Praise and condemnation...Texas primary...Black Panther released after decades



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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry has offered praise for Ukrainians who are standing up to Moscow and demanding a new government. Kerry made the comment during an appearance in Ukraine's capital, which saw bloody anti-government protests last month. He accused the Russian government of "hiding its hand behind falsehoods, intimidation and provocations."

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democrat Wendy Davis has become the first female gubernatorial nominee in Texas since former Gov. Ann Richards. The Fort Worth state senator formally clinched her party's nomination in today's primary. She headlines a Democratic ticket that in November will seek the party's first statewide victory since 1994, which was also Richards' last year in office. Davis will face Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott.

EWING, N.J. (AP) — An explosion in suburban Trenton, N.J., has killed a woman, injured seven workers, destroyed 10 houses and damaged dozens of others in a town house complex. It happened in Ewing, where police say the blast was apparently caused when a contractor damaged a gas line. Efforts are being made to accommodate displaced residents.

BALTIMORE (AP) — A former leader of the Black Panthers convicted of killing a police officer in 1971 has been released from a Maryland prison after more than four decades. Sixty-seven-year-old Marshall "Eddie" Conway was freed after state prosecutors agreed to change his life sentence to time served and probation. Conway has always denied any participation in the attack.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas appeals court has temporarily blocked an arbitration panel from reviewing $12 million in bonuses paid to Lance Armstrong by a company that wants its money back. SCA Promotions has sought to reopen a 2006 settlement paid to Armstrong since his 2013 admission to using performance-enhancing drugs during his cycling career to win the Tour de France.

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