Fire on oil rig in Gulf of Mexico
The US Coast Guard rescued 28 oil workers from an offshore platform in the Gulf Of Mexico on Friday after a fire broke out. No one was reported hurt in the incident, but pilots noted a 1.4 nautical mile (2.6 kilometer) "rainbow sheen" on the water. "The well was shut in and production has ceased," a Coast Guard statement said.
05/22/2015 - 08:20 PM
IS cements grip on Iraq-Syria border in jihadist surge
A suicide bomber from the extremist Sunni IS also attacked a Shiite mosque in Saudi Arabia, raising sectarian tensions in the region. The jihadists, who now control roughly half of Syria, reinforced their self-declared transfrontier "caliphate" by seizing Syria's Al-Tanaf crossing on the Damascus-Baghdad highway late Thursday. It was the last regime-held border crossing with Iraq.
05/22/2015 - 08:16 PM
In Wilde's shadow, shyness and pride in Irish gay marriage vote
While many voters in Ireland's referendum on introducing same-sex marriage were strolling around Dublin wearing "Yes" badges Friday, many "No" voters were keeping it to themselves. On the corner of plush Merrion Square, outside the childhood home of 19th-century writer Oscar Wilde, there were two placards on the nearest lamp-post, one reading "Vote Yes" and the other "Equality for everybody". At Dublin Port, around 30 Irish emigrants sailed over from Britain to vote "Yes", arriving in home-made t-shirts, cheering and waving balloons and banners.
05/22/2015 - 08:14 PM
US egg prices soar as avian flu batters poultry industry
US farmers have been forced to kill almost 40 million chickens and other birds, causing egg prices to soar as a deadly version of the avian flu attacks the poultry industry. An outbreak of a particularly infectious version of the bird flu, believed to come initially from wild ducks and geese, has spread into 15 US states and two Canadian provinces, requiring the mass slaughter of egg-laying chickens and turkeys in particular. The state has declared a state of emergency against the disease, and after discovering avian flu on a 63rd farm, on Thursday banned any public exhibition of live birds, including at fairs, auctions, swap meets and other events.
05/22/2015 - 08:14 PM
US stocks dip as Yellen sees 2015 rate hike
New York (AFP) - Wall Street stocks finished lower Friday in light pre-holiday trade after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said the plan to raise interest rates this year was on track.
05/22/2015 - 08:13 PM
Clinton emails show concern about image after Benghazi
By Mark Hosenball and Alistair Bell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top aides to former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton fretted over how she would be portrayed after the 2012 Benghazi attacks that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans, emails released on Friday showed. The emails from Clinton's personal email account made public by the State Department do not appear to contain any revelations that could badly damage her bid for the presidency in 2016 or provide fodder for Republicans who accuse her of being negligent before the Benghazi attacks. A senior adviser to Clinton forwarded a fawning email from a State Department official about positive media coverage of a statement she gave on Sept. 12, 2012, the day after the killings.
05/22/2015 - 08:03 PM
Moscow issues travel warning over U.S. 'hunt' for Russians
Russia's foreign ministry has warned its citizens traveling abroad of the risks posed by U.S. law enforcement bodies and special services, which it said were hunting for Russians around the world. In a statement on Friday it also accused Washington of kidnapping Russians, citing cases such as that of Vladimir Drinkman, who was extradited to the United States from the Netherlands earlier this year. "By believing that it is allowed to do all it wants, Washington goes as far as kidnapping our citizens," the foreign ministry said.
05/22/2015 - 07:40 PM
Senate intelligence chairman offers surveillance compromise
By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chairman of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee on Friday released his proposal for how to handle U.S. spy agencies' domestic surveillance authorities before they expire at the end of the month. Republican Senator Richard Burr announced his bill as lawmakers tried to break a deadlock over how to handle provisions of the USA Patriot Act that allow spy agencies to sweep up millions of Americans' telephone records. Although Republicans control both the Senate and House of Representatives, the two chambers have been unable to agree on how to deal with the expiration of the surveillance authorities on June 1.
