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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tonight's Republican presidential debate comes as Sen. Ted Cruz is trying to pitch himself as a more electable alternative to Donald Trump. The two have maintained a friendly relationship for months, but signs of a split have emerged in recent days -- with Trump calling Cruz "a little bit of a maniac." There's also been some sparring recently between Cruz and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, particularly over the issue of national security.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) —Hillary Clinton says the American people "cannot give in to fear" — a message she is touting as part of her strategy for homeland security and preventing a domestic terrorist attack. Speaking at the University of Minnesota, Clinton attacked Republican rivals, saying they are offering "shallow slogans" instead of a strategy for dealing with the Islamic State. Clinton sought to reassure Americans that she would keep them safe following attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York's mayor says there was "nothing credible" about a threat the city received warning of a possible terror attack today. New York officials say it was the same threat that prompted officials in Los Angeles to close the city's schools today, keeping 640,000 students at home. School officials in Los Angeles are defending their decision. The school superintendent said every building would be searched.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Officials at the Indiana University-Purdue University campus in Indianapolis have ended a campus alert that had warned students to remain indoors amid following an armed robbery nearby. The "shelter-in-place" alert for students and staff lasted about 90 minutes. Indianapolis police say officers could not find the armed man who robbed a person near an off-campus apartment and fled toward campus. The man was reportedly carrying a handgun.

BALTIMORE (AP) — Jurors in Baltimore have ended deliberations for the day in the trial of police Officer William Porter. Armored vehicles and police are being stationed around Baltimore ahead of any verdict. Porter is the first officer to go on trial in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray in April. Gray died after he was injured in the back of a police wagon. His death spurred protests and the city endured rioting at one point. On their first full day of deliberations today, jurors reported that they are deadlocked. The judge told them to keep deliberating.

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