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Conservation Work Completed On Auschwitz Barracks
The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum says conservation work has been completed on half of a wooden barracks that housed prisoners at the former Nazi German death camp during World War II. The restored half had been on loan to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., for more than 20 years before it was returned in 2013 to its original site in southern Poland, under German occupation during the war. A spokesman for the Auschwitz museum, Pawel Sawicki, said Tuesday that conservation work on the half that was returned from the U.S. was completed in mid-July and it will open to study groups in August, following a gathering this week of Catholic youth in the area with Pope Francis. Philadelphia Inquirer

Delegate Slams DNC For Not Donating Leftover Food To Poor
The Democratic Party tossed out leftover food after a welcome party for delegates at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Sunday, leaving at least one delegate fuming. “I was a hungry child. Went to bed hungry many a night,” Timothy Baumgardner, a Washington state delegate, told The Post. “I fed people from the garbage.” He said he asked the caterer whether the food could be donated to the poor, but was told that wasn’t allowed. “Sad,” Baumgardner said. NY Post

Michelle Obama Jabs At Trump Without Ever Mentioning His Name
 Michelle Obama delivered an unexpectedly emotional endorsement of Hillary Clinton Monday night, saying the next president will have to make sound judgments that will affect her kids on critical issues that “cannot be boiled down to 140 characters.” The first lady brought Democratic delegates to their feet without ever mentioning Donald Trump by name, while making it clear the Republican presidential nominee doesn’t measure up. The “140 characters” dig was aimed directly at Trump, who has 10.2 million Twitter followers and delivers his views via tweets several times a day. Mrs. Obama contrasted that with Clinton, who ran against Barack Obama in a rough campaign eight years earlier. NY Post

Sarandon Waits To Be Convinced To Back Clinton
Susan Sarandon says she's to be persuaded to support Hillary Clinton before giving her vote. The actress is attending the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia and has been taking part in demonstrations with various groups. Sarandon has been an outspoken supporter of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. In an interview with left-leaning website Democracy Now, she says she wants to see what Clinton's plans for are on issues such as fracking and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. She says she wants to be "convinced" by the likely Democratic nominee. In a separate interview with left-wing online network, The Young Turks, Sarandon calls the leaked e-mails that show the Democratic National Committee and chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz strongly backing Clinton for the party bid, "disgusting." But she adds, "it doesn't come as a surprise." Tampa Tribune

Party Of Clinton Looks Different Than In 1992
As Bill Clinton prepares to take the stage here Tuesday night at the Democratic convention, he’ll be appealing to a party that’s drifted far from the more moderate, new Democratic movement that he led during the 1990s en route to two terms as president. The question is whether the 42nd president in 2016 can resonate with a more progressive party, while still reaching the conservative Democrats who enthusiastically backed him and now say they won’t support his wife. Clinton has spoken at every nominating convention since 1988, and a review of his remarks demonstrates just how different the party’s message is today. USA Today

Personal Attacks Shadow Hillary Clinton'sBbig Moment
Feminists here to see Hillary Clinton become the first major-party female presidential nominee worry that the historic sound of her breaking what she calls “the hardest glass ceiling’’ is being drowned out by insults — “Liar!” “Crook!’’ and worse. “We always knew this would happen to the first woman,’’ says Eleanor Smeal, a founder of the modern U.S. feminist movement. “She would have to be the most qualified, and she would be the most vilified.’’ And now, "she alone is catching all the crap — all the sexism, all the misogyny,'' said Terry O'Neill, president of the National Organization for Women. Clinton has been vilified from the bright floor of the Republican convention — where delegates repeatedly chanted “Lock her up!’’— to the dark side of Twitter. There, some detractors have moved from casually calling her a five-letter word beginning with “b’’ to a four-letter one beginning with “c.’’ USA Today

Merchants Still Awaiting Credit Card Chip Reader Approval
Since the introduction of the new chip-enabled debit and credit cards, many consumers have expected to pay for purchases by inserting the chip into a card reader. While several merchants do have chip readers installed, many still ask consumers to swipe their card's magnetic strip. This is because every card reader system must be approved by a credit card company, and a large number of them have not. Estimates show that there are currently five million chip readers installed in retail outlets across the U.S., but only around one million have been approved and activated. Since the magnetic strip is less secure than chips, transactions paid in this method are more open to fraudulent transactions. Atlanta Journal

