Divided House Republicans see savior in Paul Ryan
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Endlessly divided, House Republicans pleaded with Rep. Paul Ryan on Friday to rescue them from their damaging leadership vacuum. But the GOP's 2012 vice presidential nominee showed little appetite for the prestigious yet thankless job of speaker of the House.
1 fatally shot at Texas Southern University housing complex
HOUSTON (AP) ? A student was killed and another person was wounded during a shooting outside at Texas Southern University student-housing complex on Friday, and police have detained two men for questioning, authorities said.
Blue Jays in deep hole after 6-4 loss in 14 innings
Royals rally, beat Astros 5-4 to even ALDS at 1 game each
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) ? Ben Zobrist hit a go-ahead single in the seventh inning, reliever Wade Davis got replay help for a key pickoff in the ninth and the Kansas City Royals rallied from a three-run hole to beat the Houston Astros 5-4 on Friday, evening their AL Division Series at a game apiece.
US stocks rise, overlooking growth, earnings fears
US stocks enjoyed one of their best weeks of the year as investors grew more confident that dovish monetary policy would persist, overlooking concerns about earnings and slower economic growth. The broad-based S&P 500 gained 63.53 points (3.26 percent) at 2,014.89, notching the biggest weekly gain since December 2014. Stocks kept their momentum from last Friday, when markets rallied after a poor US jobs report was seen as dimming the prospects for a speedy Federal Reserve interest rate hike.
Twitter planning layoffs: report
Twitter will lay off employees next week as freshly-returned chief Jack Dorsey pushes for a leaner operation focused on winning users, tech news website Re/code reported Friday. Layoffs will be spread across the entire San Francisco-based company and will likely include engineers, which account for about half of Twitter's approximately 4,200 employees, according to Re/code. Re/code cited unnamed sources in its report, while Twitter declined to comment on what it referred to as rumor and speculation.
Leading Republican Ryan reconsiders House speaker run: lawmakersWASHINGTON/JANESVILLE, Wis. (Reuters) - A leading Republican congressman with allies on the right wing of the party, Paul Ryan, is weighing a bid to replace retiring U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, fellow lawmakers said on Friday as they sought to defuse a leadership battle. Numerous House Republicans and even 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney have asked Ryan to run for speaker after the front-runner, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, abruptly dropped out on Thursday.
Mormons gather to discuss race issues within faith
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) ? African-American Mormons discussed the ongoing challenges of belonging to a predominantly white religion Friday during a university conference designed to address the status of blacks in the faith.
Obama meets Oregon families as two more die in campus shootings
US President Barack Obama met in Oregon Friday with relatives of victims of a deadly rampage at a community college, as shootings on two more school campuses left two people dead and four wounded. Hundreds gathered outside the gate to the local airport to greet Obama, where he earned a mixed reception. While one sign said "Welcome to Roseburg," others read "Obama is Wrong" and "Nothing Trumps Our Liberty" -- clear signs that the president's visit to the rural, conservative community is not appreciated by all.
Daily fantasy sports and cheating allegations, a quick Q&A
LAS VEGAS (AP) ? Cheating allegations rocked the daily fantasy sports industry this week and as scrutiny mounts, a largely self-aimed spotlight has grown blindingly bright on DraftKings and FanDuel, which have flooded televisions, phones and computers with advertisements promising million-dollar payouts to a lucky few.