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Iraq announces start of operation to retake Fallujah

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 15:04

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Monday announced the start of a military operation to retake the city of Fallujah from the Islamic State group. The fight to recapture the jihadist bastion, which has been out of government control for nearly two and a half years, will be one of the toughest in Iraq's war against IS. "We are beginning the operation to liberate Fallujah," Abadi said in a statement.

Police officer fatally shot in traffic stop; suspect on run

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 14:17

AUBURN, Mass. (AP) — A manhunt was underway Sunday for a suspect who shot and killed a police officer during a traffic stop in central Massachusetts, authorities said.

Egypt sends submarine to hunt for crashed jet's black boxes

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 12:43

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt sent a submarine Sunday to join the hunt for the flight recorders from the EgyptAir jetliner that crashed in the Mediterranean and killed all 66 people aboard, while hundreds of Coptic Christian mourners filled a church in Cairo to pray for their relatives among the dead.

Israeli defense minister steps down

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 10:51

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel's defense minister officially stepped down on Sunday, capping a tumultuous week of politics that is expected to result in the replacement of the former military chief with an inexperienced hard-liner in the sensitive post.

Bernie Sanders: Voters see Hillary Clinton as ‘lesser of two evils’ against Donald Trump

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 09:49

According to an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Sunday, 58 percent of registered voters view Trump unfavorably, while 54 percent view Clinton the same way — the highest unfavorable ratings for likely general election candidates in the history of the survey. “We need a campaign, an election, coming up which does not have two candidates who are really very, very strongly disliked,” Sanders said.

New data backs argument that Trump has not expanded the GOP

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 08:00

Trump has boasted that he is drawing new voters to the the GOP, but new analysis refutes the claim and suggests increased primary numbers won't help in November.

Top US commander makes secret visit to Syria

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 07:56

NORTHERN SYRIA (AP) — On a secret trip to Syria, the new commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East said Saturday he felt a moral obligation to enter a war zone to check on his troops and make his own assessment of progress in organizing local Arab and Kurd fighters for what has been a slow campaign to push the Islamic State group out of Syria.

Obama arrives in Vietnam, seeks to turn old foe into new partner

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 07:17

By Matt Spetalnick and Mai Nguyen HANOI (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Vietnam late Sunday ahead of a three-day trip aimed at sealing the transformation of an old enemy into a new partner to help counter China's growing assertiveness in the region. Four decades after a war with Vietnam that deeply divided opinion in America, Obama aims to boost defense and economic ties with the country's communist rulers while also prodding them on human rights, aides say.

Clinton, Sanders duel over Latino vote in California

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 04:58

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bernie Sanders' image gazes out from a corner storefront in Boyle Heights, a Hispanic enclave known for its plump burritos and a plaza where mariachis strum guitars. It's here that his campaign is going house to house to cut into Hillary Clinton's advantage with Latino voters.

Three dead, 11 injured in concert shooting in Austria

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 00:00

A man shot dead two people and wounded 11 others before turning the gun on himself at a concert organized by a motorcycle club in western Austria on Sunday, a police spokeswoman said. The shooting took place at around 3 a.m. (2100 GMT) at the concert in Nenzing, a market town near the border with Liechtenstein.

Elvis guitar fetches $334,000 at New York auction

Sat, 05/21/2016 - 23:44

A guitar given to Elvis Presley by his father in 1969 went under the hammer for $334,000 in New York during an auction that also saw a Michael Jackson vest fetch $256,000. Vernon Presley is said to have changed the finish of the Gibson Dove acoustic guitar to ebony after his son earned his black belt in karate. During a 1975 concert in Asheville, North Carolina, Presley had given the guitar to fan Mike Harris, who had kept it until now.

Volcano erupts in western Indonesia, killing 6 people

Sat, 05/21/2016 - 23:01

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Rescuers have found more bodies after a volcano erupted in western Indonesia, raising the death toll to six, an official said Sunday.

Austria's next president could be a right-wing Eurosceptic

Sat, 05/21/2016 - 22:54

VIENNA (AP) — For the first time since World War II, a right-wing politician could win Sunday's election for the Austrian presidency as established parties that have dominated postwar politics watch from the sidelines.

Taliban official: Group leader killed in drone strike

Sat, 05/21/2016 - 22:38

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A senior commander with the Afghan Taliban says the militant group's leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour has been killed in a U.S. drone strike.

Dutch, Australian climbers die after reaching Everest summit

Sat, 05/21/2016 - 19:33

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A Dutch man and an Australian woman died of apparent altitude sickness while descending from the summit of Mount Everest in the first deaths this year on the world's highest mountain.

'Smoke on board' EgyptAir plane before crash

Sat, 05/21/2016 - 18:39

Smoke detected inside the plane shortly before it plunged into the Mediterranean offered clues but no answers as to why it crashed.

Exaggerator wins Preakness, ends Nyquist's Triple Crown bid

Sat, 05/21/2016 - 14:56

Would Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist take the next step to Triple Crown glory at the Preakness?

U.S. drones strike at Afghan Taliban leader in Pakistan

Sat, 05/21/2016 - 14:27

By Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States carried out a drone strike on Saturday against the leader of Afghan Taliban, likely killing him on the Pakistan side of the remote border region with Afghanistan in a mission authorized by U.S. President Barack Obama, officials said. The death of Mullah Akhtar Mansour, should it be confirmed, could have implications for stalled peace negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government. It could also have political repercussions within the Taliban, where rival factions rejected Mansour's leadership after he publicly assumed the title of his predecessor, Mullah Omar.

Owners of Barbaro Suffer Another Loss on Preakness Day

Sat, 05/21/2016 - 11:59
Ten years after Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro tragically broke down at the start of the Preakness, the owners of the popular colt watched another horse they bred die during a race on a rainy Saturday at Pimlico Race Course

The Latest: Rain Remains a Threat for Preakness at Pimlico

Sat, 05/21/2016 - 11:20
The threatening clouds overhead let everyone know that the rain that drenched Pimlico Race Course earlier in the day would inevitably return