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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 By night's end, the Clinton campaign hopes to have moved past the dissent that somewhat tarnished the convention's opening day.


The Latest: Roll call of states begins; Clinton eyes history
The roll call of states is underway at the Democratic National Convention - and it's expected to lead to the history-making nomination of Hillary Clinton for president. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake has kicked off the voting by asking, "Are we ready to make some history?" Clinton needs 2,382 delegates to win the nomination.


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.


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Clinton, Dems put gun control at center of convention stage
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - With mothers of police violence victims on the stage and anti-gun protesters in the streets, Hillary Clinton and Democrats are giving gun control and efforts to curb police violence a starring role at their summer convention. "They're too easily accessible to everyone, even children. You can go out on the street and get a gun," said Terrez McCleary of Philadelphia, who lost her 21-year-old daughter to gun violence in 2009 and was among a few hundred people held a rally against gun violence Tuesday in Philadelphia's Logan Square. "I think they need to pay more attention to the pain we go through when we lose our children and to us when we ask them to make the laws stricter," she said.


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.


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.


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 just days earlier.


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.


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.