Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are taking their increasingly heated fight for the Democratic presidential nomination back to the debate stage Thursday night. The former secretary of state is banking on support from minorities to help her blunt Sanders' broad appeal with young voters and liberals. Sanders' challenge is to prove that he can run a viable campaign outside of the overwhelmingly white states that kicked off the nominating process. The Democratic contenders next go before voters in Nevada on Feb. 20 and in South Carolina on Feb. 27. But both campaigns are already eying contests in March, when more than half of all delegates up for grabs in the primary are at stake.
The four remaining occupiers at an Oregon wildlife refuge surrendered Thursday morning after hours of tense negotiations, bringing an end to the weekslong protest over land rights and personal liberties.
Federal officials said Jeff Banta, Sean Anderson, Sandy Anderson and David Fry were taken in without incident after FBI agents surrounded the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge overnight.
The occupation came to an emotionally heated conclusion as Fry, the last to leave, threatened suicide in a phone conversation with self-described "liberty activist" Gavin Seim and conservative radio host KrisAnne Hall that streamed live on YouTube.
"Unless my grievances are heard I will not surrender," Fry screamed. "Liberty or death."
All four arrested are expected to face an arraignment before a magistrate judge in Portland on Friday.
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In an announcement that electrified the world of astronomy, scientists said Thursday that they have finally detected gravitational waves, the ripples in the fabric of space-time that Einstein predicted a century ago.
Some scientists likened the breakthrough to the moment Galileo took up a telescope to look at the planets.
The discovery of these waves, created by violent collisions in the universe, excites astronomers because it opens the door to a new way of observing the cosmos. For them, it's like turning a silent movie into a talkie because these waves are the soundtrack of the cosmos.
"Until this moment we had our eyes on the sky and we couldn't hear the music," said Columbia University astrophysicist Szabolcs Marka, a member of the discovery team. "The skies will never be the same."
U.S. equities fell sharply Thursday as investors digested a massive global sell-off and oil prices fell further, CNBC reported. The blue chip index briefly fell 400 points in afternoon trading before bouncing back sharply after Down Jones cited comments from OPEC members reporting cuts to oil production. The S&P 500 dropped about 1 percent, as financial fell. The financial sector was on track for its first five-day losing streak since August.
The Nasdaq composite turned positive shortly ahead of the close, as Amazon and Cisco Systems rose 3.5 percent and 10.7 percent, respectively. U.S. crude closed down 4.5 percent, or $1.24, at $26.21 a barrel, before paring losses in after-hours trading.
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The father of the jailed leader of a group that occupied an Oregon federal wildlife refuge was charged Thursday by federal authorities with leading a tense April 2014 armed standoff with Bureau of Land Management agents near his ranch in Nevada.
Cliven Bundy was arrested Wednesday night when he arrived at Portland International Airport from Las Vegas to visit his sons, Ammon Bundy and Ryan Bundy.
The charge reopens the festering question of how federal officials would fulfill promises to "administratively and judicially" resolve the cancellation of a roundup of Bundy cattle from rangeland about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas.
It involved self-styled Bundy militia supporters pointing military-style weapons at federal agents trying to enforce a court order to round up Bundy cattle from federal rangeland near his ranch.
Bundy was arrested Wednesday night when he arrived at Portland International Airport from Las Vegas.
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The mayor of Cleveland apologized Thursday to the family of Tamir Rice, a black 12-year-old boy fatally shot by a white Cleveland police officer, for the city having sent the administrator of the boy's estate a "decedent's last dying expense" claim of $500 for ambulance services.
Mayor Frank Jackson said at a news conference that filing the claim was part of a routine but that supervisors should have been alerted and the claim never filed.
"It was a mistake in terms of us flagging it, but not a mistake in terms of the legal process," Jackson said.
Actor George Clooney says he plans to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the situation in Syria, which has contributed to the surge in refugees coming to Europe over the past year.
Clooney told reporters at the Berlin Film Festival on Thursday that the movie industry is sometimes slow to react to events in the news.
The Hollywood star was asked whether he plans to make a sequel to his 2005 political thriller "Syriana" that would reflect the turmoil that has shaken the Middle East since then.
The number of renters across the United States grew to just over 43 percent between 2006 and 2014, according to a new report by real estate site Trulia.com.
According to the survey, half of households in Las Vegas are currently renting, almost a full ten percent increase from the last ten years, NBC News reported.
More millennials between 26 and 34 — 67 percent — were renting rather than buying homes, the survey showed. The increase in men in the rental market was greater than women after the mortgage crisis. Minorities, especially Latinos, were having a hard time recovering from the mortgage crisis.
A recent Bankrate.com survey found poor credit and lack of funds for a down payment were the reasons many American families rent rather than buy their own homes.
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Ursinus College has canceled classes for the remainder of Thursday and Friday after a stomach infection sickened more than 150 students, staff and faculty at the Pennsylvania school.
The decision was made "out of an abundance of caution," according to a school statement sent to students, faculty and staff on Thursday. [[368517201, C]]
The outbreak began Tuesday after dinnertime, when students started exhibiting symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration. More than 30 people were transported to Einstein Medical Center and Phoenixville Hospital as the school worked with the Montgomery County Health Department to identify the illness. [[368500551, C]]
American millennials are buying more wine, which is helping to spur the wine industry, NBC News reported.
The group, between the ages of 21 to 38, consumed almost 160 million cases, or 42 percent, of all wine drunk in the U.S. last year, according to a survey by the Wine Market Council. The survey also showed 17 percent of millennials were spending more on wine than baby boomers.
"It's not an exaggeration to say the millennial American consumer has the most varied set of tastes of any wine drinker in history," wrote Wine Spectator.
As for their tastes, millennials are generally favoring new-world producers such as Chile, Argentina and New Zealand.
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Multiple people aboard an American Airlines flight that was diverted to Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday morning complained of breathing problems after landing, with at least one person being taken to the hospital, fire officials said. Firefighters were standing by the runway when Flight 564, carrying 125 passengers and five crew members, landed safely shortly before 11 a.m. after the aircraft experienced what the airline described as a mechanical issue. A cellphone video posted online showed multiple people receiving medical attention inside a terminal. The aircraft, an Airbus A319, was taxied to a gate and inspected.
A probe of a mine waste accident in Colorado that fouled rivers in three states with arsenic, lead and other toxic substances has found further evidence that government workers knew a spill from the gold mine was possible, according to documents released Thursday by a U.S. House committee.
Hays Griswold, a U.S. Environmental Protection agency official in charge of the Gold King mine at the time of the August accident, said in an email that he "personally knew" the plugged, inactive mine could contain large volumes of water.
The email was sent Oct. 28 to other EPA officials. It was obtained Thursday by The Associated Press as the House Natural Resources Committee released the findings of its Republican-led probe.
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