DNC Day 1 - Sanders says he's 'proud to stand' with Clinton

By Associated Press 9:49am, July 25, 2016 - Updated 11:42pm, July 25, 2016
Former Democratic Presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., takes the stage during the first day of the Democratic National Convention. (AP Photo/John Locher)
The Democratic National Convention kicked off Monday in Philadelphia amid a backdrop of lingering bitterness among supporters of defeated candidate Bernie Sanders over a process they say was tilted in favor of Hillary Clinton.

A rundown from Day 1 in Philadelphia:

11:25 p.m.

Bernie Sanders says Hillary Clinton will make - in his words - "an outstanding president."

Sanders, who battled Clinton in the Democratic primaries, says he's known Clinton since she was first lady almost a quarter-century ago.

He credits Clinton with leading the fight for universal health care. He says Clinton, as a senator, was a "fierce advocate" for children's rights.

And Sanders is ending his speech at the Democratic National Convention by saying: "I am proud to stand with her tonight."

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11:23 p.m.

Many of Bernie Sanders' have disrupted the Democratic National Convention on Monday.

But the Vermont senator says he's going to "do all that I can" to ensure a Hillary Clinton presidency, along with a Democratic Senate and a Democratic House of Representatives.

Both chambers of Congress are now held by Republicans.

He said that "it is no secret that Hillary Clinton and I disagree on a number of issues" and that is what democracy is about.

But he said the two campaigns have produced together what is "by far, most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic party."

He said the platform calls for several of his priorities, including opposition to the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement.

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11:20 p.m.

Bernie Sanders says the presidential election should be about bringing people together, "not dividing us up."

He says presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton understands that diversity is one of her party's greatest strengths.

Sanders says in his speech at the Democratic National Convention that the United States becomes stronger when "black and white, Latino, Asian-American, Native American - when all of us stand together."

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11:10 p.m.

Bernie Sanders says the country has made much progress under President Barack Obama but there's more work to be done.

He says the 2016 presidential election is about the candidate who understands the "real problems" the country is facing and can offer solutions.

Sanders tells the Democratic National Convention that "by these measures, any objective observer will conclude that - based on her ideas and her leadership - Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States. The choice is not even close."

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10:50 p.m.

Bernie Sanders says no one is more disappointed than he is over not being the Democratic presidential nominee.

But the Vermont senator is urging his supporters to take "enormous pride" in the political revolution to transform America that they've started.

Sanders says in his speech at the Democratic National Convention that election days come and go.

But, he says, "the struggle of the people to create a government which represents all of us and not just the 1 percent - a government based on the principles economic, social, racial and environmental justice - that struggle continues."

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10:45 p.m.

Bernie Sanders is thanking his supporters and political donors whose contributions averaged what he says were $27 apiece.

Sanders is telling the Democratic National Convention that he's looking forward to receiving his 1,900 delegates' votes during Tuesday night's roll call.

The Vermont senator is underscoring his tough campaign against Hillary Clinton by recounting that he received 13 million votes, 46 percent of the total cast in Democratic primaries and caucuses.

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10:45 p.m.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren says Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has excited Americans who are rightfully angry. But she says he's offering no solutions for their problems.

She tells the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia that Trump can see voter anger "from the top of Trump Tower" and tells voters that "he and he alone can fixed the rigged system."

Warren says the only actual clear policy proposal Trump offered in his own nomination acceptance last week was "a stupid wall" that "will never get built." Trump wants to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

But she says there was nothing in his speech about improving children's education, increasing incomes or creating

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10:43 p.m.

Elizabeth Warren is taking aim at Donald Trump's business record, and she says he's never "lifted a finger to help working people."

The Massachusetts senator is using her speech at the Democratic National Convention to highlight Trump's comments about benefiting from the 2008 housing crash - and she's noting his business bankruptcies.

Warren is asking: "What kind of a man acts like this? What kind of a man roots for an economic crash?"

She adds, "What kind of a man cheats students, cheats investors, cheats workers? A man who must never be president of the United States."

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10:40 p.m.

Elizabeth Warren is offering a harsh assessment of an American economy that she says is tilted against working people.

The liberal favorite and Massachusetts senator says "there's lots of wealth in America" but "it isn't trickling down to families like yours."

Instead, she tells delegates at the Democratic National Convention on Monday night, the "system is rigged" as "Americans bust their tails" while "wages stay flat."

Warren rejects those who say such an economy is a result of a Congress that isn't working. She says Congress works fine when corporations and the wealthy seek tax breaks and favorable regulations.

But she says, "try to do something for working people," and the "gridlock" ensues.

Warren says GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump's "whole life has been about taking advantage of that rigged system."

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10:30 p.m.

Elizabeth Warren says the choice in the presidential election is clear, and she says Republican nominee Donald Trump "cares about himself every minute of every day."

The Massachusetts senator is a favorite among liberals, and she's speaking at the Democrat National Convention on Monday night as the party tries to unite around Hillary Clinton after a divisive primary.

Warren tells the crowd: "I'm with Hillary. This choice is personal. It's about who we are as a people."

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10:20 p.m.

Michelle Obama says she wants a president who knows issues "cannot be boiled down to 140 characters."

Once again she's not mentioning Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump by name in her speech at the Democratic National Convention.

But she is citing his penchant for communicating on Twitter and says she wants someone who understands that issues aren't always clear.

And, she adds, "That's why in this election. I'm with her."

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10:15 p.m.

Michelle Obama says Hillary Clinton is advancing the cause for women so "all our sons and daughters now take for granted that a woman can be president of the United States."

The first lady also is linking Clinton's quest to be the first woman elected president and Barack Obama's historic tenure in the White as the first black president.

Michelle Obama recalls the history of black Americans who "felt the lash of bondage" and the "sting of segregation."

Michelle Obama says that now, she gets to "watch my daughters, two intelligent black young women, play with their dog on the White House lawn."

The first lady also is pushing back on Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's slogan to "make America great again."

She says, "Don't let anyone ever tell you that this country isn't great. That somehow we need to make it great again. Because this right now is the greatest country on earth."

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10:12 p.m.

California delegates backing Bernie Sanders are sitting still as Michelle Obama speaks at the Democratic National Convention, rather than starting chants as they did over other speakers.

Several yelled "no" when the first lady declared "I'm with her," a slogan for Clinton backers.

But the response is far more muted than the backlash that greeted other speakers. The California delegation has been one of the loudest on Monday night in expressing their opposition to Clinton.

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10:10 p.m.

Michelle Obama is offering an unequivocal endorsement for Hillary Clinton.

The first lady says Clinton - a former secretary of state, senator and first lady herself - is the "one person who I truly believe is qualified to be president of the United States."

Michelle Obama says in her speech at the Democratic National Convention that Clinton "never buckles under pressure." She says Clinton would be the kind of president that she wants for her own daughters.

Michelle Obama notes Clinton's reaction to her 2008 Democratic primary loss t Barack Obama. Michelle Obama says Clinton "didn't get angry or disillusioned" and "did not pack up and go home."

She says Clinton has "never quit on anything in her life."

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10:05 p.m.

Michelle Obama is calling out Donald Trump in her remarks at the Democratic National Convention.

The first lady says that "when someone is cruel or acts like a bully, we don't stoop to their level."

She's not mentioning the Republican presidential nominee by name, but she's is decrying what she calls "hateful language." She says that goes against what she tries to teach her children.

Her message? She says, "When they go low, we go high."

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9:50 p.m.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump seems to be reveling in the drama at the Democratic National Convention as he campaigns with running mate Mike Pence.

"What a mess they have going," Trump tells supporters Monday night at a rally in North Carolina.

Trump says rival Hillary Clinton made a mistake by not choosing a more liberal running mate to appease Bernie Sanders' supporters.

Trump says: "Crazy Bernie's going crazy right now."

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9:40 p.m.

A warmup speaker at a Donald Trump rally is calling President Barack Obama a racist.

Mark Burns is a black pastor who often speaks at Trump events, and last week he had a prime-time speaking slot at the Republican National Convention.

