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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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One person has died and another is injured after a shooting on school grounds at High Point High School in Beltsville, Maryland, fire and police officials say.
Prince George's County police said they are searching for a suspect, but it is not an active shooter situation.
A spokesperson for Prince George's County Fire and EMS said an adult died at the scene and another was taken to a hospital.
The injured person is in good condition their injuries are non-life threatening, police said.
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Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump celebrated Cinco de Mayo with a huge taco bowl in New York City.
Trump posted a photo of himself, posing with the dish in his office at Trump Tower, to Twitter and Facebook Thursday afternoon.
"Happy Cinco de Mayo!" the candidate wrote in the caption. "The best taco bowls are made in Trump Tower Grill."
"I love Hispanics!" he added.
Donald Trump has already indicated he may abandon his positions on two major policy issues: a minimum wage increase and tax cuts for the rich, NBC News reported.
Trump told CNBC on Thursday he backed away from his original tax plan and that he is “more into the middle class.” Trump put out a tax plan last year with major cuts to income, estate and business taxes for the ultra-wealthy, with far less generous cuts for the middle class.
On Wednesday, Trump was asked on CNN whether the $7.25 minimum wage should be increased.
"I am open to doing something with it, because I don't like that," Trump told CNN on Wednesday after being asked if he thought the $7.25 minimum wage should be increased.
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A Michigan couple who faced jail after they borrowed a novel and a Dr. Seuss book from a local library and held onto them long past their return dates will remain free. Cathy and Melvin Duren of Tecumseh were charged with failure to return rental property and a judge told them in April that they faced up to 93 days in jail and a $500 fine.
Jurors found a 63-year-old man guilty Thursday in California's "Grim Sleeper" serial killings of nine women and a teenage girl over two decades.
Lonnie Franklin Jr., a former sanitation worker and mechanic for the Los Angeles Police Department, could face the death penalty. Franklin was found guilty on 10 first-degree murder counts and attempted murder after a day of jury deliberations and two days of closing arguments earlier this week in Los Angeles Superior Court.
The Obama administration on Thursday commuted the prison sentences of 58 federal convicts, part of a broader push to revamp the criminal justice system and ease punishments for nonviolent drug offenders.
The people whose prison terms were cut short include 18 who were given life sentences. Most who received clemency are now due for release on September 2, though others will be released over the next two years.