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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.

Madison police say father killed daughter, then himself

Madison police say the deaths of a teenager and her father appears to be a murder-suicide.


The Latest: French drivers hunt for gas amid strikes

The Latest on France's strikes and protests against the government's labor reforms (all times local):


White House arts program teams up with Kennedy Center

An Obama administration project to expand arts education in elementary and middle schools has found new, long-term backing.


Ex-police officer sentenced to life in prison for child porn

A former Florida police officer has been sentenced to life in federal prison after pleading guilty to several child exploitation and child pornography charges.


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.


Former Czech prime minister appointed central bank governor

Czech President Milos Zeman has appointed his ally and former Prime Minister Jiri Rusnok to be governor of the central bank.


Hearing set on future of violence-plagued New Orleans jail

A federal judge is set to hear arguments on whether he should take the drastic step of stripping an elected sheriff of his authority to run the violence-plagued New Orleans jail.


FBI director to speak at Birmingham civil rights conference

The director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation is scheduled to speak in Birmingham, Alabama, as part of a conference on civil rights and law enforcement.


Prosecution, defense offer opposite views of Alabama speaker

Prosecutors and defense lawyers offered jurors opposing views of Alabama House speaker Mike Hubbard as he went on trial on felony ethics charges.


TSA chief headed back to Capitol Hill to talk airport lines

The head of the Transportation Security Administration is heading back to Capitol Hill Wednesday to try to explain what his agency is doing to deal with increasingly long airport security lines that have already snarled the fledgling summer travel season.


House GOP faces first vote on Puerto Rico bill

House Republicans are attempting to hold together a rare bipartisan deal to help Puerto Rico manage its crippling finances as a committee begins considering the legislation Wednesday.


Top general urges lawmakers to preserve Afghan visa program

Afghan civilians who assisted the American-led coalition as interpreters, firefighters and construction workers could be in serious danger if Congress cancels a program that allows them to resettle in the United States, according to the top American commander in Afghanistan.


Eric Trump, helping his father, balances company, campaign

The windows of Eric Trump's office in the Trump Tower offer breathtaking views of some of Manhattan's most expensive real estate. It's there the youngest of Donald Trump's adult sons is reflecting on eye-opening moments from a world far away.


Trump says he's holding fundraisers only because GOP asked

Donald Trump says he is only asking wealthy donors for their money because the Republican National Committee wants him to.


Gov't report: Feds spend billions to run ancient technology

The government is spending about three-fourths of its technology budget maintaining aging computer systems, including platforms more than 50 years old in vital areas from nuclear weapons to Social Security. One still uses floppy disks.