Bipartisan backlash for Trump, after questioning Khan family YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) - Donald Trump sparked bipartisan backlash, after the Republican attacked the bereaved parents of a Muslim U.S. Army captain who spoke at the Democratic convention last week. Critics from both parties on Saturday questioned whether Trump had the empathy and understanding to be president, particularly after he questioned why mourning mother Ghazala Khan stayed silent during her husband's Thursday night address. "He was kind of trying to turn that into some kind of ridicule," Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine said after a campaign event in Pittsburgh. "It just demonstrates again kind of a temperamental unfitness. If you don't have any more sense of empathy than that, then I'm not sure you can learn it." Former President Bill Clinton, who joined his wife and Kaine at the event, agreed: "I cannot conceive how you can say that about a Gold Star mother." Lawyer Khizr Khan gave a moving tribute to their son, Humayun, who received a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart after he was killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq in 2004.
Koch network refusing to help Trump COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - From a luxury hotel on the edge of the Rocky Mountains, some of the nation's most powerful Republican donors are rebelling against Donald Trump. Billionaire industrialist Charles Koch, host of the exclusive weekend retreat, did not mention Trump by name as warned that political leaders are giving "frightening" answers to America's challenges. One of his chief lieutenants was more direct as he made clear that Koch's expansive political network would not use its tremendous resources to help Trump win this fall. "We're focused on the Senate," said Mark Holden, general counsel and senior vice president of Koch Industries.
Trump says Clinton trying to rig debates with NFL conflicts WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says opponent Hillary Clinton and other Democrats "are trying to rig" the fall debates by scheduling two of the events opposite NFL games. The football league has complained to him about the debate schedule in a letter, the billionaire says. The NFL and the Commission on Presidential Debates on Saturday rejected both of Trump's assertions. A spokesman for the NFL said the football league didn't send such a letter to Trump. The independent, nonpartisan commission said that no political party or campaign was consulted when the dates were selected last year. Late Friday night, Trump posted a tweet: "As usual, Hillary & the Dems are trying to rig the debates so 2 are up against major NFL games.
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Texas hot air balloon crash leaves no apparent survivors LOCKHART, Texas (AP) - A hot air balloon carrying 16 people caught on fire and crashed in Central Texas, and it appeared no one survived, authorities said. Authorities would not confirm the exact number of deaths in Saturday's crash, but Lynn Lunsford with the Federal Aviation Administration said the balloon was carrying at least 16 people and the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that it didn't look like anyone survived. If 16 people were killed, it would be the one of the worst such disasters, possibly the worst in U.S. history. The deadliest such disaster happened in February 2013, when a balloon flying over Luxor, Egypt, caught fire and plunged 1,000 feet to the ground, crashing into a sugar cane field and killing at least 19 foreign tourists.
The Latest: Pope says next World Youth Day in Panama in 2019 Pope Francis has announced that the next World Youth Day will take place in Panama in 2019. Francis made the announcement Sunday as he wrapped up this year's global gathering of young Catholic faithful in Krakow, Poland. He didn't specify exactly where in Panama the event would be held. Earlier Sunday, he encouraged hundreds of thousands of young people gathered in Krakow to "believe in a new humanity" which refuses to use borders as barriers and spurns hatred among peoples.
China's nuclear power ambitions sailing into troubled waters BEIJING (AP) - China's ambitions to become a pioneer in nuclear energy are sailing into troubled waters. Two state-owned companies plan to develop floating nuclear reactors, a technology engineers have been considering since the 1970s for use by oil rigs or island communities. Beijing is racing Russia, which started developing its own in 2007, to get a unit into commercial operation. In China's case, the achievement would be tempered by concern its reactors might be sent into harm's way to support oil exploration in the South China Sea, where Beijing faces conflicting territorial claims by neighbors including Vietnam and the Philippines.
Officials: 1 dead, 3 hospitalized in Austin shooting AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Officials say one person is dead and three others have been hospitalized in a shooting in the entertainment district of downtown Austin. Captain Rick Rutledge of the Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services tells The Associated Press that one woman has been pronounced dead at the scene, and two women and a man have been taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge with gunshot wounds. There was no immediate word on the condition of those taken to UMCB. Austin police said on their Facebook page and Twitter feed there were separate shooting incidents at approximately 2:30 a.m. within the same area in downtown with multiple victims.
Pocket US Constitution becomes best-seller after speech LOS ANGELES (AP) - A pocket version of the U.S. Constitution has become a best-seller on Amazon.com. The 52-page pamphlet printed by the National Center for Constitutional Studies sells for $1 and was in the Top 10 best-selling books on Amazon on Saturday afternoon. The site produces an hourly list of its best sellers. The Constitution emerged as a best-seller days after Muslim-American lawyer Khizr Khan, whose son was killed while serving in Iraq, flashed a pocket Constitution and offered to lend it to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a speech at the Democratic National Convention. The version Khan used at the convention did not appear to be the same as the one that became popular on Amazon.
Faithful fill meadow ahead of pope's Mass in Poland KRAKOW, Poland (AP) - Hundreds of thousands of young pilgrims filled a vast meadow near Krakow for Mass with Pope Francis, as his five-day visit to southern Poland drew toward its end Sunday. Some of the faithful had camped out overnight in the field some 20 kilometers (13 miles) from the city, after an evening with the pope there that attracted 1.6 million people, according to organizers from World Youth Day. The week-long event was Francis' main focus on his first-ever trip to Eastern Europe. On his way to the site, he made a stop to bless two buildings run by the Catholic charity Caritas, one built as a day center for the elderly and the other to be a storehouse for food for the needy called "The Bread of Mercy." As he left, Francis nibbled on some dark bread from a big, round loaf offered by women in traditional Polish costumes.
Skydiver becomes first person to jump and land without chute LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 42-year-old skydiver with more than 18,000 jumps made history when he became the first person to leap without a parachute and land in a net instead. After a two-minute freefall, Luke Aikins landed dead center in the 100-by-100-foot net Saturday at the Big Sky movie ranch on the outskirts of Simi Valley. As cheers erupted, Aikins quickly climbed out, walked over and hugged his wife, Monica, who had been watching from the ground with their 4-year-old son, Logan, and other family members. "I'm almost levitating, it's incredible," the jubilant skydiver said, raising his hands over his head as his wife held their son, who dozed in her arms.