Hillary Clinton announced Friday that she has picked Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia as her running mate, making a safe, centrist choice that will likely disappoint some in the progressive wing of her party. “I’m thrilled to tell you this first: I’ve chosen Sen. Tim Kaine as my running mate,” Clinton wrote in a text message to her supporters Friday night. In a later email, she said she chose Kaine because she was confident he could step in and be president at a “moment’s notice” and because he is beloved by his staff and Senate colleagues.
Provincial authorities in northern China said Sunday that they have suspended four local officials for inadequately responding to floods over the past week that killed 114 people and left 111 others missing. The Hebei provincial government said on its official microblog account that it was suspending the head of a development zone in the city of Xingtai, the chief engineer of a city transport bureau and two other bureaucrats. The move comes as China's government has been fighting massive flooding this summer that has also threatened embankments along rivers in central China, with authorities mobilizing troops and heavy equipment to fill the gaps.
Virginia’s state Supreme Court ruled Friday that Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s executive order restoring the voting rights of more than 200,000 ex-felons violated the state’s constitution. The 4-3 decision follows the controversial executive order signed by McAuliffe in April, which granted voting rights to ex-offenders who had completed their prison sentence as well as their term of supervised probation or parole. “The assertion that a Virginia Governor has the power to grant blanket, group pardons is irreconcilable with the specific requirement in Article V, Section 12 that the Governor communicate to the General Assembly the ‘particulars of every case’ and state his ‘reasons’ for each pardon,” Chief Justice Donald Lemons wrote in the majority opinion.
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.
It has now been over two years of theories, false leads, heartbreak, and investigation since the Malaysian Airlines flight 370 mysteriously vanished off the radar during a routine flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew aboard. The March 2014 disappearance kicked off a multinational search effort, which initially ranged from China southward toward Australia. As the hope of finding survivors waned, the importance of locating the aircraft and finding answers to what, or who, was responsible for the disappearance waxed.
Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov has broken the record for the fastest round-the-world flight in a hot air balloon, his crew said Saturday, surviving a gruelling endurance test of storms and freezing temperatures. Flight coordinator John Wallington said Konyukhov, who took off from Western Australia on July 12, had successfully flown the route by Saturday afternoon. "The record is broken -- no question," Wallington told AFP, adding that Konyukhov had flown his helium and hot-air balloon almost exactly over his starting point.
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.
Before becoming a teenager, Rajeshree Roy had already encountered a lifetime of violence. After an angry, traumatic childhood, Roy followed her father to the U.S. Like many young immigrants, she spoke no English and says her family provided little support as she nursed suicidal thoughts. By the age of 16, Roy was arrested for a string of violent robberies and sentenced, as an adult, to 15 years.
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The Obama administration, in a major surprise, on Thursday, launched a nationwide plea for advice — technical, practical, legal and even religious — on ways to settle the bitter controversy over the Affordable Care Act’s birth-control mandate. This appeared to be a sign that private talks with religious groups over the issue have not reached a solution. In each of the federal appeals courts where single cases or groups of cases were returned by the Supreme Court in mid-May, in hopes of a bringing about a compromise, administration lawyers on Thursday filed documents spelling out their plan to reach well beyond the groups involved in the cases, soliciting answers from anybody who is interested to a series of questions on possible ways to avoid an impasse. On Friday, the government followed up with a lengthy document published in the forum it uses for formal actions and announcements, the Federal Register. The five-page document listed the questions and inviting comments from what the government described as “a wide variety of stakeholders.” Replies are due by September 20 — about two months from now.
Authorities said Saturday that new tests show there is no evidence of a marijuana chemical in a Colorado community's tap water and they believe the initial tests were false. Warnings not to drink the water were lifted Saturday after multiple tests confirmed there was no THC, marijuana's psychoactive ingredient, in the water. Lincoln County sheriff's Capt. Michael Yowell said Saturday that there is evidence that a shed covering a city well was tampered with and that investigation is continuing.
When Hillary Clinton introduced her running mate to the nation, it was remarkable what topic got the crowd most excited: gun rights. Just the mention of the National Rifle Association Saturday prompted the room in Miami into a roar. It was a fight that strategists saw as an upside: it calmed progressives’ furor over Kaine, seen in some circles as too moderate for a party still overcoming a passionate swoon with Bernie Sanders.
