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A mural honoring the late rock star Prince adorns a building in the Uptown area of Minneapolis Thursday, April 28, 2016, Prince died last week at his Paisley Park home at the age of 57. An investigation into his death continues. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)CHICAGO (AP) Prince's final days and unexpected death at age 57 raise questions among experts familiar with prescription painkiller overdoses. It's possible the innovative musician's demise represents one of the most public tragedies in an overdose crisis now gripping America. . . more
laremy tunsil bongThe Ole Miss offensive tackle had a fall for the ages in Chicago. . . more
A television station in Baltimore has been evacuated after employees say a man threatened to blow up the station. . . more
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 10:51:18 -0400 
Boehner calls Cruz Lucifer in the fleshThe former House speaker offers a blunt assessment of the Texas senator: "I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life. . . more
Graffiti is seen scratched into a sandstone wall near Frame Arch in Arches National Park near Moab, Utah(Reuters) - Graffiti etched into one of the popular red rock arches in Utah's Arches National Park may be too deep to be repaired, the park's superintendent said on Thursday. The site of the graffiti is near a hiking trail to one of the park's main attractions, Delicate Arch, a 64-feet high sandstone structure that has been known to draw hundreds of visitors at a time. Defacing a national park can lead to a sentence of six months in prison and a $500 fine, according to the website for the U.S. Department of Justice. . . more
A 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit the Pacific nation of Vanuatu early on April 29, 2016, the United States Geological Survey said, with a tsunami warning issuedA major earthquake hit the Pacific nation of Vanuatu early Friday, briefly prompting a tsunami warning that was cancelled after locals reported no significant damage. The United States Geological Survey said the 7.0-magnitude quake -- originally reported as 7.3 -- struck at a relatively shallow depth of 35 kilometres (21 miles) some 209 kilometres from the capital Port Vila. The National Tsunami Warning Center (NTWC) initially warned the quake, which hit at 1933 Thursday GMT, could generate waves of up to three metres (10 feet) on parts of the Vanuatu coast. . . more
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 07:33:31 -0400 
Trumps America Firstneo-isolationismRepublican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers a foreign policy speech at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., April 27, 2016. After rolling over its opponents in all five Eastern seaboard primaries, the Trump juggernaut entered Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, where the victorious candidate gave a speech intended to add gravitas to his scattershot positions on foreign policy and national security. The direction Im outlining will return us to a timeless principle always putting the interests of the American people and American security above all else. . . more
People inspect the damage at the Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF)-backed al-Quds hospital after it was hit by airstrikes, in a rebel-held area of Syria's AleppoBy Lisa Barrington and Stephanie Nebehay BEIRUT/GENEVA (Reuters) - Air strikes destroyed a hospital and killed dozens of people in rebel-held areas of Aleppo, including children and doctors, in an attack that a U.S. official said appeared to be solely the work of the Syrian government. The city of Aleppo is at the center of a military escalation that has undermined peace talks in Geneva aimed at ending the five-year-old war. U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura appealed to the presidents of the United States and Russia to intervene to salvage a ceasefire that was "barely alive". . . more
A man wearing a full animal costume and surgical mask walks out of a TV station in Baltimore, Thursday, April 28, 2016. Baltimore police say a department sniper shot the man, who police say walked into a TV station displaying what appeared to be an explosive device on his chest. (Kenneth K. Lam/The Baltimore Sun via AP) WASHINGTON EXAMINER OUT; MANDATORY CREDITBALTIMORE (AP) A young man in an animal costume and surgical mask who walked into a Baltimore TV station Thursday claiming to have a bomb was shot and wounded by police, who determined that his alleged explosive consisted of aluminum-wrapped chocolate bars duct-taped to a flotation device. . . more
