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The Latest: Church attacker used kin's IDs to evade police
France's anti-terrorism prosecutor says one of the men who attacked a Normandy church evaded police twice using relatives' ID cards in attempts to reach Syria. Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins told reporters that 19-year-old Adel Kermiche was wearing an electronic surveillance bracelet when he and another attacker slit the throat of a priest in the town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray Tuesday. Kermiche and the other assailant were killed by police. Molins said the bracelet was deactivated for a few hours every morning, corresponding with the time of the attack. He said Kermiche was arrested in Germany in March 2015 trying to join extremists in Syria using his brother's ID, and then was arrested in Turkey two months later using a cousin's ID.


Clinton steps into history as 1st woman White House nominee
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Taking her place in history, Hillary Clinton on Tuesday night will become the first woman to lead a major party toward the White House, a triumphant moment for Democrats to relish before plunging into a bruising general election against Republican Donald Trump. After the roll call of states formalizing Clinton's nomination, former President Bill Clinton will take the stage for a history-making appearance of his own at the Democratic convention. Former presidents often vouch for their potential successors, but never before has that candidate also been a spouse. Clinton's campaign hopes the night of achievement, personal stories and praise can chip away at the deep distrust many voters, including some Democrats, have of the former secretary of state, senator and first lady.


Sanders supporters: Unmoved by plea to support Clinton
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Undeterred by Sen. Bernie Sanders' plea for party unity behind Hillary Clinton, several hundred Sanders supporters chanting "Bernie or bust!" took to the streets under the hot sun Tuesday for another round of protests on Day 2 of the Democratic convention. They held a midday rally at City Hall with plans to join up later in the afternoon with groups decrying police brutality and economic injustice. Together they planned to make their way 4 miles down Broad Street to the convention site. Speakers at the rally charged that Sanders was cheated out of the nomination by Clinton. Demonstrators said they weren't swayed by Sanders' speech at the convention Monday night, in which he said: "Based on her ideas and her leadership, Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States.


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IS group claims attack that killed 85-year-old French priest
SAINT-ETIENNE-DU-ROUVRAY, France (AP) - Two attackers slit the throat of an 85-year-old priest celebrating Mass in a French church, killing him and gravely injuring one of the few worshippers present before being shot to death by police. A nun who escaped said she saw the attackers take a video of themselves and "give a sermon in Arabic" around the altar. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack, the first inside a church in the West. Police rescued three people inside the church - including a second nun - in the small northwestern town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, said Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet.


Many factors make France the top IS terror target in Europe
PARIS (AP) - When militants loyal to the Islamic State group seek to inflict pain on Europe, France is their preferred target, a grim reality borne out yet again with Tuesday's knife slaughter of a Catholic priest. Since January 2015, IS-inspired attackers have killed at least 235 people in France, by far the largest casualty rate of any Western country. French citizens or French-speaking residents have committed the overwhelming majority of strikes, often employing suicide tactics alongside command of their home surroundings. President Francois Hollande argues that France is their top enemy on the continent because of his homeland's reputation as a cradle of human rights and democracy.


Rare mass killing raises questions about security in Japan
TOKYO (AP) - The killing of 19 people at a home for the mentally disabled raised questions about whether Japan's reputation as one of the safest countries in the world is creating a false sense of security. The deadliest mass killing in Japan in the post-World War II era unfolded early Tuesday in Sagamihara, a city about 50 kilometers (30 miles) west of central Tokyo, when authorities say a former employee broke into the facility and stabbed more than 40 people before calmly turning himself in to police. The suspect, identified as 26-year-old Satoshi Uematsu, had worked at the facility from 2014 until February, when he was let go.


Wish granted: Six-year-old boy will be garbage man for a day
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Ethan Dean was living his dream on Tuesday. The six-year-old has a garbage truck bedspread and pillow. He has garbage truck toys. He's had a garbage truck birthday party. Now, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, he got to experience what it's like to be a garbage truck driver. The boy who has cystic fibrosis rode in a real garbage truck through downtown Sacramento, collecting trash and recyclables, just like he's always wanted. At his first stop in Sacramento, he was greeted by a crowd of more than 100 people at the Sacramento Bee. Wearing a cape that said "Hero Ethan" and a big smile, the boy seemed enthusiastic and surprised.


Malawi man arrested after describing sex with young girls
BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) - Malawi police on Tuesday arrested a man who said he was hired by families to have sex with more than 100 young women, including children, in what was described as ritual cleansing. President Peter Mutharika ordered the arrest of Eric Aniva, who told local and international media he had been paid to have sex with young girls. Aniva also told the media he was HIV-positive. Aniva was charged with multiple cases of defilement, Malawi Police Inspector General Lexten Kachama told The Associated Press. "Out of the many women he had sex with, most of them were under-aged children," Kachama said.


Video captures lightning bolt striking Empire State Building
NEW YORK (AP) - A stunning video shows a lightning bolt striking the Empire State Building during a storm passing through New York City. A frame of the video shared by journalist Henrik Moltke shows the bolt striking near the top of the skyscraper Monday. Moltke says he saw the storm approaching from his office window and captured the strike by balancing his phone against the glass. He says he "was just lucky." Lightning strikes on the Empire State Building aren't unusual. The building's website says the structure serves as a lightning rod for the surrounding area and is hit by lightning 23 times a year on average.


'19 Kids and Counting' star Jinger Duggar gets engaged
Another Duggar is getting married. Jinger Duggar announced her engagement to former professional soccer player Jeremy Vuolo in a video posted Tuesday promoting her new TLC reality show, "Counting On." The 22-year-old former "19 Kids and Counting" star calls Vuolo "the man of my dreams." She said in a video posted last month that the two met in May 2015 and have been on a mission trip together. Vuolo was a goalie at Hardwick College and Syracuse University before going on to play with the New York Red Bulls and the San Antonio Scorpions in the U.S. and overseas in Finland.