Follow along with the Yahoo Politics team as we provide updates from the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. From the speeches to the protests and everything in between, this will be the go-to place for the latest news all week long.
By Steve Holland WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - Republican nominee Donald Trump said on Monday that if elected U.S. president he would weigh an alliance with Russia against Islamic State militants but rejected any suggestion Russian President Vladimir Putin might be trying to help him win. Speaking at a rally in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Trump dismissed any suggestion that Putin's intelligence services might have had a hand in hacking the Democratic National Committee's email system. Emails leaked last week disclosed that some party officials had been in favor of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton winning the Democratic presidential nomination over U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and sought ways to thwart Sanders.
A forest fire burning near Big Sur on California's scenic Central Coast has destroyed six homes. State fire officials said the half-dozen homes that burned Sunday were the first since the blaze broke out on Friday. The blaze erupted Friday in almost inaccessible terrain 5 miles south of Garrapata State Park.
This week, the Democrats meet in Philadelphia for their national convention. And in its history as a convention host, the City of Brotherly Love has witnessed its share of controversy. The 1900 convention introduced Teddy Roosevelt as VP Philadelphia
DUBAI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iran confirmed on Sunday the detention of an Iranian-American visiting the country, the latest in a string of arrests of dual nationals in the past year. Asked about reports of the arrest on national security charges, Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei told a weekly news conference: "The report on the arrest of an Iranian-American dual national is correct," the semi-official Fars news agency said. Mohseni Ejei declined to name the individual and said he did not know what specific charges would be lodged.
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.
In a landmark judgement, the Supreme Court on Monday granted liberty to a rape survivor to terminate her 24-week-old abnormal foetus. The 26-year-old had challenged the constitutional validity of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act that which prohibits termination of pregnancy after 20 weeks even if there is a fatal risk to the mother and foetus. A medical board was set up at King Edward Memorial College and Hospital in Mumbai on Friday to examine the condition of an alleged rape survivor who wanted to abort her foetus.
The Iraqi military will use a medieval tactic to keep control of Fallujah after recapturing it from the Islamic State group last month: It is digging a trench around the city. The trench will have a single opening for residents to move in and out of the city, which is virtually empty since the offensive that defeated the IS militants, said Lt. Gen. Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi, deputy commander of the counterterrorism forces that led the successful campaign. It will be about 7 miles (11 kilometers) long and "will protect the city's residents, who have lived through many tragedies, as well as security forces deployed there," al-Saadi said in an interview with The Associated Press at his Baghdad headquarters.
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.
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.
President Barack Obama in a new interview said Donald Trump’s nomination as the Republican presidential candidate “says something” about how the GOP has changed in the last decade or so. The president touted presumptive Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton’s strengths as he criticized Trump and his inflammatory rhetoric in a taped interview with CBS’s John Dickerson that aired Sunday on Face the Nation. “I think it says something about what’s happened to the Republican Party over the course of the last 8, 10, 15 years,” Obama said about Trump’s rise to being the GOP’s pick for president.
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.
A Georgia local TV news anchor has died after taking a fatal plunge from a waterfall in North Carolina. Taylor Terrell, an anchor at a Macon, Georgia, TV station WMGT, was swimming with a friend in the water at the top of Rainbow Falls in Transylvania County, North Carolina, Thursday. Terrell somehow lost her footing and was swept away by the Horsepasture River current before plummeting 185 feet off Rainbow Falls, authorities say.
International Olympic Committee vice president John Coates says the IOC's decision not to ban all Russian athletes from the Rio Games reflected the need to be fair to athletes who hadn't turned to doping. Coates spent three days advising the IOC on the legal aspects of any decision relating to Russian sanctions for the games in Rio de Janeiro and explained the rationale in a statement released by the Australian Olympic Committee. "I will be urging them to concentrate on their own performances, and wipe Russia from their mindset," she said.
