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Iraq routed IS from Ramadi at a high cost: A city destroyed
12:24 AM, 05.05.2016

FILE - Smoke rises from Islamic State group positions after an airstrike by U.S.-led coalition warplanes in the Iraqi city of Ramadi in this Dec. 25, 2015 file photo during the Iraqi government offensive that drove the militants out of the city. Ramadi, the provincial capital of Iraq’s Sunni heartland, was declared “fully liberated” early this year. But the cost of victory may have been the city itself, with widespread destruction from strikes, artillery and the militants' scorched earth tactic of destroying buildings and infrastructure as they fled. (AP Photo, File)RAMADI, Iraq (AP) — This is what victory looks like in the Iraqi city of Ramadi: In the once thriving Haji Ziad Square, not a single structure still stands. Turning in every direction yields a picture of devastation.


 
With Lowry faltering, Dragic flourishing, Heat seek 2-0 lead
12:17 AM, 05.05.2016

Toronto Raptors' DeMarre Carroll (5) defends as Miami Heat's Goran Dragic (7) drives for the basket during the second half in Game 1 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series, Tuesday, May 3, 2016 in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDITIt took the Toronto Raptors 15 years to get this far again, and Kyle Lowry knows they won't go further if he doesn't play better.


 
Clock starts for voters to reject new California tobacco age
12:12 AM, 05.05.2016

FILE- In this March 10, 2016 file photo, State Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-Azusa, urges lawmakers to approve his bill to raise the smoking age from 18 to 21 at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. California Gov. Jerry Brown faces a midnight deadline to act on six bills to restrict tobacco use in California, including one to raise the legal age to buy tobacco for smoking, dipping, chewing and vaping from 18 to 21. Brown must sign, veto or return the bills to the Legislature on Wednesday, May 4, or they automatically become law on Thursday. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has become the second state in the nation to raise the legal age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21, starting the clock for opponents to ask voters for a reversal this November.


 
English malaise stirs yearning for divorce from European Union
12:11 AM, 05.05.2016

Michael Clarkson holds his dog Elsa wearing a scarf of England flags, as he poses for a photograph at an English Festival to celebrate St George's Day on the outskirts of GillinghamBy Estelle Shirbon GILLINGHAM, England (Reuters) - With a tattoo of Winston Churchill's face on his right forearm and a poem about English pride on his t-shirt, Michael Clarkson is not shy about his patriotism or his disdain for a Europe that lies "miles away, over the sea". With displays of sheep-shearing skills and vintage tractors, donkey rides for children and stalls selling old-fashioned foods like jellied eel, this was a nostalgic vision of England. In his view, English identity is being eroded as immigration rises, Scotland asserts itself and the government bows to diktats from the European Union in Brussels.


 
Two more Takata-linked airbag deaths in Malaysia: Honda
12:07 AM, 05.05.2016

Honda said it has issued a recall notice for the Honda City vehicles in 2014 and 2015 requiring the driver's front airbag inflators to be replacedTwo people have died in Malaysia after airbag inflators made by Japan's Takata exploded, carmaker Honda announced, raising the global toll to 13 in a scandal that has led to the biggest auto recall in US history. Tokyo-based auto parts giant Takata is struggling to deal with a defect that can send metal and plastic shrapnel from the inflator canister hurtling toward drivers and passengers when an airbag is deployed. The latest deaths came in April in Sabah state on Malaysia's Borneo island and in the northern Kedah state in May.


 
Syria's Aleppo relatively calm as truce takes effect: residents
11:58 PM, 05.04.2016

Relative calm prevailed on Thursday in Syria's war-torn Aleppo following a U.S.-Russian deal to extend a cessation of hostilities that had crumbled after nearly two weeks of violence between rebels and government forces that killed dozens.

 
Kansas City streetcars making comeback after 6-decade hiatus
11:44 PM, 05.04.2016

In this Wednesday, April 27, 2016 photo, a streetcar takes a practice run along Main Street in Kansas City, Mo. A city that once had one of the nation’s largest streetcar networks is preparing to launch smaller, modern version that supporters say will shape development for years to come. Kansas City is celebrating the opening of its 2.2-mile streetcar line on Friday, May 6, 2016, with street parties, speeches and fireworks. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Six decades after Kansas City shuttered one of the nation's largest streetcar networks, a modern but much smaller version is set to open in its central business district — a project supporters say already has spurred hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of downtown development.


