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VOTE 2016
--A change-up in Hillary Clinton's campaign schedule...she's canceled New Jersey events this week to get a head start in California. She'll be there Wednesday through next Monday - a sign the campaign may be nervous about losing the state that will still likely give her the delegates needed to lock up the nomination. The primary is a week away and Bernie Sanders has made the race tight.
--Donald Trump spent part of his Memorial Day tweeting insults at Bill Kristol, who himself tweeted Sunday “there will be an independent candidate – an impressive one, with a strong team and a real chance.”  No word on who that would be.  Add in Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and maybe we’re looking at a four person race this November?

The Cincinnati Zoo defends the decision to shoot and kill the gorilla that grabbed and dragged a 4-year-old boy that had fallen into its enclosure. Zoo Director Thane Maynard says "We stand by our decision and would make the same one today."  The boy is now home from the hospital.  A vigil for the 400-pound gorilla Harambe was held outside the zoo.

--Rain has eased up in parts of Texas but floodwaters are still rising. There are mandatory evacuation orders in place for some areas along the Brazos River, which is seeing historic flood levels. At least six people have died in Texas flooding. There's more rain in the forecast.
--The remnants of Tropical Storm Bonnie have been dumping on parts of the east coast.

The season officially begins Wednesday (June 1). President Obama goes to FEMA headquarters Tuesday morning for a briefing on what they’re expecting this year.

Black smoke billowing into the air on the Tampa International Airport runway Memorial Day.. after a United plane getting ready to take off... blew a tire. The Boeing 737 was supposed to head to Houston, but instead, fire trucks arrived on the scene, dousing the plane in foam. No reported injuries.

A North Korean missile launch likely failed on Tuesday, according to South Korea's military, the latest in a string of high-profile failures that somewhat tempers recent worries that Pyongyang was pushing quickly toward its goal of a nuclear-tipped missile that can reach America's mainland.

Five people are being treated for gunshot wounds in Baltimore after gunfire erupted at a holiday cookout.

We're learning more about the gunman at the center of a wild shooting Sunday in west Houston.   A source close to the investigation has identified the suspect as a 25-year-old veteran from California. Two of the eight people shot died, including the gunman.

A pair of shark attacks on both coasts rattles swimmers.

Is it worth it?

President Obama welcomes the NCAA basketball champion Villanova Wildcats to the White House.

Alot of people skipped the multiplexes over the long weekend. This weekend's estimated box office take of 202-million dollars is well below the 310-million dollar record of 3 years ago.


President Obama has become the first sitting US president to visit Hiroshima, one of two Japanese cities targeted by the first and only atomic bombs used in wartime, ushering in the destructive power of the nuclear age. The President placed a wreath at the memorial site but did not offer an apology. And he urged destruction of the world's nuclear stockpiles.

Hillary Clinton tells ABC News: "It was a mistake and if I could go back, I would do it differently." Clinton says "My email use was widely known in the department." But State Department spokesman Mark Toner says of her use of a private email server as Secretary of State: "There was only a partial understanding of how much Secretary Clinton relied on personal email and we just didn't have a complete picture."

VOTE 2016
--Donald Trump vs. Bernie Sanders in debate? Trump names a price: 10 million dollars that would go to charity. Sanders tweets "Let’s do it in the biggest stadium possible."
--Hillary Clinton calls out Trump before a California crowd: "Maybe he is really charitable or maybe he is not, only way to find out is for him to release, so it's time to release his tax returns."
--Trump shrugs off President Obama's assessment that world leaders are "rattled" by the billionaire.

Heading out early for the holiday weekend? Have fun... waiting in line at the airport!  A statement from Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson indicates the TSA wants to move nearly 3-thousand part timers to full timers at the busiest airports.

The U.S. government releasing its forecast for the number of hurricanes and tropical storms expected in Atlantic and Caribbean waters over the next six months.

A Congressman says the VA has mistakenly declared 42-hundred veterans dead in the last 5 years...and immediately cut off benefits. Rep. David Jolly (R-FL) says the VA has a policy in place to prevent this, but the trend is going up. He wants to investigate whether the Social Security Administration might be involved.

The Secret Service has punished more than 3 dozen  workers who accessed and spread information about a sitting member of Congress last year.  Investigators say they looked at House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz's failed Secret Service job application ...and then sent the details to reporters.  The reason?  Chaffetz was investigating other Secret Service missteps.

CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden says "the window of opportunity is closing" to prevent a massive outbreak of Zika in the US.  He spoke out the same day Congress left town without approving funding to fight the virus.

From two. For the third year in a row, the Scripps National Spelling Bee crowned two competitors co-champions -- 13-year-old Jairam Hathwar (JAY'-rahm HATH'-wahr) and 11-year-old Nihar Janga (NEE'-hahr JANG'-uh). Jairam is the younger brother of the 2014 co-champion and Nihar is the youngest winner of the Bee on record. Each gets a trophy and 45 thousand dollars in cash and prizes. The spelling bee aired on ESPN.

Baylor University's head football coach Art Briles axed - and University President Ken Starr's demoted -  following a series of sexual assault allegations against players - and a damaging report concluding the athletic department failed to respond to complaints.

State Department investigators slam Hillary Clinton for not getting legal clearance for her private email setup as Secretary of State.  A statement from House Speaker Paul Ryan says the inspector general's report “underscores” that Clinton “simply cannot be trusted.” A Clinton spokesman says the report confirms she was using private emails for State business just as other Secretaries of State had done. Clinton ignored questions about the issue on the campaign trail.

VOTE 2016
--House speaker Paul Ryan says "I haven't made a decision" about whether to endorse Donald Trump. Ryan and Trump were to speak together by phone Wednesday night.
--For a second day, anti-Trump protestors scuffled with police... Wednesday demonstrators gathered outside Trump's rally in Anaheim, California.

Cleveland city officials have unveiled new details about how the city is preparing for the Republican convention in July. The police chief says he is enlisting help from police departments in other states.

The State of Texas joins 10 other states suing the Obama administration over its transgender bathroom directive ... which tells public schools to let transgender students to use whichever bathroom they like.  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton saying one of the state's school districts already passed a policy concerning the issue, saying it "puts the safety of their students first."

President Obama is in Japan for meetings with G7 leaders. He also visits the Grand Shrine of Ise in southern Japan.

The Zika virus continues to dominate the discussions in Congress with a question on whether the House and Senate will be able to reconcile their proposals for emergency funding before the Memorial Day Recess. Congressional Democrats upped the pressure with one of the nation's pre-eminent experts on pregnancy.

Non partisan congressional investigators say it's costing taxpayers billions to help the government maintain ancient computer systems.  Museum like computers, even floppy discs are being used for vital programs, from Social Security to nuclear weapons.

Remembering Clementa Pinckney ... the pastor and South Carolina state senator shot to death at a Charleston church last year.  A portrait of him ... unveiled Wednesday at the South Carolina Senate Chambers. 

The finals of the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee take place in National Harbor, MD,

--Anti-Trump protesters clashed with police outside a rally in Albuquerque last evening, in what authorities are calling a riot. Protestors threw rocks and bottles, lit fires and trampled police cruisers. Officers used pepper spray and tear gas to break up crowds.  Some protestors got into the rally itself, interrupting Trump half a dozen times.  Albuquerque police said several officers were injured and there were some arrests.

VOTE 2016
--Senior Trump campaign officials say House Speaker Paul Ryan is going to endorse the Republican front runner
--Hillary Clinton, campaigning in California, focuses on Donald Trump, on his finances, policies and pliant positions..."Call me old-fashioned...I think it matters what it says what you’re saying when you’re running for president and it really matters when you are president.” 
--A report in "The Hill" says Democrats are discussing whether DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz should step down, over concerns she's not doing enough to unify the party.
--Trump heads to California Wednesday for some campaigning and fundraising.

After an emotionally charged hearing, a Pennsylvania judge orders Bill Cosby to stand trial for the alleged sexual assault of a former Temple University employee. Andrea Constand says Cosby gave her pills which left her in a stupor, and that he violated her at his suburban Philadelphia mansion. The 78-year-old comedian's lawyer says " a United States citizen had his due process rights violated."

President Obama wrapped up his Vietnam trip and heads to Japan.  He'll meet with Prime Minister Abe, and then with G7 leaders. But the focus of this trip is on history. Mr. Obama will be the first sitting US president to visit Hiroshima since the US dropped a nuclear weapon there to end World War Two.

A highway shooter opened fire on random cars overnight near Phoenix- injuring at least one driver. A suspect is now in custody.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) ... criticizing G-O-P lawmakers... telling reporters at the Capitol that work to get money for efforts like battling the Zika virus and helping tackle the water crisis in Flint, Michigan ... should take priority, and that lawmakers need to get some work done ... not go on vacation.

