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Party conventions highlight growing US divide on immigration

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PHILADELPHIA -- On the first day of their convention, Democrats heard moving speeches from an 11-year-old American girl worried about her undocumented mother getting deported, a "Dreamer" brought to the country as a child without proper papers and U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, a fiery voice for compassionate treatment of immigrants.

It was a sharp ...Read more

CQ Roll Call survey: No convention bounce for Trump among GOP staffers

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WASHINGTON -- The latest round of public opinion polls shows that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has a small lead on his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, possibly the result of a bounce after last week's GOP convention. But among Republican aides on Capitol Hill, there was no such post-convention uptick.

Only 42 percent of GOP ...Read more

Convention polling bounces are like sugar highs: a big jolt, then a swift crash

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PHILADELPHIA -- As the Democratic National Convention draws to a close in Philadelphia, Hillary Clinton can only wish for the kind of polling bump her husband enjoyed after he was first nominated in 1992.

Bill Clinton shot up in the national Gallup poll by 16 percentage points following his convention in New York City, helped by the withdrawal ...Read more

Clinton tests a demand-side line: Wage growth creates GDP growth

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WASHINGTON -- Just last month, Hillary Clinton began including an idea in her speeches that suggests a shift in thinking for the Democratic Party: Wage growth may not just be good for the people who get a raise. It may be good for economic growth.

"It's really simple," she said at a rally in June in Ohio. "Higher wages leads to more demand, ...Read more

As Clinton takes the stage, her legislative agenda starts coming in view

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PHILADELPHIA --Thursday night's acceptance speech by Hillary Clinton will be mostly a symbolically resonant and broad-brush appeal to millions of undecided voters who still perceive her as the most famous but least understood and mistrusted presidential nominee of modern times.

But, just off stage this week, her closest campaign and policy ...Read more

In a boost for Uber, China legalizes ride-sharing services

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BEIJING -- Lifting a cloud of regulatory uncertainty hanging over the future of Uber and its competitors in China, the government on Thursday legalized ride-sharing services but announced new licensing requirements and other rules.

The new regulations, to take effect Nov. 1, require drivers to have at least three years of driving experience and...Read more

Obama extols Clinton, excoriates Trump

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He was serious. He was funny. He was sarcastic.

And he was definitely having a good time.

Wednesday night in Philadelphia, President Barack Obama proved once again that he is one of the best orators to take the political stage, as he extolled his accomplishments, accused Republican Donald Trump of being unfit for the presidency and argued that...Read more

Analysis: Surrogates Hillary Clinton desperately needs aim for voters she wants

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PHILADELPHIA -- After a day that demonstrated weaknesses in both presidential candidates, a series of high-powered surrogates for Hillary Clinton impugned Donald Trump from the Democratic convention stage Wednesday, aiming at the voters she will need for victory in November.

President Barack Obama leaned toward a young generation that helped ...Read more

Recent terrorist attacks have been low-tech, and that's a problem

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BERLIN -- Before setting off to cause mayhem, 17-year-old Riaz Khan Ahmadzai made a quick video in an oddly empty room in which he talked about why Westerners must die and his devotion to the Islamic State.

German police would later say they'd found a handmade Islamic State flag in his notebook, but in this video the white walls behind him are ...Read more

10 miles from the DNC site: Deep poverty in Philly, the poorest big city

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PHILADELPHIA -- Donahue Holloway sat on the stoop of an abandoned store, on a North Philadelphia street scarred by boarded-up row homes, graffiti and trash, 10 miles and a world away from the bright lights of the Democratic National Convention.

Holloway, 57, wasn't worried whether Hillary Clinton would defeat Donald Trump. He was worried about ...Read more

Kentucky and feds near possible collision on altering Medicaid expansion

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Anxiety and suspense are building in Kentucky as a potential clash over the state's high-achieving Medicaid expansion nears next month between Gov. Matt Bevin and the Obama administration.

At issue is whether to make the poor pay and work to obtain health insurance under the federal-state program.

Kentucky has brought more than 450,000 people ...Read more

E-cigarette industry eyes year-end bill for regulatory rollback

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WASHINGTON--The effort to pass appropriations bills on time has all but collapsed because of controversial policy riders, but the e-cigarette industry and its allies view the likelihood of a catchall spending measure as a good thing.

That's because of a provision tucked into the House bill that funds the Food and Drug Administration (HR 5054), ...Read more

As corn devours prairies, environmentalists reconsider biofuel mandate

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WASHINGTON -- Environmentalists who once championed biofuels as a way to cut pollution are now turning against a U.S. program that puts renewable fuels in cars, citing higher-than-expected carbon dioxide emissions and reduced wildlife habitat.

More than a decade after conservationists helped persuade Congress to require adding corn-based ...Read more

The DNC email hack is just the newest skirmish in a growing cyberwar

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WASHINGTON -- The accusations and counter-charges flying between Russia and the United States over a massive leak of Democratic Party emails recall stranger-than-fiction episodes from the Cold War, but now the high-stakes espionage game is taking place in cyberspace and features digital malware instead of dead drops.

The release by WikiLeaks of...Read more

Congressman decries Olympus' failure to warn US hospitals about tainted scopes

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A U.S. lawmaker is renewing his push for Congress to toughen requirements on medical-device warnings, calling Olympus Corp.'s 2013 decision against issuing a broad alert to U.S. hospitals about scope-related superbug outbreaks "despicable."

Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., said internal Olympus emails about that decision, detailed for the first time in...Read more

Some seniors surprised to be automatically enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans

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Only days after Judy Hanttula came home from the hospital after surgery last November, her doctor's office called with bad news: Records showed that instead of traditional Medicare, she had a private Medicare Advantage plan, and her doctor and hospital were not in its network.

Neither the plan nor Medicare now would cover her medical costs. She...Read more

Slender Man stabbing defendants stay in adult court, appeals court rules

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MILWAUKEE -- Two Waukesha, Wis., girls who were 12 when prosecutors say they tried to kill their sixth-grade classmate are properly charged as adults, the Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday.

The decision affirmed a trial judge's ruling last year that Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier had failed to show, "by a preponderance of evidence," that they ...Read more

Clinton still doesn't have a simple message for her candidacy

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PHILADELPHIA -- For Hillary Clinton, finding thousands of words for her speech Thursday accepting the Democratic presidential nomination will be easy.

Distilling her campaign to a simple few will be harder.

Think of Ronald Reagan boiling down his 1980 campaign to the powerful message: "Are you better off than you were four years ago?" Or Bill ...Read more

Michael Jackson's nephews sue tabloid for defamation over sexual abuse claims

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LOS ANGELES -- Three of Michael Jackson's nephews sued Radar Online on Wednesday, alleging the tabloid humiliated and defamed them by suggesting their famous uncle sexually abused and later bribed them in an effort to quash a criminal investigation.

In a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Taj, TJ and Taryll Jackson contend that Radar ...Read more

Judge awards $70 million to families of Jenni Rivera's entourage who died in plane crash

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LOS ANGELES -- A judge has awarded $70 million to the families of the four staffers of the late Latin music superstar Jenni Rivera who died along with the performer when their private plane crashed in Mexico in 2012.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Holly Kendig entered the default judgment Tuesday against Starwood Management Inc., the ...Read more