 
Mega-bucks to mega-flops as Chinese football teams crash out
11:26 PM, 05.04.2016

Guangzhou Evergrande have been eliminated from the AFC Champions League with a game to spareChina's world-leading transfer splurge has left two teams with red faces after holders Guangzhou Evergrande and Jiangsu Suning crashed out of the AFC Champions League group stage. Just months after they repeatedly smashed Asia's transfer record to hire top players, the two sides flopped in the regional competition, a route to a coveted FIFA Club World Cup spot. Luiz Felipe Scolari's Evergrande were particularly poor as they were eliminated with a game to spare.


 
Hornqvist scores overtime winner to lift Penguins past Capitals
11:18 PM, 05.04.2016

The Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 to grab a 3-1 lead in their second round NHL playoff seriesPatric Hornqvist buried the overtime winner as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 to grab a 3-1 lead in their second round NHL playoff series. Hornqvist took advantage of a blunder by Capitals defenceman Mike Weber to score the game winner. Weber, who was playing in his first game of the best-of-seven series, accidently passed the puck backwards to Hornqvist who beat Washington goalie Braden Holtby between the legs with a wrist shot.


 
Ex-Utah Sen. Bob Bennett, ousted in tea party wave, has died
11:13 PM, 05.04.2016

FILE- In this Dec. 9, 2010, file photo, Sen. Robert Bennett, R-Utah, heads for the Senate floor for cloture votes on Capitol Hill in Washington. An assistant says former Republican Sen. Bob Bennett of Utah, one of the first incumbents ousted in a national wave of tea party-led anger in 2010, has died. He was 82. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Bob Bennett, of Utah, who shied away from the spotlight but earned a reputation as someone who knew how to get things done in Washington, has died. He was 82.


 
MTA: 1 ½-year or 3-year shutdown for L train repairs
11:06 PM, 05.04.2016

NEW YORK (AP) — The lone subway tunnel connecting some of Brooklyn's hippest, youngest neighborhoods to New York City's commercial heart in Manhattan will either be closed entirely for 18 months, or see extremely limited service for three years, under two possible plans for repairing damage caused by Superstorm Sandy.

 
Raging fire threatens to reduce Canadian city to ashes, engulf airport
10:57 PM, 05.04.2016

A helicopter flies into thick smoke while battling a major forest fire outside of Fort McMurrayBy Rod Nickel ANZAC, Alberta (Reuters) - A massive wildfire that has forced all 88,000 people to flee the western Canadian oil city of Fort McMurray and burned down 1,600 structures is now threatening its airport and communities well south of the town, authorities said on Wednesday. With a few neighborhoods already in ruins, worsening fire conditions Wednesday pushed walls of flames toward thousands of more homes in the northeastern Alberta town, in the heart of Canada's oil sands region. Officials confirmed that a hotel north of main terminal had caught fire.


 
Foreign investors in fizzled development at wit's end
10:54 PM, 05.04.2016

In this Wednesday, May 4, 2016, photo, Wei Wang poses with his wife and daughter in their Houston apartment. The Wangs and several other foreign investors had been banking on their investments in a biomedical research facility in northern Vermont to get green cards. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Foreigners who had been banking on their investments in a biomedical research facility and a hotel and rental cottage project in northern Vermont to get green cards are scrambling to find a backup now that the project's developers are accused of misusing hundreds of millions of dollars of investors' money in what investigators called a "massive eight-year fraud scheme."


 
Hornqvist scores in OT, Penguins beat Capitals 3-2
10:53 PM, 05.04.2016

The Pittsburgh Penguins celebrate their overtime victory against the Washington Capitals in Game 4 in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semifinals in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, May 4, 2016. The Penguins won 3-2. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)PITTSBURGH (AP) — Patric Hornqvist makes a living by working in tight spaces. Given a rare moment of freedom from his usual spot parked in front of the opponent's net, the Pittsburgh Penguins forward pushed the Washington Capitals to the brink of elimination.


