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Drenched Houston area gets more rain and flooding

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 09:44

HOUSTON (AP) — Thunderstorms raced through the Houston area Thursday, aggravating flooding in already drenched parts of the city as mandatory evacuations were ordered for low-lying neighborhoods in a community about 50 miles away.

Prince dead: Live developments and reaction on the musician’s passing

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 09:04
Iconic musician Prince died Thursday morning at his Paisley Park estate in suburban Minneapolis, his publicist confirms. He was 57. A cause of death has not been revealed. Yahoo News is following the latest developments and reaction in the live blog below.

Trump and the nomination Matrix

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 01:00

Any reporter who has ever spent time on a presidential campaign has heard the perennial rant about “process stories.” That’s when the candidate tells you that really he is desperate to illuminate in numbing and nuanced detail his plan to reverse the decline of American manufacturing (which consists of about 500 words of boilerplate blather on his website), but all we in the media ever ask about is how he intends to win, so he can’t. Bernie Sanders rails against a rigged system supported by “superdelegates” and “closed” primaries.

Ex-WWE wrestler Joanie 'Chyna' Laurer dead at 45

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 22:22

Chyna was found dead in her California home Wednesday afternoon, according to her manager.

ESPN fires Curt Schilling after latest controversy

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 16:15

ESPN announces it has terminated MLB broadcaster Curt Schilling for conduct that was unacceptable.

Death toll in earthquake-ravaged Ecuador tops 500

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 15:23

By Ana Isabel Martinez and Julia Symmes Cobb PEDERNALES, Ecuador (Reuters) - The death toll from Ecuador's weekend earthquake surpassed 500 and rescue efforts ebbed on Wednesday as the traumatized Andean nation braced itself for long and costly rebuilding ahead. To help fund the multibillion-dollar reconstruction of homes, roads and buildings in the devastated Pacific coast region, Ecuador may issue new bonds on the international market, a somber President Rafael Correa said. 'Not again!,' I thought," said Maria Quinones in Pedernales town, which bore the brunt of Saturday's disaster.

Harriet Tubman to be first African-American on U.S. currency

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 15:11

By Megan Cassella WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Anti-slavery crusader Harriet Tubman will become the first African-American on the face of U.S. paper currency, and the first woman in more than a century, when she replaces former President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. The U.S. Treasury Department said on Wednesday that Tubman, who was born into slavery in the early 1820s and went on to help hundreds of slaves escape, would take the center spot on the bill, while Jackson, a slave owner, would move to the back. Introduced alongside a slew of changes to the $5 and $10 notes as well, the redesign gives the Treasury "a chance to open the aperture to reflect more of America's history," Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said.

First round of criminal charges emerge from Flint water crisis

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 14:07
The first criminal charges stemming from the Flint water crisis are made against three government officials.

The new, old Trump brings back ‘Lyin’ Ted’

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 13:21

Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Indianapolis, April 20, 2016. The real estate mogul and Republican frontrunner revived his favorite nickname for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz at a rally here, repeatedly using it to trash his rival for his alleged close ties to special interests and for his efforts to outmaneuver Trump in the race for delegates to the party convention. “I’m millions of votes ahead of ‘Lyin’ Ted,’” Trump boasted, slamming the Texas senator for trying to exploit a “rigged” and “corrupt” delegate system.

Up to 500 feared dead in Mediterranean shipwreck last week

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 12:29

GENEVA (AP) — As many as 500 people are feared dead after a shipwreck last week in the Mediterranean Sea, two international groups said Wednesday, describing survivors' accounts of panicked passengers who desperately tried to stay afloat by jumping between vessels.

What Colorado has learned from legalizing marijuana so far

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 09:33

ER visits are up, and heavier use among young adults reported, but the decreased stigma surrounding recreational pot blunts findings.

Obama in Saudi Arabia on fence-mending visit

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 09:31

President Barack Obama held talks with Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Wednesday as he began a two-day visit hoping to ease tensions with the historic US ally. Riyadh and its Sunni Arab Gulf neighbours have bristled at what they see as Washington's tilt towards their regional rival Shiite Iran after Tehran's landmark nuclear deal with world powers. Obama, making probably his last visit to Riyadh as president, attends a summit of Gulf leaders on Thursday hoping to focus on intensifying the fight against the Islamic State group and resolving the wars in Syria and Yemen.

Unconventional #4: Trump’s real magic number; Sanders’ Gary Hart-Ted Kennedy conundrum (and more!)

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 09:09

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks after winning the New York state primary.  (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images) Unconventional is Yahoo News’ complete guide to what could be the craziest presidential convention — or conventions — in decades. Here’s what you need to know today. 1. Does Trump really need to win 1,237 delegates?

Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager doesn’t understand Bernie Sanders’ rationale for a delegate fight

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 08:56

Fresh off Hillary Clinton’s victory in the New York Democratic primary, her campaign manager, Robby Mook, says he believes she’ll soon have the magic number of delegates needed to secure the nomination — and doesn’t understand the Sanders campaign vow to take its fight to the convention.

Three Michigan officials charged in Flint toxic water crisis

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 08:31

Three Michigan state and local officials were criminally charged on Wednesday in connection with the state attorney general's investigation into dangerous lead levels in Flint's drinking water, a crisis that has fueled widespread public outrage, according to local media reports. Genesee District Judge Tracy Collier-Nix authorized charges against Flint employee Michael Glasgow and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality employees Stephen Busch and Michael Prysby, The Detroit News and Mlive reported. Attorney General Bill Schuette in January named a special prosecutor to lead a team to probe whether criminal charges should be filed in the water crisis.

Sharp tremor hits Ecuador, biggest post-quake aftershock

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 02:22

MONTECRISTI, Ecuador (AP) — A fresh tremor rattled Ecuador before dawn Wednesday morning, a 6.1 magnitude jolt that was the strongest aftershock since a lethal earthquake killed hundreds of people. There was no immediate report of further damage.

Trump trounces in New York primary, pushes toward 1,237

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 19:33

Donald Trump easily won New York’s Republican presidential primary Tuesday, a significant home-state victory that is likely to give new momentum to the GOP frontrunner’s campaign after weeks of turmoil. “It’s just incredible,” Trump declared, as he spoke inside the atrium of Trump Tower in Manhattan surrounded by his family and at least 100 cheering friends and supporters. Though the results were still being tallied, Trump appeared to be in a strong position to win close to the 95 delegates at stake Tuesday, expanding the real estate mogul’s already sizable delegate lead over his closest rival, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

Trump, Clinton win New York, take big step toward presidential nomination

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 18:59

GOP front-runner Donald Trump moves closer to capturing enough delegates to avoid a contested convention in July.

Ted Cruz debuts new campaign theme: ‘Yes we will’

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 18:07

While taking a shellacking in the New York Republican primary, the Texas senator debuted a new campaign slogan aimed at President Barack Obama — and the general election.

Criminal charges coming on Wednesday over Flint water: report

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 17:52

(Reuters) - Michigan's attorney general will announce criminal charges on Wednesday connected to his investigation into dangerous levels of lead in Flint's drinking water, the Detroit Free Press reported on Tuesday. The newspaper said that among those who will be charged by Attorney General Bill Schuette is a Flint city official who signed a document saying the homes Flint used to test tap water under federal guidelines all had lead service lines. The newspaper cited three sources familiar with the investigation for its story.