Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump will have his own wall to face in the presidential election: the "Blue Wall," according to NBC News.
The election is decided by a handful of key states that sit on the political fence between either party. The "Blue Wall" describes the eighteen states and the District of Columbia that have voted for a Democratic candidate since 1992, accounting for 242 electoral votes, only 28 votes shy of the 270 they needed to win. That gives Democrats plenty of room for error.
Republicans, on the other hand, have consistently won only 13 states over that same period, for a total of 102 electoral votes. Trump needs to win both Florida and Ohio, or he needs flip long-held Democratic states like Pennsylvania.
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A double-amputee Syrian refugee was denied entry into the United States on Tuesday after landing at LAX and being forced to return to Europe, according to the Council of American-Islamic Relations, who called for his release.
According to CAIR, Morhaf Alkordi, who lost both his legs in 2013, had come to LA for medical treatment after his family reached an agreement with the Hanger Clinic in Downey to treat Alkordi for free.
"He arrived in the United States filled with hope and excitement. Less than 24 hours after his arrival, he was shipped back to Berlin as if he were damaged goods," said Alkordi's uncle, Malek Taweil, in a press release distributed by CAIR.
The State Department granted Alkordi a B-2 Visa, which was supposed to give him six months to get treated. He was then denied entry by Customs and Border patrol, which cited the Privacy Act when declining to comment on the case.
The two brothers have come to be known as the "solar kids" and their case has completely mystified Pakistani doctors.
Ages 9 and 13, the boys are normal active children during the day. But once the sun goes down, they both lapse into a vegetative state — unable to move or talk. Javed Akram, a professor of medicine at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, told The Associated Press on Thursday that he had no idea what was causing the symptoms.
"We took this case as a challenge. Our doctors are doing medical tests to determine why these kids remain active in the day but cannot open their eyes, why they cannot talk or eat when sun goes down," he said, as he visited the pair at his hospital.
A convoy of evacuees began the long drive out of work camps north of the fire-ravaged Fort McMurray area Friday morning.
Meanwhile, a mass airlift of evacuees was expected to resume, a day after 8,000 people were flown out.
In all, more than 80,000 people have left Fort McMurray, in the heart of Canada's oil sands, and officials say no deaths or injuries related to the fire have been reported.
Crews battling the fire got a little help with temperatures forecast to fall overnight to 16C (61F) from the low 30s.
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U.S. employers pulled back slightly on hiring in April after a streak of robust monthly gains, adding 160,000 jobs, the fewest in seven months.
The unemployment rate remained at a low of 5 percent, roughly where it has been since the fall.
The employment gain was down from the average increase of 200,000 over the past three months. But it still points to a steadily growing job market.
The slowdown might raise some concerns that weak U.S. economic growth has discouraged some employers from hiring.
There are signs American Pharoah's Triple Crown win last year has been good for racing. Wagering on American races is up 3.1 percent through March, to $2.4 billion. During American Pharoah's final race, NBC posted its highest-rated Breeders' Cup Classic telecast in 20 years — an average of 4.6 million viewers between 5:45-6 p.m., up 53 percent from 2014. At Ashford, and at other horse farms in Kentucky, tour traffic is up.
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When nine pounds of an ultra-powerful painkiller called W-18 was seized by Canadian authorities last month, an Edmonton doctor tweeted it was "enough to kill every man, woman and child in Alberta about 45 times over."
Now, police departments in the Philadelphia region are on high alert for the drug after the Drug Enforcement Administration told them W-18 may have entered into the area’s heroin market.
The chemical, which can be mixed with heroin, has been described as "10,000 times stronger than morphine." Because of that potency, a tiny dose would be fatal. W-18 is likely manufactured in underground Chinese laboratories, the Drug Enforcement Administration is telling local police departments, and the drug remains unregulated.
For the second year in a row, Emma and Noah top the annual list of top baby names, according to the Social Security Administration. That's the third year on top for Noah and the second in a row for Emma, which was also No. 1 in 2008.
The administration released its annual list of top baby names Friday, and the top five names for girls and boys in 2015 remained unchanged from the previous year. Noah was followed by Liam, Mason, Jacob and William. Emma was followed by Olivia, Sophia, Ava and Isabella. Ava and Isabella switched spots from 2014, with Ava climbing to number 4.
SpaceX successfully landed its Falcon 9 rocket on an ocean platform early Friday, following the launch of a Japanese communications satellite, NBC News reported.
Company representatives weren't optimistic of a successful touchdown before liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida, because of the high altitude needed to send SKY Perfect JSAT Corp.'s JCSAT-14 satellite into orbit.
"Given this mission's GTO destination, the first stage will be subject to extreme velocities and re-entry heating, making a successful landing unlikely," SpaceX wrote in a mission description.
This is the first successful landing at sea for SpaceX, which hopes to develop fully and rapidly reusable rockets that the company's billionaire CEO, Elon Musk, contends would cut spaceflight cost by a factor of 100.
"Woohoo!!" Musk exclaimed in a tweet after Falcon 9 touched down vertically atop a barge in the Atlantic Ocean.
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Bob Baffert feels under the radar with his latest horse at the Kentucky Derby. Baffert, trainer of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, has one middle-of-the-pack horse competing at Saturday’s 142nd Run for the Roses. Mor Spirit, which drew the No. 17 post, would give Baffert another chance to make history as no horse has ever won from that post position.
A Colombian fisherman has been reunited with his wife and family after spending two months adrift in the Pacific Ocean, an ordeal that he says left his three shipmates dead.
A merchant ship rescued the man more than 2,000 miles southeast of Hawaii, and he was brought to Honolulu in good condition Wednesday.
The four sailors left Colombia more than two months ago, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
It’s not every day you see an adorable baby beaver hanging out in a bustling city like Washington, D.C.
The tiny animal was spotted padding around a fountain at the Van Ness Metro station Wednesday, a Washington Humane Society and Washington Animal Rescue League spokesman told radio station WTOP.
A video taken by passerby Jonathan Murray shows the little critter looking lost, cautiously crawling back and forth and being petted and climbing on a person's shoe.
A D.C. police officer dashed to a store nearby to find a box to hold the baby beaver until an animal welfare officer arrived, Humane Society spokesman Scott Giacoppo told WTOP. The animal was evaluated and released into the wild.