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Hillary Clinton's first 2016 rally set for June 13

(Politico) Hillary Clinton will hold her presidential campaign’s first major event, a formal announcement rally, on June 13, according to a post on her official Twitter account Thursday afternoon.


Michelle Obama’s knockout response to President Obama’s #GimmeFive challenge

First lady Michelle Obama just delivered a knockout response to a “Let’s Move” challenge delivered by President Barack Obama, who posted a YouTube video to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the first lady’s initiative.


Josh Duggar Admits Molestation, Resigns from Family Research Council

(TMZ) Josh Duggar has resigned as Executive Director of the Family Research Council, acknowledging he sexually molested underage girls including some of his sisters, calling his conduct inexcusable.

Josh just told People, "Twelve years ago, as a young teenager. I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret." He continues, "We spoke with authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling."


Baltimore Grand Jury Indicts Six Officers in Freddie Gray's Death

(NBC) A grand jury in Baltimore has indicted six officers in the death of Freddie Gray, the city's top prosecutor said Thursday. In a hasty news conference, State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby reeled off the charges handed down by the grand jury against the officers, Garrett Miller, Alicia White, Edward Nero, Caesar Goodson Jr., Brian Rice and William Porter.


Boy Scouts’ President Calls for End to Ban on Gay Leaders

(NYT) The president of the Boy Scouts of America on Thursday called for an end to the group’s blanket ban on gay adult leaders, warning Scout executives that “we must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be,” and that “any other alternative will be the end of us as a national movement.”

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The NRA Rides To The Rescue Of Men Who Beat Up Their Dates In Louisiana

(Think Progress) If a man in New Orleans drives over to his girlfriend’s home and beats her senseless, the National Rifle Association has his back. Under existing Louisiana law, a person convicted of using “force or violence” against another member of their “household” loses their right to possess a firearm. If someone abuses a romantic partner that they do not live with, however, they are still allowed to carry a gun.


Study: Lawmakers Assume Voters Are Way More Conservative Than They Are

(TPM) Researchers from UC Berkeley and the Univeristy of Michigan dug up some surprising results after posing the question: How much do lawmakers really know about their voters' political views?

"Pick an American state legislator at random, and chances are that he or she will have massive misperceptions about district views on big-ticket issues, typically missing the mark by 15 percentage points," David Broockman and Christopher Skovron wrote in a study for the Scholarly Strategy Network originally published in 2013.

To investigate the question, the duo surveyed thousands of state legislators and compared their perceptions of voters to people's actual views, derived from a large body of public opinion data.


Oregon Bans Conversion Therapy

(Advocate) Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Monday signed into law House Bill 2307, which bans the use of so-called conversion therapy on minors.

The bill passed the Oregon Senate earlier this month by a vote of 21-3, after passing the House in March. Oregon now joins California, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia in outlawing the scientifically discredited therapy, which attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.


The Slow-Mo Scandal That Could Crush Scott Walker's Presidential Hopes

(Mother Jones) In 2010, Scott Walker was the young, hyperambitious executive of Milwaukee County and one of three candidates angling for the Wisconsin Republican gubernatorial nomination. Part of his official duties included overseeing Operation Freedom, a charity event that raised money for veterans and their families. When Walker's chief of staff caught wind that $11,000 of the nonprofit's money had gone missing, Walker had his office ask the local district attorney to investigate. Now that he's seeking the Republican presidential nomination, he probably wishes it hadn't.

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Dozens arrested, cited after Northern California protest

17 min ago - OAKLAND, Calif. — Authorities acting under a new get-tough policy for monitoring street protests arrested or cited dozens of demonstrators for ignoring police orders to end a demonstration in Oakland. The Oakland police said the protesters were deta ... (AP)

Strong Quake Rattles Tokyo Area, No Damage or Injury Reports

1 hr ago - A strong earthquake rattled the Japanese capital of Tokyo and its suburbs Monday, with a preliminary magnitude reading of 5.6, shaking buildings and temporarily stopping trains. There were no immediate reports of damages or casualties from the quake ... (AP)

Julian Castro defends Hillary Clinton as veep chatter grows: Benghazi probe like a ‘witch hunt’

4 hrs ago - Julian Castro, the up-and-coming Obama cabinet secretary who is frequently mentioned as a likely running mate for Hillary Clinton, called Republican efforts to pin blame on his prospective future boss for the 2012 Benghazi attacks a “witch hunt.” “W ... (New York Daily News)

Elizabeth Warren is calling for public hearings on banks

4 hrs ago - REUTERS MAY 24, 2015, 6:58 PM NEW YORK (Reuters) - US Senator Elizabeth Warren is calling for U.S. Department of Labor hearings on whether banks accused of rigging foreign exchange markets should be allowed to manage retirement accounts, the Financ ... (Reuters.com)

Official: Syrian army preparing for counterattack on Islamic State

4 hrs ago - DAMASCUS, Syria — The Syrian army is deploying troops in areas near the ancient city of Palmyra in apparent preparation for a counterattack to retake it from the Islamic State militant group, an official said. Gov. Talal Barazi of the central provin ... (Washington Post)

Police destroy pressure cooker near Capitol and arrest suspect

4 hrs ago - Los Angeles Times | May 24, 2015 | 8:47 PM A U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman says a bomb squad has safely destroyed a pressure cooker found in a “suspicious” vehicle left unattended near the Capitol building and that the vehicle's owner has been ar ... (los angeles times)

