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LYNCHBURG, Va. — Ted Cruz's widely anticipated announcement here on Monday that he'll run for president is guaranteed to spook his fellow Republican hopefuls.

Not because he's necessarily better positioned to win the 2016 nomination than others such as Jeb Bush and Scott Walker. Rather, he has a unique appeal to the hard-core conservative base that produces ample votes in GOP primaries, and he has a knack for portraying solidly conservative Republicans as establishment hacks and squishes.

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So Ted Cruz became the first official 2016 presidential candidate yesterday. And a lot of people want to know what the two-degree Ivy Leaguer and national debate champ could possibly be thinking.

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Charlottesville, Va. police said Monday that an investigation had found no evidence an alleged gang rape that was described in a blockbuster Rolling Stone article actually took place at the University of Virginia's Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.

But Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo said the case was merely "suspended" -- not closed -- at this point. An external review of the Rolling Stone story, which unraveled after other news outlets discovered discrepancies in a student named "Jackie's" account of her alleged rape, is expected to be published in early April.

Here are five key takeaways from the Charlottesville Police Department's news conference.

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Former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman said in a video that surfaced on Monday that President Obama should've reminded the American public not to "rush to judgement" in discussing the shooting of Trayvon Martin.

Zimmerman made the comments in an interview with his Tampa, Fla. divorce lawyer that was recorded on March 8, the Orlando Sentinel reported on Monday.

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