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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A crowd of 11,000 has turned out at the University of Nebraska-Omaha to a reprise by President Barack Obama of themes from his State of the Union address. Obama said he likes "talking about hope and all the good stuff that's going on." He said Republican White House hopefuls are running ads with doom and gloom.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Several top Republicans tell the AP that the party has started preparing for a contested convention in the event that no GOP candidate for president wins enough delegates to secure the party's nomination. Those leaders say the early preparations are a necessary contingency given the deeply divided Republican field.

DENVER (AP) — The man who admits killing three people at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic says the shooting was spur-of-the-moment. That's what Robert Lewis Dear told KCNC-TV. The November shooting also left nine injured. Dear says he believes FBI agents were following him that morning and they tipped off employees that he was headed to the clinic. A judge has ordered him to undergo a mental competency exam

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Nearly three dozen religious colleges and universities in 20 U.S. states have received federal waivers allowing them not to accommodate transgender students in admissions, housing and other areas of campus life. That's according to a report by the nation's largest LGBT rights group and documents obtained by The Associated Press.

SEATTLE (AP) — At least 250 people, mostly in the U.S., have been sickened with life-threatening "superbug" infections linked to contaminated medical scopes in the past three years. A report released today finds that is more than previously estimated by federal regulators. Patients were sickened by dangerous bacteria that remained on specialized scopes even after they were cleaned according to manufacturers' directions.

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