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Texas gunman was former target of FBI terror probe
WASHINGTON (AP) - A man whose social media presence was being scrutinized by federal authorities was one of two attackers 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. The statement did not provide details, and it was unclear whether the group was opportunistically claiming the attack as its own or whether it had inspired the two gunmen to act independently.


Clinton to call for 'full and equal path to citizenship'
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton intends to draw an early distinction with Republicans on illegal immigration, pointing to a pathway to citizenship as an essential part of any overhaul in Congress. Clinton was laying the foundation of her immigration agenda Tuesday in her first stop in Nevada since launching her presidential campaign. After years of delays in Congress, Latinos and immigration activists are watching Clinton's statements closely for signs of how she might break a legislative logjam on immigration and whether she would extend President Barack Obama's executive actions to shield millions of immigrants from deportation.


Huckabee, the other man from Hope, opens 2016 bid
HOPE, Ark. (AP) - The other man from Hope is running for president again. Declaring Tuesday that he can bring "the kind of change that truly can get America from hope to higher ground," former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee declared his Republican candidacy in the hometown he shares with former President Bill Clinton.


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AP Exclusive: Video shows migrant rescue of deflating dinghy
CATANIA, Sicily (AP) - Migrants frantically shimmied up ropes dangling from a towering cargo ship and others jumped into the water grasping at lifesavers. Five bodies were recovered in the latest Mediterranean rescue and more were feared drowned. A video shot from the rescue ship and obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press provides a glimpse of the desperation of the tens of thousands of people trying to reach Europe on dinghies launched by human traffickers from Libya.


Obama chooses Marine general as Joint Chiefs chairman
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday nominated a respected, combat-hardened commander as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to lead the military during a time of transition. Obama chose Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. to succeed Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, who will have served four years as chairman.


Reforming Baltimore police will be time-consuming, 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.


Boston Marathon bomber's lawyer points to family dysfunction
BOSTON (AP) - Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's father was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, claiming he was tortured in a Russian camp during the Russian-Chechen war in the 1990s, a psychiatrist testified Tuesday. Dr. Alexander Niss, who treated Anzor Tsarnaev from 2003 to 2005, said the Chechen man showed typical symptoms of PTSD, including anxiety, panic attacks, flashbacks and paranoia.


Oldest complete copy of Ten Commandments displayed in Israel
JERUSALEM (AP) - The world's oldest complete copy of the Ten Commandments is going on rare display at Israel's leading museum in an exhibit tracing civilization's most pivotal moments. The 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scroll, from a collection of the world's most ancient biblical manuscripts discovered near the Dead Sea east of Jerusalem, has never before been publicly displayed in Israel and has only been shown in brief exhibits abroad, said Pnina Shor of the Israel Antiquities Authority.


High-tech sensors help kids keep eye on aging parents
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Each time 81-year-old Bill Dworsky or his 80-year-old wife Dorothy opens the refrigerator, closes the bathroom door or lifts the lid on a pill container, tiny sensors in their San Francisco home make notes on a digital logbook. The couple's 53-year-old son, Phil, checks it daily on his smartphone. If there's no activity during a designated time, the younger Dworsky gets an automated email, so he can decide whether to call or stop by. "This is peace of mind, really," he says of the system he installed last year.


'Walking Dead' actor accused of drunken driving, drug charge
ATLANTA (AP) - An actor who plays a priest on the AMC drama "The Walking Dead" is facing drunken driving and drug charges after police say he was clocked going 107 mph on a Georgia highway. Police say 46-year-old Seth Gilliam was stopped shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday on Georgia Highway 74 in the Peachtree City area, not far from the set where much of the TV show is filmed in nearby Senoia.