Friday, July 29
Dems Clinton, Kaine start bus tour in OH, PA
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Hillary Clinton has used her first campaign rally as the official Democratic nominee to stress what she calls the "stark choice" that voters will face in November.
As she and running-mate Tim Kaine began a bus tour through Pennsylvania and Ohio, Clinton urged Americans to rally against Donald Trump, casting him as dangerous and unfit to lead the country.
In response, Trump tweeted that Clinton was saying the "same old stuff."
Clinton is pledging that her first 100 days in office would see the biggest investment in new jobs since World War II. She said it would focus on infrastructure, technology, clean energy and advanced manufacturing.
Pence: Trump is advocate of small-government
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Many limited-government conservatives may be skeptical of Donald Trump, but his running mate wants them to know the Republican presidential nominee will be their advocate.
The Indiana governor addressed the American Legislative Exchange Council in Indianapolis on Friday, vouching for the "importance" Trump "would place on empowering states."
He told the national gathering of business interests and conservative state lawmakers that "the states created the federal government, the federal government didn't create the states."
He also evoked former President Ronald Reagan and quoted from a Robert Frost poem, telling the group that bold conservative leadership required them to take "the road less traveled."
VOTER ID-NORTH CAROLINA
Appeals court: North Carolina voter ID law is discriminatory
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — For the third time in less than two weeks, a court has blocked a state voter I-D law.
This time, a federal appeals court is ruling against a North Carolina law that required voters to produce photo identification. It also included other provisions that would disproportionately affect black voters. The judge found that the law was enacted "with discriminatory intent."
The U.S. Justice Department, state NAACP, League of Women Voters and others had sued the state, saying the restrictions violated the remaining provisions of the federal Voting Rights Act and the Constitution.
Earlier rulings affected laws in Texas and Wisconsin.
Officials say four Zika infections came from mosquitoes
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida's governor says the state has concluded that four mysterious Zika infections likely came from mosquitoes in the Miami area.
Gov. Rick Scott said Friday that no mosquitoes in the state have tested positive for Zika. But he says one woman and three men in Miami-Dade and Broward counties likely contracted the virus through mosquito bites.
More than 1,650 Zika infections have been reported in the U.S., but the four patients in Florida would be the first not linked to travel outside the U.S. mainland.
Scott says health officials believe the infections occurred in a small area just north of downtown Miami.
Zika primarily spreads through bites from tropical mosquitoes. In most people, the virus causes only mild illness, but infection during pregnancy can lead to severe brain-related birth defects for the fetus.
White House appeals for Zika money after Florida announcement
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Obama's spokesman says Florida needs more federal money to limit the spread of the Zika virus.
White House deputy press secretary Eric Schultz said Friday's announcement that South Florida has four mosquito-transmitted cases should be a wake-up call for Congress "to get back to work."
Congress left on a seven-week vacation without giving the Obama administration any of the $1.9 billion it sought for mosquito control, vaccine development and other steps to battle Zika. Schultz called that "regrettable."
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it has provided Florida $8 million in Zika-specific funding, and the White House has said the state can anticipate receiving another $5.6 million in Zika funding through a grant.
POLICE SHOT-BATON ROUGE
Lynch meets family of man killed by police
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch has met with the children of a 37-year-old black man who was killed at the hands of two white officers in a struggle on July 5.
Lynch called her meeting with four of Alton Sterling's five children and their mothers a "condolence call." She praised Sterling's family members for calling for "peace and calm" in the wake of his death. He was shot during a confrontation with the officers and his death sparked protests in Baton Rouge and around the nation.
The Justice Department is investigating Sterling's death. At an afternoon news conference, Lynch said she did not discuss the investigation with Sterling's family. She also said she would not provide any new details about the investigation and declined to comment about how long it might take to conduct.
Family lawyer: Attorney appointment is good step
FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — The attorney for the family of a black man killed by a Minnesota police officer says she's pleased with a prosecutor's decision to add an independent investigator to the team.
Glenda Hatchett represents the family of Philando Castile, who was fatally shot during a traffic stop on July 6 in suburban St. Paul. Hatchett had asked for a special prosecutor to handle the case.
On Friday, Ramsey County Attorney John Choi announced he'd keep the case but add a special prosecutor to help investigate.
Hatchett called the decision a step in the right direction. She said she listened to Choi's reasons for keeping the case and believes his decision represents a good middle ground.
