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History and hostility as Clinton ascends to nomination
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A glass ceiling is shattering at the Democratic National Convention as Hillary Clinton ascends to the presidential nomination with Tuesday's roll call of the states, making her the first woman to lead a major party into a White House race....

First lady draws sharp portrait of Trump, without naming him
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Without mentioning Donald Trump by name, first lady Michelle Obama stood before the Democratic convention on Monday and drew a sharp sketch of the Republican nominee that stood in harsh contrast to her gauzy portrait of Hillary Clinton as a woman who has looked out for children and the disadvantaged all her life....

In 10th convention speech, Bill Clinton faces tougher crowd
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Bill Clinton was once the Democrats explainer-in-chief, electrifying the convention crowd with his support of President Barack Obama....

Cash for opponent pours in as FL congresswoman struggles
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this week is fertile fundraising ground for one Florida congressional candidate, but not in the traditional sense of high-priced donor dinners or lobbyist happy hours....

Warren makes case for Clinton, derides Trump as selfish
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren made an impassioned case for Hillary Clinton on Monday, hailing her as a tenacious fighter on behalf of working people while dismissing presidential rival Donald Trump as someone who "cares about himself every minute of every day."...

Takeaways: Sanders, Michelle Obama dominate convention
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Bernie Sanders said he is "proud to stand with" Hillary Clinton, while Michelle Obama said Clinton has "the guts and grace" to be president, as Democrats strove to appear unified at their national convention in the face of a political firestorm over hacked emails....

The Latest: Clinton ascends to nomination, will make history
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Latest on the Democratic National Convention (all times local):...

Sanders urges fans to rally behind Clinton as DNC heats up
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Sen. Bernie Sanders urged supporters to rally behind Hillary Clinton at the Democratic convention, but ardent followers who marched for hours in punishing heat Monday and planned to do so again seemed intent on keeping his upstart campaign alive....

Kerry: Progress with Russia on Syria despite military doubts
VIENTIANE, Laos (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said progress is being made with Russia on a potential military partnership that could strengthen a faltering truce in Syria despite grave doubts expressed by the Pentagon and joint chiefs of staff....

AP EXPLAINS: Is Trump's convention polling bump for real?
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump is talking about polls again....

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