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.
About three dozen protesters gathered outside of City Hall during a weekly demonstration against police violence, this time just hours after Baltimore's top prosecutor dismissed the three remaining cases against officers charged in the death of a young, black man whose neck was broken in custody. Organizer Tawanda Jones said Wednesday evening that she wasn't surprised prosecutors dropped all of the charges against the three remaining officers in the Freddie Gray case. Jones says that given the previous acquittals in the cases against the officers' co-defendants, she would have made the same choice as State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby.
Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine is quickly settling into his role as a joyful Donald Trump attack dog. In his first solo outing since securing the Democratic vice presidential nomination—and just hours before he is set to deliver his speech to the Democratic convention—Kaine attended three swing-state delegation breakfasts in Philadelphia, offering brief remarks to the Iowa and Florida contingent and longer remarks to those from his home state in which he criticized his GOP rival at length. “Donald Trump is a one-man wrecking crew when it comes to alliances,” Kaine said, referencing Trump’s comments about U.S. allies.
By Lisa Barrington BEIRUT (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's powerful Syrian branch announced on Thursday it was ending its relationship with the global jihadist network founded by Osama bin Laden and changing its name, to remove what it called a pretext used by world powers to attack Syrians. In the first known video statement ever to show his face, the leader of the Nusra Front, Mohamad al-Golani, announced that the group would re-form under a new name, with "no ties with any foreign party". The move was being made "to remove the excuse used by the international community -- spearheaded by America and Russia -- to bombard and displace Muslims in the Levant: that they are targeting the Nusra Front which is associated with Al Qaeda," he said.
Robert Herjavec was so touched by the story of 4-year-old Orange County boy Liam Brenes that he offered to replace the prosthesis that was swiped by heartless thieves on Sunday morning. "He sounds like an amazing person and he still just wanted to do something," Amanda McFarland said.
Past earthquakes that damaged ancient temples perched high in the Himalayas could be harbingers of dangerous quakes to come, new research suggests. "The supporting pillars and temple structures are tilted with respect to their original positions.
Venezuelan police blocked a march Wednesday by opposition protesters demanding a referendum on removing President Nicolas Maduro, a prospect looking less likely as the leftist government digs in its heels. "Venezuela is a pressure cooker, a volcano.
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. The appearance of carfentanil, one of the most potent opioids known to investigators, adds another twist to the fight against painkillers in a country already awash in heroin and fentanyl cases. "It certainly is a very disturbing trend," Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said.
The move comes after footage aired by the Australian Broadcast Corporation (ABC) showed young inmates allegedly being abused by guards. Following a national outcry, Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull ordered a royal commission to investigate the mistreatment of children in detention. The government is also planning to move detainees out of the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre — the facility featured in a report by the ABC program Four Corners — and possibly into former immigration holding centers, the Guardian reports.
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
Baltimore's top prosecutor on Wednesday dropped remaining charges against police officers tied to the death of black detainee Freddie Gray, after failing four times to secure convictions in a case that inflamed the U.S. debate on race and justice. Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby had stunned the city and became a national figure when she filed charges against six officers just days after Gray's death from a broken neck suffered in a police van sparked protests and rioting in April 2015. The death of the 25-year-old was among the high-profile deaths of black suspects at the hands of U.S. police that have made law enforcement tactics and police officers' treatment of minorities into national headlines, It also fueled the rise of the civil rights movement Black Lives Matter.
Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone's mother-in-law, Aparecida Schunck, has been kidnapped in Brazil. Australia's Herald Sun claims the ransom is the highest ever demanded in Brazil's history. Schunck, 67, was reportedly captured in the Interlagos region of Sao Paolo, Brazil.
