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Trump'south shortcomings in this behind-the-scenes campaign, which hasn't played much of a role in selecting the GOP nominee in decades, could doom his presidential candidacy if he's unable to win the nomination in the initial voting at this summer'south national conference in Cleveland.

AP News in Brief at 9:04 p. m. EDT

Trump amassing delegates who mightn't be faithful to him

DES MOINES, IA (AP) — Already behind the curve in organizing for the Republican convention, Donald Trump has missed crucial deadlines in a no of states to lock up delegates who'd stay faithful beyond the first ballot.

Trump'south shortcomings in this behind-the-scenes campaign, which hasn't played much of a role in selecting the GOP nominee in decades, could doom his presidential candidacy if he's unable to win the nomination in the initial voting at this summer'south national conference in Cleveland.

After that first ballot, most delegates are number longer bound maintain the winner of their state'south party primary or caucuses — they're free agents who can support the candidate of their choosing.

Most of the real delegates are elected at state and congressional district conventions running by party insiders, members of the Republican establishment that Trump has running against from the outset of his campaign.

And while Trump'south team has had tiny contact with these faithful party activists, his chief rival for the Republican nomination, TX Sen. Ted Cruz, has been actively courting them for months.


House Speaker Ryan rules out presidential bid

WA (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday definitively ruled out a tender for president this year, insisting that the party'south choice should emerge from the grouping of candidates who pursued the GOP nomination. "Count me out," he said.

In a brief news conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters, the WI Republican sought to tamp down rampant speculation that he could finish up as the party'south standard-bearer if front-runner Donald Trump and the other candidates flame out at a contested convention.

"We have too much work to do in the House to authorize this speculation to swirl or have my motivations questioned," said Ryan, who was the two thousand twelve vice presidential nominee. "Let me be clear: I don't want, nor will I accept, the Republican nomination."

Ryan'south comments arrive as a contested conference looks likelier by the day. Ryan and his aides have continually denied the speaker has presidential ambitions this year, but their statements haven't keep the issue to rest. That'south partly because Ryan also denied he wanted to be speaker latest fall after then-Speaker John Boehner announced his resignation, but he ended up with the job anyway.

Tuesday'south appearance was an attempt to close down the speculation once and for all, and finish what aides said has become a major distraction to Ryan'south work as speaker. Yet it may not be sufficient to noiseless the speak about Ryan, given the unpredictable twists of the GOP presidential primary.


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The mistakes could doom the billionaire businessman'south candidacy if he's unable to win the nomination in the initial voting at this summer'south GOP convention.


The House speaker definitively rules out a tender for president this year as a contested Republican conference looks likelier by the day.


Police: Loaded gun found in slain ex-Saint Will Smith'south SUV

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Police found a fully loaded gun interior the vehicle former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith was driving the night he was shot, but there was number proof that it'd been fired, police said Tuesday.

In a statement, police shed new light on the shocking death of the New Orleans football legend who was shot and killed Saturday night. Police have said that Smith and his wife were shot by Cardell Hayes after a traffic altercation.

Among the other news released in the statement: Hayes told police on the scene that he was the shooter, police also found a loaded revolver interior Hayes' vehicle and Smith had two other passengers in his vehicle Saturday night in addition to his wife, although neither was wounded.

Authorities said there was number proof to propose either weapon found during a look for of the vehicles Tuesday morning was fired during the shooting and that the gun in Smith'south vehicle was fully loaded. Police didn't declare whether the .9 mm handgun belonged to Smith or someone else in the vehicle.

Instead, police said Hayes shot Smith with a different handgun.


Prosecutor: Despite video, officer'south shooting was tough case

COLUMBIA, S. C. (AP) — Prosecutors in the Carolinas have charged at minimum five white officers recently with felonies after on-duty shootings of black men, but they're finding that getting jurors to send them to prison can be a distant more difficult challenge.

Solicitor Donnie Myers still believes officer Justin Craven committed a felony when he ran up to Ernest Satterwhite'south car and fired repeatedly through his window as the 68-year-old drunken-driver sat in his driveway after leading officers on a thirteen-mile chase.

But when he tried to indict Craven for voluntary manslaughter, the grand jury refused, returning a misdemeanor misconduct charge instead. Myers told The Associated Press that he decided then that the only way to obtain any justice for the deceased driver was to proposal a plea deal to this lesser charge.

After all, if a grand jury, with its rules favoring prosecutors, couldn't be convinced of the seriousness of Craven'south actions, getting a unanimous decision from a regular jury would be even more difficult, Myers said.

"We've got to convince all twelve. All the defense has to do is convince one," Myers said.


TX Republicans stay quiet as GOP executive face troubles

AUSTIN, TX (AP) — The TX attorney common has been indicted for allegedly duping investors in a tech startup, and the agriculture commissioner reportedly used tax dollars to travel to get a so-called Jesus shot supposedly offering long-term relief from pain.

So far, fellow Republicans are all but ignoring the troubles.

Attorney Common Ken Paxton, who's been charged with two felonies, and Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, who latest year unapologetically shared a Facebook post that suggested using a nuclear bomb on the Muslim population, coasted to election in two thousand-fourteenth as portion of a new slate of GOP leaders. Other Republicans who won that year included Gov. Greg Abbott and Land Commissioner George P. Bush, son of Jeb Bush.

Democrats, who have called on Paxton to resign, lament what they call the pitfall of a politically one-sided state. Republicans seem content to stay quiet.

"What we've seen is rather endorsement by silence," said Manny Garcia, deputy executive director of the state'south bedraggled Democratic Party, which hasn't won a statewide election since one thousand nine hundred ninety-four. "It'south disappointing that the Republican Party isn't willing to speak out when it sees horrible behavior on behalf of their statewide officials."


