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- Clinton secures Mark Cuban's endorsement in Pittsburgh
By Amanda Becker PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton toured the U.S. Rust Belt on Saturday, promising to reject bad international trade deals during a factory visit and securing the endorsement of investor Mark Cuban at a Pittsburgh rally. The Dallas Mavericks owner, who said as recently as last month that there was a "good chance" he would vote for Donald Trump, instead criticized the Republican nominee's leadership in front of an energetic crowd. "You know what we call a person like that in Pittsburgh?
- Trump rebuts criticism by Army father at Democratic convention
By Grant Smith NEW YORK (Reuters) - Donald Trump rejected criticism from the father of a soldier killed in Iraq who said the Republican presidential nominee had "sacrificed nothing and no one" and questioned whether the mother was allowed to speak during the couple's appearance at the Democratic convention. "I think I've made a lot of sacrifices," Trump told ABC News in excerpts of an interview posted on Saturday. "I work very, very hard." Khizr Khan, a U.S. citizen of Pakistani origin and a Muslim, won widespread praise when he spoke Thursday at the Democratic National Convention, telling the story of his son, U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan, killed by a bomb in Iraq in 2004.
- Trump to Clinton: 'No more Mr. Nice Guy'
By Steve Holland COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) - U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said he was taking the gloves off in his battle against Democrat Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House after taking a scorching from speakers at the Democratic National Convention. Trump wrapped up a five-day, seven-state campaign swing in Colorado on Friday, where for a fifth straight day his supporters chanted "lock her up" whenever he brought up Clinton's name. Trump supporters say Clinton deserves to be prosecuted for her handling of U.S. foreign policy as President Barack Obama's first-term secretary of state and for her use of a private email server while in that office.
- Clinton leads Trump by 6 points after Democratic confab: Reuters/Ipsos poll
By Grant Smith NEW YORK (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton held a 6- percentage-point lead over Republican rival Donald Trump, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll with new wording that was released on Friday, the day after she formally accepted her party's nomination for the Nov. 8 election. Nearly 41 percent of likely voters favor Clinton, 35 percent favor Trump, and 25 percent picked "Other," according to the new July 25-29 online poll of 1,043 likely voters, which overlapped with the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. The poll has a credibility interval of 4 percentage points.
- Party faithful: Inside look at the California GOP convention Hundreds of protesters surrounded the Hyatt Regency in a normally sleepy suburb of San Francisco. Some even attempted to charge through police barricades into the lobby. The source of their frustration: Donald Trump.
- What Colorado has learned from legalizing marijuana so far ER visits are up, and heavier use among young adults reported, but the decreased stigma surrounding recreational pot blunts findings.
- Marine Corps dog who lost leg in Afghanistan awarded gallantry medal The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals awarded a 12-year-old U.S. Marine Corps dog named Lucca the prestigious Dickin Medal.
- Spate of police officers fatally shot is ‘very chilling’ Virginia state trooper Chad Dermyer, a Marine veteran and father of two, is the 16th law enforcement officer to be killed by a gunman this year — a 129 percent increase over the first three months of 2015. “The numbers are very chilling,” said Jim Pasco, executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police.
- Obama seeks to loosen restrictions on opioid abuse medication President Obama outlined a number of new actions aimed at combating the country’s deadly opioid epidemic on Tuesday.
- US Military Announces Biggest Return of Land in Okinawa in 44 Years
The United States Armed Forces in Japan announced plans today to return 4,000 hectares -- about 15 square miles -- of Okinawan land back to the government of Japan, in what will be the largest land return since Okinawa's reversion in 1972. The reversion treaty negotiated control of Okinawa back to Japan while maintaining U.S. military forces on the island, according to the Council on Foreign Relations. The plan will slash the amount of U.S.-controlled land on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa by 17 percent, according to U.S. Armed Forces Japan.
- US Coalition Airstrikes Kill at Least 28 Civilians in Syria, Say Activists
The attack happened in al-Ghandour near Manbij, just one day after the U.S. announced a formal inquiry into airstrikes in the same area that may have led to the single largest loss of civilian life due to coalition airstrikes in Syria. "The number of human losses in the area is rising dramatically," Rami Abdulrahman, founder of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told ABC News. "The coalition has to stop targeting neighborhoods with civilians.
- Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Targeted by Cyber-Attack, Official Says The FBI is investigating a cyber attack on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee that officials suspect may have been linked to another attack on the Democratic National Committee, ABC News has learned. The DCCC's national press secretary Meredith Kelly confirmed the attack on Friday. "The DCCC can confirm that we have been the target of a cybersecurity incident," Kelly said in a statement to ABC News.
- Donald Trump rescued from stalled elevator in Colorado city COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The Colorado Springs Fire Department says that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump had to be rescued from an elevator that was stuck between the first and second floors of a resort.
- Trump says presidential debates shouldn't compete with NFL
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says he doesn't like going up against NFL games when he debates Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton this fall and that the football league complained to him about the debate schedule in a letter.
