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The Message Behind Hillary’s Neutral Pantsuit
Hillary Clinton eschewed the true-blue shades of liberals on Thursday’s Democratic National Convention. At least that’s the message she wanted her clothes to send to Independents and Trump-wary Republicans tuning in to her speech accepting her party’s nomination that night. Instead of opting for one of her signature bold hues, Clinton stepped out in gleaming white, a soothing, neutral beacon of hope amid a chaotic, volatile election season. (Her daughter Chelsea’s sheath was a bit more transparent in its aim: it was a resplendent Reagan red.) It was a smart choice. Clinton is a polarizing figure. But the soft suit — which looked like something Olivia Pope would wear more than, say, Angela Merkel — helped complete the image her husband and daughter painted of her as a devoted wife and mother and a tireless crusader (what emails?). NY Post
VOA VIEW: Liberal propaganda - Hillary is no real draw or concern.

Bill Cosby Drops Remainder Of Federal Suit Against Accuser
Comedian Bill Cosby on Thursday dropped the remaining counts of a lawsuit he filed against one of the women accusing him of sexual assault, along with several others, claiming they violated the terms of a confidential settlement in another lawsuit. The dismissal comes 10 days after U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno ruled that Cosby could not sue Andrea Constand, her mother, Gianna Constand, or her attorneys, Dolores Troiani and Bebe Kivitz, for speaking to investigators about her accusations. Cosby filed the suit in February, accusing the Constands, the lawyers and American Media Inc., publisher of the National Enquirer, of violating the terms of a 2006 confidential settlement. NY Post

Pope Visits Auschwitz, Prays At Saint's Cell
Pope Francis paid a somber visit to the Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau Friday, becoming the third consecutive pontiff to make the pilgrimage to the place where Adolf Hitler's forces killed more than 1 million people, most of them Jews. Francis entered the camp on foot, walking slowly beneath the notorious gate at Auschwitz bearing the cynical words "Arbeit Macht Frei." He prayed silently for more than 15 minutes before meeting with several survivors of the camp, greeting them one by one, shaking their hands and kissing them on the cheeks. He then carried a large white candle and placed it at the Death Wall, where prisoners were executed. Tampa Tribune
VOA VIEW: It was a terrible place and time.

Clinton Skates Through Her Program And Sticks Her Landing
After a historic night, the presidential campaign enters a new, and final, phase. But before attention shifts to the decisive 100-day sprint to Election Day, here's a look back on the last night of a Democratic convention that presented a starkly different portrait of America than the Republican convention that preceded it. Hillary Clinton gave the most important speech of her political career Thursday and did not blow it. The speech itself will not go down in history as great oratory; it was more like a talented figure skater working through required elements. There was at the top a plea for the restive Bernie Sanders supporters to join with her. She noted that the convention had approved a heavily Sanders-influenced platform and she promised that as president she would implement it. “Your cause is our cause,” she said. Tampa Tribune
VOA VIEW: Total waste of time.

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US Growth Is Thought To Have Rebounded In April-June Quarter
Fears about China, shrunken oil prices and turbulent markets held the U.S. economy to a sluggish pace at the start of the year. But the gloom seems to have lifted.
Economists think that the gross domestic product — the broadest gauge of economic activity — rebounded in the spring to more than twice the growth rate of the first three months of the year. GDP grew at a scant 1.1 percent annual pace in the January-March quarter but is thought to have accelerated to a 2.6 percent rate in the April-June quarter, according to economists surveyed by data firm FactSet. Atlanta Journal
VOA VIEW: Thank Trump.

At 90, Fidel Castro Is Symbol Of Cuban Resistance To Change
White-haired, thin and bent at nearly 90, Fidel Castro in person is a faint echo of the man who remade his country, defied the United States and fueled socialist uprisings around the world. But 10 years after he handed control to his brother Raul, Cuba's former leader has taken on a powerful new role in a country suffering an economic crisis and debating its direction in a new era of normalization with Washington. After a decade out of the public eye, Fidel Castro has surged back in the run-up to his Aug. 13 birthday as the inspiration for Cubans who want to maintain strict Communist orthodoxy in Cuba in the face of mounting pressures to loosen political control and allow more private enterprise.Houston Chronicle

Donald Trump Says He’d Like To Punch DNC Speakers
Democrats are targeting Donald Trump in their convention speeches, and the Republican presidential nominee is getting tired of it. He says he wanted to “hit” some of them “so hard their heads would spin.” Trump isn’t identifying any of them. But he tells a crowd in Iowa that one certain speaker – Trump describes him as “a little guy” who he used to work with – particularly bothered him. Might that be former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg? He had some dealings with Trump – a New York real estate developer – as the city’s leader. By the way, Bloomberg is listed as 5-foot-8. Trump earlier Thursday said “a lot of lies are being told” about him in the speeches at the Democratic National Convention this week. The Republican presidential nominee joked about it during a campaign rally in Davenport, Iowa. Charlotte Observer
VOA VIEW: Democrats have nothing better to talk about - Trump and Russia.

