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U.S. Navy fires commander of sailors who were held by Iran

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 16:09

The U.S. Navy said on Thursday that it had fired the commander of the 10 American sailors who wandered into Iranian territorial waters in the Gulf in January and were briefly held by Iran in an incident that risked becoming an international crisis. The Navy said in a statement that it had lost confidence in Commander Eric Rasch, who was the executive officer of the coastal riverine squadron that included the 10 sailors. Rasch became the first person to be publicly singled out after a preliminary investigation into the incident that occurred near Farsi Island in the Gulf.

Chicago standoff ends; suspect apparently shot himself

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 15:59

CHICAGO (AP) — After hours in a standoff with a man suspected of killing three people, Chicago Police SWAT officers rushed into the house Thursday afternoon to find the man had apparently shot himself.

California Dreaming: Clinton sees big win, Sanders an upset

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 14:33

LOS ANGELES (AP) — With the primary season's biggest prize in play, Hillary Clinton has fashioned a strategy to reprise her 2008 victory in California when she defeated Barack Obama by running up big margins with Hispanics and women. Bernie Sanders is hoping for an upset to sustain his argument to stay in the race.

James Baker warns about Trump foreign policy

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 14:15

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump's foreign policy proposals would make the world a less stable place, former Secretary of State James Baker told a U.S. Senate hearing on Thursday as the Republican presidential candidate met elsewhere with party congressional leaders. Under questioning from Republican Senator Marco Rubio, a former Trump rival in the presidential race, Baker said the world "would be far less stable" with a weaker NATO or if more countries had nuclear weapons as Trump has proposed.

Former Trump butler calls for Obama's execution on Facebook

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 14:12

Donald Trump may have offended plenty of people with his presidential campaign rhetoric, but even the presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s foulest language is no match for the harsh words spouted by one of Trump’s oldest and most loyal servants. One of several facebook posts by Donald Trump’s former butler Anthony Senecal calling for President Obama to be killed.

5 takeaways from Ryan-Trump meeting

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 11:55

The House speaker downplays his disagreements with the presumptive GOP nominee, but they remain miles apart.

Reports: Russia pulled off Olympic doping

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 09:33

Dozens of Olympians participated in the far-reaching, state-operated program, a N.Y. Times investigation alleges.

Donald Trump and Paul Ryan deliver unity message after much-hyped meeting

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 08:29

House Speaker Paul Ryan and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump expressed hope on Thursday that their fractured party could come together before the general election. The two GOP leaders released a joint statement after a highly anticipated meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington. “That is why it’s critical that Republicans unite around our shared principles, advance a conservative agenda, and do all we can to win this fall,” Ryan and Trump said in the joint statement.

Trump, Ryan, pledge to worth together; endorsement may come

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 08:07

Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan met face to face for the first time as they sought to repair their breach and unify a party torn over Trump's rise to the cusp of the GOP presidential nomination.

Trump: Muslim ban was ‘just a suggestion’

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 06:00

“It’s a temporary ban,” Trump said Wednesday in a Fox News radio interview. “I’d back off on it,” he said in a separate interview with Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren. “Ultimately, it’s my aim to have it lifted,” Trump added.

Brazil's Dilma Rousseff suspended to face impeachment trial

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 02:16

Brasília (AFP) - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was suspended Thursday to face impeachment, ceding power to her vice-president-turned-enemy Michel Temer in a political earthquake ending 13 years of leftist rule over Latin America's biggest nation. A nearly 22-hour debate in the Senate closed with an overwhelming 55-22 vote against Brazil's first female president. Only a simple majority of the 81-member Senate had been required to suspend Rousseff for six months pending judgement on charges that she broke budget accounting laws.

Trump needs unity less than you think

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 01:00

You can imagine what goes through Donald Trump’s mind whenever he finds himself dragged to Washington. Chances are Trump views the most powerful figures in Washington much the same way the elite of Silicon Valley and Wall Street do. But here Trump is, arriving today for a Reykjavik-like sit-down with Republican leaders — most notably the speaker of the House, Paul Ryan.