 
3 for all: Cavaliers make record 25 3-pointers, rout Hawks
10:48 PM, 05.04.2016

3 for all: Cavaliers make record 25 3-pointers, rout HawksCLEVELAND (AP) — Your shot, Warriors.


 
World Video Game Hall of Fame prepares to induct 2016 class
10:38 PM, 05.04.2016

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Last year, "Super Mario Bros." and "Pong" were among the first inductees to the World Video Game Hall of Fame.

 
Court to hear forced medication appeal in doctor murder case
10:31 PM, 05.04.2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether a doctor charged with killing a Yale University physician can be forcibly medicated to render him competent to stand trial.

 
US, Russia win truce promise in Syria's Aleppo
10:14 PM, 05.04.2016

Under pressure from Russia and the United States, the Syrian army agreed to respect a two-day truce in the war-ravaged city of AleppoUnder pressure from Russia and the United States, the Syrian army agreed to respect a two-day truce in the war-ravaged city of Aleppo. The Syrian climb-down came after Washington said the US and Russia had agreed to push the warring parties to extend their shaky ceasefire. "A truce will be in place in Aleppo for 48 hours from 1:00 am on Thursday (2200 GMT Wednesday)," Syrian army command said, according to state media.


 
Doctor called to help Prince is a longtime pain specialist
10:12 PM, 05.04.2016

The building housing the office of Dr. Howard Kornfeld appears, Wednesday, May 4, 2016, in Mill Valley, Calif. Minneapolis attorney William Mauzy, who represents Kornfeld, said Wednesday that singer Prince had arranged an initial meeting with him the day before he died. Mauzy said Kornfeld had never met or spoken to Prince before the singer's representatives reached out to him on April 20. Mauzy said Kornfeld wasn't able to travel immediately to Minnesota, so arranged for his son Andrew to go instead. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)MILL VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — The Northern California doctor who was asked to help Prince before his death is an addiction and pain specialist who has championed the use of a semi-synthetic opiate to treat pain.


 
Flood of refugees leads to cricket boom in Germany
10:03 PM, 05.04.2016

With an influx of cricket-mad Pakistan and Afghanistan asylum seekers, the German Cricket Federation has been flooded with a simple question: "Where can I play?"The influx of asylum seekers into Germany, especially from cricket-mad Pakistan and Afghanistan, has created an unexpected boom for the sport in a country where football has long been king. The DCB's chief executive officer, Brian Mantle, says they have been swamped by enquiries through their website (www.cricket.de) to set up new clubs across the country, supply equipment and point new arrivals to their local team.


 
Judge says Clinton may have to testify in email lawsuit
09:56 PM, 05.04.2016

Clinton speaks during a campaign event on substance abuse and addiction in CharlestonBy Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge in Washington on Wednesday ordered that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton may have to testify in a lawsuit related to the private email server she used while secretary of state. U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan said the parties in the case, the State Department and conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch, also struck an agreement about the scope of the testimonies that some of Clinton's former top aides will give in the case. Clinton has come under fire for using a private email account and server at her home in New York state for official emails when she was America's top diplomat between 2009 and 2013.


 
Detroit teachers ending 2-day sick-out, fighting legislation
09:39 PM, 05.04.2016

Teachers rally outside the school district's headquarters, Tuesday, May 3, 2016,m in Detroit. Nearly all of Detroit's public schools were closed for a second consecutive day Tuesday after hundreds of teachers called out sick over concerns that many may not get paid if the financially struggling district runs out of money. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT (AP) — Detroit schools reopened Wednesday after teachers who had called out sick for two days received assurances from the financially struggling district that they would continue to be paid.


 
Trump urges Republican unity as he eyes clash with Clinton
09:12 PM, 05.04.2016

With unfavorability ratings among the highest of any modern presidential candidate, and concern within his own party US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump sought to assuage concernsBillionaire Donald Trump pledged to unify the fractured Republican Party following a bruising primary season, as he declared the battle for the White House starts now against likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Trump's path to the GOP presidential nomination is clear after his commanding victory in Indiana's primary Tuesday pushed remaining challengers Ted Cruz and then Ohio Governor John Kasich out of the race. "Now we'll unify the party," Trump, 69, told Fox News.


