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Clinton wins historic nomination _ with a boost from Sanders
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Breaking a historic barrier, Hillary Clinton triumphantly captured the Democratic nomination for president Tuesday night, the first woman ever to lead a major political party in the race for the White House. Delegates erupted in cheers as Clinton's primary rival, Bernie Sanders, helped make it official when the roll call got to his home state of Vermont - an important show of unity for a party trying to heal deep divisions. "I move that Hillary Clinton be selected as the nominee of the Democratic Party for president of the United States," Sanders declared, asking that it be by acclamation.


The Latest: Convention speakers praise Clinton for 9/11 help
Several speakers at the Democratic National Convention are paying tribute to Hillary Clinton for her work - while she was a New York senator - in helping New Yorkers after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The testimonials are coming from a New York City police detective, a New York congressman and a woman who spent more than six months in the hospital after recovering from severe burns in the attack. Lauren Manning tells the delegates that Clinton "had my back. This is the Hillary Clinton I want you to know."


10 Things to Know for Wednesday
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday: 1. HILLARY CLINTON WINS HISTORIC NOMINATION Primary rival Bernie Sanders helps make the choice official - an important show of unity for a Democratic Party trying to heal deep divisions. 2. WHICH GLASS CEILING HILLARY'S HUSBAND COULD BREAK If his wife wins on Election Day, Bill Clinton would become both the first male to be a first spouse and the first former president to reoccupy the White House. 3. ISLAMIC STATE GROUP CROSSES NEW THRESHOLD An elderly priest celebrating Mass is slain in Normandy in the extremist group's first attack against a church in the West.


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Bill Clinton prepares for most personal convention speech
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - When Bill Clinton takes the stage Tuesday night for his 10th address to a Democratic convention, the ex-president, husband and party standard-bearer will step into a singular role in American history: potential first gentleman. It isn't only Hillary Clinton who is breaking a glass ceiling this week. Should she win on Election Day, her husband will become both the first male to be a first spouse and the first former president to reoccupy the White House from the East Wing. Bill Clinton's potential new title is perhaps the strangest twist in a political career known for its second acts.


Favored by Obama, TPP deal draws ire at Dem, GOP conventions
WASHINGTON (AP) - It's 30 chapters long and almost nobody has read it, but the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is the unlikely villain at both political conventions. In Philadelphia this week, opponents interrupted Democratic National Convention speakers with chants of "No TPP" and expressed relief that Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton opposed it. At the GOP convention last week in Cleveland, Donald Trump lambasted trade deals like TPP and said they'd "strip our country of its jobs and wealth." Even Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, Clinton's newly-minted running mate, came out against TPP the day after joining the ticket, despite having praised parts of it days earlier.


Homes on edge of the wilderness complicate wildfire efforts
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) - When Pat Telleria saw the wind-driven flames sweeping across the grass foothills toward his dream home, he picked up the phone. In the middle of the night, he called 911. "I'm next. It's coming right at me!' he told dispatchers. "And they said, 'You're out of luck. All the resources are allocated.'" That's when the wall of fire came at them "and it was humming." Telleria's home near Boise stands on the edge of the wilderness in a landscape that offers pastoral serenity but is also susceptible to wildfires. Some 44 million homes have been built in similar areas of the lower 48 states, making the properties expensive to protect from flames and draining resources that might otherwise be used to defend forests, rangeland and wildlife habitat.


Last charges dropped in case over Planned Parenthood videos
HOUSTON (AP) - Texas prosecutors on Tuesday dropped the last remaining charges against two California anti-abortion activists who made undercover videos of themselves trying to buy fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood, agreeing with the defense's argument that the grand jury exceeded its authority by investigating the activists after clearing Planned Parenthood of wrongdoing. District Judge Brock Thomas dismissed the tampering with government records charges against David Daleiden, 27, and Sandra Merritt, 63, at the request of the Harris County prosecutor's office. "The grand jury took the investigation where the facts led it, however Texas law limits what can be investigated after a grand jury extension order is issued," District Attorney Devon Anderson said in a statement.


IS group claims attack that killed 85-year-old French priest
SAINT-ETIENNE-DU-ROUVRAY, France (AP) - The Islamic State group crossed a new threshold Tuesday in its war against the West, as two of its followers targeted a church in Normandy, slitting the throat of an elderly priest celebrating Mass and using hostages as human shields before being shot by police. It was the extremist group's first attack against a church in the West, and fulfills longstanding threats against "crusaders" in what the militants paint as a centuries-old battle for power. One of the attackers had tried twice to leave for Syria; the second was not identified. "To attack a church, to kill a priest, is to profane the republic," French President Francois Hollande told the nation after speaking with Pope Francis, who condemned the killing in the strongest terms.


First lady's apolitical image big part of her political draw
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Sorry, Democrats. #ElectMichelle will never be more than a wishful hashtag. The same thing that made Michelle Obama such a powerful voice for Hillary Clinton at the Democratic convention makes it unlikely she'll spend a huge amount of time on the campaign trail or, heaven forbid, run for president: She's just not a political animal. That's sorry news to delegates who were moved to tears by the first lady's nailed-it speech at the convention Monday night, where she delivered a compelling argument for Clinton's election from the perspective of Sasha and Malia's mom and also managed to skewer Donald Trump without uttering his name.


Wish granted: Six-year-old boy is garbage man for a day
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Ethan Dean has always dreamed of being a garbage man. He never tires of playing with toy garbage trucks and loves to watch the real ones drive past his house. On Tuesday, the 6-year-old with cystic fibrosis got his wish, riding shotgun in a booster seat through Sacramento as an honest-to-goodness garbage truck driver with a set of wheels labeled "Ethan's Garbage Truck." He donned a green cape that read "Hero Ethan" and a big smile as the truck stopped to pick up trash and recyclables. It wasn't a chore for Ethan, who said his favorite part of the day put on by the Make-A-Wish Foundation was "cleaning up garbage." Hundreds of people gathered to cheer him on.

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