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DNC's leader heeds requests to step down

She resigns after email leak

Subscriber onlyPHILADELPHIA -- Debbie Wasserman Schultz said Sunday that she's resigning as chairman of the Democratic National Committee, announcing the leadership shake-up as party officials gather in Philadelphia to nominate Hillary Clinton for president. Continue reading...

For Arkansans, convention on bucket list

Subscriber onlyPHILADELPHIA -- For Arkansans supporting former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for president, this week's Democratic National Convention is a chance to see barriers removed and a glass ceiling shattered. Continue reading...

LA-area wildfire torches 18 houses

1,500 families evacuated; man’s body found in burned car

Subscriber onlyLOS ANGELES -- Flames raced down a rugged hillside "like a freight train," leaving smoldering remains of homes and warnings that more communities should be ready to flee the wildfire churning through tinder-dry canyons in Southern California, authorities said Sunday. Continue reading...

Top Missouri race keys on Ferguson

Subscriber onlyJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- It has been two years since a white police officer fatally shot black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., touching off days of rioting, but the political repercussions from the shooting have only intensified, fanned by a governor's race in which all four Republican candidates are pledging an aggressive law-and-order approach. Continue reading...

Trump: Vet French visitors

GOP’s pick defends Fox’s Ailes, dunning NATO allies

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- Donald Trump singled out France as one country he would subject to the "extreme vetting" he is proposing for those seeking to enter the United States, a move he says is necessary to deter attacks by people coming from countries "compromised by terrorism." Continue reading...

Sanders, DNC rift palpable in emails

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON — A cache of more than 19,000 emails from Democratic Party officials, leaked in advance of the party’s convention this week in Philadelphia, details acrimony between the Democratic National Committee and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders during his run for the presidential nomination. He has since endorsed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Continue reading...

Clinton-Kaine debuts in Florida

Behind running mate’s smile is steel backbone, she says

Subscriber onlyMIAMI -- Hillary Clinton debuted running mate Tim Kaine as a can-do progressive committed to social justice and equality -- "everything Donald Trump and Mike Pence are not" -- during a rally Saturday ahead of this week's Democratic National Convention. Continue reading...

Bomber-program costs under cloak

Hiding tab keeps enemies in dark, says Air Force; ‘nonsense,’ senator counters

Subscriber onlyThere's been controversy swirling around the Pentagon's newest bomber program ever since last year, when the Air Force awarded the contract for what's considered to be the most important national security procurement project over the next decade. Continue reading...

Bridging racial divide his life's work

Dallas officer walks a black-and-blue line

Subscriber onlyDALLAS -- In Sgt. Leroy Quigg's long career with the Dallas Police Department, two moments in particular reflect his difficult and delicate work situation, and both instances centered on trust. Continue reading...

Apollo 11 'graffiti' offers glimpse of life aboard

Subscriber onlyAs the Apollo 11 astronauts hurtled toward their historic rendezvous with the moon 47 years ago, they kept a hand-drawn calendar on the wall of their command module, crossing off the days of the journey as if voyagers of old. Continue reading...

Manson follower to stay in prison

Governor calls parole for Van Houten ‘unacceptable risk’

Subscriber onlySACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Leslie Van Houten, the youngest member of the Manson "family" to take part in a series of gruesome California murders in 1969, has been denied freedom again -- her past overshadowing her decades as a model prisoner. Continue reading...

Attacks raise focus on mall security

Subscriber onlyNEW YORK -- Attacks such as the one in a Munich shopping mall and at a nearby McDonald's on Friday may lead mall owners to increase security or even persuade global brands to focus expansion plans on the U.S. rather than Europe, security firms and retail experts said. Continue reading...

Iron mine’s waste bears orchid fields

Subscriber onlySTAR LAKE, N.Y. — Millions of orchids are now growing in a 100-acre wetland in the Adirondack Park that developed on waste from a vast open-pit iron mine, a transformation scientists say is most impressive because it happened naturally. Continue reading...

Felon-voter order struck down

Virginia restoration of right en masse ruled unconstitutional

Subscriber onlyRICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's sweeping executive order restoring the voting rights of more than 200,000 felons is unconstitutional, the state's highest court ruled Friday, siding with Republican lawmakers who said the governor overstepped his authority. Continue reading...

Scouts steady after easing gay-leader rules

Subscriber onlyNEW YORK -- There were bleak warnings for the Boy Scouts of America a year ago when the group's leaders voted to end a long-standing blanket ban on participation by openly gay adults. Several of the biggest sponsors of Scout units, including the Roman Catholic, Mormon and Southern Baptist churches, were openly dismayed, raising the prospect of mass defections. Continue reading...

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