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Rowdy Trump protests portend explosive California primary
BURLINGAME, Calif. (AP) -- Hundreds of rowdy protesters broke through barricades and threw eggs at police outside a hotel where Donald Trump addressed the state's Republican convention. Several Trump supporters said they were roughed up but no serious injuries were reported....

Pennsylvania GOP delegates voice strong support for Trump
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A solid majority of Pennsylvania Republicans elected as delegates to the GOP's presidential nominating convention in Cleveland say they intend to vote for the candidate who won a thumping primary victory in their state - Donald Trump....

16 blamed for mistakes in deadly US attack on Afghan clinic
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Human error, violations of combat rules and untimely equipment failures led to the mistaken U.S. aerial attack on a charity-run hospital in Afghanistan last fall that killed 42 people, a senior American general said. Investigators called the attack a "disproportional response to a threat that didn't exist."...

Trump making case to GOP insiders amid chaotic rally scene
BURLINGAME, Calif. (AP) -- Donald Trump took his outsider campaign to the inner sanctum of California's Republican party, making his case directly to the GOP's state party convention even as angry demonstrators shadowed him outside in a possible harbinger of the controversy he will bring as the nominating process shifts toward the nation's most populous and diverse state....

Republicans beginning to make peace with Trump as nominee
WASHINGTON (AP) -- They thought it was impossible. Some still fear it. Others can barely believe it. But leading Republicans are beginning to accept the idea that Donald Trump will be their party's presidential nominee....

White House 2016: Clinton gears up for Trump in fall race
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Waves of campaign staffers are being dispatched to battleground states. Advisers are starting to consider locations for a splashy convention rally in Philadelphia. An army of lawyers is scrutinizing more than two dozen possible vice presidential picks....

Study: US oil field source of global uptick in air pollution
WASHINGTON (AP) -- An oil and natural gas field in the western United States is largely responsible for a global uptick of the air pollutant ethane, according to a new study....

Kasich calls for balance on gay rights, religious beliefs
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Asked about gay rights and marriage equality, Republican presidential candidate John Kasich said Friday that more people should take a "chill pill" and try to get along with one another rather than turn to unwieldy legislation....

President Obama celebrates jazz at the White House
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are celebrating International Jazz Day a day early with a concert at the White House....

Proposed rule would delay questions about criminal history
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration wants federal agencies to stop asking early questions about some job applicants' criminal history, part of an effort to help ex-convicts enter the job market and decrease the number of those who end up back in prison....

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