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Officials: 8 dead, 44 hurt, in South Texas bus crash

Sat, 05/14/2016 - 18:44

A charter bus headed to a casino crashed in far South Texas on Saturday, killing eight people and injuring 44 others in a one-vehicle rollover, officials said. Seven people died at the scene on U.S. Highway ...

Official: Pilot dies in crash during performance at airshow

Sat, 05/14/2016 - 16:23

ATLANTA (AP) — A pilot was killed Saturday when his biplane crashed while performing a stunt at a metro Atlanta airshow.

Ukraine's Jamala takes home Eurovision crown with song about war

Sat, 05/14/2016 - 16:04

By Daniel Dickson and Martin Lindstam STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Ukraine's Jamala struck a surprise gold in the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday with her "1944" song featuring lyrics about deportations by the Soviet Union in what could be one of the most controversial winners in the competition's history. Jamala, herself a Tatar, stood alone on the Stockholm stage singing "you think you are gods" against a blood-red backdrop. Stalin deported Crimean Tatars to Central Asia en masse, accusing them of sympathizing with Nazi Germany, and many died on the way or in exile.

Pfizer says it's blocking use of drugs for lethal injections

Sat, 05/14/2016 - 07:22
File-This April 6, 2016, file photo shows the Pfizer logo appearing on a screen above its trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Pfizer said Friday, May 13, 2016, it was blocking use of its drugs in lethal injections, which means all federally-approved drugmakers whose medications could be used for executions have now put them off limits. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Hezbollah: Insurgents killed top military commander in Syria

Sat, 05/14/2016 - 00:12

BEIRUT (AP) — The top commander of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah was killed in Syria by insurgent shelling, Hezbollah said Saturday, vowing to continue its involvement in Syria's civil war.

New documentary provides an emotional look into Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin's scandal 'nightmare'

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 17:15

Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin considered splitting up. This revelation about one of the country’s most high-profile political couples came in one of the many uncomfortable, intimate moments featuring the pair in the new documentary “Weiner.” The film, which documents Weiner’s ill-fated 2013 New York City mayoral campaign, also serves as a portrait of a family engulfed by scandal and the ravenous press coverage that comes with it. Abedin, a longtime aide to now-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, admitted in front of the documentary crew’s cameras that she and Weiner considered separating after his first fall from grace.

Navy Reviews What Procedures Might Need to Be Improved After Three Deaths of SEAL Trainees

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 13:30

The Navy is reviewing procedures for keeping track of trainees who do not make it through the grueling course to become SEALs in the wake of three deaths involving sailors who participated in the last four training classes, military officials said. Two of the deaths involved trainees who had recently not made it through BUDS -- Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL -- training that selects the sailors who will join the elite special operations unit. In April, Seaman Daniel DelBianco, 23, committed suicide after he did not make it through "hell week," the intense week-long climax to BUDS during which prospective SEALs endure extreme sleep deprivation and tough physical conditions to see if they can carry out their military training under exhausting conditions.

Unconventional #13: Could Trump’s rise convince Clinton to pick Elizabeth Warren as her running mate?

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 12:57
Unconventional is Yahoo News’ complete guide to what could be the craziest presidential conventions in decades. Here’s what you need to know today . 1. The Clinton Veepwatch, Vol. 1: Elizabeth Warren In which Unconventional examines the likely Democratic nominee’s possible — and not-so-possible — vice-presidential picks. The first in an ongoing series.

States dig in against directive on transgender bathroom use

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 12:50

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Politicians in Texas, Arkansas and elsewhere vowed defiance — and other conservative states could follow suit — after the Obama administration told public schools across the U.S. on Friday to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.

‘Transgender’ dictionary lookups surge after Justice Department letter to schools

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 12:43

Transgender rights have become a national conversation topic since North Carolina passed its controversial “bathroom bill,” and search data reveals that many Americans may be struggling to learn more about LGBT issues and understand what being transgender means.

