The 2016 Democratic National Convention opens Monday in Philadelphia against a backdrop of embarrassment and anxiety. Leaked e-mails indicate that some leaders of the Democratic National Committee worked to oppose the candidacy of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), which led the Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’ resignation from the DNC chair post. The Clinton campaign claimed that the leak was the work of Russian hackers, working in support of Donald Trump. Also, polls out Monday show that Trump, now officially the Republican nominee, got a strong “bounce” from the GOP convention, and is now ahead of Hillary Clinton by 0.2 percent in the average of polls taken over the last week. The convention will open Monday at 1 p.m. (Pacific time). Speakers will include First Lady Michelle Obama and Sanders.
Verizon, one of the nation’s biggest telecommunications companies, will purchase Yahoo, a major internet portal and e-mail provider and host, for a reported $4.83 billion. According to the Associated Press, Yahoo will be combined with AOL, purchased for $4.4 billion in 2015. Competition from Facebook and Google are blamed for a steep decline in revenue.
TWO KILLED, 17 HURT AT FLORIDA PARTY
A party in Fort Myers, Fla., turned deadly early Monday morning as two people were fatally shot and 17 more wounded. The attack was at a nightclub hosting a party for teens. Police say that attack was not a terrorist act. Dead are Sean Archilles, 14, and Stef’an Strawder. Three people have been detained. The shootings took place around 12:30 a.m. just as the party was ending and parents were arriving to pick up their children, according to the AP.
BOMBER CLAIMS ISIS LOYALTY
A man who blew himself up outside a wine bar in Ansbach, Germany Sunday night had earlier pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, according to authorities. The bomb killed only the bomber, but injured 15 people. According to the AP, the 27-year-man, went to the wine bar after he had been denied entrance to an outdoor concert in Bavaria. It’s reported that the man was suffering from mental problems and had twice attempted suicide.
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