LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's fire marshal said Tuesday it's not clear why a circus operator proceeded with a show minutes after the National Weather Service put out a severe storm warning. Winds of 60 mph winds collapsed the tent, killing two spectators and sending about 32 others to hospitals.
As nine candidates take their place Thursday alongside Donald Trump for the first Republican presidential debate, one question looms: how does one deal with a rival whose bombast is part of his DNA? The real-estate tycoon turned White House contender is also the nation's most prolific political insult generator, imposing a sense of must-see-TV on the opening duel of the 2016 cycle. Trump has trumped many who have spent years meticulously preparing for this moment -- writing memoirs or policy books, espousing causes, losing weight, polishing their image -- and all who courted wealthy donors.