Burns said at a Trump event in North Carolina on Monday that "President Obama is the racist."

Burns also says Democrats should be ashamed for inviting the mother of Michael Brown to speak at their convention.

Michael Brown was the unarmed black 18-year-old who was shot to death by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

Burns contends the invitation reaffirms that blacks should be afraid of police.

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9:25 p.m.

Comedian Sarah Silverman is giving it straight to die-hard Bernie Sanders supporters.

Here's her message Monday night at the Democratic convention: "Can I just say to the Bernie or bust people, you're being ridiculous."

Silverman was one of a number of prominent entertainers who backed Sanders in the Democratic primary against Hillary Clinton. But Silverman is telling the crowd in Philadelphia - and a national television audience - that she plans to vote for Clinton.

The crowd broke into chants of "Bernie, Bernie," but Silverman quickly shot back with her quip.

As the crowd roared in applause, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken - standing next to Silverman - joked, "Listen to what you did."

Franken noted that because he was a Clinton backer and Silverman was with Sanders, they were forming a bridge.

"We're like a bridge over troubled water," he said, and they next went on to introduce singer Paul Simon.

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9:10 p.m.

Al Franken went to Harvard University, but at the Democratic National Convention, he's claiming a degree from Trump University instead.

The former "Saturday Night Live" comedian - who's now a Minnesota senator - jokes that he's a "world-renowned expert on right-wing megalomaniacs: Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly and now, Donald Trump."

Franken adds: "Now a little about my qualifications. I got my doctorate in megalomaniac studies from Trump University."

Trump - the Republican presidential nominee - faces lawsuits accusing him of defrauding customers at the now-defunct Trump University, which sold real estate seminars.

Franken asked the crowd of delegates if they knew that "Trump University's School of Ripping People Off is ranked second in the nation, right behind Bernie Madoff University?"

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8:50 p.m.

Democrats at their national convention are going after Donald Trump's business record.

Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania is questioning where the Republican presidential nominee's products were made.

Here's what Casey says: "Dress shirts - Bangladesh. Furniture - Turkey. Picture frames - India. Wine glasses - Slovenia. Neck ties - China."

He adds, "Why would Donald Trump make his products in every corner of the globe but not in Altoona, Erie or here in Philadelphia?"

And Sen. Kristen Gillibrand of New York recalls Trump's comments about U.S. wages being too high.

She says Democrat Hillary Clinton "knows that in the richest country in the world, it's unacceptable that a mom with two kids working full time still lives in poverty."

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8:40 p.m.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz is in the building.

The outgoing Democratic Party chairwoman is watching Monday's opening night of the national convention from a private suite at the Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia.

The Florida congresswoman's resignation from the party post will take effect Friday.

She stepped down after the release of hacked emails suggested staff at the Democratic National Committee favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders in party's presidential primaries.

Wasserman Schultz was heckled Monday morning when speaking to her home state's delegation at breakfast. She later decided against gaveling in the convention amid concerns she'd draw more ire from Sanders supporters.

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8:25 p.m.

Hillary Clinton was campaigning in Las Vegas earlier this year when she heard directly from a young girl who was worried because her parents are living in the United States illegally.

Now 11-year-old Karla Oritz has told her story to a national audience - from the stage at the Democratic National Convention.

Karla's an American citizen who appeared with her mother at the Philadelphia gathering. Karla says she worries about what might happen if she comes home and finds her house empty.

That conversation she had with Clinton in Las Vegas ended up as part of a television ad for the Clinton campaign.

Karla says she remember how Clinton called her brave. The youngster says she wants to grow up to be a lawyer, so that "I can help other families like us."

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8:15 p.m.

Liberal stalwart Elizabeth Warren is using her Democratic convention speech to make clear her view that Americans won't fall for Donald Trump's plan to fan what she calls "the flames of fear and hatred."

The Massachusetts Democrat says in excerpts of a speech she plans to deliver later Monday that the Republican presidential nominee is peddling an old story of "divide and conquer."

Warren says Trump thinks he can win votes "by turning neighbor against neighbor" and by persuading voters that the source of their problems is "people who don't look like you, or don't talk like or don't worship like you."

She says bankers, oil companies and giant corporations benefit "when we turn on each other."

Warren says a divided America can't "fight back against a rigged system." She says "the American people are not falling for" Trump's divisive rhetoric.

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8:05 p.m.

Cory Booker is calling for the Democratic party to unite around Hillary Clinton - and the Democratic senator from New Jersey says Clinton would be a champion for the poor as president.

Remarks of Booker's speech at the party's convention have come out before his remarks later Monday. He says Clinton would measure America's greatness not by the number of millionaires and billionaires, but by how few people are living in poverty.

Booker says the country doesn't always have to agree, but the U.S. can't became a place "where our highest aspiration is that we just tolerate each other."

Booker also champions debt-free college, which he says represents the best of the Democratic party.

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8 p.m.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (KEER'-sten JIHL'-uh-brand) says Hillary Clinton is the presidential candidate for paid family leave and equal pay for women.

The New York lawmaker says Clinton's life work has been defined by this single question: "How we help those who need it most?"

Gillibrand says that stands in contrast to what she says is Donald Trump's defining question: "How can I help myself most?"

Excerpts of Gillibrand's speech were released before she was to take the podium at the Democratic National Convention on Monday night.

Gillibrand, who succeeded Clinton as a New York senator, says: "The choice in this election couldn't be clearer."

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7:55 p.m.

Singer Demi Lovato is belting out her hit "Confident" at the Democratic National Convention.

Lovato performed for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Iowa during the campaign, and she's one of the first bold-faced names to appear on the convention stage.

The convention opened with a performance from Boyz II Men. Paul Simon is set to perform later Monday, and delegates are set to hear from actress and activist Eva Longoria.

Before performing, Lovato told the crowd of delegates at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia that "like millions of Americans, I am living with mental illness."

She says, "But I am lucky. I had the resources and support to get treatment at a top facility." She says Hillary Clinton will help Americans in need of care get the treatment they require.

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6:55 p.m.

Hillary Clinton may not be in Philadelphia yet, but her husband has started the charm offensive at the Democratic National Convention.

An aide to former President Bill Clinton has met with members of Congress during a private reception at the Wells Fargo Arena.

Hillary Clinton plans to spend the night at her home in suburban New York after campaigning earlier in North Carolina.

The Clinton campaign has been careful not to have Bill Clinton overshadow his wife's efforts. But he's been an effective supporter, often speaking in smaller cities where Hillary Clinton might not have time to campaign.

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6:50 p.m.

"I wouldn't vote for her for dog catcher."

That's the sentiment of a Bernie Sanders delegate when talking about whether she'd support Hillary Clinton.

"No, never in a million years" - Melissa Arab of Shelby Township, Michigan, is making abundantly clear.

She says she's going to work as hard as she can to make Sanders the Democratic nominee for president.

She says "that's what I'm pledged to do and that's what Bernie told me to do."

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6:20 p.m.

Bernie Sanders' supporters are getting plenty of time at the podium at the Democratic National Convention.

Some key backers of the Vermont senator were late additions to Monday night's program - in an effort to promote party unity.

Tensions are simmering on the convention's opening night as Sanders' allies celebrate the onetime presidential candidate and advocate for Hillary Clinton's election.

Among those added are two strong Sanders supporters - Maine lawmaker Diane Russell and former NAACP president Ben Jealous.

Jealous is praised the party platform and saying, "Join us at the ballot box and we will elect Hillary Clinton as president of these United States."

Some frustrated Sanders fans are continuing to boo at the mention of Clinton's name.

5:50 p.m.

Bernie Sanders may have asked his supporters as a "personal courtesy" not to protest at the Democratic convention - but not everyone's willing to heed that request.

Michigan delegate Bruce Fealk says he understands Sanders' position and understands why the Vermont senator is making the request.

But Fealk also says: "I'm really annoyed. ... I haven't decided yet. I want to support Bernie, but I also want to voice my displeasure with the Democratic Party."

Fealk says he sees the hacked party emails as a revelation, and says they show the party's disrespect for progressives.

