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Gun maker’s motion to dismiss Sandy Hook families’ lawsuit denied

HARTFORD, Conn. — A Superior Court judge has denied a motion to dismiss a lawsuit accusing gun makers and sellers of liability in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, saying the broad immunity granted to the firearms industry does not strip the court of jurisdiction to hear the claim.

Cruz likely to block Trump on a 2nd ballot at GOP convention

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is close to ensuring that Donald Trump cannot win the GOP nomination on a second ballot at the party’s July convention in Cleveland, scooping up scores of delegates who have pledged to vote for him instead of the front-runner if given the chance.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Grassley tells Garland no hearings

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama’s U.S. Supreme Court selection, failed to persuade Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley during a private meeting on Tuesday to hold confirmation hearings on his nomination.

USDA: Wheat stockpile at highest point since 1987

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Agriculture Department on Tuesday raised its outlook for domestic wheat supplies to the highest since 1987 due to weakening demand in the feed sector.

Tennessee bill denying service goes to governor

A Tennessee bill allowing counselors to cite religious beliefs for refusing service to patients is headed to the governor, one of a raft of state measures that critics say discriminates against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender individuals.

North Carolina governor tweaks transgender law after backlash

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory slightly altered a new state law denounced as discriminatory with an executive order on Tuesday, but the Republican stood firm on a controversial provision restricting transgender bathroom access.

Bono seeks U.S. Senate backing for Mideast plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U2 lead singer Bono appealed to Congress on Tuesday for a “Marshall Plan” to provide aid to the Middle East much like the massive relief the United States provided to rebuild Europe and counter extremism after World War II.

Goldman Sachs to pay $5 billion in bond pact

NEW YORK — Goldman Sachs Group Inc has agreed to pay $5.06 billion to settle claims that it misled mortgage bond investors during the financial crisis, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Monday.

Two Trump kids won’t be voting for Dad in primary

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Presidential candidate Donald Trump says two of his children feel guilty about missing a voter registration deadline, meaning they will not be able to vote for him next week in New York’s Republican primary.

Navy officer charged with spying

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A U.S. Navy officer with access to sensitive U.S. intelligence faces espionage charges over accusations he passed state secrets, possibly to China and Taiwan, a U.S. official told Reuters on Sunday.

Group launches campaign to curb antibiotic use in food

LOS ANGELES — Fifty four large investors managing $1.41 trillion in assets have launched a campaign to curb the use of antibiotics in the meat and poultry used by 10 large U.S. and British restaurant groups.

Sanders wins Wyoming, prepares for New York

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Bernie Sanders won the U.S. presidential Democratic nominating contest in Wyoming on Saturday, besting rival Hillary Clinton and adding to a string of recent victories as the two candidates gear up for a crucial matchup in New York.

Poll shows Clinton, Trump leading in Maryland

Hillary Clinton has a clear but narrowing lead over Bernie Sanders three weeks before Maryland’s Democratic primary contest, according to a new Washington Post-University of Maryland poll.

Study: Police shoot unarmed black men at uneven rates

A new academic study that builds on Washington Post research into fatal shootings by police has found that unarmed black men were shot and killed last year at disproportionate rates and that officers involved may be biased in how they perceive threats.

Country musician Merle Haggard dead at 79

Country musician Merle Haggard, who emerged from prison to become the poetic voice of the American working man with hits such as "Mama Tried" and "If We Make It Through December," died on Wednesday, his 79th birthday, said manager Frank Mull.

Trump opponents buoyed after front-runner’s Wisconsin loss

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK — Donald Trump's Republican rivals were invigorated on Wednesday by the front-runner's loss in the Wisconsin primary and moved quickly to bolster efforts to block the New York billionaire from capturing the party's presidential nomination.

Four men charged with gang rape of girl

UTAH — Four men have been charged with raping a 9-year-old girl in a Utah home on Easter Sunday as her mother smoked methamphetamine in the garage, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

Governor to face impeachment push

ALABAMA — Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley will face a legislative effort seeking his impeachment, a state lawmaker said on Tuesday, announcing the start of formal proceedings amid escalating political fallout over his relationship with a former advisor.