US Senate approves fast-track trade authority for Obama
The US Senate overcame bitter divisions on trade policy and passed legislation that gives President Barack Obama authority to swiftly forge international trade pacts, including a landmark Pacific Rim accord under negotiation. The measure now heads to the House of Representatives where its fate is uncertain. While Senate passage is a dramatic victory for Obama, the bill clearly faces a fierce debate in the lower chamber, where lawmakers signalled there is intense opposition from within Obama's own Democratic Party.
Senate clears White House-backed trade bill
WASHINGTON (AP) ? In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House.
Rangers down Lightning to level series
Rick Nash scored two goals and Henrik Lundqvist made 38 saves to lift the New York Rangers to a 5-1 victory over Tampa Bay to level their NHL playoff series. With the win, the Rangers knotted the best-of-seven Western Conference final at two games apiece, with the winners of the series advancing to the NHL's Stanley Cup finals. Nash totaled a career-high 42 goals during the regular season but had scored just two goals in the first 15 games this post-season.
Short-handed Cavs dominate to stretch series lead over Hawks
The Cleveland Cavaliers barely missed injured Kyrie Irving as they cruised to a 94-82 victory over Atlanta and a commanding lead in the NBA Eastern Conference finals. Four-time NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James fell one rebound shy of a triple-double, scoring 30 points with 11 assists and nine rebounds to lead the Cavaliers to a second straight victory on the Hawks' home floor. It marked the first time this season Eastern Conference top seeds Atlanta dropped back-to-back games at home.
Mexico: 43 dead in 3-hour firefight on ranch in west
ECUANDUREO, Mexico (AP) ? At least 43 people died Friday in what authorities described as a fierce, three-hour gunbattle between federal forces and suspected drug gang gunmen on a ranch in western Mexico, the deadliest such confrontation in recent memory.
Olsen twins to skip 'Full House' reboot
Twin sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen will not appear in the rebooted version of hit US sitcom "Full House," US media reports said. Robert Boyett, executive producer of the new show -- "Fuller House" -- scheduled to air on Netflix next year, told the Hollywood Reporter neither of the Olsens would star in the follow-up series. The series, about a widowed news reporter, Danny Tanner, who enlists the help of his best friends to raise his three daughters after his wife is killed in a car crash, ran for 192 episodes.
Ireland awaits count in historic gay marriage vote
Ireland waited Saturday to learn the outcome of a historic referendum on same-sex marriage, with crowds of anxiously optimistic "Yes" supporters expected at Dublin Castle to hear the result. Legalising gay marriage would be a seismic change in the traditionally Catholic republic, where homosexuality was illegal until 1993 and abortion remains prohibited except where the mother's life is in danger. Opinion polls forecast a comfortable victory for the "Yes" campaign.
B.B. King viewing draws more than 1,000 in Las Vegas
Former CEO's lawsuit against Sands China stays in NevadaLAS VEGAS (AP) ? A Nevada judge has decided a wrongful termination case against Macau-based Sands China Ltd. and Sands Chairman Sheldon Adelson can stay in Nevada largely because of the influence Adelson wielded over the company, often from several thousand miles away.
Mexico gunfight kills 43 as government hits gang hard
By Alexandra Alper ZAMORA, Mexico (Reuters) - Government security forces killed 42 suspected drug cartel henchmen and suffered one fatality in a firefight in western Mexico on Friday, an official said, one of the bloodiest shootouts in a decade of gang violence wracking the country. National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said one federal policeman died and another was injured in the three hour battle on a ranch just inside the Michoacan state border with Jalisco, home of Guadalajara, Mexico's second-biggest city. The death toll was one of the heaviest to hit Mexico since President Enrique Pena Nieto took office in December 2012 pledging to put an end to years of gangland violence that have claimed more than 100,000 lives since 2007 alone.