Democrats seek display of unity despite leadership shuffle PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Democrats are opening their national convention in Philadelphia eager to show off a forward-looking party united behind Hillary Clinton, but they face lingering bitterness among supporters of defeated rival Bernie Sanders and a fresh political mess of the party's own making. The resignation of Debbie Wasserman Schultz as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee made for a rocky start on Sunday, as the Florida congresswoman heeded Sanders' longstanding call to leave as party chief. Her departure comes a few days after the publication of 19,000 hacked emails, which the Vermont senator said confirmed his belief that the national party played favorites for Clinton during the primary.
DNC starts in Philadelphia with huge protests, high temps PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Democratic National Convention gets underway in Philadelphia on Monday with much bigger demonstrations than the Republican convention and much higher temperatures, as the region copes with an oppressive heat wave. In one of the largest rallies planned for the day, a pro-Bernie Sanders group is expected to walk across the Ben Franklin Bridge, which connects Camden, New Jersey, and Philadelphia. The demonstrations, largely driven by Sanders supporters, have been peaceful, so far. On Sunday, throngs of people marched along a main thoroughfare of the city to show their support for Sanders and their disdain for Hillary Clinton.
Germany: Syrian asylum seekers blows himself up, wounding 12 ANSBACH, Germany (AP) - A failed asylum-seeker from Syrian blew himself up and wounded 12 people after being turned away from an open-air music festival in southern Germany in what officials said Monday may have been a suicide bombing. It was the fourth attack to shake Germany in a week - three of them carried out by recent immigrants. The 27-year-old blew himself up shortly after 10 p.m. (2000 GMT) at a bar, after having been turned away from an open-air music festival in the southern town of Ansbach, because because he didn't have a ticket. Roman Fertinger, the deputy police chief in nearby Nueremberg, said it was likely there would have been more casualties if the man had managed to enter the concert venue.
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DIVIDED AMERICA: Clinton highlights lack of women in office Hillary Clinton and Mary Thomas have little in common, except for this: They both hope to add to the meager ranks of America's female elected officials come January. You know about Clinton, but probably not Thomas - a conservative Republican, opponent of abortion and Obamacare, former general counsel of Florida's Department of Elder Affairs. She's running in Florida's 2nd District to become the first Indian-American woman in Congress. It's no easy task. "There is still a good ol' boys network that is in place," she says, though she insists that "A lot of people see the value in having different types of people in Washington." --- EDITOR'S NOTE - This story is part of Divided America, AP's ongoing exploration of the economic, social and political divisions in American society.
Iraq finally bans fake bomb detectors after July 3 blast BAGHDAD (AP) - For nearly a decade, anyone driving through one of Baghdad's many checkpoints was subjected to a search by a soldier pointing a security wand at their vehicle and watching the device intently to see if its antenna moved. If it pointed at the car, it had supposedly detected a possible bomb. The wands were completely bogus. It had been proven years ago, even before 2013 when two British men were convicted in separate trials on fraud charges for selling the detectors. The devices, sold under various names for thousands of dollars each, apparently were based on a product that sold for about $20 and claimed to find golf balls.
China scores diplomatic victory, avoids criticism from ASEAN VIENTIANE, Laos (AP) - China scored a diplomatic victory Monday, avoiding criticism by Southeast Asia's main grouping over its territorial expansion in the South China Sea even though some of the bloc's members are victims of Beijing's actions. After hectic negotiations, the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations issued a watered-down rebuke that amounted to less than a slap on the wrist, and exposed the deep divisions in a regional bloc that prides itself on unity. In a joint communique released after their talks, the foreign ministers of ASEAN said only that they "remain seriously concerned over recent and ongoing developments" in the South China Sea.
Breaking down the gender stereotypes in kids' clothing NEW YORK (AP) - Pink for girls. Truck motifs for boys. A growing number of parents want to get outside those parameters when it comes to dressing their kids. Kristin Higgins was adamant about not pushing "girly" stereotypes on her daughter, and painted her room in shades of green. Higgins later dressed her up in superhero costumes. But as her daughter got older, it took more work to locate items that broke the mold. For "Star Wars"-themed pajamas, she had to go to the boys' section. "It's hard to find gender-neutral clothing," said Higgins, 35, of Little Rock, whose daughter is now 6.
Punishing strike by resident doctors grinds on in Haiti PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - Empty halls buzz with flies. Rats scamper through the wards at night. The emergency room is empty except for four shackled prisoners, watched over by relatives and missionaries rather than medical personnel. The Hospital of the State University of Haiti, the largest and most important public medical facility in this troubled country, is at the epicenter of the most punishing strike by Haitian medical workers in memory. "We've been left to rot," said Alme Cesar, one of the shackled prisoners, who was brought to the hospital months ago for treatment that has yet to materialize. "I would have died here without my wife coming to care for me." Young doctors and interns walked off the job in March to protest chronic shortages of basic medical supplies, dismal pay and working conditions so unsafe that relatives of patients routinely threaten them, even storming into operating rooms with handguns.
'Pokemon Go' players stumble on hidden history PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Historical markers have long dotted the landscape, often barely noticed by passers-by - until they became treasure-filled stops this month on the "Pokemon Go" trail. Players hunting for fictional creatures on their smartphones are now visiting real-life memorial plaques, statues, mosaics and landmarks, ranging from a Civil War battlefield in Chancellorsville, Virginia, to a Hells Angels clubhouse on New Zealand's North Island. Some don't bother to linger at these Pokestops, staying just long enough to stock up on the virtual balls they'll use to bonk and capture the next Pokemon. But for others, the GPS-powered "augmented reality" game is heightening awareness of the history and geography of their neighborhoods.
Boos to cheers: Durant heads home to Oakland with Team USA LOS ANGELES (AP) - Even in a jersey with "USA" on the chest, Kevin Durant got some boos at Staples Center on Sunday night. He'll probably need to get used to that sound in this building for the rest of his basketball career. When he suits up in Oakland on Tuesday for the first time since joining the Golden State Warriors, he'll get another reception entirely. But no hate or love from the stands is going to deter Durant from trying to win a gold medal or an NBA title. "The crowd here tonight was great, so hopefully it's just as good at Oracle," Durant said after scoring 19 points at a packed Staples Center during the Americans' 106-57 victory over China in the second stop of a five-game pre-Olympics showcase.