Judge to consider timing of Trump University trial
SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel has said he wanted a trial by the middle of this year in a federal class-action lawsuit against Donald Trump by students of Trump University who say they were defrauded. That was before the real estate mogul appeared headed for the Republican presidential nomination.

What's Next for Florida's Death Row?
Five months after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Florida’s death-penalty statute, the state’s supreme court heard arguments Thursday on the fate of its death-row inmates.

The Latest: Indiana's governor says he'll support Trump

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump puts on a miners hard hat during a rally in Charleston, W.Va., Thursday, May 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on campaign 2016 (all times Eastern):



Exclusive: Top reason Americans will vote for Trump: 'To stop Clinton' - poll

A combination photo of Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary ClintonThe U.S. presidential election may turn out to be one of the world's biggest un-popularity contests. Nearly half of American voters who support either Democrat Hillary Clinton or Republican Donald Trump for the White House said they will mainly be trying to block the other side from winning, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released Thursday. The results reflect a deepening ideological divide in the United States, where people are becoming increasingly fearful of the opposing party, a feeling worsened by the likely matchup between the New York real estate tycoon and the former first lady, said Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics.



Trump returns to campaign trail, targets Clinton on coal

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures during a rally in Charleston, W.Va., Thursday, May 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Republican Donald Trump returned to the campaign trail for his first rally as his party's presumptive nominee on Thursday night, delivering a series of searing attacks against likely rival Hillary Clinton and making clear he has no intention of toning down the rhetoric that drove his spectacular rise.



US House Speaker deals major blow to Trump unity efforts

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan's declaration he was not yet prepared to support Donald Trump, is expected to reverberate throughout the party's establishment and its rank and fileUS Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, the nation's top Republican, said Thursday he was not yet prepared to support Donald Trump as the party's presumptive presidential nominee, signalling a deep rift within the GOP. "To be perfectly candid... I'm just not ready to do that at this point," Ryan told CNN. It was a stunning declaration expected to reverberate throughout the party's establishment and its rank and file, amid swirling concerns over whether conservatives will rally around Trump in his expected election matchup against Democrat Hillary Clinton.



Trump strains to unite GOP behind him; Ryan says no, for now

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures during a rally in Charleston, W.Va., Thursday, May 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump is struggling in his efforts to unify the Republican Party behind his presidential campaign, the difficulty immediately underscored Thursday by a startling exchange of negative comments with GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan who said he was not ready to support him.



Warning against Trump, Clinton urges Democrats to unite

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets supporters as she campaigns at East Los Angeles College in Los Angeles, Thursday, May 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hillary Clinton urged Democrats on Thursday to unite around her candidacy as a way of fending off Republican Donald Trump, telling black community leaders that her advantage over Bernie Sanders far outpaces the deficit she faced in the 2008 primaries.



FBI likely to interview Clinton soon in emails probe: CNN

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a visit to the California African American Museum in Los AngelesBy Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation is likely to interview Hillary Clinton in the next few weeks about her use of a private email server while she was U.S. secretary of state and have already interviewed some of her aides, CNN reported on Thursday. The nine-month investigation into whether laws were broken as a result of the server kept in her New York home has overshadowed Clinton's campaign to become the Democratic Party's candidate in November's presidential election. With only a few states left to vote in primary elections, she retains a commanding lead over her rival, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.



Chagrined anti-Trump Republicans seek to recruit third-party candidate

Senator Ben Sasse speaks at the American Conservative Union 2016 annual conference in MarylandBy Ginger Gibson and Jonathan Allen WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Donald Trump's emergence as the last man standing in the Republican presidential race has prompted his critics inside the party to intensify their search for a candidate they could back as a serious third-party alternative. "This is as much as anything a battle for the future of American party politics," said Republican strategist Joel Searby, who is working with conservative writer Bill Kristol, among others, on an effort to identify a third-party candidate to run in the Nov. 8 presidential election. A separate group, Conservatives Against Trump, which includes blogger Erick Erickson, has been holding calls and meetings to discuss third-party candidates as well as other options to stop the New York billionaire from winning the White House.



Republican House Speaker Ryan not ready to support Trump

U.S. House Speaker Ryan listens to a question during his weekly news conference at the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonThe top elected Republican, Paul Ryan, said on Thursday he was not ready to endorse Donald Trump, a sign of the challenges the party's presumptive presidential nominee faces rallying the Republican establishment behind his White House bid. Ryan, the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, said conservatives wanted to know if Trump shares their values. "I hope to support our nominee, I hope to support his candidacy fully," Ryan said on CNN.



Former Texas Gov. Perry endorses Trump, says open to running mate role: CNN

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry discusses his economic plan at a National Press Club luncheon speech in WashingtonFormer Texas Governor Rick Perry has endorsed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and is open to being his running mate, CNN reported on Thursday. In September, Perry was the first member of the initially crowded Republican field to drop out of the 2016 White House race, following a failed bid in the 2012 race. The longest-serving governor in Texas history had languished near the bottom of the 17-strong Republican presidential pack since entering the current race in June.



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