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In swing-state suburbs, white women are skeptical of Trump

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 23:50

WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — For Donald Trump to win the White House in November, he'll need the votes of women like lifelong Republican Wendy Emery.

Obama confirms leader dead as Taliban meet on his successor

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 23:49

By Matt Spetalnick and James Mackenzie HANOI/KABUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama confirmed on Monday that the leader of the Afghan Taliban had been killed in an American air strike, an attack likely to trigger another leadership tussle in a militant movement already riven by internal divisions. Obama, on a three-day visit to Vietnam, reiterated support for the government in Kabul and the Afghan security forces, and called on the Taliban to join peace talks. The president authorized the drone strike that killed Mullah Akhtar Mansour in a remote region just on the Pakistani side of the border with Afghanistan on Saturday, and Afghan authorities have said the mission was successful.

Verdict expected in Freddie Gray-officer trial in Baltimore

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 23:35

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore judge is expected to announce his verdict in the trial of a police officer charged in the arrest and subsequent death of Freddie Gray.

Germany's Bayer offers $62 billion for Monsanto

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 22:39

The move which would create the world's biggest supplier of seeds, pesticides and genetically modified crops.

Indian climber 3rd to die on Mount Everest in recent days

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 21:40

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — An Indian climber who had fallen sick and was being helped down Mount Everest has died, becoming the third to die in recent days while attempting to scale the world's tallest peak, an expedition organizer said Monday.

17 girls dead in fire at school dormitory in Thailand

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 18:56

At least 17 young girls died after a fire swept through the dormitory of a school for children of hill tribes in northern Thailand, officials said Monday, adding several others were either missing or injured. Seventeen girls were killed and two are still missing, with five injured," Colonel Prayad Singsin of the police in Chiang Rai told AFP. A Chiang Rai provincial official confirmed the death toll, adding that the privately-run school is home to girls aged between six and 13 years old, drawn mainly from the deprived local hill tribes.

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.