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Clinton cements nomination

LOS ANGELES — Democrat Hillary Clinton beat rival Bernie Sanders in New Jersey’s presidential nominating contest on Tuesday, Fox News projected, bolstering her lead a day after she captured the number of delegates needed to become her party’s U.S. presidential nominee.

N. Korea restarts plutonium production

WASHINGTON, D.C. — North Korea has restarted production of plutonium fuel, a senior State Department official said on Tuesday, showing that it plans to pursue its nuclear weapons program in defiance of international sanctions.

Cincinnati zoo reopens remodeled gorilla enclosure

CINCINNATI — Visitors flocked on Tuesday to the Cincinnati Zoo the day after prosecutors declined to charge the mother of a 3-year-old boy who fell into a gorilla enclosure, causing zookeepers to kill the endangered animal to protect the child.

Man sentenced to 12 years for attempting to join ISIS

LOS ANGELES — A California man who pleaded guilty to trying to join the Islamic State militant group in Syria was sentenced on Tuesday to 12 years in federal prison, the U.S. Justice Department said.

Groups urge Congress to reject TPP over environmental concerns

WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than 450 groups on Monday called on Congress to reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) if it comes up for a vote this fall, saying the trade deal would allow fossil fuel companies to contest U.S. environmental rules in extrajudicial tribunals.

Policeman charged in Gray death chooses bench trial

BALTIMORE — A Baltimore police officer charged with murder in the 2015 death of black detainee Freddie Gray waived a jury trial on Monday and will be tried by a Maryland judge instead.

Florida governor declares emergency

TAMPA, Fla. — Florida's governor declared a state of emergency in dozens of counties on Monday as Tropical Storm Colin lashed the state with 50-mile-per-hour winds and torrential rain ahead of expected landfall later in the day along the northern Gulf Coast.

Cancer drug prices highest in United States

CHICAGO — Americans pay the highest prices in the world for cancer drugs, but the treatments are least affordable in lower income countries, according to the results of a new study released on Monday.

Clinton picks up win in Puerto Rico’s primary

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Hillary Clinton won the Puerto Rico Democratic primary on Sunday, moving her a step closer to prevailing over her rival, Bernie Sanders, in the fight for her party’s presidential nomination.

Nigeria has recovered $9.1 billion in stolen assets

ABUJA — Nigeria’s government has recovered $9.1 billion in stolen money and assets, its information and culture minister said on Saturday, as its corruption crackdown continues against the backdrop of the country’s worst economic crisis in years.

Ali remembered as boxer who transcended sports world

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The death of Muhammad Ali, the former heavyweight champion known as much for his political activism as his boxing brilliance, triggered a worldwide outpouring of affection and admiration for one of the best-known figures of the 20th century.

UCLA gunman had planned third killing

LOS ANGELES — A former University of California, Los Angeles, student shot dead a woman at her home in Minnesota before he drove almost 2,000 miles to the school and killed one professor but failed to find a third intended victim, police said on Thursday.

Paul Ryan ends holdout, backs Trump after long courtship

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Paul Ryan, the top elected Republican, ended a long period of soul-searching and endorsed Donald Trump for president on Thursday, a step toward unifying party loyalists behind the insurgent candidate despite concerns about his candidacy.

Wildfire evacuees face cleanup as they return home

FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta — Thousands of evacuees who fled a massive wildfire that hit Fort McMurray made an emotional return to their homes on Wednesday, facing a massive cleanup and uncertainty over their safety as the devastated Canadian oil city begins to rebuild.