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5:35 p.m.

A Bernie Sanders supporter has taken the stage at the Democratic convention and has two missions.

Diane Russell - a Maine lawmaker - is trying to sell delegates on the compromise that's been reached on the future role of superdelegates in the nominating process.

And she's stressing her support for Hillary Clinton.

Russell led an effort to abolish superdelegates - they're the party insiders who can cast their convention vote for the candidate of their choice.

She's using her convention speech to praise a deal by the party's rules committee that establishes a commission" to review the nominating process.

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5:25 p.m.

A Democratic official says Bernie Sanders' campaign has urgently reached out to Hillary Clinton's team to express concerns that tensions are still raw among Sanders delegates.

They're fuming about hacked party emails that already have led to the ouster of the head of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Aides to Clinton and Sanders have met in hopes of forming a plan to avoid excessive disruptions on the convention floor.

The Democratic official spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss the private discussions.

Sanders has sent out a text message and an email to delegates urging them not to engage in protests on the floor as a "personal courtesy" to him.

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5:05 p.m.

Bernie Sanders is urging supporters not to demonstrate on the floor of the Democratic National Convention.

He's sending out text messages and emails with his personal request.

Sanders is characterizing the request "as a personal courtesy to me" and urging his followers to "not engage in any kind of protest on the floor."

The Vermont senator says it is of the "utmost importance" that this be explained to the state delegations.

Sanders say "our credibility as a movement will be damaged by booing, turning of backs, walking out or other similar displays."

The challenger to Hillary Clinton is speaking later Monday at the Philadelphia convention.

It comes as many of his supporters contend the Democratic National Committee failed to be neutral during the primaries.

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5 p.m.

The Ohio congresswoman who's the chair of the Democratic National Convention is getting an earful from a rowdy group of delegates in the convention's opening moments.

During Marcia Fudge's opening remarks, she is being halted by boos and chants from Bernie Sanders' delegates at any mention of presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton.

But also cheers - from Clinton's supporters. At one point, there were chants of "Let her speak!"

Fudge is asking for respect and promising to deliver it in turn.

She says, "We are all Democrats and we need to act like it."

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4:55 p.m.

Donald Trump is suggesting China may have been involved in the hack of the Democratic National Committee's email system - even though there's no evidence to indicate Chinese involvement.

Trump made the comment at an event in Virginia - and it comes in reference to the decision by Democratic National Committee head Debbie Wasserman Schultz to step down in the wake of the email disclosure.

Here's what Trump said, with sarcasm: "Little did she know that China, Russia - one of our many, many friends - came in and hacked the hell out of us."

The cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike Inc. discovered traces of at least two sophisticated hacking groups on the Democrats' network - and both have ties to the Russian government.

Trump's campaign has laughed off suggestions that the Russians may be trying to influence the election in the Republican's favor.

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4:50 p.m.

Donald Trump says Hillary Clinton made a mistake when she picked Tim Kaine as her running mate. Trump says the Virginia senator is "the opposite" of what supporters of Clinton rival Bernie Sanders wanted.

Trump says Clinton should have picked a more liberal running mate to satisfy Sanders' supporters.

Trump calls Kaine "a weird little dude" and a political "hack," and says Kaine's record is far eclipsed by that of the GOP vice presidential candidate, Indiana Gov, Mike Pence.

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4:45 p.m.

The Democratic National Committee is offering its "deep and sincere apology" to Bernie Sanders, his supporters and the entire party for what it calls "the inexcusable remarks made over email."

The statement from incoming interim party leader, Donna Brazile, and six other officials says the comments in the emails "do not reflect the values of the DNC or our steadfast commitment to neutrality during the nominating process."

The statement says the party won't tolerate disrespectful language.

The statement wasn't signed by the outgoing DNC head, Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

She announced on Sunday that she'd step down from that job at the end of this week's Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

The emails suggested party officials favored Clinton over rival Sanders during the primaries.

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4:15 p.m.

Democrats have gaveled in their convention in Philadelphia - after a day of discord that sent the party chief into exile.

It was Baltimore's mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who called the 47th Democratic convention to order. Her formal welcome was briefly held up a slight oversight - she forgot the gavel and had to retrieve it off stage.

Rawlings-Blake is a last-minute fill-in Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the ousted Democratic National Committee leader.

The Florida congresswoman was forced out of her post by a trove of leaked emails that appeared to show DNC officials favored Hillary Clinton over Sanders in their fierce primary fight. She's set to step down from the party job after the convention.

Rawlings-Blake serves as secretary of the DNC.

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2:38 p.m.

The White House is pitching first lady Michelle Obama's speech Monday night as a barometer of party unity.

Democrats are trying to overcome anger from Bernie Sanders supporters to the leaked emails indicating staffers at the Democratic National Committee favored Clinton over Sanders.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest says he's confident Mrs. Obama will be warmly received at the Democratic National Convention. He says the first lady will give voice to the values and agenda that the Obama administration has pursued over the past seven years.

The White House says Mrs. Obama plans to talk about the role the president plays in the lives of children, shaping their values and aspirations, and why she believes Clinton is the leader with the ability to best fill that role.

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2:33 p.m.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has been chosen to gavel in the full convention on Monday in place of Democratic Party chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Anthony McCarthy, a spokesman for the mayor, confirmed Monday she has accepted the role.

Rawlings-Blake currently serves as secretary of the Democratic National Committee.

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2:27 p.m.

Former Vice President Al Gore is endorsing Hillary Clinton for president, but he says he is "not able" to attend the Democratic National Convention this week.

In a trio of tweets Monday, Gore said that he's voting for Clinton "given her qualifications and experience - and given the significant challenges facing our nation and the world." He did not tweet his reason for not attending the nominating convention.

Gore, an outspoken activist on the issue of global warming, specifically said that Clinton would help to raise awareness on the issue.

Gore was the Democratic nominee for president in 2000, but he lost the general election in a highly contentious race against George W. Bush.

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2:23 p.m.

Delegates for Bernie Sanders say they do not want to be taken for granted as the Democratic Party falls behind Hillary Clinton and nominates her for president this week.

Amos Miers of St. Petersburg, Fla., said Sanders should do more explaining before instructing supporters of his year-long challenge to Clinton. He says Sanders' supporters are "not going to get steamrolled."

Colorado delegate Anita Lynchsaid she "had to boo" and wants to take some type of action later on the convention floor. She wore a shirt depicting Sanders as a muppet.

They and other delegates pledged to Sanders booed him when he called for Clinton's election to the presidency.

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1:50 p.m.

Bernie Sanders drew boos and angry chants from his delegates as he called for the election of Hillary Clinton.

Many in the crowd chanted, "We want Bernie" as Democrats gathered in Philadelphia to nominate Clinton.

Sanders responded to his supporters with pragmatism; Clinton weeks ago locked up the number of delegates she needs to win the nomination. Sanders said, "This is the real world." He added that electing Clinton was the way to stop Republican Donald Trump, who he described as "a bully and a demagogue," from becoming president.

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1:36 p.m.

Outgoing Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman says she won't gavel her party's national convention to order on Monday afternoon.

She abruptly cancelled that plan just a few hours before she was to gavel open the nominating convention. In a brief phone conversation with the Sun Sentinel newspaper of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Wasserman Schultz said:

"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."

The Florida congresswoman had announced she would resign her post at the helm of the DNC in the wake of an email scandal involving her aides - but still gavel open and closed the Democrats' nominating convention this week. That was before she was booed and heckled as she spoke to her home state delegation from people angry that the hacked emails apparently showed some aides favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders in the party's presidential primary.

She added in her comments to the newspaper: "This needs to be all about making sure that everyone knows that Hillary Clinton would make the best president."

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1:23 p.m.

Bernie Sanders says that Debbie Wasserman Schultz's departure from the Democratic National Committee will "open the doors of the party to people who want real change."

To roaring cheers from delegates in Philadelphia, Sanders also touted progressive wins in the Democratic party platform and over future nominating rules. Many of his supporters ?- frustrated by the primary process and the recent leaked emails from Democratic party officials -? have been threatening protests at the DNC.