The Justice Department says it intends to seek the death penalty against Dylann Roof, the man charged with killing nine black parishioners last year in a church in Charleston, South Carolina.

VA Secretary Bob McDonald says he regrets his remarks comparing long wait times at VA health care sites to waiting in line at a Disney rides.  Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) wants McDonald to resign.

The besieged airport security agency battling long lines says they will look at airline projections and ticket bookings and move more officers to airports accordingly, before trouble spots arise.

 More than 150 federal inmates were held in prison after serving their full sentences: a report from the Justice Department  inspector general says there were three prisoners who spent an extra year behind bars, and one who served roughly three additional years past the correct release date. There were also cases of prisoners incorrectly released early. The report says in over a hundred cases,  staff errors such as employees who misapplied credit for time served, led to the untimely releases.

The Taliban has named a new leader -- after the last one was killed by a U-S drone strike. His successor's an influential religious cleric who served as the head of the judiciary during the Taliban administration in Afghanistan. He appears to be a non-controversial choice and will be supported by two deputies -- Sirajuddin Haqqani, a powerful militant commander and Mullah Yaqoub, the son of the Taliban's founder, Mullah Omar.

Wasting food. A hearing today. Before the House Agriculture Committee, Dana Gunders with the Natural Resources Defense Council says she hopes to educate and push for legislation -- like the standardization of expiration labels that could help reduce the amount of food wasted each year. She says each year Americans throw out about 40 percent of the food they buy and, besides costing more than 160 billion dollars, wasted food has a carbon footprint equivalent to 33 million cars annually.

For the first time in decades, Congress has passed new safety standards for the chemicals used in the manufacture of products everyday Americans use in their homes.

In Washington State, police say they have found the bodies of a missing couple who vanished 6 weeks ago. The bodies of Patrick Shunn and his wife Monique Patenaude were found buried close to where their vehicle was discovered weeks ago - about 50 miles north of Seattle.  Police believe two brothers killed the couple -- one brother who is still on the run was a former neighbor of theirs who was involved in a property dispute with the couple.  The other brother turned himself in.

For the first time in the modern era ... young adults are more likely to live with their parents than with a spouse or partner.  That's from a new study from the Pew Research Center ... reporting that in 2014 ... 31-point-6 percent of young adults were living with mom and dad. It's even more of a trend for men, minorities and the less-educated

The NFL announces the Super Bowl will be in Houston in 2017, then Minneapolis in 2018. In 2019: Atlanta… 2020: South Florida… and in 2021: at the brand-new stadium they are about to build for Los Angeles.

The annual Scripps National Spelling Bee kicks off in National Harbor, MD, with 285 contestants from across the country.  The last two years have seen co-champions, but rule changes this year are aimed at preventing that.

The head of security for the TSA is out of a job. ABC News has obtained an internal TSA memo that reveals Kelly Hoggan, 
Assistant Administrator for the Office of Security Operations at the TSA since 2013,  has been removed from his post.  He came under fire at a House hearing a week and a half ago...he was criticized for getting 90-thousand dollars in bonuses even after the TSA failed tests to catch fake bombs and weapons. And the news comes at a time when the agency is being blasted for long security lines at airports.

The Senate votes unanimously (89-0) to extend basic rights for rape victims. The Sexual Assault Survivors' Rights Act" includes protections for people who report being sexually assaulted. One is the right to have a rape kit preserved until a given state's statute of limitations has expired.

VOTE 2016
--Tuesday is primary day in Washington state, which has both a caucus and primary system. There's controversy over how voter preferences are used by the state parties.
--"Alot of Republicans themselves say Donald Trump is a disaster waiting to happen," says Hillary Clinton...she was speaking to union members in Detroit.
--The Democratic candidates have been criss-crossing California, two weeks ahead of the primary in that state, with a whopping 546 delegates up for grabs.

Republicans have been lambasting VA Secretary Bob McDonald for refusing to release data on Veteran wait times for medical care, and for comparing it to waiting in line at Disney rides.

Across the board, gas prices are up in the past week -- The Energy Department says on average about 6 cents to 2-30 a gallon.  But the Midwest is up 10 cents a gallon and the Gulf Coast up 8 cents.  California remains the most expensive state at 2-80 a gallon but that's still 95 cents below what Californians were paying a year ago.

American Muscle Cars show range of performance in the latest crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

Officials are investigating the cause of a plane crash that killed five people in Hawaii Monday. According to a preliminary investigation, a single engine Cessna crashed and burned just outside of Port Allen Airport on Kauai.
It's believed that killed in the crash were the pilot, two skydive instructors and two tandem jumpers.

A reported bird strike is being blamed for the emergency landing of a Virgin Airways flight from Denver to San Francisco Monday. The Airbus A320 had just taken off from Denver and was in the air for less than 30 minutes when pilots reported trouble.  The flight made a safe landing.

President Obama delivers a speech in Hanoi Tuesday, where he is expected to emphasize the need for meaningful talks between Vietnam and the US on areas of disagreement, including human rights. He is also expected to meet with civil society activists and young entrepreneurs.

The search continues for the flight data and voice recorders from the doomed EgyptAir flight MS804.

State and local health officials aren't waiting for Congress to approve more money to fight the Zika virus. In Texas, the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center has begun testing blood donations for the mosquito-borne virus that's linked to birth defects.

Bill Cosby loses a bid to delay a key hearing Tuesday in his criminal sex-assault case. The Pennsylvania supreme court refuses to grant a delay while Cosby tries again to have the case thrown out. This is related to an alleged encounter with a Temple university employee.

--More than 100 pieces of debris from EgyptAir Flight 804, which crashed into the Mediterranean Sea, has been found and reported to Egyptian officials, the U.S. Navy said Sunday. The Egyptian navy is leading the search and the U.S. Navy is providing assistance.
--Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi said Sunday that a submarine belonging to his country's Oil Ministry was headed to the crash site to search for flight and voice recorders, also known as black boxes.
--"Thank you so much. Good day, have a goodnight"...the last words from the Pilot of Flight 804 to Air Traffic Control. 

The suspect in the killing of a 42-year-old Massachusetts police officer was shot and killed Sunday evening during a shootout at a home just miles from the initial incident, officials said. A state trooper was also wounded in the exchange of gunfire with the suspect, who was identified as 35-year-old Jorge Zambrano. Auburn police officer Ronald Tarentino leaves behind his wife and children after he was fatally shot during a traffic stop around 12:30 a.m. in Auburn, about 50 miles west of Boston

President Obama has confirmed that a US airstrike in Pakistan killed the Taliban's overall leader, Mullah Akhtar Mansour. The strike, which was authorized by the President before leaving for Asia over the weekend, is the most aggressive U-S military action in Pakistan since the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden.

VOTE 2016
--A new ABC News/Washington Post poll shows a close contest in presidential election preferences, with Republicans lining up behind Donald Trump as their party’s presumptive nominee while the continued Democratic race is keeping Hillary Clinton’s side more unsettled. Greater voter registration among Republicans is one factor: Clinton’s 6-point lead among all adults, 48-42 percent in a general election match-up, switches to essentially a dead heat among registered voters, 46 percent for Trump, 44 percent for Clinton.
--Donald Trump fired off a series of tweets Sunday targeting Hillary Clinton’s stance on gun control, proposing that “Crooked Hillary wants a radical 500% increase in Syrian refugees,” adding, “How can Crooked Hillary say she cares about women when she is silent on radical Islam, which horribly oppresses women?”
--Sen. Bernie Sanders is taking his increasingly-pitched fight against the Democratic Party establishment straight to the top of the party, with an endorsement of Tim Canova, a South Florida law professor challenging Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz in her congressional district's primary.

President Obama has lifted the decades-old ban of weapons sales to Vietnam. Mr Obama landed in Hanoi on Sunday, taking part in a bilateral meeting and news conference with President Quang and attending the state luncheon. Mr Obama is also holding bilateral meetings with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong of the Communist Party of Vietnam. 

Judge Barry Williams will issue his verdict in the Edward Nero case on Monday. Nero, one of six Baltimore officers charged in connection with the death of Freddie Gray, did not testify during his trial. He’s charged with second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and office misconduct. Court resumes at 10:30am ET.

-- On ABC's "This Week," Doctor Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease, says a vaccine is the long-term solution to the mosquito-borne disease. Right now, he says the U-S is aggressively developing a vaccine that's scheduled to go into phase one trials to determine its safety.
--The CDC says more than 300 pregnant women in the US and Puerto Rico have been infected with the Zika virus. That's more than originally reported. The CDC says it previously wasn't counting women who were infected but showed no symptoms.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has announced the start of a military operation to retake Falluja from ISIS. "Zero hour for the liberation of Falluja has arrived. The moment of great victory has drawn near," he said, adding ISIS had "no choice but to flee."

