claiming the attack as its own.
Reforming Baltimore police will be expensive, costly BALTIMORE (AP) - Months before Freddie Gray died of the broken neck he suffered during what Baltimore's top prosecutor called an illegal arrest, the city's mayor and police commissioner said the department needed reform and asked the Justice Department for help reviewing officer misconduct. Now that Gray is buried, six officers are charged in his death and an uneasy calm has returned to the streets, critics are wondering whether city leaders are capable of implementing the change the city needs without the direct, intensive oversight that comes with a full-fledged civil rights investigation resulting in a federal consent decree.
Kerry visits Somalia; 1st such trip for a secretary of state MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) - Secretary of State John Kerry made an unannounced trip to Somalia Tuesday in a show of solidarity with a government trying to defeat al-Qaida-allied militants and end decades of war in the African country. He is the first top U.S. diplomat ever to visit Somalia. Kerry arrived at Mogadishu's airport shortly before noon local time, greeted by Somalia's president and prime minister on the tarmac. He immediately entered a series of planned meetings that include both of them along with regional leaders and civil society groups.
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In Arkansas, Huckabee poised to launch 2nd White House bid HOPE, Ark. (AP) - Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is preparing another bid for the Republican presidential nomination, eight years after his first efforts to expand on the support of evangelical Christians helped him win eight states in the 2008 primaries. The ordained Baptist minister turned politician returns Tuesday to his hometown of Hope, Arkansas - the same small town where former President Bill Clinton was born - to make official what the local newspaper called "the worst kept secret" in the state.
Save the Children: Dozens feared dead in migrant tragedy CATANIA, Sicily (AP) - The Save the Children aid group reported another Mediterranean migrant tragedy Tuesday, with survivors saying "dozens" of their fellow passengers fell out of their rubber boat and likely drowned as a rescue vessel neared. Save the Children's Giovanna di Benedetto said the exact toll wasn't known. But she said that survivors, in their first interviews with aid officials, reported that many people fell into the sea and couldn't swim after their boat either deflated or experienced difficulty.
Nepali police dig bodies from village and trekking route KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) - Rescuers were digging Tuesday through thousands of tons of earth from a quake-triggered mudslide in Nepal that wiped out an entire village along a popular Himalayan trekking route and killed at least 60 people. Nine of the victims recovered in the Langtang Valley since the April 25 earthquake and mudslide were foreign trekkers, said Gautam Rimal, the top government official in the Rasuwa district. Villagers say as many as 200 people could have been killed.
APNewsBreak: Marine general chosen Joint Chiefs chairman WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is choosing a widely respected, combat-hardened commander who led the Afghanistan war coalition during a key transitional period during 2013-14 as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. U.S. officials say he is nominating Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. to the post to succeed Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, who will have served four years as chairman.
Remote home of leprosy patients could open door wider HONOLULU (AP) - A remote peninsula that has been the home of leprosy patients since the 19th century could be opened more fully to the public as the last remaining residents near the end of their lives. Now called Kalaupapa National Historical Park, the site is now only open to 100 adults per day. No children are allowed to visit. The park on the island of Molokai is accessible exclusively by plane or mule.
Rihanna in queen's garb shuts down Met Gala carpet NEW YORK (AP) - Never let it be said that Rihanna doesn't know how to make an entrance. On a night when big stars were a dime a dozen - try George and Amal Clooney, Lady Gaga, Madonna and Cher - the pop singer still managed to pull the red carpet out from under the rest of them at the Met Gala on Monday when she swooped in wearing a fur-trimmed yellow cape with floral swirls of gold and a train so long it required three wranglers.