Deep Space Travel Could Be Bad For Your Yeart
Bad news, would-be astronauts: Traveling into deep space could be bad for your heart. In a study published Thursday in Scientific Reports, researchers found that astronauts who went to the moon were almost five times more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than astronauts who remained in low-Earth orbit on the International Space Station. The findings suggest that leaving the protective fold of the Earth and its magnetic field could be more damaging to the cardiovascular system than was previously thought. “Space radiation comes in really fast and it creates a lot of damage in tissues,” said Michael Delp, a professor of physiology at Florida State University in Tallahassee and the first author on the paper. “It is more damaging than any radiation on Earth.”Charlotte Observer

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JetBlue Will Be The First Commercial Airline To Fly To Cuba — So Far
Low-cost carrier JetBlue announced Thursday it will start flying to Cuba commercially on Aug. 31 — before competitors American Airlines and Silver Airways, which have also announced their departure dates. Pending Cuban government approval, JetBlue would — so far — be the first U.S. commercial airline to fly to Cuba in more than half a century. The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded approval for Cuba travel to six U.S. airlines in June. JetBlue will be wheels down in Santa Clara’s Abel Santamaria Airport, located three hours east of Havana, at about noon Aug. 31, beginning the first of a series of Monday, Wednesday and Friday flights from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport before daily service begins on Oct 1. JetBlue will also fly daily to Camagüey starting Nov. 3 and Holguín beginning Nov. 10 from Fort Lauderdale. Miami Herald

Trump Slams Clinton Over 'Radical Islam'
Donald Trump is criticizing Hillary Clinton for not saying the words "radical Islam" in her nomination acceptance speech. Trump says, "Our way of life is under threat by Radical Islam and Hillary Clinton cannot even bring herself to say the words." Trump unleased the criticism in a series of tweets in reaction to the speech. He is picking up a frequent Republican criticism of Democrats' approach to fighting radicalism. Sf  Gate
VOA VIEW: Hillary is on a spot she can't deny.

Democratic Donors Rip Trump For Failure To Share Tax Returns
The wealthy Democratic donors, many of whom run complex businesses, know firsthand how revealing tax returns can be. Perhaps that's why they can't stop talking about Republican nominee Donald Trump's refusal to release his. From their suites at the Ritz-Carlton hotel, the finance hub at this week's Democratic convention, and at the event's auxiliary swanky parties, supporters of Hillary Clinton are sounding the alarm about Trump's break with decades of presidential campaign tradition.
Clinton put out eight years of recent tax filings last summer, and her backers lament that voters don't seem to understand why Trump's refusal to do the same matters. SF Gate
VOA VIEW: Very few could understand Trump's tax return.

5 Things To Know About New White House Chief Of Staff John Kelly
The White House announced that chief of staff Reince Priebus was stepping down amid a nasty public feud with White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci. President Trump named Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to replace him. Here are five things to know about the 66-year-old Boston native with a reputation for blunt talk. USA Today

North Korea Says 2nd ICBM Test Puts 'Entire' US In Range
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Saturday the second flight test of an intercontinental ballistic missile demonstrated his country can hit the U.S. mainland, hours after the launch left analysts concluding that a wide swath of the United States, including Los Angeles and Chicago, is now in range of North Korean weapons. Kansas City Star
VOA VIEW: North Korea has to be neutralized.

