The Latest: Clinton sorry for comments about Reagan, AIDS


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the 2016 presidential campaign (all times Eastern Standard Time):

9:34 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is apologizing again for crediting Nancy Reagan for confronting the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s.

Clinton initially apologized Friday after saying in an interview with MSNBC during its coverage of Nancy Reagan’s funeral that the former first lady helped start a “national conversation” about AIDS.

Writing on the Medium website, Clinton said Saturday that the Reagans did not do so. She instead credited the work of gay, lesbian and bisexual activists and their straight allies.

“I’ve heard from countless people who were devastated by the loss of friends and loved ones, and hurt and disappointed by what I said,” she wrote.

Clinton added there’s still “work to do to eradicate this disease for good and erase the stigma.”

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9:10 p.m.

The most recent Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, says he doesn’t think GOP front-runner Donald Trump will ever release his tax returns and believes that the billionaire businessman is hiding something significant.

In an interview with the Boston Globe, Romney also cites the main reasons he decided to give a blistering anti-Trump speech earlier this month. One was Trump’s call for not allowing Muslims into the U.S. But it was the interview on CNN in which Trump wouldn’t disavow David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan that Romney says spurred him to action.

Romney tells the Boston Globe that Trump’s recent remarks that Islam hates America are highly offensive and bigoted. He also says Trump represents a threat to both the GOP and the country.

Romney admits he has been wrong before about the 2016 presidential campaign. He says he didn’t think Trump would join the race and would quickly disappear if he did. He thought Trump’s disparaging comments about Sen. John McCain would cost him supporters. And Romney says he thought Jeb Bush would be the Republican nominee.

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9 p.m.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus says that with the world watching the U.S. presidential election, political leaders in both parties have a responsibility to ensure that the “discourse we engage in promotes the best of America.”

His statement comes amid rising tensions and some violent skirmishes at rallies for Donald Trump, the front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination.

Priebus never mentions Trump by name and focuses his comments on leaders in both parties.

The RNC chair says he hopes voters can exercise their First Amendment rights in a manner “that is respectful of our fellow Americans.” And he says violence “is never the answer.”

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8:45 p.m.

Donald Trump is asking law enforcement officers to arrest protesters at his rally in Kansas City, Missouri. He argues that fear of an “arrest mark” on people’s records may put an end to the near-constant disruptions at his rallies.

He says he’s “going to start pressing charges against all these people.”This, a day after he called off a planned Chicago event because it attracted so many protesters.

Trump says arrests would mar their records.

That’s “going to ruin the rest of their lives,” he says. And then, he tells supporters, “we’re not going to have any more protesters, folks.”

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8:30 p.m.

Republicans in Guam have held a presidential convention but only one delegate has been awarded — to Ted Cruz.

Guam has nine delegates to the Republican National Convention. Former party chairman Mike Benito says in an email that eight delegates are uncommitted. He says they will meet decide Tuesday. whether to back a candidate.

Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo is the only delegate who has endorsed a candidate. Benito says that Calvo serves as Cruz’s local campaign chairman.

Donald Trump leads the overall race for delegates, with 460. Cruz has 370, Marco Rubio has 153 and John Kasich has 54.

It takes 1,237 delegates to win the Republican nomination for president.

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8:20 p.m.

Donald Trump is blaming Bernie Sanders’ supporters for trouble at his rallies.

And that’s prompting him to go after the Vermont senator.

In his Kansas City, Missouri, rally, Trump referred to “Bernie our communist friend” and called him a “lousy” senator.

Indeed, some signs for Sanders have shown up at the protests but there’s no indication of an organized effort from his Democratic campaign to undermine him and no evidence that Sanders people are dominating the demonstrations. Trump says he’s seen some Hillary Clinton signs, too.

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8 p.m.

As protesters made their mark at his latest rally, Donald Trump seemed to relish the interruptions.

In Kansas City, Missouri, he repeatedly ridiculed them — as people with a “little weak voice” and saying “go home to mommy.” Even while stirring up his boisterous supporters, he asked security to be “very gentle” when taking the protesters out.