Re-Elected Vietnam Prime Minister Vows To Defen Sovereignty
Vietnam's prime minister vowed to defend the country's sovereignty in the South China Sea as he was re-elected Tuesday by the rubber-stamp National Assembly.
In his acceptance speech broadcast live on state television, Nguyen Xuan Phuc called on parties to respect and comply with international law and not to further complicate the situation. "We must resolutely and firmly defend our independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, be determined to defend Vietnam's sovereignty in the East Sea and call on parties to respect and comply with international law and not to further complicate the situation," Phuc said referring to the South China Sea in Vietnamese term. An international tribunal two weeks ago rejected China's sweeping claims in the South China Sea in a case initiated by the Philippines. Vietnam is among the other claimants in the disputed area. China is ignoring the ruling, saying The Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration has no authority in the matter. Houston Chronicle

Kerry: Progress With Russia On Syria Despite Military Doubts
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said progress is being made with Russia on a potential military partnership that could strengthen a faltering truce in Syria despite grave doubts expressed by the Pentagon and joint chiefs of staff. Speaking Tuesday after meeting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Laos, Kerry made no promises of success but said he hoped discussions with Russia could produce a tangible result in the next week to 10 days. "My hope would be that somewhere in early August — the first week or so, somewhere in there — we would be in a position to be able stand up in front of you and tell you what we're able to do with the hopes that it can make a difference to the lives of people in Syria and to the course of the war," he said. Houston Chroncile

Hillary Clinton To VFW: ‘I Don’t Understand People Who Trash-Talk America’
Hillary Clinton appealed for support Monday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Convention in Charlotte, where she also repeatedly criticized rival Donald Trump’s statements and positions without mentioning his name. It was Clinton’s second appearance in Charlotte this month and came three days before she’s set to accept the Democratic nomination for president. Trump, speaking in Winston-Salem on Monday night with Gov. Pat McCrory and U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, is scheduled to address the VFW on Tuesday. Their repeated visits to North Carolina highlight the state’s growing importance as one of the few battlegrounds that could go blue or red in November. Polls show the candidates are virtually tied in North Carolina. Charlotte Observer

Kerry Says N. Korea Should Learn From Iran, End Nuclear Arms
North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons — when the world is trying to rid itself of them — is "very provocative and deeply concerning," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday, warning that there will be consequences if it does not stop. Kerry, who was in the Laotian capital to attend an Asia-Pacific security conference that includes North Korea, said its actions present a very serious threat not just to this region, but also to international peace and security. He said North Korea should learn from Iran, also a bitter enemy but with whom the United States and other countries made a deal to end its nuclear program. "Iran, a powerful and well developed country with a long history of thousands of years," has decided it would not pursue nuclear weapons in order to have economic sanctions lifted, Kerry said. "So countries can do this. But North Korea alone ... the only country in the world defying the international movement towards responsibility, continues to develop its own weapon, continues to develop its missiles, continues the provocative actions," he said. Charlotte Observer

After Turmoil, Sanders, Mrs. Obama, Warren Thrill Convention
Seeking to bridge deep Democratic divides, Bernie Sanders robustly embraced his former rival Hillary Clinton Monday night as a champion for the same economic causes that enlivened his supporters, signaling it was time for them, too, to rally behind her in the campaign against Republican Donald Trump. "Any objective observer will conclude that — based on her ideas and her leadership — Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States," he declared in a headlining address on the opening night of the Democratic convention. Sanders joined a high-wattage lineup of speakers, including first lady Michelle Obama who made a forceful, impassioned case for the Democratic nominee. Mrs. Obama's address all but wiped away earlier tumult in the convention hall that had exposed lingering tensions between Clinton and Sanders supporters. Kansas City Star

Regulators Want To Allow More Toxic Chemicals In Florida’s Water
A state panel will decide Tuesday whether to allow polluters to increase the level of toxic chemicals they dump into Florida rivers and lakes as part of the first update of the state’s water quality standards in 24 years. The governor-appointed Environmental Regulatory Commission will vote on a rule proposed by state regulators that would increase the number of regulated chemicals allowed in drinking water from 54 to 92 chemicals and raise the allowed limits on more than two dozen known carcinogens — all currently regulated — from levels that are from 20 percent to 1,100 percent higher than current standards. The agency is reducing the allowed limits on 13 currently regulated chemicals, two of which are considered carcinogens. The dozens of chemicals are among those released by oil and gas drilling companies (including fracking operations), dry cleaning companies, pulp and paper producers, wastewater treatment plants and agriculture. Many of these industries have come out in support of the new rule. Miami Herald