More Than 1,300 Cuban Migrants Are Being Held In Detention Centers Across The U.S.
They are teachers, engineers or farmers, all seeking freedom in the United States. But after an unexpected policy change and an end to special treatment that allowed the majority of Cuban migrants to remain legally in the country, more than 1,300 are now being held at detention centers across the country waiting for their fate to be decided by immigration judges. Miami Herald

Godson Of 'El Chapo' Turns Himself In To DEA At Calexico Border
young man said to be the godson of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán, under pressure amid a bloody power struggle over the powerful Sinaloa cartel, has turned himself in to U.S. authorities at the border in Calexico, Mexican news outlets reported Friday. Damaso Lopez Serrano, known as “Mini Lic,” presented himself to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the U.S.-Mexico crossing on Wednesday and was then handed over to U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents, an unnamed Mexican government official told the Mexican news wire service EFE. San Diego Tribune

California Reportedly Growing Eight Times As Much Marijuana As People Are Actually Consuming
A marijuana industry organization leader says growers in the state of California are growing the plant at a rate of about eight times the amount actually legally consumed, as the Los Angeles Times reports. Growers across the state may be forced to scale back production, especially as state regulations are poised to ban exports come January 1. San Francisco Gate

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At Vigil, Biden Tries To Comfort Relatives Of Slain Officers
The gunman's bullets that killed three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge also targeted the country and "touched the soul of the entire nation," Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday at a memorial service for the fallen officers. "We need to heal," said Biden, who was joined at a Baton Rouge church by Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, the officers' widows and hundreds of others. Biden spoke directly to the three officers' relatives from the stage. He promised them that a day will come when the memory of their loved ones will "bring a smile to your lips before it brings a tear to your eye." "They were defined by their courage," he said. "It matters who they were, and it matters who we are as a country." Philadelphia Inquirer

Volkswagen Passes Toyota As Largest Automaker In 2016's First Half
Volkswagen Group accelerated past Toyota Motor for the title of world's largest automaker for the first half of 2016 despite the German automaker's slumping U.S. sales amid its emissions scandal. Volkswagen sold 5.12 million vehicles through June, while Toyota said Thursday that it had sold 4.99 million vehicles during that same period. Toyota vehicle sales were down 0.6%, compared to the same period a year earlier. VW sales were up 1.5%. It's the second straight year that the German automaker claimed the title of world's largest automaker for the first six months, but it remains uncertain whether the company can do so for the full year.USA Today

With Priebus Out, Trump Moves Still Further Away From The Republican Establishment
President Trump is not happy with the way his presidency is going. That much has become clear over the past few weeks. He’s shaken up his personal legal team, completely upended his communications team by installing a guy who’s threatening to fire/kill staffers, and now he’s ousted his chief of staff, Reince Priebus. The Washington Post

‘Political Rewind’ Replay: Donald Trump’s Worst Week
Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” works backwards from the early Friday morning vote in the U.S. Senate that killed – for now – the Republican effort to repeal Obamacare. I’m rather proud of this one. Even as host Bill Nigut questioned whether yours truly had climbed out on a limb by predicting the ouster of White House chief of staff Reince Preibus – it had already happened. Atlanta Journal
VOA VIEW: Liberals have nothing to say, so they say nothing.

Drones Are Flying Contraband Into NC Prisons. Now Their Pilots Can Wind Up There
Flying drones near prisons and jails in North Carolina is now a crime. Across the nation, contraband smugglers have increasingly turned to drones as a tool for sneaking drugs, cellphones and weapons to inmates. Charlotte Observer

Clinton Surrogates Urge Latinos To Register To Vote; Hope High Turnout Will Hurt Trump
Joaquín Castro had less than an hour to make his way through the snarled traffic of Center City and down to the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia before the roll call to choose Hillary Clinton as this year’s Democratic presidential nominee. But the tight schedule on Tuesday didn’t prevent the Texas congressman from making a quick stop at the Caplan Center for Performing Arts on South Broad St., where Castro addressed a group of potential voters who are arguably the most important demographic for Clinton’s hope of securing the presidency come November. Castro, along with fellow congressman Joe Kennedy of Massachusetts, spoke to a group gathered for an event held by the organization Voto Latino on issues facing the Hispanic community and the importance of going to the polls on Election Day. Fox

Scaramucci's Wife Reportedly Files For Divorce
The second wife of Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House communications director, has filed for divorce, the New York Post reported Friday. According to multiple sources, 38-year-old Deirde Ball is ending her 3-year marriage with Scaramucci, 52, over his successful quest to get close to President Trump, whom she reportedly despises. Philidelphia Inquirer
VOA VIEW: Not much of a loss.

