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The Latest: Full subway service to convention site restored

Supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., listens during a rally near City Hall in Philadelphia, Tuesday, July 26, 2016, during the second day of the Democratic National Convention. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)PHILADELPHIA (AP) ? The Latest on the protests and rallies on the second day of the Democratic National Convention (all times local):


U.S. opens door to a change in blood donation policy for gay men

Testing tubes are seen at the American Red Cross Charles Drew Donation Center in WashingtonThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration opened the door on Tuesday to a change in its blood donor deferral recommendations, which currently prohibit donations from gay men for a year following their last sexual encounter in order to reduce the risk of transmitting HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. In December the FDA overturned a 30-year ban on all blood donations from men who have sex with men, saying the change was based on science showing an indefinite ban was not necessary to prevent transmission of the human immunodeficiency virus. The FDA is now signaling it may go further.


Clinton, Dems put gun control at center of convention stage

A stage hand adjusts the U.S. Flags on stage before the start of the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)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.


Sheriff: Multiple dead bodies found inside Arizona home
GILBERT, Ariz. (AP) ? Suburban Phoenix sheriff's officials say multiple dead bodies have been found inside a home in an unincorporated area of Gilbert, east of Phoenix.

Condemned home invasion killer is resentenced to life term

FILE - This March 14, 2011 file photo released by the Connecticut Department of Correction shows Joshua Komisarjevsky. Komisarjevsky, one of two men sent to Connecticut's death row for the slayings of a mother and her two daughters during a 2007 home invasion, is set to be resentenced Tuesday, July 26, 2016, to life in prison without the possibility of release because the state abolished the death penalty. (AP Photo/Connecticut Department of Correction, File)NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) ? A man condemned to die for killing a woman and her two daughters during a 2007 home invasion was resentenced Tuesday to life in prison without the possibility of release because the state abolished the death penalty.


The Latest: Shocked French town honors slain priest

Flowers, candles and messages are placed at the home of Father Jacques Hamel after he was killed during an attack in a church, in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, Normandy, France, Tuesday, July 26, 2016. Two attackers invaded a church Tuesday during morning Mass near the Normandy city of Rouen, killing an 84-year-old priest by slitting his throat and taking hostages before being shot and killed by police, French officials said. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)PARIS (AP) ? The Latest on the attack on a French church claimed by Islamic State group (all times local):


Sanders supporters: Unmoved by plea to support Clinton

A supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., listens during a rally near City Hall in Philadelphia, Tuesday, July 26, 2016, during the second day of the Democratic National Convention. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)PHILADELPHIA (AP) ? Unmoved by 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.


Twitter still struggling to grow as rivals race ahead

FILE - This Wednesday Nov. 6, 2013, file photo shows the Twitter bird logo on an updated phone post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Twitter reports financial results Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ? Twitter's growth remains at a crawl as CEO Jack Dorsey struggles to come up with a strategy to attract people to the sometimes-befuddling messaging service.


California wildfire forces shutdown of famed Big Sur parks

Looking west from neighboring Sparks, smoke from a Central California wildfire burning more than 300 miles away obscures parts of downtown Reno, Nev., on Monday, July 25, 2016. Washoe County health officials issued an air quality warning for the Reno-Sparks area, as a result of the smoky haze coming from the fire burning near Big Sur, in California. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) ? California's signature parks along the Big Sur coastline that draw thousands of daily visitors were closed Tuesday as one of the state's two major wildfires threatened the scenic region at the height of the summer tourism season.


Severe birth defects not as lethal as docs once said: Study

This 2013 photo provided by Kara McHenry of North Carolina shows her son, Corbin, who lived for four months after his birth in April 2013. Prenatal tests found trisomy 13; doctors recommended an abortion. But she found a support group on Facebook showing happy-looking children learning to walk. She also found a hospital that offered treatment, in Pennsylvania, 400 miles from her home near Greenville, North Carolina. "I couldn't just give up," McHenry said, so the family temporarily moved north. (Kara McHenry via AP)CHICAGO (AP) ? Parents of newborns with rare genetic conditions used to hear the grim words that the severe birth defects were "incompatible with life." Support groups and social media showing the exceptions have changed the landscape. So has mounting research suggesting that not all such babies are doomed to die.


