Clinton's primary wins barely dent Obama's lead

WASHINGTON - Sen. Barack Obama survived defeats in three primaries Tuesday with his lead in the delegate race essentially intact.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton netted only a 12-delegate pickup, despite winning primaries in Texas, Ohio and Rhode Island, according to an analysis of returns by The Associated Press. There were still 12 more delegates to be awarded.

In the overall race for the nomination, Obama had 1,567 delegates after picking up five new superdelegate endorsements Wednesday. Clinton had 1,462. It takes 2,025 delegates to secure the Democratic nomination.

In Tuesday's contests, Clinton won at least 185 delegates and Obama won at least 173.

Man pleads guilty in disappearance of Conn. girl

HARTFORD, Conn. - A man pleaded guilty Wednesday to kidnapping and sexually assaulting a teenage girl who was missing for a year and feared dead before she was found at his home.

Adam Gault took a plea deal that calls for up to 30 years in prison. Judge David Gold indicated Wednesday that he will give Gault at least 20 years at sentencing, set for May 19.

Gault, 42, of West Hartford, pleaded guilty to eight charges, including second-degree sexual assault, kidnapping, risk of injury to a minor and conspiracy.

Gunfire too common in area to raise alarm where six died

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Gunfire happens enough around Lester Street that neighbors often don't bother to call police. Now residents are wondering whether the shots they heard last weekend killed six people and critically wounded three other children.

Police did not offer a motive in the slayings on Wednesday, two days after the grisly scene was found inside a small brick house in the community known as Binghampton, where low-income homes sit near cheap motels and junkyards.

'I did hear shooting, but I didn't know where it was. Sometimes guys get crazy and just shoot up in the air,' said Marie Mackey, 33, who was visiting her mother's house a couple of blocks away Saturday night.

Jury convicts former sailor of leaking details

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - A former Navy sailor has been convicted of leaking details about his own ship's movements to suspected terrorism supporters.

Jurors were in their second day of deliberations when they convicted Hassan Abu-Jihaad of Phoenix of providing material support to terrorists and disclosing classified national defense information.

Federal prosecutors said the 32-year-old sympathized with the enemy and admitted disclosing military intelligence.

Convicted molester jumps to his death at courthouse

SANTA ANA, Calif. - A 52-year-old man jumped to his death from a Southern California courthouse balcony hours after being convicted of child molestation, authorities said.

Carlos Edward Tello was facing more than 20 years in prison when he jumped from a ninth-floor balcony of the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana Tuesday afternoon. A suicide note was tucked into his clothing, authorities said.

A jury in a Fullerton courtroom earlier Tuesday convicted Tello of repeatedly molesting a young girl between 1989 and 1994.

Construction startsfor Trail of Tears monument in Tenn.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. - Construction has begun for a monument at Blythe Ferry in memory of Cherokees forced west in what became known as the Trail of Tears.

Cherokee descendants were on hand for the groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday to offer blessings for their ancestors.

The 2,400-square-foot memorial is funded by $1.3 million of federal transportation enhancement funds. Plans also include building a boat dock at Blythe Ferry, where Cherokee crossed the Tennessee River.

N.Y. lawmaker urges FBI to drop Clemens probe

WASHINGTON - A Democratic congressman asked the FBI on Wednesday to drop its investigation of Roger Clemens because the pitching great had suffered enough from the probe into steroid use.

Rep. Anthony Weiner, a candidate for New York mayor in 2009, said the FBI is too busy with more important crimes to spend time trying to determine if the ex-Yankees pitcher lied to Congress about taking performance enhancing substances.

'Roger Clemens has been shamed. I think the public record is replete with examples of how he did not likely tell the truth. What is the public benefit of continuing with an FBI investigation?' Weiner said.

- From wire reports