After two weekends on top of the box office, Captain America has been taken down by some birds: Angry Birds. The animated avian adventure debuted in first place at the box office - an estimated 39 million bucks.Captain America: Civil War falls to 2nd, as it becomes the first movie this year to cross a billion dollars worldwide. In third:  an estimated 21.8 million dollar debut for the raunchy comedy Neighbors 2, much lower than expected and a huge drop from the first film, which opened to 49 million two years ago.

Nick Menza, former drummer for the influential metal band Megadeth, died after collapsing on stage during a performance of his progressive jazz trio in Southern California, a family spokesman said Sunday.

A special tribute to Prince performed by Madonna;  Rihanna, Celine Dion, Meghan Trainor and The Go-Gos also performing at the Billboard Music Awards Sunday night on ABC. 

May 20-- Today’s Top Stories from ABC News


--The Egyptian military say they have found the wreckage and personal belongings 180 miles off the Egyptian coast North of Alexandria. Greek search and rescue official tells ABC News that a US plane involved in the search for the missing EgyptAir jet has spotted several floating objects – including what they believe is an airplane seat and some luggage.  
--Egyptian officials say it's more likely terror than technical trouble that brought down an EgyptAir jetliner into the Mediterranean with 66 aboard. But US officials say it's too soon to say what caused the the plane to disappear.
--Experts say the plane disappeared from radar over waters that are as deep as 10-thousand feet.


--American air travelers are thinking about their safety as they head to airports here and abroad.
--The White House says there's already extra layers of security for flights into the US from Paris and other foreign cities.


San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee says he asked for police Chief Greg Suhr to resign the same day as a fatal officer-involved shooting, the third since December.  The shootings prompted many protests and calls for the chief to be removed from his position.The mayor said he has appointed Toney Chaplin as interim chief.


VOTE 2016
--In cable news interview Hillary Clinton said that ‘no' Donald Trump is not qualified to be president, telling CNN: "I have concluded he's not qualified to be president of the United States.” Clinton also bluntly said, “I will be the nominee for my party. That’s already done in effect. There’s no way I won’t be.”  The Sanders campaign put out a statement saying it respectfully disagreed saying millions of Americans have"doubts about the Clinton campaign."
--"There is nothing like New many wise guys," said Donald Trump as he campaigned in the Garden State with Gov. Chris Christie.
--Asked if she feels compelled to defend her husband's honor after Trump's attacks, Hillary Clinton tells CNN "I know that that's exactly what he is fishing for and I'm not gonna be responding."


--President Obama receives a briefing on the ongoing response to the Zika virus from members of his public health team.
--The Senate Thursday passed its $1.1 billion Zika funding amendment- setting the stage for negotiations with the House over how much money to devote to fighting the virus. The White House has indicated that President Obama would accept the Senate measure, but has threatened to veto the house bill- saying it’s doesn’t provide enough funds.


Chaos erupted inside the House after a measure to protect gay rights was rejected by a single vote. The amendment was defeated when seven Republicans switched to "no" votes at the last minute -- leading Democrats to chant "shame".


Former Illinois police officer Drew Peterson, currently serving 38-years for the death of his third wife, heads back to court to face charges he allegedly tried to hire a hit man against the prosecutor that put him behind bars.


Jason Dalton is set to appear in court Thursday...he's the Uber driver accused of killing six people in the Kalamazoo area in February.  Dalton has been found competent to understand the murder charges against him and assist his attorney. 


Authorities in Chicago announced first-degree murder charges Thursday against two people accused of stabbing to death six family members earlier this year. The victims' ages ranged from 62 to just ten-years-old. 22-year-old Diego Uribe, a cousin of one of the victims, is accused of trying to rob the family before it turned into a multiple homicide. His 19-year-old girlfriend Jafeth Ramos was allegedly present for the murders and is charged as an accomplice.


The Confederate flag may soon be disappearing from veterans cemeteries. The House voted 265 to 159 in favor of an amendment that would allow only small confederate flags to be displayed on gravestones twice a year: Memorial Day and Confederates Memorial Day.  84 Republicans stood with Democrats to support the legislation.


Attorneys for former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle will bring their appeal of his 15-year-sentence to a federal appeals court in Chicago.  Fogle's attorneys say a federal judge abused her authority last year when she imposed a sentence three years longer than the maximum sentence agreed to in the plea deal on his admission to child sex abuse and pornography.


The NFL is returning more than 700-thousand dollars of taxpayer money the Defense Department paid the league for activities honoring American troops. In a letter to two US Senators obtained by ABC News the NFL said the money "may have been mistakenly applied to appreciation activities rather than recruitment efforts."


Ferris Fest, one-off weekend event celebrating the 30th anniversary of the release of cult comedy 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off'  taking place in Northbrook, Lake Forest, and Chicago, IL, where the characters of Ferris, Sloan and Cameron took their 'day off' in 1986. 

ABC News' Ryan Burrow reports from Chicago

--An EgyptAir flight carrying 66 passengers and crew on a flight from Paris to Cairo disappeared from radar over the Mediterranean Sea. EgyptAir flight MS804 departed France just after 11pm local time and disappeared from radar about four hours later.
--Egyptian officials have said the plane crashed and a distress signal was received.
--The French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has made a brief statement outside Charles de Gaulle airport, after meeting with families at the Mercure Hotel. “Information is arising but nothing is confirmed. We must remain extremely cautious before making any comment or statements. France has offered military and naval assistance. At this stage we are here to show our support to the families.” “Our priority is to wait for confirmed information on what has happened and not speculate on different hypotheses,” Ayrault said.   

The House of Representatives voted to approve its version of a Zika funding bill that's competing with one making its way through the Senate. The Senate has yet to vote in its measure, allocating $1.1 billion to prevention efforts. The House version allocated far less funding, about 25 percent of the $1.9 billion the White House says is needed to fight the virus.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg met with conservative political and media figures at Facebook headquarters in California Wednesday over claims that the social media site blacklists pro-conservative stories. Details about the meeting here have been kept a secret by Facebook, but sources say it lasted about two hours. Zuckerberg posted a statement afterwards saying Facebook is committed to being a forum for all ideas.

VOTE 2016
-- Some big, and not-so-big, announcements Wednesday from Donald Trump. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee still refuses to release his tax returns, but he did release a financial disclosure statement. It shows Trump is invested in a number of large corporations he's criticized on the campaign trail. It also lists one golf course as worth some $50 million, despite Trump previously telling ABC News that the golf course is worth only about $9 million. Trump also released his short list of possible Supreme Court nominees, including one judge who's mocked Trump in the past on Twitter.
-- As Hillary Clinton attends fundraisers, Senator Bernie Sanders is out on the campaign trail. He held two rallies Wednesday in California, though he has nothing scheduled for Thursday. Sanders continues to vow to stay in the race until the possibly bitter end.

-- HFR 10AM ET: AAA is out with its travel forecast for Memorial Day
-- While airlines are ignoring the call to drop bag fees so passengers can check baggage and not carry so much through security, they are offering a bit of help. American Airlines pledged late Wednesday to spend an addition $4 million to provide contract staff in non-screening functions like bin running and queue management at U.S. Airports (which is on top of the $17 million American says they already pay to reduce customers’ wait times). United Airlines tells ABC News it is also assisting in “non-security tasks at checkpoints” and is looking to hire more workers. However, United declined to comment on how many workers it was hiring or how much it would be investing. Delta's CEO said late last month that the airline would be providing similar staff to the TSA “at no cost.” And last month, SEA-TAC Airport announced it would be hiring 90 contractors to assist the TSA.

Pew Research Center releases its first-ever comprehensive look at the shared and on-demand economy. It's the first in a series that will examine American attitudes about the new digital economy, including views on employment and regulation. This report provides a detailed examination of three different services that exemplify the shared, collaborative, and on-demand economy: ride-hailing apps, home-sharing platforms, and crowd-funding services. The nationally representative survey of nearly 5,000 U.S. adults offers data that speaks to several ongoing conversations around these services.

It's been 15 years since Apple opened its first retail store in the United States. When Steve Jobs welcomed crowds into the first Apple store -- May 19th, 2001 -- there was no such thing yet as an iPhone or an iPad. That flagship store opened in the wealth Washington, D.C. suburb of McLean, Virginia. Today there are close to 500 Apple stores in 18 countries.

Thursday afternoon, President Obama awards National Medals of Science and National Medals of Technology and Innovation to 17 scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and innovators in the East Room. The National Medal of Science recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to science, engineering, and mathematics. The National Medal of Technology and Innovation recognizes those who have made lasting contributions to America’s competitiveness and quality of life and helped strengthen the Nation’s technological workforce.

Vice President Joe Biden is expected to speak Thursday morning at the final day of the National Urban League's 13th Annual Legislative Policy Conference 'Save Our Cities: Education, Jobs and Justice'. Mr. Biden also will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Statewide impact

Atlanta Braves fire manager Fredi Gonzalez after poor season startup; Buford named 10th best for home affordability and school quality...