05/22/2015 - 07:35 PM
DC authorities: Ex-con had help in slaying of rich family
WASHINGTON (AP) — Authorities said in court documents made public Friday that than one person is responsible for the slayings of four people inside the mansion of a wealthy Washington family last week.
05/22/2015 - 07:32 PM
IS suicide bomber in deadly strike on Saudi Shiite mosque
An Islamic State group suicide bomber attacked a Shiite mosque in Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia on Friday, killing and wounding several people in an assault that threatens to fan sectarian tensions. The bomber struck during the main weekly prayers in Eastern Province, where assailants linked to the Sunni extremist IS killed seven members of the minority Shiite community in November. The interior ministry said a suicide bomber detonated a bomb at the mosque in Kudeih, in the Shiite-majority city of Qatif, the official SPA news agency reported.
05/22/2015 - 07:31 PM
Penske, Ganassi and Chevy dominate final Indy 500 practice
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Will Power ended the final practice session for the Indianapolis 500 up front — exactly where he doesn't want to be for most of Sunday's race.
05/22/2015 - 07:29 PM
Traders keep bets on first Fed rate hike in December
(Reuters) - U.S. short-term interest-rate futures contracts added to losses on Friday as Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen signaled the U.S central bank was on track to raise rates this year as a disappointing start to 2015 gives way to a stronger economy. The futures contracts show that traders see a 61 percent chance that the first Fed rate hike will come this December, based on CME FedWatch, which tracks rate hike expectations using its Fed funds futures contracts.
05/22/2015 - 07:27 PM
Turnout solid as Ireland votes in gay marriage
Turnout was reported to be high in Ireland's referendum Friday on whether same-sex marriage should become legal, a vote which has exposed deep divisions in the traditionally Catholic nation. "It's a very historic day, for Ireland, for gay people and for their family and for their friends, and for the future of the country," said Seamus Wright, who went to vote in central Dublin with his partner John O'Sullivan. At a polling station in the south Dublin suburb of Milltown, Rachael Stanley, 60, said she voted "No" and felt "strongly about it".
05/22/2015 - 07:27 PM
Montreal Alouettes sign openly gay defensive end Michael Sam
MONTREAL (AP) — Michael Sam has found a pro football job. In Canada.
05/22/2015 - 07:25 PM
'Live Earth' global climate change concerts delayed
Organisers of Live Earth, a set of global concerts backed by Al Gore aimed at pushing for urgent action on climate change, announced a delay Friday, weeks before the scheduled date. Live Earth had intended shows on each inhabited continent for June 18 featuring more than 100 artists to raise pressure for a strong agreement at a UN-led climate conference in Paris at the end of the year. Representatives, however, said that no events would take place that day, and instead a free concert would be held near the Eiffel Tower in Paris sometime in the autumn.
05/22/2015 - 07:22 PM
Not even helmets help pro bull riders stave off concussions
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Kasey Hayes hopped on the bovine beast trapped in the narrow holding pen like he'd done hundreds of times. He adjusted a tight rope on his left hand, found his balance and signaled he was ready to dominate the bull for the next eight seconds — or, at least, hoped to.
05/22/2015 - 07:22 PM
State Dept releases first Clinton emails on Libya
The State Department on Friday released a first batch of emails by Hillary Clinton, giving an unprecedented glimpse into the work of the former top diplomat in the wake of a deadly 2012 attack on a US mission in Libya. The emails have stoked fresh controversy since Clinton -- who is now running for president -- admitted to using a private server and email address during her tenure as secretary of state from 2009 to 2013. Both issues are likely to stalk Clinton as she bids to become the first woman to occupy the Oval Office in the 2016 elections, hoping to slide into the seat once held by her husband, former president Bill Clinton.
