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.
Fourteen months after the death of a black man whose neck was broken in a police van prompted massive protests, spawned rioting and toppled the careers of Baltimore's police commissioner and a Democratic mayor poised for re-election, authorities abandoned efforts to punish the officers involved. The city's top prosecutor was righteous in her rage Wednesday as she made official what was already clear after four failed attempts to prosecute: no one will go to jail for Freddie Gray's death. Earlier in the day, Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby had dropped the cases against the rest of the six police officers charged in Gray's death after prosecutors had suffered blow after crippling blow as a judge acquitted three others in rapid succession.
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Crews battling a deadly wildfire in rugged, drought-stricken terrain north of Los Angeles made steady progress in containing the blaze on Wednesday, after a bulldozer operator helping to fight a smaller wildfire in central California died overnight when his machine overturned. Some 3,000 firefighters battling the so-called Sand Fire in the Angeles National Forest extended containment lines around 40 percent of the 38,350-acre (15,520 hectare) blaze by Wednesday morning, according to fire information officer Sam Wu. The blaze has destroyed 18 homes as it tears through drought-stricken chaparral and brush, spewing out smoke that prompted the South Coast Air Quality Management District to warn residents in parts of Los Angeles County to avoid outdoor activities.
The reclusive cleric accused by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of orchestrating a failed coup, demanded Tuesday that the United States resist demands for his extradition from Pennsylvania. "Turkey's president is blackmailing the United States," preacher Fethullah Gulen wrote in a New York Times opinion piece. "His goal: to ensure my extradition, despite a lack of credible evidence and virtually no prospect for a fair trial.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It was the largest and deadliest attack to hit the city since the March 2011 outbreak of Syria's conflict. Kurdish fighters have been a key force battling the jihadists in north and northeastern Syria and are the main component in the Syrian Democratic Forces alliance currently seeking to oust IS from Manbij.
A person holds up an American flag during a rally near City Hall in Philadelphia during the second day of the Democratic National Convention, wild buffalos swim in flood waters in search of high land in Kaziranga national park in India and a Bangladeshi
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 opioid painkillers in a country already awash in heroin and fentanyl cases. "It certainly is a very disturbing trend," Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said.
By Simon Webb and Manuel Mogato VIENTIANE (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday he supported the resumption of talks between China and the Philippines over the South China Sea, following an international court ruling against Beijing over the dispute earlier this month. China did not participate in and has refused to accept the July 12 ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration, based in The Hague, in which U.S. ally Manila won an emphatic legal victory. China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi had asked Kerry to lend his support for bilateral talks to restart between Manila and Beijing in a meeting between the two in the Laos capital of Vientiane on Monday.
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.
Churches are seen as a safe haven and seldom a place of danger, so how can they be guarded, especially if they are known to always have their doors open? Many are on edge across the world following the attack in Normandy, France, where an 86-year-old priest was killed by "Soldiers of ISIS," who forced the man to kneel before slashing his throat. Inside America’s most renowned church, St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City, security was tightened, as anti-terror police were seen in and around the structure that already has a bag check upon entering.
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.
96 years after women won the right to vote in America, Clinton became the first female ever to be nominated for president by a major political party. ABC's Liz Kreutz describes the emotion in the convention hall. Clinton's groundbreaking movement comes 96 years after women they're granted the right to vote and so think about this how amazing this was different that woman there in the center.
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 Tesla electric car driving in semi-autonomous mode when it crashed and killed its driver was speeding just ahead of impact with a tractor-trailer, a preliminary probe showed Tuesday. The National Transportation Safety Board said its preliminary findings showed the Tesla was traveling at 74 miles (119 kilometers) per hour ahead of impact, but noted that investigators have not yet completed an analysis of the crash data or assigned a cause for the fatal collision. "All aspects of the crash remain under investigation," the NTSB said in a statement on its review of the May 7 fatality, which raised concerns about the safety of the rapidly growing field of autonomous driving technology.
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.
North Korea's top diplomat for U.S. affairs told The Associated Press on Thursday that Washington "crossed the red line" and effectively declared war by putting leader Kim Jong Un on its list of sanctioned individuals, and said a vicious showdown could erupt if the U.S. and South Korea hold annual war games as planned next month. Han Song Ryol, director-general of the U.S. affairs department at the North's Foreign Ministry, said in an interview that recent U.S. actions have put the situation on the Korean Peninsula on a war footing.
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.
Trump Jr., the son of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, has been floated as a possible challenger to Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2017 since his well-received speech in support of his father at the Republican National Convention last week in Cleveland. Weiner, who's attending his party's national convention in Philadelphia, was asked about the rumored Trump Jr. candidacy, and the cocksure former congressman playfully suggested he would end his political exile to take on the son of the equally brash Trump, a billionaire real estate mogul. "The only thing that could make me come out of retirement and run for mayor again is if anyone named Trump ran," Weiner told Fox 5.
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.
After Michelle Obama looked to American history Monday night at the Democratic National Convention, when she spoke of what’s it’s like for her to live “in a house that was built by slaves,” Bill O’Reilly had a reaction that likewise looked to history—but not in the same way. The host of The O’Reilly Factor said on Tuesday that though the First Lady was “essentially correct,” the slaves who worked on building the White House, he said, were “well-fed and had decent lodgings.” He followed that up on Wednesday by emphasizing that she was correct and he was merely providing extra facts about that moment in time. Far left loons distort tip about @FLOTUS statement that slaves built White House.