Russian Diplomat Scoffs At DNC Hack Allegations
Russia's top diplomat is declining to fully comment on allegations that Russia was behind the hack of Democratic National Committee emails. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (SEHR'-gay LAHV'-rahf) is suggesting a proper response would involve vulgar language. Lavrov was about the allegations as he began a meeting on Tuesday in Laos with Secretary of State John Kerry. Lavrov answered in English: "Well, I don't want to use four-letter words."  SF Gate

Warren Makes Case For Clinton, Derides Trump As Selfish
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren made an impassioned case for Hillary Clinton on Monday, hailing her as a tenacious fighter on behalf of working people while dismissing presidential rival Donald Trump as someone who "cares about himself every minute of every day." Warren, a favorite among liberals, told the Democratic National Convention that the party must unite around Clinton after a divisive primary with Bernie Sanders. Warren called Clinton "one of the smartest, toughest, most tenacious people on this planet," contrasting her decades-long record of public service with Trump, who she described as "a man who has never sacrificed anything for anyone." In the convention's keynote address, Warren told an excited crowd: "I'm with Hillary. This choice is personal. It's about who we are as a people." SF Gate
Protesters March On Democratic National Convention
Sweltering in Philly took on new meaning Monday as supporters of Bernie Sanders vented their anger at the email scandal that cost party chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz her job -- then turned up the heat at the opening of the Democratic National Convention. The protesters marched toward the convention site from City Hall downtown, with the crowd numbering close to 2,000 by late afternoon. By late afternoon, hundreds of demonstrators were face to face with police on bikes. Five were arrested and placed in plastic handcuffs after they jumped a barrier that was erected just moments earlier. In total, 40 reportedly were taken into custody. Fox News

Congressman Who Once Feared Guam Could Capsize Compares Jewish Settlers To 'Termites'
A Democratic member of the House Armed Services Committee compared Jewish Israeli settlers to termites on Monday while speaking at an event sponsored by an anti-Israel organization that supports boycotts of the Jewish state. Rep. Hank Johnson, D- Ga., launched into a tirade against Israel and its policies toward the Palestinians, comparing Jewish people who live in disputed territories to “termites” that destroy homes. Johnson also compared Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, a remark that drew vocal agreement from those in the room. Fox News

Michelle Obama Could Be Hillary Clinton's Ace In The Hole
Cleveland (CNN)When Michelle Obama takes the stage at the Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia Monday on night one of the Democratic National Convention, she'll do so facing a dual challenge: making the case for Hillary Clinton and defending her husband's legacy. A White House official familiar with the first lady's speech says Obama will focus on the role a president plays in the lives of children by "shaping their values and aspirations" and "why she believes Hillary Clinton is the leader with the character, temperament, and experience to best fill that role." Temperament and experience is something Michelle Obama has been referencing a lot these days -- dipping her toe into 2016 politics by taking veiled shots at Donald Trump in speeches over the past few months. CNN

Sources: US Officials Warned DNC Of Hack Months Before The Party Acted
Federal investigators tried to warn the Democratic National Committee about a potential intrusion in their computer network months before the party moved to try to fix the problem, US officials briefed on the probe tell CNN. The revelation raises questions about whether the DNC could have done more to limit the damage done by hackers suspected of working for Russian intelligence. The DNC brought in consultants from the private security firm CrowdStrike in April. And by the time suspected Russian hackers were kicked out of the DNC network in June, the hackers had been inside for about a year. A person briefed on the DNC's response says the warning from the FBI and other agencies wasn't specific, and that the extent of the problem wasn't clear when the initial warnings came. DNC officials hired outside help after additional indications surfaced that their systems were compromised. CNN

U.S. Hits Record 129 Months Since Last Major Hurricane Strike
No major hurricane has made landfall in the continental United States for a record-breaking 129 months, according to data going back to 1851 compiled by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The last major hurricane to make landfall on the continental United States was Hurricane Wilma, which slammed into Florida on Oct. 24, 2005--129 months ago. The 2016 hurricane season--which officially opened on June 1 and ends on November 30--is expected to be “near normal”, with more hurricane activity than last year’s “below normal” season. “The outlook calls for a 45% chance of a near-normal season, a 30% chance of an above-normal season, and a 25% chance of a below-normal season,” according to NOAA’s 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook. CNS News

