Saturday, July 23
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."
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.
Ferry collision in New Jersey injures 17 passengers
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Officials say 17 passengers suffered mostly minor injuries when a privately-operated ferry struck a dock in New Jersey across from Manhattan.
Jersey City spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill says the NY Waterway ferry made a hard landing and hit a pier just before 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Injured passengers were taken to local hospitals. Morrill says most injuries appear minor although three people were removed on stretchers.
Coast Guard Petty Officer Steve Strohmaier says about 40 were aboard the Peter R. Weiss ferry when the collision happened. He says Coast Guard response teams will seek to determine the accident cause and whether any pollution was released.
The private ferries transport passengers to various locations, many along the Hudson River in New York and New Jersey.
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.
POLICE FUNERALS-BATON ROUGE
Garafola was a man who put others before self
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Baton Rouge sheriff's deputy killed six days earlier was remembered as a man who ran to help another officer when he could have stayed safe in the convenience store where he was working off-duty.
All 1,500 seats were filled in the Baptist church where a public funeral was held Saturday for Deputy Brad Garafola (gehr-uh-FOH'-luh). The walls were lined with additional mourners, many of them police who had come from across the country.
Gov. John Bel Edwards said strength and courage seem to have defined Garafola's life and death.
Sheriff Sid Gautreaux (gOH-troh) called him courageous, compassionate, brave and benevolent.
His brother-in-law, Jaye Cooper, said people called Garafola the neighborhood husband because he cut grass, caught snakes and did other chores around the neighborhood.
He said Garafola died "doing what Brad had always done — trying to help someone else."
BALTIMORE POLICE DEATH
Internal reviews underway for officers in police death case
BALTIMORE (AP) — Three Baltimore police officers cleared of criminal charges in the death of Freddie Gray now face internal administrative reviews.
The Baltimore Sun reports that Montgomery County police are leading investigations to determine whether Lt. Brian Rice and Officers Caesar Goodson Jr. and Edward Nero broke department rules when they arrested Gray and transported him in a police van last year.
Montgomery County officers are being assisted by Howard County police with the reviews. Internal investigations into the conduct of the other officers will begin after their trials conclude.
Baltimore police commissioner Kevin Davis will decide whether to discipline the officers based on what the outside agencies conclude.
So far, trials for four of the six officers charged in Freddie Gray's death have led to three acquittals and a mistrial.
UPDATE: 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.
10-day ban on public gatherings in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's Interior Ministry has issued a ban on public gatherings of all types for the next 10 days.
In a statement late Saturday, the ministry, which controls the police, says "any kind of public gathering and demonstration is banned," starting immediately.
The ban follows a suicide attack on a peaceful protest in Kabul by members of Afghanistan's ethnic Hazara community that killed at least 80 people and wounded hundreds. The Hazaras are Shiite Muslims, most Afghans are Sunnis.
The Islamic State group claims responsibility for Saturday's bombing, which marked the first time the extremists have struck Kabul and raising fears of their growing strength and capability in Afghanistan.
The attack was the deadliest to hit Kabul in 15 years of civil war.
Ex-Lebanon hostage Thomas Sutherland dies in Colorado
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Thomas Sutherland, who was held captive in Lebanon for more than six years until he was freed and returned home to become professor emeritus at Colorado State University, has died.
According to Colorado State University, Sutherland died in Fort Collins on Friday at the age of 85.
Sutherland taught animal science at CSU until he left to become dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Science at American University in Beirut, where he was taken hostage by Islamic terrorists in 1985 and held for more than six years.
Sutherland was one of a number of Americans in Lebanon — including Associated Press bureau chief Terry Anderson — who were kidnapped by terrorist groups in the 1980s.
When he was freed in 1991, Sutherland returned to CSU and served as professor emeritus. The Denver Post reported Sutherland took up acting in his early 70s and donated millions to area arts organizations.