Markey, newcomer win Senate primaries

Democratic Rep. Edward J. Markey and Republican former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez won their parties’ primaries Tuesday, setting up a race between a 36-year veteran of Washington politics and a political newcomer for the Senate seat formerly held by John F. Kerry.

Markey defeated fellow congressman Stephen F. Lynch in the Democratic primary while Gomez, the son of Colombian immigrants, bested former U.S. attorney Michael Sullivan and state Rep. Daniel Winslow in the GOP primary, according to unofficial returns. The special election is scheduled for June 25.

The race to fill the seat Kerry left to become secretary of state has been overshadowed by the deadly Boston Marathon bombings, and the candidates had to temporarily suspend their campaigns.

Markey, 66, led all the other candidates in fundraising and had won the backing early on of Kerry and a large segment of the Democratic establishment. Gomez, 47, was virtually unknown in Massachusetts politics before announcing his plan to run for the seat earlier this year.

— Associated Press

Zimmerman waives immunity hearing

The former neighborhood watch leader charged with fatally shooting a Florida teenager told a judge Tuesday that he agrees with his defense attorneys’ decision not to seek an immunity hearing under the state’s “stand your ground” self-defense law.

Under questioning from Circuit Judge Debra Nelson, George Zimmerman repeatedly said “yes” to a series of questions asking whether he was aware he was giving up the right to a hearing before his second-degree-murder trial in June. A judge would have sole discretion in an immunity hearing to decide if Zimmerman is exempt from culpability in the shooting. A jury would make the determination in the murder trial.

Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty, claiming self-defense. Trayvon Martin was fatally shot in February 2012 during a fight with Zimmerman in a gated Sanford community.

— Associated Press

Raul Castro daughter
to attend conference

The daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro will be allowed to travel to Philadelphia to accept an award for her gay rights advocacy, officials said Tuesday, reversing a decision to reject her visa request.

Mariela Castro will attend the Equality Forum’s annual conference on civil rights for gay, bisexual and transgender people on Saturday, according to Malcolm Lazin, the advocacy group’s executive director.

A U.S. official confirmed that Castro has been authorized to go to the event.

— Associated Press

Woman accused of placing poisoned juice in a Starbucks: A California woman faces attempted murder charges after police say she tried to sneak orange juice bottles spiked with a lethal amount of rubbing alcohol inside a Starbucks in San Jose. Police arrested Ramineh Behbehanian, 50, late Monday, hours after a customer reported seeing the woman take two bottles of orange juice from her bag and place them in an open-air refrigerated display case at the store.

Cleveland police officers to be disciplined: Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath announced Tuesday that a dozen department supervisors are facing internal discipline charges stemming from a chase that ended with 13 officers killing two unarmed people by firing 137 shots in November.

— From news services