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House Speaker Paul Ryan, the nation's highest-ranking elected Republican, says he's not ready to support Donald Trump as the party's nominee.
Ryan's stunning announcement, on CNN Thursday afternoon, came after freshman Republican Sen. Ben Sasse said America should draft an alternative to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, someone who would be an "honest leader" and "an adult."
A massive fire at a warehouse complex in Houston spewed black smoke and hazardous materials Thursday, forcing neighbors to shelter in place as nearly 200 firefighters worked to beat back the blaze.
The four-alarm fire ignited just before 10 a.m. in the back yard of a nearby home, then jumped to an industrial area at 1700 Laverne Street, NBC affiliate KPRC reports. Fire officials told KPRC the home served as an auto service company.
Authorities declared a "hazardous material incident" as flames ripped through the industrial complex, which houses several businesses, including a gun store, fire officials said. Aerial footage showed explosions erupting as plumes of smoke poured from the roof.
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A massive wildfire raging in the Canadian province of Alberta grew to 85,000 hectares (210,035 acres) in size and officials would like to move south about 25,000 evacuees who had previously fled north. More than 80,000 people have emptied Fort McMurray in the heart of Canada's oil sands.
The Alberta government said Thursday that more than 1,100 firefighters, 145 helicopters, 138 pieces of heavy equipment and 22 air tankers were fighting a total of 49 wildfires, with seven considered out of control. Chad Morrison with AB Wildfire, manager of wildfire prevention, said the blaze grew rapidly, fueled by gusting winds, and he expected the fire to continue to grow Thursday because of dry conditions but it will be away from the community.
An airstrike hit a crowded refugee camp in Syria on Thursday close to the border with Turkey, killing at least 28 people, according to Syrian pro-opposition activists. Images posted on social media said to be of the aftermath of the strike showed at least a dozen tents burned to the ground and bloodied women and children being loaded onto a pickup truck.
The camp in Sarmada, in rebel-held territory the northwestern Idlib province, is home to between 1,500 and 2,000 internally displaced people who fled the fighting from the surrounding Aleppo and Hama provinces over the past year, according to activist Mohammad al-Shafie in the town of Atareb, about 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) from the camp.
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Thursday marks the 154th anniversary of Cinco de Mayo, a holiday synonymous with margaritas and cervezas (beer) that many would be surprised to learn is a bigger deal in the U.S. than in Mexico.
The holiday commemorates Mexico’s victory against the French during the Battle of Puebla in 1862, not Mexico's Independence Day, which is marked on Sept. 16. In fact, it isn’t a Mexican holiday at all but rather an American one created by Latinos in California during the Civil War, according to UCLA professor David Hayes-Bautista.
"Recent Mexican immigrants are often surprised at what a huge thing Cinco de Mayo has become here," Professor Margarita Sánchez of Wagner College told NBC News. "They do celebrate the holiday in Mexico, but it is only a big deal in Puebla."
General Ignacio Zaragosa, the hero of the Battle of Peubla, was born near what is now Goliad, Texas. The fact that a Tejano (or "Tex-Mex") has a link to Cinco de Mayo reflects the reality that Mexican history is part of American history, says Raul Ramos of the University of Houston.
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Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush will refrain from endorsing or commenting on Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.
The senior Bush has enthusiastically endorsed the party's nominee in the past five election cycles. But the 91-year-old's spokesman confirmed to NBC News that President Bush will not endorse Trump and "is retired from politics."
George W. Bush is also staying out of politics this year and "does not plan to participate in or comment on the presidential campaign," his personal aide, Freddy Ford, told The Texas Tribune.
Trump repeatedly attacked Bush 43's administration on the campaign trail, saying it failed to prevent the 9/11 attacks and lied to get the U.S. involved in the Iraq War.
Neither Bush attended the 2012 or 2008 Republican conventions.
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A New York City jail inmate duped guards and walked out of the Brooklyn courthouse by capitalizing on a case of mistaken identity.
Police on Thursday released a photo of Layquan Johnson, who was brought to the Brooklyn Supreme Court on Tuesday in connection with his arrest for a shooting that occurred in December.
Johnson was sitting in a holding cell with other defendants, including a friend who was scheduled to be released. When guards called the name of the man to be released, Johnson answered the call, law enforcement sources told NBC 4 New York.
He brazenly strolled out of the courthouse at about 10:15 p.m. He was wearing a gray sweatshirt, dark-colored pants and light-colored sneakers at the time.
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Every minute of every day, usually without thinking, thousands of New Yorkers reach across the counter at shops and supermarkets and accept a disposable plastic bag. The city's sanitation department estimates 10 billion bags a year are tossed in the trash — roughly 19,000 per minute.
Now, city officials are poised to test whether a 5-cent charge can wean New Yorkers from the convenient but environmentally unfriendly sacks.
City Council approved a bill Thursday that would require most merchants to charge customers at least a nickel for each bag, including those made of paper.
New York City joins more than 150 other municipalities around the country that have passed ordinances either to ban single-use plastic bags or to charge a fee for them.
The mother of Navy SEAL Charles Keating IV, killed fighting ISIS in Iraq, spoke about her son’s life and death Wednesday.
Krista Keating-Joseph said she had a sick feeling about her son Charlie the night before the news broke, perhaps a mother's intuition.
“I woke up in the morning and saw one U.S. soldier was killed and I knew it was him,” she said.
Keating, a 31-year-old Navy petty officer 1st Class, died Tuesday about 14 miles north of Mosul in a complicated attack launched by 125 ISIS forces, Pentagon officials said.
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President Barack Obama's final Cinco de Mayo reception at the White House seemed more a celebration of him than of the holiday.
Obama entered the East Room to chants of "four more years." He responded that the Constitution doesn't allow it and neither would his wife, Michelle.
As he left the room someone shouted, "We miss you already."
Several hours after a stranger abducted an 11-year-old Navajo girl as she played near her home, few outside the reservation knew she was missing.
Cellphone alarms jolted New Mexico residents at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, giving the first warning beyond the Navajo Nation to keep watch for Ashlynne Mike and the man who lured her into his van. He took the girl and her brother Monday afternoon soon after they got off the school bus in a desolate stretch of the reservation.