10 things to know for Wednesday

Protesters block streets at Trump event in New Mexico Tuesday night (AP)

1. PROTESTS TURN VIOLENT OUTSIDE TRUMP RALLY IN NEW MEXICO

Demonstrators throw burning T-shirts, plastic bottles and other items at officers, overturn trash cans and knock down barricades; police fire pepper spray and smoke grenades.

2. AFGHAN TALIBAN NAME HAWKISH SUCCESSOR TO SLAIN LEADER

Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, one of Mullah Akhtar Mansour’s chief deputies, will assume the top spot. Mansour was killed Saturday when his vehicle was struck by a U.S. drone.

3. WHAT DEFENSE BILL COSBY’S LAWYERS SUGGEST THEY’LL MOUNT

Before a judge orders the entertainer to stand trial on sex assault charges, the attorneys argue that Cosby’s accuser never said no to his advances.

4. NETANYAHU LURCHES FURTHER TO THE RIGHT

As part of a deal to expand the coalition government, Avigdor Lieberman, one of Israel’s most polarizing politicians, will take over as defense minister.

5. OBAMA TAKES PARTING SHOT BEFORE LEAVING COMMUNIST VIETNAM

The president uses a light moment with a rapper to espouse free speech: “You’ve got to let people express themselves.”

6. US SEEKING DEATH FOR DYLANN ROOF

Though federal executions are exceedingly rare, the Justice Department wants the death penalty for the suspect in last year’s deadly church shootings in Charleston, South Carolina.

7. WHERE GOOD MONEY’S BEING THROWN AFTER BAD

Congressional investigators say the U.S. government spends about three-fourths of its technology budget maintaining aging computer systems – some more than 50 years old.

8. HOW TIES CAN BE BOUND BETWEEN JAILED WOMEN, CHILDREN

The AP looks inside the Bedford Hills (N.Y.) Correctional Facility, one of the very few prisons in the U.S. that allow inmates and their babies to live together.

9. TRENDING ON TWITTER: #GIVECAPTAINAMERICAABOYFRIEND

An online campaign emerges calling for significant LGBT characters in superhero movies. But dissenters weigh in, too.

10. THUNDER PUSH WARRIORS TO BRINK OF ELIMINATION

Oklahoma City takes a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals as Golden State loses consecutive games for the first time this season.

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