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A toy vendor sells a Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton jack-in-the-box near City Hall in Philadelphia, Tuesday, July 26, 2016, during the second day of the Democratic National Convention. (John Minchillo / Associated Press)

Clinton wins historic nomination, says glass ceiling cracked

PHILADELPHIA – A glass ceiling is shattering at the Democratic National Convention as Hillary Clinton ascends to the presidential nomination with Tuesday’s roll call of the states, the first woman to lead a major party into a White House race. Clinton’s campaign hopes to use the achievement to bolster her popularity – mindful that while many voters are happy to be nominating a woman, they’re not wild about this particular one. Former President Bill Clinton, a string of celebrities and other speakers will offer prime-time testimonials to her career highlights and advocacy efforts, hoping to soften her image and resistance to her campaign.

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FBI investigating whether Russians hacked Democratic Party’s emails to help Trump

WASHINGTON – The plot seems ripped from the pages of a post-Cold War espionage thriller: Russian spy services hack into the Democratic Party’s computers, pilfer reams of data and then leak damaging emails in the hopes of helping elect a preferred presidential candidate. Yet that is exactly the allegation the FBI confirmed Monday it is investigating.

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Spokane City Council asks voters to determine if coal, oil trains should be fined 205 

The ordinance before voters in November cites concerns about a derailment polluting water in the Spokane aquifer and Spokane River. City Councilmember Breean Beggs said he believes Congress has given local governments authority to regulate trains for health and safety reasons, but a railroad spokeswoman called the vote “a dangerous precedent.”

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Clinton in search of larger message

The convention the Republicans just wrapped up in Cleveland, with its back-stabbing rivals, missing dignitaries and borrowed phrases from another speech, may not be a tough act to follow, but Democrats are nonetheless in a state of high anxiety as the spotlight shifts their way this week.

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Sanders delegates from Idaho use crowdfunding for help getting to convention

BOISE – From the beginning, millennials have flocked to Bernie Sanders. Yet getting that young flock of delegates to Monday’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia can be a challenge when the price tag ranges as high as $5,000. Steep costs associated with both the Republican and Democratic conventions have caused an explosion of crowdfunding campaigns this year. But while online accounts have been launched on both sides of the aisle, the influx of young delegates trying to get to their first national convention has stemmed predominantly from the Sanders camp.

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