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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

Q&A: Why global trade is central to Clinton-Trump race

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The differing world views of Hillary Clinton, the globetrotting former U.S. secretary of state, and Donald Trump, who preaches "America First," are on display on the issue of trade. Trump blames trade deals and China's inclusion in the World Trade Organization -- negotiated during the presidency of Clinton's husband -- for the closings of U.S. ...Read more

Before next trial in Freddie Gray case, prosecutors face legal 'minefield' over testimony

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BALTIMORE -- Before the next Baltimore police officer stands trial in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, prosecutors will face a barrage of legal questions about whether they gleaned any evidence or strategic advantage from his forced testimony in the trial of another officer in May.

One state high court judge called the process a legal "...Read more

Hunger stalks southern Africa as drought dries up food supply

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Each week, Lucia Thedzi and her five children go one or two days without eating. Some weeks, the family survives on nuts the size of golf balls but with meager flesh inside. Living in a small village on the hot, flat plains of Chikwawa in southern Malawi, they have little choice.

In recent months, drought has turned the region into a dust bowl,...Read more

Campus carry coming to Texas colleges

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Aug. 1 -- that's a key date circled on calendars at colleges and universities throughout Texas.

That's the day there must be signs posted and information provided on whether or not each Texas college campus allows concealed handguns to be carried there -- and if so, where.

"Given the narrow tailoring of the law to allow ...Read more

Analysis: Limited success of Chinese tire tariffs shows why Trump's trade ideas may not work

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WASHINGTON -- A key plank in Donald Trump's economic platform is to get tough on trade, especially with imported Chinese goods, which the Republican presidential nominee wants to slap with a 45 percent tariff.

Economists of all stripes have denounced the proposal as tinder for a trade war that would be devastating for the U.S. and global ...Read more

Convention to test whether Bill Clinton still has magic touch

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PHILADELPHIA -- Selling Barack Obama was easy. Tuesday, Bill Clinton faces a more difficult challenge: selling Hillary Clinton as a future president

Former President Clinton will headline the second night of the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday facing a nation with lingering doubts about Hillary Clinton's trustworthiness.

He speaks as...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