Thursday, May 26
Trump reaches the magic number to clinch nomination
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump has now reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination for president.
He was put over the top in the Associated Press delegate count by a small number of the party's unbound delegates who told the AP they would support him at the convention.
It takes 1,237 delegates to win the Republican nomination for president. Trump has reached 1,238. With 303 delegates at stake in five state primaries on June 7, Trump will easily pad his total, avoiding a contested convention in Cleveland in July.
Trump fought off 16 other Republican contenders in an often ugly primary race. Many on the right have been slow to warm to Trump. Others worry about Trump's crass personality and the lewd comments he's made about women.
But millions of grassroots activists have embraced Trump as a plain-speaking populist who is not afraid to offend.
BAYLOR-SEX ASSAULT INVESTIGATION
NEW: Baylor to fire football coach Briles, re-assign president
WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor University's board of regents says it will fire football coach Art Briles and re-assign university President Kenneth Starr in response to questions about its handling of sexual assault complaints against players.
The university said in a statement Thursday that it had suspended Briles "with intent to terminate." Starr will leave the position of president on May 31, but the school says he will serve as chancellor.
The university also placed athletic director Ian McCaw on probation.
Baylor asked a law firm last year to conduct a review of its handling of sexual assault cases following allegations that the football program mishandled several cases of players attacking women.
The university's statement said the review revealed "a fundamental failure."
Police use tear gas, detain 16, during protests
PARIS (AP) — Riot police have used tear gas during violent clashes in central Paris to disperse crowds who attacked shop facades during a protest against a divisive labor law reform. Police say they have made 16 arrests.
A police spokesman estimated that between 18,000 and 19,000 people are taking part in Thursday's protest, which took a violent turn early afternoon.
Several masked protesters charged the windows of high street shops, smashing them amid banner-waving and shouts from other demonstrators demanding that the government scrap the bill that will make it easier to hire and fire workers and loosen the work week.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls called it "unacceptable to bring a country to standstill."
UPDATE: Italy rescues 4,000 migrants at sea in 1 day
ROME (AP) — The Italian coast guard says some 4,000 migrants have been rescued from the Mediterranean Sea in 22 separate operations in one day.
Cmdr. Cosimo Nicastro says Thursday that number may well be a record, given the previous highs of migrant rescues have been up to 6,000 over two days.
Tens of thousands of desperate migrants have been leaving the lawless coast of Libya in decrepit smuggling boats, hoping to reach the shores of Italy's southern islands. Many of the boats sink or capsize, and hundreds drown each year along the journey.
NEW: Coast Guard recovers 4 survivors of mid-air jet collision
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Coast Guard says two jets collided off the North Carolina coast and four survivors have been taken to hospitals.
Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer 3rd Class Joshua Canup says Coast Guard crews were notified about 10:30 a.m. Thursday of the collision about 25 miles east of North Carolina's Outer Banks.
He says the four were plucked off a commercial fishing ship that pulled them out of the Atlantic Ocean and flown by Coast Guard helicopter to a hospital in Norfolk, Virginia.
UPDATE: Volunteers help in cleanup after Kansas tornado
CHAPMAN, Kan. (AP) — Emergency managers are coordinating volunteers to assist in the cleanup after a slow-moving tornado hit rural northern Kansas, damaging about 20 homes.
No major injuries or fatalities have been reported in the tornado late Wednesday.
Chancy Smith, Dickinson County emergency management director, told The Topeka Capital-Journal (http://j.mp/1qLSEkM ) he is preparing telephone lines Thursday and that coordination is key because he doesn't want people "randomly driving around looking for people to help."
More than 120 responders searched through debris and damaged homes overnight looking for injured residents.
The National Weather Service says the tornado covered about 23 miles between Niles and Chapman in Dickinson County. Chapman is about 140 miles west of Kansas City, Kansas.
Power outages have been reported across the region Thursday.
COAL EXECUTIVE DEATH
Prosecutor says pair plotted to steal exec's SUV
WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (AP) — A prosecutor says two suspects in the killing of former coal executive Bennett Hatfield were plotting to steal his vehicle.
Authorities say Hatfield was visiting his wife's gravesite at the Mountain View Memory Gardens in southern West Virginia when he was fatally shot. His body was found at the cemetery Monday. His SUV was found nearby.
Mingo County Prosecutor Teresa Maynard says 20-year-old Anthony Arriaga of Delphos, Ohio, and 18-year-old Brandon Lee Fitzpatrick of Louisa, Kentucky, wanted to hijack a car.