By Steve Holland and Emily Stephenson MIAMI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Donald Trump on Wednesday invited Russia to dig up tens of thousands of "missing" emails from Hillary Clinton's time at the U.S. State Department, vexing intelligence experts and prompting Democrats to accuse him of urging foreigners to spy on Americans. "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing," Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, told reporters. Trump made the remark at a testy news conference at his Doral golf resort in Florida that allowed him to steal some of the limelight from the Philadelphia convention where Clinton on Thursday will accept the Democratic presidential nomination for the Nov. 8 election.
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.
The Institute of Economics annually produces the Global Peace Index that assesses the levels of peace in 163 independent states and territories. It takes into account factors like terrorism, political security and safety, and the perception of crime. The 2016 rankings of the Global Peace Index are now out. They rank every country in the world, allocating each a ‘Global Peace Index’ score.
California's signature parks along the Big Sur coastline that draw thousands of daily visitors were closed Tuesday as one of the state's two major wildfires threatened the scenic region at the height of the summer tourism season. To the south, firefighters made progress containing a huge blaze in mountains outside Los Angeles, allowing authorities to let most of 20,000 people evacuated over the weekend to return home. In Wyoming, a large backcountry wildfire in the Shoshone National Forest put about 290 homes and guest ranches at risk.
The latest El Nino weather phenomenon, which was one of the most powerful on record, has ended but could be replaced by its stormy sister La Nina in the coming months, the UN meteorological agency said Thursday. "Atmospheric indicators that had shown strong El Nino patterns early in 2016 returned to near-average in June and July," the World Meteorological Organization said. El Nino affects rainfall patterns and causes both drought and flooding.
A man condemned to die for killing a woman and her two daughters during a 2007 home invasion was resentenced Tuesday to life in prison without the possibility of release because the state abolished the death penalty. A state judge in New Haven resentenced Joshua Komisarjevsky to six consecutive life terms. "Obviously, your crimes were of the most extraordinary severity imaginable," Judge Jon Blue told Komisarjevsky.
Apple's iPhone 7 is shaping up to be a more intriguing device than we may have originally given it credit for. According to a new report from Macotakara -- a site with an impressive track record regarding Apple rumors -- the home button on Apple's next-gen iPhone will sit flush with the screen and will not move when pressed. Instead, Apple is planning to incorporate a series of sensors underneath the home button that will trigger a slight vibration when pressed.
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.
Archaeologists have found the location of a long-sought Spanish fort on the South Carolina coast at the site of what was once the first capital of Spanish Florida. A release from the University of South Carolina says the site of San Marcos, one of five forts built during the 21-year history of the early settlement of Santa Elena, has finally been located on Parris Island near Hilton Head Island. University of South Carolina archaeologist Chester DePratter and Victor Thompson of the Center for Archaeological Sciences at the University of Georgia, have conducted research for the past two years to find the site of the 1577 fort.
By Amy Tennery and Jonathan Allen PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Democrat Hillary Clinton will make her case for the White House on Thursday night, facing the tough task of equaling show-stopping speeches by President Barack Obama and others who have embraced her bid to become the first woman elected U.S. president. Known as a more effective politician in small gatherings than as a big-event speaker, the former secretary of state has a hard act to follow after Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama, and Vice President Joe Biden electrified this week's Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
Police officers in the U.S. are more likely to stop or arrest black, Hispanic and Native American people than they are to stop or arrest non-Hispanic white people, a new study finds. The researchers also found that more blacks, Hispanics and Native Americans were killed and injured by police over the study period than non-Hispanic whites. "Both blacks and white Hispanics are four times as likely to be killed by the police as white non-Hispanics are," said lead study author Ted Miller, a senior research scientist at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation in Maryland.
By Philip Pullella and Wiktor Szary KRAKOW, Poland (Reuters) - Pope Francis, starting a trip to Poland overshadowed by the killing of an elderly priest in France by suspected Islamist militants, said on Wednesday this and a string of other attacks were proof the "world is at war". After his arrival under heavy security in Krakow, the pope also took on Poland's conservative government, implicitly criticizing its anti-immigration stance.