Trump reaches the magic number to clinch nomination WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump on Thursday reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination for president, completing an unlikely rise that has upended the political landscape and sets the stage for a bitter fall campaign. Trump was put over the top in the Associated Press delegate count by a small number of the party's unbound delegates who told the AP they would support him at the convention. Among them is Oklahoma GOP chairwoman Pam Pollard. "I think he has touched a part of our electorate that doesn't like where our country is," Pollard said. "I have no problem supporting Mr.
Some Hispanics face ridicule over support for Trump ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Hispanic voters in Florida, New Mexico and California have waved Mexican flags and bashed Donald Trump piņatas - clashing with police, at times - to protest the Republican presidential contender's hard line approach to immigration. Yet far from the protests, an increasingly vocal Hispanic minority is speaking out in favor of the brash billionaire. They are backing Trump even in the face of resentment and suspicion from friends and family, who are among the overwhelming majority of non-white voters opposed to the New York businessman's candidacy. "I'm not ashamed to vote for Trump. I'd just rather not have the conversation with my family," said Natalie Lally, a 22-year-old college student from New York City whose large extended family has Colombian roots.
AP: Intruders breach US airport fences about every 10 days Under pressure to prevent people from sneaking onto runways and planes at major U.S. airports, authorities are cracking down - not on the intruders who slip through perimeter gates or jump over fences, but on the release of information about the breaches. A year after an Associated Press investigation first revealed persistent problems with airports' outer defenses, breaches remain as frequent as ever - about once every 10 days - despite some investments to fortify the nation's airfields. As Americans wait in ever-longer security screening lines inside terminals, new documents show dozens more incidents happening outside perimeters than airports have disclosed.
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The Latest: EU gives Sweden more time on migrant quota European Union lawmakers have agreed that Sweden deserves an extra year to take in asylum-seekers under a plan agreed last year to share out tens of thousands. The agreement in September was to distribute 160,000 refugees currently in overwhelmed Greece and Italy among other EU partners over the next two years. Sweden was to take in some 5,700 people. But the EU lawmakers voted by 396 to 190, with 50 abstentions, to grant more time because Sweden already has the EU's highest per-capita rate of asylum applicants. The relocation plan has struggled to get off the ground, with only 1,500 refugees moved out of Greece and Italy in nine months.
Report traces arc of Hillary Clinton server, agency failures WASHINGTON (AP) - Eight days before Hillary Clinton took office as secretary of state in January 2009, an aide to former President Bill Clinton quietly registered a new internet address for the couple. That trivial but deliberate online purchase is the earliest known hint of the private email system that now plagues the presumptive Democratic nominee's presidential campaign. Buried in a footnote in a government watchdog's report released Wednesday , the reference to the registration of clintonemail.com was an early step toward building what became the private homebrew email system that has attracted an FBI investigation and raised questions about Clinton's judgment while serving as the nation's top diplomat.
Tornado damages homes but spares small northern Kansas town CHAPMAN, Kan. (AP) - A large tornado that the National Weather Service said was on the ground for about 90 minutes damaged or destroyed about 20 homes in a rural area of northern Kansas and came within a mile of hitting a small town. There were no immediate reports of injuries or fatalities from the tornado Wednesday night. Paul Froelich, Dickinson County fire district one chief, said Thursday that the tornado swept across a 23-mile stretch of rural Dickinson County, damaging about 20 homes, and that six of those homes are considered total losses. He said crews have completed secondary searches of the damaged properties and residents are so far accounted for.
Thai man bloodied but unbowed after intimate attack by snake BANGKOK (AP) - A Thai man is recovering from a bloody encounter with a 3-meter (10-foot) python that slithered through the plumbing of his home and latched its jaws onto his penis as he was using a squat toilet. Attaporn Boonmakchuay was smiling as Thai television stations interviewed him in his hospital bed about the intimate intrusion, and doctors said he would recover. But photos of his blood-splattered bathroom in Chachoengsao province, east of Bangkok, were testimony to his ordeal. The 38-year-old told Thai TV Channel 7 that he struggled to remove the snake for 30 minutes Wednesday before he managed to free himself with help from his wife and a neighbor.
Pakistan: 'All indicators' confirm US killed Taliban leader ISLAMABAD (AP) - Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour was traveling under a false name with fake Pakistani identity documents when he was killed by a U.S. drone strike last week, the foreign affairs adviser to Pakistan's prime minister said Thursday. At a news conference in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, Sartaj Aziz said authorities were awaiting DNA test results, after which Mansour's body will be handed over to his relatives. But "all indicators" at present point that it was Mansour, Aziz added. He spoke a day after the Taliban announced that the group's council of leaders - at a meeting, presumably in Pakistan - had unanimously selected Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada as its new head following the death of Mansour.
1 dead, 1 critical but stable in NYC concert shooting NEW YORK (AP) - Shots rang out inside a concert venue in New York City where hip-hop artist T.I. was getting ready to perform, leaving one person dead, three others wounded and concertgoers scrambling for the nearest exits, police said. One of the victims was in critical but stable condition on Thursday. No arrests have been made, and a motive for the shooting is unclear. The shooting happened around 10:15 p.m. Wednesday in a third-floor green room area at Irving Plaza, near Manhattan's Union Square. It was not immediately known who had access to that area. Witnesses described a frantic, frightening scene.
In image-conscious Dubai, even police patrol in luxury cars DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Image is everything in Dubai - even when fighting crime. Police in this desert metropolis have built up a high-horsepower arsenal of luxury sports cars and SUVs over the years to complement their fleet of green-and-white patrol cruisers. The high-end squad cars fit into the greater gearhead ethos of Dubai, where fire-engine red Ferraris growl at stoplights and convertible Rolls Royces prowl the boulevard ringing the world's tallest building. Lamborghinis also glisten through the glass of a massive new showroom on Sheikh Zayed Road, the country's longest thoroughfare that is a dozen lanes at its widest when cutting through Dubai.