Trump On Proposed Immigration Ban: Constitution Doesn't 'Give Us The Right To Commit Suicide'
GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump on Sunday defended his proposal to ban immigration from countries “compromised by terrorism,” saying it is “an expansion,” not a rollback of his original proposal to ban all foreign Muslims from entering the U.S. “I actually don't think it's a rollback. In fact, you could say it's an expansion. I'm looking now at territories. People were so upset when I used the word Muslim. Oh, you can't use the word Muslim. Remember this - and I'm okay with that, because I'm talking territory instead of Muslim - but just remember this: Our Constitution is great, but it doesn't necessarily give us the right to commit suicide, okay?” Trump told NBC’s “Meet the Press.” CNS News

One Of New York City's Busiest Subway Lines To Shut For 18 Months
One of New York City's busiest subway lines will cease running between Manhattan and Brooklyn for 18 months starting in 2019, transit officials said on Monday, creating a massive service disruption in an already overtaxed system. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said it will close a tunnel underneath the East River that carries the L train to fix extensive damage caused by flooding during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The move will disrupt the commute for some 225,000 weekday riders who travel between downtown Manhattan and Williamsburg, a popular neighborhood that has seen enormous growth in recent years. CNS News

New York City Police Upgrade Gear After Texas, Louisiana Shootings
The New York City Police Department has acquired $7 million in military-style protective equipment for patrol officers in response to recent shooting attacks on police in Baton Rouge and Dallas earlier this month, officials said on Monday. "You name it, we're buying it," Police Commissioner William Bratton told a news conference. "There's not a police department in America that is spending as much money, as much thought and interest on this issue of officer safety." Bratton said the NYPD has purchased 20,000 military-style helmets, 6,000 heavy duty bullet-proof vests, trauma kits and ballistic doors and windows for patrol cars. He said the new bullet-proof vests are capable of stopping rounds fired from the type of weapon used in the Baton Rouge shooting that killed three officers and the Dallas shooting that left five officers dead and seven wounded. Reuters

More Than A Million Moms At Risk Of Zika, Study Finds
As many as 1.65 million women in Latin America could be infected with Zika while pregnant, meaning tens of thousands of pregnancies could be at risk, researchers said Monday. It's the first real estimate of just how many actual pregnancies are at real risk, based on birth rates in each country and other factors. Brazil's likely to be the worst affected, the team at the University of Notre Dame and Britain's University of Southampton found. The team calculated the subset of women who get pregnant every year and who go on to have a baby -- many pregnancies end in miscarriage. Reuters

Millennials Are Less Likely To Support Gun Control Than You'd Think
Four years ago a man pointed a gun at Ryan Bradley and called him a "white devil." Ever since, he's been passionate about gun rights. "I never want to be in that situation again," Bradley, 24, told NBC News. "Luckily, he didn't shoot me but I can guarantee you if there was any gun laws on the books he would probably still have his gun." Sarah Clements, 20, became a gun control activist after her mother, a second grade teacher, survived the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. MSNBC

Democratic Unity To Be Tested On Opening Day Of Convention
Democrats' hard-won and still unset party unity will be tested on the first day of their National Convention on Monday as Bernie Sanders takes the stage while his delegates threaten disruptions — even after the ouster of the party's chairwoman a day earlier. Democrats are hoping to draw a sharp contrast with the discord Republicans experienced during their own convention last week in Cleveland, and polls show the Democratic voters are lining up behind presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton. But a vocal minority of objectors still threaten the fragile order. MSNBC

Wasserman Schultz Gives Up DNC Gavel
She was ousted from her job as party chief, shouted down by enraged delegates — and now Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has given up the gavel at the convention, which kicks off Monday afternoon. Ms. Wasserman Schultz told the Florida Sun-Sentinel she doesn’t want to be the cause of a scene as the convention begins. She was likely to face a fierce round of jeers, particularly from delegates backing Sen. Bernard Sanders, whose belief that she was working against their champion appeared to be confirmed by leaked DNC emails over the last few days. “I have decided that in the interest of making sure that we can start the Democratic convention on a high note that I am not going to gavel in the convention,” Ms. Wasserman Schultz told the newspaper. Washington Times

