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Analysis: A different kind of party division

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PHILADELPHIA -- If nothing else, the opening day of the Democratic National Convention showed that family feuds are not solely the province of the Republican Party.

Party stalwarts arrived onstage only to be treated dismissively -- loudly so -- by many of the delegates. That followed a second day of protests by supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders...Read more

Michelle Obama offers moving endorsement of Hillary Clinton

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PHILADELPHIA -- Michelle Obama made the case for Hillary Clinton on Monday night by drawing on the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee's own struggles eight years ago -- and delivering what appeared to double as a message to those in the party reluctant to accept Clinton's candidacy.

When Clinton didn't win the nomination in 2008, "She ...Read more

Trump seizes on Democratic convention discord

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump seized on the public discord between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders' supporters on the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

As some Sanders loyalists disrupted the early speeches at the Wells Fargo Center, booing nearly every mention of Clinton's name, Trump highlighted the acrimony in ...Read more

Imagine the first husband at the White House

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PHILADELPHIA -- When Bill Clinton walks onto the stage at the Democratic convention on Tuesday -- the night his wife officially wins the Democratic nomination for president -- the couple will rest on the edge of history. Never before has the spouse of a former president become a major party's nominee for the post.

If Hillary Clinton wins the ...Read more

Therapists offer their services to activists at DNC

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PHILADELPHIA -- As some mental health experts see it, being on the front lines of protest can exact an emotional toll on activists who might face verbal abuse for their beliefs or for whom pain or personal loss was the force for them to fight for change.

With Philadelphia now at the epicenter of protest in the nation during the Democratic ...Read more

Judge rules against journalist seeking public disclosure of convention funding

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PHILADELPHIA -- A Philadelphia judge ruled Monday that the public does not have a right to know who is funding the Democratic National Convention or how the money is being spent until after the event.

"The decision of the Host Committee to withhold information about its donors and their contributions until the end of September may well be ...Read more

CDC urges doctors to aggressively test pregnant women for Zika

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WASHINGTON -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is calling on doctors to more aggressively screen pregnant women for the Zika virus and to take advantage of new testing technology to improve the diagnosis, follow-up and monitoring of those who have been infected.

The guidance, published Monday, comes amid growing concerns about ...Read more

Restive Bernie Sanders backers 'Feel the Bern' in Jill Stein

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PHILADELPHIA -- As she strolled through Philadelphia's FDR Park in the shadow of a towering arena hosting the Democratic National Convention, Rossana Foote explained how she and other Bernie Sanders supporters felt about the election: betrayed.

Outside the Wells Fargo Center, the 52-year-old elementary school teacher from Los Angeles and a ...Read more

Cory Booker's DNC speech: 'Love trumps hate'

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PHILADELPHIA -- Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., called for national and party unity Monday night at the Democratic National Convention, using a prime-time speech to urge voters to embrace togetherness, rather than the divisiveness he described in Donald Trump's campaign.

"In America," Booker said, "love, always trumps hate."

He got a roar then, near...Read more

Tiger mauls grandmother to death at Beijing safari park

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BEIJING -- Beijing Badaling Wildlife World promises visitors a safari experience just 30 miles from the center of the Chinese capital. Customers can drive their own cars through a park where lions, tigers and other wild game roam free. But on Saturday afternoon, one family's outing ended with a Siberian tiger mauling a 57-year-old grandmother to...Read more

Solar-powered plane completes around-the-world journey

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After a 16-month, 17-leg journey, a solar-powered plane completed its around-the-world flight Monday evening when it landed in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The plane, called Solar Impulse 2, landed at Al Bateen Executive Airport a few minutes after 7 p.m. EDT.

Inside the plane, pilot Bertrand Piccard shouted, "We made it."

The plane took ...Read more

Texas, facing lawsuit, makes it easier for immigrants' US-born children to get birth certificates

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HOUSTON -- Last year, a group of Central American and Mexican immigrant parents sued Texas in federal court, claiming that the state had denied their children birth certificates and access to vital services.

Now, Texas officials have agreed to expand the list of documents that allow immigrant parents who entered the country illegally to obtain ...Read more

Russia said to be leading suspect in breach of DNC computers

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WASHINGTON -- Russia is a leading suspect in a hacking attack on the Democratic National Committee that resulted in the theft of email and internal reports, according to a U.S. official with knowledge of the probe who asked to not be identified because the inquiry is continuing.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating the breach, ...Read more

Bernie Sanders created an army; now he can't seem to command it

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PHILADELPHIA -- Bernie Sanders' plea to his passionate army of supporters Monday that they back Hillary Clinton fell largely on angry, nothing-doing ears.

The room at the Democratic National Convention filled with about 1,600 Bernie-crats to hear him address his followers exploded into with a loud series of boos at the mention of the party's ...Read more

At least 15 dead, dozens injured in Japan stabbing spree

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TOKYO -- At least 15 people were killed and dozens wounded by a man with a knife at a facility for the handicapped outside of Tokyo early Tuesday, local media reported.

Authorities arrested the 26-year-old man on suspicion of murder after he turned himself in at the local police office at 3 a.m. and admitted to the attack, broadcaster NHK ...Read more

Guantanamo judge: 9/11 prosecutor's proposed trial evidence is so far inadequate

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GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba --People wondering when the 9/11 terrorist trial will begin got a new, if somewhat mysterious, indication from the military judge Monday.

Army Col. James L. Pohl, the judge, said prosecutors have presented him with about half the evidence they believe defense lawyers should get about the CIA's now-defunct secret ...Read more

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Proposed USDA rule would prohibit 'soring' of walking horses

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture will propose a rule Tuesday that would eliminate the practice of "soring," used by some horse trainers but decried by animal welfare groups.

Under the proposed changes, the department's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service would ...Read more

Arrests and heat injuries as DNC protests continue

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PHILADELPHIA -- About nine people with the group Democracy Spring, protesting corruption in politics, climbed over a low metal police barricade and were arrested outside the entrance to the Democratic National Convention Monday afternoon.

They were among throngs of demonstrators for a range of issues who clogged Broad Street in scorching heat ...Read more

Draft plan shows DNC staff tried to use Biden to leverage HB2 politics

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WASHINGTON -- Democratic National Committee leaked emails show how staffers tried to use North Carolina's HB2 law to leverage political capital in the state -- including with a possible appearance by Vice President Joe Biden.

HB2 requires transgender people in government facilities to use the restroom that matches the gender on their birth ...Read more

Blacks, Latinos more likely to be killed by police because they're more likely to be stopped, study says

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When African-Americans and Latinos are stopped and questioned by police, they are no more likely to be killed or seriously injured than are white people drawn into similar encounters with the police, a new study says.

But African-Americans and Latinos -- especially men -- are far more likely than are non-Latino whites to be stopped and ...Read more