'That was brutal': National Spelling Bee down to top 10
Thu, 26 May 2016 15:48:25 -0400
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Tejas Muthusamy knew he was in trouble.
Viacom CEO Dauman seeks trial by end-Sept over Redstone trust
Thu, 26 May 2016 15:46:59 -0400
Dauman and longtime board member George Abrams requested a trial date be set for no later than the end of September a court filing dated May 25. The petition requests that legal discovery begin immediately, and said it would require at least one medical examination of Redstone, who turns 93 on Friday, as well as a deposition of Shari Redstone, his daughter. Redstone removed Dauman and Abrams from the seven-person Sumner M. Redstone National Amusements Inc Trust last week as well as the National Amusements board.
Oil dips after hitting $50/bbl as glut worries resurface
Thu, 26 May 2016 15:43:42 -0400
Oil prices hit $50 a barrel on Thursday for the first time in seven months, then bounced below that level and settled lower on the day as investors worried robust price gains could encourage more output and add to the global glut. Wildfires in Canada's oil sands, unrest in the Nigerian and Libyan energy sectors, and a near economic meltdown in OPEC member Venezuela have knocked out nearly 4 million barrels per day in immediate production, sparking a buying frenzy in crude futures. Brent and U.S. crude's West Texas Intermediate (WTI) futures have risen nearly 90 percent from 12-year lows hit this winter.
US-backed forces battle IS near Syria stronghold, Iraqi city
Thu, 26 May 2016 15:41:52 -0400
Kurdish and Arab fighters aided by US soldiers battled the Islamic State group north of its Syrian stronghold of Raqa Thursday as Iraqi forces edged towards the jihadist-held city of Fallujah. The twin offensives are two of the most significant ground assaults against the extremists since they declared a self-styled "caliphate" straddling Iraq and Syria in 2014. The assaults came as Syria's UN envoy said trapped civilians risk starvation unless Damascus and rebel groups allow greater access to humanitarian aid convoys.
Lawmakers send Atlantic City rescue package to Christie
Thu, 26 May 2016 15:41:41 -0400
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers have sent Gov. Chris Christie a package of bills to keep Atlantic City from running out of cash, throwing the financially-strapped resort a life preserver just before the unofficial start to summer.
Sister Act: Serena, Venus Williams both win 6-2, 6-1 at Open
Thu, 26 May 2016 15:41:20 -0400
PARIS (AP) — First it was Serena Williams' turn to overpower an opponent 6-2, 6-1 on Court Suzanne Lenglen.
Clinton says IG report won't affect her presidential bid
Thu, 26 May 2016 15:41:00 -0400
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton contends a new government audit critical of her use of a private email server as secretary of state won't affect her Democratic presidential campaign.
GOP conservatives scuttle spending bill over gay rights
Thu, 26 May 2016 15:40:30 -0400
WASHINGTON (AP) — Angry House conservatives voted down a routine spending bill Thursday in a fight over gay rights, underscoring the passions surrounding a social issue that is dividing the Republican Party and the nation in this election year.
Over 100 feared dead in new migrant boat tragedies in Mediterranean
Thu, 26 May 2016 15:32:31 -0400
Over 100 migrants were feared dead Thursday after two crowded boats capsized off Libya in separate incidents, with one of the tragedies captured on video that shows dramatic rescues and desperate final moments. The survivors of the first shipwreck, which happened Wednesday, said some 650 people were aboard their boat when it left chaos-wracked Libya. The navy captured the tragedy in a horrifying video that shows the boat roll over and dump its passengers into the water.
Some Hispanics face ridicule over support for Trump
Thu, 26 May 2016 15:30:43 -0400
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Hispanic voters in Florida, New Mexico and California have waved Mexican flags and bashed Donald Trump piñatas — clashing with police, at times — to protest the Republican presidential contender's hard line approach to immigration.