Michael Jordan Issues Statement On Racial Tensions In U.S., ‘Cowardly’ Attacks On Cops
NBA legend Michael Jordan waded into racial politics in America on Monday by issuing a statement on anti-cop violence and black men killed by law enforcement personnel. Mr. Jordan announced on the sports website The Undefeated that he has donated $1 million each to the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s Institute for Community-Police Relations and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. He then wrote on racial relations, which “seem to be getting worse” in recent years.
“As a proud American, a father who lost his own dad in a senseless act of violence, and a black man, I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers. I grieve with the families who have lost loved ones, as I know their pain all too well,” Mr. Jordan said. Washington Times

Trump Scores Higher Facebook Interactions Than Clinton
Before the Republican National Convention, GOP presidential nominee, Donald Trump, held more social media clout on Facebook compared to his campaign rival Hillary Clinton, whom he is fond of referring to as "crooked Hillary." By the first day of the Democratic National Convention, both candidates have been able to continue to grow their social media exposure through Facebook, according to the social media giant itself. Trump has surged on Facebook engagement, due largely to a fairly dramatic Republican National Convention. CBS

Marissa Mayer's Mllions: Money Well Spent?
In her four years as CEO of Yahoo (YHOO), Marissa Mayer reportedly collected $162 million in compensation. She could earn an additional $57 million if she leaves the Internet company following its acquisition by telecommunications giant Verizon (VZ). Did Yahoo shareholders get their money's worth? Mayer, a Google (GOOGL) executive who was heralded for her vision in taking the helm at Yahoo in 2012, had no more success returning the company to its former glory than the four other CEOs who preceded her. By contrast, her advocates will note that Yahoo shares, which had idled for years before she came aboard, have more than doubled under Mayer's watch. CBS

Democratic Convention Hits Rocky Start, With Boos From Sanders Supporters
The Democratic National Convention got off to a rough start Monday amid tensions over an email scandal involving outgoing Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Bernie Sanders supporters angry over the primary process. Every time Hillary Clinton and her running mate, Tim Kaine, were mentioned onstage, a round of boos followed. At different points as different people spoke, Sanders supporters broke into chants of "Bernie! Bernie!" Some delegates shouted "No TPP" in protest of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal decried by Republican nominee Donald Trump as well. The fractious start comes days after a leak of Democratic National Committee emails that appeared to show Wasserman Schultz and other committee officials showing favor to Clinton and trying to undercut Sanders' bid. ABC

'Beyond A Reasonable Doubt,' Russians Hacked DNC, Analyst Says
It was the keyboards that gave them away. Russian hackers, typing on keyboards configured in Cyrillic and doing it in a time zone consistent with Moscow, created the “eloquent” code that breached the computers of the Democratic National Committee, according to a top analyst who investigated the hack. “This was absolutely not an amateur operation … When you look at the totality of all those pieces and you put them together, it kind of paints a really good picture of who the actor was,” Michael Buratowski, the senior vice president of cybersecurity services at Fidelis Cybersecurity, told ABC News Monday. “I come from a law enforcement background, and it’s [about being] beyond a reasonable doubt. And I would say it’s beyond a reasonable doubt … I’m very confident that the malware that we looked at [was from] Russian actors.” ABC

A Year After Iran Deal, Oil Flows But The Money’s Stuck
A jump in oil exports, business deals signed with global companies and inflation tamed: One year since Iranian negotiators gathered with the world’s top diplomats to unveil their nuclear accord and Iran’s economy is on the mend. That’s the good news for President Hassan Rouhani in the final year of his first term. Not so welcome are the foreign banks deterred from lending by remaining U.S. sanctions, Congressional threats of new curbs, and the billions of dollars held in foreign accounts yet to reach Iran. Jobs are scarce. “On the whole, the economic consequences have been disappointing but there was over-optimism,” says Robert Powell, Middle East and Africa regional manager at the Economist Intelligence Unit. “Many in Iran probably expected too much, too soon.” Bloomberg

Florida State Judge Rules Bitcoin Doesn’t Qualify As Money
A Florida judge threw out state money-laundering charges against a man who was accused of illegally selling more than $1,500 in bitcoins to undercover detectives, concluding the virtual currency doesn’t qualify as money. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Teresa Mary Pooler cleared Michell Espinoza in what prosecutors called the first state money-laundering prosecution involving the virtual currency. "Bitcoin may have some attributes in common with what we commonly refer to as money, but differ in many important aspects," Pooler said in a ruling made public Monday. "They are certainly not tangible wealth and cannot be hidden under a mattress like cash and gold bars." Bloomberg

