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WASHINGTON (AP) — They are both considered longshots -- but the two new Republican presidential candidates may be able to attract a more diverse group of supporters to the party. Former technology executive Carly Fiorina is expected to be the only prominent woman to seek the GOP nomination, while retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson is likely the only African-American. Fiorina told ABC's "Good Morning America" that she understands "executive decision-making." She's the former chief executive at Hewlett-Packard. Carson told supporters that it's "time for people to rise up and take the government back."

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says it has no evidence that any actions taken by Hillary Rodham Clinton when she was secretary of state were influenced by donations to the Clinton Foundation or former President Bill Clinton's speaking fees. A department spokesman says it's aware of reports suggesting links between her work and donations from foreign governments. But he says that during Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state, the department received requests to review proposed speech hosts and consulting deals for Bill Clinton and found no conflicts.

PHOENIX (AP) — FBI agents in Phoenix have been examining two vehicles outside an apartment complex where a unit is being searched. It's part of the investigation into the shooting late yesterday outside a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas. Two gunmen, armed with assault rifles, were killed after opening fire on officers outside the event. One security guard was wounded. An official says one of the gunmen lived at the location being searched in Phoenix.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is rejecting an appeal from a convicted murderer in Massachusetts who's been trying to get the state to pay for sex-reassignment surgery in prison. The justices let stand a lower court ruling against the inmate, who's serving a life sentence in the killing of her wife. She says the surgery is necessary to relieve the mental anguish of a gender-identity disorder.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Police in Louisville, Kentucky, say a Canadian tourist who was in town for the Kentucky Derby was shot to death near his hotel during a robbery. Police have three suspects in custody. They say the three were responsible for a string of Derby night robberies.

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