Sanders says his supporters should continue to push for the "transformation of American society."

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1:17 p.m.

Bernie Sanders is thanking his delegates at a meeting before the Democratic National Convention, saying "make no mistake about it, we have made history."

Sanders addressed over a thousand delegates packed into a ballroom at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, in advance of the Democratic National Convention. Many of his supporters ?- frustrated by the primary process and the recent leaked emails from Democratic party officials -? have been threatening protests at the DNC.

To wild cheers, Sanders said his candidacy proved that "the American people want a bold progressive agenda that takes on the billionaire class."

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1:00 p.m.

Former Vice President Al Gore is not attending the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this week.

Spokeswoman Betsy McManus told The Tennessean newspaper that Gore has "obligations in Tennessee," but she did not elaborate.

Gore is one of eight Tennessee superdelegates, but he has not pledged his support to presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton.

Gore was a Tennessee U.S. senator before joining Bill Clinton's presidential ticket in 1992. Gore lost the 2000 presidential race to Republican George W. Bush.

Since then Gore has become increasingly less active in electoral politics and more active in environmental causes, sharing the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for that effort.

Gore spoke on behalf of Democratic nominees John Kerry in 2004 and Barack Obama in 2008, but he did not attend the 2012 convention.

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12:30 p.m.

Danny Glover has told the Democratic National Convention's black caucus that it's important to push for "transformative change" and "listen to new voices that demand speaking truth to power."

The actor described Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump as a fascist and said citizens have to turn out to vote to defeat him.

Former NAACP President Ben Jealous, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and DNC Vice Chairwoman Donna Brazile were among the group that spoke to the group Monday.

Brazile says Bernie Sanders will "point the way forward" in his convention speech Monday night.

She apologized to those offended or betrayed by "ridiculous and insensitive" hacked emails from the Democratic Party that appeared to show the DNC favored Clinton over Sanders during the primaries.

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12:05 p.m.

Philadelphia's police commissioner says he was pleased with how police and protesters handled the first day of protests at the Democratic National Convention, but he compared Sunday to a "scrimmage game."

Commissioner Richard Ross said Monday that the protests around the city will only get bigger.

Ross stood outside City Hall as a group of Bernie Sanders supporters gathered, chanting "Nominate Sanders or lose in November!"

The commissioner says heat ranks high on his list of concerns as the city experiences an oppressive heat index above 100 degrees.

Ross says his officers on bikes were "hardcore" Sunday and he couldn't get them to take breaks in air conditioning. He says he hopes the officers will take breaks Monday to get water and spend some time in the shade.

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11:20 a.m.

Democratic National Convention protesters are gathering on the New Jersey side of a bridge leading to Philadelphia, preparing to march across it and possibly shut down traffic.

Busloads of activists are expected to march Monday across the Ben Franklin Bridge, most of them supporters of former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

Organizer Gary Frazier says if the crowd is big enough, they'll try to shut down traffic on the bridge.

Frazier says the goal is to get the convention to nominate Sanders for president. He says if that doesn't happen, there will be a push to withdraw Sanders supporters from the Democratic Party.

Sanders has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president.

Sanders supporters are angry over hacked emails that reveal the DNC might have favored Clinton over Sanders during the party's presidential primaries.

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10 a.m.

Protesters are gearing up outside Philadelphia's City Hall for a long, hot day of marches and rallies on the opening day of the Democratic National Convention.

Members of Equality Coalition, which supports the beliefs of former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and Green Party candidate Jill Stein, are arranging to have hundreds of spray bottles filled with water to hand out to protesters. They're also preparing buckets full of ice and towels to help overheated marchers cool off.

The National Weather Service says temperatures will hover in the mid- to upper-90s on Monday. With humidity, it will feel more like 105 degrees.

Organizer Jenni Kelleher says she marched Sunday when temperatures were in the high 90s. She doesn't think the heat will keep protesters away.

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9:56 a.m.

Hillary Clinton's campaign manager says there's no comparison between the disunity at the Republican convention and the state of the Democratic Party.

Robby Mook is noting that no living Republican presidents attended the GOP convention, nor did the governor of Ohio, which hosted the gathering. He says in contrast, "Everybody is actually showing up at our convention and they're endorsing Hillary Clinton."

He sidestepped questions about the role of ousted Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz's role at the convention. He says it was "her decision" to step down at the end of the convention.

Mook spoke to reporters at a Bloomberg breakfast.

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9:54 a.m.

Vice President Joe Biden will hold his first campaign rally for Hillary Clinton next month in his hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Biden had planned to campaign for Clinton earlier this month but postponed the event after five police officers were killed in Dallas. That incident also led Clinton's GOP rival Donald Trump to scrap events.

The White House says Biden will now travel to Scranton on August 15. The locale has dual significance - it's also where Clinton's father lived for years.

The rally will come nearly three weeks after Biden speaks Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention. Biden has endorsed Clinton and promised to campaign hard for her but was seen as a potential chief rival to her had he run for president. He opted out last year.

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9:38 a.m.

Furious protesters nearly drowned out Debbie Wasserman Schultz' speech to her home state delegation Monday, crowding the stage and screaming, "You're ruining our democracy!"

A row of police officers stood between the stage and the protesters as the Florida congresswoman, who is up for re-election, finished her speech. Several of her supporters stood on chairs and waved T-shirts bearing her name, whole some yelled at the Sanders' supporters to step back or sit down.

The Sanders' supporters held paper signs that said "E-mails" on one side and "Thanks for the `help' Debbie," on the other.

Wasserman Schultz announced Sunday she would step down from the party chairmanship after the convention this week. She was pressured to resign after hacked emails revealed the DNC may have favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders during the party's presidential primaries.

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9:22 a.m.

Outgoing Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is being heckled at a breakfast of Florida delegates, with opponents shouting, "Shame!"

The Florida congresswoman announced Sunday that she would resign as the party's chair at the end of this week's Democratic National Convention.

Wasserman Schultz is telling the crowd during a raucous scene that "we have to make sure that we move together in a unified way." But supporters of Bernie Sanders shouted at her during her brief remarks to the breakfast.

Her ouster came after a firestorm over hacked emails that suggested the DNC favored Hillary Clinton in the presidential primaries against Bernie Sanders.

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9:20 a.m.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is downplaying turmoil in the Democratic Party, saying it "doesn't really matter" who is the party chair.

Pelosi blames the Russians for the hack of Democratic National Committee emails that revealed that party officials strategized against Bernie Sanders in favor of Hillary Clinton.

Pelosi says the matter should be "scrutinized," and "I do think there should be some examination of what happened at the DNC and action should be taken."

The revelations led party chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz to announce she would step down after the Democratic convention in Philadelphia.

Pelosi predicts that development will end up being "probably one of the most unimportant things that happened at the convention."

She made her comments at a breakfast hosted by Bloomberg News Monday in Philadelphia.

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9:17 a.m.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a former chairman of the Democratic Party, said Monday that "we're done" with the controversy over hacked party emails.

"I think the good news now is we're done," McAuliffe said, after speaking to a delegate breakfast in Philadelphia on the first day of the Democratic National Convention. "We've dealt with the issue. Debbie has resigned and now we've got to go forward. She did the right thing. I used to be chairman of the Democratic National Committee. You should never tolerate anyone on your staff or allow people to write those kinds of things."

McAuliffe said he hopes the delegates will treat Wasserman Schultz with respect, noting that "she wants to get up there" and participate this week. He added that she has worked hard and "it's not an easy job."

McAuliffe said he spoke to Wasserman Schultz last night and said the resignation "was very hard on her. You don't like to see anyone have to go through this."

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8:36 a.m.

Hillary Clinton's spokesman says hacked emails in which Democratic party officials discuss how to undermine Bernie Sanders' campaign don't mean the nomination process was rigged.

But campaign spokesman Brian Fallon is not defending emails that discuss using Sanders' religious beliefs against him. He calls those emails "completely unacceptable" and noted that the official involved has apologized. Fallon left open the possibility that the person could face "further action."

