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April 8--  VOTE 2016
--Ted Cruz was in New York City, trying to build on his impressive win in Wisconsin, and to shake memories of his "New York values" jab.  John Kasich defends staying in the race, and tells New Yorkers Donald Trump would have a steep learning curve as president.
--A rare move by a presidential candidate - Donald Trump has cleared his schedule for unknown reasons.
--At a Philadelphia rally, Bill Clinton fired back after getting interrupted several times by protesters from Black Lives Matter - who say the 1994 crime bill he signed as President put a generation of black men behind bars with its increased sentencing provisions.

 

WA PATIENT ESCAPE
The search continues for one of two patients who escaped from a Washington state psychiatric hospital. One, 59 yr. old Mark Adams, was caught about 30 miles north of Western State Hospital, where he and fellow patient Anthony Garver escaped Wednesday night. Police believe Garver...accused of torturing a woman to death but found too mentally ill for trial... bought a bus ticket out of Seattle.

 

UNIVERSITY HOMICIDE
A vigil was held in Austin at the University of Texas for 18-year-old Haruka Weiser - found dead Tuesday on campus. Police have ruled it a homicide - and are asking for the public's help in identifying  a man seen on surveillance video lurking on a bicycle around the time she was last seen Sunday night. 

 

CAMPUS ASSAULTS
Vice President Joe Biden paired up with Lady Gaga to tackle the problem of sexual assaults on college campuses. The duo spoke to students at the University of Nevada Las Vegas as part of the vice president's "It's On Us" campaign, and Gaga performed her moving hit "Til It Happens To You."

 

UBER
Under an agreement with California prosecutors, Uber agrees to pay at least $10 million to settle allegations that it misled passengers about the quality of its driver background checks.

 

SCOTUS/GARLAND
President Obama continues to push Senate Republicans to hold a hearing on his Supreme Court nominee. At the University of Chicago Law School, Mr. Obama defended his pick, Judge Merrick Garland, as a highly qualified candidate.  Republican Chair of the Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley agreed to meet with Garland, but only to tell him there are no plans for nomination hearings.

 

AMTRAK
Amtrak is under orders to retrain its workers about safety after the deadly crash of a train near Philadelphia.  The Federal Railroad Administration instructed Amtrak to drill workers on safety basics after an apparent breakdown in protocol contributed to the deaths of two workmen on the same track as train 89 from New York to Savannah.

 

EMBASSY TEST
A noisy interruption during Thursday's Pentagon briefing. Col. Steve Warren was speaking from the US Embassy in Baghdad when the embassy conducted a test of its alert system....that included a "duck and cover" warning.