 
Number of homeless people increases in Los Angeles
09:04 PM, 05.04.2016

"Despite our progress, Los Angeles is facing a historic housing shortage, a staggering mental health crisis and veterans are becoming homeless every day," Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti saysThe Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) said in its report that the increase came about despite a reduction in the number of homeless veterans and homeless families. Homelessness among veterans dropped by 30 percent across the county, while the number of homeless families fell by 18 percent, largely thanks to an increase in funding by the federal government.


 
YouTube plans Internet television service: report
08:46 PM, 05.04.2016

YouTube's new Internet television service, called Unplugged, could debut as early as next year, report saysYouTube plans to launch a service that streams cable television channels to viewers over the Internet for the price of a subscription, Bloomberg reported. YouTube has made a priority of creating the service, called Unplugged, which could debut as early as next year, according to the report Wednesday, which cited unnamed people close to the project. YouTube executives have talked about the plan with major media companies such as Viacom, NBCUniversal, and Twenty-First Century Fox but had yet to obtain rights to any content, according to unidentified sources cited by Bloomberg.


 
Yahoo takes hit with loss of AT&T contract
08:44 PM, 05.04.2016

AT&T confirmed on May 4, 2016, that it is switching to Synacor to manage its att.net portal and applications including searchYahoo's struggling Internet business took a hit with the loss of a long-time contract to manage the Internet portal and search for US telecommunication giant AT&T. AT&T confirmed on Wednesday that it is switching to Synacor to manage its att.net portal and applications including search, ending a business tie it had with Yahoo for 15 years. "While this transition will occur over one to two years, it is another step as we integrate the entertainment and services our customers want," AT&T said in an email response to an AFP inquiry.


 
Obama urges Asian-Americans to stand up to bigotry
08:39 PM, 05.04.2016

President Barack Obama give the gives a shaka hand gesture as he begins to deliver the keynote address at the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies 22nd Annual Awards Gala Dinner in Washington, Wednesday, May 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Wednesday urged Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders to fight bigotry and to press Congress to update U.S. immigration policy.


 
LEADING OFF: DeGrom looks for 4-0 start in San Diego start
07:52 PM, 05.04.2016

FILE - In this Sunday, April 24, 2016 file photo, New York Mets' Jacob deGrom pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning of a baseball game in Atlanta. Jacob deGrom, who carries a 3-0 record and 1.02 ERA into his start at San Diego, often has no-hit stuff. So Mets manager Terry Collins realizes he could find himself in a similar situation to Miami’s Don Mattingly and the Dodgers’ Dave Roberts, who each has removed a young pitcher in the middle of a no-hit bid because of a high pitch count this season, Wednesday, May 4, 2016.(AP Photo/John Amis, File)A look at what's happening all around the majors Thursday:


 
Cavaliers set NBA playoff record for 3-pointers
07:52 PM, 05.04.2016

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) reacts in the first half against the Atlanta Hawks during Game 2 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, May 4, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers have set an NBA playoff record by making 22 3-pointers in Game 2 against Atlanta on Wednesday night.


 
Fired employee kills co-worker, self at Houston-area company
07:35 PM, 05.04.2016

Sheriff's deputies surround Knight Transportation after a recently dismissed man opened fire inside the facility, fatally shooting a former co-worker before turning the gun on himself, Wednesday, May 4, 2016, in Katy, Texas. (Michael Ciaglo/Houston Chronicle via AP) MANDATORY CREDITKATY, Texas (AP) — A man dismissed last month from a Houston-area transportation company stormed into the facility and opened fire on Wednesday, fatally shooting a former co-worker and injuring two others before turning the gun on himself, saying his life had been ruined, sheriff's officials said.


 
Pot legalization backers kick off California campaign
07:28 PM, 05.04.2016

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, right, speaks in support of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act ballot measure in San Francisco, Wednesday, May 4, 2016. Backers of the marijuana legalization initiative said Wednesday they have collected enough signatures for the measure to qualify for the November ballot in California. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A long-anticipated campaign to legalize recreational marijuana use in the state that produces more pot than any other commenced in California on Wednesday as supporters announced they have collected enough signatures to qualify a voter initiative for the November ballot.