- Koch donors gather for weekend retreat
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- FAA was warned of risk for high-fatality balloon crashes
WASHINGTON (AP) — Warning about potential high-fatality accidents, safety investigators recommended two years ago that the Federal Aviation Administration impose greater oversight on commercial hot air balloon operators, government documents show. The FAA rejected those recommendations.
- Democrats want reform — but court big money in the meantime Philadelphia convention a showcase of schmoozing among politicians, lobbyists, special interests and recording stars.
- The influence diaries: Dispatches from the Democratic National Convention Center for Public Integrity reports from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelpiha.
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- Yemen peace talks extended for a week: Kuwait
UN-brokered Yemen peace talks have been extended for one week, host Kuwait said, after seven Saudi troops were killed in border clashes with Iran-backed Yemeni rebels. The Saudis died after Shiite Huthi rebels backed by soldiers loyal to the former president tried to infiltrate the southern Najran area of the kingdom, said the Riyadh-led coalition fighting in Yemen. Southern Saudi Arabia has come under sporadic attack since March 2015, when Riyadh took the lead in an Arab military coalition battling Shiite Huthi rebels who control northern Yemen.
- Trump to slain soldier's father: 'I've made a lot of sacrifices'
Donald Trump hit back at accusations from the father of a slain Muslim soldier that the billionaire has "sacrificed nothing" for his country on Saturday, saying he had employed thousands of people. Khizr Khan -- whose son died in Iraq -- accused the Republican presidential nominee of vilifying American Muslims in a steely rebuke that electrified the Democratic convention on Thursday. "Go look at the graves of brave patriots who died defending the United States of America," Khan said to Trump.
- Tunisian PM Habib Essid loses confidence vote
Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid lost a confidence vote in parliament Saturday, in a move that risks plunging the country into fresh political uncertainty. Lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in favour of dismissing Essid, whose government has been criticised for failing to tackle the country's economic crisis, high unemployment and a series of jihadist attacks since coming to power 18 months ago. A total of 118 voted to unseat Essid, three voted for him to stay at the helm of the North African nation and 27 abstained.
- Seven Saudi troops killed in Yemen border clashes: coalition
A Saudi army officer and six soldiers were killed Saturday in clashes with Iran-backed Yemeni rebels who attempted to infiltrate the kingdom's borders, the Riyadh-led coalition said. Shiite Huthi rebels backed by renegade troops loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh tried to infiltrate the borders in the southern Najran area, the coalition fighting the rebels said in a statement carried by the SPA state news agency. "An officer and six soldiers of the Saudi armed forces fell martyrs," said the statement, adding that Saudi warplanes had repelled the attackers.
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- Erdogan seeks control of Turkey spy agency, chief of staff after coup
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday said he wanted to introduce constitutional changes to bring the Turkish spy agency and military chief of staff directly under his control as he seeks to tighten his grip on the country after the failed coup. Turkey meanwhile pressed ahead with a crackdown on the alleged accomplices of the coup, which Erdogan said has resulted in the detention of almost 19,000 people but has also sparked international concern. "We are going to introduce a small constitutional package (to parliament) which, if approved, will bring the National Intelligence Organisation (MIT) and chief of staff under the control of the presidency," Erdogan told A-Haber television in an interview.
- Mali extends state of emergency by eight months
Lawmakers in Mali agreed Saturday to extend a 10-day state of emergency in the violence-wracked country by another eight months, officials told AFP. In an extraordinary session of the National Assembly in Bamako, the 99 MPs present unanimously voted to maintain the state of emergency, a parliamentary source said. The government had declared a state of emergency on July 21, a day after an attack at an army base in central Nampala left 17 soldiers dead and 35 wounded.
- Palestinians urge timeframe for Mideast peace talks
Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas on Saturday said any reboot of peace talks with Israel should happen within a clear timeframe and under international supervision, after meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Paris. Abbas also held talks with French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault on the prospects of achieving a two-state solution, senior Palestinian official Saeb Erakat said, describing both discussions as "very constructive". France has been leading a fresh initiative to revive the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, after the last round of negotiations collapsed in 2014.
- Erdogan says wants Turkey spy agency, chief of staff under his control
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday said he wanted to introduce constitutional changes to bring the Turkish spy agency and military chief of staff directly under his control after the failed coup. "We are going to introduce a small constitutional package (to parliament) which, if approved, will bring the National Intelligence Organisation (MIT) and chief of staff under the control of the presidency," he told A-Haber television in an interview. The government would need support from opposition parties to push through the shift as a super majority of two-thirds of deputies is needed to make constitutional changes.
- Protest in Burundi after UN decides to send police
Thousands of people marched through the streets of Burundi's capital Saturday to protest against a United Nations Security Council decision to send a police contingent to the violence-wracked country, local officials said. The demonstration in Bujumbura -- "organised by the authorities," according to one Western diplomatic source -- passed off peacefully but showed the government's hostility to the proposed unit of 228 UN police. Protesters marched to the French embassy, angry that France had drafted the UN resolution to send the controversial police squad.