The British conservative trying to make American politics more human

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 11:32
As a close adviser to British Prime Minister David Cameron, Steve Hilton helped modernize and reform the U.K.'s modern Conservative Party. In a newly released book, he argues for the radical decentralization of government power and warns of the negative societal impacts of giant conglomerates.

Report: Flint's high water bills may double in next 5 years

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 10:10
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A report released Friday suggests that Flint residents' pricey water bills could double in the next five years due to several factors, even though the state has pledged aid amid the city's ongoing lead-tainted water crisis.

House, Senate hope to craft quick anti-drug abuse compromise

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 07:18
Congress is ready to start crafting compromise legislation addressing the nation’s opioid abuse crisis, which should be an easier lift than other issues facing lawmakers. The House overwhelmingly approved 18 bills this week setting up federal grants and taking other steps to battle the drug epidemic, and prepared Friday to begin negotiations on a final package with the Senate. “It’s a very important start, but we need dollars, we need statutory changes and we need sustained focus and attention,” said Robert Morrison, executive director of the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors.

Facebook launches investigation into report of political bias

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 05:39

Facebook Inc, the social networking powerhouse, is conducting a full investigation into allegations of political bias, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said in a statement late Thursday. The accusation sparked an outcry on social media and prompted a U.S. Senate inquiry into Facebook's practices. Facebook has "found no evidence that this report is true," Zuckerberg said in a post published on his Facebook page, but added that the company would continue to investigate.

‘It was not me’: Donald Trump denies being own publicist in surreal audio recording from 1991

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 04:44

Donald Trump bristled during a Friday interview when he was asked about a recently unearthed audio recording of him allegedly discussing his own love life in third person. Earlier Friday, the Washington Post published a surreal, 14-minute phone call from 1991 between a man who said his name was John Miller — and who sounds like Trump — discussing Trump’s dating life. “He gets called by everybody in the book in terms of women,” the man says in the recording, which was with Sue Carswell, a reporter at People magazine.

Donald Trump Refuses to Reveal His Tax Rate: 'It's None of Your Business'

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 03:32
Trump said he will "gladly" release his tax returns once an audit is complete.

Kremlin: Olympic doping allegations 'treacherous slander'

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 01:54

By Dmitry Solovyov and Andrew Osborn MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin dismissed allegations that Russia had run a sophisticated doping programme at the last winter Olympics as treacherous slander on Friday, calling the ex-head of the country's doping laboratory "a turncoat." Two Russian winter sportsmen named as cheats by Grigory Rodchenkov, the former lab chief who has since fled to the United States, also denied wrongdoing, saying the charges were part of a campaign to besmirch the name of Russian sport. Russia, already battling to overturn a ban on its athletes taking part in this year's Rio summer Olympics, has been thrown on the defensive after a New York Times report cited Rodchenkov, the ex-head of Russia's anti-doping laboratory, as saying he ran a doping programme at the 2014 Sochi winter Olympics which included at least 15 medal winners.

World's oldest person dies in New York at age 116

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 22:09

NEW YORK (AP) — Susannah Mushatt Jones, the world's oldest person, has died in New York at age 116.

Obama administration to issue transgender restroom guidance to schools

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 19:47

The Obama administration will tell every U.S. public school district on Friday to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity. The letter, signed by officials from the Education and Justice departments, does not have the force of law but contains an implicit threat that schools which do not abide by the Obama administration's interpretation of the law could face lawsuits or a loss of federal aid. "There is no room in our schools for discrimination of any kind, including discrimination against transgender students on the basis of their sex," U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement.

House OKs bipartisan drug abuse bills, but Dems want money

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 17:30
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has approved a mountain of bills addressing the nation's opioid abuse crisis, fueled by lawmakers' bipartisan craving for election-year action on the deadly epidemic. Yet the measures are leaving anti-drug advocates underwhelmed, and Congress won't decide till later how much money it's willing to provide.