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Over 200 families feared buried by mudslides in Sri Lanka

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 00:58

The Sri Lankan Red Cross says rescuers are searching for survivors in three villages.


Amtrak victims: Investigative findings hard to believe

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 22:08

WASHINGTON (AP) — Victims of last year's deadly Amtrak derailment aren't buying the findings of federal investigators that the train's engineer likely lost his bearings because he was distracted by an incident with a nearby train.


After Oregon win, a defiant Bernie Sanders vows to fight Hillary Clinton until ‘the last ballot is cast’

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 20:05

Bernie Sanders took Oregon Tuesday night, while the Kentucky primary remained too close to call. One result: Hillary's pivot to the general election has to wait.


Trump sits down with Megyn Kelly, and neither one draws blood

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 18:55

Calling a truce on a feud that has been a prominent storyline of the 2016 election cycle, Donald Trump buried the hatchet, at least temporarily, with Megyn Kelly.


Clinton discloses millions in book royalties, speaking fees

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 17:20
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton is filing financial documents showing that in 2015 she earned more than $5 million in royalties from her book "Hard Choices" and about $1.5 million in speaking fees before she launched her presidential campaign.

Clinton, Sanders locked in tight contest in Kentucky primary

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 15:43

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders competed in a closely divided race in Kentucky's presidential primary on Tuesday as the Democratic front-runner aimed to blunt Sanders' momentum ahead of a likely general election matchup against Republican Donald Trump.


Bathroom bill supporters police public restrooms

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 14:22
A video of one woman’s crusade against Target’s inclusive bathroom policy went viral Tuesday, highlighting the latest action taken by supporters of controversial transgender bathroom laws.

Exclusive: Trump willing to meet North Korea's Kim, wants to renegotiate Paris climate accord

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 14:06

By Steve Holland and Emily Flitter NEW YORK (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said on Tuesday he is willing to talk to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to try to stop Pyongyang's nuclear program, proposing a major shift in U.S. policy toward the isolated nation. In a wide-ranging interview with Reuters, Trump also said he disapproved of Russian President Vladimir Putin's actions in eastern Ukraine, called for a renegotiation of the Paris climate accord, and said he would dismantle most of the Dodd-Frank financial regulations if he is elected president.


Travelers sound off on nightmarish lines at Chicago airports

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 13:30
Over the past few days, hundreds of travelers have missed flights out of the Windy City, as security is proving inadequate to handle the volume of passengers.

Prince’s best friend could be key in death investigation

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 12:35

According to a search warrant, detectives interviewed Kirk A. Johnson — a former Prince drummer and current manager of the singer’s Paisley Park estate — following the performer’s unexpected death last month. The court document, obtained by the Los Angeles Times, discloses that police seized Prince Rogers Nelson’s medical records from a Minneapolis-area hospital in early May. Investigators were particularly interested in files involving a family-medicine doctor who had treated Prince in the weeks before the singer was found dead April 21 in a Paisley Park elevator.


Donald Trump, dismissive of campaign pollsters, hired his own

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 11:59

Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee who long dismissed the usefulness of campaign pollsters, has hired pollster Tony Fabrizio. Fabrizio’s hiring is part of a broader Trump campaign effort to professionalize its operations in order to prepare for a general election campaign against likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. During the Republican primary, the poll-obsessed Trump boasted that he doesn’t “want to waste money on pollsters” to determine his campaign message.


Mexican president proposes legalizing gay marriage

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 11:19

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has proposed legalizing gay marriage.


GOP blocks provision to require women to register for draft

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 11:07

WASHINGTON (AP) — Buckling under conservative pressure, House Republicans pulled a legislative sleight of hand Tuesday and stripped a provision from the annual defense policy bill that would have required young women to sign up for a military draft.


Senate passes bill allowing Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 10:04

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate passed legislation on Tuesday that would allow victims of the Sept. 11 attacks to file lawsuits seeking damages from Saudi Arabia, setting up a potential showdown with the White House, which has threatened a veto. The Saudis, who deny responsibility for the 2001 attacks, strongly object to the bill and have threatened to sell up to $750 billion in U.S. securities and other American assets in retaliation if it becomes law. The "Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act," or JASTA, passed the Senate by unanimous voice vote.


NASA releases time-lapse footage of Mercury’s rare transit of the sun

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 09:16
The smallest planet in the solar system appeared as a small black dot with Earth's nearest star as its backdrop.

Radio distracted engineer in 2015 Amtrak crash - U.S. safety agency

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 08:07

By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The engineer involved in a deadly Amtrak passenger train crash in 2015 that killed eight passengers in Philadelphia was distracted by radio traffic, U.S. safety officials said on Tuesday. The engineer of Amtrak Train 188, Brandon Bostian, sped up into a curve at more than twice the recommended speed, which could have been prevented if the track had been fitted with positive train control, a safety system, the findings of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said. NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart said that Bostian had lost track of where the train was before the crash that killed eight passengers and sent 186 to hospitals.


Trump fumes after pro-Clinton super-PAC uses his own words against him

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 06:20

“The pathetic new hit ad against me misrepresents the final line. ‘You can tell them to go BLANK themselves’ was about China, NOT WOMEN!" Donald Trump said.


Wave of bombings hits Baghdad Shiite areas, killing 69

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 05:31

BAGHDAD (AP) — A wave of bombings struck outdoor markets and a restaurant in Shiite-dominated neighborhoods of Baghdad on Tuesday, killing at least 69 people, officials said — the latest in deadly militant attacks far from the front lines in the country's north and west where Iraqi forces are battling the Islamic State group.


IOC say 31 athletes could miss Rio after Beijing re-tests

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 05:18
Thirty one athletes from six sports could be banned from this year's Rio de Janeiro Olympics after 454 doping samples were re-tested from the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the IOC said on Tuesday. A statement from the International Olympic Committee said its Executive Board had stepped up the fight against drugs cheats and the re-tests had been carried out in conjunction with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and international federations. Another 250 samples would be re-tested from the London 2012 Olympics.

Oregon and Kentucky contests put pressure on Clinton

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 05:07

By Ginger Gibson and Emily Stephenson WASHINGTON, 2016 - Hillary Clinton is under pressure to do well in Democratic nominating contests in Kentucky and Oregon on Tuesday so she can turn her attention to the general election and the mounting attacks on her by Republican candidate Donald Trump. The continued presence in the race of Bernie Sanders – who remains a long-shot to upset Clinton and win the Democratic nomination – is prompting concerns among Clinton allies that he will damage her ability to take on Trump and hurt the Democrat in the fall.


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