Paul Ryan’s collision with Donald Trump has been building for years

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 01:00

About a month before Paul Ryan became the Republican Party’s vice presidential nominee in the summer of 2012, then Sen. Tom Coburn mentioned Ryan’s name unprompted in the course of a wide-ranging conversation in his Capitol Hill office. “I had this conversation with Paul Ryan last night,” the Oklahoma senator, who retired in 2014, told me.

Pistol used in Trayvon Martin shooting to be auctioned

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 23:31

The pistol former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman used in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin is going up for auction online. In an interview with Orlando, Florida, TV station WOFL, Zimmerman said he had just gotten the pistol back from the U.S. Justice Department, which took it after he was acquitted in Martin’s 2012 shooting death. “And I thought it’s time to move past the firearm,” Zimmerman told the station.

Max Scherzer ties MLB record with 20 strikeouts against Tigers

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 17:51

Max Scherzer struck out 20 Detroit Tigers in a historic performance on Wednesday night.

What We Know About Donald Trump's Meetings on Capitol Hill

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 16:08

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump will travel to Washington, D.C., Thursday for a series of meetings with top Republican leaders in an effort to bring the party together after a messy and divisive primary race. Trump has at least three meetings planned with GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill, who largely spurned his presidential campaign during the GOP primary. He'll first meet with House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus at the RNC at 9 a.m. Trump will then meet with Ryan and the other members on his leadership team: House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris-Rodgers, R-Washington, and Deputy Majority Whip Patrick McHenry, R-North Carolina.

Trump draws even with Clinton in national White House poll

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 13:42

By Ginger Gibson and Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Donald Trump pulled even with Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Wednesday, in a dramatic early sign that the Nov. 8 presidential election might be more hotly contested than first thought. While much can change in the six months until the election, the results of the online survey are a red flag for the Clinton campaign that the billionaire's unorthodox bid for the White House cannot be brushed aside. Trump's numbers surged after he effectively won the Republican nomination last week by knocking out his two remaining rivals, according to the poll.

Steep decline in U.S. recruits to ISIS, FBI chief James Comey says

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 13:21

FBI Director James Comey said the Islamic State’s ability to recruit fighters from inside the US to wage war in Syria and Iraq has sharply diminished over the past year, citing new figures that he says shows the terror group has “lost significant power” inside the country. “They’ve lost their ability to attract people to the caliphate from the United States,” Comey told reporters at a briefing at bureau headquarters Tuesday. At the same time, Comey said the Islamic State is still attracting “troubled souls” through social media who pose potential terror threats, resulting in more than 1,000 active FBI investigations into online recruitment– a slight increase from over a year ago.

‘I want you to lose’: Harry Reid has face-to-face confrontation with Democratic Senate candidate

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 12:50

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid had an unusual and feisty in-your-face confrontation on Wednesday with a high-profile Democratic Senate candidate. The Associated Press reported that Reid was speaking before the Congressional Progressive Caucus when the Senate candidate, Florida Rep. Alan Grayson, interrupted him. Grayson was upset that Reid criticized him in February as having “no moral compass” and charged that Grayson “used his status as a congressman to unethically promote his Cayman Islands hedge funds,” according to Politico.

Coal King Don Blankenship Makes Last-Minute Bid to Put Off Prison

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 12:35

Attorneys for Don Blankenship mounted a last-minute effort to keep the disgraced West Virginia coal boss out of prison, just two days before he was scheduled to report for his first day behind bars. Blankenship’s lawyers filed an emergency stay motion Tuesday in hopes of convincing the court to allow their client to remain a free man on $1 million bail while the court considers his appeal. Blankenship, the former CEO of Massey Energy, was convicted in December and later sentenced to one year in prison for conspiring to violate safety standards ahead of a mine explosion that killed 29 workers in 2010.