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Clinton, Trump battle fiercely over taxes, race, terror
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) - In a combative opening debate, Hillary Clinton emphatically denounced Donald Trump Monday night for keeping his personal tax returns and business dealings secret from voters and peddling a "racist lie" about President Barack Obama. Businessman Trump repeatedly cast Clinton as a "typical politician" as he sought to capitalize on Americans' frustration with Washington. Locked in an exceedingly close White House race, the presidential rivals tangled for 90-minutes over their vastly different visions for the nation's future. Clinton called for lowering taxes for the middle class, while Trump focused more on renegotiating trade deals that he said have caused companies to move jobs out of the U.S.


AP FACT CHECK: Trump, Clinton deny their own words in debate
WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump's habit of peddling hype and fabrication emerged unabated in the first presidential debate while Hillary Clinton played it cautiously in her statements, though not without error. They both denied making statements that they are on the record as saying. A look at some of the claims in the debate and how they compare with the facts: TRUMP, denying Clinton's accusation that he supported the Iraq war: "Wrong. Wrong." Later: "That is a mainstream media nonsense put out by her. I was against the war in Iraq." THE FACTS: There is no evidence Trump expressed public opposition to the war before the U.S.


Debate Takeaways: Clinton gets under Trump's skin in debate
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) - Donald Trump repeatedly clashed with Hillary Clinton during Monday's first presidential debate, interrupting her and appearing agitated at times as they tangled over the economy, her use of a private mail server and his unwillingness to release his income tax returns. Clinton maintained an even demeanor, smiling indulgently when Trump turned aggressive. Clinton and Trump engaged in a vigorous back-and-forth on the debate stage at Hofstra University as polls showed them locked in a tight race. Given the wide interest in Trump, the business mogul and former reality TV star, and Clinton, the first woman to win the nomination of a major party, the debate was expected to draw a massive viewing audience.


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Parting shots: He hits her on stamina; she pounces in retort
WASHINGTON (AP) - It was the opening Hillary Clinton had been waiting for all night. Late in Monday's debate, when the candidates each had notched their points on trade, taxes, crime and more, the talk turned to Clinton's stamina, brought to the fore by her recent bout of pneumonia. Moderator Lester Holt of NBC asked Trump what he had meant by questioning whether Clinton had a "presidential look." Trump didn't back off: "She doesn't have the look," he reaffirmed. "She doesn't have the stamina." "You have so many different things you have to be able to do and I don't believe Hillary has the stamina." He made his point, feeding into the conspiracy theories swirling about Clinton's health, as well as feeding into sexist questions about whether a woman is tough enough for the job.


Cheers and jeers: Americans tune into Trump-Clinton debate
LAS VEGAS (AP) - From senior centers to college campuses and bars featuring campaign-themed cocktails, Americans laughed, cheered and jeered through the first debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Viewers tuned in Monday on their TVs, cellphones and radios to watch and listen to the showdown between the two major presidential candidates. Here are some of the scenes across the U.S. as people watched the event: ---- LAS VEGAS: A party at the Atria Sunlake retirement home in Las Vegas started with about 15 people, but some residents dozed off during the event and the crowd thinned to about half of that with 30 minutes left.


Reaction around the world to first Trump-Clinton debate
Views from around the world on Monday's first U.S. presidential debate between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump: --- CHINA WANG PEI, a graduate student in communications studies, was watching the debate from a cafe in Beijing and said he thought Clinton carried herself better. "I personally like Trump's character and the feeling that he's a fighter," Wang said. "But from today's performance, I think Clinton was more like a mature politician and Trump looked a bit like a misfit in this kind of setting." Asked if he hoped that China would someday see its political candidates engage in similar debates, he said: "I don't expect China to copy the U.S., or become a counterpart of the U.S.


Colombia embarks on path to peace with historic accord
CARTAGENA, Colombia (AP) - After a half-century of combat that spilled blood across this South American nation, Colombians have embarked on a new, but difficult path to settle their political differences with the signing of a historic peace accord between the government and leftist rebels. The first test after Monday's signing is a weekend referendum in which voters are being asked to ratify or reject the deal. If it passes, as expected, Colombia will move on to the thornier and still uncertain task of reconciliation. President Juan Manuel Santos and Rodrigo Londono, top commander of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, formally signed the agreement before a crowd of 2,500 foreign dignitaries and special guests, including U.N.


Houston gunman had 2 weapons, thousands of rounds at scene
HOUSTON (AP) - A disgruntled lawyer wearing military-style apparel with old Nazi emblems had two weapons and more than 2,500 rounds of live ammunition when he randomly shot at drivers in a Houston neighborhood before he was shot and killed by police, authorities said. Nine people were injured during Monday morning's shootings on the street in front of a condo complex. Six were shot and three had eye injuries from flying glass. One person was in critical condition. Police did not identify the man and did not have information about a motive. A bomb-squad robot examined a Porsche that police said belonged to the gunman.


Duterte: After tough talk, damage control prevails
MANILA, Philippines (AP) - The new Philippine president uses an expletive to warn key ally Barack Obama not to lecture him on human rights and, in another impromptu speech, declares a dramatic policy change in policy such as removing U.S. counterterrorism forces out of his country's volatile south. His key officials walk back the remarks and say everything is normal. And the world wonders which pronouncement is the one that will stick. Impassioned speeches by Rodrigo Duterte about the United States, the European Union and the United Nations have repeatedly led his government to issue clarifications, though he has been on the job less than three months.


At NBA media day, concern for country over concern for team
NEW YORK (AP) - NBA players aren't just worried about their teams as they start a new season. They're concerned for their country. The usual basketball clichés that dominate media days gave way to serious talk about social injustice and violence in communities, with players wanting to be involved in finding solutions but acknowledging they don't know yet how. "Some of the things that I've been addressing over this past summer, I think we're still in the same state. I think it's actually getting worse and it will continue to get worse," Knicks All-Star Carmelo Anthony said Monday. "We still have to kind of keep the conversations going." Anthony was among the highest-profile and most outspoken players following the killing of black men by police in Louisiana and Minnesota in July, joining friends and fellow stars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul in a powerful opening to the ESPY Awards and continuing to speak out while playing for the U.S.