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Clinton’s pledge: Steady hand at ‘moment of reckoning’
PHILADELPHIA — Promising Americans a steady hand, Hillary Clinton cast herself Thursday night as a unifier for divided times, steeled for a volatile world by decades in politics that have left some Americans skeptical of her character. “I will be a president for Democrats, Republicans, independ...
By Julie Pace and Robert Furlow The Associated Press FULL STORY
At vigil, Biden tries to comfort relatives of slain police officers
BATON ROUGE, La. — The gunman’s bullets that killed three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge also targeted the country and “touched the soul of an entire nation,” Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday at a memorial service for the fallen officers. “We need to heal,” said Biden, wh...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Therapist shot by police has reunion with autistic client
AVENTURA, Fla. — An unarmed black therapist who was shot in the leg by police last week while protecting his severely autistic client said he had a joyful reunion Thursday with the man, who remains hospitalized because of emotional trauma. Charles Kinsey told reporters outside a South Florida ho...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
U.S. to speed oil, gas permits amid sharp drop in applications
BILLINGS, Mont. — U.S. officials announced plans Thursday to speed up permitting for oil and gas drilling on federal and Indian lands to reduce delays, as applications were projected to be down 40 percent versus their historical average amid an ongoing price slump. Low energy prices already have ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Lawyer wants California court to parole Manson follower
LOS ANGELES — A lawyer for a Charles Manson follower who was convicted in the 1969 murders of a California couple said Thursday he will ask a court to overturn Gov. Jerry Brown’s decision to deny her parole. Attorney Rich Pfeiffer said he will file a petition Friday seeking the release of 66-ye...
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EU calls Turkey’s crackdown on media ‘worrying’
ISTANBUL — The European Union and journalist associations expressed concern Thursday about a widening crackdown on media in Turkey, calling on Ankara to respect fundamental freedoms. As a candidate nation for EU membership, Turkey “needs to aspire to the highest possible democratic standard and...
By Elena Becatoros and Suzan Fraser The Associated Press FULL STORY
Turkey creates new ‘Traitors’ Cemetery’ for dead plotters
ISTANBUL — Tucked in the back corner of a construction site for a new dog shelter in eastern Istanbul lies a freshly dug, unmarked grave — the first in the new “Traitors’ Cemetery,” created specifically to hold the bodies of coup plotters who died in the July 15 abortive putsch. In the w...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
French ID second attacker; police had warning about him
PARIS — French officials on Thursday identified the second man responsible for attacking a Catholic church in Normandy as a 19-year-old who was spotted last month in Turkey as he supposedly headed to Syria — but returned to France instead. The prosecutor’s office identified him as Abdel-Malik...
By Lori Hinnant and Elaine Ganley The Associated Press FULL STORY
Elephant sedative emerges as new threat in overdose battle
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A drug used to sedate elephants and other large animals, 100 times as potent as the fentanyl already escalating the country’s heroin troubles, is suspected in spates of overdoses in several states, where authorities say they’ve found it mixed with or passed off as heroin. Th...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Man convicted in Chandra Levy’s death won’t be retried
WASHINGTON — Prosecutors say they will not retry a man convicted of killing Washington intern Chandra Levy. The U.S. Attorney’s office said in a statement Thursday that the office has moved to dismiss the case charging Ingmar Guandique with Levy’s 2001 murder. According to the statement, pro...
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Russia, Syria blockade Aleppo, offer corridors out
BEIRUT — After months of fighting to encircle its opponents in Aleppo, Syrian authorities backed by Russia on Thursday offered safe corridors out for residents and rebels in the northern city’s besieged quarters, underlining the government’s determination to seal off the metropolis and force a...
By Sarah El Deeb and Philip Issa The Associated Press FULL STORY
U.S.: Six airstrikes killed 14 civilians in Iraq and Syria
WASHINGTON — The U.S. military says an internal investigation shows that 14 civilians were killed and one civilian was wounded in six separate U.S. airstrikes in Iraq and Syria between July 2015 and April 2016. The conclusions were reported Thursday by U.S. Central Command, which oversees U.S. mi...
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It’s so hot in New York that manure is bursting into flames
THROOP, N.Y. — How hot is it in upstate New York? So hot that horse manure is bursting into flames. The state Department of Environmental Conservation says it received multiple complaints July 5 about the smell and smoke emanating from a burning pile of horse manure at a property in the town of T...
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Computers hacked at Democrats' House campaign committee
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