After Health Bill Crashes, McConnell Just Wants To 'Move On'
The resounding Senate crash of the seven-year Republican drive to scrap the Obama health care law incited GOP finger-pointing Friday but left the party with wounded leaders and no evident pathway forward on an issue that won't go away. Sun Sentinel

Reince Priebus Is Ousted Amid Stormy Days For White House
 Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff who failed to impose order on a chaos-racked West Wing, was pushed out on Friday after a stormy six-month tenure, and President Trump replaced him with John F. Kelly, the secretary of homeland security and retired four-star Marine general. Tampa Tribune

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Are Swedes Having Less Sex? The Government Wants To Know
The Swedish government is launching a major study of the sex lives of the country's citizens after reports that lovemaking is on the wane. Public Health Minister Gabriel Wikstrom notes that the last thorough study of Swedes' sex habits was 20 years ago. Since then, reports in tabloid newspapers have pointed to a decrease in sexual activity. In an opinion piece in newspaper Dagens Nyheter on Friday, Wikstrom wrote that "it's important to investigate whether that is the case and if so what the reason is." Philadelphia Inquirer

Critics Shoot Holes In Widely Cited Gun Study
A much-heralded and widely cited study of 171 countries over nearly a half century purports to show more guns mean more mass shootings, but critics say the report uses bad methodology in a way that rigs the results. The study by Adam Lankford, a criminal justice professor at the University of Alabama, has been cited by media outlets -- including The New Yorker, The Washington Post and Time magazine -- since January, when it was published in the journal Violence and Victims. But the more the study, formally published earlier this year after a draft was released in academic circles, gets cited, the more critics raise questions about what they consider dubious methodology. “The Lankford ‘study’ is nothing more than junk science disguised as research, and never should have been published in a responsible scholarly journal,” Florida State University criminology professor Gary Kleck told FoxNews.com. Fox News
VOA VIEW: A dumb foolish liberal report.

Clinton's TPP Controversy: What You Need To Know
Hillary Clinton hasn't even said anything about the Trans-Pacific Partnership recently -- and yet, in 24 hours, she became embroiled in a new controversy about her stance on the deal. A top ally's prediction that Clinton would flip-flop after the election and support the trade pact -- after escaping the political threat from Bernie Sanders. Making things more uncomfortable: President Barack Obama's appearance Wednesday night to make the case for Clinton. His administration negotiated the deal; she says she opposes it. So does her opponent, Donald Trump, who seized on the Democrats' mixed messaging Tuesday to slam Clinton. CNN

Trump Once Ordered Priebus To Rush To Oval Office To Kill A Fly
The chief of staff was also head of the SWAT team. Reince Priebus was once ordered by President Trump to rush into the Oval Office and exterminate a fly, a report said. Trump was holding a meeting the West Wing office when he became outraged at an insect buzzing around him, according to The Washington Post. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Liberal nothing better to write about gossip.

Columbia River Power Struggle: Trump Privatization Proposal Generates New Energy Debate
To ride down the Columbia River as the John Day Dam’s wall of concrete slowly fills the view from a tugboat is to see what the country’s largest network of energy-producing dams created through five decades of 20th-century ambition, investment and hubris. Nearly half the nation’s hydropower electricity comes from more than 250 hydropower dams that were built on the Columbia and its tributaries, a vast and complex arc of industry and technology that touches tens of millions of lives across the West every day. Seattle Times

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Trump Walks Back Email Hack Comments, But Damage Lingers
Donald Trump said Thursday that he was being sarcastic when he appeared to suggest that Russia should use espionage to find Hillary Clinton's deleted emails. But he's finding out that presidents -- and by extension, presidential nominees -- don't get that luxury when the topic is national security. The GOP nominee tried to dampen controversy over his apparent call Wednesday for Russia to either stage an espionage cyber hack to find Clinton's deleted emails or to publish information it had already stolen."Of course I'm being sarcastic," Trump said in a Fox News interview that aired the day after his comments at a news conference in Florida sparked a national furor and offered ammunition for Democrats who claim he's not fit to be president. CNN

FDA: No Miami-Area Blood Donations During Zika Investigation
Federal authorities have told blood centers in two Florida counties to suspend collections amid investigations into four mysterious cases of Zika infection that may be the first spread by mosquitoes on the U.S. mainland. Blood centers in the Miami and Fort Lauderdale areas were asked to immediately stop collecting blood until they can screen each unit of blood for the Zika virus with authorized tests, according to a statement on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website. Florida health officials have said the infections in Miami-Dade and Broward counties may not be linked to travel outside the U.S., but they have not confirmed how the virus spread. CNS

