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Analysis: In debate, Clinton was prepared, Trump was Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) - She was at her best. He was not at his worst. Weeks of Super Bowl-style hype aside, Monday night's 90 minutes of heated clashes between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump probably didn't shove many undecided voters off the fence. If Clinton aimed to push her famously unpredictable opponent into a made-for-sharing disqualifying moment, she didn't quite get there. If Trump set out to show America - particularly women - he's completed the transformation from cartoonish pop culture staple to leader worthy of the Oval Office, he still has a way to go. But in a debate full of feisty exchanges and a personal scuffle or two, the candidates demonstrated clearly how they've gotten this far.


Clinton puts Trump on the defensive in combative debate
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) - Donald Trump aggressively tried to pin the nation's economic and national security problems on Hillary Clinton in the first presidential debate, belittling the former senator and secretary of state as a "typical politician" incapable of delivering the change many Americans crave. But Trump found himself on the defensive for much of Monday's 90-minute showdown, and the next morning, he spread the blame. He accused moderator Lester Holt of a left-leaning performance and going harder on him than Clinton, even floating the theory that organizers had intentionally given him a faulty microphone to set him up. And after brushing off Clinton's claim that he'd once shamed a former Miss Universe winner for her weight, Trump on Tuesday dug himself deeper.


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. HOW CLINTON, TRUMP PERFORMED IN FIRST DEBATE The Democrat put the Republican on the defensive for much of the 90-minute presidential showdown, even as he tried to pin the nation's economic and national security problems on her. 2. COLOMBIA ON PATH TO PEACE WITH HISTORIC ACCORD After a half-century of combat in this South American nation, the government and leftist rebels have begun to settle their political differences. 3. HOUSTON GUNMAN HAD WEAPONS, AMMO A disgruntled lawyer wearing military-style apparel with old Nazi emblems randomly shot and injured nine people before he was killed by police, authorities say.


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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.


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, watched 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." GE MENGCHAO, a graduate student in journalism, said he thought Trump would be a better president for China because his business background could mean he would appreciate the countries' commercial ties.


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.


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.


Falcons offense keeps building steam in 45-32 win vs. Saints
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - For all of Dan Quinn's background as a defensive specialist, the Atlanta Falcons' second-year coach is fielding an offense about as good as anyone right now. Matt Ryan has been efficient. Running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman are wearing down defenses while keeping one another fresh. The offensive line is winning praise for its run-blocking and pass-protection. And the Falcons are outscoring even explosive opponents, as they did in a 45-32 triumph over the New Orleans Saints on Monday night. "We wanted to stay aggressive and keep attacking," Quinn said. "The team did a very nice job of mixing up the run and pass." It was a satisfying triumph for the Falcons (2-1), who came in with just two victories in their 10 previous trips to the Superdome.