Gov. Deal criticizes Obama order on transgender restrooms; Senate easily advances $1.1 billion in Zika funding...

Brasfield & Gorrie to build new Atlanta Hawks practice facility; 450-home residential community proposed in Forsyth County...

How two schools got off state's failing list; Macon Charter Academy attorney addresses bankruptcy filing...

Arthur Blank says Atlanta offers beautiful Super Bowl weather - due to climate change; St. Simons Land Trust buying most of Musgrove Plantation...

Dentists in Georgia file class action complaint against 3M for allegedly defective crowns; Macon's Navicent Health to manage Monroe County Hospital in Forsyth...

Major Local News
Water main break creates 'muddy river' in Northwest Atlanta; State council upholds dismissal of Brunswick Circuit Public Defender Kevin Gough...

Cartoon: Mark Streeter: Order up!; Engineering silence with Garden City 'quiet zones' for trains...

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"If you work overtime, you should actually get paid for working overtime," says Vice President Biden. The administration is announcing changes to the rules on who is guaranteed to get overtime pay...right now those making about 23-thousand dollars a year or less are required to get paid overtime for working more than 40 hours a week but as of Dec. 1st, that cap will increase to over 47-thousand dollars. A small business group predicts businesses will find the changes "a difficult pill to swallow."

VOTE 2016
--Tight tally in Kentucky... Hillary Clinton declared victory in Kentucky but the race is still too close to call.  Bernie Sanders was looking to keep Hillary Clinton winless this month.
--Hillary Clinton late Tuesday released her "personal financial disclosure form"... along with a campaign statement jabbing Donald Trump for not making his tax returns public.
--An interview of Donald Trump by Fox News' Megyn Kelly aired Tuesday.

Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, today reviewed first quarter 2016 results for U.S. passenger airlines and released its summer air travel forecast, which projects summer 2016 passenger volumes to exceed the previous all-time high set in 2015 by 4 percent. Approximately 231.1 million passengers (2.51 million per day) are expected to fly in scheduled service on U.S. airlines from June 1 – Aug. 31 compared to 222.3 million passengers over the same time period in 2015, a 95,500 passengers-per-day increase.

Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, will meet on Wednesday at his Silicon Valley headquarters with one of Trump’s senior advisers, Barry Bennett, along with several influential conservatives including Glenn Beck, think tank leaders, and a few others. The gathering was called in response to Republican outrage over a report that contractors for Zuckerberg’s company were suppressing from its “trending” section. 

--Nevada's Democratic Party has sent a letter to the Democratic National Committee accusing Bernie Sanders' supporters of taking part in violence and threats at the Nevada state convention over the weekend in Las Vegas.  Sanders supporters were apparently angry over how delegates were awarded.
--Democratic officials released text messages and voicemails allegedly left by Bernie Sanders supporters on the personal cellphone of Nevada Democratic Party chairwoman Roberta Lange.

The Senate could vote as soon as Wednesday on a measure committing one-point-one billion dollars to anti-Zika efforts. Senators rejected a competing White House bill asking for one-point-nine billion dollars in funding.

9/11 BILL
The Obama administration "strongly opposes" the Senate's passage of a bill to let families of 9/11 victims sue the Saudi government.

Law enforcement and a prominent Milwaukee attorney are offering a total of $35,000 for information in the case of a 9-year-old girl who was shot by an errant bullet that entered a home during a gun battle 2 weeks ago. Za'layia Jenkins was declared brain dead Monday.

In a major doping crackdown stretching back eight years, 31 athletes in six sports could be barred from competing in the Olympics after they were caught in retesting of drug samples from the 2008 Beijing Games, and other positive cases could emerge from the 2012 London Games. The International Olympic Committee opened disciplinary proceedings Tuesday against the 31 unidentified athletes from 12 countries who competed in Beijing and were planning to take part in the Rio de Janeiro Games in August.

ABC News has confirmed the FBI and federal prosecutors in Brooklyn have started looking into allegations of widespread, government-sponsored doping by Russian athletes who compete internationally.  There are two issues for American investigators:  One would be whether US banks were used to facilitate illegal doping.  A second would be whether Russian athletes who took part in the alleged doping regime competed on American soil…maybe in Lake Placid or a marathon. 

The International Tennis Federation tells ABC News they cannot confirm nor deny that there is a hearing today with Maria Sharapova. What they can say is that in general terms, it takes about 2 weeks for a decision to be made following a hearing. The panel is made of 3 independent judges (mix of legal and medical experts), the player and the ITF.

Pew Research releases its first-ever comprehensive look at the sharing economy, and how US consumers feel about the widely expanding industry.

Mississippi school officials released a statement Tuesday night saying they will appeal a court order compelling them to desegregate two high schools on the opposite side of railroad tracks.

Another allegedly corrupt soccer official is due in a New York City court Wednesday. Julio Rocha was president of the Nicaraguan football federation...federal prosecutors in Brooklyn say he accepted a "six figure bribe."

VOTE 2016
--Tuesday is primary day in Oregon and Kentucky.
--On the campaign trail, Hillary Clinton calls Donald Trump a loose cannon... saying "it's not just what he says being offensive -- although it is -- it's risky and dangerous."
--Former model Rowanne Brewer Lane is now denouncing a New York Times investigation into Donald Trump's relationships with women. The report quotes Lane describing a degrading encounter, but she tells ABC News "He's very much a gentleman."
--Donald Trump will speak with rival Megyn Kelly for the first sit-down interview with the Republican presidential candidate since their clash at the debates.

"Extreme reprehensibility" is how a state court described tobacco producer Philip Morris, and the US Supreme Court has now rejected Philip Morris' appeal of a $25 million punitive damages award to the family of a dead smoker in Oregon.  The justices are leaving in place a state appeals court ruling that likened the cigarette maker's role in smoker Michelle Schwarz's death to manslaughter under Oregon law.

In the past week nationwide -- the price of regular unleaded inched up 2 cents to 2-24 a gallon according to new numbers out from the Energy Department.

U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl is expected back in a Fort Bragg court to be arraigned.  He faces a potential life sentence for desertion while serving in Afghanistan. He walked away from his post in 2009 and was captured, held and tortured by the Taliban for five years.  Bergdahl is free while he awaits trial and is stationed at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, where he works at a desk job and receives treatment at a hospital.

Secretary of State John Kerry and his counterparts from Russia, Iran and Arab states are meeting Vienna Tuesday in the latest attempt to inject momentum into the faltering process of ending the conflict in Syria.

The National Urban League releases its report: The State of Black America, an annual survey that compares the status of Blacks against Whites (and Hispanics against Whites), across a variety of indicators including education, economics, health, social justice and civic engagement.

The NTSB releases its full report on the deadly derailment last year of Amtrak train 188 in Philadelphia. NTSB investigators have concluded the train operator, Brandon Bostian, lost "situational awareness" at least partly because he was distracted...not by a phone call or text message but by radio traffic.  An object had been hurled at a local commuter train and Bostian said he radioed the train to alert them he was passing on an adjacent track.

They'll be closing a stretch of highway north of the Texas/Mexico border Tuesday -- trying to piece together what happened  when a tour bus on its way to a casino.... rolled over Saturday, killing eight people and injuring dozens more.

Pope Francis gave to French daily newspaper La Croix. On migrants Fope Francis said "We can't open our doors in an irrational manner. But the real question to ask is why there are so many migrants. When I went to Lampedusa three years ago, the phenomenon had already started."  The pope also discussed the attacks in Brussels "The worst thing we can do is put migrants in ghettos, we have to integrate them. In Brussels, the terrorists were Belgians, children of migrants, but they came from a ghetto."

The same Canadian wildfire that forced the evacuation of 80-thousand residents of Fort McMurray, Alberta, now is sparking 4-thousand oil workers.

The cold front responsible for severe weather  Monday will move east into more populated areas of Texas, from Dallas to San Antonio and east to Houston today. Large hail, damaging winds and a few tornadoes are the biggest threat. In addition, more heavy rain is forecast for Texas – where locally more than 4 inches are possible over the next couple of days.

--Tuesday American Airlines stops making connecting gate announcements aboard its planes… You know “If you’re flying on to London, your plane is at gate A-12”.  Now that most of us get our info on smartphones or off screens in the airport, American will no longer do it.  Delta and United stopped a while ago.
--The union representing TSA workers the agency's plan to hire 800 more people is not enough to handle the crowds expected in the short term. The Union says about more six thousands screeners are needed.

Turbulence caused minor injuries to at least 4 people on an overnight flight from Logan to Midway Tuesday, causing the flight to turn back to Logan Airport, according to Boston EMS speaking with WCVB. The Southwest Flight 147 departed Logan around 11 p.m. Monday night en route to Chicago Midway. Less than an hour into flight it was diverted back to Boston because of turbulence. Boston EMS says one passenger was taken to Mass General with minor injuries. Two others were injured but refused transport.

