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 fostered his legacy for decades after he was slain, has died of an apparent heart attack, authorities said Tuesday. She was 69. Responding to a 911 call to Shakur's home in Sausalito Monday night, deputies and firefighters 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. A statement from her family and the Tupac Shakur estate, Amaru Entertainment, mourned her loss.
Cruz, Trump trade insults to the end as Indiana votes INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Assailing each other with no letup, Republican front-runner Donald Trump and challenger Ted Cruz traded insults, charges and more Tuesday as Indiana voters went to the polls in what could be an all-but-decisive presidential primary election. In the Democratic race, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders was angling for a victory over Hillary Clinton, though a win was unlikely to slow her march to the party's nomination. Clinton has 91 percent of the delegates she needs to become the first woman nominated by a major party. Texas Sen. Cruz, who is facing a critical moment for his struggling campaign, unleashed a blistering attack against Trump, calling the businessman "amoral" and warning the country could "plunge into the abyss" if he is elected president.
US combat death in Iraq reflects intensifying war STUTTGART, Germany (AP) - The combat death Tuesday of a U.S Navy SEAL who was advising Kurdish forces in Iraq coincides with a gradually deepening American role in fighting a resilient Islamic State, even as the Iraqis struggle to muster the military and political strength to defeat the militants. The SEAL, who has not been further identified, is the third American serviceman to die in combat in Iraq since the U.S.-led coalition launched its campaign against the Islamic State in the summer of 2014. Seven months ago, a special operations soldier, 39-year-old Master Sgt. Joshua L. Wheeler, was killed during a Kurdish-led raid on an Islamic State prison in northern Iraq.
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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.
Police begin wider body camera use after months of testing BOSTON (AP) - After months of testing, many of the nation's big-city police forces are planning to expand their use of body cameras by the summer, but the number of officers with such gear will still be relatively small, an Associated Press review found. The 2014 killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and other deaths at the hands of police around the U.S. have led to demands that officers be issued wearable cameras to deter misconduct and document shootings and other clashes. But because of cost concerns, union resistance and other factors, the rollout has been slower than some cities envisioned.
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.
Former Prince assistant says he was healthy, energetic NEW YORK (AP) - A former assistant to Prince until last year has spent the days since his death trying to figure out how her boss, whom she described as very healthy, could have died so suddenly, adding that she never saw him ingest any drugs during her employ. Mariah Brown, 25, said Prince didn't even drink, and she never saw him take any pills, nor did she get any on his behalf. "He was a very, very healthy person. ... That man has more energy than me, and anyone I know," she told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday.
Another big verdict in talc case against Johnson & Johnson ST. LOUIS (AP) - Twice in the past three months, juries have awarded tens millions of dollars to ovarian cancer victims who blamed Johnson & Johnson talcum powder for their illness - among the first verdicts in a gathering courtroom assault by law firms that are aggressively recruiting clients through TV ads and the Internet. While the link between ovarian cancer and talc is a matter of scientific dispute, a St. Louis jury Monday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $55 million to a South Dakota survivor of the disease. In February, another St. Louis jury awarded $72 million to relatives of an Alabama woman who died of ovarian cancer.
Defense claims 'mystery man' is 'Grim Sleeper' serial killer LOS ANGELES (AP) - A lawyer for the man accused in the "Grim Sleeper" serial killings in Los Angeles told jurors Tuesday that a "mystery man" was the real killer. Defense attorney Seymour Amster said in his closing argument that the case against Lonnie Franklin Jr. collapses on the testimony of the sole known survivor of attacks that spanned more than two decades. Enietra Washington described an assailant who was younger than Franklin and pock marked, Amster said. "Each and every murder in this case could have been done by a mystery man with a mystery gun with mystery DNA," Amster said.
More acidic seawater now dissolving bit of Florida Keys reef WASHINGTON (AP) - Seawater - increasingly acidic due to global warming - is eating away the limestone framework for the coral reef of the upper Florida Keys, according to a new study. It's something that scientists had expected, but not so soon. This is one of the first times scientists have documented long-term effects of ocean acidification on the foundation of the reefs, said study author Chris Langdon, a biological oceanographer at the University of Miami. "This is what I would call a leading indicator; it's telling us about something happening early on before it's a crisis," Langdon said. "By the time you observe the corals actually crumbling, disappearing, things have pretty much gone to hell by that point." The northern part of the Florida Keys reef has lost about 12 pounds per square yard (6.5 kilograms per square meter) of limestone over the past six years, according to the study published in the journal Global Biogeochemical Cycles.