Exclusive boarding schools face reckoning on sexual abuse

PROVIDENCE, R. I. (AP) — A series of sexual abuse scandals is forcing a reckoning at some of New England'south most exclusive boarding schools and sending a shudder through similar institutions around the country that have long been training grounds for members of America's elite.

At St. George'south School in Rhode Island, scores of alumni have arrive forward to grumble of being sexually violated by teachers or schoolmates. At St. Paul'south in New Hampshire, a rape trial revealed a tradition in which senior boys competed to have sex with younger girls. And at New Hampshire'south Phillips Exeter Academy, several graduates have accused faculty members of sexual abuse and other inappropriate behavior.

Those schools and ones that have yet to be touched by scandal are presently rushing to adopt safeguards and reassure parents, while also launching internal investigations and asking former students and others to arrive forward if they know of any misconduct.

"Absolutely, there is a period of intense self-examination happening," said Pete Upham, executive director of the Organization of Boarding Schools, an organization of two hundred eighty college prep schools, mostly in the U. S. and Canada.

While similar scandals have broken out in the Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts, ordinary public schools and a host of other institutions, some abuse victims, alumni and former faculty members declare there are certain features peculiar to elite boarding schools that contributed to problems there.


Transgender bathroom bill delayed amid financial questions

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The sponsor of a TN transgender bathroom bill told a Senate committee Tuesday that he's to consider a state attorney general'south opinion before going forward. The move came the same day the White House called the proposal "mean-spirited."

Sen. Mike Bell, R-Riceville, told the Senate Finance Ways and Means Committee that he wanted another day to consider an opinion that State Attorney Common Herbert Slatery issued Monday that said federal education funding could be placed at risk if the measure becomes law. A monetary analysis said the bill could cost the state more than $1.two billion in federal money for K-12 and higher education.

"I'm still trying to digest and realize the impact of the attorney general'south opinion," Bell said.

Bell said he wanted to bring the bill back up Wednesday but Sen. Bo Watson, R-Chattanooga, and the vice chairman of the finance committee, warned that the projected cost of the bill will likely cause it to be placed among unfunded bills to be considered after the budget has passed. Those bills frequently don't become law unless sponsors discover a way to get rid of the cost or discover a source of funding.

The bill would require students in public grade schools and universities to utilize bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender at birth.


Brussels authorities charge 2, detain three others over attacks

BRUSSELS (AP) — Two men have been charged with offenses related to the Brussels bombings, and three others have been detained in Brussels in connection to the Paris attacks, Belgian authorities said Tuesday.

The Belgian Federal Prosecutor'south Office said the two who have been charged, identified only as Smail F. and Ibrahim F., were involved in renting an apt in the Etterbeek area of Brussels that served as a hideout for the bomber who attacked the Brussels subway on March twenty-two as well as a suspected accomplice.

It said the detention of the three related to the Paris attacks followed a morning look for in Uccle, an upscale district of the Belgian capital. A judge will determine Wednesday whether the three people should stay in custody, it said. It said number further information would be made public about the search.

Brussels was residence to many of the attackers who struck the French capital Nov. 13, killing one hundred thirty victims. According to Belgian and French investigators, the same cell was behind the March twenty-two suicide bombings that killed thirty-two victims at the Brussels Airport and in the Brussels subway.

A total of six people are currently below arrest in Belgium and charged with involvement in the Brussels attacks, including the two charged Tuesday, federal magistrate Thierry Werts said. At minimum eight people, included key suspect Salah Abdeslam, are also being held by Belgian authorities on charges related to the Paris attacks, he said. Responsibility for both acts of carnage was claimed by the Islamic State extremist group.


Garden-care giant to drop chemicals linked to bee declines

DENVER (AP) — Amid ominous warnings about threats to pollinators and the food crops they create possible, garden-care giant Ortho said Tuesday it'll stop using a class of chemicals widely believed to damage the most necessary pollinators of all: bees.

Bees are critical to the food supply because about one-third of the human diet comes from insect-pollinated plants, and honeybees are responsible for eighty % of that pollination. Concern about bee health is growing, with federal executive considering whether to defend two species of wild bumblebees.

Ortho said it's already removed neonicotinoids from the majority of its products used to control garden pests and diseases. It plans to delete it from all the rest in two to five years.

The company is believed to be the first garden products brand to announce it'll stop using the chemicals, said Lori Ann Burd, director of the Environmental Health Program at the Middle for Biological Diversity.

She called it "fantastic news."

OK prosecutors allege abuse before boy'south disappearance

OK prosecutors allege abuse before boy'south disappearance

Rex and Rebecca Clark were serving as foster parents to the brothers when Colton Clark disappeared in April two thousand six. In the affidavit filed by prosecutors, Colton Clark'south older brother detailed abuse he said the couple inflicted on the siblings,...

seventeen arrested in RI in Internet gambling ring bust

seventeen arrested in RI in Internet gambling ring bust

State Police Superintendent Steven O'Donnell said the arrests were the result of an eight-month investigation by state, federal and local officials.

Authorities: Woman dismembered in home, body parts dumped

Authorities: Woman dismembered in home, body parts dumped

The disclosure came as a King County judge ordered the suspect in the case, John Robert Charlton, held on $2 million bail and prosecutors said he could face a second-degree murder charge.

Navy secretary to Marines: Women in combat is irreversible

Navy secretary to Marines: Women in combat is irreversible

It was Mabus' third visit to a major Marine Corps base to clarify the issue to rank-and-file audiences since Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in December that all combat positions would be open to women.