Former prep school student Owen Labrie, who was convicted of sexually assaulting a classmate, was granted release on bail but has to submit to electronic monitoring through an ankle bracelet, a judge said Monday. Labrie's lawyer said that prison was an "eye-opening experience" for his client, who had been in administrative segregation and has experienced a range of emotions including being "sad," "nervous" and "bored."

While Consumer Reports urges consumers to use sunscreen, the organization’s latest tests show that you may not be as protected as you think.

May 16-- The Toombs County Board of Commissioners reports the closure of Ezra Taylor Road to thru traffic beginning Monday, May 23 until approximately Wednesday June 8.

The closure will allow the contractor to place cross drain pipes at three different locations beginning at the Vidalia Recreation Department on Ezra Taylor Road. Please check the Toombs County website for current updates and locations of the road closures during this time.

VOTE 2016
--"What you hear from Donald Trump is not just offensive -  it is dangerous", says Hillary Clinton. Several controversies swirl around the presumptive GOP presidential nominee.
--Trump's treatment of women gets renewed scrutiny after a New York Times article quoting several who describe inappropriate and degrading encounters over the years.
--Trump says he'll release his tax returns eventually. Until then, it's "none of your business." RNC Chair Reince Priebus sidesteps the question, saying "It's gonna be up to the American people" whether it's a big issue or not.
--Trump as "John Miller"?  A reporter says the Trump spokesman who called himself John Miller in a 1991 interview was actually Trump touting himself.  Trump insists the recorded voice is a fake, but in a 1990s court filing, he acknowledged using a different name to advocate for himself. 
--Clinton and Bernie Sanders were working crowds in Kentucky this weekend, ahead of Tuesday's primary there. There's a Presidential contest in Oregon Tuesday also. Clinton says she'd put her husband to work to spearhead revitalizing the economy.

President Obama says "in politics and in life, ignorance is not a virtue."  He did not mention Donald Trump by name, but as the President addressed graduates at Rutgers University Sunday, he took aim at what he called a "strain of anti-intellectualism" in American politics, and made clear what he thinks of Trump's isolationist views.

With teen car crashes rising for a second straight year, there are ways to reduce the risk. Teens with a written or verbal formal agreement with their parents to follow driver safety habits were less likely to take risks, says Kate Carr of Safe Kids Worldwide.

17 years after the first launch and after more than 15 years of continuous human presence, the International Space Station marked its 100-thousandth orbit when it crossed the equator early today. (2:10am ET)

The NTSB is investigating Saturday's crash of a chartered tour bus. At least eight people were killed after the bus... headed for a casino... crashed and rolled over north of the Texas/Mexico border, about 50 miles north of Laredo.

Up to 6 inches of rain has fallen since midnight in Corpus Christi, Texas. The National Weather Service reports numerous water rescues occurred overnight across the south side of the city. Since Saturday parts of the metro area there have received up to 15” of rain. A Flash Flood Emergency continues for the city until 7 a.m. CT today.

The TSA announcing it's hiring more officers next month to combat long long waits at airports - New York Senator Chuck Schumer pushing for the TSA to train more bomb-sniffing help speed things up.

The Daily Mail reports a US air marshal, armed with his service weapon, was removed from a passenger jet at Heathrow Airport because he was intoxicated. Metropolitan police officers were called to a Los Angeles-bound plane at Terminal 2 after the United Airlines captain claimed a man was trying to board under the influence of alcohol. Police confirm to ABC News that a man was arrested on May 9 after it was reported that he was under the influence of alcohol. Police arrived, breathalyzed him and detained him on suspicion of being over the prescribed limit. He was taken into custody by at Heathrow Police Station but released shortly after with no further action. They could not confirm if he was an air marshal or if he had a firearm with him.

Two people were found dead in a car on Chicago's Kennedy Expressway early Sunday morning.  Both had been killed by gunshots to the head. This is the 18th shooting on Chicago's expressways so far this year. Police say it is unclear why expressway shooting have increased this year.

"A fiasco" is how the mayor of Manchester, England describes a security blunder. Turns out a suspicious device that sparked a call to the bomb squad and the evacuation of 70-thousand soccer fans from a stadium was a fake -- a training device inadvertently left at the scene from a recent exercise, say police.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry have launched a campaign to end the stigma of mental illness. William, Kate and Harry kicked off the Heads Together project in London today.

Gunfire erupted during commencement at an Augusta, Kansas high school...Authorities say two people were wounded after a man with a concealed weapon permit adjusted the sock he'd stuffed his pistol into...The police chief says it was an accident--described it as a "knucklehead situation."

Prince was remembered at a memorial held by his church Sunday.  Between 300 and 500 guests were invited to the private service at the Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall in Minnetonka where the music icon was a member of the congregation. 

For a second weekend Disney and Marvel's "Captain America: Civil War" was tops at the box office... the film pulled in 72.6 million dollars.

Actress, singer and soon-to-be mother, Janet Jackson turns 50 Monday.

The front man for The Red Hot Chili Peppers was hospitalized over the weekend. A source says 53-year-old singer Anthony Kiedis was suffering from stomach pain, but no other details or word on how serious the situation is. The band cancelled its show in Irvine, CA.

May 13-- Toombs County High School will hold the 2016 graduation ceremony on Saturday morning, 8:30 a.m., May 14th at Booster Stadium in Lyons.  In the event of inclement weather, graduation will be held in the Toombs County High School Gym.

The upper gate by the cemetery will be open at 7:30 and is the only access for guests. The tunnel entrance is reserved for the graduates, teachers, and board members and will not be accessible by guests.

The Obama administration will issue guidance to all public schools in the country mandating that they allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity. It will go out in the form of a letter to school administrators.  The guidance describes how schools should accommodate students, citing Title IX. These are technically non-enforceable rules, but the administration is threatening to pull federal aid in states that don't comply. This comes as the Justice Department is embroiled in a legal fight with the state of North Carolina over its bathroom law.

VOTE 2016
--Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan described their meetings in Washington, D.C., Thursday as a "positive step" toward unifying the Republican Party, even as Ryan again declined to endorse the New York billionaire.
--Donald Trump's campaign is disavowing the comments of Trump's former, long time butler who has publicly called for someone to kill President Obama.
--Senator Bernie Sanders on the campaign trail in South Dakota Thursday - a first-time visitor to Mount Rushmore. A reporter asked if he envisions himself up there one day: "You think there's a location for me right to Lincoln's right there? I, I see some spots!"

Two private citizens are getting the credit for rescuing a 9-year-old girl who went missing more than a week ago in Tennessee. After a nationwide search, authorities say Carlie Trent and alleged kidnapper Gary Simpson, her uncle, were found Thursday in a mountainous area of Hawkins County.

The 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil could cause a "full-blown public health disaster” because of the Zika virus unless the event is postponed, relocated or canceled, according to a report published in the Harvard Public Review.. The World Health Organization released new guidelines for Olympic athletes on how to protect against the Zika virus while in Brazil. 

A second website is now auctioning off the gun George Zimmerman used to kill Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, in 2012. The first website set to auction the gun Thursday had a last-minute change of heart. It popped up again later on a different gun site. The starting bid - $5k. The bids had exceeded 50 million dollars but they appear to be fake bids.

A senior commander of Hezbollah has been killed and some are pointing the finger at Israel. Mustafa Badreddine - assassinated late last night in Damascus was also a long time target of the US. Long before Osama bin Laden formed al-Qaeda, Badreddine was targeting Americans.  In October 1983 he is believed to have prepared the bombs for the Beirut barracks bombings, which killed 241 U.S. and 58 French servicemen. The targets were separate American and French buildings. Two months later, he was said to be part of the cell that launched 7 attacks in 1 day in Kuwait, killing 6 and wounding almost 90. The targets included the American embassy, a residential building for US firm, Raytheon.

The family of Joan Rivers has settled it's malpractice lawsuit against Yorkville Endoscopy, the Manhattan clinic where Joan Rivers went in for a routine procedure before she died at the hospital. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed, but we're told the amount is substantial. 

In Baltimore, it's the second day in the bench trial of Police Officer, Edward Nero - one of six officers charged in last year's death of Freddie Gray, whose death led to riots in the city.

