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MONDAY, JULY 18, 2016

People gather Monday at the makeshift memorial after a minute of silence on the famed Promenade des Anglais in Nice, southern France, to honor the victims of an attack near the area where a truck mowed through revelers. (Francois Mori / Associated Press)

Nice attacker recruited by Algerian IS member, uncle says

The uncle of the truck driver who killed 84 people on the French Riviera said his nephew was indoctrinated about two weeks ago by an Algerian member of the Islamic State group in Nice, as anti-terrorism authorities question potential accomplices in the devastating attack.

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Officer acquitted in Baltimore police custody death case

BALTIMORE (AP) – A judge acquitted a Baltimore police officer of manslaughter and other charges Monday in the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who was critically injured in a police transport van. It was the fourth straight trial prosecutors have failed to win in the case.

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In this Feb. 18, 2014, file photo, a Russian skating fan holds the country's national flag over the Olympic rings before the start of the men's 10,000-meter speedskating race at Adler Arena Skating Center during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. On Monday, July 18, 2016 WADA investigator Richard McLaren confirmed claims of state-run doping in Russia. (David J. Phillip / AP)

Russian inquiry finds cheating went beyond Sochi Olympics

An investigator looking into Russian doping found the country’s state-directed cheating program resulted in no fewer than 312 falsified results and lasted from 2011 through at least last year’s world swimming championships. The investigator, Richard McLaren, dubbed Russia’s program the “disappearing positive methodology.” But he did not make any recommendations for the future of the Russian team at the Rio Olympics, saying it was up to others, including the International Olympic Committee, to “absorb and act upon” the 97-page report released Monday.

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SUNDAY, JULY 17, 2016

SpaceX launches space station docking port for NASA

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – SpaceX launched a critical space station docking port for astronauts early Monday, along with a DNA decoder for high-flying genetic research. As an extra treat, the company brought its leftover first-stage booster back to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station for a vertical landing – only the second such land landing for an orbital mission and the ultimate in recycling.

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Global AIDS conference exposes South Africa’s dramatic turn

JOHANNESBURG – The first time the world came to South Africa for a conference on AIDS, the country’s leader shocked attendees by questioning whether HIV really caused the disease. President Thabo Mbeki then walked out of the room as a slender 11-year-old boy with AIDS addressed the crowd in response, pleading for treatment and understanding in a region where the epidemic was taking its harshest toll.

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Family, friends remember slain Baton Rouge officers

Just days before he was shot and killed Sunday morning, a Baton Rouge police officer posted an emotional Facebook message saying he was “physically and emotionally” tired and expressing how difficult it was to be both a police officer and a black man, a friend said Sunday.

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Syrian troops besiege rebel-held parts of Aleppo

Syrian government forces closed the only road leading into and out of rebel-held parts of the northern city of Aleppo on Sunday, besieging hundreds of thousands of people and giving President Bashar Assad’s forces one of their biggest successes since the five-year conflict began.

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In this Jan. 19, 2015, file photo, Donald Trump speaks at the South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention in Myrtle Beach, S.C. (Randall Hill / Associated Press)

Amid violence here and abroad, Trump and Clinton compete to be seen as the better leader

CLEVELAND – Two successive weeks of political conventions meant to frame the November choice for president kick off this week nearly obscured by violence and terror here and abroad. That has driven a fierce imperative during both gatherings, the Republican convention, which begins Monday; and next week’s Democratic one: convince voters that the party nominee can be an effective leader in a world that seems distraught and divided.

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Venezuelans gather to cross the border between Venezuela and Colombia at the Simon Bolivar bridge in San Antonio del Tachira, Venezuela, to buy supplies Sunday July 17, 2016. Tens of thousands of Venezuelans crossed the border into Colombia on Sunday to hunt for food and medicine that are in short supply at home. (Ariana Cubillos / Associated Press)

Thousands cross Venezuela border shopping for scarce food

SAN ANTONIO DEL TACHIRA, Venezuela – Tens of thousands of Venezuelans, some of whom drove through the night in caravans, crossed the border into Colombia on Sunday to hunt for food and medicine that are in short supply at home. It’s the second weekend in a row that Venezuela’s socialist government has opened the long-closed border connecting Venezuela to Colombia, and by 6 a.m., a line of would-be shoppers snaked through the entire town of San Antonio del Tachira. Some had traveled in chartered buses from cities 8 hours away.

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Police: Man who held hostages at Burger King surrenders

BALTIMORE – A standoff between police and a rape suspect who took hostages, including a 7-year-old girl, at a Baltimore Burger King has ended peacefully with the suspect’s surrender, police said. Baltimore Police said Sunday afternoon that the suspect was ...

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