Hillary Clinton accepted her party’s nomination Thursday night in a sweeping speech in which she promised to be a president for all Americans and presented a liberal agenda influenced by the ideas of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ supporters. Clinton also painted her Republican rival, Donald Trump, as a hotheaded, divisive figure who cannot be trusted as commander in chief. “He wants us to fear the future and fear each other,” Clinton said of Trump.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani derided the Democratic National Convention for allegedly fanning the flames of resentment and hatred for law enforcement in the United States. In an appearance on “Fox & Friends” Thursday, Giuliani called the gathering “the most anti-police” and “the most anti-law-enforcement” convention that he has ever seen. “There was not a uniformed police officer allowed on the convention floor.
Last week, the DNC saw thousands of emails leaked. It led to angry Bernie supporters protesting at the convention and accusations that Russia was attempting to influence the US elections using WikiLeaks as a catspaw. Now another leaker, Edward Snowden, has taken on WikiLeaks on Twitter, and it opens the door to looking at the ethics of leaking.
Wildlife workers have rescued six rhino calves from being washed away by floodwaters that have swamped a national park in northeastern India. The rains have also flooded vast tracts of the Kaziranga National Park, home to the world's largest population of the one-horned rhinoceros. Six baby rhinos have been rescued since the floods began last week, said Rathin Barman, an official at a wildlife research and conservation center in Kaziranga.
China wants everyone to stop stealing its Great Wall. Officials from the State Administration of Cultural Heritage have announced they will begin conducting regular inspections and will carry out random checks along the wall to ensure local authorities
Five US special forces troops have been wounded fighting the Islamic State group in eastern Afghanistan, General John Nicholson, the US commander said Thursday. Two of the troops have returned to duty after being treated for their wounds, while the other three were expected to recover fully, General John Nicholson, who heads the NATO force in Afghanistan, said in a video conference from Kabul. The Americans were wounded "in the last several days" while taking part in a joint operation with Afghan army troops in eastern Nangarhar province, Nicholson said.
The gunman's bullets that killed three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge also targeted the country and "touched the soul of the entire nation," Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday at a memorial service for the fallen officers. "We need to heal," said Biden, who was joined at a Baton Rouge church by Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, the officers' widows and hundreds of others. Biden spoke directly to the three officers' relatives from the stage.
The epicenter of the quake, initially reported as a magnitude 7.6, was located 31 miles north of the island of Pagan, part of the sparsely populated Northern Mariana Islands volcanic archipelago. "Based on the depth of the earthquake a tsunami is not expected," the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.
The number of foreigners visiting Turkey dropped over 40 percent in June to its lowest level this year as the impact of attacks and previous tensions with Russia caused havoc for the vital tourism industry, statistics showed Thursday. The latest figures do not take into account the June 28 attack on Istanbul's main international airport blamed on jihadists and the July 15 military coup which are likely to have further unnerved tourists. The fall will worry many working in the tourism industry as June is usually the start of the popular summer season.
Mark Salter, former chief of staff to Sen. John McCain, has written an essay for Real Clear Politics on why he cannot vote for Donald Trump. It deserves note for the long-term record because this is not how associates of a party’s former nominee usually talk about the current one, and because of its insistence on the importance of tax returns. Could it be that a major party nominee for president is beholden to Russia’s leader and might compromise the security interests of the U.S. and our allies to maintain that relationship? We don’t know the answer….
The presidential campaign of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders made an appeal to its supporters on Thursday, urging them not to disrupt Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s Democratic National Convention speech. Sanders’ campaign sent a pair of text messages to its delegates at 8:40 p.m. asking them to “respect” Clinton’s speech, which is set to take place within the next few hours. “On Monday, when Bernie gave his speech to the Democratic convention, Secretary Clinton’s campaign asked her supporters to be respectful, and they were,” the messages said.
An ancient potters' workshop dating back to Roman times has been discovered in Galilee, in northern Israel. The Israel Antiquities Authority announced that excavations in Shlomi, a town near the Lebanon border, have revealed a ceramic factory where storage jars and vessels for wine and oil would have been made 1,600 years ago. Archaeologists working at the site said this workshop is notable for its carefully constructed rock-cut kiln.
The first female Democratic senator spoke with the Democratic Women of the Senate at the DNC.
China, Australia and Malaysia announced last week that the more than two-year-long hunt for the missing flight would be suspended once the current search area in the Indian Ocean has been completely scoured, something expected by the end of the year. The debris, which was found on Pemba Island off the coast of Tanzania, was analyzed by experts at the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, which is heading up the search for the plane in a remote stretch of ocean far off Australia’s west coast. Several pieces of the doomed airliner have washed ashore in various spots around the southern Indian Ocean since it vanished more than two years ago with 239 people on board.