Deutsche Boerse shareholders back London Stock Exchange merger

Deutsche Boerse shareholders will end up with 54.4 percent of the new holding company's capital, and LSE shareholders with 45.6 percentThe Frankfurt stock exchange Deutsche Boerse on Tuesday said its shareholders had backed a planned merger with the London Stock Exchange (LSE) to create a new global player. Earlier this month Deutsche Boerse lowered the threshold for shareholder support needed for the tie-up to 60 percent from 75 percent, removing a potential spanner in the works for the deal following Britain's vote to leave the European Union. The 60-percent level was breached several hours before the midnight deadline, Deutsche Boerse said in a statement.


HBO didn't renew 'Project Greenlight,' Damon says

FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2015 file photo, Ben Affleck, left, and Matt Damon attend the "Project Greenlight" premiere of "The Leisure Class" in Los Angeles. Damon said in an interview that he was shocked that that HBO didn?t pick up "Project Greenlight" for a fifth season. The series chronicles the production of an independent film. Damon says that that they?ll start shopping the show around again, and thinks that there are places like Netflix or Amazon where it might thrive for additional seasons. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) ? "Project Greenlight" won't be getting a fifth season on HBO.


IS group claims attack that killed 85-year-old French priest

In this grab made from video, police officers speak to a driver as they close off a road during a hostage situation in Normandy, France, Tuesday, July 26, 2016. Two attackers seized hostages in a church near the Normandy city of Rouen on Tuesday, killing one hostage by slitting their throat before being killed by police, a security official said. The identities of the attackers and motive for the attack are unclear, according to the official, who was not authorized to be publicly named. (BFM via AP)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.


Delany does not see Rose Bowl move to accommodate playoffs

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany speaks to the media at the Big Ten NCAA college football media days, Tuesday, July 26, 2016 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Tae-Gyun Kim)CHICAGO (AP) ? Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany does not envision the Rose Bowl abandoning its New Year's Day spot in order to accommodate the College Football Playoff semifinals.


US women's hoops team wraps up 3 exhibitions at Garden

FILE - In this March 9, 2016, file photo, basketball player Elena Delle Donne poses for photo at the 2016 Team USA Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Calif. The Americans will face France on Wednesday at the University of Delaware, play Canada on Friday in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and host Australia on Sunday in New York before heading to the Rio Olympics. The Americans will play France in the home state of Olympic rookie Elena Delle Donne. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, FIle)NEW YORK (AP) ? The U.S. women's basketball team continues its pre-Olympic tour with a three-city exhibition series that wraps up Sunday at Madison Square Garden.


'Unthinkable' that jihadists could hit small Normandy town

A woman lights a candle in front of the city hall in Saint-Etienne du Rouvray on July 26, 2016 in tribute to the priest killed in the city's churchSaint-Etienne-du-Rouvray (France) (AFP) - No one in this small Normandy town could have imagined that one day they too would be the target of a jihadi attack, let alone Tuesday's knife murder of an elderly priest celebrating mass. "He baptised my three children," said widower Claude Godfroy, 86. "We were about the same age," he said of Father Jacques Hamel, who presided over the funeral for Godfroy's wife six years ago at the centuries-old stone church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray.


Broadway giant James 'Jimmy' Nederlander dies at 94

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2014 file photo, from left, Margo MacNabb Nederlander, James L. Nederlander, James M. Nederlander and Charlene Nederlander attend the 8th Annual Exploring The Arts Gala benefit in New York. James M. Nederlander, who took over the fledgling Nederlander Organization from his father and built it into one of the largest producers of live entertainment and a dominant national theater chain that includes nine Broadway houses, died, Monday, July 25, 2016. He was 94. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) ? James M. Nederlander, who took over the fledgling Nederlander Organization from his father and built it into one of the largest producers of live entertainment and a dominant national theater chain that includes nine Broadway houses, has died. He was 94.