By about 20 minutes into his remarks, more than a dozen demonstrators were escorted out, offering little resistance. Most of them are white.

Trump was eager to engage them. As he put it: “There is nothing so interesting as a Trump rally.”

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7:55 p.m.

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is once again facing repeated disruptions from protesters as he campaigns in Kansas City, Missouri.

He was just a few minutes into his speech Saturday night at a theater in the city’s downtown entertainment district when the protests began.

The protesters appear to be scattered in all parts of the theater, and even Trump is marveling at how many are in the crowd.

He’s bemoaning that they’re taking seats away from his supporters, thousands of which he says are outside and can’t get in.

But Trump also says he’s ready to wait them out. He says, “I’ve got plenty of time. … We’re in no rush. We’re in no rush.”

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7 p.m.

Among the Donald Trump supporters at Saturday night’s rally in Kansas City, Missouri, is Neal Jones. He’s a 56-year-old accountant and die-hard Republican.

Jones says he’d vote for Donald Duck if that were the Republican nominee.

But Jones has no problem with protesters coming to Trump events. As he put it, “Freedom of speech, baby.”

One of those protesters is purple-haired, 22-year-old Liz Blumenthal of Kansas City. She carried a placard outside reading “A Vote For Trump Is A Vote For Hate.”

She says she wants to spread the word that “you’re able to love everything, no matter your race, what political side you’re on, your religion.” And she says Trump “doesn’t stand with that.”

And she says this message can be conveyed peacefully, without the violence seen in Chicago on Friday night.

Several hundred protesters occupied one Kansas City sidewalk as Trump supporters lined up on the other, separated by police and barricades as they waited to get in.

A full plastic soda bottle flew from the protesters into the lineup of Trump supporters.

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5:50 p.m.

A Kansas City, Missouri, rally for Donald Trump has drawn a crowd of people hoping to attend the rally and scores who are there to protest the Republican presidential front-runner.

The line of people hoping to attend the rally at the downtown theater snaked around the block Saturday afternoon. Police officers and barricades in the street separated the rally participants from about 200 protesters on the other side.

Many protesters were chanting “Dump Trump” and “Black Lives Matter.” Some Trump supporters responded with obscene gestures.

Trump’s rallies in recent weeks have been marked by frequent clashes between his supporters and demonstrators.

Protesters who prompted Trump to call off his Chicago rally Friday night after fights broke out with his supporters are hoping the Kansas City event will be shut down before he takes the stage, too.

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4:35 p.m.

Hillary Clinton has picked up more superdelegates after winning the Northern Mariana Islands caucus.

The chairman of the Democratic Party there, Rosiky Camacho, says all five of the U.S. territory’s superdelegates are now supporting Clinton over Bernie Sanders. Up to now, only one of them had endorsed Clinton while the others were uncommitted.

Superdelegates are party officials who can back any candidate they wish.

Camacho told The Associated Press that he and the others made their decision after Clinton won their caucus with 54 percent of the vote.

Earlier Saturday, Clinton had picked up four delegates to Sanders’ two based on the caucus results.

When including superdelegates, Clinton maintains a big delegate lead over Sanders, 1,231 to 576. It takes 2,383 delegates to win the nomination.

The Northern Mariana Islands are in the Pacific Ocean near Guam.

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4:20 p.m.

John Kasich has delivered his harshest criticism yet of Donald Trump. The Ohio governor says in Heath, Ohio, he’s “had it” with the “toxic” nature of Trump’s campaign.

Violence between Trump protesters and supporters led to the cancellation of a Chicago rally on Friday night. That’s given Kasich a fresh opportunity to distinguish the tone of his campaign from Trump’s in the final days before Ohio’s critical primary on Tuesday.

For months, the Ohio governor has declined to hit Trump, saying mud-slinging has no place in a presidential contest.

Kasich says he was “deeply disturbed” by reports of the violent clashes outside of Trump’s event. Despite saying in the latest debate that he would back the GOP nominee, Kasich now says the environment Trump has created “makes it very, extremely difficult” to support him.

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4:10 p.m.