No arrests yet following the shooting deaths of eight relatives in southern Ohio. ABC's Jack Crumley has new information about the investigation. The homes where eight members of the Rhoden family were shot to death last month in Pike County, Ohio. State Attorney General Mike DeWine says a judge has authorized his people to load the four mobile homes and transport them about four and a half miles north to the investigation command center in Waverly to preserve the crime scenes

A big recall of Subaru cars was announced by the company today (Thursday.) Owners being told not to drive them because of a potential steering problem

The White House is hosting five Nordic leaders for one glamorous State Visit and Dinner Friday night. It’s the 12th official State Visit of Obama’s presidency, but the only five-for-one bargain grouping in recent memory. Leaders in attendance will include the president of Finland and the prime ministers of Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland. Albuquerque native Demi Lovato will be the night’s entertainment. On the agenda for the multilateral meeting are discussions over countering terrorism and violent extremism, combating climate change and addressing the migration and refugee crisis in Europe. 

May 12-- Today’s Top Stories from ABC News


VOTE 2016
--Trump Day in Washington - the presumptive Republican presidential nominee meets with several GOP leaders,  the most-anticipated is his meeting with House Speaker, Paul Ryan, who had been withholding his support.
--The pressure is mounting on Trump to go public with his tax returns. Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney are calling on him to do that. Trump says he's being audited, and his taxes will be released when the audit is complete. But tax experts say he can release them whenever he wants.


A federal grand jury returns an indictment against a former South Carolina police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black man...caught on video. Michael Slager is accused of shooting Walter Scott 8 times and violating his constitutional rights. Scott's lawyer and family praised the federal prosecutors for pressing the case.


The bench trial of Edward Nero, one of six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, begins in Baltimore. A judge - no jury will hear the case - meaning it could move much faster than originally expected. The prosecution starts with opening statements - their presentation will likely last through Monday of next week.


The cause of the 2013 West Fertilizer Plant explosion in Central Texas, which killed 15 people and leveled a five-block area has now been ruled a criminal act.


The family of the man who went on a stabbing rampage in Taunton, Massachusetts says the tragedy... could have been completely prevented... if he hadn't been discharged from the hospital.


Florida Governor Rick Scott is warning the approaching hurricane season will bring heat and rain...attracting mosquitoes that spread the Zika virus. The governor was in Washington to express his concerns with lawmakers and urge them to come up with an action plan...and funding.


A judge rules that Robert Dear, who acknowledged killing three people at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic is mentally incompetent to continue with his criminal case.  That stalls the proceedings and potentially sets the stage for a mental health defense.


--America's top cop FBI Director James Comey says he's worried about an uptick in murder rates in some major cities ... including Chicago where there were 175 homicides within the first quarter.
--Comey says law enforcement are currently tracking at least 800 Americans they believe are reading ISIS propaganda on social media.


The most violent day in Baghdad this year - ISIS claimed responsibility for 3 separate bombings that rocked the city

May 11-- Today’s Top Stories from ABC News


VOTE 2016
Donald Trump took both Republican primaries in Nebraska and West Virginia Tuesday night marking the first time the GOP presumptive nominee ran virtually unopposed. Bernie Sanders was the projected winner over Hillary Clinton in the close race in West Virginia with 37 delegates at stake. Even though the Vermont senator won the Mountain State, it's nearly an impossible hill to climb to catch Clinton's delegate lead. The next contests are for both parties in Oregon and the Democratic primary in Kentucky on May 17th.  
- Vice President Joe Bident predicted that Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic party's presidential nominee.  Biden was speaking with Good Morning America's Robin Roberts Tuesday.
- Donald Trump said he has culled his vice presidential shortlist to "five or six" choices. During an interview with The Associated Press, the presumptive Republican nominee said he has narrowed the list down, but did not reveal specific names, with one exception.


Stabbing attacks Tuesday at a mall in Massachusetts turn deadly.  Investigators say a suspect crashed his car into a department store at Galleria Mall in Taunton, Massachusetts, stabbed two people, then was shot and killed by an off duty sheriff's deputy. There were two earlier stabbings at a nearby home. Two of the four stabbing victims have died. Police say there's no continuing threat to the public. The motive is not clear but police say there's no nexus to terrorism.


Another line of violent weather produced damage in parts of Kentucky.  Authorities says 10 people were injured after a  tornado torn through Graves County, KY Tuesday night.  Tornado sirens were heard and thunderstorms struck the Dallas-Forth Worth area in Texas.   


Police Tuesday night were back at Prince's Paisley Park estate in Minnesota searching for additional evidence connected to his death. DEA agents were also among the officers.  ABC's Minneapolis station KSTP obtained a copy at a search warrant that says Dr. Michael Todd Schulemberg was at Prince's Paisley Park estate delivering medical test results when they found Prince unresponsive.there...the warrant indicates he had prescribed Prince medications and had gone to a nearby medical center before.


A car bomb exploded and killed dozens of people at a crowded market in Baghdad. ISIS has claimed responsibility. Dozens more were injured.


Senate Republicans aren't liking Facebook.  They're demanding an explanation from the social network after reports that former company staffers excluded links to conservative political stories.  A senior Facebook executive said the company has found no evidence to back up the anonymous allegations.


Recently elected Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, slammed Donald Trump after the Republican front-runner suggested Khan could be exempted from a proposed temporary ban on Muslims entering the U.S.  Last year Trump proposed "a total and complete" ban on foreign Muslims entering the U.S. "until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on."


Scientists say climate change, land use and firefighting methods that leave more dead trees and brush to burn are fueling huge wildfires like the one that's burned over 500,000 acres in Alberta, Canada.


Postmaster General Megan Brennan will testify before a a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on possible reforms to the Postal Service Wednesday in Washington.


Representatives from the fantasy sports companies and legal experts are scheduled to testify on Capitol Hill Wednesdy at a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on federal oversight of fantasy sports and consumer protection issues facing the industry.

WHAT: Southeastern Technical College will hold commencement exercises for its graduating class of 2016.

WHO: Southeastern Technical College faculty, staff, and students will be attending. The guest speaker for the ceremony will be Matt Arthur, Technical College System of Georgia’s Deputy Commissioner. Georgia State Senator Tommie Williams will be receiving an appreciation plaque from Deputy Commission Matt Arthur.

WHY: Celebrate the achievements of this year’s graduating class, who are ready to give back to their communities.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Any and all are welcome.

WHEN: Vidalia campus—May 10, 2016 at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Vidalia campus—Toombs Auditorium.

VOTE 2016
--Tuesday is Primary day in West Virginia and for Republicans in Nebraska.
--House Speaker Paul Ryan is expected to meet with Donald Trump on Thursday... Ryan has said he does not support the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, but he tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "I never said never, I just said "at this point."  He also says he would step down as GOP convention chair, if Trump asks him to.

A Bavarian prosecutor says a 27 year-old German man attacked 4 people with a knife at the Grafing train station - 25 miles east of Munich Tuesday morning around 5am local time. The attacker may have been barefoot.  One victim, a 50 year old German man was killed after being stabbed several times in the back. The other victims, all men aged 55, 43 and 58, are being treated in the hospital. The attacker called out something during the attack , but they can't confirm that it was Alluha Akbar ("God is great") No motive has been given so far.

A violent line of storms in the nation's midsection spawned tornadoes, strong wind and hail.  At least two deaths are blamed on tornadoes that popped up across parts of Oklahoma. Garvin County and Johnston Counties were hard hit by the tornado swarm.

A Navy destroyer has sailed within 12 miles of a Chinese claimed island in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. The USS William P Lawrence sailed past Fiery Cross Reef, one of the artificial islands that China has built up and placed an airstrip. This is the third such freedom of navigation operation past Chinese claimed islands.  The first was last Fall in the Spratlys, then another in January in the Paracel Islands.  

Despite GOP opposition, the White House is moving forward with the process that follows President Obama's pick for the Supreme Court. On Tuesday, nominee Merrick Garland plans to submit a questionnaire detailing his experience to Senate leaders.  

The State Department says it can't find any of Bryan Pagliano's emails ... from the time he served as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's I-T director.  Clinton has been under fire for her use of a private email server while she was Secretary.

After a few weeks of increases leading up to summer driving, gas prices seem to be stabilizing a bit. The average price of regular nationwide has gone down 2-cents in the last week to 2-22 a gallon according to the Energy Department.

The career law enforcement officer accused in a deadly shooting spree in Maryland is being held without bond after a court appearance. 62-year-old Eulalio Tordil faces charges including first degree murder.

The Justice Department ... filing its own lawsuit against North Carolina.  The state filed a lawsuit against the D-O-J ... in response to push-back on North Carolina's controversial legislation that's been called the "bathroom law"... which places new restrictions on transgender people and the bathrooms they use.  The Department says the state's law violates the Civil Rights Act.

We're getting a look at the extent of destruction from the massive wildfire around Fort McMurray, Alberta....the fire chief calls it "a beast." Alberta's Premier says 24-hundred homes were destroyed in Fort McMurray.

A jury has been seated in the Colorado civil trial involving the 2012 Aurora movie theater shooting. A six person jury will ultimately decide whether Cinemark Theaters didn’t take enough security measures to safeguard their theaters against potential attacks. Twenty seven families are involved in the lawsuit.

