Movie director James Cameron is calling Donald Trump "a madman," and "incredibly reckless, incredibly dangerous" when it comes to global warming Movie director James Cameron is calling Donald Trump "a madman," and "incredibly reckless, incredibly dangerous" when it comes to global warming. The director of "Titanic" and "Avatar" has made a short film - airing Wednesday night at the Democratic convention - about how climate change is harming the United States. The film shows wildfires, heat waves and the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy - and then segues to Trump calling man-made global warming a hoax. Cameron tells reporters that attacking Trump on his rejection of mainstream climate change science is a winning strategy for Democrats. He calls Trump's positions "incredibly reckless, incredibly dangerous" and later refers to Trump as "a madman saying we're going to tear up" the landmark climate change agreement negotiated in Paris.
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The Democratic National Convention has been a deliberate tribute to the party's diversity, but also highlights Democrats' continued struggle with white men ATLANTA (AP) - The Democratic National Convention lineup of speakers has highlighted an increasingly diverse country that could soon elect the first female president to succeed its first black chief executive. Yet the stream of women, African-Americans, Latinos, gay Americans - from U.S. senators and celebrities to activists and, on Thursday, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton herself - also serves as a reminder of Democrats' struggles to connect with most heterosexual white men. "It's just sad," says Dave "Mudcat" Saunders, a Democratic strategist turned Donald Trump supporter who says his party "has abandoned" culturally conservative white men like himself. Even Vice President Joe Biden offered a noteworthy, if more muted assessment Wednesday.
For some protesters outside the Democratic convention this week, the demonstrations in Philadelphia are the latest in a lifetime of political activism PHILADELPHIA (AP) - For some of the protesters outside the Democratic convention this week, the demonstrations in Philadelphia are the latest in a lifetime of political activism. For others, they're a first. The demonstrators have come from near and far, some driven by specific issues, some inspired by a candidate. Here are some of their stories. PAPIER-MACHE SEATMATE Sue Kirby needed a second seat on the bus from Boston for her traveling and protesting companion: a larger-than-life Bernie Sanders doll with a papier-mache head and foam body. Kirby, 65, built the doll about a year ago for Sanders rallies near home in Salem, Massachusetts.
Turkey's state run news agency says close to 1,700 officers have been formally discharged from the military following the country's failed coup ISTANBUL (AP) - Turkey was riding high in 2010, casting its brand of Islamic piety, Western-style democracy and economic growth as a regional model amid popular upheavals in the Mideast and North Africa. Six years later, it is mired in tension with neighbors and allies, dominated by a president seeking to increase his constitutional powers and now enmeshed in a purge of large sectors of society after an uprising by renegade military officers. The changes that led to this turn in Turkey's fortunes include internal rifts - the collapse of a Kurdish peace process and the alleged erosion of democratic rights under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are among them - as well as the war in Syria and other regional chaos in which Turkey has taken sides.
A judge has dismissed a manslaughter charge against a Florida deputy in the 2013 fatal shooting of a 33-year-old black man carrying what turned out to be an air rifle FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - A judge on Wednesday dismissed a manslaughter charge against a Florida deputy who claimed self-defense in the 2013 fatal shooting of a 33-year-old black man carrying what turned out to be an air rifle. Circuit Judge Michael Usan ruled in favor of suspended Deputy Peter Peraza of the Broward Sheriff's Office under Florida's "Stand Your Ground" self-defense law that eliminates a requirement to retreat - for civilians and law enforcement officers, the judge said - when facing a dire threat. The now-dismissed manslaughter charge carries a potential 30-year prison sentence. Prosecutors immediately said the decision will be appealed.