Kaine: Recognizing Marriage As ‘Between A Man And A Woman’ Creates A ‘Hostile Place’
Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate Sen. Tim Kaine says that he changed his mind on the issue of same sex marriage, because when the Virginia legislature tried recognizing that a “marriage is between a man and woman” they were “doing it to try to make the state a hostile place.” “You know, on marriage equality I got tell you, in my first year as governor my legislature decided to put one of those same-sex -- marriage is between a man and woman issues on the ballot and the more I listened to the reason they wanted to do it the more I realized I can't be with those guys,” Kaine told Good Morning America on Thursday. CNS

Erdogan Wants Army Under President's Control After Coup: Turkish Official
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan wants the armed forces and national intelligence agency brought under the control of the presidency, a parliamentary official said on Thursday, part of a major overhaul of the military after a failed coup. Erdogan's comments came after a five-hour meeting of Turkey's Supreme Military Council (YAS) - chaired by Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and including the top brass - and the dishonorable discharge of nearly 1,700 military personnel over their alleged role in the abortive putsch on July 15-16. After the meeting, Erdogan approved the council's decisions to keep armed forces chief Hulusi Akar and the army, navy and air force commanders in their posts, making few changes to the top brass, Erdogan's spokesman Ibrahim Kalin told reporters. Reuters

Cutbacks To Poll Monitor Program Raise Voter Intimidation Fears
Thanks to Shelby County v. Holder, the Supreme Court's 2013 ruling weakening the Voting Rights Act, a slew of restrictive voting laws will be in force this fall for the first time in a presidential election. But now the Shelby ruling is putting voting rights at risk in a whole new way: Citing the ruling, the Justice Department recently announced that it would significantly reduce the number of federal observers that it deploys at polling places to guard against voter suppression and intimidation. The impact of the cutbacks could be particularly severe this year, when several states will be asking poll workers to implement new voter ID laws, upping the chances that on-the-ground errors or other problems keep voters from the polls. MSNBC

Political Cyber Squatter Trumps Dems With ClintonKaine.com Purchase
A Washington D.C. comic artist has something Hillary Clinton might want. Jeremy Green, who uses the pen name Jeremy Pegg, snatched up the domain name ClintonKaine.com on a hunch in the summer of 2011, paying $8 and a small annual fee. He's now offering to sell the website to anyone willing to pay $90,000. "It seemed like Clinton was probably going to run and since Kaine got passed over by Obama [for the vice presidency], it made sense he would be one of the first people she would look at," Green told NBC News. Green, who works by day as a government contractor, also bought other domain names, including ClintonBiden.com, ClintonCuomo.com and ClintonBooker.com, among others. MSNBC

Democrats Push Obamacare ‘Public Option’ After Two Thirds Of Health Co-Ops Fail
More than two thirds of Obamacare’s health co-op’s have failed, yet Democrats who pushed the experiment during the 2010 health care debate are refusing to cede ground to corporate plans, saying the best Plan B is the “public option” that many of them wanted in the first place. Sixteen of the original 23 co-ops have withdrawn from the Affordable Care Act’s web-based exchanges, mostly recently in Oregon, Connecticut and Illinois, despite $1.7 billion in taxpayer loans to the failed plans.
Democrats pushed the co-ops, or Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans, during the Obamacare debate of 2009 as a fallback to attempts to win passage of the public option — a government-run plan to compete with private companies in the new marketplace. Yet many of the co-ops had a hard time competing for market share, and in some cases the nonprofit plans appeared to underprice their products and then drown in medical claims. Washington Times

Donald Trump Pledges To Give $1 Million If He Hits End-Of-Month Fundraising Goal
GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump is pledging to put an additional million dollars into his campaign if supporters help him reach his end-of-month fundraising goal. “I will once again write a $1 MILLION check to our campaign if we hit our million-dollar end-of-month goal by the FEC deadline,” Mr. Trump wrote in a fundraising plea on Thursday. “Like you, I have made so many sacrifices for this campaign. And I haven’t regretted any of it. Not even for a second!” he wrote. “With your help, I am confident that we will hit this million-dollar goal and keep going on the path to victory,” Mr. Trump wrote. “Nothing would make me happier than to write another million-dollar matching check.” Washington Times