He says that, "by every standard Hillary Clinton won a decisive victory."

He noted that Clinton won more pledged delegates and had a greater popular vote than Sanders, and that the Vermont senator himself has acknowledged that Clinton is the "rightful nominee."

Fallon spoke on CNN.

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8:03 a.m.

Donald Trump is brushing off claims that Russia is trying to help his campaign by leaking thousands of emails from the Democratic National Committee.

Trump said in a Tweet Monday that reports of Russia releasing the emails because Russian President Vladimir Putin likes him is "the new joke in town."

The Republican presidential nominee was reacting a day after Democrat Hillary Clinton's campaign manager accused "Russian state actors" of breaking into the DNC's emails to boost Trump. Robby Mook told CNN that it's no coincidence the emails are coming out on the eve of the party's nominating convention in Philadelphia. Some Republicans opposed to Trump have sought to cast him as pro-Putin.

Wikileaks has posted emails that suggested the DNC was favoring Clinton during the primary season. The disclosures forced the resignation of DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

In another Tweet, Trump says "bad judgment was on display" by DNC officials who criticized Clinton's primary rival Bernie Sanders.

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7:48 a.m.

Retired Gen. John Allen is endorsing Democrat Hillary Clinton for president, calling it "a very personal decision."

Allen, who most recently served as America's special envoy to the coalition fighting the Islamic State group, said Monday that he generally keeps out of politics but "given the complexities of issues facing our country today and its longtime allies, I felt compelled to speak up and be heard."

He added: "I have no doubt that she is the leader we need at this time to keep our country safe."

Allen is the former deputy commander of U. S. Central Command and previously oversaw NATO troops in Afghanistan.

Republican Donald Trump has said that in his administration, the U.S. might not come to the defense of NATO allies who don't contribute enough to the alliance. Republicans and Democrats have widely panned that position as dangerous and evidence of Trump's lack of fitness for high office. NATO members promise that an attack against any of them is considered an assault against all.

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7:07 a.m.

Elizabeth Warren, a favorite of liberals, will deliver the keynote address at the Democratic convention.

The Massachusetts senator speaks Monday night in an opening lineup that also includes first lady Michelle Obama, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who finished second in the Democratic primary.

Sanders will notably deliver the night's closing address. Sanders generated enormous enthusiasm among young people and liberals during the Democratic primary, voters Hillary Clinton needs to show up for her in November.

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3:20 a.m.

Democrats are opening their national convention in Philadelphia eager to show off a forward-looking party united behind Hillary Clinton. But they face lingering bitterness among supporters of defeated rival Bernie Sanders and a fresh political mess of the party's own making.

The resignation of Debbie Wasserman Schultz as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee made for a rocky start on Sunday. The Florida congresswoman heeded Sanders' longstanding call to leave as party chief. Her departure comes a few days after the publication of 19,000 hacked emails, which the Vermont senator said confirmed his belief the national party played favorites for Clinton during the primary.

Wasserman Schultz's abrupt departure was undoubtedly an effort to keep the Democrats' gathering from devolving into the tumult that marred last week's Republican National Convention.


Traffic stop leads to recovery of 523 bags of heroin, Smyrna Police say

By DJ McAneny 11:08am, July 26, 2016
Capice Johnson/Courtesy Smyrna Police
A traffic stop in Smyrna led to the confiscation of more than 500 bags of heroin, authorities announced Tuesday.

According to Smyrna Police, Capice Johnson, 21, of Smyrna, was stopped at 12:35 a.m. on July 19, 2016, for "moving and equipment violations."

During the stop, authorities found 523 bags of heroin, a small amount of marijuana, and approximately $1,100 in suspected drug proceeds, they said.

The heroin was found in wax folds in a bag on the rear passenger seat while the marijuana was handed over by Johnson to officers after police detected a "strong odor of marijuana," police said.

He was charged with possession of a controlled substance-Tier V quantity, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance with an aggravating factor, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, operating a vehicle with illegal window tinting, and failure to yield right of way. He was committed to the Department of Correction in lieu of $80,400 cash bond.


DNC Protests: Sanders supporters march across Ben Franklin Bridge

By Associated Press 2:19pm, July 25, 2016 - Updated 9:03pm, July 25, 2016
Demonstrators make their way to downtown on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
It's been a hectic day in Philadelphia.

Not only are Bernie Sanders supporters riled up, so is Mother Nature. Protesters in a park across from Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center have been encouraged to seek shelter from a storm rolling through the area with thunderstorms and heavy rain.

Meanwhile, police say more than 50 people have been cited for disorderly conduct after trying to climb barricades. Sanders, tonight's keynoter, has been texting supporters to avoid being disruptive.









The Latest on protests on the first day of the Democratic National Convention (all times local):

8:15 p.m.

Philadelphia officials say 41 people have been treated for heat-related issues or other injuries during protests related to the Democratic convention.

They say 17 of those treated have been taken to hospitals to be evaluated. The injuries stemmed from falls, allergies and difficulty in the scorching heat that reached the high 90s in Philadelphia before thunderstorms rolled through Monday evening.

A police spokesman says there are no immediate injuries being reported from the strong storm that led protesters to seek shelter under highway underpasses.

The storm also led some of the hundreds of journalists working at the convention to evacuate a media tent near the Wells Fargo Center.

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7:20 p.m.

Philadelphia officials are urging those protesting in a park across from the site of the Democratic convention to seek shelter from a storm rolling through the area with thunderstorms and heavy rain.

The Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management urged those in FDR Park to seek shelter beneath an Interstate 95 underpass.

Organizers also recommended that media members evacuate a tent in the parking lot of the Wells Fargo Center arena Monday night, saying that it was not designed "to fully protect inhabitants in the event of a direct lightning strike."

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm and flash flood warning in the city.

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7:10 p.m.

Philadelphia police say 55 people have been cited for disorderly conduct after demonstrators tried to climb barricades near the Democratic convention.

Police say no one was arrested in the crowd of largely pro-Bernie Sanders protesters.

Hundreds in the group had marched several miles to the convention site in South Philadelphia despite punishing afternoon temperatures that reached the high 90s.

Transit officials are now keeping anyone without a convention ticket from taking the Broad Street subway to the final stop at the arena. They say police requested the move to control crowds outside the site.

Sanders is to speak at the convention Monday night.

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6:50 p.m.

Transit officials are blocking anyone without a credential for the Democratic convention from traveling to the subway stop by the arena after dozens of demonstrators were detained outside.

A spokesman for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority says police requested the move because of the crowds on the street near the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia.

Septa spokesman Andrew Busch says that southbound passengers must have a credential to travel to the final stop on the Broad Street line near the convention site. He says there are no restrictions on the northbound route.

Hundreds of protesters supporting Bernie Sanders have marched about 4 miles to the area. It's not clear if any of those detained as they tried to climb over barriers will be charged or cited.

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5:50 p.m.

Authorities have begun detaining protesters who tried to climb over barricades manned by police at the edge of the security zone that surrounds the site of the Democratic convention.

Chief Inspector Joseph Sullivan says over 40 people have been detained Monday.

Other protesters sat down outside the entrance to the subway station where service to the arena had been suspended earlier Monday.

Officials say some people will be detained temporarily and receive citations, but won't be arrested.

A number of the protesters were affiliated with Democracy Spring, a group that wants to abolish superdelegates.

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5:40 p.m.

City officials in Philadelphia have removed Mississippi's state flag from a lamppost after demonstrators sat in a roadway in protest while marching down Broad Street ahead of the Democratic convention.

The flag includes the Confederate emblem.

Brian Abernathy, Philadelphia's first deputy managing director, says that the flag and a second one nearby have been taken down.

He says the city started to receive complaints from residents since the flags went back up as part of reinvigoration efforts of the so-called Avenue of the States ahead of the convention.

The flags of the 50 states have been adorning the light poles flanking Broad Street.

Philadelphia police were heckled when they kept protesters from climbing the pole to remove the flags.

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5:30 p.m.

