(NBC) Fires tear through the northern Alberta town of Fort McMurray and force over 90,000 people to evacuate. More than 1,600 homes and buildings have been destroyed in the Canadian oil city as the sky turns blood red with smoke and flames. That resident and her family just returned from vacation to find their home destroyed. The city lies above the third-largest reserve of oil in the world. Shell has shut down its mining productions in the area, and oil prices began jumping Thursday as a result. Despite all odds, no official reports of casualties have been made during the fire.
(FOX) The new North Carolina law that ignores protection for LGBT citizens inadvertently caused PayPal to abandon Charlotte operations and music artists like Bruce Springsteen, Ringo, Starr, and others to cancel concerts. The U.S. Department of Justice declared Wednesday that the law violates federal civil rights and cannot be enforced. A letter to Carolina governor Pat McCrory says, “The State is engaging in a pattern or practice of discrimination against transgender state employees and both you, in your official capacity.” McCrory says they’re being targeted by super PACs and the Obama administration. The letter effectively serves as a warning to the state to proceed at its own peril or risk being sued.
(CNN) Most thought it wouldn’t happen. Just days after an Indiana primary victory, Donald Trump is the presumptive GOP nominee. The hasty search for a running mate began yesterday, and Trump faces a new set of questions on how to confront the anticipated Hillary Clinton in the election this fall. A new poll from CNN and ORC found Trump leads Clinton 54 to 41% in a national election. The intimidating bite he’s used of “Make America Great Again” in the last several months made Trump an unstoppable force against Cruz, Kasich, Rubio, and others. He’s even compared his number to famous Republican presidents of the past. Another major primary is still underway in California, where it’s likely Trump will hit rock-bottom with ratings from the Hispanic and minority populations.
(KOMO) We have an update on yesterday’s Amber Alert. Anthony Barton of Auburn had kidnapped his infant daughter and made threats of murder and suicide to authorities and family members. Burton was arrested in Tukwila around 2:30 pm Wednesday, and his daughter was found safe and reunited with the family hours earlier. Auburn Police say Burton is being held at King County Jail under investigation of domestic violence.
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