Obama sips Flint water, urges children be tested for lead
Wed, 04 May 2016 18:53:04 -0400
By Timothy Gardner FLINT, Mich. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama sipped filtered water in Flint, Michigan, on Wednesday and assured angry residents that their children would be fine in the long term despite the "complete screw-up" that contaminated their drinking water with lead. Obama made the trip to the mostly African-American community to demonstrate that the water there was safe even as he predicted it would take more than two years to replace the city's aging pipes. ...
Radio stations mourn Prince with song simulcast
Wed, 04 May 2016 18:44:04 -0400
Leading US radio stations Wednesday simultaneously played Prince's ballad "Nothing Compares 2 U" in a memorial over the airwaves to the late pop legend. The timing comes from the opening lyric to the 1985 heartache song -- "It's been seven hours and 13 days since you took your love away" -- corresponding to the period since the 57-year-old superstar unexpectedly died on April 21. Radio host Mary Lucia introduced the song by saying that Prince's death had devastated Minnesota but that the Purple One spoke to people across races, ages and geography.
Reutersward, Swedish sculptor of twisted gun barrel, dies
Wed, 04 May 2016 18:38:35 -0400
HELSINKI (AP) — Carl Fredrik Reutersward, one of Sweden's best-known modern artists and the creator of the iconic statue of a revolver barrel tied in a knot, has died at the age of 81.
Madrid beats Man City 1-0 to reach Champions League final
Wed, 04 May 2016 18:37:32 -0400
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid turned another Champions League final into a crosstown derby on Wednesday, beating Manchester City a day after Atletico Madrid had sealed its place in the decider for European soccer's biggest prize.
Canada wildfire disrupts operations in oil sands region
Wed, 04 May 2016 18:36:20 -0400
(Reuters) - The wildfire that raged unchecked on Wednesday in the city of Fort McMurray in the heart of the Canadian oil sands region has disrupted oil company operations nearby. While oil sands facilities are not in the fire's path, a number of companies have curbed activities to allow workers and others to get to safety. Following is a list of what oil producers and pipeline companies have said about nearby operations.
North Carolina transgender law violates civil rights law: U.S.
Wed, 04 May 2016 18:34:41 -0400
The Department of Justice told North Carolina's governor on Wednesday that a new state law limiting restroom access for transgender people violates the U.S. Civil Rights Act. In a letter to Republican Governor Pat McCrory that was seen by Reuters, the Justice Department said the state was "engaging in a pattern or practice of discrimination against transgender state employees," and it had until Monday to say whether it would remedy the violations. McCrory's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but Republican state legislative leaders said the federal warning did not change their support for the measure.
Johnny Manziel booked in domestic violence case
Wed, 04 May 2016 18:34:11 -0400
DALLAS (AP) — Johnny Manziel has been booked and posted bond in a domestic violence case, one day before the former Cleveland Browns quarterback faces his first court hearing.
Canadian town, already staggering from oil bust, hit by wildfires
Wed, 04 May 2016 18:33:14 -0400
By Rod Nickel EDMONTON, Alberta (Reuters) - Fort McMurray, the Canadian oil town engulfed by wildfires, was already crippled by a collapse in crude prices before flames raced into the once-booming city, burning hundreds of homes to the ground and chasing residents into bush camps for safety. Dubbed Fort McMoney when its oilsands industry was flourishing and residents were among the wealthiest in Canada, Fort McMurray had been hemorrhaging workers and wealth for 18 months before fires forced the evacuation of the entire city's 88,000 residents. "Fort McMurray was really the ground zero of all that was happening related to oil and gas," said Sandeep Agrawal, urban studies and regional planning professor at the University of Alberta.
Driver had a monkey on his back even before he got arrested
Wed, 04 May 2016 18:31:28 -0400
BURIEN, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state driver who had a monkey on his back wound up with handcuffs on his wrists.
U.S. judge says Clinton may have to testify in email lawsuit
Wed, 04 May 2016 18:31:09 -0400
By 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.
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