Texas gunman was former target of FBI terror probe WASHINGTON (AP) - A man whose social media presence was being scrutinized by federal authorities was one of two suspects in a shooting at a Texas cartoon contest featuring images of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad, and the Islamic State group on Tuesday claimed responsibility for the attack. An audio statement on the extremist group's Al Bayan radio station said "two soldiers of the caliphate" carried out Sunday's attack in the Dallas suburb of Garland. It did not provide details and it was unclear whether the group was opportunistically claiming the attack as its own.
Clinton to call for 'full and equal path to citizenship' LAS VEGAS (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton intends to draw an early distinction with Republicans on illegal immigration, pointing to a pathway to citizenship as an essential part of any overhaul in Congress. Clinton was laying the foundation of her immigration agenda Tuesday in her first stop in Nevada since launching her presidential campaign. After years of delays in Congress, Latinos and immigration activists are watching Clinton's statements closely for signs of how she might break a legislative logjam on immigration and whether she would extend President Barack Obama's executive actions to shield millions of immigrants from deportation.
Reforming Baltimore police will be time-consuming, costly BALTIMORE (AP) - Months before Freddie Gray died of the broken neck he suffered during what Baltimore's top prosecutor called an illegal arrest, the city's mayor and police commissioner said the department needed reform and asked the Justice Department for help reviewing officer misconduct. Now that Gray is buried, six officers are charged in his death and an uneasy calm has returned to the streets, critics are wondering whether city leaders are capable of implementing the change the city needs without the direct, intensive oversight that comes with a full-fledged civil rights investigation resulting in a federal consent decree.
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AP Exclusive: Video shows migrant rescue of deflating dinghy CATANIA, Sicily (AP) - Dramatic footage emerged Tuesday of a Mediterranean Sea rescue showing migrants on a sinking rubber boat desperately clambering up ropes and a ladder from a cargo ship that came to their aid. Five bodies were recovered and survivors reported many others drowned. The video was obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press from a crew member of the cargo ship Zeran, which rescued two migrant boats over the weekend. The footage shows migrants jumping off their deflating dinghy to catch life preservers tossed into the water by Zeran crew members. Other migrants empty jerry cans of gasoline to use as floats.
In Arkansas, Huckabee poised to launch 2nd White House bid HOPE, Ark. (AP) - Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is preparing another bid for the Republican presidential nomination, eight years after his first efforts to expand on the support of evangelical Christians helped him win eight states in the 2008 primaries. The ordained Baptist minister turned politician returns Tuesday to his hometown of Hope, Arkansas - the same small town where former President Bill Clinton was born - to make official what the local newspaper called "the worst kept secret" in the state.
Nepali police dig bodies from village and trekking route KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) - Rescuers were digging Tuesday through thousands of tons of earth from a quake-triggered mudslide in Nepal that wiped out an entire village along a popular Himalayan trekking route and killed at least 60 people. Nine of the victims recovered in the Langtang Valley since the April 25 earthquake and mudslide were foreign trekkers, said Gautam Rimal, the top government official in the Rasuwa district. Villagers say as many as 200 people could have been killed.
Boston Marathon bomber's lawyer points to family dysfunction BOSTON (AP) - Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's father was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, claiming he was tortured in a Russian camp during the Russian-Chechen war in the 1990s, a psychiatrist testified Tuesday. Dr. Alexander Niss, who treated Anzor Tsarnaev from 2003 to 2005, said the Chechen man showed typical symptoms of PTSD, including anxiety, panic attacks, flashbacks and paranoia.
Obama chooses Marine general as Joint Chiefs chairman WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has chosen as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff a widely respected, combat-hardened commander who led the Afghanistan war coalition during a key transitional period in 2013-14. U.S. officials say Obama is nominating Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. to succeed Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, who will have served four years as chairman.
High-tech sensors help kids keep eye on aging parents SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Each time 81-year-old Bill Dworsky or his 80-year-old wife Dorothy opens the refrigerator, closes the bathroom door or lifts the lid on a pill container, tiny sensors in their San Francisco home make notes on a digital logbook. The couple's 53-year-old son, Phil, checks it daily on his smartphone. If there's no activity during a designated time, the younger Dworsky gets an automated email, so he can decide whether to call or stop by. "This is peace of mind, really," he says of the system he installed last year.
Miley Cyrus on Bruce Jenner, pink armpits, her new charity LOS ANGELES (AP) - When Miley Cyrus wears pasties or posts photos of her pink armpits, it's not to be a provocateur. The 22-year-old says she's just being herself, and she wants all young people to have that same opportunity. That's why she's launching the Happy Hippie Foundation to help homeless and LGBT youth, adding that not all her past relationships were "straight, heterosexual" ones. Cyrus didn't elaborate.