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Tim Kaine addresses whether he'd be third wheel with both Clintons in White House

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PHILADELPHIA -- Sitting for their first interview together, Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine answered the awkward question of whether Kaine runs the risk of being a third wheel in a White House where the first gentleman is a former president.

The question had lingered in the background as Clinton made her way through the vice presidential vetting ...Read more

Calif. wildfire continues to rage out of control, threatens hundreds of homes

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LOS ANGELES -- The brush fire raging in the rugged mountains in the Santa Clarita Valley has burned more than 22,000 acres, threatening hundreds of homes as firefighters battled Sunday to keep the fire from spreading.

Fueled by 20 mph winds and hillsides carpeted with tinderlike chaparral, the wildfire was burning in hills toward Acton by late ...Read more

Suspect killed in apparent bomb attack in Germany

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BERLIN -- A man was killed while attempting to carry out a bomb attack outside a music festival in Ansbach, Germany, the Bavarian Interior Ministry said early Monday morning.

An additional 10 people were injured in the explosion, which occurred around 10 p.m. Sunday night.

The incident appeared to involve a "deliberately set explosion," a ...Read more

Leaked emails show how Democrats took care of big donors

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PHILADELPHIA -- In May, after yet another state dinner at the White House passed, major Democratic donor Cookie Parker dashed off a frustrated email that was forwarded to Democratic Party officials about not receiving any coveted invitations or board appointments.

"I have been patient and not kicked up a stink because it is not my style. But as...Read more

Israeli soldier takes stand at his court-martial for killing a Palestinian assailant

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TEL AVIV, Israel -- An Israeli combat medic who faces manslaughter charges in the shooting death of a Palestinian assailant defended himself for the first time in public on Sunday, telling a military court that he made a "split-second" decision to save the lives of others at the scene.

Israel Defense Forces Sgt. Elor Azaria, 20, is on trial for...Read more

In the dead of night, floods stole away young and old, survivors in China say

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BEIJING -- All day Tuesday, Gao Longtao's phone kept buzzing with alerts from the local government: Heavy rains would be pelting his hometown, Xingtai, about 220 miles southwest of Beijing, the notices said.

The rain came in sheets. But even when the electricity went out about 10 p.m., no one in his village, Daxian, had any inkling of the ...Read more

Email leaks force Democratic chair to resign

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PHILADELPHIA -- Democratic National Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said Sunday afternoon that she would quit as head of the party this week, after leaked emails appeared to show bias against Bernie Sanders during his primary challenge to Hillary Clinton.

"I know that electing Hillary Clinton as our next president is critical for America's ...Read more

10 ways to judge whether Clinton convention is a success

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PHILADELPHIA -- Democrats begin four days Monday at which they will nominate the first woman to run for president on a major party ticket. But getting there will be difficult.

Backers of rival Bernie Sanders are threatening a challenge to Clinton's choice for vice president, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia. They're considering walkouts during ...Read more

Bloomberg to endorse Clinton in convention speech

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WASHINGTON –– Michael Bloomberg will endorse Hillary Clinton in a prime-time speech at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday.

In a March 7 column explaining his decision not to run for the White House himself, Bloomberg cited the risk that he could help Donald Trump become president.

"We cannot 'make America great again' by turning ...Read more

Clinton's No. 1 goal for convention: clarity

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WASHINGTON -- The convention the Republicans just wrapped up in Cleveland, with its prime-time plagiarism, back-stabbing rivals and missing dignitaries, may not be a tough act to follow, but Democrats are nonetheless in a state of high anxiety as the spotlight shifts to them this week.

The party will stage its national convention in ...Read more

DNC Chairwoman Wasserman Schultz To Step Down

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WASHINGTON –– Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has announced she will resign. Her resignation will take effect immediately following the Democratic National Convention.

“I know that electing Hillary Clinton as our next president is critical for America’s future," Wasserman Schultz said in a statement. ...Read more

Obama outlines his themes for Clinton campaign

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PHILADELPHIA -- As Hillary Clinton looks to President Barack Obama to take a leading role in helping her win the White House, he offered a preview Sunday of his themes in the campaign.

Obama warned on CBS's "Face the Nation" that Donald Trump's approach to fighting Islamic State would only strengthen the extremist organization and divide ...Read more

Panel recommends Chicago police tighten rules on use of deadly force

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CHICAGO -- As battles over police reform in Chicago continue, the agency that investigates shootings by police is recommending that the Police Department tighten its rules on deadly force to further limit the circumstances in which officers can shoot.

A quarterly report from the Independent Police Review Authority in part aims to prevent ...Read more

With globalization threatened, Group of 20 focuses on defense

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CHENGDU, China –– Finance chiefs from the world's biggest economies signaled escalating concern about a wave of anti-globalization sentiment that threatens core principles long embraced by the group.

Meeting in China one month after the vote in Britain to leave the European Union, finance ministers and central bankers from the Group of 20 ...Read more

Trump stands by his NATO comments

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PHILADELPHIA -- Donald Trump reiterated his call for the U.S. to pull back from its commitment to NATO and said the Republican leader of the Senate was wrong to call the proposal "a rookie mistake."

"He's 100 percent wrong. OK?" Trump said in an interview aired Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press." "He's 100 percent wrong if he said that."

Trump ...Read more