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AP: Trump secures delegates needed to clinch Republican presidential nomination

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump holds a rally with supporters in Anaheim, California, U.S., May 25, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

WASHINGTON - U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has reached the number of delegates needed to secure the party's presidential nomination, the Associated Press reported on Thursday, citing its own delegate count.

A small number of unbound delegates said they would support Trump at the party's July convention, the AP reported, pushing the billionaire businessman over the 1,237-delegate threshold he needed to avoid a contested convention ahead of the Nov. 8 election.

Trump, a billionaire New York real estate magnate and former reality TV star, had become the

U S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign rally in Cathedral City, California, U.S., May 25, 2016.  REUTERS/Alex Gallardo

Bernie Sanders to hold a rally in Bakersfield Saturday

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will hold a campaign rally at the Kern County Fairgrounds Saturday evening, it was announced Wednesday. The “A Future to Believe In Bakersfield Rally” will be free and open to the public but organizers encourage people to RSVP ahead of time. To

Bakersfield Police investigate a recent shooting on the walking path along Mill Creek.

Wave of shootings sweeping through Bakersfield in last two months

A wave of shootings has hit the Bakersfield area over the past two months, ranging from robbery attempts to those that appear gang-related to others with no readily apparent motive. There have been at least 18 shootings in Bakersfield since April 1, according to a tally by The Californian. No

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