Kremlin To U.S.: Solve Your Own Email Problems
The Kremlin has a response to Donald Trump's invitation to Russia to "find the 30,000 [Clinton] emails that are missing." In essence, Russia says the U.S. needs to solve its own email problems. "The Americans needs to get to the bottom of what these emails are themselves and find out what it's all about," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday, according to Reuters. U.S. officials and the Clinton campaign believe Russia is responsible for the cyber breach that resulted in the release by Wikileaks of over 19,000 Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails, just before the beginning of the Democratic convention. The Kremlin emphatically denied Russia was involved. CBS

North Korea: U.S. "Crossed The Red Line," Effectively Declared War
Although North Korea had already been heavily sanctioned internationally for its nuclear weapons and long-range missile development programs, Washington's announcement on July 6 was the first time Kim Jong Un has been personally sanctioned. Less than a week later, Pyongyang cut off its final official means of communications with Washington - known as the New York channel. Han said Pyongyang has made it clear that everything between the two must now be dealt with under "war law." Katina Adams, State Department spokeswoman for East Asia and the Pacific, said the U.S. continues to call on North Korea "to refrain from actions and rhetoric that further destabilize the region and focus instead on taking concrete steps toward fulfilling its commitments and international obligations." CBS

Trump Has A Record Of Siding With Putin On Key Issues
Donald Trump has refused to condemn Russia's military takeover of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, saying if elected he would consider recognizing it as Russian territory, in the latest of a series of statements that have raised eyebrows about the Republican candidate's intentions toward the Kremlin. "We'll be looking at that. Yeah, we'll be looking," Trump told reporters on Wednesday. Accepting Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea would be a radical departure from U.S. policy. The United States and the European Union worked together to punish Russia by imposing economic sanctions and have shown no willingness to lift them. Even Belarus, Russia's closest ally and neighbor, did not recognize the annexation. ABC

American’s Pilots Say It Flies ‘Ragged Edge’ Of Safety Rules
Efforts by American Airlines to keep flights on schedule during the summer travel season are on the verge of violating safety rules, according to the union for the carrier’s pilots. The world’s biggest airline has been increasing aircraft speeds, re-routing some flights and pushing cockpit crews to lengthen their work days -- the latest steps in a campaign to improve on-time performance. The Allied Pilots Association warned about the changes in a message Thursday from union President Dan Carey, who encouraged members to report issues. The conflict is the latest between American and its 15,000 pilots. Union leaders earlier this year said a meeting with top executives left them discouraged about prospects for a real change in culture, the key part of Chief Executive Officer Doug Parker’s plan to improve the airline. Pilots also bristled under an order that aircraft doors be closed early to ensure that planes leave on time, even when some passengers are left at the gate. Bloomberg

$60 Is The New $50 For U.S. Oil Drillers Contemplating Rebound
For U.S. oil drillers, $60 is the new $50. Earlier this year, oil and natural gas companies facing the worst slump in a generation said they’d need crude to reach $50 a barrel before resuming drilling. This week, despite higher prices and lower costs, the industry has raised the bar, signaling it will take $60 or better before meaningful production can resume. “The industry doesn’t want to ramp things up until they are fairly confident prices will hold up,” said Brian Youngberg, an energy analyst at Edward Jones in St. Louis, in a telephone interview. “I think the industry has learned that it needs to get away from this boom-bust scenario.” Bloomberg

Hillary Clinton To Accept Historic Nomination
The final night of the Democratic National Convention features the acceptance speech of Hillary Clinton as the first woman nominee of a major party for president of the United States. She will be introduced by her daughter, Chelsea Clinton. She will try to bolster the night’s theme, “Stronger Together,” by trying to entice younger, more liberal Democrats who flocked to Clinton’s opponent in the primaries, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Additional prime time speakers will be Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, and actors Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen, with musical performances by Carole King and Katy Perry. Newsday

Reid Blasts ‘Con Man’ Trump During His Final DNC Speech
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders delegates from Nevada hash out their differences in an impromptu hallway meeting Wednesday, July 27, 2016, in Philadelphia.
Harry Reid, the veteran Silver State senator, lambasted Republican leaders in his last speech at a Democratic convention Wednesday night, after more than three decades of serving in Congress. Reid, who is retiring at the end of his term, criticized Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his vice-presidential pick, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, while blaming the Republican Party for espousing Trump’s harmful rhetoric. He said Republicans succeeded in “setting the stage” for Trump, whom he called a “hateful con man.” "When Trump decided to run for president, he probably said to himself: 'I'm an egomaniac. I don't believe in science. I think women are inferior. Where would I feel at home?’” Reid said. Las Vegas Sun