Florida officials say they have received no complaints about problems with early voting despite an assertion by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump that there were attempts to “rig the vote.”

Meredith Beatrice, a spokeswoman for Florida’s secretary of state, says on Saturday state officials have received no formal complaints about election fraud during this year’s presidential primary. The primary is Tuesday but early voting has been going on for at least a week in some counties.

Republican front-runner Trump said on Twitter that his campaign was “asking for law enforcement to check for dishonest early voting in Florida.” He also stated that he had heard that some Republicans may be trying to “rig the vote” for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. The campaign has provided no examples.

Florida has earned a reputation for troubled elections in the past.

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3:42 p.m.

Authorities in Ohio have identified the man arrested and charged with rushing the stage at a Donald Trump campaign rally.

Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer says Thomas Dimassimo of Fairborn, Ohio, has been charged with inducing panic and disorderly conduct.

The Republican candidate for president was inside an airport hangar near Dayton on Saturday when a man leapt over a barricade, jumping into the security buffer surrounding the stage from which Trump was speaking.

The man was stopped by several U.S. Secret Service agents and other officers, but not before making his way to the stage itself.

Several Secret Service agents surrounded Trump on stage briefly while the man was detained and removed from the area.

Trump then continued his speech and was able to finish without further incident.

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2:30 p.m.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is going after Chicago’s Rahm Emanuel, linking the provocative Democratic mayor to rival Hillary Clinton.

Emanuel is disliked by some African-Americans and progressives, and Sanders is trying to cast him as a close Clinton ally. Emanuel is a former congressman who previously had worked at an investment bank. He endorsed Clinton in May and served as a senior adviser during her husband’s administration.

As mayor, he’s come under intense criticism for efforts to revamp the city’s schools and for his alleged cover up of a video showing city police shooting 17-year-old, African-American Laquan McDonald last year.

Sanders says at a news conference in Chicago: “Based on his disastrous record as mayor of the City of Chicago, I do not want Mayor Emanuel’s endorsement if I win the nomination. We do not want the support of people who are indebted to Wall Street and big money interests.”

His campaign is also running ads critical of Emanuel.

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2:10 p.m.

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio says Donald Trump is “dividing both the party and the country so bitterly” that the Florida senator may not be able to support the businessman if he becomes the GOP nominee.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Rubio says Trump is engaged in an “ongoing pattern” of encouraging supporters to respond to protesters aggressively.

When asked whether he would look for a third-party candidate to support if Trump does become the nominee, Rubio says that’s not his preference. But he says the fact that he was even asked the question shows why Trump is a problem for Republicans.

The Florida senator blames Trump’s continued behavior in part on rival Ted Cruz. Cruz allied himself with the billionaire for months. Rubio also faults television coverage that gives the real estate mogul a frequent platform.

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12:10 p.m.

A group of U.S. Secret Service agents briefly formed a protective ring around Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at his rally in Ohio, but then quickly left the stage and allowed him to continue his speech.

It was not immediately clear why the agents rushed onto the stage Saturday morning to surround Trump, who appeared to jolt after hearing something in the audience standing behind his right shoulder.

Four Secret Service agents then rushed onto the stage, as the audience chanted “Trump! Trump! Trump!” The agents quickly cleared.

Trump did not explain what had happened, but said: “Thank you for the warning. I was ready for ’em, but it’s much better if the cops do it, don’t we agree?”

Both the Secret Service and Trump campaign staff did not immediately respond to questions seeking comment.

Trump was able to finish his speech and did so without apparent incident.

The billionaire businessman called off a rally on Friday night in Chicago, after protesters filled the arena where he was scheduled to speak.

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12:05 p.m.

It’s another election Saturday in the presidential race.

There’s a Republican contest in heavily Democratic Washington, D.C. There’s a single place to vote — a downtown hotel — and 19 delegates are at stake.

In Wyoming, Republicans are holding caucuses to select the state’s first 12 presidential delegates. Ted Cruz is the only active Republican candidate to have campaigned in the state, which will bring a total of 29 delegates to the national convention this summer.

Republicans will choose 14 more delegates at their state convention in mid-April. The other three are the state GOP chairman, national committeeman and national committeewoman.