According to Maynard, the two saw Hatfield's vehicle and Fitzpatrick dropped off Arriaga. She says Fitzpatrick was going to get Hatfield's vehicle. But after Hatfield was shot, Fitzpatrick disappeared and left Hatfield's vehicle behind. Authorities believe Arriaga was the shooter.
Arriaga and Fitzpatrick are charged with first-degree murder. Fitzpatrick also is charged with conspiracy.
Fight over LGBT rights scuttles energy spending bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — A $37 billion bill to fund the Energy Department and water projects has crashed in the House, scuttled by a fight over LGBT rights.
Many Republicans opposed the measure over a provision designed to bar discrimination against LGBT employees by federal contractors. And Democrats opposed language to make sure federal funding isn't yanked from North Carolina over its transgender bathroom law.
The sweeping 305-112 vote to kill the bill casts a pall over GOP leaders' hope to pass the 12 annual spending bills for the upcoming budget year.
UPDATE: Stocks trade sideways on Wall Street
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are trading sideways after two straight days of gains. Chemical makers are down while utilities and phone companies are rising.
Monsanto fell 1 percent and Dow Chemical fell 0.8 percent. The chemical sector had gotten a boost earlier in the week on news of a potential sale of Monsanto to Germany's Bayer.
UPDATE: Police boss: We'll find gunman from T.I. show
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's police commissioner says he expects to get to the bottom of a deadly shooting at a hip-hop concert quickly.
Commissioner William Bratton spoke on WOR-AM radio Thursday, hours after shots rang out at a venue where rapper T.I. was getting ready to perform. One person was killed, and three others were injured.
Authorities say a dispute between two groups traveled from a top floor down to outside the green room at the Irving Plaza concert hall. Performers Maino and Uncle Murda were on stage at the time.
Bratton says the investigation is progressing "very rapidly." Police are searching for the gunman.
Bratton says it's not yet clear whether anyone in the performers' entourages was involved. He says many were unwilling to talk with police.
Group: Police wrongly threaten homeless, order them to move
NEW YORK (AP) — A civil liberties group says New York City police are violating homeless people's rights by threatening them and ordering them to "move along" in public places.
The New York Civil Liberties Union filed a complaint with the city's Human Rights Commission Thursday on behalf of an organization called Picture the Homeless. It's calling police actions "biased-based profiling."
The complaint says police in East Harlem have threatened or arrested homeless people who have not broken the law.
It also says the neighborhood lacks drop-in centers that homeless people could use to get off the streets.
The mayor's office says the city "respects the rights of our homeless New Yorkers" and has a "comprehensive plan to reduce homelessness." It says it will review the complaint.
NEW: Study: Brain scans reveal hidden consciousness in patients
NEW YORK (AP) — A standard brain scanning technique is showing promise for helping doctors distinguish between patients in a vegetative state and those with hidden signs of consciousness.
That challenging task is now generally based on a doctor's bedside exam.
Patients in a vegetative state have open eyes and show periods of sleep and wakefulness, but they are unaware of themselves or others and unable to think, respond or do anything on purpose. Patients in a minimally conscious state show only intermittent and minimal signs of awareness of themselves or their environment.
In the new research, released Thursday by the journal Current Biology, researchers said so-called FDG-PET scans could tell those two conditions apart some 88 percent of the time in their study.
NEW: Hero of Canada parliament attack tackles protester in Dublin
DUBLIN (AP) — A Canadian diplomat who became a national hero when he shot a jihadi gunman inside the Ottawa parliament has tussled with a protester at a military ceremony in Dublin.
Kevin Vickers, Canada's ambassador to Ireland, grabbed a man who was shouting "This is an insult!" near a memorial service for British soldiers killed during a 1916 rebellion against British rule. Vickers grabbed the man and held him before police moved in to arrest the protester.
Vickers was sergeant-at-arms of the Canadian parliament when Michael Zehaf-Bibeau burst into the building on Oct. 22, 2014, after killing a soldier outside. Vickers, a former Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer, and a policeman killed the attacker in a gunfight.
The Canadian embassy in Dublin declined to comment on Thursday's incident.
Hang up: Dutch look at banning use of cellphones on bikes
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government is considering banning the country's millions of cyclists from using their cellphones while riding, saying pedaling and phones are a dangerous mix.
Youngsters cycling while using their phones is a common sight in this country of 17 million where, according to the cyclists' union, there are more than 18 million bikes.
Transport Minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen told Dutch broadcaster NOS on Thursday she is looking into the ban after calls to youngsters to leave their phones in their pockets while cycling failed to have much of an effect.
She says, "a ban is a clear signal" to youths who are the main culprits. The Dutch government said in 2014 that smartphones "played a role" in one in five bike accidents involving young cyclists.