A teenage soprano who drew rave reviews for his performance last year for Pope Francis has performed the national anthem at the Democratic National Convention.

Bobby Hill, of Philadelphia's Keystone State Boychoir, sang the anthem on Monday.

For Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia last year, the 14-year-old sang Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Pie Jesu."

He also presented the pope with a rock that the choir brought back from its trip to Antarctica.

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4:50 p.m.

Philadelphia's transit agency has shut down service to the subway station that serves the arena where the Democratic convention is being held due to "security measures" as protesters marched outside.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority said southbound service will end on the Broad Street line at Oregon Avenue, one stop before the final station, until further notice. The agency said there was northbound service from the convention site station.

Police were extending metal fences to the edge of the sidewalk outside of the station to keep protesters from advancing.

Protesters chanted "Nonviolent! Peaceful protest!" while trying to make their way over the fences.

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4:45 p.m.

Philadelphia police say they haven't issued a single citation to protesters marching through town on the first day of the Democratic convention.

Police Commissioner Richard Ross says no major problems have been reported from any of the demonstrations taking place across town.

The stifling heat with temperatures in the high-90s has led a few marchers to seek medical aid. And officials are keeping an eye on the threat of severe storms in the forecast Monday night.

Many of the protesters are gathering in an outdoor park near the convention site.

Hundreds of people marched several miles from City Hall to the park Monday afternoon to support former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, the Green Party and other causes.

Sanders has met with his delegates in Philadelphia and asked them to support front-runner Hillary Clinton.

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4:30 p.m.

Philadelphia will remove Mississippi's state flag from lamppost after a group of about 50 protesters sat in a roadway in protest while marching down Philadelphia's Broad Street ahead of the Democratic convention.

The flag includes the Confederate emblem.

Brian Abernathy, Philadelphia's first deputy managing editor, says that the flag and a second one nearby will be removed Monday night.

He says the city started to receive complaints from residents since the flags went back up as part of reinvigoration efforts of the so-called Avenue of the States ahead of the convention.

The flags of all 50 states fly from light poles flanking Broad Street.

Philadelphia police told the marchers they can't climb the pole and take the flag down. The crowd heckled the officers, telling them to think for themselves.

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4 p.m.

Activists Cornel West and Chris Hedges are helping lead a march against poverty and homelessness on the opening day of the Democratic convention in Philadelphia.

Monday's March for Our Lives also features Jill Stein, the Green Party's presidential candidate. She spoke to the crowd of hundreds, who chanted "Jill not Hill!" It was organized by The Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign.

The city initially denied the anti-poverty group's application for a permit to march. The American Civil Liberties Union filed the suit in June on the group's behalf, and the city settled by giving them a permit.

The group is marching to a park near the arena that is the site for the convention. Stein is set to have a rally for her campaign there.

Other events in FDR Park include a candlelight vigil organized by Bernie Sanders supporters who are mourning "The Death of Democracy."

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3:30 p.m.

A group of about 50 protesters have stopped their march down Philadelphia's Broad Street ahead of the Democratic convention and are sitting on the roadway refusing to move until Mississippi's state flag is taken down from a lamppost.

The flag includes the Confederate emblem. The marchers, mostly supporters of Bernie Sanders, say the DNC protects this type of mentality.

Philadelphia police are telling the marchers they can't climb the pole and take the flag down. The crowd is heckling the officers, telling them to think for themselves.

The flags of all 50 states fly from light poles flanking Broad Street.

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2:30 p.m.

Hundreds of protesters are marching south of Philadelphia's City Hall in support of former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and other causes despite high temperatures that have led a few people to seek medical help.

The Philadelphia Fire Department says that nine people in town for the Democratic convention have been treated by emergency responders. Three of them have been taken to hospitals for evaluation.

The National Weather Service says temperatures will hover in the mid- to upper-90s on Monday. With humidity, it will feel more like 105 degrees.

Some of the protesters marching down Broad Street are criticizing the Democratic Party a day after emails suggested a party bias against Sanders.

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1:55 p.m.

A Cleveland police union, with the help of local businesses, is sending two refrigerated trucks full of water, sports drinks and the city's famed corned beef sandwiches to Philadelphia for law enforcement officers providing security at that city's Democratic convention.

Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association President Steve Loomis said Monday that the trucks would be headed to Philadelphia as soon as they're loaded.

Loomis says individuals dropped off thousands of cases of water and sports drink at the union hall last week for officers working security at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. People also donated large amounts of non-perishable food like granola bars, as well as items such as suntan lotion and bug spray.

Loomis says volunteers distributed a truckload of bottled water each day during the four-day convention.

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1:30 p.m.

Actress and Bernie Sanders supporter Rosario Dawson says followers need to listen to the Vermont senator "and see how we can take this revolution to the next level."

Dawson spoke to a group of Sanders' delegates at an event before the Democratic convention on Monday.

Dawson, an outspoken Sanders supporter who starred in "Rent," says that it's important to make sure that liberal initiatives included in the Democrats' party platform are followed.

She says if it isn't, "then civil disobedience will follow."

Dawson opened for Sanders, who told supporters that they need to support presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton to defeat Donald Trump.

Dawson says that Clinton is a follower and not a leader and that "our revolution is depending on your time, your energy, your blood sweat and tears."

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1:15 p.m.

Bernie Sanders supporters who marched across a bridge from New Jersey into Philadelphia in the sweltering heat have arrived in the City of Brotherly Love ahead of the Democratic convention.

About 100 marchers chanting "We are the 99 percent" have made their way across the Ben Franklin Bridge and spilled onto the Philadelphia side.

They plan to meet up with a rally at Philadelphia's City Hall. The group will then march down Broad Street toward a park across the street from where the convention begins late Monday.

The heat wave hasn't keep protesters away from Monday's rallies, but Police Commissioner Richard Ross is urging marchers to be careful and not overestimate their abilities. Temperatures are in the high 90s but feel more like 105 degrees.

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12:30 p.m.

Danny Glover has told the Democratic National Convention's black caucus that it's important to push for "transformative change" and "listen to new voices that demand speaking truth to power."

The actor described Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump as a fascist and said citizens have to turn out to vote to defeat him.

Former NAACP President Ben Jealous, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and DNC Vice Chairwoman Donna Brazile were among the group that spoke to the group Monday.

Brazile says Bernie Sanders will "point the way forward" in his convention speech Monday night.

She apologized to those offended or betrayed by "ridiculous and insensitive" hacked emails from the Democratic Party that appeared to show the DNC favored Clinton over Sanders during the primaries.

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12:05 p.m.

Philadelphia's police commissioner says he was pleased with how police and protesters handled the first day of protests at the Democratic National Convention, but he compared Sunday to a "scrimmage game."

Commissioner Richard Ross said Monday that the protests around the city will only get bigger.

Ross stood outside City Hall as a group of Bernie Sanders supporters gathered, chanting "Nominate Sanders or lose in November!"

The commissioner says heat ranks high on his list of concerns as the city experiences an oppressive heat index above 100 degrees.

Ross says his officers on bikes were "hardcore" Sunday and he couldn't get them to take breaks in air conditioning. He says he hopes the officers will take breaks Monday to get water and spend some time in the shade.

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11:20 a.m.

Democratic National Convention protesters are gathering on the New Jersey side of a bridge leading to Philadelphia, preparing to march across it and possibly shut down traffic.

Busloads of activists are expected to march Monday across the Ben Franklin Bridge, most of them supporters of former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

Organizer Gary Frazier says if the crowd is big enough, they'll try to shut down traffic on the bridge.

Frazier says the goal is to get the convention to nominate Sanders for president. He says if that doesn't happen, there will be a push to withdraw Sanders supporters from the Democratic Party.

Sanders has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president.

Sanders supporters are angry over hacked emails that reveal the DNC might have favored Clinton over Sanders during the party's presidential primaries.

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10 a.m.

Protesters are gearing up outside Philadelphia's City Hall for a long, hot day of marches and rallies on the opening day of the Democratic National Convention.