Firefighters struggled on Sunday to contain a fast-spreading wildfire that has killed at least one person, destroyed 18 homes and forced hundreds of evacuations in the drought-stricken canyons north of Los Angeles, officials said. It is threatening a string of small communities near Santa Clarita, just outside the sprawling Angeles National Forest, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a statement. First reported on Friday afternoon, the blaze has forced at least 1,500 residents to evacuate their homes and at least 18 homes have been destroyed, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said in a statement.
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There used to be a popular political aphorism: “As Maine goes, so goes the nation.” Until 1950, the state was considered a bellwether for presidential elections: Whomever Mainers elected as governor in September, that party would take the White House in November. Then Maine became a political maverick, standing blissfully apart from the political trajectory of the rest of the country. As partisanship and gridlock overwhelmed legislatures across the country – most notably Congress – Maine built a reputation as a bastion of moderate politics.
China has completed production of the world's largest amphibious aircraft, state media has said, the latest effort in the country's program to wean itself off dependence on foreign aviation firms. The state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) unveiled the first of the new planes, dubbed the AG600, Saturday in the southern port city of Zhuhai, the official Xinhua news agency reported. At around the size of a Boeing 737, it is far larger than any other plane built for marine take off and landing, Xinhua quoted AVIC's deputy general manager Geng Ruguang as saying.
An abandoned German hospital which treated Adolf Hitler had been left to decay since 1994 when the last patients left. Beelitz-Heilsttten admitted wounded German soldiers during the First and Second World Wars, including future Nazi leader Adolf Hitler in 1916. The original grandeur of the 19th century hospital is still striking despite paint peeling from every ceiling and wall. Urban-obsessed photographer, 29-year-old Roman from The Netherlands crept around the complex before work started on renovating the buildings. The hospital in Brandenburg, Germany was designed by the countrys best architects of the time to house 600 elderly patients separated by gender. (Caters) See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.
A Syrian man killed a woman with a machete and wounded two others Sunday outside a bus station in the southwestern German city of Reutlingen before being arrested. Police spokesman Bjoern Reusch told The Associated Press that witnesses said the 21-year-old asylum-seeker, who was known to police, was having an argument with the woman before attacking her about 4:30 p.m. The suspect, whose name was not released, wounded another woman and a man as he fled. The attack comes as Germany is on edge following a rampage at a Munich mall on Friday night by an 18-year-old who suffered psychological problems in which nine people were killed, and an ax attack on a train a week ago that left five wounded in southern Germany, for which the Islamic State has claimed responsibility.
The Pokeball of embarrassing incidents caused by the explosively popular game Pokemon Go rolls on. This time it was across international borders. According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, two Canadian teens illegally walked across the border into the U.S. while hunting Pokemon.
"PMI exists to protect lenders—and only lenders—from missed mortgage payments," says John Walsh, the CEO of Total Mortgage, a Milford, Conn.-based mortgage lender that serves 41 states and the District of Columbia. The insurance makes it less risky for lenders to grant mortgages to people with a low down payment and borrowers with a less-than-stellar credit score, he explains. Here's the lowdown on how PMI and mortgage insurance in general work, how to reduce your costs of coverage, and how to avoid the expense altogether.
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.
Bernie Sanders on Sunday called for Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz to resign after leaked emails appear to show party officials trying to aid Hillary Clinton’s campaign during the primary. Top DNC officials mocked Sanders during the primary race, and at least one email exchange showed officials considered using Sanders’ religious beliefs as a way to hurt his campaign, according to the New York Times. “I told you long time ago that the DNC was not running a fair operation, that they were supporting Secretary Clinton,” Sanders told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos on This Week.
By Lila Hassan CAIRO (Reuters) - An aircraft powered by solar energy left Egypt on Sunday on the last leg of the first ever fuel-free flight around the globe. Solar Impulse 2, a spindly single-seat plane, took off from Cairo in darkness en route to Abu Dhabi, its final destination, with a flight expected to take between 48 and 72 hours. The plane, which began its journey in Abu Dhabi in March 2015, has been piloted in turns by Swiss aviators Andre Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard in a campaign to build support for clean energy technologies.
On Saturday, a breakaway faction of opposition politicians replaced First Vice President Riek Machar with Taban Deng, a top opposition leader. The internal party coup comes shortly after Juba saw days of running street battles between President Salva Kiir’s government forces and those of the opposition, and just three months after a unity government between Mr. Kiir and Machar was formed to put an end to civil war.
As ancient tradition for more than 4th centuries, eight young people from the town balance on stilts down the old street, turning to the sound of folk music played on a pipe and drum. (AP) See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.
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