Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is exploiting a rocky day for the Democratic National Committee to reach out to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ supporters who feel their candidate didn’t get a fair shake in the primaries. On Friday, just days before the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, WikiLeaks released nearly 20,000 emails that suggest DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and other party leaders preferred presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton over Sanders — despite repeated claims of impartiality.
Two nephews of Venezuela's first lady admitted being part of a cocaine smuggling scheme in a US sting operation before their arrest last year, according to recently filed court documents. Details of the alleged confessions by Efrain Antonio Campo Flores and Francisco Flores de Freita were recounted in documents US prosecutors filed Friday in the US federal court in Manhattan. The two -- sons of brothers of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's wife Cilia Flores -- were arrested in Haiti in November 2015 and flown to New York by US Drug Enforcement Administration agents.
Extremely dry conditions in California caused yet another fire this week, with a fire in Santa Clarita burning a path through 5,500 acres this weekend. Wildfire experts say that this unusual fire behavior can likely be attributed to continued heat and dry conditions. “It is unusual to see a fire grow this quickly,” fire ecology and management expert Max Moritz of the University of California, Berkeley, tells The Christian Science Monitor by phone.
Vicky Steffanic says that another child was taken to a hospital with injuries that are not life threatening. Residents near the scene of a fatal shooting in Bastrop, Texas say they are restricted from leaving or entering the apartment complex where the shooting happened. Kenyata Trigg told the Austin American-Statesman that her sister-in-law was in the apartment complex when she heard shots.
The residents of Aratos, a village of 700 near the northeastern Greek city of Komotini, expected 17-year-old Hussein Daitzik and his family, migrants living in Germany, to visit next week as part of their annual vacation in their ancestral home. Daitzik was one of nine people killed by an Iranian-German gunman who went on a rampage Friday in Munich before killing himself. Kosovo held a day or mourning Sunday for three young ethnic Albanians — two women and one man — who were among the nine people killed in the shooting in Munich.
By Andreas Burger ANSBACH, Germany (Reuters) - The Syrian who blew himself up in southern Germany, wounding 15 people, had pledged allegiance to Islamic State on a video found on his mobile phone, the Bavarian interior minister said on Monday. "A provisional translation by an interpreter shows that he expressly announces, in the name of Allah, and testifying his allegiance to (Islamic State leader) Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ... an act of revenge against the Germans because they're getting in the way of Islam," Joachim Herrmann told a news conference. "I think that after this video there's no doubt that the attack was a terrorist attack with an Islamist background." Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, according to Amaq, a news agency that supports Islamic State.
Fifteen people were injured, two of them seriously, when a bus carrying teenagers from Wales rolled over on a motorway in eastern France on Saturday, the local gendarmerie said. The two most seriously injured are both 16 and from southwestern England, said local deputy prefect Laure Lebon, adding all passengers had been wearing their seatbelts, preventing more serious injuries or deaths.
The Dallas Police Department has seen job applications surge threefold following the mass shooting that killed five officers earlier this month. The department received 467 job applications in the 12 days after the July 7 shooting, Reuters reported on Friday, citing city officials. At a press conference last week, Dallas Police Chief David Brown asked people to “become a part of the solution” and apply for a job.
By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - A computerized brain training program cut the risk of dementia among healthy people by 48 percent, U.S. researchers said on Sunday in reporting an analysis of the results of a 10-year study. The preliminary findings, presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Toronto, are the first to show that any kind of intervention could delay the development of dementia in normal, healthy adults. To date, cognitive psychologists and neuroscientists have largely rejected evidence that computer-based cognitive-training software or "brain games" have any effect on cognitive function.
Bernie Sanders appears on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday. Bernie Sanders said on Sunday that the leak of Democratic National Committee emails that show its staffers plotting against him proves Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz should resign. Shortly after the interview aired, CNN reported that Wasserman Schultz will no longer serve as chair of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, which begins Monday.
Anger erupted on Saturday over floods in northern China that left more than 200 people dead or missing, with media and internet users accusing officials of negligence. Torrential rain has lashed the north this week, and a flashflood near the town of Xingtai in Hebei province, which left at least 23 dead and 13 missing, has become a focus of the public's dissatisfaction with the government's response to the disaster. Angry villagers have blamed local officials for failing to warn them of the impending deluge, with Hebei Satellite TV showing one resident saying water had reached chest-level before an alarm was raised.
On many days, traffic stretches for miles outside the busiest park entrance at West Yellowstone, Mont. Once motorists pass through the gate, they confront more congestion traveling to Old Faithful, often in the form of “wildlife jams” whenever there is a bull elk, grizzly bear, or buffalo roaming the roadside.
Prominent journalist Pavel Sheremet, who died when his car was bombed in Ukraine, has been buried in his hometown of Minsk, Belarus. Sheremet, who once was imprisoned in Belarus, where independent media are under consistent pressure from the authoritarian government, had moved to Ukraine two years ago after several years in Russia, seeing Ukraine as having a more free media environment.
