Friday, May 6
NEW: Obama says of Trump, 'This is not reality show'
WASHINGTON (AP) — In his first remarks about Donald Trump's presumptive nominee status, President Barack Obama has a message for the media: "This is not entertainment. This is not a reality show."
Obama is urging reporters to take Trump seriously and vet him thoroughly. At a brief news conference at the White House on Friday, Obama told reporters to scrutinize the candidates closely, to fact check their policies and to hold them to their past statements.
He says, "emphasizing the spectacle and the circus, that's not something we can afford."
Obama says if reporters do their job and people are well informed "I'm confident our democracy will work."
Asked about Trump's taco bowl tweet Thursday saying "I love Hispanics," Obama said he wouldn't comment on Trump's twitter feed.
Sanders threatens floor fight at Dem convention
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is threatening a floor fight over rules and platform planks at the party's summer convention if the Democratic National Committee stacks the committees with supporters of Hillary Clinton.
Sanders writes in a letter to Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz that the makeup of the standing committees should reflect the level of support that he and Clinton received in the primaries and caucuses.
He says many of his supporters have not been included and notes Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy will be in charge of the convention's platform committee and former Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank will run the rules committee. He calls both "aggressive attack surrogates" for Clinton.
Sanders says if the process is unfair, he'll challenge platform planks, electoral reform planks and rules changes.
Kerry: Diverse graduating class is 'Trump's worst nightmare'
BOSTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry has told Northeastern University's graduating class that their diversity makes them "Donald Trump's worst nightmare."
Kerry was speaking to an estimated audience of 25,000 in Boston's TD Garden for the Northeastern commencement ceremony Friday.
In his remarks, the Democrat said the graduating class is the most diverse in Northeastern's history. He noted the wide range of races and religions and said, "In other words, you are Donald Trump's worst nightmare." The audience applauded.
Trump has angered many by comments he has made about Hispanics and Muslims, among other groups. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee backs building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and wants to deport the millions of people in the U.S. illegally. He has also proposed banning Muslims from entering the U.S.
Body of US Navy SEAL killed in Iraq returning to US
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The body of a U.S. Navy SEAL killed during combat in Iraq is returning to the United States.
SEALs spokeswoman Lt. Beth Teach says the body of Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Charles Keating IV will arrive at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware sometime Friday.
Teach says next week Keating's remains will be returned to Coronado, California, near San Diego, where his SEAL team is based.
A funeral will be held in the San Diego area, where Keating's family has asked that he be buried. Details are still to be determined.
Keating was shot and killed Tuesday during a gunbattle involving Islamic State fighters. He's the third U.S. service member to be killed in combat in Iraq since U.S. forces returned there in 2014.
NEW: UN envoy warns that Iraq's political crisis helps extremists
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The top United Nations envoy in Iraq is strongly urging leaders and civil society to work together to resolve the country's political deadlock, warning that the ongoing crisis and chaos are only serving the interests of Islamic State extremists.
Despite progress against IS, Jan Kubis said it remains a "formidable" enemy.
He told the U.N. Security Council on Friday that Iraq's stability, security and unity hinge on breaking the impasse and establishing a political system that includes all sectarian groups and ensures equality in decision-making.
He said the "profound political crisis" engulfing Baghdad and the country has paralyzed the work of the government and parliament and added complications to the already complex set of military, security, humanitarian, economic and human rights challenges the country is facing.
BRITAIN-ELECTIONS: LONDON MAYOR
Khan could become London's first Muslim mayor
LONDON (AP) — The son of a bus driver from Pakistan is poised to become the first Muslim mayor of London.
Labor Party politician Sadiq Khan is the leader as votes are counted from today's election. He's opened up a lead over Conservative rival Zac Goldsmith, with a majority of first-preference votes counted. A final result is due this evening, once voters' second preferences are factored in.
The race to replace Conservative Mayor Boris Johnson has been marred by American-style negative campaigning and allegations of extremism and fear-mongering.
Goldsmith, a wealthy environmentalist, described Khan as "dangerous" and accused him of giving "platforms, oxygen and even cover" to Islamic extremists. It's a charge that's been repeated by Prime Minister David Cameron and other senior Conservatives.
Khan calls himself "the British Muslim who will take the fight to the extremists." He's accused Goldsmith of trying to scare and divide voters in a proudly multicultural city of 8.6 million people — more than 1 million of them Muslims.
Russia says it wasn't involved
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's military says no Russian or any other aircraft made flights over the camp for displaced people in northern Syria where air strikes left at least 28 people dead.
The camp in a rebel-held area near the Turkish border was hit on Thursday.
France is expressing the "strongest condemnation" of the air strikes. A statement from the French Foreign Affairs Ministry on Friday said the bombings could amount to "a war crime and a crime against humanity" and that France wants an independent investigation.
The statement attributed the bombings to the Syrian government and insisted those who carried out the "revolting and unacceptable" attacks must be brought to justice.
Meanwhile, the U.N. human rights chief is condemning the air strikes as "murderous attacks."
US job gains smallest in 7 months; jobless rate stays 5 pct.
WASHINGTON (AP) — One economist says today's unemployment report makes it much less likely that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates between now and the presidential election in November.
The government says employers added 160,000 jobs in April, the lowest number in seven months.
Chris Williamson of Markit says the numbers add to the indications that economic weakness is lingering into the second quarter of the year.
Fed policy makers had earlier indicated that they could raise rates twice this year.
