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Dems, GOP battle for New York...Microsoft fights over digital privacy...Aftershocks in Japan

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NEW YORK (AP) — The Republicans kept the fireworks outside while Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders clashed hard during a debate last night. Clinton and Sanders aggressively challenged each other's judgment to be president at a raucous Democratic debate over Wall Street banks, minimum wage, gun control and foreign policy. Protests raged outside a state GOP dinner in Manhattan. Donald Trump was burned in effigy.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft is joining the battle over digital privacy in a bigger way -- with a lawsuit against the government. Microsoft is challenging the Justice Department over its use of court orders requiring the company to turn over customer files — often without notifying the customer involved. Microsoft says that violates its constitutional right to free speech, as well as its customers' protection against unreasonable searches.

MASHIKI, Japan (AP) — Southern Japan continues to rumble as aftershocks follow a strong, magnitude 6.5 earthquake that killed nine people and injured more than 800. Officials say damage appears to be widespread with rescue workers combing through the wreckage in hard-hit areas to make sure there are no more trapped people.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — If it was intended as a sort of birthday candle in memory of North Korea's late founder, things didn't go quite as planned. South Korean and U.S. defense officials say a North Korean attempt to test a missile fizzled today -- the birthday anniversary of Kim Il Sung. It's reported to be a new mid-range missile that could one day be capable of reaching U.S. military bases in Asia.

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — A hearing is set in Wisconsin today on a motion to reduce the $500,000 bail for two girls accused when they were 12 of trying to kill their friend as a sacrifice to the fictional horror character Slender Man. The girls have been in custody for nearly two years and the judge is being asked to set a bail their families can afford.

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