 
U.S. oil industry bankruptcy wave nears size of telecom bust
07:27 PM, 05.04.2016

Dead sunflowers stand in a field near dormant oil drilling rigs which have been stacked in Dickinson, North DakotaBy Ernest Scheyder and Terry Wade HOUSTON (Reuters) - The rout in crude prices is snowballing into one of the biggest avalanches in the history of corporate America, with 59 oil and gas companies now bankrupt after this week's filings for creditor protection by Midstates Petroleum and Ultra Petroleum. Charles Gibbs, a restructuring partner at Akin Gump in Texas, said the U.S. oil industry is not even halfway through its wave of bankruptcies. Some oil producers appear to be holding on, hoping the price of crude stabilizes at a higher level.


 
After Hastert, Illinois weighs change to child sex abuse law
07:22 PM, 05.04.2016

FILE - In this April 27, 2016 file photo, former House Speaker Dennis Hastert departs the federal courthouse in Chicago after his sentencing on federal banking charges. Illinois Democratic state Sen. Scott Bennett is responding to the Hastert hush-money case with a proposal to give prosecutors the right to pursue child sex abuse charges no matter how long ago the crimes occurred. Bennett says time should not prevent child molesters from being prosecuted. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A state lawmaker and former prosecutor wants to eliminate the statute of limitations on child sex crimes in Illinois, a response to the hush-money case against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert.


 
Judge: Plan for restoring Northwest salmon runs not enough
07:19 PM, 05.04.2016

FILE - In this June 27, 2012, file photo, two sockeye salmon swim in the Columbia River with a Chinook salmon, middle, at the Bonneville Dam fish-counting window near North Bonneville, Wash. A draft report released in April 2016 taking a hard look at last summer's massive die-off of sockeye salmon in the Columbia River Basin says Northwest fisheries managers must respond faster to mitigate future fish kills if similar warm-water conditions return. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)SEATTLE (AP) — A massive habitat restoration effort by the U.S. government doesn't do nearly enough to improve Northwest salmon runs, a federal judge ruled Thursday, handing a major victory to conservationists, anglers and others who hope to someday see four dams on the Snake River breached to make way for the fish.


 
On Capitol Hill, GOP muted a day after Trump's ascension
07:06 PM, 05.04.2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — The reaction of congressional Republicans to Donald Trump's ascension ranged from subdued to silent on Wednesday, a day after the billionaire TV personality was all but anointed as the party's presidential nominee.

 
US Judge: Clinton may be ordered to testify in records case
07:04 PM, 05.04.2016

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign event in AthensWASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge said Wednesday he may order Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton to testify under oath about whether she used a private email server as secretary of state to evade public records disclosures.


 
Eyes on Rio as Diamond League returns to Doha
07:02 PM, 05.04.2016

Athletics - Eyes on Rio as Diamond League returns to DohaA strong field of some 80 current and former Olympic medallists will be competing in Doha, all with an eye on securing a good start before Brazil and, in some cases, imminent qualifiers ahead of Rio. In total, eight Olympics gold medallists will compete, as well as more than 40 athletes with World Championship medals. Much of the focus in Doha could fall on Kenyan stars, especially the middle-distance events.


 
NBC's Morales moves West to 'Access Hollywood'
06:31 PM, 05.04.2016

FILE- In this Oct. 8, 2015, file photo, Natalie Morales arrives at the Latin American Music Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. NBC "Today" show anchor Morales is moving West to become host of the entertainment show "Access Hollywood," but will keep a role on the morning program. NBC said Wednesday, May 4, 2016, that it hasn't been determined whether she will continue to host the third hour from California or if that role will go to someone else. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — NBC "Today" show anchor Natalie Morales is moving West to become host of the entertainment show "Access Hollywood," but will keep a role on the morning program.


 
The Latest: California raises legal age to buy tobacco to 21
06:29 PM, 05.04.2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a California bill to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco (all times local):

 
California governor approves bill increasing age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21
06:23 PM, 05.04.2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California governor approves bill increasing age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21.

 
 
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