It gets personal: ex-President Bill Clinton to make the case for his wife

Supporters of Senator Sanders chant his name as they protest on the floor during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in PhiladelphiaBy John Whitesides and Alana Wise PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Hillary Clinton was set to become the first woman presidential nominee of a major U.S. party on Tuesday, a historic moment that Democrats hope will help eclipse rancor between her supporters and those of her rival in the primaries, Bernie Sanders. The party will seek to burnish Clinton's biography and make its formal nomination on the second day of a convention that began on Monday with anti-Clinton feeling among die-hard Sanders supporters on full and vocal display. The day's star turn in Philadelphia will be the traditional warm spousal endorsement - with the twist that it will be former President Bill Clinton making the case for his wife to beat Republican Donald Trump in the Nov. 8 election.


Last charges dropped in case over Planned Parenthood videos

David Daleiden, center, speaks with supporters outside the Harris County Criminal Justice Center, Tuesday, July 26, 2016, in Houston. A Texas judge on Tuesday dismissed the last remaining charge against, David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, two California anti-abortion activists who made undercover videos of themselves trying to buy fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood. (James Nielsen/Houston Chronicle via AP)HOUSTON (AP) ? Texas prosecutors on Tuesday dropped the last remaining charges against two California anti-abortion activists who made undercover videos of themselves trying to buy fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood, agreeing with the defense's argument that the grand jury exceeded its authority by investigating the activists after clearing Planned Parenthood of wrongdoing.


Suspect in student's killing was convicted of similar attack
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) ? The circumstances, separated by 26 years, are chilling ? two women attacked while bicycling alone down lonely Ohio country roads on warm July days.

One French church attacker identified as Adel Kermiche, 19: prosecutor

French policemen stand in a street during the search of a house in the Normandy village of Saint-Etienne du Rouvray on July 26, 2016 following the church attackFrench Prosecutor Francois Molins said Tuesday that one of two jihadists who attacked a church in a Normandy town, and slit a priest's throat, was 19-year-old Adel Kermiche. Kermiche was known to security services, having twice been arrested on his way to Syria, and was under house arrest and wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet at the time of the attack. Molins said Kermiche and an unknown accomplice, armed with knives, had stormed the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, taking hostage the 86-year-old priest, three nuns and two worshippers.


Speedskater Jansen inspires Bubba in pre-Olympic talk

US golfer Bubba Watson plays from the rough on the 16th during his second round on day two of the 2016 British Open Golf Championship at Royal Troon in Scotland on July 15, 2016Dan Jansen, whose emotional journey to Winter Olympic speedskating gold captured the world's attention in the 1990s, has given Bubba Watson and US Olympic golfers a pep talk before Rio. Watson and US Olympic teammates Patrick Reed, Matt Kuchar and Rickie Fowler heard from Jansen at Baltusrol as they prepared for the 98th PGA Championship that opens Thursday. "He's there to cheer you up and get you excited about it," Watson said Tuesday.


First lady's apolitical image big part of her political draw

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to delegates during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Monday, July 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA (AP) ? Sorry, Democrats. #ElectMichelle will never be more than a wishful hashtag.


Advocates sue to stop plan to spay wild horses
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) ? Advocates for wild horses have sought an injunction to stop researchers from surgically sterilizing more than 200 wild mares at a facility in Hines, Oregon.

New Yorkers arrested over $5 mn bank heists

New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, pictured on June 20, 2016, compared recent bank heists to scenes from the movie "Heat"Three New Yorkers were arrested and charged Tuesday after criminals blow-torched their way into bank vaults and stole more than $5 million in a plot akin to Robert de Niro's heist film "Heat". The Brooklyn suspects were detained after a painstaking police and FBI investigation into the robberies at an HSBC in Brooklyn in April and a Maspeth Federal Savings Bank branch in Queens in May, officials said. "These heists resembled scenes from the movie 'Heat' -- the work of a crew that was well organized, meticulous, and elusive to law enforcement," said New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton.


