7.29.16:  Hillary accepted the Democratic nomination



Hillary Clinton kicked off her campaign as the official Democratic presidential nominee by referring to the difficult political and other division in the U.S. and insisting that progress is possible.

She presented herself as an experienced leader in volatile times, who can unify the country.


Clinton now heads out on a bus tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania.  She will be accompanied by running mate Tim Kaine and their spouses.  Clinton says their themes will include economic opportunity, diversity and national security.

7.29.16:  One police officer dead following shooting



SAN DIEGO (AP) — One police officer has died and another remains in surgery after being shot in a San Diego neighborhood, authorities said early Friday.

The San Diego Police Department gave an update on the officers on its Twitter account, but offered no additional details.

The shooting occurred late Thursday night.

There was no immediate word on what touched off the violence, which occurred around 11 p.m. PDT in the southeastern part of town.

Police searched the area for suspects and urged residents to stay indoors.

Video footage showed officers out in force with numerous squad cars with emergency lights flashing lining a street, officers on foot, and a helicopter buzz overhead.

Police spokesmen did not immediately return calls for further comment, but the department said in a Twitter posting that one suspect was in custody and other possible suspects were being sought.


7.28.16:  Big night for Hillary Clinton



After days of build-up, Hillary Clinton is set to face the nation tonight to accept the Democratic Presidential nomination at the party’s convention in Philadelphia.

Aids say Clinton will detail her proposals to improve the nation’s economy and security as she lays out her vision for the future.


Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm and U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow from Michigan are both expected to be on state tonight.

7.28.16:   Ford’s 2Q profit falls on trouble in US, China



DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Co.’s net income fell 9 percent to $2.0 billion in the second quarter as the company struggled with flattening U.S. sales and lower sales in China.

The profit, of 52 cents per share, compared to a profit of 54 cents per share in the April-June period year ago. That missed Wall Street’s expectation of a 60-cent profit, according to analysts polled by FactSet.

Revenue was up 6 percent to $39.5 billion, beating analysts’ expectations. Ford sold 1.7 million vehicles during the quarter, which was flat from a year ago.

Ford’s Chief Financial Officer Bob Shanks said after an unprecedented growth streak, the U.S. market is starting to plateau. Ford responded in the second quarter with increased incentive spending, which helped it match rivals’ pricing but impacted profits.





7.27.16:  Emergency declared on 2 California wildfires



BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — Acting California Gov. Tom Torlakson has declared a state of emergency for both major wildfires burning in the state.

The declaration issued Tuesday frees up state resources and temporarily sets aside regulations for the firefight and the recovery.

The fire in Monterey County near Big Sur has burned 20 homes and is threatening a scenic stretch of coastline.

The blaze in Los Angeles County destroyed 18 homes and killed one person.

Torlakson, the state’s superintendent of public instruction, is acting as the state’s chief executive because Gov. Jerry Brown and several other top officials who would normally replace him are all at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.


7.27.16:  Shooting deaths of law enforcement spike in 2016



NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A new report says shooting deaths of law enforcement officers have spiked 78 percent in the first half of 2016 compared to last year.

The data released Wednesday by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund also details an increase in ambush-style assaults like the ones that killed eight officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

According to the report , 32 officers died in firearms-related incidents so far this year including 14 that were ambush-style attacks.

During the same period last year, 18 officers were shot and killed in the line of duty including three that were considered ambush attacks.

However, the data shows that firearms-related deaths are still lower than they were during previous decades like the 1970s.


7.27.16:  Hillary Clinton wins nomination



(AP) – Hillary Clinton made history as the first woman nominated to lead a major American political party toward the White House.

The roll call vote was taken last night at the Democratic National Convention and Clinton formally captured the Democratic nomination.

Former President Bill Clinton gave a speech, headlining the second night of the convention.

President Barack Obama heads to the convention today and will issue a speech supporting Clinton.

Meanwhile, a large group of Bernie Sanders delegates and supporters rejected the call to unify behind Hillary and staged a sit-in at a nearby media tent.

7.26.16:  Tim LaHaye dies following stroke



SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Rev. Tim LaHaye, co-author of the best-selling “Left Behind” series that brought end-times prophecy into mainstream bookstores, has died at the age of 90.

LaHaye died Monday in a San Diego, California, hospital, days after suffering a stroke, according to his publicist.

Co-authored with Jerry Jenkins, the 16-volume “Left Behind” series of novels sold more than 80 million copies and popularized a Bible interpretation that said born-again Christians will be instantly taken to God in the rapture, while those left behind on earth endure seven years of tribulation.

LaHaye was a key figure in conservative political groups, encouraging the Rev. Jerry Falwell to create the Moral Majority and, along with his wife, Beverly, starting Concerned Women for America in 1979 as an alternative to liberal feminist organizations.



7.26.16:  Sanders encourages unity



-The Democratic National Convention continues in Philadelphia and last night Bernie Sanders spoke to the delegates saying that the party needs to unite and that Hillary Clinton will make an outstanding president.

Sander is trying to urge his avid supporters to tone down their passion and that it is time for the party to rally behind Hillary Clinton.

Also addressing the crowd on the first night, was first lady Michelle Obama.

7.26.16:  General Mills expands flour recall after 4 more illnesses



MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — General Mills is expanding a flour recall issued over a possible link to an E. coli outbreak after four new illnesses were reported.

The recall announced Monday covers several varieties of Gold Medal and Signature Kitchens flour produced on certain dates through February 10.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said flour produced at a General Mills plant in Kansas City, Missouri, is a likely source of the outbreak, which so far has sickened 46 people in 21 states.

The CDC says 13 have been hospitalized, and one person has developed a type of kidney failure. No deaths have been reported.

General Mills says the illnesses have been connected with consumers who ate or handled uncooked dough or ate uncooked batter made with raw flour.