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Canadian wildfire forces evacuation order for entire city

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 21:33

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.

Cruz shocks his supporters with a sudden exit

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 18:59

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.

#Ever Trump? Indiana landslide knocks Cruz out of race

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 18:54

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.

Clinton campaign on Trump becoming the likely Republican nominee: He’s a ‘bully’

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 18:36

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.

Sanders defeats Clinton in Indiana, throwing wrench in her pivot to November

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 17:44

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.

Ted Cruz ends his bid for Republican presidential nomination

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 17:02

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.

Exit poll: GOP men fuel Trump's victory in Indiana primary

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 16:46

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump can thank male voters for his big victory in the Indiana Republican primary.

Navy SEAL killed in Iraq was star high school track athlete

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 16:31

The Navy SEAL killed in Iraq on Tuesday was identified as Charlie Keating IV, a former Phoenix high school star distance runner and the grandson of the late Arizona financier involved in the 1980s savings ...

Author says he now thinks father wasn't Iwo Jima flag-raiser

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 16:19

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The author of a best-selling book about his father and other men who raised a U.S. flag at Iwo Jima during World War II said Tuesday he no longer believes his father was in an iconic photograph of the event.

Kerry warns Assad of 'repercussions' over truce violations

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 15:41

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.

Georgia governor vetoes 'campus-carry' concealed gun bill

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 13:50
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's Republican governor vetoed a bill Tuesday allowing concealed handguns on college campuses, rejecting the proposal that had been easily approved by a legislature controlled by his own party in an election year.

U.S. death in Iraq highlights ‘enduring’ ISIS war debate

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 12:58

President Obama’s undeclared but escalating war against the Islamic State terror group suffered its third American combat casualty on Tuesday, a U.S. Navy SEAL, as the White House wrestled with renewed questions about the likely scope and duration of the conflict.

IS kills US Navy SEAL in Iraq attack

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 10:32

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.

Hit Musical 'Hamilton' Leads Broadway's Tony Nominations With Record 16 Nods

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 09:48

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.

Cruz to Trump: My father is not linked to JFK assassination

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 08:50

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.

U.S. researchers may have found Captain Cook's ship Endeavour

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 08:16
By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - U.S. researchers are set to announce on Wednesday that they have found what they believe are the remains of famed 18th century British sailor Captain James Cook's ship the Endeavour in Rhode Island's Newport Harbor. The historic ship is thought to be among 13 vessels scuttled in Newport Harbor during the American Revolutionary War against Britain, according to researchers at the Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project. The researchers said they are at least 80 percent certain that Cook's ship is among the underwater wreckage situated in the harbor.

Hillary Clinton says she misspoke when she vowed to put ‘coal companies out of business’

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 06:08

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.

Tony Awards Nominations (Updating Live)

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 04:55

A rundown of the nominations for the 70th annual Broadway-lauding awards ceremony.

Student Debt Is About to Set Another Record, But the Picture Isn’t All Bad

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 04:45

This spring's college seniors will see a good return: higher starting salaries.

Defense Secretary Carter: American killed in combat in Iraq

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 04:03

BAGHDAD (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Tuesday that an American serviceman has been killed in Iraq, describing it as a "combat death."