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Protests turn violent outside Trump rally in New Mexico

Pepper spray is deployed at protesters of Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump after a Trump rally Tuesday in Albuquerque, N.M.

Protests outside a Donald Trump rally in New Mexico turned violent Tuesday night as demonstrators threw burning T-shirts, plastic bottles and other items at police officers, overturned trash cans and knocked down barricades.

Sanders: Democratic convention could be 'messy'

FILE - In this May 8, 2016 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a campaign rally in Piscataway, N.J. Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton sought to avoid primary losses in Kentucky and Oregon on Tuesday, aiming to blunt the momentum of challenger Bernie Sanders ahead of a likely general election matchup against Republican Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia and his push to make the party more inclusive could get "messy" but asserts in an interview with The Associated Press: "Democracy is not always nice and quiet and gentle."

Legislative Auditor Jim Nobles sends stern letter to Perpich Center for Arts Education

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Legislative Auditor Jim Nobles sent a letter to the executive director of the Perpich Center for Arts Education, urging her to hand over information his office is seeking, or face sanction.

Dayton promises quick review of budget, tax bills; noncommittal to special session

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Gov. Mark Dayton on Monday criticized the "disappointing" end of session, which collapsed in the final hours over transportation and bonding.

Watchdogs say Texas dodged 'train wreck' on education board

When Texas takes up always-contentions revisions of science and social studies coursework in 2017, a former schoolteacher who believes dinosaurs were on Noah's Ark and Democrats killed John F. Kennedy won't have a vote.


GLAAD responds to #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend

Captain America snags a kiss from Sharon Carter in the latest Marvel pic, "Captain America: Civil War," but many fans are wishing it was from someone else — specifically, a man.


Ex-MLB player bidding to become next Vermont governor

A former Major League Baseball player is running for governor in Vermont as a member of the Liberty Union party, which bills itself as nonviolent and socialist.


Syria's refugee crisis focus of interactive exhibit

What's it like to flee Syria as a refugee?


Obama urges Vietnam youth to tackle climate change

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 generations and urged them to "do something about" climate change.


US defense secretary visits Newport during New England trip

U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter is visiting Rhode Island as part of a multi-day trip to New England to see Navy installations and meet service members.


Military spouses struggle to find jobs

Military spouses struggle to find jobs and are more likely to work for less pay or in positions below their education level, spurring unemployment and other costs of as much as $1 billion a year, according to a study.


City Council approves stadium deal with Texas Rangers

The Arlington City Council has approved a master agreement setting forth the public-private setup to build a retractable-roof ballpark for the Texas Rangers.


Trump, Clinton win Washington state's presidential primaries

Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton and presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump each won primaries in Washington state Tuesday.


Trump says decision to seek donations followed GOP request

Donald Trump holds his first presidential fundraisers this week. The events directly benefit his campaign, but he doesn't see it that way.


McCollum, others meet with Twin Metals over BWCA

Some in state's D.C. delegation are at odds over desire to mine.


The Latest: Winner in Texas education runoff thanks rival

The Latest on a Texas education board race (all times local):


The Latest: Lawyer says ex-policeman ran legitimate business

The Latest on a former New York City police officer accused of running a prostitution ring (all times local):


Rep. Keith Ellison says anti-Muslim speech won't end without political clout

He says Muslims must build political clout to fight hate and discrimination.


Actress Melissa Gilbert drops run for Congress in Michigan

Former "Little House on the Prairie" star Melissa Gilbert is dropping her run for Congress in Michigan.