Verizon Could Boost Yahoo Ad Targeting, But Challenges Ahead
Verizon's deal for Yahoo could give the phone company a stronger foothold in digital advertising as it takes what it knows about its customers' whereabouts and combines that with Yahoo's popular destinations and AOL's advertising expertise. To boost traffic and revenue even more, Verizon could also ship some phones with Yahoo apps already installed. Ultimately, Verizon could do what Yahoo alone could not: make money off its highly trafficked properties, such as Yahoo Sports and Yahoo Finance. But Verizon also faces the same challenges a stand-alone Yahoo had: how to get better ad rates through personalization and targeting, when Google and Facebook are already adept at that. Las Vegas Sun

At Least 15 Killed, Dozens Injured In Knife Attack Near Tokyo
Japan's national broadcaster NHK reports that 15 people were killed and 45 injured in a knife attack Tuesday at a facility for the handicapped in Sagamihara, just outside Tokyo. The report said police have arrested a knife-wielding man after he turned himself in. NHK said the suspect, 26, is a former employee at the facility, Tsukui Yamayuri-en, on suspicion of attempted murder. Television footage showed a number of ambulances parked outside the facility, with medics and other rescue workers running in and out. Kyodo News agency reported that 19 people are dead and 20 injured, including those in a condition of heart and lung failures. Las Vegas Sun

Al Gore Endorses Hillary Clinton For President
Although he won't be attending the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this week, former party presidential candidate Al Gore voiced his endorsement of Hillary Clinton on Monday. The 2000 Democratic nominee and vice president in the administration of Clinton's husband expressed his support on Twitter Monday afternoon. "I am not able to attend this year's Democratic convention, but I will be voting for Hillary Clinton," Gore wrote. "Given her qualifications and experience -- and given the significant challenges facing our nation and the world, including, especially, the global climate crisis, I encourage everyone else to do the same." UPI News

Most Gun Crimes Not Committed By Legal Gun Owner, Pittsburgh Study Says
The majority of people using guns in crimes are not the weapons' legal owners, a University of Pittsburgh study reveals. An analysis of 762 crimes conducted by the college's Graduate School of Public Health shows that in nearly 80 percent of the crimes in which a gun was recovered by the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Firearm Tracking Unit in 2008, the perpetrator was not the lawful owner of the gun. UPI News

New Term, 'Vichy Republican,' Enters US Election Lexicon
Historians are typically wary of drawing World War II parallels to contemporary politics, but at least one– US documentarian Ken Burns– is convinced we are living through exceptional times. The acclaimed storyteller of American history, who has directed public broadcasting hits The Civil War, The West and Baseball, has explicitly compared the ascension of Donald Trump in the Republican Party to the peaceful rise of Adolf Hitler in Germany and of Benito Mussolini in Italy. Jerusalem Post

Mortar Fire From Syria Falls In Israel; IAF Strikes Source Of Fire
A mortar shell fired from Syria fell near the border fence in the Israeli Golan Heights on Monday evening. The shell was an apparent stray, fired in the course of civil war battles in the area, the army said. Following the fire, an Israel Air Force aircraft struck the source of the fire, the IDF said. Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page. "The IDF views the Syran regime as responsible for its territory, and it will not tolerate any attempt to harm the sovereignty and security of Israel and its residents," the military said. Jerusalem Post

Ansbach Explosion: Bomber Pledged Allegiance To IS
The Syrian man who blew himself up in Ansbach, Germany, on Sunday made a video pledging allegiance to the leader of so-called Islamic State, Bavarian authorities say. The man threatened a "revenge attack" on Germans in the video, they said. Germany's federal prosecutor's office has taken on the case due to "the suspicion of membership of a foreign terrorist organisation". IS has claimed it was behind the attack and the Syrian was an IS "soldier". Fifteen people were injured, four of them seriously, when an explosive device in the man's rucksack, packed with shrapnel, went off close to a music festival in the small town, which is near Nuremberg.
If the attack is confirmed as IS-linked, it would be the first Islamist-inspired suicide bomb on German soil. BBC

