By Nia Williams CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - The Canadian province of Alberta raced to evacuate the entire population of Fort McMurray where an uncontrolled wildfire was taking hold in the heart of the country's oil sands region, with dry winds forecast for Wednesday that could fuel the blaze. Alberta appealed for military help to battle the fire and airlift people from the smoke-filled city after authorities issued a mandatory evacuation order for 80,000, but officials said army and air force assistance would take two days to arrive. About 44,000 people were estimated to be on the roads, fleeing the city, while approximately 8,000 had reached an evacuation center outside Fort McMurray, officials said.
Moments before Ted Cruz publicly ended a campaign for president that had lasted more than a year, he stood backstage and thanked his closest friends, supporters and advisers for their help and support. When Cruz finished speaking, the group of about 50 people applauded — several of them wiping away tears — and Cruz’s campaign manager Jeff Roe walked away from them, looking down, and shook his head. Cruz’s speech to a group of a few hundred devoted followers from the main stage minutes later was met with disbelief and anguish.
Donald Trump scored a landslide victory in Indiana’s Republican presidential primary Tuesday, dealing a knockout blow to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who abruptly ended his campaign, making the real estate mogul turned insurgent candidate the party’s likely nominee this November. Just one other Republican remained in the race: Ohio Gov. John Kasich, whose advisers said he would continue to campaign. “It’s been an unbelievable day and evening and year,” Trump told reporters at an election night event at Trump Tower.
Hillary Clinton makes a campaign stop at the Lincoln Square Pancake House in Indianapolis, May 1, 2016. John Podesta, chairman of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, reacted to Donald Trump’s emergence as the likely Republican nominee on Tuesday with a statement declaring the businessman a “bully” who is unprepared to lead the country. The Clinton campaign sent Podesta’s statement to reporters after Trump won the Indiana primary.
Sen. Bernie Sanders pumps his fist in the air after his wife, Jane, joins him at a campaign event in Louisville, Ky., Tuesday night. Sanders spoke to thousands of supporters in Louisville, Ky., before Indiana’s results were in. Meanwhile, the likely Republican nominee, Donald Trump, won Indiana in a landslide, and his top rival Sen. Ted Cruz dropped out.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz ended his presidential campaign Tuesday, eliminating the biggest impediment to Donald Trump’s march to the Republican nomination. The conservative tea party firebrand who cast himself as the only viable alternative to Trump announced his exit after a stinging defeat in Indiana’s Republican primary. “It appears that path has been foreclosed,” Cruz told supporters in Indianapolis.
US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday of "repercussions" if his regime flouts a new ceasefire being negotiated with Moscow for the battered city of Aleppo. A February 27 truce between the Syrian regime and non-jihadist rebels raised hopes for efforts to resolve the five-year conflict. "If Assad does not adhere to this, there will clearly be repercussions and one of them may be the total destruction of the ceasefire and they go back to war," Kerry told reporters.
The Islamic State group broke through Kurdish defences in northern Iraq on Tuesday and killed a US Navy SEAL deployed as part of the US-led coalition against the jihadists. The attack came as the United Nations said that fighting with IS in northern Iraq could displace another 30,000 people, adding to millions who have already fled their homes. The sailor from the special operations force was at least the third coalition member killed by enemy fire in Iraq since IS overran swathes of the country in 2014.
By Chris Michaud NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Broadway hit "Hamilton" scored a record 16 Tony Award nominations on Tuesday, solidifying its front-runner status for the top prize of best musical. "Hamilton," which has triggered a ticket-buying frenzy not seen on Broadway in years, features a multi-racial cast in a hip-hop and R & B-inflected musical that tells the story of U.S. statesman Alexander Hamilton, who was killed in an 1804 duel with Vice President Aaron Burr. The show won nominations for lead actors Lin-Manuel Miranda as Hamilton and Leslie Odom Jr. as Burr, for lead actress Phillipa Soo, and for best score and book, both written by Miranda.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz responded Tuesday to allegations that his father, Rafael Cruz, was somehow linked to Lee Harvey Oswald. “There’s a whole thing, and, you know, his father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald’s being – uh, you know shot. During a news conference later Thursday, Cruz dismissed Trump’s allegations concerning Kennedy’s death in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.
Campaigning in coal country, Hillary Clinton said that she’s sorry for vowing earlier this year to put coal miners out of business. Copley, a registered Republican, then pointed to dozens of demonstrators — some of them Donald Trump supporters — who had come to protest Clinton’s appearance in coal country.