Twin suicide bombs kill 13 near Mogadishu airport

UN soldiers secure a partially-crumbled perimeter wall following twin car bombings outside the UN office in Mogadishu on July 26, 2016At least 13 people were killed on Tuesday in twin bombings near UN and African Union buildings by Mogadishu's airport, police said, in what the jihadist Shabaab group claimed as a suicide attack. The Al-Qaeda aligned Shabaab group is blamed for a string of bloody assaults in Somalia and neighbouring Kenya, and is fighting to overthrow Mogadishu's internationally-backed government. "At least 13 people were confirmed to have died in two explosions, one of the vehicles went off near a security checkpoint and another close to a UN compound," said Bishaar Abdi Gedi, a police official.


Sanders backer's swipe at Clinton sparks Texas skirmish

Texas delegates cheer during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Monday, July 25, 2016. (AP Photo/John Locher)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) ? A Bernie Sanders delegate from North Texas sparked a shouting match Tuesday among his state's delegation to the Democratic National Convention by condemning Hillary Clinton, but later said he misspoke in "a moment of passion."


Hillary poised for nomination as Bill seeks Democrats' unity

Former US president Bill Clinton will take center stage at the Democratic National Convention to reassure party members that his wife Hillary is the best candidate to take on Republican Donald TrumpHillary Clinton stood poised to formally win her party's presidential nomination Tuesday, as her husband Bill was tasked with the speech of the night -- steeling fractious Democrats for the White House fight against Republican Donald Trump. Clinton will be proclaimed the party's nominee after a state-by-state roll call vote beginning at around 6:00 pm (2200 GMT) at the Democratic National Convention, making the former first lady and secretary of state the first female presidential candidate of a major US party. Although the outcome is a foregone conclusion, the vote could be an occasion for rowdy displays on the convention floor by diehard Bernie Sanders delegates frustrated with their candidate's loss to Clinton in the primaries.


Chinese tech firm LeEco agrees to buy Vizio TV maker for $2B
MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) ? Chinese video streaming company LeEco is breaking into the U.S. TV market by buying Vizio, a manufacturer of budget-priced sets. The combination promises a marriage of hardware and content as tightly linked as your smartphone is to your monthly voice and data plan.

French church attacker evaded police twice using fake identities, trying to go to Syria
PARIS (AP) ? French church attacker evaded police twice using fake identities, trying to go to Syria.

NYPD bee squad ready for sting operations on urban swarms

In this Aug. 4, 2015 photo provided by the New York City Police Department, Detective Daniel Higgins begins the process of removing bees enveloping the front of a bicycle parked in New York's Midtown Manhattan neighborhood. Higgins' main NYPD job is as a counterterrorism expert, but he is also part of a special team of officers that responds to emergency calls reporting swarms of bees that suddenly cluster in spots around New York City. (NYPD/@nypdbees via AP)NEW YORK (AP) ? Daniel Higgins is one cop who knows a thing or two about sting operations.


Indiana prosecutor to seek death penalty in 'Purge' killings
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) ? A prosecutor said Tuesday that he'll seek the death penalty against an Indianapolis man who he says killed three people in four days in attacks inspired by the horror movie "The Purge."

Feds: NYC bank burglars stole $5 million in cash, diamonds
NEW YORK (AP) ? Bank burglars reminded New York's top police official of a Hollywood movie as they pulled off two nighttime heists, snatching about $5 million in cash, diamonds, jewelry, coins and baseball cards from safe deposit boxes before they were caught, authorities said Tuesday as they announced the arrest of three men.