05/22/2015 - 07:19 PM
Gunfight in western Mexico kills at least 39: officials
At least 39 people were killed on Friday in western Mexico during a fight between armed civilians and security forces, two government officials said, the latest bloodshed in an area that has been plagued by violent drug gangs. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said 37 civilians had been killed in the clash near to Tanhuato in the state of Michoacan, near the border with Jalisco, a region home to Mexico's second-biggest city, Guadalajara. Jalisco, one of the engines of the Mexican economy, is the base of the Jalisco New Generation cartel, which has become a major headache for President Enrique Pena Nieto this year.
05/22/2015 - 07:12 PM
Williamson frustrates England in first Test
Kane Williamson's unbeaten 92 rounded off a fine day's work for New Zealand in the first Test against England at Lord's on Friday. The Black Caps ended the second day well-placed at 303 for two, just 86 runs behind England's first innings 389. Williamson and Ross Taylor (47 not out) had so far shared an unbroken stand of 155 after coming together when the tourists had lost two wickets with their score on 148.
05/22/2015 - 07:01 PM
Lakers GM says Bryant done after next season
Kobe Bryant will make next season his last with the Los Angeles Lakers after 20 years that have produced five NBA titles, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said. "He has indicated to me this is it," Kupchak told SiriusXM NBA Radio. The 36-year-old guard has played for the Lakers for his entire NBA career, but has been nagged by injuries in recent seasons and unable to display the form that made him a 17-time All-Star, two-time NBA scoring champion and two-time Olympic champion.
05/22/2015 - 06:59 PM
Colombia rebels cancel unilateral cease-fire after army raid
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's largest rebel group on Friday called off a unilateral cease-fire in reaction to a military raid on a guerrilla camp that killed 26 of its fighters, further straining negotiations to end the country's half-century-old conflict.
05/22/2015 - 06:52 PM
Clinton appears to rule out return of ground forces in Iraq
HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — Democratic presidential contender Hillary Rodham Clinton says U.S. ground forces should not be sent back to Iraq.
05/22/2015 - 06:48 PM
US officials: Iran enters Iraqi fight for key oil refinery
WASHINGTON (AP) — Iran has entered the fight to retake a major Iraqi oil refinery from Islamic State militants, contributing small numbers of troops, including some operating artillery and other heavy weapons in support of advancing Iraqi ground forces, U.S. defense officials said Friday.
05/22/2015 - 06:38 PM
Irish vote on gay marriage in landmark referendum
By Padraic Halpin and Conor Humphries DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland voted on Friday on whether to allow gay marriage, just two decades after decriminalising homosexuality, with reports of a high turnout likely to favor the 'Yes' side. With the once mighty Catholic Church's influence ravaged by child abuse scandals, opinion polls indicated the proposal would pass by as much as two-to-one, making Ireland the first country to adopt same-sex marriage via a popular vote. Irish national broadcaster RTE estimated turnout was likely to reach 60 percent in Dublin, which would be the highest in a referendum for years.
05/22/2015 - 06:33 PM
Yes or no? Ireland decides whether to legalize gay marriage
DUBLIN (AP) — Voters in once staunchly Catholic Ireland were deciding Friday whether to legalize gay marriage in what the government's equality minister called "a referendum like no other."
05/22/2015 - 06:26 PM
Lawyer: Ex-NFLer Aaron Hernandez, now in prison, low on cash
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Former NFL player and convicted killer Aaron Hernandez is running out of money after hiring a platoon of lawyers for all his criminal cases, his attorney said.
05/22/2015 - 06:22 PM
Correction: Air Force Station-Crash story
HONOLULU (AP) — In a story May 20 about the death of a second Marine during a training exercise in Hawaii, The Associated Press, relying on information from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, erroneously reported the hometown of Lance Cpt. Matthew Determan. He was from Ahwatukee, Arizona, not Maricopa.
05/22/2015 - 06:22 PM
Cavs' Irving misses shootaround, questionable for Game 2
ATLANTA (AP) — Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving skipped the morning shootaround Friday before Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final to get further evaluation on his ailing left knee.
05/22/2015 - 06:13 PM
Clinton got now-classified Benghazi info on private email
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton received information on her private email server about the deadly attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi that has now been classified.
