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Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, walks off the stage following a primary night campaign event, Tuesday, May 3, 2016, in Indianapolis.Darron Cummings / AP

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Good morning. Here are some of the headlines we're following this morning:

1. It’s Trump’s GOP After Cruz Drops Out

In a result that once seemed unthinkable to many Republicans, Donald Trump became the likely GOP nominee on Tuesday as top rival Senator Ted Cruz withdrew from the race. Trump has cut a swath through a 17-person GOP field as opponents lambasted him for making controversial statements about Muslims, Mexicans and African Americans, appearing to incite violence against protesters, and leveling misogynist attacks against his female critics. Read more in POLITICS.

2. What Friends, Foes Think of Trump’s Likely Nomination

Reaction to Trump's likely Republican nomination ranged from humorous to horrified, but there's one thing Democrats and his GOP colleagues seemed to agree on: It's time for unity — whether for or against him. Read more in POLITICS.

3. Why Bernie Sanders Is 2016 Race’s Third Wheel

The Vermont senator's upset victory Tuesday in the Indiana primary shows Democrats are not quite ready to end this thing just yet. Every time the race seems headed to the finish with Hillary Clinton the expected nominee, voters decide to extend it. Read more in POLITICS.

4. Robert Blake’s Private Eye Speaks Out About Murder

Fifteen years after the shocking slaying of the "Baretta" star's wife, investigator Scott Ross — who worked for the defense team — says he doesn't think Blake killed Bonnie Bakley but he does believe "he had everything to do with what happened." Read more in NEWS.

5. Flint Residents Hope Obama Visit Brings Change

As President Barack Obama gets ready to travel to water-weary Flint, Michigan, on Wednesday, residents hope his visit will shine a light on the nightmare they've been living for two years. Read more in NEWS.

6. Cops Got Unverified Tip About Prince and Cocaine

Minnesota police have released more logs of 911 calls about Prince — including a 2011 tip from a woman who said she was concerned about his "cocaine habits." Read more in POP CULTURE.

7. Mom Slain in Church Suffered Multiple Wounds

Police released the search warrant issued the day after Terri "Missy" Leann Bevers was killed inside a Texas church last month, showing that she "had multiple puncture wounds found on her head and chest." Read more at NBC DALLAS-FORT WORTH.

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