Military commanders investigated over FARC attack that killed 11 soldiers

5 hrs ago - Military commanders investigated over FARC attack that killed 11 soldiers posted by Matthew Dancis May 24, 2015 Colombia’s Inspector General’s office has opened an investigation against nine members of the military, suspecting their negligence and ... (Colombia Reports)

The Latest on weather: Tornado warnings for Kansas, Missouri

6 hrs ago - 8:05 p.m. Authorities have issued tornado warnings for parts of southwestern Kansas and eastern Missouri. The National Weather Service said Sunday that the warnings were for Woods, Kansas and three Missouri communities — Crystal City, Rocky Ridge a ... (AP)

New Orleans housing authority cop shot, killed

7 hrs ago - NEW ORLEANS – A police officer for New Orleans' public housing agency was shot and killed Sunday while working overtime to patrol an agency construction site, city police said. The officer is the first to die in the line of duty since the Housing Au ... (Gannett)

Texas and Oklahoma: 3 dead after record rains unleash dangerous flooding

7 hrs ago - (CNN)Flooding from record-setting rains in Texas and Oklahoma swept away hundreds of homes and left at least three people dead. "We do have whole streets that have maybe one or two houses left on them, and the rest are just slabs," said Kharley Smit ... (CNN)

Spain's ruling PP gets worst local election result in 20 years

9 hrs ago - Spain's ruling People's Party (PP) took a battering in regional and local elections on Sunday after voters punished Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy for four years of severe spending cuts and a string of corruption scandals. In a test of the national mo ... (Reuters)

Poland election: President Komorowski concedes to rival Duda

9 hrs ago - Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski has conceded the election to conservative challenger Andrzej Duda following the release of exit polls. They suggested Mr Duda had taken the run-off vote by 53% to 47%. Mr Duda had edged Mr Komorowski, who had b ... (BBC)

WWII vet to receive honorary diploma from Ohio high school

10 hrs ago - WWII vet to receive honorary diploma from Ohio high school | May 24, 2015 | Updated: May 24, 2015 11:53am SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — A 92-year-old World War II veteran is slated to receive an honorary diploma from his Ohio high school after he lef ... (Associated Press)

Podemos Wins Barcelona City Hall, Needs Help in Madrid

10 hrs ago - A group backed by Podemos, the anti-austerity party that burst onto Spain’s political scene a year ago, seized control of Barcelona City Hall and its allies may be able to add Madrid. As Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s People’s Party suffered its wo ... (BloombergBusiness)

The Latest on flooding: Evacuation order in effect near dam

10 hrs ago - 4:45 p.m. A mandatory evacuation remains in place for about 1,000 people ordered from their homes north of Houston because authorities are concerned that heavy rains may cause a dam to fail. Miranda Hahs, spokeswoman for the Montgomery County Offic ... (AP)

Famed Detroit jazz trumpeter Marcus Belgrave dies at 78

11 hrs ago - By JEFF KAROUB DETROIT (AP) — Marcus Belgrave, a jazz trumpeter who graced stages and studios with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Cocker and Motown artists galore, died Sunday. He was 78. Belgrave died at an Ann Arbor care faci ... (AP)

Hezbollah vows to expand involvement in Syria's civil war

13 hrs ago - BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of the militant Hezbollah group said Sunday that the region is facing "unprecedented danger" from extremist groups and vowed his fighters will expand their involvement in Syria's civil war in support of government forces. Sh ... (AP)

Japan to give Y55 billion to Pacific island nations to fight climate change

13 hrs ago - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday pledged 55 billion yen in aid to Pacific island nations to help them combat climate change and natural disasters. Abe made the pledge as leaders of 14 Pacific island nations wrapped up a two-day meeting ... (JapanToday)

AP NEWSBREAK: Actress Anne Meara, mom of Ben Stiller, dies

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Yemen's Iran-Backed Rebels Show Off Wreckage Of Saudi F-16 They Say They Shot Down As Fighting Rages

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US Defense Chief: Iraqis 'Showed No Will to Fight' ISIS in Ramadi

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Neighborhood on edge after coyote attacks 2-year-old girl in Irvine park

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Lawmaker wants review of Labor Code's ‘contractualization’ provisions after Kentex fire

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Syria Says Islamic State Executes Hundreds in Palmyra

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The Latest in Cleveland: Ohio governor praises protests

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Dutch prime minister thanks American liberators

18 hrs ago - MARGRATEN, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has paid tribute at a Memorial Day ceremony to U.S. troops who fought and died liberating the Netherlands from Nazi occupation in World War II. Thousands of people sat under blue skies an ... (AP)

Famed 'A Beautiful Mind' mathematician John Nash, wife killed in taxi crash, police say

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Susan Sarandon urges tourists to visit earthquake-hit Nepal

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Peace activists led by US feminist Gloria Steinem cross Korean border

20 hrs ago - Paju, South Kora: A group of women peace activists, led by American feminist Gloria Steinem, has made a rare crossing of one of the world's most militarised borders to promote reconciliation between North and South Korea. Shortly before midday on Su ... (The Sydney Morning Herald)

Saudi forces and Yemen's Houthis trade heavy fire, border crossing hit

20 hrs ago - CAIRO (Reuters) - Saudi forces and Yemen's Houthi militia traded heavy artillery fire which destroyed part of the main border crossing between the two countries overnight, residents said on Sunday, an escalation of the two-month war. The Haradh bord ... (Reuters)