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Gunman's hashtag hinted at Texas plot
PHOENIX (AP) - About 20 minutes before the shooting at a Texas cartoon contest that featured images of the Prophet Muhammad, a final tweet posted on an account linked to one of the gunmen said: "May Allah accept us as mujahideen," or holy warriors. Among the hashtags used by the account was "(hash)texasattack."


Latest GOP campaigns for White House star Hillary Clinton
HOPE, Arkansas (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton starred in two presidential campaign launches this week. Neither was her own. The leading Democrat was featured prominently by two Republican contenders, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former technology executive Carly Fiorina, whose road to relevancy in 2016 may be inextricably tied to the former first lady. As other Republicans begin to jab each other, both Fiorina's and Huckabee's nascent campaigns are based on the notion that they are uniquely positioned to defeat Clinton.


Report: Germanwings crash co-pilot tried slow descent before
PARIS (AP) - The co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 appeared to have practiced a controlled descent on his flight into Barcelona just two hours before he intentionally crashed the A320 jet into a mountainside on the return flight to Duesseldorf, air accident investigators said Wednesday. Authorities are still puzzling over why co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, who had suffered from suicidal tendencies and depression in the past, sent the Barcelona-to-Duesseldorf flight straight into the French Alps on March 24, killing all 150 people on board.


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California regulators approve unprecedented water cutbacks
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California water regulators adopted sweeping, unprecedented restrictions on how people, governments and businesses can use water amid the state's ongoing drought, hoping to push reluctant residents to deeper conservation. The State Water Resources Control Board approved rules Tuesday that force cities to limit watering on public property, encourage homeowners to let their lawns die and impose mandatory water-savings targets for the hundreds of local agencies and cities that supply water to California customers.


Kerry hopes to win pause in Yemen war as he heads to talks
DJIBOUTI (AP) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said he hopes to secure a pause in Yemen's war as he prepared for talks in Saudi Arabia Wednesday, citing increased shortages of food, fuel and medicine that are adding to a crisis that already has neighboring countries bracing for a mass exodus of refugees. At a news conference in Djibouti, a nearby African nation that already has taken in several thousand people, Kerry said the United States was deeply concerned by the worsening humanitarian conditions in Yemen. He was speaking just a boat trip away from the scene of the fighting, where Iran-backed Houthi rebels were pressing on with ground offensives and Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries were continuing a month-and-a-half long bombing campaign.


Daimler's self-driving big rig makes big entrance in Nevada
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Its name is "Inspiration" and Daimler Trucks says it's the first ever self-driving semi-truck licensed to drive on public roads - in this case Nevada's highways - not only for testing, but business, too. Daimler Trucks North America LLC debuted the self-driving big rig Tuesday night with a drive - and a driver steering - atop the Hoover Dam on the Nevada-Arizona border.


SpaceX capsule soars with dummy in 1st test of crew escape
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - SpaceX has chalked up another test flight, this one for the capsule it will use to carry astronauts into orbit. SpaceX fired a mock-up capsule into the air Wednesday morning from Cape Canaveral, Florida, to test the new, super-streamlined launch escape system for astronauts.


Woman seeks rescue from boyfriend in online pizza order
AVON PARK, Fla. (AP) - A central Florida woman helped save herself and her children by sending a message in an online pizza order that asked employees to call 911 because she was being held hostage. The Avon Park Pizza Hut employees spotted what Cheryl Treadway wrote in the comment section of her online order. Employees recognized Treadway as a regular customer and called the sheriff's office.


NFL linebacker due in court to face 'revenge porn' charges
ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) - An NFL linebacker facing charges over "revenge porn" is scheduled to appear in a New Jersey courtroom Wednesday morning for a plea conference. Jermaine Cunningham, a free agent who was with the New York Jets last year, is charged with criminal mischief, invasion of privacy and unlawful weapons transport. The 26-year-old pleaded not guilty in January. His lawyer says he expects Cunningham to be exonerated on all charges.