Ready or not, the Rio Olympics are opening their doors. The Games begin in just over two weeks, but the Athletes Village opens officially on Sunday, meaning 10,500 athletes and another 7,000 staff members will start trickling into the luxurious layout, with the pace picking up daily until the Aug. 5 opening ceremony at the Maracana Stadium. "I want to help all the athletes have a wonderful welcome to Brazil," said Priscilla Antonello, a residence center deputy manager whose job is to help athletes find their accommodations.
A fast-moving wildfire that has already blackened some 11,000 acres (4,450 hectares) of drought-parched land northwest of Los Angeles was threatening some 1,000 structures on Saturday, fire officials said. "Because this is the fifth year of an ongoing drought we have a lot dry vegetation," Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby told a news conference.
Four people were killed when a Dallas Cowboys bus collided with a van in Arizona. Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Quentin Mehr says all the fatalities in the Sunday crash were passengers in the van. Mehr didn't say what led to the crash on U.S. Highway 93 in western Arizona.
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Kabul was plunged into mourning Sunday after its deadliest attack for 15 years killed 80 people and left hundreds maimed, reigniting concern that the Islamic State group was seeking to expand its foothold in Afghanistan. "I promise you that I will avenge the blood of our loved ones on the perpetrators of this crime, wherever they are," President Ashraf Ghani said, declaring Sunday a national day of mourning. The bombings occurred as thousands of Hazara protesters had gathered to demand that a multi-million-dollar power line pass through their electricity-starved province of Bamiyan, one of the most deprived areas of Afghanistan.
A Florida air conditioning repairman is facing attempted homicide charges after police say he beat a woman while on a house call. Dotto was reportedly at the residence as an employee of a repair company when cops say the assault occurred at about 5:30 p.m.
Sen. Tim Kaine called Hillary Clinton his soulmate on Saturday, in his first appearance as her vice presidential pick in front of a crowd of 5,000 at Florida International University. The presumptive Democratic nominee introduced Kaine as “everything Donald Trump and Mike Pence are not” and a “progressive who likes to get things done,” before taking a seat behind him and beaming as he introduced himself to the crowd. “For many of you, this is the first time you’ve ever heard my name,” Kaine said.
The fallout from the recently leaked Democratic National Committee emails continues, as it has now been discovered that some emails were questioning Bernie Sanders faith. WikiLeaks released some 20,000 internal emails from the DNC on Friday, with some criticizing Sanders and their irritation at being called biased against Hillary Clinton. One of the newest leaks is an email thread about Sanders faith.
As many as 17 people were shot, and at least two killed, just after 12:30 a.m. ET on Monday, police Capt. Jim Mulligan told the Associated Press. Three people have been taken into custody for questioning, and police were "actively canvassing the area looking for other persons who may be involved in this incident," authorities said in a statement. Local television station Fort Myers NBC affiliate WBBH reported that three people left the scene in a car following the shooting with two later fleeing the vehicle. The nightclub was reportedly hosting a "swimsuit glow party" for middle and high school students, according to a Facebook post by Club Blu that was later deleted.
Yahoo is near a deal to sell its core online assets, ending a 20-year run as an independent company for one of the most storied names on the internet. Media reports said Yahoo, which introduced many users around the world to the internet, was close to selling its main assets for $5 billion. The online news site Re/Code reported that telecom giant Verizon had emerged as the buyer unless another bidder boosted the price.
Thomas Sutherland, a teacher was held captive in Lebanon for more than six years until he was freed in 1991 and returned home to become professor emeritus at Colorado State University, has died. Sutherland died in Fort Collins on Friday at the age of 85, according to Colorado State University. Sutherland was one of a number of Americans in Lebanon — including Associated Press bureau chief Terry Anderson — who were kidnapped by terrorist groups in the 1980s.
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A fast-moving wildfire that has forced hundreds of people to flee from their homes in the drought-parched foothills northwest of Los Angeles had blackened some 20,000 acres by Saturday night and was threatening homes and commercial structures, fire officials said. By late Saturday night the Southern California blaze was 10 percent contained, and was casting a pall of thick black smoke over much of Los Angeles and threatening about 100 commercial structures. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s homicide detectives were investigating circumstances surrounding a man found dead in an evacuation area.
The mayor of a town in one of Mexico's most violent drug corridors was shot to death, the second mayor killed in Mexico in two days. Ambrosio Soto was mayor of a township that includes Ciudad Altamirano, a known haven for drug traffickers in southern Guerrero state. Roberto Alvarez, spokesman for southern Guerrero state, said Sunday that gunmen blocked a highway just over the state line in neighboring Michoacan state with pickup trucks and opened fire on the mayor's vehicle late Saturday.