Ford has announced via their Performance website today that it will be offering performance upgrade calibrations for the 2015-2017 Mustang GT. The 'performance packs,' as they're called, offer as much as 37 horsepower over stock, and come with a variety of intake-related hardware upgrades. Every level gets a calibration, which includes a no-lift shift feature.
Authorities announced a series of raids on one of El Salvador's most powerful street gangs Thursday, saying they delivered a strong blow to its leadership and financing. Five leaders of the Mara Salvatrucha gang, previously unknown to authorities, were arrested, including the man in charge of the gang's finances, Attorney General Douglas Melendez said at a news conference. Police seized weapons, cash and vehicles during raids at homes, restaurants, bars, motels, garages and a car lot, National Civil Police Director Howard Cotto said.
By Arshad Mohammed and Suleiman Al-Khalidi WASHINGTON/BEIRUT (Reuters) - The United States is trying to determine whether a Russian plan for a humanitarian operation in Syria is sincere, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday, adding that if it proves a "ruse" it could ruin cooperation between Moscow and Washington. The 250,000 civilians trapped for weeks inside the besieged rebel-held sector of Aleppo have so far stayed away from "safe corridors" that Moscow and Damascus promised for those trying to escape the most important opposition stronghold in the country.
An outbreak of the Zika virus has been confirmed in Florida, marking the first time the virus has been found to be transmitted via infected mosquitoes within the continental U.S. The outbreak has infected at least four people, three men and one woman, through local transmission, Florida officials said today. “This means Florida has become the first state in our nation to have local transmission of the Zika virus,“ Florida Gov. Rick Scott said today. Scott said a small area in northern Miami that is about a square mile in size is the only area where the Zika virus is being transmitted from mosquitoes to people. "We’re being very aggressive at testing people there we are testing the mosquitoes there and we spraying to make sure it’s contained,” Scott said. He said health officials do not think that the transmission was ongoing. (GMA) See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr .
Indonesia Friday executed four drug convicts, three of them foreigners, by firing squad, an official said, drawing swift condemnation as Jakarta pushes on with its tough campaign of capital punishment. Ten others expected to have faced the firing squad, including nationals from Pakistan, India and Zimbabwe as well as Indonesians, were not put to death but officials said they would be executed at a later stage. The executions, which saw an Indonesian and three Nigerians face the firing squad, were the first in the country since April last year when authorities put to death eight drug convicts, including two Australians.
Khizr Khan, the father of a fallen U.S. soldier who earned a Purple Heart, criticized Donald Trump on Thursday night for his plan to temporarily bar immigrants from Muslim countries. “Let me ask you, have you even read the United States Constitution?” Khan asked, speaking at the Democratic National Convention. Khizr Khan, father of fallen U.S. Army Capt. Humayun S.M. Khan, holds up a copy of the Constitution of the United States, as his wife listens during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Thursday, July 28, 2016.
A new study claims that there is only one distinct species of wolf indigenous to North America, the gray wolf. The study, published Wednesday in the Science Advances journal, debunks the theory that the red wolf found in southern U.S. and the eastern wolf found in central Ontario are also distinct species living in North America. Scientists say the red wolf and the eastern wolf are just gray wolves with coyote DNA.
High-end American beef and yellow blossoms will feature prominently at the first White House state dinner for Singapore in more than three decades. Floral arrangements for Tuesday's black-tie soiree honoring Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his wife, Ho Ching, will consist of yellow orchids, yellow roses and other yellow flowers. White House officials previewed President Barack Obama's 3rd state dinner of the year, and 12th overall, on Friday.
Many across the western U.S. who glanced up Wednesday night saw fiery streaks shoot across the sky, and experts said it was remnants from a rocket China launched in June. The debris passed over parts of California, Colorado, Nevada, Utah and Idaho, and prompted a number of social media posts of people asking about the meteor-like occurrence. Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center, told the Los Angeles Times that the debris was part of the Long March 7 Rocket that China launched on June 25.
Last night, Ford sent out a whole batch of letters to prospective buyers of the 2017 GT. The folks at Ford GT Forum started uploading screenshots of their letters last night. Congratulations! You've been selected for the opportunity to purchase a new Ford GT!
Mexican authorities transferred aging drug lord Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo to house arrest Thursday after serving 31 years in prison for the killing of a US undercover agent. Eduardo Guerrero, head of Mexico's penitentiary system, said Fonseca Carrillo was moved to a house near Mexico City before dawn to finish the last nine years of his 40-year sentence following a judge's order. The 86-year-old capo's release means that two of the three founders of the once powerful Guadalajara drug cartel linked to the agent's murder are out of prison.