Members of Equality Coalition, which supports the beliefs of former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and Green Party candidate Jill Stein, are arranging to have hundreds of spray bottles filled with water to hand out to protesters. They're also preparing buckets full of ice and towels to help overheated marchers cool off.

The National Weather Service says temperatures will hover in the mid- to upper-90s on Monday. With humidity, it will feel more like 105 degrees.

Organizer Jenni Kelleher says she marched Sunday when temperatures were in the high 90s. She doesn't think the heat will keep protesters away.

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8:15 a.m.

After some early morning thunderstorms, the heat wave that's been steaming Philadelphia ahead of the Democratic National Convention is set to reach its peak.

The National Weather Service says temperatures will hover in the mid- to upper-90s on Monday, the first day of the convention. With humidity, it will feel more like 105 degrees.

Protester Tony Schuster is staying at a campground in New Jersey. The Bernie Sanders supporter from Michigan says despite all the thunder, it didn't rain too heavily there. He says campground conditions are good and it's not too muddy. Mostly, he says, it's just hot.

The city is under an excessive heat warning until 6 p.m.

Sanders is due to deliver Monday's closing address at the convention, where Hillary Clinton will receive the formal nomination for president.

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12:30 a.m.

The Democratic National Convention gets underway in Philadelphia on Monday.

The city is preparing for much bigger demonstrations than the Republican convention last week in Cleveland, and much higher temperatures.

In one of the largest rallies planned for the day, a pro-Bernie Sanders group is expected to walk across the Ben Franklin Bridge, which connects Camden, New Jersey, and Philadelphia.

The demonstrations, largely driven by Sanders supporters, have been peaceful, so far.

On Sunday, several protests were held around the city.

Volunteers will be handing out water all week to demonstrators as the region copes with an oppressive heat wave. The National Weather Service says it will hit a peak on Monday with temperatures in the city possibly reaching 100 degrees, but feeling like 108.


Delaware Democrats hope email controversy won't prevent unity at DNC

By Tom Lehman 8:13pm, July 25, 2016 - Updated 8:59pm, July 25, 2016
VIDEO: Delaware Democratic Party Chairman John Daniello talks about the Democratic National Convention.
The Wikileaks email controversy may have cost Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz her job atop the Democratic National Committee but Delaware Democrats attending the national party's convention believe the issue won't ruin the four-day event or mire the party's efforts to elect Hillary Clinton in November.

Several members of Delaware's delegation to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia said they considered DNC email leak to be a setback, but emphasized the need for members of the party to come together as Clinton received the nomination.

Pressured to resign after hacked emails appeared to show the DNC may have favored Hillary Clinton over Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) during the party's presidential primaries, Wasserman Schultz announced Sunday she would step down from the party chairmanship after the convention this week.

She was heckled while speaking to her home state delegation on Monday and Sanders, who received an apology from party officials over the emails, was met with boos after urging supporters to vote for Clinton.

"It's a distraction obviously here at the convention because of the timing but, with everything I'm hearing from the Sanders and Clinton camps, I think we'll be fine," said Delaware Democratic Party Chairman John Daniello.

The email dump stoked some Sanders supporters into demonstrating outside the convention. Police said 40 people were taken into custody during the protests.

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell said Wasserman Schultz's decision "made sense" because it would have drove a wedge among Democrats at a time when they should be focused on nominating a candidate for president.

"The last thing Sec. Clinton needs is having to deal with internal politics with the Democratic national committee, when that's not really what the country cares about," he said.

Sen. Chris Coons said during an interview with WDEL that the party has to remain neutral in primary campaigns.

"You can't publicly say that the DNC is neutral and then privately have staff running around trying to figure out ways to trip up Senator Sanders. That's very unfortunate," he said.

Erik Raser-Schram, a member of the Delaware delegation, said Clinton offers a platform that is more inclusive of all people. He said the former secretary of state is frequently less divisive than Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump and his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, whom he he said have both stirred racial tensions through recent comments.

"He's been fueling that fire and I'm hoping the Democratic party is an alternative to that and represents everyone in our country and not just special interest groups," he said.

Sarah McBride, a Delaware delegate and LGBTQ activist who will become the first openly transgender person to speak at a major party's convention, said she was excited about the opportunity to cast a vote in Clinton's favor. She said Trump and Pence will push for policies and U.S. Supreme Court nominees that are less supportive of LGBTQ rights.

"The contrast couldn't be clearer. One is a message of hate, division and fear. The other is a message of hope, inclusion and progress," she said. "I think at the end of the day...the latter message, the message of hope and progress will win out."

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Fudge to Sanders supporters: Don't vote Green

By Joe Irizarry 1:37pm, July 25, 2016
Ohio Congresswoman Marcia Fudge speaks in Philadelphia (WDEL/Joe Irizarry)
The new chair of this week's Democratic National Convention says Debbie Wasserman Schultz did the right thing by stepping down as chair of the party.

"I think that Debbie, who is my friend, did what was right - and not just for her, but for the party. I think that it was a distraction, and she took the high road and said, 'Look, I don't want to be this distraction anymore. I need for this party to come together. If I step aside, it may help the process.' And I think that's what she did and I'm really, really pleased," said Ohio Congresswoman Marcia Fudge at the Embassy Suites-Philadelphia Airport.

Fudge warned Sanders supporters against following through on threats to not vote for Clinton and to vote for a third-party candidate instead.

"When has the Green Party ever won anything. Let's be realistic about this. There is too much at stake for us to play politics. We must win," Fudge said.

And she believes a good number of Sanders delegates are on board with Clinton.

"I think of the 1900 Bernie delegates that are here, we have two-thirds of them already," Fudge said.

As for running this week's convention, Fudge promised to be fair, even handed and allow Bernie Sanders delegates to have their say. She hopes Democrats can leave Philadelphia it together and knowing they're the stronger party and do everything they can to win the White House.




Coons: DWS stepping down is appropriate

By Chris Carl 3:17pm, July 25, 2016 - Updated 6:53am, July 26, 2016
Sen. Chris Coons (WDEL File)
Delaware Senator Chris Coons has no problems with says Debbie Wasserman Schultz stepping down as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, and the decision by Wasserman Schultz to not gavel the convention to order on its opening day.

"I think that's appropriate, that there's some sacrifice in the interest of party unity, and in order to clarify that this it the kind of action that we shouldn't accept," Coons told WDEL's Rick Jensen.

Coons, one of Delaware's super delegates at the convention, said he hasn't seen the leaked DNC e-mails - which reportedly show the committee was favoring Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders - but he says any appearance of bias is "unfortunate" - especially if reports are true that some wanted to use Sanders' faith against him.

"That's just appalling. My hope is these prove to be e-mails from relatively junior staffers who were venting their personal feelings. But, in any event, it's inappropriate," Coons said.

Coons said the DNC has to be neutral in primary campaigns.

"You can't publicly say that the DNC is neutral and then privately have staff running around trying to figure out ways to trip up Senator Sanders. That's very unfortunate," Coons dais.





Coons spent part of his first day at the convention speaking on a panel on voting rights and criminal justice reform at the National Constitution Center. He was also scheduled to speak about U.S. business opportunities in Africa.


DuPont tops Street 2Q forecasts

By Associated Press 10:24am, July 26, 2016
DuPont Co. on Tuesday reported second-quarter earnings of $1.02 billion.

On a per-share basis, the Wilmington, Delaware-based company said it had net income of $1.16. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs and to account for discontinued operations, came to $1.24 per share.

The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.10 per share.

The chemical company posted revenue of $7.06 billion in the period, also exceeding Street forecasts. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $7.05 billion.

DuPont expects full-year earnings in the range of $3.15 to $3.20 per share.

DuPont shares have increased slightly more than 3 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index has climbed 6 percent.


Chincoteague ponies corralled for Wednesday's annual pony swim

By Kelli Steele 1:58pm, July 25, 2016
Chincoteague ponies (Courtesy of the Chincoteague Island Facebook page)
Thousands of people are in Chincoteague already, gearing up for the annual pony swim on Wednesday.

The ponies from the northern corral were led down the beach on Monday morning to join the ponies of the southern corral.

