No mending in sight for fractured GOP WASHINGTON (AP) - A fractured Republican party showed few signs of mending Friday, after Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus declared his support for Donald Trump and Trump bashed House Speaker Paul Ryan for not falling in line. "He talks about unity but what is this about unity?" Trump said of Ryan. "With millions of people coming into the party, obviously I'm saying the right thing." Ryan's declaration this week that he wasn't yet ready to embrace Trump sent shockwaves through the very Republican establishment that Trump is now leaning on for help as he transitions from the primary season to a general election campaign, most likely against Democrat Hillary Clinton.
AP Analysis: For Republicans fearing Trump, Ryan offers out RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Within the span of a single hour, Donald Trump gave Republicans wary of his presidential nomination yet another reason to worry - and House Speaker Paul Ryan tried to give them a way out. In a surprise rebuke, Ryan announced Thursday that he was "just not ready" to support Trump, who became the presumptive Republican presidential nominee this week after a big win in Indiana forced his remaining rivals from the race. Ryan told CNN that his party should have a leader who "appeals to a vast majority of Americans." Just before Ryan's stunning statement, Trump attempted to make that kind of appeal - in his own eyebrow-raising way.
Manhunt underway after 3 shootings in Washington, DC area BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - A manhunt was underway Friday after authorities said they were looking into whether three fatal shootings in the Washington area were connected. The first shooting occurred Thursday at a high school. The second occurred in a mall parking lot Friday morning and the third happened 30 minutes later at a nearby shopping center. Police identified the school shooting suspect as 62-year-old Eulalio Tordil, an employee of the Federal Protective Service, which provides security at federal properties. Tordil was put on administrative duties in March after a protective order was issued against him. Police say he followed 44-year-old Gladys Tordil to their children's Beltsville's High Point High School and shot her.
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At congress, North Korean leader hails nuclear progress PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un hailed his country's recent nuclear test to uproarious applause as he convened the first full congress of its ruling party since 1980, an event intended to showcase the North's stability and unity in the face of tough international sanctions and deepening isolation. Kim, who stood to read his opening remarks before more than 3,400 delegates, was interrupted repeatedly by cheers and applause as he laid out accomplishments since he took power in 2011 - including what the government says was its first hydrogen bomb test in January. Along with being high political theater, filled with pomp and ceremony, the congress is a major milestone for the young North Korean leader, who was not yet born when the previous congress was held 36 years ago.
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.
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 fire-ravaged Fort McMurray, Alberta, through the community to safe areas south of the Canadian oil sands capital Police and military were overseeing the procession of an estimated 1,500 vehicles. Meanwhile, a mass airlift of evacuees was expected to resume, a day after 8,000 people were flown out. In all, more than 80,000 people have left Fort McMurray, in the heart of Canada' oil sands, and officials say no deaths or injuries related to the fire have been reported. The Alberta provincial government, which declared a state of emergency, said more than 1,100 firefighters, 145 helicopters, 138 pieces of heavy equipment and 22 air tankers were fighting the fire, but Chad Morrison, Alberta's manager of wildfire prevention, said rain is needed.
Thousands mourn at funeral of kidnapped Navajo girl FARMINGTON, New Mexico (AP) - Thousands of people from across the Navajo Nation came together Friday to share their grief at the funeral of an 11-year-old girl who was lured to her death by a beckoning stranger. Ashlynne Mike was killed after the man allegedly 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 took them deep into the desert, and then walked off with his sister to an even more remote spot, before coming back to the van 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.
German paper publishes 'manifesto' from Panama leak source BERLIN (AP) - A German newspaper that obtained leaked files from a Panamanian law firm detailing offshore financial dealings published Friday what it said is a manifesto from its anonymous source, who described having been moved to act by "the scale of the injustices" the documents show. The daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung was offered the leaked data over a year ago through an encrypted channel by the source, and started publishing material last month along with other outlets it shared the information with. It said it has now received a manifesto from its source, the self-described "John Doe," though it didn't specify how and when.
US hiring slowed in April amid tepid growth, but pay rises WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. employers pulled back on hiring in April, adding 160,000 jobs, the fewest in seven months, after a streak of robust monthly gains. The unemployment rate remained at a low 5 percent, roughly where it has been since fall. Last month's hiring gain marked a drop from the average increase of 200,000 over the past three months. Weak U.S. economic growth may be making some employers more cautious about hiring. Still, the government's report Friday pointed to a U.S. job market that continues to generate steady hiring and to outperform those of most other major countries. Worker pay also showed signs of picking up.
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.