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Trump's pageant woes mount with TV and contestant drop-outs

Trump's beauty pageant woes mount with more TV drop-outs over his remarks about immigrants
Frazier Moore, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Fallout from Donald Trump's remarks about immigrants from Mexico continued to dog him Tuesday as a TV company backed by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim said it was scrapping a project in development with the outspoken mogul, and Mexico announced it won't be sending a contestant to the Miss Universe contest, which Trump partly owns.

Meanwhile, the backlash threatened to extend beyond Trump's media interests.

Iran nuclear talks extended; Iranians meet key obligation

Iran nuclear talks extended; diplomats say Iranians meet key obligation on uranium stocks
Matthew Lee And Bradley Klapper, The Associated Press

VIENNA - Pushing past a Tuesday deadline, world powers and Iran extended negotiations for a comprehensive nuclear agreement by a week as the U.N. nuclear agency prepared to announce Tehran had met a key condition — significantly reducing its stocks of enriched uranium that could be used for atomic weapons.

Christie promises blunt campaign as he enters 2016 contest

Chris Christie warns of blunt campaign in 2016 even if it makes people 'cringe'
Jill Colvin And Steve Peoples, The Associated Press

LIVINGSTON, N.J. - A tough-talking New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie launched his 2016 campaign for president Tuesday with a promise to tell voters the truth even if it makes them cringe.

California governor signs strict school vaccine legislation

Gov. Jerry Brown signs California bill imposing one of strictest school vaccine laws in nation
Julia Horowitz, The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Gov. Jerry Brown wasted no time Tuesday in signing a contentious California bill to impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country following an outbreak of measles at Disneyland late last year.

Judge nixes bridge lane-closing suit against Christie allies

Judge tosses lawsuit over New Jersey bridge lane closings; plaintiffs can refile some counts
David Porter, The Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. - A federal judge has dismissed a class-action lawsuit filed by people who were stuck in traffic when lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge were closed without warning in 2013.

The judge's ruling posted Monday faulted the plaintiffs for not describing what each defendant's role was in the scheme, but it gave the plaintiffs leeway to refile eight of the 11 claims contained in the complaint. The remaining three were dismissed with prejudice and can't be refiled.

Bon Jovi's politics: Cash for Clinton, music for Christie

Bon Jovi hosts New Jersey fundraiser for Hillary Clinton, leads Chris Christie soundtrack
The Associated Press

LIVINGSTON, N.J. - Bon Jovi is playing a big role in the 2016 presidential campaign in New Jersey.

Rocker Jon Bon Jovi hosted a fundraiser for Democratic presidential contender Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday night, and Republican Gov. Chris Christie used the New Jersey rocker's songs as his soundtrack as he announced Tuesday that he was also running for president.

There's no word on how much was raised at the Clinton event at a restaurant in Red Bank. It was offering open seating for $1,000 a head and $2,700 per person for premium seats.

The Latest: Attack on NATO convoy in Afghanistan kills 2

The Latest: Attack on NATO convoy in Afghanistan kills 2, wounds 26
The Associated Press

KABUL - The latest news on a suicide attack in the Afghan capital targeting a NATO convoy on the Kabul airport road, near the U.S. Embassy.

7:27 p.m. (1500 GMT)

A Taliban suicide attack targeting a NATO convoy in Afghanistan has killed two people and wounded 26, including two U.S. soldiers.

Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi confirmed the number of casualties from Tuesday's attack in the capital, Kabul, updating an earlier toll.

Suicide attack targets NATO convoy in Afghanistan, 2 dead

Taliban suicide attack on NATO convoy in Afghanistan kills 2, wounds 26
Lynne O'Donnell And Rahim Faiez, The Associated Press

KABUL - The Taliban launched a suicide car bomb attack on a NATO military convoy in Afghanistan's capital on Tuesday, killing two people and wounding 26 others, including two U.S. soldiers, officials said.

The blast sent a huge plume of black smoke over the city and scattered glass and metal across the main highway to Kabul's airport.

UK police stage counter-terror training exercise in London

UK police stage major counter-terror exercise in London that will be 'very realistic'
The Associated Press

LONDON - Hundreds of British police took part Tuesday in a major counter-terror exercise in London, testing the abilities of emergency services to respond to a Tunisia-style attack by extremists with firearms.

Rand Paul 1st major-party candidate to court pot donors

Rand Paul's Denver pot industry fundraiser the 1st major-party event with new industry
The Associated Press

DENVER - Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul is courting donors from the marijuana business in a groundbreaking event in Denver.

The Kentucky senator is holding a fundraiser Tuesday at the Cannabis Business Summit.

Paul becomes the first major-party presidential candidate to publicly court donations from the pot industry. Though legal weed business owners have been active political donors for years, presidential candidates have shied away from holding fundraisers made up entirely of marijuana-related business owners.

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