Sunday, July 24
CAMPAIGN 2016-CLINTON RUNNING MATE
Clinton says veep pick Kaine is everything GOP ticket isn't
MIAMI (AP) — Hillary Clinton is debuting running mate Sen. Tim Kaine as a can-do progressive committed to social justice and equality —in her own words --- "everything Donald Trump and Mike Pence are not."
She made the comments Saturday at a boisterous rally at Florida International University ahead of next week's Democratic National Convention.
She said "He is qualified to step into this job and lead from Day One. And he is a progressive who likes to get things done."
Kaine, a bilingual former Virginia governor, detailed his life in public service, saying "I like to fight for right."
And, as Clinton smiled broadly at her choice for vice president, Kaine greeted the largely Hispanic audience in Spanish. "We're going to be 'compañeros de alma,' in this great 'lucha' ahead," he said, or "soul mates in this great fight ahead."
Trump, in a text to his own supporters, said President Barack Obama, Clinton and Kaine were "the ultimate insiders" and implored voters to not "let Obama have a 3rd term."
CAMPAIGN 2016-KAINE HOMECOMING
Cheers greet Tim Kaine on return to Richmond
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of neighbors and other well-wishers greeted Hillary Clinton's running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine, when Kaine and his wife returned to their home in Richmond, Virginia, on a hot and humid Saturday night.
The Kaines had spent the day campaigning with the Democratic presidential candidate, who chose Kaine for the No. 2 spot on the Democratic ticket just 24 hours earlier.
Cheers erupted when Kaine and wife Anne Holton arrived at their home in the tree-lined Ginter Park neighborhood on Richmond's north side about 10:30 p.m. They had been in Miami at midday for his first appearance with Clinton since joining her campaign.
Kaine spoke for about 10 minutes, noting that he had launched his political career three decades ago in the same neighborhood when he sought a seat on the Richmond city council.
He also pointed to the importance of Virginia in presidential politics, from its history of nurturing early presidents to its status as a battleground state.
In a jab at Republican nominee Donald Trump, Kaine told the crowd that the American tradition is not to punish or prefer people based on religion and said, "If it's Muslims, it could be Mormons next week."
His wife coaxed him to finish up and told the crowd, "I've got to get him to bed."
Sanders delegates assured they won't miss votes
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Bernie Sanders campaign is assuring its delegates they will not miss votes if they attend a private meeting with him before the start of the Democratic National Convention.
A text message Saturday to Sanders' 1,900 delegates says they should "not worry about being in the convention hall for the opening gavel."
It adds that if delegates arrive too early, they "will have nothing to do for hours."
Delegates have been expressing concerns about the meeting because it's being held at 2 p.m. Monday, miles away from the Wells Fargo Center.
The convention was originally slated to start at 3 p.m., but the DNC says the time has been changed to 4 p.m. The first votes are expected at 4:30 p.m.
Delegates will vote on the Democratic platform and rules that day.
Democrats reach a compromise on superdelegates
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The role of superdelegates could be significantly reduced in future Democratic presidential primaries under a compromise deal struck at the Democratic National Convention rules committee Saturday.
Efforts by Bernie Sanders supporters to pass amendments eliminating or limiting the power of superdelegates failed to win approval at the committee meeting in Philadelphia. But campaigns for Sanders and Hillary Clinton worked out an agreement to create a "unity commission" to revise the nominating process, including changing superdelegate rules, which won near-unanimous support.
The 21-member commission will study a number of issues, including how to improve access to caucuses and how to broaden the party's appeal. For superdelegates, the commission's recommendation is that Congress members, governors and other elected officials should remain as unpledged delegates, but that other delegates would be bound proportionally to the primary results of their state.
Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver endorsed the plan, saying it would "result in the reduction of superdelegates as we know them by two-thirds." The Clinton campaign also expressed support for the commission.
Any changes to superdelegate rules would still be subject to DNC approval. A report by the commission is due by Jan. 1, 2018.
DEM 2016-DNC EMAILS
Hacked emails show Democratic party hostility to Sanders
WASHINGTON (AP) — A cache of more than 19,000 emails from Democratic party officials, leaked in advance of Hillary Clinton's nomination at the party's convention next week in Philadelphia, details the acrimonious split between the Democratic National Committee and Clinton's former rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Several emails posted by Wikileaks on its document disclosure website show DNC officials scoffing at Sanders and his supporters and in one instance, questioning his commitment to his Jewish religion. Some emails also show DNC and White House officials mulling whether to invite guests with controversial backgrounds to Democratic party events.
Although Wikileaks' posting of the emails Friday did not disclose the identity of who provided the private material, those knowledgeable about the breach said last month that Russian hackers had penetrated the DNC computer system. At the time, DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz called the breach a "serious incident."
Wikileaks says the new cache of emails came from the accounts of "seven key figures in the DNC" and warns that the release is "part one of our new Hillary Leaks series" — an indication that more material might be published soon.
NEW: Trump: France, others hit by terror may face more screening
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is asserting that countries like France that he says are compromised by terrorism may be subjected to the "extreme vetting" he proposes as a deterrent to attacks in the United States.
