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Obama to visit water crisis-hit Flint

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 07:37

President Barack Obama will next week travel to Flint, Michigan, where a crisis over tainted water has become a focus of the 2016 election campaign, the White House said Wednesday. Responding to a letter from eight-year-old Flint resident Mari Copeny, Obama said he would visit the majority African American northern city on May 4. "I want to make sure people like you and your family are receiving the help you need and deserve," Obama wrote.

Did Mary Pat Christie roll her eyes during Donald Trump’s ‘woman card’ comments?

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 07:36

The Republican frontrunner raised than a few eyebrows by accusing Hillary Clinton of playing the "woman card" on Tuesday night — including, it seemed, those of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's wife.

‘The Jinx’ Subject Robert Durst Gets 7-Year Prison Sentence in Plea Deal

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 07:24
Real estate heir Robert Durst will serve seven years, one month in prison on a weapons charge after a federal judge approved a plea deal on Wednesday, the Associated Press reports. U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt approved the sentence, which Durst accepted, in New Orleans. The maximum penalty that Durst could have faced was 10... Read more »

Jack Bogle: Here's why Buffett will win his $1 million bet against a hedge fund manager

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 04:56
Wall Street legend Jack Bogle, the Vanguard Group’s founder and the pioneer of index funds, said Buffett “is a believer” that hedge funds can’t beat the market over time.

Paris attacks suspect Abdeslam transferred to France

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 01:01

Top Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam has been transferred from Belgium to France where he is expected to be charged in court on Wednesday, French prosecutors said. Abdeslam, a French national of Moroccan origin who grew up in Belgium, is believed to be the last surviving member of the terror squad that killed 130 people in the French capital in November. "Within the framework of the Paris attacks of the 13th of November 2015, Salah Abdeslam has been surrendered to the French authorities this morning," a statement from Belgian prosecutors said.

Storm threat shifts after day of hail, wind in central US

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 00:43

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The nation's midsection prepared for another day of foul weather Wednesday after a series of storms brought huge hail and high winds, but not as many tornadoes as had been feared.

Dennis Hastert awaits sentence in hush-money case

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 21:54

CHICAGO (AP) — Dennis Hastert will step before a federal judge Wednesday to learn his sentence in a hush-money case centered on accusations that the former U.S. House speaker sexually abused at least four students decades ago when he coached wrestling at an Illinois high school.

Trump and Clinton trade barbs after big wins in Northeast

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 19:52

By Luciana Lopez and Amanda Becker NEW YORK/PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton rolled up wins in Northeastern states on Tuesday in a major show of strength and immediately turned their fire on each other in a possible preview of a general election matchup. Trump easily defeated rivals John Kasich and Ted Cruz in all five states that held contests, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Delaware, with a margin of victory rivaling that of his home state of New York a week ago. Clinton, already in control of the Democratic race, defeated challenger Bernie Sanders in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.

Trump’s ‘very good’ night: ‘I consider myself the presumptive nominee’

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 19:41

Donald Trump took another step toward clinching the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday, easily sweeping Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Rhode Island and Connecticut in the latest round of GOP primaries. While Trump won Pennsylvania’s statewide vote, clinching 17 of the state’s 71 delegates, another 54 were officially “unbound,” meaning they can make their own decision about which candidate to support at the party’s convention in July in Cleveland.

Pepper spray flies during Trump protest clash in California

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 19:07

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Supporters and opponents of Donald Trump clashed Tuesday outside City Hall, and five people, including two little girls, were pepper-sprayed by a demonstrator during the heated confrontation, police said.

Clinton has another big night and is poised to become first female major party presidential nominee

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 17:02

Hillary Clinton arrives to speak to supporters during her five-state primary night rally held in Philadelphia. PHILADELPHIA — Hillary Clinton is on the verge of victory in the Democratic presidential primary,winning in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Delaware on Tuesday night. Clinton already appeared to be on the path to clinching the race and becoming the first female major party presidential nominee on April 19, when she earned a victory in her home state of New York.

United States to adopt bison as national mammal

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 14:19

Bison are on track to become the United States’ national mammal. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the National Bison Legacy Act Tuesday to make the American bison the official national mammal, and the Senate is expected to follow later this week. Afterward, all that’s needed is President Obama’s John Hancock.

After leading in Black Lives Matter, DeRay Mckesson finds himself trailing in his bid to become Baltimore mayor

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 14:09

Activist, DeRay McKesson is running for mayor of Baltimore. BALTIMORE — There was one moment during protests in Ferguson, Missouri, when DeRay Mckesson says he feared a casual gesture might cost him life. According to Mckesson, the incident occurred in the first few days of the demonstrations that engulfed the city following the August 9, 2014 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson cop.

Trump’s campaign chief ducks questions about ties to Russian billionaire

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 13:40

Paul Manafort on “Meet the Press” earlier this month. A court in the Cayman Islands has sought to question Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s chief campaign aide, to determine what happened to $26.2 million invested by a billionaire Russian oligarch in a Cayman Islands partnership with the political consultant, according to documents obtained by Yahoo News. Court-appointed liquidators from the Cayman Islands last summer initiated a legal action in federal court in Alexandria, Va., seeking to question Manafort and two business partners under oath about a business deal between them and firms controlled by Oleg Deripaska, a Russian aluminum magnate who for years was barred from entering the United States over allegations of ties to organized crime.

Live updates: April 26 presidential primaries

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 12:30
On Tuesday, April 26, five states makes their picks in the Republican and Democratic primaries. Join us for the latest news from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Delaware, with a live results show hosted by Olivier Knox and Matt Bai as well as minute-by-minute updates in our live blog.

Roger Goodell 'pleased' with Brady appeal decision (of course)

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 09:45

The NFL commissioner made the comments on Bloomberg TV.

Prince too weak to walk off plane after emergency landing; bodyguard carried him, records reveal

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 09:39
A week before his unexpected death, Prince was so weak that his bodyguard had to carry him off a private jet when the aircraft made an emergency landing in the middle of the night in western Illinois, according to fire and ambulance records released Tuesday.

Trump hits 50 percent in national GOP poll for the first time

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 08:12

While Republican frontrunner Donald Trump still needs more than 300 delegates to reach 1,237 — the magic number needed to secure the GOP presidential nomination — he has finally reached a key milestone in his bid for the White House: support from half of the country’s likely Republican voters. According to a new NBC News/SurveyMonkey national tracking poll released Tuesday, 50 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents say they support the real estate mogul’s candidacy, compared to the 26 percent who support Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and the 17 percent who are backing Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Trump’s double-digit lead over his GOP rivals is one reason Cruz and Kasich banded together this week in an effort to block the brash billionaire from winning the GOP nomination.

Hillary Clinton: Half of my Cabinet will be women

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 06:24

Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton says that if she’s elected president, at least half of her Cabinet will be women. During a town hall hosted by MSNBC on Monday night, host Rachel Maddow asked Clinton whether she would match a campaign promise Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made good on earlier this year. “He promised when he took office that he would have a Cabinet that was 50 percent women, and then he did it,” Maddow said.

Jury: 96 fans 'unlawfully killed' in Hillsborough disaster

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 05:23

WARRINGTON, England (AP) — The 96 Liverpool soccer fans who were crushed to death in overcrowded sections at Hillsborough Stadium in 1989 were "unlawfully killed" in a disaster caused by police actions, a jury concluded Tuesday.