Can this GOP family find peace? Trump, Ryan to face off WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump agreed grudgingly Friday to meet with House Speaker Paul Ryan to work out their differences in the midst of an extraordinary display of Republican vs. Republican strife. But he said he had "no idea" if they would succeed and it didn't really matter that much to him when compared to all the votes he'd won in this year's primary elections. "The thing that matters most are the millions of people that have come out to vote for me and give me a landslide victory in almost every state," Trump said moments after Ryan, the nation's highest-ranking Republican officeholder, announced their planned meeting.
A Trump proposal for national debt would send rates soaring WASHINGTON (AP) - In the event that the U.S. economy crashed, Donald Trump has floated a recovery plan based on his own experience with corporate bankruptcy: Pay America's creditors less than full value on the U.S. Treasurys they hold. Experts see it as a reckless idea that would send interest rates soaring, derail economic growth and undermine confidence in the world's most trusted financial asset. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee suggested in a phone interview Thursday with CNBC that he would stimulate growth through borrowing. If trouble arose, he added, he could get investors to accept reduced payments for their Treasury holdings.
Police: Federal officer in custody after 3 fatal shootings SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) - A federal security officer suspected in three fatal shootings outside a high school, a mall and a supermarket in the Washington, D.C., area was arrested Friday, police said. Eulalio Tordil, an employee of the Federal Protective Service, which provides security at federal properties, was taken into custody without incident near the supermarket, authorities said. The brief manhunt and seemingly indiscriminate shootings rekindled fears of the D.C. sniper in 2002, which paralyzed the nation's capital and its suburbs. Tordil was put on administrative duties in March after a protective order was issued against him in which his wife said he had threatened to harm her if she left him, The Washington Post reported .
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US takes tougher tone on Israeli settlements in new report WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States will endorse a tougher tone with Israel in an upcoming international report that takes the Jewish state to task over settlements, demolitions and property seizures on land the Palestinians claim for a future state, diplomats told The Associated Press. The U.S. and its fellow Mideast mediators also will chastise Palestinian leaders for failing to rein in anti-Israeli violence. But the diplomats involved in drafting the document said its primary focus will be a surge of construction in Jewish housing in the West Bank and east Jerusalem. The U.S. approval of the harsh language marks a subtle shift.
2 weeks after 8 killed in Ohio, no arrests, few answers COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Two weeks have passed since the bodies of eight family members were found on April 22 at four different homes in Ohio. No arrests have been made, and a motive for the Pike County killings remains unclear. Autopsies show the victims were shot, some of them multiple times. Here's a look at the killings and what's known: THE DISCOVERY At 7:49 a.m. on April 22, a breathless woman calls 911 saying two people appear dead in a home: "There's blood all over the house." Minutes later, a sheriff's deputy requests "multiple ambulances due to multiple people down at multiple residences." Seven bodies are discovered in three houses.
Baseball scraps Puerto Rico series amid Zika concerns NEW YORK (AP) - Zika virus concerns have forced the Pirates-Marlins series out of Puerto Rico, with baseball saying the two games will instead be played this month in Miami. Major League Baseball and the players' union made the announcement Friday. Pittsburgh and Miami will meet May 30-31 at Marlins Park. The union had asked Commissioner Rob Manfred to relocate the games after several players expressed fears about getting and possibly transmitting the Zika virus. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said Zika can cause a birth defect called microcephaly, where infants are born with unusually small heads.
Canadian convoy begins, hoping to flee wildfire zone FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta (AP) - A massive convoy was under way Friday to move evacuees stranded at oil field camps north of wildfire-ravaged Fort McMurray, Alberta, through the community to safe areas south of the Canadian oil sands capital. As police and military oversaw the procession of at least 500 vehicles, a mass airlift of evacuees resumed. A day after 8,000 people were flown out, 5,500 more were expected to be flown out on Friday. More than 80,000 people have left Fort McMurray in the heart of Canada' oil sands, where the fire has torched 1,600 homes and other buildings. The mass evacuation has forced as much as a quarter of Canada's oil output off-line according to estimates and is expected to impact a country already hurt by a dramatic fall in the price of oil.
Thousands mourn at funeral of kidnapped Navajo girl FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) - Thousands of people from across the Navajo Nation and beyond shared their grief Friday at the funeral of an 11-year-old girl who was lured to her death by a beckoning stranger. Authorities say Ashlynne Mike was killed after a man persuaded her and her 9-year-old brother, who had been playing near their bus stop after school, to climb into his van. The boy said the man drove them deep into the desert, and then walked off with his sister to an even more remote spot, before returning alone. An FBI agent's affidavit says Tom Begaye Jr., a 27-year-old Navajo from a community just down the highway from the children's home, told investigators he assaulted the girl and struck her twice in the head with a crowbar.
SpaceX lands rocket at sea 2nd time after satellite launch CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - For the second month in a row, the aerospace upstart SpaceX landed a rocket on an ocean platform early Friday, this time following the successful launch of a Japanese communications satellite. A live webcast showed the first-stage booster touching down vertically in the pre-dawn darkness atop a barge in the Atlantic, just off the Florida coast. The same thing occurred April 8 during a space station supply run for NASA. That was the first successful landing at sea for SpaceX, which expects to start reusing its unmanned Falcon rockets as early as this summer to save money and lower costs.
Emma and Noah continue to be tops for baby names WASHINGTON (AP) - When it comes to baby names, Emma and Noah reign supreme. And don't name your daughter Isis. For the second year in a row, Emma and Noah top the annual list of top baby names in the U.S., according to the Social Security Administration. That's the third year on top for Noah and the second in a row for Emma, which was also No. 1 in 2008. The administration released its annual list of top baby names Friday, and the top five names for girls and boys in 2015 remained unchanged from the previous year. Noah was followed by Liam, Mason, Jacob and William.