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Trump asks Russia to find Clinton's missing email

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DORAL, Fla. -- In a surprising call for a foreign power to use its hacking abilities to get involved in the U.S. presidential election, Donald Trump on Wednesday called on Russia to find Hillary Clinton's missing emails from the time she was secretary of state.

"Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are ...Read more

Democrats said to ignore cybersecurity red flags before theft

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WASHINGTON -- The Democratic National Committee was warned last fall that its computer network was susceptible to attacks but didn't follow the security advice it was given, according to three people familiar with the matter.

The missed opportunity is another blow to party officials already embarrassed by the theft and public disclosure of ...Read more

Baltimore police officers in Freddie Gray case face Internal Affairs review

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BALTIMORE -- Six Baltimore police officers cleared of criminal charges in Freddie Gray's arrest and death will be investigated by Montgomery County police, who are leading the internal affairs reviews that could determine whether the officers can return to policing city streets.

Officers from the Washington suburb -- with help from Howard ...Read more

Donald Trump invites Russia to hack Hillary Clinton's emails

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Donald Trump dared a foreign government to commit espionage on the U.S. to hurt his rival on Wednesday, smashing yet another taboo in American political discourse and behavior.

"Russia, if you're listening, I hope you'll be able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing," he said, referring to deleted emails from the private account Hillary ...Read more

FBI chief warns 'terrorist diaspora' will come to the West

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NEW YORK -- Hundreds of terrorists will fan out to infiltrate western Europe and the U.S. to carry out attacks on a wider scale as Islamic State is defeated in Syria, FBI Director James Comey warned.

"At some point there's going to be a terrorist diaspora out of Syria like we've never seen before," Comey said Wednesday in New York. "We saw the ...Read more

Judge orders Reagan would-be assassin John Hinckley freed

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WASHINGTON -- A federal judge ordered on Wednesday that John Hinckley Jr., who shot Ronald Reagan and two others 35 years ago, be given a formal release from a mental hospital, according to news reports.

Hinckley has been a psychiatric patient at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, D.C., for decades. The doctors at St. Elizabeth's told the ...Read more

John Hinckley Jr., the man who tried to assassinate President Reagan, to be released from mental hospital

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WASHINGTON -- A federal judge on Wednesday ordered John Hinckley Jr. to be freed, with restrictions, from a mental institution where the would-be assassin has been treated for the past three decades since being found not guilty by reason of insanity for shooting President Ronald Reagan and three other men.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Paul...Read more

Women of suburban Pennsylvania county are a key to Clinton's hopes

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As Hillary Clinton delivers her nomination acceptance speech Thursday in Philadelphia, there's an audience even more important than those inside the arena: suburban women like Carole Labacz.

Clinton is almost certain to dominate in the urban Democratic stronghold where she'll speak, but her fight against Republican nominee Donald Trump is ...Read more

This Nevada primary candidate spent $62 per vote

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If money can buy votes, there's certainly some difference in market value.

Senate primary candidates from the two major parties have spent as much as $62 and as low as 3 cents per vote received, according to a Roll Call analysis of Federal Election Commission disbursement filings for the primaries that have taken place to date. The three ...Read more

What Obama says scares him about Trump

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PHILADELPHIA -- President Barack Obama says it isn't just the idea of Donald Trump's finger on the nuclear button that he finds scary.

"I set aside the nuclear codes," he said in an interview broadcast on NBC's Today Show on Wednesday. "What I think is scary is a president who doesn't know their stuff and doesn't seem to have an interest in ...Read more

Death toll rises to 55 in attack on Syrian town near Turkish border

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DAMASCUS, Syria -- The death toll from an attack Wednesday on the Kurdish-held western section of Qamishli town in northeastern Syria has risen to 55, with many victims still buried under the rubble, a hospital official told dpa.

"The number keeps increasing as lots of victims are still buried under the debris. Many of the injured are listed in...Read more

Freddie Gray case: Charges against three remaining officers dropped

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BALTIMORE -- Prosecutors dropped all remaining charges against three Baltimore police officers accused in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray in a downtown courtroom on Wednesday morning, concluding one of the most high-profile criminal cases in Baltimore history.

The startling move was an apparent acknowledgement of the unlikelihood of a ...Read more

This year, it's the Zika virus. But what about next year?

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MILWAUKEE -- Epidemics start in mundane ways.

A child might play with a pet. An air-conditioning unit might break down. A pool of water might collect in an empty flowerpot.

Any one of those actions is all it takes for a virus to find a host and infect its first case.

From there, the virus can spread exponentially -- across cities, regions, ...Read more

Party affiliation, not her gender, gives Hillary Clinton an edge

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WASHINGTON -- There are those who believe that women will propel Hillary Clinton to the presidency in November, seizing the opportunity to put the first of their kind in the White House. After all, that's what black voters helped to do for Barack Obama in 2008.

Clinton herself hopes this is true. In declaring victory over Vermont Sen. Bernie ...Read more

Illinois colleges besieged by cuts as budget fight trickles down

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CHICAGO -- For Illinois's colleges and universities, the end of a record-long political fight over the budget isn't bringing the financial consequences to a close.

Southern Illinois University, with about 17,000 students, is eliminating a quarter of its graduate teaching assistant jobs when classes resume next month and is letting 50 faculty ...Read more

Are the Obamas DC's next secret weapon?

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PHILADELPHIA -- Advocates for the District of Columbia are hoping that when Barack and Michelle Obama leave the White House in January to take up residence in Kalorama, it will mark a turning point in the city's long fight for voting rights and budget autonomy in the nation's capital.

"From the most powerful man in America to the least ...Read more

Why Hillary Clinton needs and wants Obama's help

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PHILADELPHIA -- Barack Obama sweeps into the Democratic National Convention Wednesday with an opportunity no president has had in nearly three decades: to help his chosen successor.

And make no mistake about it, Hillary Clinton needs his help.

She struggles with getting voters to like her, recent polls show she's vulnerable against Republican ...Read more

Hillary Clinton makes history as first woman to head the ticket of a major political party

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PHILADELPHIA -- Hillary Clinton on Tuesday became the first woman nominated for the U.S. presidency by a major political party, her moment in history sealed by thunderous cheers from exuberant Democrats gathered in Philadelphia.

The vote by delegates came on the second day of a Democratic National Convention that threatened to again become a ...Read more

Analysis: In a campaign that pits fear against facts, Hillary Clinton has a tough opponent in Trump

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PHILADELPHIA -- The presidential contest has become a battle between feelings and facts.

Donald Trump aims at the fears of a segment of Americans that the country is spiraling toward an abyss, using visceral images that are powerful, if often inaccurate.

Hillary Clinton, by contrast, has utilized an endless supply of figures and proposals to ...Read more

Black Lives Matter playing a prominent role at Democratic convention

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PHILADELPHIA -- A night Hillary Clinton's campaign designed to showcase her many years of involvement in social justice causes hit an emotional high point Tuesday with an appearance by a group of women whose sons or daughters were victims of gun violence or encounters with law enforcement.

The Mothers of the Movement, as the eight women call ...Read more