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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican National Committee is challenging every GOP presidential candidate to sign a pledge not to undertake a third-party bid under any circumstances. Multiple campaigns have confirmed the challenge, which appears aimed squarely at Donald Trump. While he is leading the Republican field in early polls, the billionaire businessman has refused to rule out a third-party bid should he fail to claim the GOP nomination. RNC officials have been working privately with Trump's campaign for several weeks to avert such a scenario.

FOX LAKE, Ill. (AP) — Law enforcement officials have broadened the hunt for three suspects wanted in the fatal shooting of an Illinois police officer. Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz (GLIHN'-uh-wihts) was shot Tuesday morning after telling dispatchers he was pursuing three suspicious men, two white, one black. The commander of the Lake County Major Crimes Task Force says the lack of description of the subjects is adding to the difficulty of the search.

LEWISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Three young men will soon learn their sentences for a rock-throwing incident last year that caused severe brain trauma to an Ohio schoolteacher as she passed through Pennsylvania in the dead of night. A judge will decide Thursday what punishment is appropriate for Tyler Porter, Dylan Lahr and Keefer McGee for the July 2014 attack along Interstate 80. The nearly 5-pound rock crashed through the front windshield of the car in which Sharon Budd was riding, striking her directly. She's since had seven surgeries.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An Associated Press survey of nearly a dozen big cities reveals emergency planning for crude oil trains remains a work in progress. Cities are formulating emergency plans and training firefighters amid a fiftyfold increase in crude shipments from the Upper Midwest. The 100-car trains have become a common sight in places like Philadelphia, Chicago and Seattle. Critics say the oil trains put millions of people living or working near the tracks at heightened risk of derailment, fire and explosion.

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) is pledging to cut the People's Liberation Army by 300,000 troops. That would bring the headcount for China's armed forces down to about 2 million, still the world's largest standing military. The move comes amid rising manpower costs and technological capabilities that reduce the need for large numbers of personnel.

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