Evening Edition: Macron beats back populist tide to win French presidency

What was Macron’s unlikely path to France’s top job?; Le Pen comes up short but has widened the appeal of her far-right National Front party; House GOP defends health bill as Senate Republicans stay wary; 4th U.S. citizen detained in North Korea as relations with White House remain tense; Warren Buffett slams Wells Fargo’s handling of sales scandal; The U.S. government wants Julian Assange in jail. That could hurt the free press.; Why D.C. forfeited $15.8 million as its poorest residents waited for homes; Teen with BB gun enlisted San Diego officers in suicide plot, police say; SNL ridicules Kellyanne Conway in a remarkably short sketch; Disney provides a castle to cap a storybook romance, but some couples say their wedding wasn’t a fairy tale come true; Thunder Snow, the horse who refused to run the Kentucky Derby, is doing fine; When my mother was dying, I wish her doctors had told me the truth;
 
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Macron beats back populist tide to win French presidency
After a tumultuous campaign, voters rejected anti-E.U. firebrand Marine Le Pen and chose Emmanuel Macron, a centrist political neophyte who has pledged to revive both his struggling country and the flailing continent. Le Pen conceded defeat, telling her demoralized supporters in Paris that the country had “chosen continuity.”
What was Macron’s unlikely path to France’s top job?
The banker who has never held elected office has now been elected to one of the most powerful executive offices in the West, commanding the second-largest economy in a troubled Europe.
 
Le Pen comes up short but has widened the appeal of her far-right National Front party
The daughter of a party founder sought to capitalize on growing anti-immigration sentiment and argued against the E.U. Now the party will take the momentum of this campaign into June’s legislative race.
 
House GOP defends health bill as Senate Republicans stay wary
The party is presenting a divided front as senators cast the House legislation — which narrowly passed last week — as a mere starting point amid growing anxiety over its provisions. “The House bill is not going to come before us,” Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said.
 
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4th U.S. citizen detained in North Korea as relations with White House remain tense
The American, who worked at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, is accused of “hostile acts,” North Korea’s state news agency said Saturday in announcing his detention.
 
Warren Buffett slams Wells Fargo’s handling of sales scandal
The chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, the bank’s largest shareholder, rebuked the handling of widespread illegal practices that spanned at least 15 years and included targeting undocumented immigrants to open new bank accounts.
 
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The U.S. government wants Julian Assange in jail. That could hurt the free press.
You may dislike the WikiLeaks founder’s methods, but prosecuting Assange could turn out to be a major move toward what President Trump has long threatened to do: punish independent media.
 
Why D.C. forfeited $15.8 million as its poorest residents waited for homes
The city’s Department of Housing and Community Development was forced to return millions in the past three years after repeatedly missing key spending deadlines meant to ensure that federal housing money is properly managed. Those funds could have provided a year’s worth of rent vouchers to about 1,000 of the neediest families.
 
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Teen with BB gun enlisted San Diego officers in suicide plot, police say
Police traced the original 911 call and determined that the 15-year-old, who was fatally shot near a high school, had summoned authorities himself.
 
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SNL ridicules Kellyanne Conway in a remarkably short sketch
“Saturday Night Live” turned the senior Trump adviser into the star of her own 1990s-era game show — complete with Rockapella soundtrack.
 
Disney provides a castle to cap a storybook romance, but some couples say their wedding wasn’t a fairy tale come true
Since 1991, Disney has put on more than 30,000 weddings at its theme parks and resorts, plus its cruises. But the nuptials are’t always picture perfect for the guests.
 
Thunder Snow, the horse who refused to run the Kentucky Derby, is doing fine
Spectators feared the Irish-bred colt had suffered an injury following one of the shakiest starts in derby history, in which he pranced and tried to buck his jockey off his back.
 
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When my mother was dying, I wish her doctors had told me the truth
The author, who is a physician herself, reflects on her mother’s last days — and she says keeping news of a terminal illness secret is not a kindness to the patient’s loved ones.
 
 
     
 
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