On Wednesday, the ponies will swim across the Assateague Channel during the period of time between high and low tide.

Although the official time will be announced at the carnival grounds right before they swim, it's expected to be around 9:30 a.m.


Delaware State Fire School receives $300K grant for new fire engine

By Rob Petree 5:14pm, July 25, 2016
Sen. Tom Carper was on-hand to unveil the competitive grant the Delaware State Fire School received. (Photo/Rob Petree)
The Delaware State Fire School received a $300,000 grant--for the third year in a row--to help assist with training new firefighters.

The money from the Assistance to Firefighters will supply the program with much-needed props and simulators and a brand new fire engine.

Senator Tom Carper was at the school in Dover on Monday to announce that the fire school would be receiving the grant, which he says is very competitive.

"For every dollar in the federal grant that can be distributed to states, the fire companies, or fire school's like ours, for every dollar that's available in grants, there is probably three, four, or five dollars in requests. So not everybody gets the grant, they have to be well thought out, well written, and they have to actually demonstrate a good benefit to the cost," he said.

Tucker Dempsey, training administrator at the fire school said the grant will provide a more realistic approach to firefighting training.



"We want to make sure that we have all the training we can, so we make sure the guys know exactly what their supposed to do," said Dempsey. "All the men and woman that come out here, they want to make sure that they learn how to put their gear on properly, and they want to make sure that their facing realistic situations, so we're going to put them in this simulator, and it's going to be a lot more realistic than what we have now, and that way when they get to a real fire their going to be prepared and ready to go, and put the fire out."

Since 2001, the Assistance to Firefighters Grant has helped firefighters and other first responders obtain critically needed equipment, training, along with other resources that are needed in the line of duty.


Coast Guard: Boaters found in disabled boat in Delaware Bay

By Associated Press 5:09pm, July 25, 2016
The U.S. Coast Guard said a missing father and son were found on their disabled boat in the Delaware Bay after a seven-hour search.

They went boating near Cedar Creek Boat Ramp on Sunday afternoon, but the Coast Guard received a report from a 911 dispatcher Sunday night that they were overdue.

The Coast Guard and other agencies searched for more than seven hours before they were found on a disabled 20-foot recreational boat around 4 a.m. Monday.

Petty Officer 3rd Class David Micallef said the man and his 17-year-old son were found five miles from the dock in the bay.

No injuries were reported.


12 arrested after 2 Ocean City, MD boardwalk confrontations with police

By Associated Press 10:24am, July 26, 2016
Police in Ocean City, Maryland said 12 people were arrested during two confrontations with officers on the boardwalk over the weekend.

Police said in a statement Monday that officers saw a man kick a trashcan to the center of the crowded boardwalk near 1st Street on Saturday night. When officers approached, police say the man became aggressive and a crowd gathered. Police say people assaulted officers as they tried to disperse the crowd and five were arrested.

About three hours later, officers found a disorderly crowd of about 200 people near 7th Street and the boardwalk with some were yelling profanities and throwing bottles. The crowd was hostile and aggressive toward the dozens of officers dispersing the crowd and police say seven people were arrested.

Police said no injuries were reported.


Behavior changes offer clues that dementia could be brewing

By Amy Cherry 3:13pm, July 25, 2016
Changes in behavior or personality--not memory loss--might be an early warning sign that dementia is brewing.

Researchers on Sunday outlined a syndrome called "mild behavioral impairment" that may be a harbinger of Alzheimer's or other dementias. They proposed a checklist of symptoms to alert doctors and families.

The checklist makes clear the symptoms such as apathy, anxiety and unusual aggression must reflect changes in someone's prior behavior that have lasted at least six months.

Depression and other neuropsychiatric symptoms aren't uncommon in people who already have dementia. But in determining who's at risk, specialists said it's time to consider more than just forgetfulness.

The checklist was presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Toronto.




Doctors urged to check pregnant women for Zika at each visit

By Associated Press 3:13pm, July 25, 2016
Zika can cause birth defects. (AP Photo)
U.S. health officials are strongly urging doctors to ask all pregnant women about a possible Zika infection at every checkup.

So far, there have been no confirmed cases of a Zika infection from a mosquito bite in the United States, although officials expect mosquitoes will start spreading it in Southern states.

All U.S. illnesses have been connected to travel to areas with Zika outbreaks.

The advice came Monday as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention fine-tuned its guidance. It urged doctors to at least ask pregnant women if they or their sex partner were in an outbreak area, and suggested expanded use of a sophisticated blood test.

The Zika virus is mainly spread by mosquito bites, but also through sex. Infection during pregnancy can result in birth defects.


The recipe for building wealth hasn't changed

By Associated Press 3:13pm, July 25, 2016
Building wealth has gotten harder for most people in recent years. But the habits that can make you rich haven't changed.

It boils down to this: putting aside money, regularly and consistently, that can be invested for your future. You have to leave that money alone to grow, which means you also need an emergency fund. And you must be careful with debt, because the wrong kinds can erode your wealth rather than build it.

It's a simple formula but one that's become increasingly hard to implement as incomes stagnate and prices rise. A shocking number of American households - nearly half, by the Federal Reserve's last count - don't have enough savings to cover an unexpected $400 expense. Our inability to save has contributed to a 21 percent decline in household median net worth between 1998, the year median incomes peaked in America, and 2013, the last year for which Fed stats are available.

Hardest-hit are households in the lower middle class, which in 2013 meant incomes from $23,300 to $40,499. Their net worth fell by half.

Creating wealth is more difficult when you don't have the economy behind you lifting your income, but it's still possible. Here are the habits that people who build wealth use:

THEY PAY THEMSELVES FIRST: If you have nothing saved, start. You don't need to have several months' worth of expenses set aside, at least not yet: $500 is enough for now. That will cover many minor emergencies that might otherwise add to your debt.

Put aside something, anything, into an emergency fund every single paycheck. Pay the minimums on your credit cards and student loans and mortgages if that's the only way to get a little breathing room. Make the transfers automatic, so they happen before you see the money and are tempted to spend it.

THEN INVEST FOR RETIREMENT: If there's one thing every 20-something should be doing, it's contributing to a retirement fund. (See "The Smartest Financial Decision You'll Ever Make ") There's no better time to put money aside than when you have decades ahead of you for that money to grow.

Those who start early have a much easier time of it: To retire with 60 percent of current income, someone starting at age 25 needs to put aside 6.4 percent of his pay. A 45-year-old would need to save 19.4 percent.

Even if you got a late start, you still need to save and invest. Most people have to stop working eventually, and even a small cushion can help you have a more comfortable retirement.

Oh, and you need to have most of your portfolio in equities, such as stock mutual funds and stock exchange traded funds. The financial crisis and continuing stock market volatility scared many people into keeping their money in low-risk investments, but that's no way to get ahead. You need the kind of investment growth that can outpace inflation, and that's what stocks offer.

THEY'RE SMART ABOUT DEBT: Moderate amounts of student loan debt can help you get an education that boosts your income. A reasonably sized mortgage can help you build equity in a home. Otherwise, you need to be cautious about adding new debts and vigilant about getting rid of any toxic debt that's weighing you down.

Payday loans, auto title loans and credit card debt are among the biggest wealth-killers. If you have so much of this debt that you cannot pay it off in five years - while staying afloat with food and shelter - you should be talking with a bankruptcy attorney or credit counselor.

Otherwise, you need to target this debt for extinction. It may take years to dig yourself out, but keep chipping away. You'll gain financial flexibility and, even better, lose the ever-present worry that comes with overwhelming debt.

Having some wealth doesn't mean you stop worrying, of course. Even millionaires don't feel like they're out of the woods. Six out of 10 people with $1 million to $5 million in assets said one major setback, such as a lost job or a stock market crash, could have a major impact on their lifestyle, according to a survey by investment bank UBS.

As you move away from a paycheck-to-paycheck life, though, you're getting financially stronger. You're better able to weather setbacks and you'll have assets, such as stocks and a home, that can grow in value during good times. Even if you never make it to millionaire status, you can build a decent net worth that means a more comfortable life.




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