Trump Promises Ge Alone Can Save Our Diseased Republic
Last year there were 352 murders in New York City. This was a bit higher than the number in 2014, but far below the 2,245 murders that took place in 1990, the city’s worst year. In fact, as measured by the murder rate, New York is now basically as safe as it has ever been, going all the way back to the 19th century. National crime statistics, and numbers for all violent crimes, paint an only slightly less cheerful picture. And it’s not just a matter of numbers; our big cities look and feel far safer than they did a generation ago, because they are. People of a certain age always have the sense that America isn’t the country they remember from their youth, and in this case they’re right; it has gotten much better. Las Veges Sun

Could Slight Brain Zap During Sleep Boost Memory?
Stimulating a targeted area of the brain with small doses of weak electricity while you sleep may enhance your ability to remember what you learned the night before, new research finds. The new procedure is called transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS). "We work with the brain, that's really unique about what we do. We listen in to brain activity and can boost what the brain already wants to do," said the study's senior author, Flavio Frohlich. He's an assistant professor of psychiatry at the Neuroscience Center at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. UPI

Tighten Teens' Nighttime Driving Restrictions: CDC
Getting U.S. teens out of the driver's seat before midnight would reduce their risk of fatal crashes, federal health officials said Thursday in a new report. One-third of fatal teen car crashes occur at night, with 57 percent of those taking place before 12 a.m., according to new statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But while 49 states restrict nighttime driving as part of a graduated licensing program, 23 prohibit driving only after midnight -- well past the time most teens are off the road, the CDC reported. "Restrictions that start at 12 a.m. or later aren't really protective," said lead author Ruth Shults, a senior epidemiologist in the division of unintentional injury prevention at the CDC. They "aren't providing protection for the majority of teen drivers who are out at night." UPI

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Israel Reiterates Support For A Two-State Solution Amid GOP Shift
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu still believes the best outcome in the conflict with the Palestinians is a two-state solution, in which a demilitarized Arab state recognizes the Jewish state of Israel, his envoy to the US, Ron Dermer, said on Thursday. His comments come amid a significant shift in language in the Republican Party Platform, adopted last week in Ohio, which intentionally omitted any reference to a two-state settlement and suggested leaving Israel to its own devices to end the conflict. Speaking at a lunch on the sidelines of the Democratic National Convention, Dermer– a close confidante of the prime minister– said that Israel "is prepared to have a negotiated settlement." Jerusalem Post

Merkel Says Germany Stands Against Terrorists' Culture Of Hatred
Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that terrorists wanted to reduce Germany's readiness to take in refugees but she added that her government was against that as she spoke after a spate of recent attacks in the south of the country. "The terrorists want to make us lose sight of what is important to us, break down our cohesion and sense of community as well as inhibiting our way of life, our openness and our willingness take in people who are in need," she told a news conference for which she interrupted her vacation. Jerusalem Post

US Election: Obama Endorses Clinton As Political Heir
US President Barack Obama has delivered a stirring speech at the Democratic convention, hailing Hillary Clinton as his political heir and rounding on "home-grown demagogue" Donald Trump. "There has never been a man or woman, not me, not Bill, nobody more qualified than Hillary" to be president, he said. When boos rang out at the name of the Republican candidate, Mr Obama simply said: "Don't boo. Vote." Mr Trump responded by rejecting the president's portrayal of optimism. "Our country does not feel 'great already' to the millions of wonderful people living in poverty, violence and despair," he said on Twitter. BBC

Amazon Boss Becomes World's Third Richest Man
Strong earnings from Amazon and a boost to the company's stock have made its founder, Jeff Bezos, the world's third richest man, according to Forbes. Mr Bezos's owns 18% of Amazon's shares, which rose 2% in trading on Thursday. Forbes estimated his fortune to be $65.3bn (£49.6bn). Amazon's revenue beat analysts' expectations, climbing 31% from last year to $30.4bn in the second quarter. Profit for the e-commerce giant was $857m, compared with $92m in 2015. Amazon had developed a reputation for announcing little or no profit each quarter, but appeared to hit a turning point last year and has seen improving earnings since. Amazon shares have spiked 50% since February. BBC

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