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Dusty DeVinney loads election materials into truck at the Willowbank building Monday in Bellefonte, Pa., in preparation for Tuesday’s primary election. (Nabil K. Mark / Associated Press)

The Cruz-Kasich merger and four other things to watch in Tuesday’s primaries

Some are calling Tuesday’s batch of elections the “Acela primary,” after the high-speed train route that runs through all five states holding contests: Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Connecticut and Rhode Island. There’s good reason the name hasn’t caught on, however; these states vote so late in the primary season that they seldom attract much attention.

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Student accused of threats involving school prom

ALEXANDRIA, La. – A Louisiana high school student is facing three charges, including terrorizing, following an investigation of threats made on social media about a potential incident at the school prom. The Town Talk reported that the 17-year-old, who lives ...

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Lightning illuminates the sky over the Marion County Courthouse in Marion, Kan., on Tuesday. (Orlin Wagner / Associated Press)

Storms bring hail, strong winds, small tornadoes to Plains

Forecasters are warning that severe storms could bring “significant” tornadoes and grapefruit-sized hail to the Great Plains on Tuesday, while severe thunderstorms and strong wind gusts are predicted for Mid-Atlantic states where voters are casting ballots in primary elections.

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MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2016

President Barack Obama exits  Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base  on Monday, April 25, 2016. Obama returned from a  trip to Saudi Arabia and Europe. (Susan Walsh / Associated Press)

Obama proceeding cautiously in Syria

HANOVER, Germany – President Barack Obama’s decision to send 250 additional U.S. military personnel to Syria was made at a time of both optimism and frustration in the effort to defeat Islamic State. While U.S. officials say they want to capitalize on recent progress in reclaiming territory from the terrorist group, local forces are far from ready to retake its strongholds of Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq. At the same time, peace talks aimed at resolving Syria’s civil war have broken down.

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North Carolina voter ID law upheld in federal court

A federal judge has upheld North Carolina’s voter ID law in a ruling posted Monday evening. U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder issued a 485-page ruling dismissing all claims in the challenge to the state’s sweeping 2013 election law overhaul.

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Protesters head into the Legislative building for a sit-in against House Bill 2 in Raleigh, N.C., on Monday. (Chuck Liddy / Associated Press)

More than 50 arrested protesting new North Carolina law

RALEIGH, N.C. – More than 50 opponents of North Carolina’s new law curtailing protections for LGBT people and limiting public bathroom access for transgender people were arrested at the statehouse Monday night. It wrapped up a feverish day that brought several thousand of impassioned demonstrators for and against the law to the capital city for the opening of the legislature’s annual work session. Several hundred vocal critics of the legislation, approved in a special session last month, rallied outside the Legislative Building in the afternoon, then in waves of several dozen people each went inside and parked outside the offices of top legislative leaders for symbolic sit-ins.

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Bangladeshi policemen try to control the crowd of onlookers at a building where two people were found stabbed to death in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Monday. (A.M.Ahad / Associated Press)

2 men including USAID employee killed in Bangladesh

NEW DELHI – Unidentified assailants fatally stabbed two men in Bangladesh’s capital Monday night, including a gay rights activist who also worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development, police said, in the latest in a series of attacks targeting ...

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Political geeks may love new elections website

Political geeks may surpass even baseball nerds in their love of numbers. The American political system probably aids and abets this through a complicated set of rules, districts and qualifiers ...

Weekend Wild Card — 7.30-31.16

I scratched another back yard honey-do off my list this weekend already by finishing another one of those projects that had been on the waiting list for years. It involved ...

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