When asked if his proposal might keep a lot of people from being allowed into the U.S., Trump said: "Maybe we get to that point."
In an interview to air Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," Trump also defended Fox News founder Roger Ailes, who left the network amid accusations of sexual harassment.
The billionaire businessman criticized rival Hillary Clinton's newly named running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine, for accepting gifts while Virginia's governor. And he dismissed descriptions of his nomination acceptance speech as "dark," saying instead it was optimistic.
MOUNTAIN GUIDE DEATH
NEW: Mountain guide falls to his death while leading group
JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. (AP) — A guide who was leading tourists down Grand Teton mountain has died.
The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports that the Exum Mountain Guide company says 42-year-old Gary Falk was leading a group down from a successful ascent of Grand Teton National Park's highest peak when he fell at 10:30 a.m. Saturday about 2,400 feet from the top of the Owen-Spalding rappel into Valhalla Canyon near the Black Ice Couloir.
The park's helicopter flew two rangers into a point nearby, and they hiked to the scene. Falk's body was recovered via helicopter, the newspaper reports.
Another Exum guide helped the group down the mountain.
Falk, a native of Ouray, Colorado, has been working for Exum for 12 years. He has a wife and two young sons.
All Exum operations were cancelled for Sunday in honor of Falk, the News & Guide reports.
NEW: Tiger mauls woman to death in Chinese wildlife park
BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese state-run newspaper says Siberian tigers at a wildlife park in Beijing mauled a woman to death and wounded another when they stepped out of a car in an enclosure.
The Legal Evening News said late Saturday that a tiger pounced on one of the women after she got out of a private car in which she had been touring the Beijing Badaling Wildlife World earlier in the day.
The report says the second woman was killed by another tiger that leapt at her after she stepped out of the vehicle to try to help her companion.
The Yanqing district government confirmed the tiger attack at the park.
Growing wildfire north of Los Angeles threatens 1,000 homes
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — A fire official says a big wildfire in mountains just north of Los Angeles and its suburbs is a threat to 1,000 homes.
A Los Angeles County deputy fire chief says a wind shift is expected Saturday afternoon and communities have been put on alert. In the event of extreme fire behavior, 45,000 homes could be threatened, largely in the San Fernando Valley.
The fire erupted Friday afternoon in the city of Santa Clarita and spread southeastward into the Angeles National Forest, scorching more than 17 square miles.
U.S. Forest Service spokesman Nathan Judy says the fire is 10 percent contained.
Judy says the Wildlife Waystation, a private sanctuary for rescued exotic animals, is being evacuated. The Wildlife Waystation has about 400 animals on 160 acres within the national forest.
Meanwhile, another fire near Big Sur on California's scenic Central Coast has nearly doubled in size to almost 3 square miles. The state forestry department says that blaze also threatens 1,000 homes and the Monterey County community of Palo Colorado has been ordered evacuated.
Shooting at Texas apartment complex leaves 4 dead
BASTROP, Texas (AP) -- A shooting at a Texas apartment complex on Saturday has left four people dead including the suspected shooter.
A Bastrop Police Department detective says the dead included one man, two women and a child.
Another child was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life threatening.
The detective says "The shooter is among the dead and there is no further threat to the public."
The identities of the dead are not being released pending notification of family.
At least one nearby resident tells the Austin American-Statesman that those found dead were residents of the complex.
Police initially said there could be as many as five dead, but that was later revised to four when it was determined that the suspected shooter was among the fatalities.
Bastrop is a town of about 7,500 people located 35 miles southeast of Austin.
Chicago police say Uber driver a felon with handgun, drugs
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say an Uber driver they pulled over is a convicted felon and had an illegal gun and marijuana while driving a passenger.
The department said officers arrested 41-year-old Chad Pilcher Friday. He's charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and cannabis possession. Police say he had weapons-related convictions in 2003 and 1995.
Police say officers stopped the car for a seatbelt violation and found the gun.
Pilcher has not entered a plea and it is not clear if he has an attorney. He did not return a call to a phone listed in his name.
Uber spokeswoman Brooke Anderson said Pilcher will no longer drive for Uber.
Chicago's City Council last month approved ride-sharing regulations but stopped short of requiring fingerprint background checks for drivers.
SOUTHEAST ASIAN MEETINGS
ASEAN split on how to deal with China in South China Sea row
VIENTIANE, Laos (AP) — Southeast Asia's main grouping has opened a meeting of their foreign ministers, deeply divided on how to deal with China's territorial expansion in the South China Sea.
Laos is hosting the gathering of the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations, which traditionally ends with a joint statement. But the sticking point is whether to include a reference to the South China Sea. ASEAN's cardinal principle is decisions by consensus, which means any country can veto a proposal. This time, it appears to be Cambodia, China's close ally.
In welcoming remarks, Laotian Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith made no mention of the dispute.
In 2012, Cambodia also blocked a mention of the dispute, which ended with the ministers failing to issue a statement for the first time in the bloc's history.