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Paris attacks suspect Abdeslam extradited, charged in France

The lone known surviving suspect in the Paris attacks was returned Wednesday to the city where Islamic State extremists unleashed a night of mayhem and charged with a host of terrorism offenses, raising hopes he may be able to help French investigators trace the pathways of IS fighters thought to be hiding out in Europe.

Military buildup, fighting spells end of Syrian cease-fire

A military buildup in northern Syria, coupled with heavy fighting and mounting civilian casualties, spells the end of a cease-fire that for two months brought some relief to a war-weary country.

Storm threat shifts after day of hail, wind in central US

Springtime storms developed in parts of the Midwest and South on Wednesday, with forecasters warning that hail and high winds would be a bigger concern than tornadoes.

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Ted Cruz taps Carly Fiorina to serve as running mate

In need of momentum after a five-state shutout, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Wednesday tapped former technology executive Carly Fiorina — a woman he said has repeatedly "shattered glass ceilings" — to serve as his running mate.

US stocks rise, shaking off tech slump, after Fed stands pat

U.S. stocks rose Wednesday after the Federal Reserve left its key interest rate unchanged, as investors expected.

Fed keeps key rate unchanged; no hint on timing of next hike

The Federal Reserve kept a key interest rate unchanged Wednesday against the backdrop of a slowdown in U.S. and global growth and provided no hint of when its next rate hike may occur.

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Trump routs rivals in Northeast; Clinton carries 4 states

In a front-runner's rout, Republican Donald Trump roared to victory Tuesday in five contests across the Northeast and confidently declared himself the GOP's "presumptive nominee." Hillary Clinton was dominant in four Democratic races and now is 90 percent of the way to the number she needs to claim her own nomination.

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Pepper spray flies during Trump protest clash in California

Supporters and opponents of Donald Trump clashed Tuesday outside City Hall, and five people, including two little girls, were pepper-sprayed by a demonstrator during the heated confrontation, police said.

Storms bring hail, strong winds, small tornadoes to Plains

Thunderstorms bearing hail as big as grapefruit and winds approaching hurricane strength lashed portions of the Great Plains on Tuesday but arrived without the grand tornadoes many had worried about for days.

Governments struggle to enforce ‘living wage’ laws

States and cities whose lawmakers proudly passed “living wage” laws are finding it difficult to make sure employers actually pay their workers accordingly.

NTSB: Search crews find El Faro’s missing data recorder

Search crews Tuesday found the missing data recorder of the sunken freighter El Faro, which went down in 15,000 feet of water last year after getting caught in Hurricane Joaquin.

Onlookers marvel at size, stench of dead whale in California

The massive, reeking carcass of a 40-foot gray whale rotted Tuesday at a popular California surfing spot, luring dozens of gawkers while authorities decided whether to tow it out to sea or cut it into pieces and load them on trucks.

Coroner: Most Ohio victims shot many times, some bruised

A coroner’s report released Tuesday showed new details of vicious violence in the shooting deaths of eight members of a rural southern Ohio family, finding most victims were shot three to nine times each and some of them were bruised.

North Carolina Dems pan ‘keep our state straight’ comment

Rhetorical skirmishes continued Tuesday in North Carolina over a law limiting protections for LGBT people, as Democrats criticized a Republican’s plea to “keep our state straight.”

Memories painful on Chernobyl’s 30th anniversary

As Ukraine and Belarus on Tuesday marked the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear accident with solemn words and an angry protest, some of the men who were sent to the site in the first chaotic and frightening days were gripped by painful memories.

Al-Qaida says it killed Bangladesh gay activist, friend

The Bangladeshi branch of al-Qaida claimed responsibility Tuesday for the killing of a gay rights activist and his friend, undermining the prime minister’s insistence just hours earlier that her political opponents were to blame for the attack and for a rising tide of violence against secular activists and writers.

S. Korea: N. Korea almost completes nuclear test preparation

South Korea’s president said Tuesday that North Korea has almost completed preparations for a fifth nuclear test, and the country has reportedly placed a new midrange missile on standby for an impending launch.

Man plans horseback trip from Washington to Michigan reunion

A cancer survivor has embarked on a roughly 2,200-mile journey on horseback from Washington to his 50th high school reunion in Michigan.

Trump's big night: Front-runner sweeps 5 states in Northeast

Donald Trump rolled up victories in five more states on Tuesday, amassing a Northeastern sweep that gives the Republican front-runner important momentum in his push for the presidential nomination even if his pathway has little room for error.

US stocks mostly trade higher as energy sector rises

Stocks finished mostly higher Tuesday in another cautious day of trading.