Hillary Clinton won the Democratic caucus on the Northern Mariana Islands. The U.S. territory located in the Pacific Ocean near Guam held its vote Saturday. Clinton received 54 percent of 189 votes cast to earn four of the six delegates at stake. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders picked up two delegates.

And results are expected later on the GOP side from Guam.

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12 noon

Hillary Clinton is charging Republican front-runner Donald Trump with encouraging “violence and aggression,” saying his heated political rhetoric is “wrong and it’s dangerous.”

Clinton called heated protests last night at his rally in Chicago “deeply disturbing.” She says voters must stand up to “this tide of bullying and bigotry and blustering that is going on in our political strategy.”

She is telling campaign volunteers in St. Louis on Saturday morning: “If you play with matches, you’re going to start a fire you can’t control.”

Clinton is in the midst of a weekend campaign swing through Missouri and Ohio, ahead of primaries in those states on Tuesday.

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11:50 a.m.

Chicago police say two officers were injured when supporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump clashed with protesters Friday after he abruptly canceled a campaign rally.

Police say the two officers were taken to a hospital for treatment and released. No other details about their injuries were available. Police say no other injuries were reported at the event Friday night.

Police say five people were arrested at the event, but the charges have not yet been released. CBS News says one of its reporters has been charged with resisting arrest.

Reporter Sopan Deb was on the floor of the arena on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago and interviewed Trump supporters and protesters. He also was taking video of the scene outside of the arena.

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11:40 a.m.

Bernie Sanders says Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s heated language is inciting violent outbursts at his rallies, and it’s up to the billionaire businessman to stop it.

The Democratic senator from Vermont was speaking at a news conference Saturday in Chicago. The day before, scuffles between protesters and supporters forced Trump to call off a rally in the city.

Some of the Trump protesters were chanting Sanders’ name as they celebrated the event’s cancellation.

But the Democratic presidential candidate says his supporters are not instigating trouble. He says, they’re “responding to a candidate who has, in fact, in many ways encouraged violence.”

Sanders says what the “Trump campaign has been about is insulting Mexicans in a very crude way” and “insulting African-Americans.”

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10:20 a.m.

Hillary Clinton has won the Democratic caucus on the Northern Mariana Islands.

The U.S. territory located in the Pacific Ocean near Guam held its vote Saturday.

Clinton received 54 percent of 189 votes cast to earn four of the six delegates at stake.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders picked up two delegates.

Heading into a batch of delegate-rich states on Tuesday, Clinton now has 766 delegates to Sanders’ 551, based on primaries and caucuses alone.

When including superdelegates — party leaders who can support any candidate — Clinton’s lead is even bigger: 1,227 to Sanders’ 576.

The Northern Mariana Islands is one of five U.S. territories that help choose the Democratic nominee, even though they don’t get a vote in the November general election. It has a population of 52,000.

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9:35 a.m.

Sharp words from Marco Rubio about Donald Trump and the mess at Trump’s canceled rally in Chicago.

Rubio is still hoping to be the Republican presidential nominee, but he’s also said he’d support whichever candidate the party picks. Trump is the front-runner, and Rubio says he’ll stick to his pledge, but “it’s getting harder every day.”

Rubio says that some of the blame for what happened Friday night in Chicago lies with the protesters, but he says much of the divisiveness is in Trump’s hands.

Rubio says Trump is feeding into some voters’ anger and bitterness and is manipulating that for votes.

Rubio — a Florida senator — is campaigning Saturday in his home state, which holds its presidential primary on Tuesday.

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9:15 a.m.

CBS News says one of its reporters has been charged with resisting arrest in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s canceled rally in Chicago.

Reporter Sopan Deb was on the floor of the arena on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago on Friday night and interviewed Trump supporters and protesters. He also was taking video of the scene outside of the arena.

Some of Deb’s video aired on CBS’ “This Morning” show.

At one point, he’s seen being thrown to the ground by police and handcuffed. In the video, Deb identifies himself as a member of the news media.

CBS says Deb has covered the Trump campaign since the beginning.

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