Russia rooting for Trump? Obama and Trump disagree PHILADELPHIA (AP) - It's her party now. The Democrats' historic handoff to Hillary Clinton arrived with affection from one ex-president and an endorsement from an outgoing one. But it also came with a warning: That last glass ceiling isn't shattered yet and Republican Donald Trump is a formidable foe. Clinton formally captured the Democratic nomination Tuesday night and declared the barrier keeping women from the presidency nearly broken. Her husband, Bill Clinton, closed the historic night with an expansive and passionate testimonial, offering a deeply personal - though scandal-free - account of their relationship. It also was a policy-driven ode to the "best darn change-maker I have ever met." On Wednesday night, President Barack Obama will make his case for electing the former first lady, senator and secretary of state as the first woman to occupy the Oval Office.
Trump says Russia should find Clinton's missing emails MIAMI (AP) - Donald Trump has a message for Russia: find Hillary Clinton's missing emails. The Republican presidential nominee, holding a Wednesday press conference, said that the 30,000 missing emails from Clinton's private email server would reveal "some beauties" and made an extraordinary plea for a foreign power to locate them. "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing," Trump said. "I think you'll be rewarded mightily by our press!" Trump, whom Democrats have accused of having cozy ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin, repeatedly declined to condemn the actions of Russia or any other foreign power of trying to intervene in the a U.S.
Prosecutors drop all remaining charges in Freddie Gray case BALTIMORE (AP) - Prosecutors on Wednesday dropped all remaining charges against the three Baltimore police officers who were still awaiting trial in Freddie Gray' death, blaming police for a biased investigation that failed to produce a single conviction. The decision means that no one will be held criminally responsible for the death of Gray, a 25-year-old black man whose neck was broken while he was unrestrained in the back of a police van in April 2015. A judge had already acquitted three other officers, including the van driver who prosecutors considered the most responsible and another officer who was the highest-ranking of the group.
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Judge: Reagan shooter can leave hospital to live in Virginia WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 35 years after he tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in an effort to impress actress Jodie Foster, John Hinckley Jr. will be allowed to leave a Washington mental hospital and live full time with his mother in Virginia, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. Judge Paul Friedman wrote that Hinckley - who currently spends more than half his days at his mother's home - is ready to live full time in the community. Friedman granted Hinckley leave from the hospital starting no sooner than Aug. 5. Doctors have said for many years that Hinckley, 61, who was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the shooting, is no longer plagued by the mental illness that drove him to shoot Reagan.
US: Fighting in Syrian city yields trove of IS intelligence WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. is exploiting an enormous amount of digital information about the Islamic State obtained by Syrian rebels who are fighting for control of the city of Manbij, a spokesman for the American-led military coalition said Wednesday. Speaking by phone from Baghdad, Col. Christopher Garver told reporters at the Pentagon that it's unclear how this trove of intelligence might affect the direction of the war, but he suggested it has been of considerable value. "We think this is a big deal," he said. The intelligence is on laptop computers and portable data storage devices such as thumb drives.
Pope Francis: The world's at war, but not a war of religions KRAKOW, Poland (AP) - The world is at war, but it is not a war of religions, Pope Francis said Wednesday as he traveled to Poland on his first visit to Central and Eastern Europe in the shadow of the slaying of a priest in France. The killing of an 85-year-old priest in a Normandy church on Tuesday added to security fears surrounding Francis' five-day visit for the World Youth Day celebrations, which were already high due to a string of violent attacks in France and Germany. Polish officials say they have deployed tens of thousands of security officials to cover the event.
Chilling details of France church attack as hostage speaks PARIS (AP) - More horrifying details emerged Wednesday about an attack on a French village church even as the country's main religious leaders sent a message of unity and solidarity after meeting with President Francois Hollande in Paris. Two attackers took five hostages Tuesday at the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray in northwest France and slit the throat of the elderly priest saying morning Mass. A nun at the Mass slipped out to raise the alarm and both attackers, one of them a local man, were then killed by police outside the church. Emotions in France that were raw after a July 14 truck attack in Nice that killed 84 people became more frazzled after the church in Normandy was attacked.
Wisconsin girls to be tried as adults in Slender Man attack MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A Wisconsin state appeals court ruled Wednesday that two girls accused of trying to kill their classmate in an attempt to please the fictional horror character Slender Man should be tried as adults. Investigators say the girls, who were 12 at the time of the attack in 2014, plotted for months before luring their classmate into some woods after a birthday sleepover and repeatedly stabbing her. The victim, who was also 12, was found along a road, bleeding from 19 stab wounds that nearly killed her. The girls have been charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide and if convicted could go to prison for up to 65 years.
9/11 worker pleads for medical coverage with billboards WEST MILFORD, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey man who spent three weeks looking for survivors in the days after the 9/11 attacks is using billboards in a push to have his kidney disease added to the list of covered conditions by a fund to help Ground Zero workers with health problems. Mike Megna has a rare kidney disease he believes was caused by dust from the rubble of the fallen World Trade Center towers. The 44-year-old West Milford resident has rented two billboards in New Jersey near New York City that plead, "Add Kidney Disease for 9/11 Rescue Workers!" The signs include Megna's name and picture.
ALS-related gene found with help from Ice Bucket Challenge WASHINGTON (AP) - The ALS Association is crediting money raised through the Ice Bucket Challenge for the discovery of a gene's connection to the progressive disease. Those who accepted the challenge allowed buckets of ice water to be dumped on their heads to raise awareness and money for ALS. The challenge became a viral sensation in 2014 and raised $115 million for the association. Figures from the ALS Association show $1 million of that helped fund a global effort to help find genetic drivers of the condition called Project MinE. The ALS Association says a paper published this week in the journal Nature Genetics reveals Project MinE researchers have identified the NEK1 gene's connection to ALS.