Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 10. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid says Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders won’t win their party’s nod, but that doesn’t mean his campaign has been in vain. Amid reports that Sanders’ campaign is burning through its cash, Reid told MSNBC’s “AM Joy” that the self-proclaimed democratic socialist will be a more powerful voice than ever before in the Senate.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — As he seeks to unite a fractured party, Donald Trump rallied one of the Republican Party’s most faithful constituencies on Friday, telling an audience of thousands of gun owners at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention that he will be a faithful defender of the right to bear arms if he wins the presidency. The promise won Trump the NRA’s endorsement, and the group’s leaders repeatedly urged conservatives to unite behind the real estate mogul as they prepare to take on a mutual foe: likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. In what was his second appearance before the NRA membership, Trump slammed Clinton as the most “anti-gun” and “most anti-Second Amendment” candidate ever to seek the presidency.
A shooting on a street just outside the White House created a brief national security scare Friday afternoon. A uniformed Secret Service officer reportedly shot an armed person on West Executive Ave. NW, a street that borders the White House to the west. An official, who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity for lack of authorization to release the information, said the Secret Service officer opened fire around 2 p.m., after the person approached a White House gate with a handgun.
The number of pregnant women infected with the Zika virus in the U.S. has more than tripled, increasing from 48 to 157 since May 11, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Friday. According to the CDC statement, a total of 279 pregnant women have tested positive for Zika in either the U.S. or its territories. The CDC has found that when pregnant women contract the virus, there is a direct correlation to miscarriage and severe prenatal brain abnormalities, such as microcephaly, a defect in fetal neurological development that results in a smaller than average head and brain.
The last surviving member of the jihadist team that attacked Paris, Salah Abdeslam, refused to answer questions in his first interview with a French anti-terror judge on Friday. Authorities had hoped Abdeslam would shed some light on the operational details of the November 13 attacks that killed 130 people, as well as provide clues as to whether other members of the wider jihadist cell are still at large. A source close to the investigation said Abdeslam's silence may have been the result of advice from Mehdi Nemmouche, the man suspected of a shooting at the Jewish museum in Brussels in 2014.
Sri Lankans clambered onto rubber dinghies and makeshift rafts Friday to flee their flooded capital as fresh downpours elsewhere hampered relief efforts. The heaviest rains in a quarter of a century have pounded the island since last weekend, sparking huge landslides that have buried victims in up to 50 feet (15 metres) of mud. Large parts of Colombo were evacuated overnight in an operation led by the military, involving boats and helicopters.
Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon announced his resignation on Friday, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered his post to hardliner Avigdor Lieberman to expand his governing coalition. Yaalon's surprise resignation comes two days after former foreign minister Lieberman said he would be open to bringing his far-right Yisrael Beitenu party into Netanyahu's coalition if a number of conditions were met, including being named defence minister.
Egypt's military found wreckage Friday from the EgyptAir plane that crashed in the Mediterranean as investigators tried to unravel the mystery of why it swerved suddenly and plummeted into the sea. Search teams spotted personal belongings of passengers and parts of the Airbus A320 about 290 kilometres (180 miles) north of Egypt's coastal city of Alexandria, a military spokesman said. Egypt's aviation minister said on Thursday that a "terrorist attack" was a more likely cause than technical failure for the plane's disappearance from radar screens on a flight from Paris to Cairo with 66 people on board.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma lawmakers have moved to effectively ban abortion in their state by making it a felony for doctors to perform the procedure, an effort the bill's sponsor said Thursday is aimed at ultimately overturning the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide.