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Afghan official: 52 dead after buses collide with tanker

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 15:48

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two buses and a fuel tanker collided Sunday on a major highway in Afghanistan, killing 52 people, officials said.

Drug boss 'El Chapo's' new prison Mexico's worst overall

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 11:17

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The northern Mexico prison where authorities suddenly transferred convicted drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is rated as the worst in the federal penitentiary system for inmate conditions and other factors, according to the government's own reporting.

Raging Canada fires now threaten second province, authorities say

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 10:07

Wildfires that ravaged a vast area of western Canada's Alberta province now are threatening a neighboring region, authorities said Sunday, as the inferno -- which doubled in sized in the space of a day -- continued its advance. The ruthless blaze, fanned by high winds and fueled by tinder-dry conditions, devastated the region around the city of Fort McMurray, and could now spread to neighboring Saskatchewan province some 35 miles (60 kilometers) away.

London's new Muslim mayor joins Holocaust memorial

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 07:33

LONDON (AP) — London's newly elected Muslim mayor paid respect Sunday to the millions of Jews slain in the Holocaust as his first official act in office.

Palin on being Trump’s VP nominee: ‘I wouldn’t want to be a burden on the ticket’

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 06:52

The former Alaskan governor says she'd be open to being the presumptive Republican nominee's vice presidential running mate, but doesn't want to hurt his chances the way many believe she did for John McCain in 2008.

3 Spanish reporters home after 10 months captivity in Syria

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 04:34

MADRID (AP) — Three Spanish freelance journalists held captive in Syria for nearly 10 months returned home Sunday, tearfully hugging relatives as they got off a military jet sent to Turkey to bring them back.

Clinton: No one from FBI has 'reached out' yet on emails

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 04:25

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton says "no one has reached out to me yet" from the FBI to discuss the investigation into her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

Winning Powerball ticket worth $429M sold in New Jersey

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 03:53

The ticket was sold in Mercer County, N.J.

N. Korea leader sets five-year economic plan, vows nuclear restraint

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 03:33

By James Pearson PYONGYANG (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said his country would not use nuclear weapons unless its sovereignty is infringed by others with nuclear arms, in a speech broadcast on Sunday, and set a five-year plan to boost the secretive state's moribund economy. The North "will faithfully fulfil its obligation for non-proliferation and strive for global denuclearization", Kim said on Saturday at the rare congress of the ruling Workers' Party, although the speech only aired on Sunday on state television. Pyongyang was also willing to normalize ties with states that had been hostile towards it, Kim said.

Prince Harry condemns 'incessant' media focus on his private life

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 02:50

Prince Harry criticised what he called an "incessant need" of the media to delve into his private life, saying he would work hard to protect the line dividing his public and personal life. Harry's mother, the late Princess Diana, was often pursued by the press and died in a car crash in 1997 as she was chased by tabloid photographers.

Three Spanish journalists return home after Syria kidnapping ordeal

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 01:51

Three Spanish freelance journalists who were kidnapped in Syria nearly 10 months ago returned to Spain on Sunday to be reunited with their families. Antonio Pampliega, Jose Manuel Lopez and Angel Sastre were last seen in July 2015 in the northwestern city of Aleppo where they had been reporting on fighting. The government and the Spanish Press Federation announced the release of the three men late on Saturday, saying they were in good health.

Storms bring tornadoes to Colorado, icy roads to Arizona

Sat, 05/07/2016 - 22:37

A series of tornadoes swept across eastern Colorado Saturday, causing several minor injuries and damaging motorhomes and buildings. Another spring storm brought deadly driving conditions to northern Arizona. ...

One winning ticket sold in $429 million Powerball lottery

Sat, 05/07/2016 - 21:03

Lottery officials said the ticket was purchased in New Jersey.

Trump says no need for Republican unity

Sat, 05/07/2016 - 21:03

There may be much Republican hand-wringing over Donald Trump's presumptive nomination to face the Democratic candidate for the White House, but the boastful billionaire says he doesn't care, and it doesn't matter. A growing chorus of senior Republican leaders have joined the "anyone but Trump movement," including 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and the last two Republican presidents, George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush. "Does it have to be unified?" Trump asked about the Republican Party.

Unbeaten Nyquist wins Kentucky Derby

Sat, 05/07/2016 - 15:42

(Reuters) - Favorite Nyquist ran a perfect race to extend his unbeaten record winning the 142nd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville on Saturday, sparking talk of a second consecutive Triple Crown champion. Nyquist, who had won a record $3.3 million heading into the Derby, extended his unbeaten record to 8-0 with a smooth trip under jockey Mario Gutierrez. Nyquist pulled away from Gun Runner down the stretch and then held off a closing charge by Exaggerator to win the first leg of U.S. thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown series for 3-year-olds.

Sanders nets 31 delegates in Washington, but loses in Guam

Sat, 05/07/2016 - 14:28

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has cut into Hillary Clinton's lead by more than two dozen delegates, based on new data from Washington state, but his chances of winning the nomination haven't gotten much better. Clinton won the Guam caucus.

Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' transferred to jail near US border

Sat, 05/07/2016 - 13:56

The Mexican authorities transferred the notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to a prison in Ciudad Juarez on the US border Saturday morning in a surprise move, officials said. Despite speculation, Guzman's transfer had "absolutely nothing" to do with his possible extradition or deportation to the United States -- where he faces extradition requests by courts in California and Texas for homicide and drug trafficking -- Eduardo Sanchez, spokesman for the president's office, told AFP. The authorities said they moved Guzman to prevent any escape attempt during construction to strengthen his maximum-security prison in Altiplano, 90 kilometers (55 miles) from the capital Mexico City.

Obama: US in 'better place' than when he graduated college

Sat, 05/07/2016 - 12:57

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Saturday that the country is "a better place today" than when he graduated from college more than 30 years ago, citing his historic election as "one indicator of how attitudes have changed."

Canada wildfire growing as weather heats up, escape convoy underway

Sat, 05/07/2016 - 07:59

By Rod Nickel and Liz Hampton LAC LA BICHE, Alberta (Reuters) - A raging Canadian wildfire that forced the evacuation of the Alberta oil town of Fort McMurray intensified on Saturday, helped by hot, dry weather, with police escorting a fresh convoy of evacuees out of the region. The blaze, the largest of some 40 wildfires burning across the province of Alberta, has forced some 88,000 residents, the entire population of Fort McMurray, to flee for safety. The weather, with temperatures on Saturday expected to rise as high as 28 degrees Celsius (82.4 Fahrenheit), was hindering efforts to fight the wildfire, said Matthew Anderson, a wildfire information official with the Alberta government.

Alabama's top judge faces ethics charges over gay-marriage order

Sat, 05/07/2016 - 06:38

Chief Justice Roy Moore, an outspoken opponent of same-sex unions, faces possible removal from the bench after the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission charged him with violating the state's judicial ethics laws, according to news website The legality of gay marriage had been at the center of a national debate until the Supreme Court ruled in June that the U.S. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry, handing a historic triumph to the American gay rights movement.