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Severe weather stalks the Midwest

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Severe weather packing large hail and heavy rain rolled into Nebraska and Iowa on Tuesday as potentially dangerous storms targeted a swath of the Midwest, including states where voters were casting ballots in primary elections.


Top military officer: Bergdahl case not closed

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's top military officer said Tuesday the Army could still throw the book at Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the young soldier who walked away from his unit in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan and into five years of captivity by the Taliban.


New York vs. LA can be as big as it gets

The last time New York and Los Angeles teams met in a big championship final, the Dodgers found themselves up against a pitcher who had undergone Tommy John surgery.


Midwest VA hospitals also had secret waiting lists

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The problems with delayed care and unauthorized wait lists that caused a furor at a Veterans Affairs health care campus in Arizona existed at several facilities in the Midwest, but in much smaller numbers, VA officials said in letters to two U.S. senators.

Tea party goes after Cochran in Miss. GOP primary

WASHINGTON (AP) — Six-term Republican Sen. Thad Cochran and tea party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel collided in Mississippi on Tuesday in a ferocious battle between insurgents and the establishment in a party divided along ideological lines. On the busiest night of the primary season, Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown of California sought nomination to a fourth term.


Some Utah teens get apology for edited yearbook photos

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Some Utah high school students who cracked their yearbooks to find sleeves digitally added to their tank tops and a tattoo erased say school officials have apologized to them.


As civil war rages, Syrians vote for president

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Against a backdrop of civil war, tens of thousands of Syrians voted in government-controlled cities and towns Tuesday to give President Bashar Assad a new seven-year mandate, with some even marking the ballots with their own blood.


Ukraine president faces tough realities at home

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president-elect will likely have little trouble wooing Western leaders, including President Barack Obama, when he travels to Poland and France this week — many have already hailed the rise of the pragmatic, Western-leaning leader.


'Hunger Games' salute used as protest in Thailand

BANGKOK (AP) — The three-finger salute from the Hollywood movie "The Hunger Games" is being used as a real symbol of resistance in Thailand. Protesters against the military coup are flashing the gesture as a silent act of rebellion, and they're being threatened with arrest if they ignore warnings to stop.


German museum shows live replica of van Gogh's ear

BERLIN (AP) — A German museum has put on display a copy of Vincent van Gogh's ear that was grown using genetic material provided by one of the 19th-century Dutch artist's living relatives.


At least 7 states brace for possible 'land hurricane'

People in at least six states from the Plains to the Midwest are bracing for dangerous storms that forecasters say could produce hurricane-force winds, very large hail and a few "intense" tornadoes beginning Tuesday afternoon.


President-elect to Egyptians: "Time to work"

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president-elect, the former army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, told Egyptians it is now "time to work" to rebuild the country after he was officially declared the landslide winner of last week's election.


Obama boosting America's military effort in Europe

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — President Barack Obama pledged Tuesday to boost U.S. military deployments and exercises throughout Europe, an effort costing as much as $1 billion to demonstrate American solidarity with a continent rattled by Russia's intervention in Ukraine.


Eight states go to the polls for Senate, House, governor primaries

A nursing home scandal and a vow to "make 'em squeal" in Washington are at the center of Senate Republican primaries in Mississippi and Iowa, as voters in Alabama, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota, Iowa, Montana and California cast ballots for Senate, House and gubernatorial races.


Touch and go on Bergdahl release until very end

WASHINGTON (AP) — Right up until the moment Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was freed, U.S. officials were not sure the Taliban would really release the only American soldier held captive in Afghanistan in exchange for high-level militants detained at Guantanamo Bay.


Saudi Arabia reports over 100 more MERS cases

Of the 688 confirmed cases, 282 deaths have been reported, 353 people have recovered and 53 are still receiving treatment, the official Saudi Press Agency says.


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