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From 'likable enough' to lovefest, Obama to hail Clinton
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - It was long ago and far away when Barack Obama snippily remarked, "You're likable enough, Hillary." It's a lovefest now. Hillary Clinton formally captured the Democratic nomination and declared the glass ceiling keeping women from the presidency cracked and nearly shattered. Her husband, ex-President Bill Clinton closed the historic night with an expansive and passionate testimonial, offering a deeply personal - though sanitized - account of their relationship. It was a policy-driven ode to the "best darn change-maker I have ever met." Tonight, the current president is joining her party - for it is her party now - in making the case to the nation for electing the former first lady, senator and secretary of state as the first woman to occupy the Oval Office.


Bill Clinton tells a love story to make his case for Hillary
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - There have been millions of words, decades of video and reams of commentary devoted to their story. It's been dissected, defended and decried at kitchen tables and on cable news, in tabloids and classrooms. But on Tuesday night, as millions of voters watched and with the political stakes as high as they've ever been, Bill Clinton tried to make sense of it all and make the case for his wife, the newly minted Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. "In the spring of 1971, I met a girl," he began. The former president's tenth address to a Democratic convention was by far his most personal, a 42-minute tour through wedding proposals and Halloween parties, the deaths of parents and movie marathons.


10 Things to Know for Today
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. OBAMA TO HAIL CLINTON The U.S. president once told the Democratic nominee for the White House, "You're likable enough" - but now the incumbent is prepared to endorse the woman who hopes to replace him. 2. KAINE'S FLUENCY IN SPANISH NOT A BE-ALL, END-ALL But while some Latinos say there's a practical value to the U.S. vice presidential nominee's skills, they add the days are gone when that alone is enough to win over Hispanic voters. 3. HOLLANDE HOLDS MEETINGS AFTER CHURCH ATTACK The French president is trying to avert religious tensions and new violence after Islamic State extremists attacked a Catholic church and slit the throat of an elderly priest.


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Japan police search home of suspect in stabbing spree
SAGAMIHARA, Japan (AP) - Japanese police on Wednesday searched the home of the suspect in a mass stabbing spree that left 19 people dead at a facility for the mentally disabled. The suspect, 26-year-old Satoshi Uematsu, was transferred earlier in the day from a local police station to the prosecutor's office in Yokohama. The attacker left dead or injured nearly a third of the approximately 150 patients at the facility in a matter of 40 minutes early Tuesday, Kanagawa prefectural authorities said. The fire department said 25 were wounded, 20 of them seriously. Uematsu turned himself into police about two hours after the pre-dawn attack in Sagamaihara, a city about 50 kilometers (30 miles) west of central Tokyo.


Witnesses say South Sudan soldiers raped dozens near UN camp
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) - South Sudanese government soldiers raped dozens of ethnic Nuer women and girls last week just outside a United Nations camp where they had sought protection from renewed fighting, and at least two died from their injuries, witnesses and civilian leaders said. The rapes in the capital of Juba highlighted two persistent problems in the chaotic country engulfed by civil war: targeted ethnic violence and the reluctance by U.N. peacekeepers to protect civilians. At least one assault occurred as peacekeepers watched, witnesses told The Associated Press during a visit to the camp. On July 17, two armed soldiers in uniform dragged away a woman who was less than a few hundred meters (yards) from the U.N.


Hostage: Attackers forced my husband to film slain priest
PARIS (AP) - France's main religious leaders sent a message of unity and solidarity after meeting Wednesday with French President Francois Hollande a day after two extremists attacked a Catholic church and slit the throat of an elderly priest in front of other hostages. Yet even as they spoke, more horrifying details of the church attack became known. An 86-year-old woman, one of five held hostage Tuesday at the Normandy church, said the attackers had handed her husband Guy a cellphone and demanded that he take photos or video of the priest after he was killed. Her husband was in turn slashed in four places by the attackers and is now hospitalized with serious injuries.


Ships rescue 46 people from sinking boat off Alaska islands
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Two Good Samaritan vessels rescued 46 people Tuesday night who abandoned their sinking fishing boat in the Bering Sea off Alaska's Aleutian Islands, the Coast Guard said. There were no reports of any injuries as the crew members were transferred from life rafts to the merchant ships, in a fairly calm seas, Coast Guard Petty Officer Lauren Steenson said. The ships then embarked on a 13-hour voyage to Adak, Alaska, a port in the Aleutians. When the 220-foot Alaska Juris started taking on water Tuesday morning, all crew members donned survival suits and got into three rafts.


IS says it's behind attack that killed 44 in northern Syria
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) - A twin bombing struck a crowd in a predominantly Kurdish town in northern Syria on Wednesday, killing 44 people and wounding dozens more, Syria's state-run news agency and Kurdish media reported. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack. Media reports said a truck loaded with large quantities of explosives blew up on the western edge of the town of Qamishli, followed by an explosives-packed motorcycle a few minutes later in the same area. The blasts caused massive damage in the area and rescue teams were working to recover victims from under the rubble, the SANA news agency said.


Washington scientist launches effort to digitize all fish
SEATTLE (AP) - University of Washington biology professor Adam Summers no longer has to coax hospital staff to use their CT scanners so he can visualize the inner structures of sting ray and other fish. Last fall, he installed a small computed tomography, or CT, scanner at the UW's Friday Harbor Laboratories on San Juan Island in Washington state and launched an ambitious project to scan and digitize all of more than 25,000 species in the world. The idea is to have one clearinghouse of CT scan data freely available to researchers anywhere to analyze the morphology, or structure, of particular species.


Actor Roger Moore 'heartbroken' over death of stepdaughter
Roger Moore has announced the death of his stepdaughter, Christina Knudsen. The 88-year-old former James Bond actor says on social media and his official website that Knudsen died at age 47 Monday following a battle with cancer. The announcements don't say where Knudsen died. Moore says on Twitter that "we were all with her, surrounding her with love, at the end." He adds "we are heartbroken." The half-Danish, half-Swedish Knudsen was the daughter of Moore's wife, Kristina Tholstrup. The longtime London resident worked in interior design and property development and opened a private social club for singles in 2014.

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