What a circus: Clowns beg lawmakers not to ban animal shows

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A public hearing on a proposed wild-animal entertainment ban that would keep circuses and similar shows out of the city ended up being a circus of sorts, complete with clowns who begged the City Council not to enact the measure.

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Trump on top: He reaches magic number to clinch nomination

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination for president Thursday, completing an unlikely rise that has upended the political landscape and set the stage for a bitter fall campaign.

  • Written by STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press

Michigan kidnapping suspect charged in unrelated killing

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan man accused of abducting a 16-year-old girl last month has been charged with murder in the shooting death of a 36-year-old jogger in 2014, prosecutors announced Wednesday.

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Feds spend billions to run museum-ready computer systems

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is squandering its technology budget maintaining museum-ready computer systems in critical areas from nuclear weapons to Social Security. They're still using floppy disks at the Pentagon.

  • Written by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press