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Cloned animals don't age any faster than conventional ones, study says

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Dolly the sheep, the world's first clone of an adult animal, died in middle age. But a new study makes the case that the extraordinary circumstances of her birth did not play a role in her untimely death.

After examining more than a dozen cloned sheep old enough to be considered senior citizens -- including four clones of the same ewe as Dolly ...Read more

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Rep. John Lewis and Sen. Barbara Mikulski set to officially nominate Hillary Clinton

PHILADELPHIA -- A civil rights icon, the longest-serving woman in Congress and an Iraq war veteran are set to officially nominate Hillary Clinton as the Democratic presidential nominee.

U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia and Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland will...Read more

California boy, 14, charged with murder in 13-year-old sister's killing

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A 14-year-old Rocklin boy has been charged with murder in the traumatic death of his 13-year-old sister, the daughter of a high-ranking prosecutor in Placer County.

Ashley Wood, 13, died of an apparent assault causing blunt-force injuries at her family's home in Rocklin, northeast of Sacramento, on July 19, police said.

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Official who oversees whistleblower complaints files one of his own

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WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration's top official overseeing how intelligence agencies handle whistleblower retaliation claims has lodged his own complaint, alleging he was punished for disclosing "public corruption."

Daniel Meyer, who previously oversaw the Defense Department's decisions on whistleblowing cases, also says he was targeted ...Read more

Gun violence takes center stage at Democratic convention

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PHILADELPHIA -- Every couple of minutes, it seems to Daniel Hernandez, someone stops him to ask about gun violence.

Hernandez is the former intern for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz. He helped save her life after she was shot in the head at a constituent event in 2011.

Hernandez, who is now running for a seat in the Arizona state house, says ...Read more

ADHD now classified as a specific disability under federal civil rights law

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The U.S. Department of Education has issued guidelines aimed at preventing schools from discriminating against the growing numbers of students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

In a letter to school districts and a "know your rights" document to be posted on its website Tuesday, the department said schools must obey existing civil ...Read more

Youree Harris, TV psychic pitchwoman known as Miss Cleo, dies at 53

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MIAMI -- Miss Cleo, the late-night TV pitchwoman for psychic services on the telephone, died Tuesday in South Florida.

Her real name was Youree Harris, and she was a cultural touchstone to 1990s and early 2000s. Harris died of cancer in Palm Beach County on Tuesday, TMZ reported, at age 53.

With Miss Cleo's Afrocentric attire and Jamaican ...Read more

Kaine's olive branch to Ryan Leaves Fellow Democrats Unsettled

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For the liberal wing of the Democratic Party seeking to coalesce behind Hillary Clinton, her running mate's recent comments praising House Speaker Paul Ryan aren't sitting well.

Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia said he didn't think Democrats would take back the House, telling CBS's "60 Minutes" on Sunday that Ryan will be a key to passing Clinton's ...Read more

Anne Holton, Kaine's wife, steps down as Virginia education secretary

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WASHINGTON -- Anne Holton, wife of Hillary Clinton's running mate pick Tim Kaine, resigned Tuesday as Virginia's secretary of education.

Holton made the decision to step down after Kaine, a senator from Virginia, was chosen to be Clinton's running mate, according to Richmond TV station WRIC. She has been secretary since Jan. 2014.

"Over the ...Read more

Blagojevich's prosecutors say he isn't remorseful enough as new sentence looms

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CHICAGO -- Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says he's been a model prisoner for the past four years, teaching history, working out and singing in a jailhouse band.

Federal prosecutors say he should've spent more time apologizing.

In a 10-page filing that marks the final written arguments before Blagojevich's resentencing hearing next month...Read more

Indiana Republicans pick Holcomb to replace Pence in governor's race

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WASHINGTON -- Indiana Republicans on Tuesday picked Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb to replace vice presidential candidate Mike Pence as on the ballot in the governor's race against Democrat John Gregg.

The 22-member Republican State Central Committee voted anonymously to select Holcomb over 5th District Rep. Susan W. Brooks and 4th District Rep. Todd ...Read more

Airbnb and Uber to Democrats: You need us

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Democratic National Convention is relying heavily on Airbnb to house attendees, and the company wants to remind the visiting politicians that it could use their support, too.

About 40,000 people are in Philadelphia for the convention, and Airbnb says 7,000 of them are using its home rental services, staying in spaces rented ...Read more

Pennsylvania in play for Trump, Says Former Democratic Governor

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PHILADELPHIA -- Former Gov. Ed Rendell on Tuesday declared Pennsylvania "in play" for president, two days before his friend Hillary Clinton is slated to accept the Democratic nomination in Philadelphia.

The reason? Republican nominee Donald Trump's rhetoric is resonating with "white, blue-collar workers," Rendell said at breakfast sponsored by ...Read more

Trump blasts Clinton as dangerous for veterans

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Speaking to thousands of veterans here, Donald Trump railed at Hillary Clinton on Tuesday as incompetent and dangerous for the military and the nation's security.

"The other candidate in this race, you know her name -- crooked Hillary Clinton. And believe me, folks, she is crooked," Trump said, and the crowd at the annual ...Read more

Kaine, other senators take sides in clash over nuclear arms

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WASHINGTON -- Competing groups of senators are laying out arguments in what's likely to be the biggest defense budget issue facing the next administration and Congress: how much to spend on nuclear arms.

The pro-nuclear camp includes Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., whom Hillary Clinton picked as her running mate.

The groups made their respective cases ...Read more

Clinton aide Podesta sees 'bromance' between Trump, Putin

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PHILADELPHIA -- Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman suggested Tuesday that Russia might be attempting to interfere with the U.S. presidential election, leaning into the relationship that he believes Republican nominee Donald Trump has with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"He certainly has a bromance with Mr. Putin," John Podesta said at a ...Read more

Trump isn't as rich or charitable as advertised, Rep. Becerra charges

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PHILADELPHIA -- Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump hasn't released his tax returns because they will show that he isn't as wealthy or as charitable as he claims to be, House Democratic Caucus Chair Xavier Becerra said Tuesday.

Becerra, D-Calif., made the assertion at a McClatchy's America breakfast Tuesday at the Democratic National...Read more

China's censors move to muzzle online news reporters

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BEIJING -- In a further attempt to tighten censorship, China this week said it was investigating eight of the nation's high-profile internet companies for "serious violations" of rules on who may report and publish news, ordering them to shut down or "clean up" their websites immediately.

Just as millions of Americans turn to Google and Yahoo ...Read more

Network of Bernie Sanders delegates nears a 'dead end'

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PHILADELPHIA -- A group of delegates backing Bernie Sanders but unaffiliated with the campaign is running out of cards to play at the Democratic National Convention.

They were unable to put forward an alternate idea for a vice presidential candidate, blaming party officials for not providing them with the appropriate forms. The organization, ...Read more

Senate Democrats want Obama on the campaign trail

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PHILADELPHIA -- Senate Democrats have a message for President Barack Obama: We want to see you on the campaign trail this year.

The party's leading strategists say that unlike in 2014, when Obama avoided campaigning with vulnerable incumbents in his own party, the president can be an asset in the coming three months before Election Day.

"Month...Read more