Hacked emails overshadow Democratic National Convention WASHINGTON (AP) - Hacked emails threatened to overshadow the Democratic Party's upcoming celebration in Philadelphia as progressives expressed disappointment Sunday over the presidential nomination process and Bernie Sanders stepped up demands that the party's chairwoman step down. Bitterness and frustration among the more progressive wing came after some 19,000 emails were published on the website Wikileaks that suggested the Democratic National Committee played favorites during the primary, when Sanders fell short against Hillary Clinton. In one leaked email, a DNC official wondered whether Sanders' religious beliefs could be used against him, questioning whether the candidate may be an atheist. In televised interviews Sunday, the Vermont senator said the emails proved what he knew was true: The DNC planned to support former Secretary of State Clinton from the start.
IOC leaders stop short of complete ban on Russians from Rio LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) - Olympic leaders stopped short Sunday of imposing a complete ban on Russia from the Rio de Janeiro Games, leaving individual global sports federations to decide which athletes should be cleared to compete. The decision, announced after a three-hour meeting of the International Olympic Committee's executive board, came just 12 days before the Aug. 5 opening of the games. "We had to balance the collective responsibility and the individual justice to which every human being and athlete is entitled to," IOC President Thomas Bach said. The IOC rejected calls from the World Anti-Doping Agency and many other anti-doping bodies to exclude the entire Russian Olympic team following allegations of state-sponsored cheating.
The Latest: World tennis body expects Russia's team in Rio The International Tennis Federation says it expects Russia's eight-player Olympic tennis team to compete at the games in Rio de Janeiro. The ITF's announcement came after the International Olympic Committee allowed individual sports to decide whether to allow Russians at the games. The IOC said it was imposing tough eligibility conditions, including proof of reliable anti-doping testing. The federation says "the eight Russian tennis players who have been nominated to compete in Rio have been subject to a rigorous anti-doping testing programme outside Russia." It added that the ITF "believes that this is sufficient for the eight Russian tennis players to meet the relevant requirement of today's decision of the IOC executive board." But the ITF added it will seek confirmation from the World Anti-Doping Agency that "none of those players or the Russian Tennis Federation were implicated in the McLaren report." The report by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren accused Russia of running a state-sponsored doping and cover-up program.
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Afghanistan marks day of national mourning after huge attack KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Afghanistan marked a national day of mourning on Sunday, a day after a suicide bomber killed at least 80 people who were taking part in a peaceful demonstration in Kabul. The attack was claimed by the Islamic State group. Authorities say another 231 people were wounded, some seriously, in the bombing Saturday afternoon on a march by members of the ethnic Hazara community, who are predominantly Shiite Muslim. Most Afghans are Sunni, and the IS group regards Shiites as apostates. The attack was the first by IS on Kabul - and the capital's worst since a vicious Taliban insurgency began 15 years ago - raising concerns about the group's reach and capability in Afghanistan.
After Obama's green light, Afghan forces on the offensive KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - After two years of heavy casualties, the Afghan military is trying to retake the initiative in the war against militants with a new offensive against Islamic State group loyalists, an assault that will see American troops back on the battlefield working more closely with Afghan soldiers. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani recently announced a major assault against fighters loyal to the Islamic State group, who over the past year captured positions along Afghanistan's eastern border with Pakistan, mainly in Nangarhar province. That goal to uproot IS from Afghanistan has taken on new urgency in the wake of a deadly suicide bombing of a protest march Saturday in Kabul that killed at least 80 people.
Munich shooter was bullied loner, planned attack for a year MUNICH (AP) - The teenager behind the deadly shooting rampage in Munich was a withdrawn loner obsessed with playing "killer" video games in his bedroom, a victim of bullying who suffered from panic attacks set off by contacts with other people, investigators said Sunday, adding that he had planned the attack for a year. Law enforcement officials piecing together a portrait of the 18-year-old shooter said he was seeing a doctor up to last month for treatment of depression and psychiatric problems that began in 2015 with inpatient hospital care and then was followed up with outpatient visits. They said medication for his problems had been found his room.
2 years after Ferguson, recriminations roil governor's race JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - It has been two years since a white police officer fatally shot black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, touching off days of rioting, but the political repercussions from the incident have only intensified, fanned by a governor's race in which all four Republican candidates are pledging an aggressive law-and-order approach. Their TV ads show images of angry protesters and burning buildings and vehicles. They denounce "lawlessness" and "chaos" while promising to "secure our streets" and "enforce the law." Absent from the ads is any reference to community complaints after the Brown shooting that police discriminate against black residents.
Thousands hit Philadelphia's steamy streets to protest DNC PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Thousands of demonstrators are taking to Philadelphia's sweltering streets Sunday, chanting and beating drums in the first major protests ahead of the Democratic National Convention, as the city wilts during a heat wave. Throngs of clean energy activists jammed a major thoroughfare in their mile-long march from Philadelphia's City Hall to Independence Mall, near the Liberty Bell. They held anti-fracking and anti-pipeline signs, some with illustrations like a train surrounded by a fireball and the words "No Exploding Trains." Others held "Bernie or Bust" signs. Sam Miller, 82, traveled from Erie, Pennsylvania, to join the march that stretched several blocks and across a wide street as temperatures in the city soared into the mid-90s.
Trump vs. Clinton: Is a 2017 'peaceful transfer' possible? ATLANTA (AP) - Hillary Clinton should be in jail. Donald Trump threatens America's very existence. These are not fringe opinions. They are widespread views across the nation's bitter political divide. That means that on Nov. 9, the morning after Election Day, tens of millions of Americans will awaken to the realization that someone they loathe will be the 45th president of the United States. The dynamics of the race, more ominous than the usual rough-and-tumble of politics, leave many Republicans and Democrats worried that many voters will be unwilling to accept the outcome. That could weaken the new president from the very first day in office.
Dancing, drugs, extremism _ multiple lives of Nice attacker PARIS (AP) - A 31-year-old father of three obsessed with fitness and sex, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel led multiple lives. His darkest side appears to have been his best-kept secret: a calculated, committed jihadi ready to kill scores of people in a French Riviera rampage. Information emerging from authorities and people who knew him suggests Bouhlel concealed his different worlds from each other, and may have been following Islamic State guidance to blend in and hide his radicalism while he plotted violence. There was his family life - three children under 6, including an 18-month-old born just after his wife split with Bouhlel, accusing him of frequent abuse.