Two youths were killed and 20 people injured early Monday in a shooting outside a Florida nightclub as parents were picking up their children from a "teen night" event. Police in Fort Myers, Florida identified the dead as 14-year-old Sean Archilles and 18-year-old Stefan Strawder, described by local media as a star high school basketball player. "We have three persons of interest in custody and we are still looking for others," interim Fort Myers Police Chief Dennis Eads told a news conference.
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.
The Democratic Republic of Congo's justice minister on Monday vowed to jail opposition leader Moise Katumbi if he returned home after leaving the country for medical treatment. Katumbi was seen as the leading challenger to President Joseph Kabila in elections due to be held this year, but left the country in May after the government announced he would be tried for endangering state security and held him in prison. Justice Minister Alexis Thambwe Mwamba warned that if he did so, he would be detained.
Solar Impulse 2 — the experimental solar plane which first set out on its circumnavigation attempt in 2015 — has just landed in Abu Dhabi, its final landing spot and the city where its around-the-world bid began. Piccard and his fellow Solar Impulse pilot André Borschberg set out on this world tour to raise awareness about solar power and clean technology that could one day change the way we travel. Solar Impulse 2 is making use of energy efficient batteries and other technologies that could one day help make flight more fuel efficient and friendly for the environment.
Three-quarters of employees who request a raise get one, according to PayScale. Those are pretty awesome odds -- so awesome that you can't afford not to ask for more money when you feel you deserve it, either before accepting a new position or in your
Sen. Tim Kaine received a hero's welcome outside his Richmond home, capping off his debut as Hillary Clinton's running mate. Hundreds of neighbors and other well-wishers greeted Kaine and his wife, Anne Holton, on their return to their home in Richmond on a hot and sticky Saturday night. The Kaines had spent the day campaigning with the Democratic presidential candidate, who chose Kaine for the No. 2 spot on the Democratic ticket just 24 hours earlier.
By Gareth Jones ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of supporters of Turkey's ruling and main opposition parties, usually bitter foes, rallied together on Sunday in support of democracy following a failed military coup as President Tayyip Erdogan tightens his grip on the country. Demonstrators held a cross-party "Republic and Democracy" rally in Istanbul's central Taksim Square in a spirit of unity following the failed coup, in which at least 246 people were killed and more than 2,000 injured. "This is a day to unite, a day to stand up against coups and dictatorial regimes, a day to let the voice of the people be heard," he said at the rally, organised by his secularist opposition CHP but also backed by the ruling Islamist-rooted AK Party and by other opposition groups.
The fire that has destroyed at least 18 homes in northern Los Angeles County gained ferocious new power two days after it broke out, sending so much smoke in the air that planes making drops on it had to be grounded for part of the afternoon. “For this time of year, it’s the most extreme fire behavior I’ve seen in my 32-year career,” County fire Chief Daryl Osby said. The Southern California blaze has blackened at least 46 square miles of brush on ridgelines near the city of Santa Clarita.
It’s a story Malcolm Gladwell has told many times before, including in his book Outliers: how his Jamaican mother earned one of only two scholarships to attend public high school on the island in the 1940s. In retelling this story to the thousands gathered at yesterday’s OZY Fusion Fest in Central Park, Gladwell was making a different point in his keynote address than the one he makes in Outliers. The success stories he wanted to talk about were not those that had been realized, like his mother’s. He wanted to talk about all of the successes that never came to be — and still don’t today — because countless talented students are left behind by a society and educational institutions that assume opportunity is adequate and talent is scarce.
A Florida air conditioning repairman is facing attempted homicide charges after police say he beat a woman while on a house call. The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office says Dario Dotto, 34, restrained a customer's children and assaulted her at her home
One of New York City's busiest subway lines will cease running between Manhattan and Brooklyn for 18 months starting in 2019, transit officials said on Monday, creating a massive service disruption in an already overtaxed system. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said it will close a tunnel underneath the East River that carries the L train to fix extensive damage caused by flooding during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The move will disrupt the commute for some 225,000 weekday riders who travel between downtown Manhattan and Williamsburg, a popular neighborhood that has seen enormous growth in recent years.