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Jumbled GOP field hopes for survival in South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Hoping for survival in the South, a muddled field of Republican presidential contenders descended Wednesday on South Carolina, no closer to clarity about who can stand between Donald Trump and their party's nomination. Not me, Carly Fiorina announced, dropping out of the campaign. A Chris Christie spokeswoman said his race was over, too. But a sizeable field remained. To the dismay of party leaders, all signs point to a drawn-out battle for delegates following Trump's resounding victory in New Hampshire. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, under immense pressure to prove himself after a devastating fifth-place finish, was looking for a fight that could last for months or even spill into the first contested GOP national convention since 1976.

The Latest: Bush says he won't blame Obama for problems
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Here's the latest on the 2016 presidential race as Republican and Democratic candidates head from New Hampshire to South Carolina and beyond. All times local: 8:20 p.m. Jeb Bush says if he is elected president he won't blame Barack Obama for any of his problems. The former Republican governor of Florida was addressing voters at a town hall meeting in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, Wednesday night. He says he got angry when people blamed his brother, former President George W. Bush, for things that happened after he left office in 2009. The stop at a Veterans of Foreign Wars post was Jeb Bush's third of the day in South Carolina.

10 Things to Know for Thursday
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday: 1. HOW TRUMP WON IN NEW HAMPSHIRE The real estate mogul capitalized on voters who described themselves as angry and those who want a political outsider in the Oval Office, according to exit polls. 2. GOP FIELD DWINDLES BY TWO Chris Christie and Carly Fiorina both head for the exits after disappointing showings in New Hampshire. 3. GOVERNMENT TARGETS FERGUSON, MISSOURI, WITH CIVIL-RIGHTS COMPLAINT The lawsuit accuses the city of routinely violating residents' rights and misusing law enforcement to generate revenue. 4. RUSSIA PROPOSES MARCH 1 CEASEFIRE IN SYRIA The U.S., though, calls for an immediate halt to the fighting - believing Moscow is giving itself and the Syrian government three weeks to try to crush moderate rebel groups.

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Government sues Ferguson after city tries to revise deal
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - The federal government sued Ferguson on Wednesday, one day after the City Council voted to revise an agreement aimed at improving the way police and courts treat poor people and minorities in the St. Louis suburb. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Ferguson's decision to reject the deal left the Justice Department no choice except to file a civil-rights lawsuit. "The residents of Ferguson have waited nearly a year for the city to adopt an agreement that would protect their rights and keep them safe. ... They have waited decades for justice. They should not be forced to wait any longer," Lynch told a Washington news conference.

Panel denies parole to Sirhan, assassin of Robert F. Kennedy
SAN DIEGO (AP) - For the 15th time, officials denied parole for Sirhan Sirhan, the assassin of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, after hearing Wednesday from another person who was shot that night and called for Sirhan's release. The decision came after Sirhan answered questions from a California parole panel during a hearing that lasted more than three hours in a small, windowless conference room. Commissioners concluded Sirhan did not show adequate remorse or understand the enormity of his crime. "This crime impacted the nation, and I daresay it impacted the world," commissioner Brian Roberts said. "It was a political assassination of a viable Democratic presidential candidate." During the hearing, the 71-year-old Sirhan stuck to his previous account that he did not remember the shooting in 1968 at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles after Kennedy won the Democratic presidential primary in California.

Seoul: N. Korean leader Kim had his military chief executed
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korea says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had his military chief executed for corruption. If true, the execution of Ri Yong Gil would be the latest in a series of killings, purges and dismissals since Kim took power in late 2011. Details about North Korea's opaque government are notoriously difficult for outsiders to get, even national governments, and South Korean officials have a spotty record of tracking developments in North Korea. A South Korean official said Monday that Ri's execution was part of Kim's effort to bolster his grip on power. The official didn't say how the information was obtained and spoke on condition of anonymity because it involves confidential intelligence on North Korea.

All-male panel in Utah votes to keep sales tax on tampons
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah committee of all-male lawmakers has voted to keep the sales tax on tampons and other feminine hygiene products despite an international push to remove it. Members of a taxation committee on Wednesday evening voted 8-3 against removing the tax, saying "subjective variations" on exemptions can make the tax system less predictable. Governments that make money this way penalize women for their biology, some say. At least five U.S. states and Canada have dumping taxes on such products. The proposal in Utah also called for making adult incontinence products and children's diapers tax free.

Senate passes bill to hit North Korea with harsher sanctions
WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking to derail North Korea's drive for nuclear weapons, Republican and Democratic senators set aside their partisan differences Wednesday to unanimously pass legislation aimed at starving Pyongyang of the money it needs to build an atomic arsenal. The Senate approved the sanctions bill 96-0 after lawmakers repeatedly denounced Pyongyang for flouting international law by pursuing nuclear weapons. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., said for too long North Korea has been dismissed as a strange country run by irrational leaders. "It's time to take North Korea seriously," Menendez said. The Senate bill, authored by Menendez and Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., targets North Korea's ability to finance the development of miniaturized nuclear warheads and the long-range missiles required to deliver them.

2 deputies, suspect dead in suburban shopping area gunfire
ABINGDON, Md. (AP) - A gunman fatally shot a sheriff's deputy inside a crowded restaurant at lunchtime Wednesday and killed another deputy in a shootout nearby, authorities and witnesses said. The suspect was killed in the shootout not far from the shopping center where the restaurant was situated, Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said. Remarkably, no bystanders were hurt. Police haven't released a motive for the shooting, but the sheriff said he believed the first deputy who approached the gunman was shot because he was wearing a uniform. The shooter, 67-year-old David Brian Evans, had warrants out for his arrest in Harford County and Orange County, Florida, where he was accused of assaulting a police officer.

Ex-priest arrested in 1960 slaying of Texas beauty queen
HOUSTON (AP) - For more than half a century, the unsolved killing of a young schoolteacher and beauty queen who was last seen at church haunted the Texas city of McAllen. But now, nearly 56 years after the bludgeoned body of 25-year-old Irene Garza was pulled from an irrigation canal, police have arrested the man long suspected in her slaying: the former priest who apparently heard her final confession. Using a walker, a frail-looking John Bernard Feit, now 83, appeared in court Wednesday in Phoenix after being arrested a day earlier at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona, on a murder charge.

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