On the night that Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic nomination for president, her party featured two Republican speakers who talked about their intent to vote for Clinton this fall against Republican nominee Donald Trump. A former White House aide to Ronald Reagan, Doug Elmets, and a health policy worker at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Jennifer Pierotti Lim, both told the convention hall of Democrats and a primetime national TV audience why they’re voting for Clinton. Elmets said it was “a shock” to be speaking at the Democratic convention, but argued that Trump falls so far short of what’s required to be president that he felt duty bound to oppose him and support Clinton.
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.
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 first female Democratic senator spoke with the Democratic Women of the Senate at the DNC.
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.
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.
Paraguayan authorities got a surprise when they raided a Brazilian drug lord's jail cell... and found a three-room luxury suite complete with library, kitchen, conference room and plasma TV. Jarvis Chimenes Pavao, considered one of South America's most dangerous drug traffickers, had been serving an eight-year sentence for money laundering at the Tacumbu prison in the Paraguayan capital, Asuncion. Chimenes Pavao, who was due for release next year but facing extradition back to Brazil on drug charges, had allegedly planned to use the plastic explosives to blow a hole in the prison walls and escape.
Genetically modified wheat not approved for sale or commercial production in the United States has been found growing in a field in Washington state, agriculture officials said Friday, posing a possible risk to trade with countries concerned about engineered food. The Food and Drug Administration says genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, are safe and little scientific concern exists about the safety of those on the market. On Friday, President Barack Obama signed into law a bill that will require labeling of genetically modified ingredients for the first time.
By Tom Miles and John Walcott GENEVA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's attempt to elicit Russian military cooperation in the fight against Islamic State in Syria suffered two potentially crippling blows on Thursday. First, the Syrian army said it had cut off all supply routes into the eastern part of the city of Aleppo - Syria's most important opposition stronghold - and President Bashar al-Assad's government asked residents to leave the city.
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.
In the celebratory atmosphere at the Democratic National Convention's final night, Senator Tim Kaine proudly showed the world that he is committed to this country and also that he loves balloons more than anything. Images and video clips from Thursday
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!
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.
Lodge managers and cafe owners along California's dramatic Big Sur coast were looking Friday at a summer of jittery guests and cancelled bookings after fire officials warned that crews will likely be battling a wildfire raging in steep, forested ridges just to the north for another month. Big Sur establishments were already reporting as much as a 50 percent drop in business, said Stan Russell, executive director of the chamber of commerce. The week-old blaze a few miles north of Big Sur had been blamed for one death, that of a bulldozer operator working the fire line.
The cross-breeding of the English Bulldog is required to ensure its survival amid growing health problems, scientists have said. The U.S. researchers have said that the Olde English Bulldogge, a related breed from America, is likely a candidate. The English Bulldog breed, which is also known as the British Bulldog, has cultural association with the United Kingdom, but has also been adopted worldwide.
An 64-year-old Orlando man has been cleared of criminal charges following his December arrest, when police officers thought a “rock like substance” on the floor of his car—actually the dried glaze from a Krispy Kreme doughnut—was crystal meth. Daniel Frederick Rushing was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine after he was pulled over for speeding, NBC 6 reports. Rushing used to buy a doughnut every other Wednesday, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
The discovery of 22 unapproved genetically modified (GMO) wheat plants has prompted an investigation by federal and state investigators - the third such discovery in three years. A farmer found the GMO wheat in a field that has not been planted since 2015. The plants had been identified as being one of Monsanto's experimental varieties "a few weeks ago," a spokesman from the Washington State Department of Agriculture said.
A Kashmiri Muslim youth tries to pick up an exploded tear smoke shell fired by Indian Police, a Sumatran Tiger called Indrah climbs a tree in its enclosure at the Melbourne Zoo in Melbourne and Pope Francis, background, is framed by a barbed wire as he prays in front of the Memorial at the former Nazi Death Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland are some of the photos of the day. (AP/EPA/Getty/Reuters) See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.
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….
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Up to 1 million people could be driven from their homes in northern Iraq soon as fighting intensifies in a government offensive to retake Mosul from Islamic State, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Friday. U.S.-backed Iraqi forces have stepped up their campaign against Islamic State militants in an expected push on Mosul, Iraq's second largest city and the militants' biggest bastion, later this year. "Up to a million more people could be forced to flee their homes in Iraq in the coming weeks and months, posing a massive humanitarian problem for the country," the Geneva-based ICRC said in an statement.
It could be the end of an era for one of aviation's most iconic airplanes, with Boeing hinting at the end of the production line for its double-decker 747 aircraft. In a post-earnings call with analysts this week, Boeing said “it's reasonably possible” that production could halt altogether if sales continue to plummet.
Growth in the eurozone halved in the second quarter, official data showed on Friday, with analysts warning that the consequences of Brexit could harm the economy further later in the year. The Eurostat statistics agency said economic growth in the 19-nation single currency bloc slowed to 0.3 percent in the April to June period, with stagnation in France largely contributing to the poor data. The latest figures were in line with forecasts of analysts surveyed by data company Factset, and meant the eurozone grew by 1.6 percent over 12 months.
In a story July 18 containing brief profiles of victims of the truck attack in Nice, France, The Associated Press, citing an interview widely circulated in French media after the attack, identified a 27-year-old Parisian named Timothe Fournier as one of those killed. The terror attack on a crowd gathered along a beachfront promenade to watch a Bastille Day fireworks celebration in Nice, France, killed dozens of people, including children. The driver of a truck indiscriminately drove through the crowd last week, taking the lives of 84 people, including a mother and her daughter and six members of a family.
The BMW Z4 has reached the end of its life cycle, which means it's time for a replacement, and Toyota inexplicably forgot to conceive a successor to the iconic Supra when that model was discontinued a decade and a half ago. BMW and Toyota have remained admirably officially silent on the progress of their joint venture, but there have been looser lips at Austrian newspaper Klien Zeitung, which has reported that both the Z4 replacement and the reborn Supra will be built by the Canadian-owned Magna-Steyr operation near Graz. While information on the Supra is thin on the ground, we do know that the BMW carries a G29 internal code name and is slated to wear a Z5 badge.
Black Lives Matter activists on Friday protested the arrest of an anti-violence advocate who was taken into custody while videotaping officers frisking a handcuffed motorist. Say it again, officer. The officer then put on a pair of black gloves, strode across the street and placed Crawley under arrest while swearing at him and threatening to beat him if he moves.