On a night awash in history, Hillary Clinton triumphantly became the first woman to lead a major American political party toward the White House, breaking through a barrier that painfully eluded her eight years ago.
She put an electrifying cap on the Democratic convention's second night, appearing by video from New York and declaring to cheering delegates, "We just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling yet."
Minutes earlier, former President Bill Clinton took on the role of devoted political spouse, declaring his wife an impassioned "change-maker" as he served as character witness. He traced their more than 40-year political and personal partnership in deep detail.
Bill Clinton took the stage Tuesday night for his 10th address to a Democratic convention, the ex-president, husband and party standard-bearer step into a singular role in American history: potential first gentleman.
The former president began his much anticipated speech on a personal note, reminiscing on when he "met a girl."
Hillary Clinton — who's now the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee — walked up to him and told him that if he was going to stare at her, he ought to know her name.
"Knowing her is what one the greatest gifts Hillary has ever given me," Bill Clinton said.
Dozens of Bernie Sanders delegates walked out of the Democratic National Convention Tuesday night following Hillary Clinton's nomination for president, and many promised to leave the political party in protest. Vincent Venditti, a George delegate pledged to Sanders, said outside Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center that he considers himself a political independent effectively immediately. Their protest and exodus is in line with what hundreds of protesters had been saying outside the convention's security perimeter. Many said Hillary Clinton's nomination as the Democratic candidate for president would prompt them to quit the party.
Facing increased pressure from Democrats in Congress, the Food and Drug Administration began to officially reconsider its policy limiting blood donations from gay and bisexual men on Tuesday, NBC News reported.
The current policy forbids blood donations from men who have had sex with other men within the past year.
The ban was originally put in place with the intention of limiting the risk of getting the AIDS virus in blood, but activists say it's unfair and discriminatory.
The issue came to greater prominence after a June shooting killed 49 people at an Orlando, Florida, club favored by the LGBT community in June. LGBT groups complained that the restrictions made it difficult for friends and loved ones to give their blood.
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Donald Trump is running against Hillary Clinton, not her husband, but the presumptive Republican nominee has not shied from attacking the former president over his sexual misconduct. He accused Bill Clinton of rape during an interview in May with Fox News' Sean Hannity. He tweeted that Clinton “was the WORST abuser of women in U.S. political history.” He released a video on which two of Clinton’s accusers are heard describing what they say were assaults. And he called Hillary Clinton an enabler who tried to destroy the women with whom her husband had affairs.
Democrats are counting on Bill Clinton and his impressive speaking skills to make the case for his wife when he speaks to the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, but Trump wants to remind everyone of Clinton’s seamier side. Trump's impassioned supporters and the many Clinton haters among them might approve, but the Republican nominee is struggling to appeal to women. How will they react to denigrating Hillary Clinton over her husband's infidelities?
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A priest was "assassinated" and another person gravely wounded when two knife-wielding attackers linked to ISIS took several nuns and worshippers hostage during morning Mass at a church in northern France early Tuesday, NBC News reported.
A nun who was in the church said the victim, identified as 84-year-old Father Jacques Hamel, was forced to the ground before his throat was slit.
The siege ended when the attackers were shot dead by police.
Paris prosecutor Francois Molins identified one of the attackers as Adel Kermiche, who'd been caught trying to reach Syria, base of operations for ISIS, twice last year. The second attacker has not been identified.
Investigators found two fake bombs and three knives. One of the attackers wore a "false explosive belt" and another three knives, Molins said. The other attacker carried a pressure cooker — a device that terrorists have used to make bombs — wrapped in aluminum.
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President Barack Obama said it is "possible" that the Russian government would try to influence the U.S. elections by hacking into the Democratic National Committee systems and leaking the party's emails.
In an interview with "Today" show co-host Savannah Guthrie, Obama noted that while the FBI is still investigating what happened, "what we do know is that the Russians hack our systems," government and private.
No surprise here: Bernie Sanders got his brother's vote at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday, and Larry Sanders said he cast that vote with "enormous pride." Larry Sanders, who lives in Britain, addressed the convention during the roll call of states, speaking as a member of the Americans Abroad delegation. Video of the presidential candidate showed him attempting to hold back tears as he watched the speech from his seat.
A cook at a Virginia restaurant refused to serve an Alexandria police officer in uniform Monday night, according to the police union.
The female officer went to Noodles & Company on Duke Street in Alexandria for dinner. While standing in line, a cook came out of the kitchen, approached the cashier, pointed at the officer and allegedly told the employee "You’re going to have to take me off the line, I ain’t serving that," according to Alexandria Committee of Police Vice President Peter Feltham.
Michael Phelps is a household name. In the next month, Simone Biles may become one.
Phelps, who with 22 medals is the most decorated Olympian of all time, has dominated four Olympics and come out of retirement in hopes of sweeping a fifth. It's likely to be his final Games.
Biles is on the other end of her career. The 19-year-old gymnast heads into her first Olympics with 14 world championship medals under her belt, 10 of them gold. The budding superstar is undefeated in the all-around and has been called "unbeatable" by gymnastics legend Mary Lou Retton.
Phelps and Biles are among more than 550 athletes who will represent Team USA in Rio, including 292 women, the most in Olympic history to ever compete for a single country. Of Team USA's 68 returning champions, 53 are looking to defend titles won during the 2012 London Games.
Here's a look at the American athletes to watch during the 2016 Rio Olympics.
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The ice bucket challenge became a phenomenon in the of summer 2014, and the boost in funding it brought about helped lead to a significant discovery in the study of the ALS disease, according to a paper published Monday in Nature Genetics.
The donations flooded in as people across the world doused themselves in buckets of ice water, then challenged others to do the same. The videos of the challenge went so viral that Oprah, LeBron James, Bill Gates and many more celebrities took part.
Though some dismissed the viral challenge as "slacktivism," the ALS Association notes on its website that the challenge raised $115 million for research in just eight weeks.
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Two former Virginia Tech students were indicted Tuesday in the slaying of a seventh-grade girl who was found dead last January days after authorities said she sneaked out of her window to rendezvous with the older teens, a county prosecutor said. David Eisenhauer, 19, was indicted by a grand jury on charges of first-degree murder, abduction and hiding the body of Nicole Lovell, 13, Montgomery County Commonwealth's Attorney Mary Pettit said in a statement. Natalie Keepers, 19, was charged with being an accessory to kidnapping and murder and with helping hide the body, the commonwealth's attorney said. Eisenhauer's attorney declined to comment on the indictment Tuesday. Keepers' attorney did not immediately respond to messages and emails seeking comment.
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