Good morning. Here are some of the stories we're following today:
1. Clinton, Trump Pad Leads After Primary Wins
The direction of the 2016 presidential campaign gained more clarity Tuesday night as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump scored big wins in multiple states and increased their delegate leads in the Democratic and Republican nominating contests. Read more in POLITICS.
2. Fractures in GOP Grow Amid Toxic Atmosphere
Divisions in the Republican Party — a big story throughout this primary season — got a lot bigger this past week as Trump's rivals criticized him over the handling of protesters at his events. A number of Republican leaders have said that they will not support the real estatge mogul if he is the party's nominee. Read more in POLITICS.
3. Has Bernie Sanders' Campaign Run Out of Steam?
Sanders' bid will likely go on, but in what form? His message is still resonating with Democratic primary voters and money is still flowing in, but the nomination itself is looking increasingly out of reach. Read more in POLITICS.
4. Rubio Ends Presidential Run After Florida Loss
Marco Rubio suspended his presidential run after falling to Trump in his home state of Florida on Tuesday, lamenting a political climate that rewarded anger over optimism. Read more in POLITICS.
5. N.Korea Sentences U.S. Tourist to 15 Years in Prison
Otto Warmbier, a 21-year-old University of Virginia undergraduate student, was convicted and sentenced in a one-hour trial at the North's Supreme Court. He was charged with subversion. Read more in NEWS.
6. Flood Warnings Blanket South, Rivers Still Rising
More than 12 million people were under flood warnings across the South early Wednesday as the region struggled to recover from a week of deadly thunderstorms. The worst may be yet to come for places such as the flooded Texas town of Orange, 100 miles east of Houston. Read more in NEWS.
7. Court Rejects Lawsuit by Kidnap Survivor
The federal government cannot be held responsible for kidnapping survivor Jaycee Dugard's 1991 abduction and subsequent 18 years in captivity, an appeals court has said. Read more in NEWS.
8. 'Suicidal' Suspect Shoots Sheriff's Deputy: Officials
A sheriff's deputy in Arkansas was shot and seriously wounded by a man whose parents had called police to warn he was "psychotic and suicidal," officials said. Read more in NEWS.