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The Latest: Skirmishes break out outside Trump event

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 2:31pm

The Latest on protests against Donald Trump during the GOP candidate's California events (all times local):

Republicans beginning to make peace with Trump as nominee

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 2:10pm

They thought it was impossible. Some still fear it. Others can barely believe it. But leading Republicans are increasingly 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

Lisa Lerer, Julie Pace and Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 1:50pm

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.

Obama announces new steps to curb gun violence

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 1:41pm

President Barack Obama announced new steps Friday to help curb gun violence, including by identifying the requirements that "smart guns" would have to meet for law enforcement agencies to buy and use them as well as sharing mental health records with the federal background check system.

After 2012 stunner, ex-con makes another White House run

John Raby, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 12:31pm

When Hillary Clinton tries to vanquish Bernie Sanders in West Virginia's Democratic presidential primary next month, she will also have to watch out for Keith Judd.

Cruz gets Indiana governor's endorsement

Scott Bauer and Steve Peoples, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 11:20am

In a setback for Donald Trump, Indiana's governor endorsed the front-runner's chief rival, Ted Cruz, on Friday, just days before the state's critical Republican primary contest.

Clinton endorses all-boys public schools in high-crime areas

Rachelle Blidner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 10:20am

Hillary Clinton says she wants a network of all-boys public schools in high-crime areas to "spread across America."

Former Speaker Boehner calls Cruz 'Lucifer in the flesh'

Scott Bauer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 10:40pm

Former House Speaker John Boehner unloaded on Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz during a talk to college students, calling the Texas senator "Lucifer in the flesh."

The Latest: Powder sent to Trump office deemed harmless

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 9:11pm

The Latest on campaign 2016 (all times Eastern):

'76 a window into ugliness of a GOP contested convention

Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 1:38pm

Clarke Reed and Billy Mounger still sound like they want to spit when they talk about each other — 40 years after the contested Republican National Convention where the Mississippi delegation split between President Gerald Ford and smooth-talking Ronald Reagan.

Clinton backers 'feel the Bern' of angry Sanders supporters

Lisa Lerer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 12:42pm

Nancy Schumacher says she just wanted to do her civic duty, and so she heeded the call to become a superdelegate for Hillary Clinton. But in the year of the angry voter, not even an administrative assistant from Elk River, Minnesota, can escape the outrage.

Rubio, Bush big donors shun Cruz and Kasich

Julie Bykowicz and Chad Day, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 11:10am

It seems like a logical pairing: Republican donors who despise Donald Trump, and two GOP presidential rivals sticking it out to keep him from the nomination.

Former speaker Hastert sentenced to more than year in prison

Michael Tarm, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 27th - 9:30pm

Dennis Hastert, the Republican who for eight years presided over the House and was second in the line of succession to the presidency, was sentenced Wednesday to more than a year in prison in a hush-money case that revealed accusations he sexually abused teenagers while coaching high school wrestling.

Ted Cruz selects Carly Fiorina to serve as running mate

Scott Bauer and Steve Peoples, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 27th - 6:51pm

In need of momentum after a five-state shutout, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Wednesday tapped former technology executive Carly Fiorina — a woman he said has repeatedly "shattered glass ceilings" — to serve as his running mate.

Trump's mention of 'woman's card' draws backlash

Bill Barrow, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 27th - 6:40pm

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's claim that Hillary Clinton is playing "the woman's card" drew intense backlash Wednesday, from the Democratic front-runner herself as well as tens of thousands of critics on social media.

Trump has 81 percent of delegates needed to win nomination

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 1:10pm

Donald Trump has picked up two more delegates in Rhode Island, giving him 81 percent of the delegates needed to clinch the nomination and avoid a contested convention.

Cruz gets backing of Indiana governor

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 11:30am

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is endorsing Ted Cruz in the state's critical Republican primary next week.

Friends turn foes for justice's re-election in West Virginia

Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 11:41am

In 2004, former coal baron Don Blankenship spent $3.5 million to help get a West Virginia Supreme Court candidate elected in a wild race that inspired a John Grisham novel.

German FM calls Trump's foreign policy plans contradictory

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 5:10am

Germany's foreign minister says Donald Trump's foreign policy ideas are unclear and contradictory.