Despite the slowdown in job creation, the government's report pointed to a U.S. job market that continues to generate steady hiring and to outperform those of most other major countries. And April's slower job growth might not signal a sustained pullback. Hiring slumped as recently as January only to snap back in the following months.
Worker pay also showed signs of picking up. Average hourly pay rose 2.5 percent in April from a year earlier, above the sluggish 2 percent annual pace that has been typical for the past six years.
NEW: Police: 3 hurt in shooting outside mall in DC suburbs
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Police in Maryland say three people are hurt after a shooting outside a mall in the Washington suburbs.
Montgomery County Police spokesman Officer Rick Goodale says officers responded to a report of a shooting outside Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda Friday morning. Police tweet that three people are injured, two men and a woman, but the suspect is not in custody.
Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service spokesman Pete Piringer says firefighters responded to the parking lot by Macy's and that three adults were transported to hospitals. Piringer did not know their conditions.
Meanwhile, Police spokeswoman Blanca Kling says officers are responding to a report of a shooting at a Giant Food store in Aspen Hill, about 5 miles away, but it's not clear if they are connected. Piringer tweets no one was transported from that scene.
Convoy begins as stranded evacuees move south
FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta (AP) — A massive convoy is under way, moving evacuees who were stranded at oil field camps north of the fire-ravaged Canadian community of Fort McMurray, Alberta. They're being driven through the community to safe areas south of the city. Police and military have been overseeing the procession of about 1,500 vehicles.
Police are escorting 50 vehicles at a time, south through the city itself and then releasing the convoy. At that point another convoy of 50 cars starts the trip.
Meanwhile, a mass airlift of evacuees is 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, says more than 1,100 firefighters are involved in the battle, along with 145 helicopters, 138 pieces of heavy equipment and 22 air tankers. But they say they need rain. Forecasters are calling for a 40 percent chance of showers in the area tomorrow.
DC's subway to endure year of slowdowns
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington's beleaguered subway system will experience a year of rolling shutdowns and slowdowns as officials try to improve its safety and reliability.
Metro general manager Paul Wiedefeld announced the maintenance plan on Friday. He says doing track work at night and on the weekends when the system is closed simply doesn't provide enough time to catch up on maintenance. Instead, stations will be closed or trains will be sharing a single track in each direction for days or weeks at a time.
Metro has been plagued by a series of electrical fires on the tracks, including one in January 2015 that killed a passenger and sickened dozens more. The National Transportation Safety Board blamed that fire on poor maintenance and issued a scathing report earlier this week, saying Metro has not made meaningful safety improvements.
Wiedefeld says Metro will not cut fares during the maintenance blitz.
NAVAJO GIRL KILLED
Hundreds line up outside site of girl's funeral
FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Hundreds of people lined up ahead of a planned funeral for an 11-year-old girl who was abducted and killed on the Navajo Nation this week.
More than 1,600 people were expected to pack the civic center in Farmington, New Mexico, on Friday morning to pay homage to Ashlynne Mike, who was abducted after school Monday. Her body was found a day later south of Shiprock. Those waiting outside included families with children, many wearing t-shirts that were yellow, the fifth-grader's favorite color.
Many of those waiting exchanged greetings, hugs and waves.
More than 200 miles away, suspect Tom Begaye Jr. appeared before a federal judge on murder and kidnapping charges in Albuquerque. He waived his right to a preliminary and detention hearing. A judge ordered that he remain in custody.
BOY SHOOTS MOM
Woman shot by 4-year-old son avoids gun-safety charges
PALATKA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman whose 4-year-old son shot her as they rode in her pickup truck will avoid prosecution and any jail time if she satisfies a number of conditions.
Under a deferred prosecution agreement announced Friday by the state attorney's office in Sanford, 31-year-old Jamie Lynn Gilt agreed to complete a gun safety course, install a mounted holster in her vehicle and provide proof of safe storage of firearms in her home.
The news release says Gilt must also give 10 speeches about the March 8 shooting.
Prosecutors say Gilt's son found a loaded .45-caliber handgun on the floorboard, fired through the front seat and hit her in the back. He wasn't injured.
If Gilt complies with the agreement, prosecutors say they'll dismiss the unsafe storage of a firearm charge.
Powerball's pull puts weekend jackpot at $415 million
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Powerball jackpot has climbed to $415 million, making it the largest since a record-setting prize in January.
Winning numbers for the game will be drawn Saturday night, and if no one has the lucky ticket, the prize will likely grow substantially by the next drawing Wednesday.
Although $415 million is nothing to turn your nose up at, it's far smaller than the largest-ever $1.6 billion jackpot that prompted some to wait in hours-long lines outside lottery retailers. Three people bought winning tickets for that prize in January.
Powerball is played in 44 states plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The odds of winning are one in 292.2 million
Ringling's last 11 touring elephants retire to Florida
UNDATED (AP) — The last 11 of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus' touring elephants are officially retired, and enjoyed a buffet brunch of carrots, apples, celery, loaves of bread and lots of hay to celebrate.
Circus spokesman Stephen Payne said the touring elephants arrived at the 200-acre Center for Elephant Conservation in central Florida on Friday morning.
They join 29 others who are already at the center.
Feld Entertainment, which owns the circus, has a herd of 40 Asian elephants, the largest in North America. It will continue a breeding program and the animals will be used in a pediatric cancer research project.
Elephants have been used in that iconic circus in America for more than 200 years.