- Police officer shot dead in lengthy Armenia stand-off
A group of hostage-takers locked in a protracted siege with police in Armenia shot dead an officer Saturday, as thousands of protesters took to the streets to call on President Serzh Sarkisian to step down. "A sniper opened fire from inside the police station and killed a police officer... who was sitting in a car parked 350-400 metres (yards) away," police spokesman Ashot Aharonyan wrote on Facebook. Armenia has been in turmoil since a group of anti-government gunmen stormed a police station in the capital Yerevan on July 17, demanding the release of opposition leader Zhirair Sefilyan and taking several hostages.
- Turkey releases 62 military academy students: report
Turkish authorities on Saturday released from jail 62 students from Istanbul's military academy, more than two weeks after the July 15 attempted coup, local media reported. Many of the students at Kuleli military high school in the city were believed to be teenagers caught up in the failed putsch by a rogue group in the military which tried to oust President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from power. The students walked out of the gates of the prison in Maltepe on the Asian side of Istanbul to an emotional reunion with crying relatives who had been waiting, private Dogan news agency reported.
- Christians, Muslims mourn murdered French priest
Muslim and Christian groups came together Saturday to mourn a French priest murdered by jihadists, as authorities charged a man in connection with the brutal church attack that rocked the nation. A shellshocked France is still coming to terms with the jihadist killing of the clergyman at the altar in his church, sparking fears of tensions between religions in the secular nation. In a bid to forge togetherness between the communities, a "brotherhood march" was held in the southeastern city of Lyon, supported by a regional Muslim council and a Catholic group.
- Tunisia government faces vote of confidence
Tunisia's parliament gathered on Saturday for a vote of confidence that could see Prime Minister Habib Essid unseated after just a year and a half in office. Essid's government has been widely criticised for failing to tackle the country's economic crisis, high unemployment and a series of jihadist attacks. "I'm quite aware that the vote will be against me," Essid, 67, told parliament ahead of the planned vote.
- Man charged in 'Belgium attack plot'
Belgian authorities on Saturday charged a man over an alleged plot to launch a new attack in Belgium as Europe remained on edge following a wave of jihadist bloodshed in France and Germany. An investigating judge charged Nourredine H., 33, with attempting to commit "terrorist murder" and "taking part in the activities of a terrorist organisation," the federal prosecutor's office said. It had said earlier that both were "suspected of planning a terrorist attack somewhere in Belgium," but gave no other details.
- Putin avoids politics on historical Slovenia visit
Russian President Vladimir Putin avoided any public mention of current tensions with the West as he paid a visit Saturday to EU and NATO member Slovenia, focusing on history not politics. The main event of his trip was a ceremony at the Vrsic mountain pass in northern Slovenia marking the centenary of the killing of some 300 Russian prisoners of war by an avalanche in 1916. After a speech in this chapel, which is dedicated to Saint Vladimir, Putin headed to Ljubljana's central cemetery to unveil a new monument to fallen Russian soldiers of both world wars.
- Punish ruling ANC, says opposition ahead of South Africa poll
South Africa's main opposition party called on voters Saturday to "punish" the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in a final push for support ahead of fiercely competitive municipal polls. Democratic Alliance (DA) chief Mmusi Maimane is hoping to lead his party to a breakthrough result on August 3, as the country struggles with record unemployment and flat-lining economic growth. Some 20,000 supporters clad in the DA's sky-blue T-shirts filled the benches of Dobsonville Stadium in Maimane's hometown of Soweto, the iconic Johannesburg township that set the scene for much of the struggle against white-minority apartheid rule.
- Syria says dozens of families leave rebel Aleppo
Syria and its ally Russia said Saturday that dozens of civilians and rebels had left besieged eastern Aleppo through humanitarian corridors but residents there and rebels dismissed the claims as "lies". The reported crossings came 48 hours after Russia announced safe passages to allow evacuations from the rebel-held eastern areas, where an estimated 250,000 people are under government siege and facing food shortages. State television broadcast footage it said showed women and children crossing into the government-held part of Salaheddin neighbourhood, under the watch of soldiers.
- Saudis offer UN information about attacks on Yemen civilians
The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen has offered to share with the United Nations the results of 10 investigations into air strikes on civilian targets, according to a confidential letter AFP obtained on Saturday. Saudi Ambassador Abdallah al-Mouallimi outlined a series of measures the coalition is taking to prevent attacks on civilians in Yemen in the 13-page letter sent to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday.
- Merkel's asylum policy under fire again from key ally
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's key ally in Bavaria distanced himself again on Saturday from her welcoming policy towards migrants in the wake of a series of brutal attacks in the country. Horst Seehofer, the conservative premier of Bavaria, said he did not share Merkel's "We can do it" credo on accommodating the almost 1.1 million migrants and refugees who arrived in 2015. Seehofer, who leads the Christian Social Union, the sister party to Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats, said, "with the best will, I cannot make it mine.