Democrats Nominate Hillary Clinton, Despite Sharp Divisions | 26 July 2016 | Democrats formally nominated Hillary Clinton for president on Tuesday, looking to move beyond the lingering anger that has brought protests and dissension to their convention as they unite behind the first female candidate to represent a major American political party. Mrs. Clinton officially became the party's standard-bearer in a roll-call vote of delegates on the floor of the convention. During the voting, Senator Bernie Sanders, who rallied millions of voters to his side in his battle against Mrs. Clinton, could be seen tearing up with his wife, Jane, sitting by his side. Despite the show of unity, there were signs on Tuesday that the discord that marked the first two days of the convention could persist.
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Democratic National Convention: Clinton makes history by becoming the nominee | 26 July 2016 | Hillary Clinton on Tuesday became the first woman to be nominated for president by a major political party on an historic night that her campaign is hoping will reintroduce her to voters still deeply skeptical of her candidacy. During the roll call of states, Clinton secured the 2,383 delegates needed to secure the Democratic nomination when the South Dakota delegation cast its votes. In a bid to show party unity, Sen. Bernie Sanders, the runner-up for the nomination, appeared on the convention floor at the end of the process and made a motion to suspend the rules and declare Clinton the nominee by acclamation.
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Hollande: Deadly church attack in France carried out in name of ISIS | 26 July 2016 | One of the two suspects in the church attack that left a priest dead in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, France, has been identified via fingerprints as 19-year-old Adel Kermiche, a French anti-terrorism prosecutor said Tuesday. Kermiche was known to anti-terror authorities after two attempts in 2015 to travel abroad -- at least once to Syria -- using a relative's identification, prosecutor Francois Molins said. Kermiche was wearing an "electronic tag" during the attack, he said. The second attacker has not been identified. French President Francois Hollande has said the deadly hostage incident at the Catholic church in the Normandy region was a terror attack committed in the name of ISIS.
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– Air conditioners as big a threat as ISIS, says Kerry: With nincompoops like this in charge, I fear for civilization itself. *** “Secretary of State John Kerry said in Vienna on Friday that air conditioners and refrigerators are as big of a threat to life as the threat of terrorism posed by groups like the […]
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A scorching heat wave over the mid-Atlantic and Northeast US shows no signs of relief. Persistent hot weather conditions have caused six deaths so far, according to media reports. 32.2 °C (90 °F) was recorded in Cleveland on July 24, 2016. The day was the...... Read more »
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Breaking: Hillary Clinton Makes History as First Female U.S. Presidential Nominee --Clinton makes history, secures U.S. Democrats' White House nomination | 26 July 2016 | Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton secured the Democratic Party's 2016 nomination for the White House on Tuesday, becoming the first woman to head the ticket of a major party in U.S. history. In a symbolic show of party unity, Clinton's former rival, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, told the chairwoman from the convention floor that Clinton should be selected as the party's nominee during a state-by-state roll call at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia. Earlier, delegates from South Dakota had given Clinton 15 votes, ensuring that she had more than the 2,383 votes needed to win the nomination. She emerged with a total of 2,842 votes to Sanders's 1,865 votes.
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Bomb threat caused NJ Transit train evacuation; man charged | 26 July 2016 | A man who forced the evacuation of a crowded NJ Transit train Monday evening after allegedly making a threat has been charged, officials said. Mohammed H. Mahmoud, 29, of South Amboy, has been charged with causing a false public alarm and interference with transportation, NJ Transit spokesman Jim Smith said Tuesday...On Monday, Port Authority police said a passenger on train 3363 en route to Bay Head made a "terroristic-type verbal threats" and mentioned a bomb shortly before the train stopped at the Newark Liberty International Airport stop.
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Around 3.8 billion years ago, an asteroid more than 150 miles across, roughly equal to the length of New Jersey, slammed into the Moon and created the Imbrium Basin—the right eye of the fabled Man in the Moon. This new size estimate, published in the journal Nature, suggests an Imbrium impactor that was two times larger in diameter and 10 times more massive than previous estimates.
"We show that Imbrium was likely formed by an absolutely enormous object, large enough to be classified as a protoplanet," said Pete Schultz, professor of earth, environmental and planetary sciences at Brown University. "This is the first estimate for the Imbrium impactor's size that is based largely on the geological features we see on the Moon." Previous estimates, Schultz said, were based solely on computer models and yielded a size estimate of only about 50 miles in diameter.
These new findings help to explain some of the puzzling geological features that surround the Imbrium Basin. The work also suggests—based on the sizes of other impact basins in the Moon, Mars and Mercury—that the early solar system was likely well stocked with protoplanet-sized asteroids.
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Thousands of demonstrators were marching in Yerevan late on July 25 in support of a group of gunmen who have occupied an Armenian police station for more than a week. The demonstrators chanted "unity" and called for bystanders to join them -- swelling their numbers as the march progressed along the streets of the Armenian capital and the demonstrators arrived at Yerevan's central Republic Square. It was the largest gathering of support for the gunmen since the crisis began on July 17.
The march began on July 25 after military helicopters were seen flying over the occupied police building. The presence of the helicopters prompted speculation that a military raid against the gunmen was imminent. The gunmen at the police station set a police van on fire near the building on July 25. Meanwhile, Armenian law enforcement agencies called on the gunmen not to take any steps that would "risk the lives of citizens or that stir up tensions."
One police officer was killed on July 17 when the gunmen, linked to the radical Founding Parliament opposition movement, stormed into the Erebuni police station. The gunmen took seven police officers as hostages but released the last of them on July 23 after negotiations with a senior officer in Armenia's armed forces.
The gunmen are members of a little-known group called Sasna Tsrer, dubbed by some the Daredevils of Sassoun, which is loyal to Founding Parliament's leader Zhirayr Sefilian.
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Prof. Nicholas Conard and members of his team, present the discovery of a tool used to make rope in today's edition of the journal: Archäologische Ausgrabungen Baden-Württemberg.
Rope and twine are critical components in the technology of mobile hunters and gatherers. In exceptional cases impressions of string have been found in fired clay and on rare occasions string was depicted in the contexts of Ice Age art, but on the whole almost nothing is known about string, rope and textiles form the Paleolithic.
A key discovery by Conard's team in Hohle Fels Cave in southwestern Germany and experimental research and testing by Dr. Veerle Rots and her team form the University of Liège is rewriting the history of rope.
The find is a carefully carved and beautifully preserved piece of mammoth ivory 20.4 cm in length with four holes between 7 and 9 mm in diameter. Each of the holes is lined with deep, and precisely cut spiral incisions. The new find demonstrates that these elaborate carvings are technological features of rope-making equipment rather than just decoration.
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With the scandals plaguing the Democratic National Convention - set to start in just over an hour - get stronger, so does the narrative that it was all Russia's fault the Democratic party was hacked.
As a result, as reported earlier today, the objective FBI said it is now investigating how thousands of DNC emails were hacked, a breach that Hillary Clinton's campaign maintains was committed by Russia to benefit Donald Trump. Indeed, as noted yesterday, Clinton's campaign, citing "experts", pointed to a massive hacking of DNC computers in June that cybersecurity firms linked to the Russian government.
Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta added fuel to the debate Monday, saying there was "a kind of bromance going on" between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Trump. The Clinton campaign says Russia favors Trump's views, especially on NATO.
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