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The Latest: Full subway service to convention site restored
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
The 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The 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
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
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
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
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
Saint-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
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
By 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
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 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
Dan 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
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
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
At 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
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
Hillary 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
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
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
Saint-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
A 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
By 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
Three 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
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 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.