SAN DIEGO OFFICERS SHOT
Possible second suspect is holed up in home
SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman says a "potential" second suspect in the fatal shooting of an officer and wounding of another is in a house that is surrounded.
Zimmerman announced Friday that evidence led them to the home but she did not give any details.
Zimmerman says the first suspect is in custody, hospitalized in critical condition with a gunshot wound.
The shooting occurred late Thursday night when two uniformed gang suppression officers reported they were making a stop — but the chief says it's uncertain whether it was a vehicle stop or a pedestrian stop.
The officers almost immediately called for emergency help.
The officer who died was a 16-year veteran.
The surviving officer is a nine-year veteran. The police chief says he's expected to survive.
Russia: we will work with UN on Syria corridors
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Defense Ministry says it is willing to work with the United Nations on setting up humanitarian corridors in Aleppo.
Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying Friday that Russia is "ready for close and constructive cooperation with all international humanitarian organizations and, of course, with the office of the U.N. special envoy on Syria."
The envoy, Staffan de Mistura, has suggested that Russia leave the job to the United Nations.
Russia on Thursday said its forces and those of the Syrian government would open humanitarian corridors outside Aleppo and offer a way-out for fighters wanting to surrender.
Antonov said Friday that the humanitarian corridors would allow people to enter Aleppo as well as to leave the northern Syrian city.
Workers charged in Flint water crisis suspended
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials say four public employees charged with crimes related to Flint's lead-contaminated water crisis have been suspended without pay.
The Environmental Quality and Health and Human Services departments said Friday that two workers from each department are off the job for now. They are Adam Rosenthal and Patrick Cook from the DEQ and Nancy Peeler and Robert Scott from HHS.
The Associated Press couldn't reach the employees for comment.
The two other people charged Friday had either already retired or were fired.
Attorney General Bill Schuette's office filed the charges. He says they hid the truth about Flint's problems.
The struggling city used the Flint River water for 18 months to save money. Residents consumed improperly treated water that released lead as it coursed through aging pipes.
Elevated levels of the toxin were discovered in children.
Three public workers previously were charged.
Condit lawyer: Client not a suspect in Levy case
McLEAN, Va. (AP) — A lawyer for former Congressman Gary Condit of California says his client is not a suspect in the death of Washington intern Chandra Levy, even though prosecutors have dropped all charges against the man who once stood convicted of the slaying.
In a statement Friday, the lawyer said Condit remains "completely exonerated" in the death of Levy, who disappeared in 2001 and whose body was found in 2002 in Rock Creek Park.
Condit, who had a relationship with Levy, was once a suspect in her disappearance, but police eventually cleared him.
In 2009, they charged Ingmar Guandique, who had been convicted of attacks on women in Rock Creek Park. But the conviction was overturned amid questions about testimony from a jailhouse informant. On Thursday, prosecutors dropped all charges against Guandique.
NEW: Italian bank Monte Paschi worst performer in stress tests
MILAN (AP) — Italy's troubled lender Monte dei Paschi di Siena was by far the worst performer in a stress test of EU banks, but sought to get ahead of the poor result with the announcement Friday evening of a 5 billion euro capital increase.
The money injection from private sources avoids a potentially painful EU rescue that would have imposed losses on creditors like bondholders. The Italian treasury in a statement said it was satisfied with the deal and that no state money would be necessary to help the bank.
The EU-wide stress tests showed that most European banks were strong enough to withstand a sharp drop in the economy and markets.
Beyond Monte dei Paschi, Ireland's Allied Irish Bank and Britain's Royal Bank of Scotland also proved to be financially shaky.
UPDTE: Stocks end mostly higher
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are ending mostly higher as the energy sector recovered along with the price of oil and tech giants Alphabet and Amazon turned in solid results.
Oil and gas companies turned higher Friday as the price of crude oil managed to post some gains after a monthlong plunge. Schlumberger gained 2 percent and Chevron rose 1 percent.
Google parent Alphabet rose 3 percent and Amazon rose 1 percent after both companies reported earnings that were better than analysts were expecting.
The Dow Jones industrial average lost 24 points, or 0.1 percent, 18,432.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 3 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,173, but ended the week down after four straight weekly gains.
The Nasdaq composite rose 7 points, or 0.1 percent, to 5,162.