People walk by a TV news program showing an image published Sunday in North Korea's Rodong Sinmun newspaper of North Korea's ballistic missile that the North claimed to have launched from underwater, at Seoul Railway station in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, April 24, 2016. North Korea said Sunday that it successfully test-fired a ballistic missile from a submarine and warned of its growing ability to cut down its enemies with a "dagger of destruction." South Korea couldn't immediately confirm the claim of success in what marks Pyongyang's latest effort to expand its military might in face of pressure by its neighbors and Washington. The letters on the screen read: "North Korea said it successfully test-fired a ballistic missile." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) North Korea attempted unsuccessfully to launch two suspected powerful intermediate-range missiles on Thursday, South Korean defense officials said, bringing the number of apparent failures in recent weeks to three. . . more
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 05:00:50 -0400 
A failed pact tells you why Trump is winningLike Stalin and Churchill huddled over a map of Europe in 1944, Ted Cruz and John Kasich began a very odd week by announcing publicly, for reasons known only to them that they were divvying up the remaining primary states in order to maintain individual spheres of influence. Cruz would get Indiana (which is next to Ohio), while Kasich would get New Mexico (which shares a border with Texas). Of course, primary voters unlike, say, Polish peasants tend to do whatever they want, so all this plotting didnt exactly make Cruz and Kasich grandmasters of global domination. . . more
Prescription Drugs Found With Prince at the Time of His DeathTwo law enforcement sources told CBS News on Wednesday that prescription drugs were found in Princes possession and at his home at the time of the music icons death. The sources also said that the local sheriffs department has contacted the DEA about assisting with the investigation into the singers death. . . more
Ted Cruz picks Carly Fiorina as running mate in a highly unusual moveDuring a rally Wednesday afternoon in Indianapolis, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz announced that he had selected former Hewlett-Packard CEO and unsuccessful 2016 GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina as his running mate. After a great deal of time and thought, after a great deal of consideration and prayer, I have come to the conclusion that if I am nominated to be the president of the United States, I will run on a ticket with my vice presidential nominee Carly Fiorina,Cruz told hundreds of flag-waving supporters gathered at the Pavilion at Pan Am Plaza. Over and over again, Carly has shattered glass ceilings, Cruz said. . . more
File photo of Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders talking to supporters as they open a new regional campaign field office in SalemWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said on Wednesday he is planning to lay off hundreds of campaign workers nationwide and focus on winning in California, the New York Times reported on Wednesday. Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont, told the Times in an interview he planned to remain in the race despite losing four of five states in primary voting on Tuesday, putting him further behind rival Hillary Clinton. (http://nyti. ... . . more
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 11:37:43 -0400 
A crisis over tainted water in Flint, Michigan, has become a focus of the 2016 election campaignPresident Barack Obama will next week travel to Flint, Michigan, where a crisis over tainted water has become a focus of the 2016 election campaign, the White House said Wednesday. Responding to a letter from eight-year-old Flint resident Mari Copeny, Obama said he would visit the majority African American northern city on May 4. "I want to make sure people like you and your family are receiving the help you need and deserve," Obama wrote. . . more
Former U.S. Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert leaves the Dirksen Federal courthouse after his sentencing hearing in Chicago, IllinoisFormer U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, once one of the country's most powerful politicians, was sentenced on Wednesday to 15 months in federal prison for a financial crime related to sexual abuse of high school wrestlers he coached decades ago. U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Durkin called Hastert a serial sex abuser in handing down the sentence, which was longer than the zero to six months recommended by federal prosecutors. Durkin said the sentence would have been even longer if it weren't for Hastert's age, 74, and poor health. . . more
FILE - This Tuesday, April 14, 2015 file photo provided by the Tulsa County, Okla., Sheriff's Office shows Robert Bates. Bates, a former Oklahoma volunteer sheriff's deputy who says he mistook his handgun for his stun gun when he fatally shot an unarmed suspect has been convicted of second-degree manslaughter. Jurors announced the verdict Wednesday, April 27, 2016 in the case. The insurance executive fatally shot Eric Harris while working with Tulsa County sheriff's deputies last year. Harris was restrained and unarmed at the time. (Tulsa County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)TULSA, Okla. (AP) A former Oklahoma volunteer sheriff's deputy who said he mistook his handgun for his stun gun when he fatally shot an unarmed suspect last year was convicted of second-degree manslaughter on Wednesday. . . more