When Bill Clinton steps onstage at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia Tuesday, it will be an extraordinary moment. The former Arkansas governor and two-term president, who entered the White House by revitalizing the Democratic Party and offering voters a “third way” for liberalism, will have a chance to assert himself in a campaign he has spent largely on the sidelines.
A Connecticut convict on death row for killing a mom and her two daughters during a violent 2007 home invasion has been resentenced to life in prison following a ruling that the death penalty is unconstitutional. Joshua Komisarjevsky, 35, was resentenced to six consecutive life sentences without the possibility of release Tuesday, making him the third death row prisoner to be spared lethal injection after the state Supreme Court’s ruling last year that it was in violation of state's ban on cruel and unusual punishment. Hayes and Komisarjevsky tied up and tortured the family as they tore through their home in search of cash and valuables, prosecutors said during their trials.
Leveling a blistering attack on Donald Trump, Vice President Joe Biden put on his rhetorical hat as "middle-class Joe" Wednesday and told Democratic delegates and millions of television viewers that the billionaire businessman "has no clue" about the needs of working-class people or what makes the nation great. "He's trying to tell us he cares about the middle class?" Biden said at the Democratic National Convention. It was a bittersweet moment for Biden in more ways than one.
By Krystain Orlinski ACTON, Calif. (Reuters) - Thousands of California residents were allowed to return home on Monday after a deadly, destructive wildfire forced them from their houses in recent days as it raged through drought-parched canyons and foothills north of Los Angeles. The so-called Soberanes Fire, burning in the Los Padres National Forest in Monterey County, threatened 1,650 structures by Monday evening and was only 10 percent contained, the U.S. Forest Service said. Near Los Angeles, a beefed-up force of nearly 3,000 firefighters battled to outflank the blaze there - known as the Sand Fire - which has charred at least 50 square miles (130 square km) on the rugged northwestern fringes of the Angeles National Forest, authorities said.
A young Japanese man went on a stabbing rampage Tuesday at a facility for the mentally disabled where he had been fired, officials said, killing 19 people months after he gave a letter to Parliament outlining the bloody plan and saying all disabled people should be put to death. When he was done, Kanagawa prefectural authorities said, 26-year-old Satoshi Uematsu had left dead or injured nearly a third of the almost 150 patients at the facility in a matter of 40 minutes in the early Tuesday attack. It is Japan’s deadliest mass killing in decades.
At least 13 people were killed on Tuesday in twin bombings near UN and African Union buildings by Mogadishu's airport, police said, in what the jihadist Shabaab group claimed as a suicide attack. The Al-Qaeda aligned Shabaab group is blamed for a string of bloody assaults in Somalia and neighbouring Kenya, and is fighting to overthrow Mogadishu's internationally-backed government. "At least 13 people were confirmed to have died in two explosions, one of the vehicles went off near a security checkpoint and another close to a UN compound," said Bishaar Abdi Gedi, a police official.
ABC News' Jonathan Karl interviews Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ahead of his speech at the Democratic National Convention. Hello welcome to FaceBook alive and ABC news and abcnews.com. We're here at the Democratic Convention with a very special guest Kareem Abdul
What goes up must come down, and Apple is in the midst of a tough lesson in gravity at the moment. The company's second-quarter earnings report this past April marked the first time Apple had ever reported a decline in iPhone sales. Of course, the decline was expected by anyone who was paying attention — after astronomical iPhone 6 sales fueled by pent-up demand for iPhones with larger displays, there was simply no way Apple was going to be able to keep pace with an incremental "S" upgrade.
The family that founded the Publix supermarket chain has given $800,000 to a lobbying group fighting the legalization of medical marijuana in Florida. The trust of Carol Jenkins Barnett, the chairwoman and president of Publix, made the donation earlier this month to the Drug Free Florida Committee, The Ledger reports, citing financial disclosure records from the Florida Division of Elections. Barnett is the daughter of Publix founder George Jenkins.
Nine black mothers who have lost children to gun violence vouched for Hillary Clinton during a criminal-justice section of Tuesday night’s DNC program. “Hillary Clinton isn’t afraid to say that black lives matter,” said Lucy McBath, whose 17-year-old son Jordan Davis was shot at a gas station in Florida. “She has the courage to lead the fight for common sense gun legislation,” said Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teen who was shot and killed by a neighborhood watchman in 2012.
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A Colorado man was driving his family to the airport for a surprise Disney vacation when cops say a suspected drunk driver demolished their plans. Ryan Bragazzi was taking his fiance and two daughters — ages 5 and 7 — to Denver International Airport last week when the surprise for the girls became a nightmare for the whole family. As the family sat in a traffic jam behind one crash reportedly caused by a DUI, police say the family's vehicle was struck from behind by another suspected drunk driver.
FBI Director James Comey said government and the tech industry need to sort out their differences over encryption before "something terrible happens" that would make productive conversations impossible. Acknowledging that talks will probably have to wait until after a new president takes office next year, Comey said that it's up to the American people — not the FBI or the tech companies — to decide how to resolve the issue. "At some point encryption is going to figure into a major event in this country," Comey said.
