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AP Top News at 12:23 p.m. EDT

Ted Cruz desperately seeks to stop Donald Trump in Indiana
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Republican Ted Cruz faces a high-stakes test for his slumping presidential campaign in Tuesday's Indiana primary, one of the last opportunities for the Texas senator to halt Donald Trump's stunning march toward the GOP nomination. Cruz has spent the past week camped out in Indiana, securing the support of the state's governor and announcing retired technology executive Carly Fiorina as his running mate. Yet his aides were pessimistic heading into Tuesday's voting and were prepared for Cruz to fall short. With polls predicting a loss, campaign officials were bracing for immediate staffing cuts "at a minimum," according to one aide who spoke on the condition of anonymity to share internal discussions.

Trump repeats unsubstantiated claim Cruz dad has Oswald ties
NEW YORK (AP) - Republican front-runner Donald Trump rehashed unsubstantiated claims Tuesday that his rival Ted Cruz's father has links to President John F. Kennedy's assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald. In a telephone interview broadcast by Fox News on Tuesday, Trump cited a National Enquirer story that claimed Rafael Cruz appeared in a 1963 photo in New Orleans with Oswald and others as Oswald distributed pro-Cuba leaflets. The Cruz campaign immediately denounced the claims as "garbage" and Trump offered no proof beyond citing the supermarket tabloid. "His father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald's being, you know, shot," Trump said.

American killed in combat in Iraq was Navy SEAL
BAGHDAD (AP) - An American serviceman killed in Iraq by fire from the Islamic State group has been identified as a Navy SEAL. A U.S. official says the SEAL was killed during an attack on Iraqi Kurdish positions outside the IS-held city of Mosul on Tuesday morning. It was the third death of a U.S. service member in Iraq since the U.S.-led coalition launched its campaign against IS militants in the summer of 2014. Defense Secretary Ash Carter called it a "combat death." The official identifying the serviceman as a SEAL was speaking on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to discuss the incident publicly.

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Violence in Syria's Aleppo kills more than a dozen people
BEIRUT (AP) - Syrian opposition fighters on Tuesday shelled government-held parts of Aleppo, killing at least 12 people, as the army claimed it was repelling a wide offensive by the rebels in the country's largest city. Activists, meanwhile, said government forces were also shelling rebel-held parts of the city, killing two people and wounding several. The escalation came as the diplomatic focus moved to Moscow where the U.N. envoy for Syria started talks in efforts to restore a piecemeal cease-fire that would also include the contested northern city. Staffan de Mistura is expected to push that the truce also cover Aleppo, which has seen an escalation in violence in recent weeks.

'Hamilton' sets a new record with 16 Tony Award nominations
NEW YORK (AP) - The megahit musical "Hamilton" has grabbed a record-breaking 16 Tony Award nominations, the biggest haul in Broadway history and another step in the show's march into theatrical history. Lin-Manuel Miranda's hip-hop-flavored biography about the first U.S. treasury secretary on Tuesday broke the 15-nominations record held jointly by "The Producers" and "Billy Elliot." ''Hamilton" was nominated in virtually every category it could compete in, from acting to scenic design. "I feel really grateful that they kind of spread the wealth. It's hard to ask for more, Miranda said. "This isn't a book award. This isn't like I wrote some novel by myself with an editor.

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 girl had no physical injuries and was being treated for dehydration, said Simon Ithai, a spokesman at the Kenyatta National Hospital. Her father, Raslon Saisi Wasike, was to meet with reporters later to explain what happened to his daughter and her mother, the Red Cross said.

Spain king signs decree for unprecedented new elections
MADRID (AP) - Spain's king signed a decree Tuesday setting a historic new election for June 26 after politicians chosen in an inconclusive December ballot failed to agree on which of them should form a government, despite months of negotiations. That means Spain will hold its first repeat election since it emerged from dictatorship in the 1970s and be in the hands of a caretaker government with limited powers - a kind of political limbo - for at least most of this year. ---- HOW DID IT COME TO THIS? No political party won enough seats in the Dec. 20 election to form a government alone, and none was able to reach a sufficiently strong coalition deal with others in four months of talks.

PHOTOS: Leicester joins pantheon of major sporting upsets
LONDON (AP) - Leicester's achievement of winning the Premier League title is one of the most unlikely of sporting achievements and stands in comparison with some of the great upsets in sports history. The prospect of Leicester being champion was something few predicted a year ago when the team was scrapping to avoid relegation from the Premier League. Leicester's previous best finish in England's top soccer league was second in 1928-29. At the start of this season, some bookmakers offered odds of 5000-1 on Leicester winning the title. Here, The Associated Press looks back at some other memorable sporting surprises: --- GREECE AT EURO 2004 Greece's previous appearance at a major soccer tournament, the 1994 World Cup in the United States, ended horribly.

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