Monday, July 25
NEW: Clinton slams Trump on national security
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Hillary Clinton is offering a scathing critique of rival Donald Trump's foreign policy, saying she "doesn't understand people who trash talk about America."
Clinton slammed many of Trump's positions without mentioning his name. She vowed to stand by American allies, fight dictators and listen to the advice of military officials.
Clinton was speaking at the annual conference of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, a non-profit that supports veterans, during a campaign swing through Charlotte, North Carolina.
Recent polling has shown active duty troops backing Trump over Clinton by more than a two to one margin.
Clinton noted her role as the first female presidential nominee of a major political party, saying history-making position "takes a little getting used to even for me." The statement was unusual acknowledgement by Clinton that there may be some voters, particularly within the military, that take issue with a female commander-in-chief.
Wasserman Schultz heckled at convention breakfast
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Democratic National Convention is opening amid a display of anger and disunity.
Furious protesters nearly drowned out Debbie Wasserman Schultz' speech to her home state delegation, crowding the stage and screaming, "You're ruining our democracy!"
A row of police officers stood between the stage and the protesters as the Florida congresswoman, who is up for re-election, finished her speech. Several of her supporters stood on chairs and waved T-shirts bearing her name, whole some yelled at the Sanders' supporters to step back or sit down.
The Sanders' supporters held paper signs that said "E-mails" on one side and "Thanks for the 'help' Debbie," on the other.
Wasserman Schultz announced Sunday she would step down from the party chairmanship after the convention this week. She was pressured to resign after hacked emails revealed the DNC may have favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders during the party's presidential primaries.
FBI investigating DNC hacking
WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI has confirmed that agents are investigating a cyberattack involving the Democratic National Committee that resulted in the release this weekend in embarrassing emails.
In a statement Monday, the FBI said it was investigating a "cyber intrusion" affecting the DNC and was "working to determine the nature and scope of the matter."
The FBI said it will "continue to investigate and hold accountable those who pose a threat in cyberspace."
Emails arising from the hack were posted over the weekend to WikiLeaks. Their release led party chief Debbie Wasserman Schultz to announce her resignation.
A cybersecurity firm that looked into the DNC breach found traces of at least two sophisticated hacking groups on the Democrats' network — both of which have ties to the Russian government.
Will Sanders free his delegates to vote Clinton?
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bernie Sanders' delegates are waiting to see whether the Vermont senator frees them to vote for Hillary Clinton in Tuesday's roll call.
Nebraska delegate Jeff Leanna says the topic was a top discussion item at a breakfast meeting involving his state, Colorado and Nevada. He says regional members of the Clinton campaign were reaching out to some delegates to see if they would be willing to switch. Leanna says he's willing to cross over if Sanders agrees to release them during a private meeting with delegates Monday.
Louise Edington of Utah says most in her delegation also were discussing but not revealing what they might do. Sanders won that state with nearly 80 percent of the vote.
Sanders won 1,846 pledged delegates from primaries and caucuses.
UPDATE: Syria opposition group shamed by Germany attacks
ANSBACH, Germany (AP) — The German representative of a Syrian opposition group says he feels shame over a string of attacks committed this week by Syrian asylum seekers in Germany.
Bassam Abdullah of the Syrian National Coalition says in a statement Monday to the German agency dpa that he hopes such violence won't make Germans hostile to asylum-seekers.
Abdullah says he feels "sad and ashamed. ... Sadly as Syrians we can comprehend the horror about the murder of innocent people especially well."
He thanked Germany for its welcoming policy toward Syrians fleeing civil war.
More than 1 million people registered for asylum last year in Germany, chiefly from Syria.
FLORIDA NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING
Police want to talk to those injured in shooting
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Police investigating a nightclub shooting in Fort Myers say some of the people injured were treated at a hospital and released without talking to investigators.
Police Capt. Jim Mulligan said in a statement Monday that it is imperative that those who were treated and released speak with investigators.
He says investigators are working to determine a motive into the shooting at Club Blu. They have said it was not an act of terror.
Two teens were killed and 17 other people were wounded when gunfire erupted at the club early Monday.
Four people are still in the hospital.
Stocks move lower after 4 weeks of gains
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are moving moderately lower on Wall Street as the market pulls back after a four-week drive that brought it to record highs.
Yahoo fell 2 percent in midday trading Monday after Verizon said it would buy Yahoo's internet businesses.
Energy companies fell more than the rest of the market as the price of oil took another turn lower. Chevron lost 2.4 percent. The price of oil is down 12 percent this month.
EPA moves to regulate climate-warming airliner pollution
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government has found that jet engine exhaust is adding to climate change and endangering human health, and needs to be regulated.
The Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that it will use its authority under the Clean Air Act to impose limits on aircraft emissions.
Jet engines spew significant amounts of greenhouse gases including carbon dioxide and methane into the upper atmosphere, where they trap heat from the sun. But proposed regulations such as imposing fuel efficiency standards have faced stiff opposition from aircraft makers and commercial airlines.
A U.N. panel in February recommended new emissions standards for international flights starting in 2020. The EPA finding announced Monday will likely result in similar limits on domestic carriers.
Aviation accounts for about 5 percent of global greenhouse emissions.
NEW: Doctors urged to check pregnant women for Zika at each visit
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials are strongly urging doctors to ask all pregnant women about a possible Zika infection at every checkup.
So far, there have been no confirmed cases of a Zika infection from a mosquito bite in the United States, although officials expect mosquitoes will start spreading it in Southern states.
All U.S. illnesses have been connected to travel to areas with Zika outbreaks.
The advice came Monday as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention fine-tuned its guidance. It urged doctors to at least ask pregnant women if they or their sex partner were in an outbreak area, and suggested expanded use of a sophisticated blood test.
The Zika virus is mainly spread by mosquito bites, but also through sex. Infection during pregnancy can result in birth defects.
Marni Nixon, voice of classic movie songs, has died at 86
NEW YORK (AP) — The woman whose ghostly singing was heard in place of the leading actresses in such classic movie musicals as "West Side Story," ''The King and I" and "My Fair Lady," has died. Hollywood voice double Marni (MARN ee) Nixon was 86.
Michael Kirsten, senior vice president of Nixon's talent agency, Harden-Curtis Associates, says she died Sunday in New York.
Nixon had a wide-ranging music and theater career. But her biggest audiences of the 1950s and '60s never saw her face.
Instead, they heard Nixon singing as they saw non-singing stars such as Natalie Wood in "West Side Story." She was also Deborah Kerr's singing voice in "The King and I" and Audrey Hepburn's in "My Fair Lady."