Padres keep rebuilding by trading Upton to Blue Jays

FILE - In this June 7, 2016, file photo, San Diego Padres' Melvin Upton Jr. watches his RBI line-out against the Atlanta Braves during the fifth inning of a baseball game, in San Diego. The Padres have traded left fielder Melvin Upton Jr. to the Toronto Blue Jays for minor league right-hander Hansel Rodriguez. The trade, which continues the Padres' rebuilding, was announced Tuesday morning, July 26, 2016, hours before the Padres played at Toronto in the middle game of a three-game series. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi, File)TORONTO (AP) ? Outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. was already in Toronto with the San Diego Padres when they traded him across the diamond to the Blue Jays.


French priest's throat slit in attack claimed by IS

Police officers and fire services arrive at the scene of a hostage-taking at a church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, near the city of Rouen in northern France, on July 26, 2016Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray (France) (AFP) - The Islamic State group said that two of its "soldiers" stormed a church in northern France and slit an elderly priest's throat on Tuesday, the latest attack in a country shaken to its core by repeated terror strikes. In a revelation likely to fuel further questions about security failings in France, investigators revealed one of the attackers had been charged with terror links and was wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet after being released on bail. The hostage drama in the Normandy town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray comes less than two weeks after the truck massacre in the French Riviera city of Nice, which killed 84 people and was also claimed by IS.


VW gets preliminary approval for US emissions settlement

Volkswagen's settlement in its emissions cheating scandal now has an October 18, 2016 deadline for final approval of the dealA federal judge in California granted preliminary approval on Tuesday to a $14.7 billion settlement over Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal. At the close of a hearing in San Francisco, US District Judge Charles Breyer praised the "enormous effort" made by both sides. "There's been an enormous effort to achieve a series of goals," said Breyer.


Islamist knifemen slit priest's throat in church in France

Police and rescue workers stand at the scene after two assailants had taken five people hostage in the church at Saint-Etienne-du -Rouvray near Rouen in NormandyBy Noemie Olive SAINT-ETIENNE-DU-ROUVRAY, France (Reuters) - Knife-wielding attackers interrupted a church service in France, forced the priest to his knees and slit his throat on Tuesday, an attack that President Francois Hollande said showed the threat from Islamist militancy was greater than ever. The knifemen arrived during morning mass in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, near Rouen, northwest of Paris, where the 85-year-old parish priest Father Jacques Hamel was leading prayers. Speaking at the scene, Hollande called it a "dreadful terrorist attack," adding that the attackers had pledged allegiance to Islamic State, the militant group that he said had declared war on France.


More charges possible for three men arrested after Florida club shooting

Fort Myers police officers confer next to Club Blu after a shooting attack in Fort MyersThree men arrested for resisting authorities near the scene a nightclub shooting where two teenagers were killed are persons of interest in the investigation and could see further charges, authorities said on Tuesday. The shooting on Monday in the parking lot of Club Blu, in which more than a dozen people also were wounded, came six weeks after 49 people were killed at an Orlando nightclub by a man who sympathized with Islamic extremists groups. Police in Fort Myers, located on Florida's Gulf Coast, said they have ruled out any extremist ties to the Club Blu shooting but on Tuesday said they had not developed any possible motives.


Clinton steps into history as 1st woman White House nominee

Former President Bill Clinton applauds Former Democratic Presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., as he speaks during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Monday, July 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)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.


Higuain completes sensational Juventus move

Gonzalo Higuain has left Napoli for Italian champions JuventusGonzalo Higuain completed a sensational move to Juventus after the Italian champions agreed to pay a 90 million euros ($98.8m) fee, the third highest in history, to wrest the Argentine striker from Napoli on Tuesday. In what is the biggest ever transfer fee recorded between two Serie A clubs, Higuain's move to Turin on a five-year deal was confirmed by Juventus two hours after being published by Serie A league bosses on their official website. In a statement, the Turin giants said: "Juventus Football Club announces the definitive purchase of Gonzalo Gerardo Higuain for the sum of 90m euros, payable over two equal instalments in 2016/2017 and 2017/2018.


 
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