Wednesday, May 4
UPDATE: Alberta declares emergency as fires threaten Canada oil town
FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta (AP) — Alberta has declared a state of emergency as crews frantically fight wind-whipped wildfires that have already torched 1,600 homes and other buildings in Canada's main oil sands city of Fort McMurray.
More than 80,000 residents have been forced to flee.
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said fire had destroyed or damaged an estimated 1,600 structures. Notley says flames are being kept from the downtown area thanks to the "herculean'" efforts of firefighters.
Unseasonably hot temperatures combined with dry conditions have transformed the forest in much of Alberta into a tinder box. Fort McMurray is surrounded by wilderness in the heart of Canada's oil sands.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) is acknowledging that his message "wasn't a great sound byte" and he is suspending his campaign for president.
The two-year Ohio governor and former congressman was visibly emotional Wednesday as he thanked his family, campaign staff and supporters without ever saying directly what would happen to his campaign.
Kasich had perpetually trailed even as the crowded GOP field narrowed. But Kasich was insisting ?— even as recently as after Texas Sen. Ted Cruz' departure from the race Tuesday night —? that he would remain in the race until New York billionaire Donald Trump definitely secured the 1,237 delegates necessary to clinch the GOP nomination.
He thanked his wife, twin daughters, campaign staff and armies of volunteers.
Kasich said of his staff, "Nobody has ever done more with less in the history of politics.
Clinton to GOPers: join her on "American team"
WASHINGTON (AP) — With Donald Trump seizing the GOP mantle, Hillary Clinton says she's running on her plans for the country's future — not simply to stop the billionaire New Yorker.
She also says she's not worried about fending off the kind of deeply personal attacks that took out Trump's GOP rivals.
"This, to me, is a classic case of a blustering, bullying guy," she tells CNN in an interview.
Clinton says Trump has yet to detail his policies and has divided the country with a campaign that is "insulting people."
"He has played all sides of the political area. That's his choice and he can explain it. I've been very specific," she says.
Clinton also is urging Republicans and independents to join her "on the American team," against Trump.
Cease-fire extends to Aleppo
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's military has confirmed a 48-hour cease-fire in the northern city of Aleppo after U.S. officials announced an agreement had been reached with Russia.
This, as the U.N. humanitarian chief has told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council that hundreds of civilians have been killed or injured in indiscriminate attacks over the past 10 days there.
Stephen O'Brien said today that life in the northern Syrian city "is horrendous and has lost all sense," blaming all parties for the death and destruction.
Another U.N. official told the Council that the Syrian government's bombing campaign in Aleppo over the last two weeks is among "the worst" of the five-year war.
The U.N. envoy for Syria said earlier today that the alternative to a cease-fire in Aleppo is "catastrophic," raising the possibility that 400,000 people could head for the Turkish border.
Obama tells Flint residents: 'I've got your back'
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — President Barack Obama is promising the people of Flint, Michigan, that he will make sure leaders at all levels of government "don't rest" until every drop of water that flows through city pipes is safe.
He says clean water is a basic responsibility of government in the U.S. and says what happened in Flint was a manmade disaster that didn't have to happen.
Obama also says he understands why they are scared and angry and feeling let down.
Flint's water became contaminated with lead after the city began drawing water from the Flint River and officials failed to treat it properly, causing a lead-contamination crisis.
Earlier Wednesday, Obama showed his support for Flint residents by drinking filtered city water to show it is again safe for consumption.
CAPTAIN'S WAR POWERS LAWSUIT
Army captain sues Obama; says he lacks authority to fight IS
WASHINGTON (AP) — An Army captain is suing President Barack Obama, alleging that he doesn't have the proper congressional authority to wage war against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.
Capt. Nathan Michael Smith supports the war and considers the Islamic State an "army of butchers."
But he wants the court to tell Obama that he needs to ask Congress for a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force.
Without it, he says he can't determine whether his present mission is inconsistent with his oath to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
The White House declined to comment on the suit.
Obama urges Asian-Americans to stand up to bigotry
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is urging Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders to press Congress to update U.S. immigration policy and fight bigotry.
Obama says America's tradition is to welcome newcomers because it's a nation that was born of immigrants. And he says that tradition makes it difficult to understand why some people are blocking attempts to overhaul U.S. immigration laws.
In a reference to Donald Trump, the likely Republican presidential nominee, Obama urged the audience to push back against anti-immigrant sentiment, especially against those who he says stoke those feelings for political gain.
Trump has called for barring Muslims from entering the country.
Obama spoke Wednesday during the annual awards dinner for the Asian Pacific American Institute of Congressional Studies.
Ex-Utah Sen. Bob Bennett, ousted in tea party wave, has died
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An assistant says former Republican Sen. Bob Bennett of Utah, one of the first incumbents ousted in a national wave of tea party-led anger in 2010, has died.
Bennett assistant Tara Tanner said he died from complications of pancreatic cancer and a recent stroke. He was 82.
Bennett was first elected in 1992 and served three terms. He developed a reputation as a moderate conservative in Washington.
At home, Bennett's seat on the Senate Appropriation Committee helped earn him a reputation as a defender of congressional earmarks and the go-to to get federal funding for local projects. But Bennett lost his seat in 2010 when delegates ousted him at the Utah GOP convention.
CLEVELAND POLICE SHOOTING
Court: White Ohio officers' trial can't move to black suburb
CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio appeals court says five white Cleveland police supervisors accused of failing to stop a chase that ended with officers killing two black suspects can't face charges in the predominantly black suburb where the shooting happened.
Cleveland.com (http://bit.ly/1TKSGn4 ) reports appeals judges ruled Wednesday that the case needs to be tried in county court in Cleveland, where the supervisors were charged.
The officers first were charged with dereliction of duty in Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County. But the case was moved to East Cleveland, where the lone judge is black and the jury pool would come from a mainly black population.
An attorney for one of the supervisors said the change of venue appeared to be racially motivated.
The East Cleveland prosecutor says residents deserve the chance to have a trial there
Doctor called to aid Prince is longtime pain specialist
MILL VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — The Northern California doctor who was asked to help Prince before his death is an addiction and pain specialist who has championed the use of a semi-synthetic opiate to treat pain.
Dr. Howard Kornfeld, who operates an outpatient medical center, received publicity in 2013 in the San Francisco Bay Area for his work with buprenorphine to control pain.
Advocates of the drug say it can help addicted patients by offering pain relief with less possibility of overdose and addiction, unlike oxycodone or morphine.
Kornfeld's attorney says Prince representatives reached out the day before the pop star died, but the doctor sent his son because he couldn't immediately fly to Minnesota.
At least two experts on treating addiction have questioned whether Kornfeld responded appropriately when he was called to help Prince.