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Prosecutors to seek death penalty in S. Carolina church shooting

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 14:11

Dylann Roof, 22, is accused of opening fire on June 17 during a Bible study session at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Trump's Gun Views in Spotlight Amid String of Accidental School Shootings

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 10:15

Donald Trump has walked back his hard line on guns in schools as expressed at last week's NRA conference, which came amid a string of accidental shootings in recent weeks. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee, who was recently endorsed by the NRA, told CNN on Monday that "school resource officers" or trained teachers should be allowed to carry guns on school grounds. Trump previously argued against gun-free zones in schools and on military bases.

O'Reilly and Scarborough to Trump: Enough with the Clinton conspiracies!

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 08:05
Conservative commentators are cautioning Donald Trump not to give fuel to conspiracy theories and sordid controversies that have long swirled around Bill and Hillary Clinton after the presumptive Republican nominee called a former White House aide’s suicide “fishy” and released an Instagram ad featuring audio recordings of the former president’s accusers. “I’m not sure it’s a good thing to do that,” Fox News host Bill O’Reilly told Trump on Monday night, hours after the Instagram ad was posted. The brash billionaire said he only did so to counter Hillary Clinton’s attacks on him.

Donald Trump faces key test in New Mexico

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 07:20

Donald Trump’s ability to unite a splintered Republican Party faces another crucial test Tuesday as the presumptive GOP presidential nominee makes his first visit to New Mexico, the most Hispanic state in the nation and where Latino Republicans have condemned his harsh rhetoric on immigration and other policies. The snub comes as Martinez, a longtime Trump critic who backed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio in the primary, has notably refused to line up behind the presumptive Republican presidential nominee even after GOP leaders have called for the party to unify behind him.

Obama prods Vietnam on rights after activists stopped from meeting him

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 06:36

By Matt Spetalnick and Martin Petty HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama chided Vietnam on political freedoms on Tuesday after critics of the communist-run government were prevented from meeting him in Hanoi, a discordant note on a trip otherwise steeped in words of amity between the former foes. Tens of thousands turned out to welcome Obama on the second leg of his visit, Ho Chi Minh City, which was called Saigon until North Vietnamese tanks rolled into the city in April 1975 to bring U.S.-backed South Vietnam under communist rule. Many in the crowd that lined the streets chanted "Obama, Obama", some held handwritten signs reading "Obama, we love you", and one woman held a boy dressed in a Captain America costume, complete with shield.

Cosby arrives in court in Pennsylvania sex-assault case

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 05:45

Bill Cosby arrived in court Tuesday for a key hearing on whether prosecutors have enough evidence to put the 78-year-old comedian on trial on charges he drugged and sexually assaulted a woman over a decade ...

Jimmy Carter: Trump tapped a reservoir ‘of inherent racism’

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 05:18

In an interview, former President Jimmy Carter called Donald Trump’s campaign comments about Muslims and Mexicans "a violation of basic human rights.”

Forensic official: EgyptAir 804 human remains suggest blast

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 01:57

CAIRO (AP) — Human remains retrieved from the crash site of EgyptAir Flight 804 suggest there was an explosion on board that may have brought down the aircraft in the east Mediterranean, a senior Egyptian forensics official said on Tuesday.

Sanders: Democratic convention could be 'messy'

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 16:54

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bernie Sanders predicted Monday that the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia could be "messy" as he pushed the party to adopt his progressive agenda, but added, "Democracy is not always nice and quiet and gentle."

Democrats, seeking unity, give Sanders say in party platform

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 16:47

By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Democratic Party said on Monday it would give U.S. presidential contender Bernie Sanders a prominent say in writing its platform this year, a gesture that could ease tensions between Sanders' camp and party leaders, whom Sanders has accused of favoring rival Hillary Clinton. Sanders has remained steadfast in his long-shot battle with Clinton for the Democratic nomination for the Nov. 8 presidential election, even though he lags her in the delegate count with only a few state contests remaining. The divisiveness among the Democrats stands in contrast to the Republicans, whose party leaders are slowly rallying behind Donald Trump, their presumptive nominee.

Clinton campaign declines invitation to California debate

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 16:23

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton on Monday declined an invitation from Fox News to participate in a debate with rival Bernie Sanders in California before that state's June 7 primary.

Head of TSA security operations removed from position

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 16:17

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee said Monday that the head of security operations at the Transportation Security Administration has been replaced.

Va. school board votes to require students to use bathrooms matching their biological gender

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 15:06

The Grayson County School Board in Virginia has voted unanimously in favor of requiring students to use locker rooms and bathrooms matching their biological gender.

Report: Virginia governor under FBI probe over campaign donations

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 14:41

The probe focuses in part on whether contributions to Terry McAuliffe's 2013 gubernatorial campaign violated the law, according to CNN.

$30M donation brought NFL another crisis of credibility

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 14:21

The NFL has done some important work making football safer, from the pro level on down. Yet it continues to destroy any chance for that narrative.

IRS chief : Impeachment charges lack merit, won't testify

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 13:46

WASHINGTON (AP) — The commissioner of the IRS said Monday that Republican allegations that he misled congressional investigators probing his agency "are without merit," and said he would not appear at a congressional hearing this week examining whether he deserves to be impeached.

Top Republicans bash VA secretary for ‘ludicrous’ comment about Disneyland lines and veterans’ care

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 11:45

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald caused a small uproar among leading Republican politicians on Monday after he said hospital wait times were not the best way to measure veterans’ satisfaction with the agency. Or what’s important?” McDonald said at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast, the Washington Post reported. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump were among those who criticized McDonald’s comments.

Veterans hold Trump Tower protest after Donald Trump’s charity fundraising drive comes up short

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 11:12

A group of veterans went to Donald Trump’s headquarters in midtown Manhattan on Monday to demand an apology and answers after the presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s campaign admitted a veterans fundraiser did not raise as much money as he had initially claimed. “We’re here as a group of veterans to reject Donald Trump,” McCoy said. The protest came on the heels of a Washington Post report published Saturday, in which Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, said the fundraiser only brought in about $4.5 million.

Officer acquitted on all charges in Freddie Gray case

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 08:02

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore officer was acquitted Monday of assault and other charges in the arrest of Freddie Gray, dealing prosecutors a significant blow in their attempt to hold police accountable for the young black man's death from injuries he suffered in the back of a police van.

John Hickenlooper says he probably would serve as Clinton’s running mate

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 07:02
On Monday, May 23, at 1:30 p.m. ET, Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric speaks with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper about the 2016 presidential race where the fight for the Democratic nomination wages on between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Meanwhile, looking toward the general election, new polls show Clinton and Trump in a dead heat. Hickenlooper will also talk about his memoir, “The Opposite of Woe: My Life in Beer and Politics.”