Clinton's big night: Now is time to make her case PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Three days of testimonials have led to this: Now, it's time for Hillary Clinton to make her own case. The former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state will step out of the shadows of presidents past and present on Thursday for her chance to persuade Americans that she is the best choice to helm a nation looking for a new era of leadership. President Barack Obama anointed her the inheritor of his legacy Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention. Delivering a passionate case for his onetime rival, Obama declared Clinton not only can defeat the "deeply pessimistic vision" of Republican Donald Trump but also realize the "promise of this great nation." "She's been there for us, even if we haven't always noticed," he said.
This time, an adoring He looks on as She accepts nomination PHILADELPHIA (AP) - This time, Bill Clinton will be the adoring spouse, rapt and smiling when the cameras cut away from the candidate in the spotlight. He'll be the He in the VIP box watching as She accepts the presidential nomination at the Democratic convention on Thursday. It's one small step in the role reversal Americans will need to get used to if Hillary Clinton wins the White House in November. Already, satires and spoofs are circulating, taking note of Bill's fashion choices, accessories and hair style. How about that fetching pantsuit! And that nice head of hair! Whose shoes is he wearing?
Chelsea Clinton will testify to her mother's credentials PHILADELPHIA (AP) - After days of endorsements from celebrities, elected leaders and passionate supporters, Hillary Clinton will be introduced Thursday night by the woman who knows her simply as mom. Chelsea Clinton will open for her mother at the Democratic National Convention as Clinton accepts a place in history as the first female presidential nominee for a major party. Chelsea Clinton's appearance comes after her father, ex-President Bill Clinton, gave a deeply personal address about his wife Tuesday night. It's part of a campaign effort to show the softer side of the former first lady, senator and secretary of state. And it's hardly a new role for 36-year-old Chelsea, who works for the Clinton Foundation and recently gave birth to her second child.
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Trump: Comments about Russia, Clinton emails were sarcastic WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump says he was using sarcasm when he prodded Russia to unearth Hillary Clinton's missing emails. But Democrats aren't likely to let the Republican presidential nominee's extraordinary comments simply fade away. "Of course I'm being sarcastic," Trump said Thursday on Fox News' "Fox and Friends," a day after his remarks at a news conference ignited fierce debate over hacking and his urging of a global adversary to meddle in American politics. Trump's invitation to Russia to find and reveal emails by his rival for the White House came on the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
N. Korea: US has crossed red line, relations on war footing PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) - North Korea's top diplomat for U.S. affairs told The Associated Press on Thursday that Washington "crossed the red line" and effectively declared war by putting leader Kim Jong Un on its list of sanctioned individuals, and said a vicious showdown could erupt if the U.S. and South Korea hold annual war games as planned next month. Han Song Ryol, director-general of the U.S. affairs department at the North's Foreign Ministry, said in an interview that recent U.S. actions have put the situation on the Korean Peninsula on a war footing. The United States and South Korea regularly conduct joint military exercises south of the Demilitarized Zone, and Pyongyang typically responds to them with tough talk and threats of retaliation.
Turkey creates 'Traitors' Cemetery' for dead coup plotters ISTANBUL (AP) - Tucked in the back corner of a construction site for a new dog shelter in eastern Istanbul lies a freshly dug, unmarked grave - the first in the new "Traitors' Cemetery," created specifically to hold the bodies of coup plotters who died in the July 15 abortive putsch. In the week following the attempted coup in Turkey, which killed about 290 people, the municipality announced it intended to set up a cemetery specifically for those involved - people that officials have branded as traitors undeserving of a proper burial. About 24 coup plotters are believed to have been killed that night.
Dream of 3-D mural honoring American workers nearer reality WINSTED, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut artist's dream to honor American workers with a massive 5-stories-high mural that ties in contributions from thousands of children across the country is moving closer to reality. Ellen Griesedieck and her American Mural Project were awarded a $1 million matching state grant to help transform two old mill buildings in Winsted, one of Connecticut's first mill towns, into a visitors center and gallery space to house a 3-D mural 120-feet-long and 10-feet-wide. Bids are due in August and construction could take about a year. Once completed, it's expected to be the largest indoor collaborative artwork in the world.
Reid: 'Absolute fraud' Grayson should drop Fla. Senate bid PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Top Democrats are pressuring Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson to drop his bid for U.S. Senate in Florida following reports he physically abused his ex-wife. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday that Grayson is an "absolute fraud," adding: "Now having whacked his ex-wife around a few times ... I don't know who supports him other than himself." Reid has tangled in the past with Grayson, an unpredictable liberal firebrand who is defying Democratic leaders' wishes by challenging their favored candidate, moderate Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy, in the Aug. 30 Florida primary. Reid's comments to reporters in Philadelphia for the Democratic convention followed a similar statement a day earlier from the No.
Chipotle branching out, plans to open burger restaurant NEW YORK (AP) - Chipotle is branching out from burritos and plans to open its first burger restaurant. A spokesman for the chain, Chris Arnold, said in an email Thursday that the company's first Tasty Made burger restaurant will open in this fall in Lancaster, Ohio. Chipotle says the menu will be limited to burger, fries and milkshakes. The move comes at time when Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. already has its hands full trying to recover from an E. coli outbreak and norovirus cases sent sales plunging starting last fall. The company has been giving away coupons for free burritos and stepping up marketing to win back customers, but sales were still down 24 percent at established locations in the second quarter.
MTV launches MTV Classic channel focusing on 1990s nostalgia NEW YORK (AP) - MTV is rebranding VH1 Classic as MTV Classic and says the channel plans to serve up heaps of nostalgia for fans of "Beavis and Butt-head," ''Daria," ''Total Request Live," and other MTV staples. MTV says the channel will have "a special focus on the 1990s and early 2000s." In addition to full-season marathons of "The Real World," ''Road Rules" and "Laguna Beach," MTV says the channel will feature prime-time programming blocks that include episodes of "Cribs," ''Jackass," ''Punk'd" and others. "MTV Unplugged" episodes that MTV says haven't been aired in years also will be rerun. MTV Classic will debut on Aug.