In court papers, lawyers for the student, Gavin Grimm, urged the Supreme Court to leave in place a lower court's order in favor of Grimm while the litigation goes on. The case is the first time the fight over transgender bathroom rights has reached the Supreme Court. Last year, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sued on behalf of Grimm to challenge the Gloucester County School Board's bathroom policy, which requires transgender students to use alternative restroom facilities.
The mysterious, missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 likely crashed off the coast of Australia or hundreds of miles to the north, researchers in Italy said. The potential crash area overlaps with the underwater zone that investigators are now scouring for hunks of metal debris. Search efforts have so far failed to reveal why and where the airliner wrecked more than two years ago, taking with it 239 passengers and crew members.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Russia on August 9 for his first face-to-face meeting with Vladimir Putin since Moscow and Ankara mended ties damaged by the downing of a Russian jet last year, Turkish officials said Tuesday. "The ambassador has informed us that our dear president (Erdogan) has confirmed that he will be in Saint Petersburg on the 9th (of August)," Russian news agencies quoted Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek as saying. An official in Turkey confirmed the date, saying that Erdogan and Putin had agreed to meet ahead of the G20 summit in China in September.
Hard as it may be to fathom, the immense diversity of life we see around us today — from the bacteria living in the garden soil to the majestic blue whale inhabiting the deep blue seas — all evolved from one single-celled ancestor that lived, and died, billions of years ago. In a paper published Monday in the journal Nature Microbiology, researchers have described, in unprecedented detail, this Last Universal Common Ancestor, or LUCA, which was only “half alive.” This ancestor — a single-cell, bacterium-like organism — is believed to have existed roughly four billion years ago, when Earth was just over 500 million years old. LUCA, the researchers say, was the common point of origin for three great domains of life — bacteria, archaea, which are bacteria-like single-cell prokaryotes, and the eukaryotes, a domain that includes all plants and animals.
An Autopiloted Tesla that fatally crashed in Florida in May was being driven at 74 in a 65 zone, according to a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board. The crash has caused all sorts of debates, with some parties calling for Tesla to deactivate its Autopilot program, and the SEC investigating Tesla for securities fraud surrounding the crash. The NTSB report is a little short on most details.
Dietary supplements are supposed to be made in facilities that follow guidelines set by the Food and Drug Administration, but there are some that may fly under the radar. Almost anyone can blend and package a supplement—even a product that contains potentially harmful ingredients. No special training or education is required to set up a supplement business.
The remaining charges against three Baltimore officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray, whose death last year in police custody sparked days of riots, were dropped Wednesday, concluding more than a year of legal battles over Gray’s death with zero convictions. Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said Wednesday that she saw no path to a conviction for the officers following a mistrial and three acquittals, ending a legal fight against the six officers who arrested Gray in April 2015. “We could try this case 100 times, and cases just like it, and we would still end up with the same result,” Mosby said.
His own legacy on the line, President Barack Obama implored Americans to elect Hillary Clinton to the White House, casting her as a candidate who believes in the optimism that drives the nation’s democracy and warning against the “deeply pessimistic vision” of Republican Donald Trump. “America is already great. America is already strong,” he declared to cheering delegates Wednesday night at the Democratic convention.
The crew of Alaska Juris issued a distress alert to the Coast Guard and put on survival suits before leaving their ship at about 11:30 a.m. Alaska time near Kiska Island, about 690 miles (1,100 km) west of Dutch Harbor, Alaska, the U.S. Coast Guard said in a statement. The Coast Guard said it issued an urgent call to ships in the area, and four vessels diverted from their routes to help. All 46 crewmembers were rescued and taken to the Aleutian Island of Adak in Alaska.
Plummeting economies in Venezuela and Brazil are expected to drag Latin America into negative growth again this year, the U.N.'s Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean reported Tuesday. The commission projected a 0.8 percent slide in the region's overall gross domestic product for 2016 , a bit worse than last year's 0.5 percent dip. It said global growth remains slow, with low prices for Latin American commodities and financial uncertainty fed in part by the United Kingdom's vote to leave the European Union.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has ordered an investigation into the treatment of children in detention after the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) aired footage it obtained showing abuses by guards. Interviewed on ABC radio Tuesday, Turnbull said he was “deeply shocked — shocked and appalled by the images of mistreatment of children,” Reuters reports. ABC’s Four Corners program on Monday, entitled “Australia’s Shame,” broadcast CCTV footage from Don Dale Youth Detention Centre in Darwin, in the country’s Northern Territory, shot between 2010 and 2014.
Syrian government forces on Tuesday seized a rebel-held neighbourhood in the northwest edge of Aleppo, tightening their siege of opposition-controlled parts of the city, a monitor said. The government also carried out renewed barrel bomb attacks on opposition-held districts, a day after bombardments killed at least 24 people, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The Britain-based monitor said regime troops had full control of the Leramun district after heavy clashes.
After making a mark with its budget-friendly smartphones, China’s Xiaomi has finally entered the market for ultraportable laptops as it unveiled the Mi Notebook Air at a press event Wednesday. The laptop bears striking similarities to Apple’s MacBook Air, which is not exactly new since Xiaomi has made smartphones in the past that looked strikingly similar to the iPhone. The ultrathin laptop comes in two size variants — 13.3 inches and 12.5 inches that weigh 2.82 pounds and 2.36 pounds respectively.