05/22/2015 - 06:12 PM
Fed's Yellen expects rate hike 'some point this year'
Janet Yellen said Friday she expects the Federal Reserve to begin raising interest rates "at some point this year," saying delaying the long-awaited move risks the economy overheating. The comments came two days after minutes of the Fed's policy board made clear that slow economic growth in recent months meant it was not expecting to increase the benchmark Fed funds rate before late July, despite earlier forecasts of a mid-year hike. Yellen said she expects the economy to bounce back from the stall in the first quarter, which she attributed to "transitory" factors like severe weather and labor disputes at West Coast ports.
05/22/2015 - 06:06 PM
Campaign worker sends fake news release saying foe left race
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A campaign worker for a New Hampshire House hopeful has been charged with a felony for sending out a fake news release saying the opponent had dropped out of the race.
05/22/2015 - 05:58 PM
CANNES WATCH: Toni Garrn sparkles in silver on red carpet
CANNES, France (AP) — German model Toni Garrn brought a touch of little mermaid to the Cannes red carpet for "The Little Prince" in a sparkly, swanky silver gown that trailed elegantly to the floor, with bare shoulders and a crossover cutaway midriff.
05/22/2015 - 05:55 PM
Archives show Hillary Clinton OK'd tax breaks for nonprofits
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — In the Clinton administration's final months, then-first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton took an active role in White House efforts to give tax breaks to private foundations and wealthy charity donors at the same time that the William J. Clinton Foundation was soliciting donations for her husband's presidential library, Clinton-era documents show.
05/22/2015 - 05:53 PM
Slayer to release album on September 11
Macabre heavy metal giants Slayer have announced a new album to come out on September 11, the band's first since the death of founding member Jeff Hanneman. Slayer, known for intensely dark lyrics, faced a backlash in 2006 over a song about the September 11 attacks entitled "Jihad," which took the point of view of the Al-Qaeda assailants and quoted plot leader Mohammed Atta. "Repentless" is Slayer's first album since 2009 and the first since guitarist Hanneman's death two years ago.
05/22/2015 - 05:49 PM
Suicide bomber kills 21 at Saudi Shi'ite mosque, Islamic State claims attack
By Sami Aboudi DUBAI (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed 21 worshippers on Friday in a packed Shi'ite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia, residents and the health minister said, the first attack in the kingdom to be claimed by Islamic State militants. More than 90 people were wounded, the Saudi health minister told state television. Islamic State said in a statement that one of its suicide bombers, identified as Abu 'Ammar al-Najdi, carried out the attack using an explosives-laden belt that killed or wounded 250 people, U.S.-based monitoring group SITE said on its Twitter account.
05/22/2015 - 05:49 PM
Father of Santa Barbara shooting victim wants gun reforms
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Richard Martinez thinks of his son every day, and with those thoughts come the constant reminder of a young life cut tragically short by a troubled man with a gun.
05/22/2015 - 05:46 PM
Hundreds protest Washington police shooting of 2 unarmed men
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Hundreds of people marched in Washington state's capital city to protest a police shooting that wounded two unarmed stepbrothers suspected of trying to steal beer from a grocery store.
05/22/2015 - 05:46 PM
Regulators order pipeline testing, other steps after spill
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The company responsible for a pipeline that spilled thousands of gallons of oil along the California coast was ordered to take a series of steps before it can restart the line, federal regulators said Friday.
05/22/2015 - 05:42 PM
White House says FBI determined which Clinton emails to later classify
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Friday the FBI had determined material in former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails that was once unclassified needed to be classified on later review and said such a decision was not uncommon. White House spokesman Josh Earnest made the remarks after Clinton's emails related to Benghazi were released. (Reporting by Julia Edwards and Jeff Mason)
05/22/2015 - 05:31 PM
Tobacco firms get partial win over claims on smoking effects
WASHINGTON (AP) — America's largest tobacco companies must inform consumers that cigarettes were designed to increase addiction, but not that they lied to the public about the dangers of smoking, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday.
05/22/2015 - 05:30 PM
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