Oil Price Drops To Three-Month Low On Oversupply Fears
Oil prices have fallen to a three-month low, hit by rising concerns that a global oversupply of both crude and natural gas will dampen prices. US oil fell 2.4% to $43.11 (£32.72) a barrel, its lowest level since April, meaning it has now fallen by 12% so far this month. Brent crude dropped 2.1% to $44.75, its lowest level since 10 May.
Shares in oil and firms also lost ground, with Exxon Mobil shares down 1.8% and Chevron down 2.6%. "Crude oil markets have been under pressure as oil supplies have started growing with the resumption of output from the capacity lost due to wildfires in the Canadian oil sands," said EY energy analyst Sanjeev Gupta. BBC

Why Trump's Bump In The Polls Is More Significant Than Ever
In the past week, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has risen 3.5 points in national polling averages. That might not sound like much, but it has been enough for him to nudge him 0.2 points ahead of Democrat Hillary Clinton. And Trump’s latest polling rise is particularly significant because it might be based on more honest survey respondents. Three major polls have been conducted since Trump delivered his nomination acceptance speech at the Republican national convention last Thursday (and a fourth poll was conducted from 18 to 24 July, so it included some respondents who might have also heard the speech). All four polls found that Trump was leading over Clinton. Together, they were enough to shift the average in Trump’s favor. Guardian

Florida Shooting: Two Dead And Up To 17 Injured Outside Fort Myers Nightclub
A shooting outside a nightclub in Fort Myers, Florida left two dead, including a 14-year-old boy, and as many as 17 injured, police said. Police responded to reports of an incident at Club Blu Bar and Grill, on Evans Avenue, at about 12.30am local time and found several victims with gunshot wounds. Two were confirmed dead; injuries ranged from minor to life-threatening. One of the victims was 12 years old, Cherly Garn, a spokeswoman for Lee Memorial Health System, told local station WINK. In a tweet, the station said: “Lee Memorial treated 16 nightclub shooting victims. Youngest 12, oldest 27. 4 still in hospital, 1 is critical and 1 is serious.” Guardian

Turkish Foreign Minister Says Purge Of Ambassadors Next
Turkey’s foreign minister has announced he will be removing ambassadors with connections to the failed coup, as he warned the US of a diplomatic crisis if it did not hand over its chief suspect. Mevlut Cavusoglu said ties with its Nato ally would suffer if Washington refused to extradite Fethullah Gulen, the exiled Islamic cleric accused by Turkey of masterminding the putsch from his home in rural Pennsylvania. Mr Gulen, 75, whose foundation runs a global network of schools, charities and media interests, has strongly denied the accusations. Telegraph

Newt Gingrich Says Ted Cruz Won't Be Welcome At Future Republican Party Events After Attempt To Undermine Donald Trump At Cleveland Convention
Donald Trump's first challenge after being crowned the Republican presidential nominee and delivering his vision for the White House will be to unite the party as fears grow following a chaotic convention in Cleveland that it may be permanently divided. Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker, told The Telegraph that Ted Cruz, the runner-up to Mr Trump, now faces being entirely marginalised. When asked whether Mr Cruz would be welcome at future Republican party events, Mr Gingrich said: "I doubt it." Telegraph

Syria: UN Aid Chief Calls For Weekly, 48-Hour Humanitarian Truce In Aleppo
Citing the alarming humanitarian conditions across Syria, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator today urged fresh momentum and action to protect civilians and ensure sustained aid access “before it's too late,” including through the establishment of a weekly, 48-hour pause of the fighting in eastern Aleppo, where food supplies are expected to run out next month. “The international community has shown unity of purpose before and must show it again, before it's too late and we face the prospect of losing another generation of Syrians to conflict and misery,” Stephen O'Brien, who is also the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, said in his briefing to the Security Council. UN  News

As Rio Games Approach, UN Calls For Cessation Of Hostilities During 'Olympic Truce'
Ahead of next month's start of the Olympics in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon today called for a worldwide cessation of hostilities and the of the President of the General Assembly, Mogens Lykketoft, appealed to all UN Member States to observe the historic 'Olympic Truce' during the Games. “A respite in fighting would manifest the values that the Games seek to promote: respect, friendship, solidarity and equality,” said Mr. Ban in his message. “I call for a push to match efforts to win medals on the playing fields with work to silence guns on the battlefields,” he added. UN News