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Anti-Trump protests turn violent outside New Mexico rally
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - In one of the presidential campaign year's more grisly spectacles, protesters in New Mexico opposing Donald Trump's candidacy threw burning T-shirts, plastic bottles and other items at police officers, injuring several, and toppled trash cans and 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.


Afghan Taliban appoint new leader after Mansour's death
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The Afghan Taliban confirmed on Wednesday that their leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a U.S. drone strike last week and that they have appointed a successor - a scholar known for extremist views who is unlikely to back a peace process with Kabul. The announcement came as a suicide bomber struck a minibus carrying court employees in the Afghan capital, killing at least 11 people, an official said. The Taliban promptly claimed responsibility for the attack. In a statement sent to the media, the Taliban said their new leader is Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, one of Mansour's two deputies.


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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. PROTESTS TURN VIOLENT OUTSIDE TRUMP RALLY IN NEW MEXICO Demonstrators throw burning T-shirts, plastic bottles and other items at officers, overturn trash cans and knock down barricades; police fire pepper spray and smoke grenades. 2. AFGHAN TALIBAN NAME HAWKISH SUCCESSOR TO SLAIN LEADER Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, one of Mullah Akhtar Mansour's chief deputies, will assume the top spot. Mansour was killed Saturday when his vehicle was struck by a U.S. drone. 3. WHAT DEFENSE BILL COSBY'S LAWYERS SUGGEST THEY'LL MOUNT Before a judge orders the entertainer to stand trial on sex assault charges, the attorneys argue that Cosby's accuser never said no to his advances.


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Israel's new defense minister could clash with his soldiers
JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel's incoming defense minister once called for bombing Egypt, suggested just weeks ago that Israel kill Hamas' leader in the Gaza Strip and opposed the prosecution of a soldier accused of killing a wounded Palestinian. These are just a few of the positions that could put former bar bouncer Avigdor Lieberman at odds with a military he is now to command. While people close to Lieberman insist he is a pragmatist, his long history of incendiary statements bode poorly for him as he takes over one of the region's most sensitive posts. As Israel's defense minister, he will be responsible for overseeing military policy and handling delicate security matters with international allies whom he has antagonized in the past.


Obama urges Vietnam youth to tackle climate change
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam (AP) - Wrapping up a historic visit to Vietnam, U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday praised the country's next generation of leaders for being more conscious of the environment than previous ones and urged them to "do something about" climate change. During his final public event here, Obama basked in the admiration of hundreds of young leaders who participated in a town hall-style event and prefaced some of their questions to him with praise about his leadership and his "inspiring speeches." Obama used a question about preserving a Vietnamese cave from development to pivot to climate change, one of his top issues as president.


Obama uses light moment with rapper to espouse free speech
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam (AP) - President Barack Obama's parting shot before leaving communist Vietnam: let people express themselves. He may have been referring to rap but the subtle message was aimed at his hosts who have been criticized for muzzling dissent. During his three-day visit, Obama had spoken out strongly for human rights and free speech. On Wednesday, he brought it up again during a light moment after providing a supporting beat to a female rapper who asked him a question at a town hall meeting with hundreds of young Vietnamese. "Before I answer your question, why don't you give me a little rap, let's see what you got," Obama - his sky-blue shirt sleeves rolled up - told the rapper known as Suboi.


Mount Vernon exhibit looks at Washington as slaveholder
MOUNT VERNON, Va. (AP) - It is the unavoidable Achilles' heel in the reputation of George Washington and so many other Founding Fathers: that men who risked their lives to protect their nation's liberty were also slaveholders. That dichotomy will be explored in a new exhibit at Washington's Mount Vernon estate, in a museum space previously dedicated to exhibitions featuring Washington's furniture, fineries and his penchant for dining on syrupy hoecakes. The $750,000 exhibition, Lives Bound Together, will explore hard truths about Washington's life as a slaveholder, including an acknowledgement that Washington's adopted son likely fathered a child with one of the family's slaves.


CEO pay climbs again, even as their stock prices don't
NEW YORK (AP) - CEOs at the biggest companies got a 4.5 percent pay raise last year. That's almost double the typical American worker's, and a lot more than investors earned from owning their stocks - a big fat zero. The typical chief executive in the Standard & Poor's 500 index made $10.8 million, including bonuses, stock awards and other compensation, according to a study by executive data firm Equilar for The Associated Press. That's up from the median of $10.3 million the same group of CEOs made a year earlier. The raise alone for median CEO pay last year, $468,449, is more than 10 times what the typical U.S.


Babies behind bars: Moms do time with their newborns
BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. (AP) - Jennifer Dumas sits on a sofa, her smiling 6-month-old girl on her lap. The room is full of bright toys and children's books. A rainbow-colored activity mat is on the floor, and Winnie the Pooh is painted on the walls. It looks like any other nursery, except that there are bars on the windows and barbed-wire fences outside the austere brick building. New York's maximum-security Bedford Hills Correctional Facility is one of the very few prisons in the U.S. that allow inmates and their babies to live together, a century-old approach that not all corrections experts agree is the best way to deal with women who are locked up while pregnant.


Ariana Grande replaces Whitney Houston hologram on 'Voice'
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ariana Grande has filled in for a hologram version of Whitney Houston in a duet with Christina Aguilera on the season finale of NBC's "The Voice." Grande's performance comes days after the planned hologram appearance of Houston was scrapped due to technical reasons. The late singer's family said last week the hologram fell short of perfection and shouldn't air. Instead, Grande joined Aguilera, one of show's celebrity coaches, in singing the title track off of Grande's new album, "Dangerous Woman" on Tuesday. Former child actress Alisan Porter was crowned champion of Season 10 of the singing competition.

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