Nearly two years after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, Ferguson, Missouri has a new police chief.  Delrish Moss, who spent 32 years with the Miami force, was sworn in Monday.

In Baltimore, one of the six police officer charged in last year's death of Freddie Gray is about to go on trial later this week. That trial follows the violent protests over his death last year.  

We are hearing from a Muslim girl in Southern California who was named Isis in her high school yearbook. School officials say they're investigating, and have reportedly told all seniors at Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga that they cannot walk until they've turned in the yearbook. Monday at the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Bayan Zehlif was asked if she believes it was an honest mistake.

There's a challenge to the estate of Prince - a guy says he's the singer's son. Carlin Q. Williams has filed paperwork in Minnesota saying he's the sole surviving heir, and he wants a DNA test. Williams says Prince and his mother had a fling in 1976, and he's the result. Currently there's no will for the estate and unless Williams is legit, it'll be split between Prince's siblings. Williams, a singer from Kansas, is currently in federal prison in Colorado for transporting weapons.

The one-and-only winning ticket in Saturday night's nearly 430-million dollar Powerball jackpot was purchased in Trenton, New Jersey. The excited owners of the 7-Eleven tell ABC News they think they may know who bought that ticket...they're not saying who...but they're thinking it's a woman, a regular customer, who chose the numbers, not a quick pick. 

VOTE 2016
--Donald Trump says he seeks party unity, but right now there's anything but.  House speaker Paul Ryan continues to withhold his support for Trump as the Republican presidential nominee. Trump and Ryan are to have a meeting this week. Hillary Clinton won the Virginia primary back in March, but holds an event there in the day ahead.
--Bernie Sanders tells a crowd of thousands at Rutgers Sunday, "We are in this campaign to win, to win we need to do well here in New Jersey on June 7th."

Alberta's Premier says they've completed the evacuation of nearly 90-thousand residents from Fort McMurray... Firefighters expressing a bit of optimism about the wildfire that's burned large portions of the city, and a total of about 400-thousand acres. Officials say they hope cooler temps will help them get a "death grip" on the fire in coming days, but there's no timetable for residents to return.

The suspect in last week's shooting spree in Maryland is expected to appear in court Monday. Police say 62-year-old Eulalio Tordil, a  Federal Protective Service employee, did not seem remorseful over the shootings that left three people dead including Tordil's estranged wife.

North Carolina lawmakers must answer by the end of the day a Justice Department complaint that the state's new law about restroom use by gender violates federal sex discrimination laws.

Family members of victims in the 2012 theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado will be heading back to court Monday, seeking to hold the movie theater accountable.  The civil case brought on by 28 victims' families alleges the movie theater didn't do enough to prevent James Holmes' rampage that killed 12 and injured 70. The theater company has said in court documents it could not have foreseen the attack.

You may get some relief the next time an airline loses your bags. Congress is working on legislation that would require airlines to refund the checked bag fee if they lose your luggage.

Uber and Lyft plan to suspend service indefinitely today in Austin, Texas after voters there failed to adopt a ballot measure to allow the ride-sharing services greater self-regulation.

North Korea ordered the expulsion of BBC journalists it says insulted the country.  Tokyo-based reporter Rupert Wingfield-Hayes was there to cover the meeting of the ruling party congress.  He, his producer, and cameraman were detained and interrogated when they tried to leave North Korea on Friday.

Russia celebrates Victory Day today to commemorate the end of World War Two in Europe. This year, Russian President Vladimir Putin is drawing parallels between that war and Russia's current conflicts.

The 2016 Invictus Games, a 5-day athletic event created by Prince Harry for wounded vets, now underway in Orlando. Vets of 14 nations are participating.

A super opening for Disney and Marvel's "Captain America: Civil War" -  grossing a massive 181.8-million dollars this weekend, the fifth highest domestic opening ever.

May 6-- Today's Top Stories from ABC News


Investors watching closely to see how the U-S economy fared for the month of April. Last month's data revealed that the unemployment rate was 5% in March, while total non-farm payroll employment increased by 215,000 in April.


Treasury and Justice Department officials are pushing for new tools to detect and deter money laundering, placing a priority on finding those “rich and powerful” individuals who are not paying taxes and that they consider corrupt. They are sending legislation to Congress that would allow the Treasury secretary to require companies to disclose more information to the government so it can be accessed by law enforcement. The goal is to find those cheating the tax system, an issue that has received more attention following the release of the so-called Panama Papers that showed how the rich in other countries have been able to exploit tax loopholes around the world and hide their money from authorities.


VOTE 2016
-- The nation's highest-ranking elected Republican is having some trouble committing to Donald Trump as his party's presidential nominee. For months, House Speaker Paul Ryan has said he would back the party's nominee, no matter who it was, but now he tells CNN he's "not ready" to support Trump. Ryan continues to insist that he is not interested in running for president. Ryan isn't the only GOP leader hesitant to endorse the presumptive GOP nominee. Former presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush may not attend July's convention, and Mitt Romney says he won't either.
-- Hillary Clinton is getting less subtle in her calls for Bernie Sanders to drop out of the Democratic race. In Los Angeles Thursday, Mrs. Clinton said she was closer to President Obama in 2008 then Sanders is to Clinton today, but that didn't stop her from supporting an Obama candidacy. Clinton said her differences with Sanders pale in comparison to their differences with Republicans.


A source familiar with the case tells ABC News that top Clinton aide Huma Abedin has been interviewed by the FBI as part of the inquiry tied to her private email server. The source said the interview was considered a routine part of the review and, thus far, they are not aware of any evidence indicating criminal wrongdoing. The source said no date has been set yet for a possible interview of Clinton. Other aides connected to the email server, however, have also been interviewed, sources say.  As for claims that the server may have been hacked or breached, sources have told ABC News there is no evidence suggesting either.


Investigators warn it could be a while before they're able to recover the voyage data recorder belonging to the El Faro, which sank in Hurricane Joaquin last October in the Caribbean. All 33 men and women aboard the freighter were killed. Officials say the data recorder was located on April 26 attached to a mast 15-thousand feet underwater -- too deep to recover at the time.


There was a deadly shooting Thursday outside of a suburban Washington D.C. school, but students were not the target. According to police, a man attacked a woman who was picking up her child at a high school in Beltsville, Maryland. Another man tried to intervene and was shot along with the woman. The woman was killed and the good Samaritan injured. Police have been searching for the gunman.


A verdict reached Thursday in the case of the so-called "Grim Sleeper" serial killer in Los Angeles. After a full day of deliberation, the jury decided that former sanitation worker and LAPD garage attendant Lonnie Franklin Jr. killed nine women and a teenage girl over a span of two decades. Franklin sat looking forward, emotionless as the verdicts were read. Most of the victims' bodies were dumped in dirty alleys around Los Angeles. Lonnie Franklin Jr will be sentenced at a later date. Prosecutors want the death penalty.


Despite a major campaign to reduce sexual assaults in the military, the number of reported sexual assaults stayed about the same last year at just over six thousand. Major General Camille Nichols, Director of the DOD's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, says more service members who witness sexual assaults are speaking up. However, she also says that many service members are still not coming forward to report.


Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight were rescued on this day from a home in Cleveland after being held by Ariel Castro for about 10 years. Berry had disappeared in 2003 at age 16, DeJesus went missing at age 14 a year later, and Knight had vanished in 2002 at age 19. Castro pleaded guilty in late July 2013 to nearly 1,000 criminal counts, including murder and kidnapping, and was sentenced to life plus 1,000 years. He was found dead a little over a month later, hanged in his cell in an apparent suicide.


Officials warn a massive wildfire that has displaced as many as 90 thousand people in northern Alberta, Canada has grown ten times over since Sunday. Entire neighborhoods have been reduced to ash and ruins. So far, at least 16-hundred structures have been lost.


It's been three weeks since a fitness instructor and mother of three, was murdered inside a suburban Dallas church. And police still have no arrests. Search warrants in the Missy Bevers case have been released and police in Midlothian have been poring over her contacts and conversations she had before she was beaten to death. The search warrants reveal troubles that Bevers may have had in her marriage and flirtatious conversations with other people. Surveillance video of the suspect - a mysterious man or woman, wearing full police tactical gear,  has not brought the tip police need.


North Korea's ruling Workers' Party of Korea holds its seventh congress, the first since 1980. Many commentators believe the event is a contributing factor to leader Kim Jong Un's recent ramping up of anti-Western rhetoric, and the increase in demonstrations of military and nuclear capability. Last month, North Korea warned of "indiscriminate" nuclear strikes on the U.S. and South Korea after the two countries began their annual military drills.


VOTE 2016
Donald Trump is the last one standing in the GOP field. John Kasich suspended his presidential campaign Wednesday afternoon. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he'll back Trump: “I have committed to supporting the nominee chosen by Republican voters."  The two former President Bushes have signaled they will not make an endorsement. Hillary Clinton did not mention Trump at a DC speech to an Asian political policy group.

