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Harry Reid: Sanders is ‘coming back to the Senate’ with more power

Sat, 05/21/2016 - 10:24

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.

Oklahoma senator weighing options after abortion ban veto

Sat, 05/21/2016 - 09:57

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Republican state senator who authored the bill that would effectively outlaw abortion in the state said Saturday that he hasn't decided whether he'll try to override the governor's veto.

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

Sat, 05/21/2016 - 03:44

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

Sanders campaign down to less than $6 million in cash

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 23:09

He faces a critical cash shortage as he makes an admittedly tough final play to wrest the Democratic presidential nomination from Hillary Clinton.

Crews hunt for debris and black box from doomed EgyptAir jet

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 21:55

No hard evidence has emerged to why the plane dropped off radar, swerved wildly, and plummeted.

Some in Okla. statehouse urge Obama impeachment over bathroom rule

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 15:40

The Oklahoma resolution calls on the state's members of the U.S. House of Representatives to file articles of impeachment against Obama.

Trump rallies gun owners, wins National Rifle Association endorsement

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 12:25

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.

White House security scare prompts Secret Service shooting

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 12:01

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.

Number of Zika cases in the U.S. increases dramatically, CDC says

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 09:52

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.

Paris attack suspect Abdeslam tight-lipped in first interrogation

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 08:57

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.

How a convicted felon nicknamed ‘Joey No Socks’ covered Donald Trump in stars

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 07:30

There was the Donald at his new golf club in the rolling Scottish dunes. The gaudy plaque Trump carried that day in 2013 was a Star Diamond award distributed by the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences — a group that turns out to have extensive ties with Trump.

Trump fires back at ex-Sec. of Defense Gates: ‘He knows nothing about me’

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 07:15

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Bob Gates found himself on the receiving end of Donald Trump’s barbed tongue Friday. Gates had publicly criticized his foreign policy proposals and temperament several times the day before.

Search resumes for missing EgyptAir jet

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 00:27

CAIRO (AP) — The search continued on Friday for missing EgyptAir flight 804, which disappeared from the radar while carrying 66 passengers and crew from Paris to Cairo.

200,000 flee capital as Sri Lanka flood misery worsens

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 23:12

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.

Israel defence minister resigns in spat with Netanyahu

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 22:47

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.

Taiwan installs 1st woman president amid tension with China

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 19:10

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan inaugurated Tsai Ing-wen as its first female president on Friday, returning the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party to power amid new concerns over increasingly fractious relations with Beijing and a flagging economy.

Cosby spends millions as lawsuits, criminal case rage on

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 18:53

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — In any given week, teams of high-priced lawyers fan out across the country to defend Bill Cosby amid a cascade of sexual assault allegations, defamation claims and insurance disputes.

San Francisco's police chief resigns amid racial issues

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 16:54

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco's police chief resigned Thursday at the request of the mayor hours after an officer fatally shot a young black woman driving a stolen car — the culmination of several racially charged incidents in the past year.

Wreckage of EgyptAir plane found in Mediterranean

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 16:51

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 lawmakers OK bill criminalizing performing abortion

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 16:16

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.