A new recall involving Takata airbags-more than doubling the original number of recalled inflators to nearly 70 million.  That could impact about 1 in 4-5 cars. It's the biggest auto recall in American history and the faulty inflators have been blamed for 10 U-S deaths so far.

The Justice Department tells North Carolina that a law limiting protections to LGBT people violates federal civil rights protections and can't be enforced.  The federal intervention puts the state in danger of losing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal school funding. A Justice Department source tells ABC News, the hope is that the state complies voluntarily.  If not, the agency will use other tools but didn't list punishments.

Southern California’s section of the San Andreas fault is “locked, loaded and ready to roll,” a leading earthquake scientist said Wednesday at the National Earthquake Conference in Long Beach.

President Obama tells Flint residents "We're going to do everything we can to accelerate getting new pipes." The President sipped filtered Flint water and met with the state's embattled governor.

Attacks continue in and around Aleppo in Syria ... despite a new ceasefire agreement between the US and Russia that went into effect.
--The United States says more than 400-thousand people have been killed in the Syrian civil war. At a meeting of the United Nations Security Council  - Ambassador, Samantha Power condemned recent attacks on medical facilities and first responders in Aleppo.

"My conscience bothered me," declares a US Army intelligence officer who is suing President Obama over the legality of the war on ISIS.  Captain Nathan Michael Smith contends that the president did not get Congressional approval for his war against ISIS in Iraq or Syria within the 60 days as required by the 1973 War Powers Resolution, after the president introduced US forces into hostilities.    Smith is stationed in Kuwait.

The CDC kicks off “Clean Hands” campaign. Are you afraid to ask your doctors if they washed their hands before examining you? CDC says, don’t be… the risk is too great.

President Obama will host a Cinco De Mayo reception at the White House.  In the evening,  he will kick off the 5th anniversary of Joining Forces and the 75th anniversary of the USO with an event at Joint Base Andrews.

A Minneapolis lawyer tells ABC News Prince was scheduled to meet with a representative from a drug treatment center in California the day he died. We're also being told Prince knew this intervention had been planned.

Singer Janet Jackson is reportedly pregnant with her first child, less than two weeks before she turns 50.

VOTE 2016
--"We gave it everything we've got... but the voters chose another path," says Ted Cruz, who suspended his campaign, after Donald Trump won Indiana's primary.  Hours before, Cruz had gone on a rant against the frontrunner, calling Trump a pathological liar, narcissist and "serial filanderer."  Trump tweeted: "Wow, Lyin' Ted Cruz really went wacko today. Made all sorts of crazy charges."
--Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton were not in Indiana as the Democratic primary votes were being tallied.
--Kasich's top strategist says he's not dropping out of the race.

President Obama visits Flint, Michigan Wednesday. He'll talk to residents dealing first-hand with the water crisis there.  Embattled Gov. Rick Snyder hopes the President drinks some Flint water.

Arizona's governor identifies the Navy SEAL killed in Iraq as the grandson and namesake of the financier involved in the savings and loan scandal of the 1980s: Charles Keating the Fourth.

47 million prescriptions being dolled out every year... are completely unnecessary. That's the finding of a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- which finds one in three antibiotic prescriptions (in the U-S) are being given out for infections... they don't even help stop.

Americans... should expect to see some cases of the Zika virus... transmitted on American soil. That's according to Dr. Anthony Fauci  -- director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health. He says there are about 400 cases right now in the U-S, but they're all travel-related so far... Among the latest cases of Zika in the US is a pregnant Connecticut woman who has tested positive for the virus. 

Detroit teachers are expected to return to the classrooms Wednesday after two straight days of "sick out" demonstrations.  The American Federation of Teachers posting a statement that Detroit Public Schools' transitional manager has given teachers and school employees the assurance that they will be paid for their work.

The FBI has taken a man into custody in Michigan, after they say he sprinkled something on food at several grocery stores.   Investigators have identified the substance as a mix of hand cleaner, water and mouse poison, saying it was sprinkled on produce at a Whole Foods store, and two Miejers stores in Ann Arbor.

No leads so far in the mysterious case of Florida mom and hospice nurse Tricia Todd, the woman who went missing last week (Apr 27). Martin County Sheriff William Snyder says police questioned the last person who saw her alive, ex-husband Steven Williams.

80,000+ from Fort McMurray in Alberta have been told to leave now as a wildlife fire, whipped by winds and dry hot conditions continues to rapidly fuel the fire, giving many here little time to grab any of their personal belongings and go. There are at least 150 firefighters battling the fires and reinforcements have been called in from across Canada.

May 4--  The Toombs County Republican Party is hosting candidates running for local office in the May 24 Primary Election.  Chairman Jim Anderson invites the public to the "Meet and Greet" Wednesday, May 4th from five till seven p.m. at the Dixon Building in the Ed Smith Recreation Complex in Vidalia.  Hamburgers and hot dogs will be served.

Anderson says eight candidates are currently scheduled to attend.

US Senate – Dr. Mary Kay Bacallao

US Congress - Eugene Yu

GA Senate 19 – Blake Tillery, Kevin Parker and Delvis Dutton

GA House 156 – Lee Burton

Chairman Toombs Co Commission – Davis Sikes, James Thompson Sr.

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VOTE 2016
--Indiana becomes the latest test of momentum for the presidential candidates. Trump hoping to notch a decisive win in the Hoosier state's primary, saying "If we win Indiana it's over with folks."  On the Democratic side, one poll indicates Hillary Clinton with a 4-point edge over Bernie Sanders. Both Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton facing angry protesters in West Virginia over previous remarks by Hillary Clinton about quote, "putting a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business." She now says that was a mis-statement.
--Ted Cruz and a group of vocal Trump supporters mix it up in Marion, Indiana, and there was lackluster attendance at his last primary eve rally.

The US Energy Department reports in the last 7 days, the price of regular unleaded has gone up about 8 cents to $2.24 a gallon.  Up 9 cents along the East Coast and up 11 cents along the Lower Atlantic.  Still Americans are paying 42 cents less per gallon of regular unleaded that a year ago at this time.

President Obama will visit Flint, Michigan this Wednesday but will he meet with the Republican Governor Rick Snyder while he is there?

While Congress is out on a two-week break, President Obama wants Republican senators to face public pressure to act on his Supreme Court nominee. The president has been making the case they need to "do their jobs" for months but Monday was bringing that message to local TV audiences.

A Florida Mom has been missing for a week. The Martin County Sheriff's office released the last-known photo of Tricia Williams Todd. The photo shows her at a Publix on Tuesday night, smiling with a clerk as she grabs her groceries.

A judge grants a change of venue in the case of a Georgia father accused of murder in the death of his toddler son left in a hot car.  Ross Harris is charged with leaving his 22-month old son Cooper to die in the vehicle in 2014.  Judge Mary Staley indicated in court that media coverage of the case colored the opinions of prospective jurors in Cobb County.

Puerto Rico's government development bank announced it will not make most of its 422-million-dollar-debt payment which has come due. That could intensify the island's financial crisis and would be its largest default to date. The Obama Administration put forward a proposal to help the US territory 6 months ago--and is hoping the default creates some urgency for Republicans in Congress to act.

A new study may add fuel to legal battles over whether some hospitals deserve tax exempt status, and may put more public pressure on hospitals to re-examine their charges.  Research in the journal "Health Affairs" finds seven out of the 10 most profitable U-S hospitals are non-profits.

US Military officials say they are monitoring...but aren't too concerned about demonstrators who broke through Baghdad's Green zone this weekend and stormed Iraq's Parliament.

The Obama administration says they are working on new mechanisms to restore a truce in war-torn Syria.. specifically in the city of Aleppo.

He's been called the "Grim Sleeper."  Closing arguments are underway in Los Angeles in the trial of alleged serial killer Lonnie Franklin, Jr., accused of murdering nine women and a teenage girl over two decades.

--Prince's siblings agreed that a bank, Bremer Trust, is acceptable to them to handles his estate. The search continues for a will.
--We're hearing more about the death of Prince ... and his possible use of prescription drugs. ABC News has confirmed with sources familiar with the investigation that there were multiple doctors giving prescriptions to Prince.

He used to be among the most powerful politicians in NY.  Former state assembly speaker Sheldon Silver Tuesday will learn his fate for public corruption charges. The prosecutor is asking for at least 14 years, defense attorneys are hoping for ‘rigorous community service.’  He was found guilty of taking millions of dollars in kickbacks.

The Olympic flame arrives Tuesday in Brazil, where it begins a 3-month journey across the country ahead of the 2016 summer games in August...preps for the games have been clouded by political controversy and economic crisis.

Broadway honors its own. The 70th Tony Awards nominations announced from New York.