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White House invites Trump, Clinton reps for transition meetings

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> With the Republican and Democratic nominees officially in place, White House officials are beginning their efforts to prepare both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to assume office in January.<p>White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough phoned the Trump and Clinton transition teams …

The White House

A tale of two conventions

<b>(CNN) —</b> By the end of Republican and Democratic conventions it seemed like the nation's most powerful political parties were speaking about two different countries.<p>Many parts of the conventions -- the messages, choice of speakers, the host cities -- helped outline separate visions of the nation and …

Melania Trump

Police fatality report: Car accidents among top cause of death

<b>(CNN) —</b> Traffic-related accidents and unprovoked attacks account for a majority of police officer deaths from 2010-2014, according to a report released on Friday.<p>A study by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund examined the deaths of 684 police officers over a five-year period found …

Policing

The Democrats' Republican moment

<b>(CNN) —</b> Over four flag-waving days in Philadelphia, Democrats stole the Republicans' mojo.<p>That's how many conservatives felt, at least, watching their opponent's pageant this week in Philadelphia. And it may be enough to sway some of them to cross the aisle on Election Day.<p>"How can it be that I am …

Hillary Clinton

Tim Kaine under scrutiny for abortion comment

<b>(CNN) —</b> Hillary Clinton's running mate, Tim Kaine, sparked confusion Friday after saying he supports the anti-abortion Hyde Amendment and the Clinton campaign's call to repeal the measure.<p>"I have been for the Hyde Amendment. And I have not changed my position on that," Kaine said Friday on CNN's …

Abortion

What this week showed me about women

<b>(CNN) —</b> "More than a few times, I've had to pick myself up and get back in the game." It was a single line from Hillary Clinton's speech to the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night. But it was one of the most authentic and relatable parts of that speech. That line, and the reality of …

Hillary Clinton

Trump on 'lock her up' chant: 'I'm starting to agree'

<b>Colorado Springs (CNN) —</b> Donald Trump on Friday abandoned his modest dismissals of the "lock her up" chants his supporters have aimed at Hillary Clinton.<p>"I've been saying let's just beat her on November 8th. But you know what, I'm starting to agree with you," Trump said.<p>The comments, which came in …

Colorado Caucuses

When the U.S. meddled in another country's election

<b>(CNN) —</b> The intelligence services of a foreign government meddle in the internal affairs of a sovereign nation, attempting to influence its citizens and destabilize that country's democratic process.<p>Russia and the United States in 2016?<p>Or the United States and Chile in 1973?<p>Though most experts and …

Henry Kissinger

Clinton bus tour looks for inroads with Republicans

Hatfield, Pennsylvania (CNN)Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine are on a three-day, 600-mile bus tour through right-leaning Rust Belt counties, with at least a partial goal of winning over some Republicans who are put off by Donald Trump.<p>The trip through Pennsylvania and Ohio which started Friday, looks …

Donald Trump

North Carolina voter ID law overturned on appeal

<b>(CNN) —</b> A federal appeals court Friday overturned parts of North Carolina's 2013 voting law, including provisions that required voters to show a photo identification card, saying they were enacted "with racially discriminatory intent" in violation of the Constitution and the Voting Rights Act.<p>"We …

2016 U.S. Elections

The key post-convention battleground states

Now that the conventions are over, CNN's John King breaks down what both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump need to do in order to win.

John King

Young drivers snapping 'selfies' at the wheel

<b>(CNN) —</b> Drivers are endlessly creative when it comes to finding dumb things to do while behind the wheel: eating, texting, reading a map, applying makeup.<p>But technology has now inspired an alarming new trend: drivers taking self-portraits, or "selfies," with their smartphone cameras while in motion.<p>…

Driving

Balloons bounce off Twitter on the final day of the DNC

<b>(CNN) —</b> After Hillary Clinton's speech accepting the nomination for the Democratic Party, hundreds of balloons fell from the rafters all over everyone in the audience -- including the Democratic presidential ticket and their families.<p>Many Twitter users noticed that no one appeared to enjoy playing …

Democratic National Committee

Steve Guttenberg: What Bill Clinton saw in 'Police Academy'

Steve Guttenberg starred in the "Police Academy" films and appears in an upcoming movie with several of his cast mates called, "2Lava 2Lantula," which premieres August 6 on the SyFy channel. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.<p>(CNN)This week, a former president at a national …

Bill Clinton

Donald Trump: I didn't produce our show -- I just showed up for the final speech

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Donald Trump said he did not produce the Republican National Convention but just "showed up for the final speech," distancing himself from how he previously characterized his relationship to the event.<p>"I didn't produce our show -- I just showed up for the final speech on …

Donald Trump

US military plane makes emergency landing on Russian airstrip

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> At the same time that political tensions between Washington and Moscow were raging this week, the US and Russia calmly handled the emergency landing of a US military aircraft in western Siberia, according to the Pentagon.<p>The incident occurred Wednesday when the landing gear of a …

Military

What not to do when you win the Powerball this weekend

<b>(CNN) —</b><p>$478 million!<p>That's the amount of the current Powerball Jackpot for Saturday's drawing. Go ahead, dream about what you would do with it. Private island, maybe? Your own Dairy Queen franchise? Choose carefully, because unscrupulous spending is a common plague among the <i>tout nouveau riche</i>. If …

Powerball

10 takeaways from the Democratic convention

<b>Philadelphia (CNN) —</b> Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday night, casting herself as a uniter working for the common good and Donald Trump as a divider stoking fear for political gain.<p>It capped a Democratic National Convention designed to tell a new story about …

Democratic Convention

Clinton vs. Trump as commander in chief: A world of difference

<b>(CNN) —</b> One of the big themes of the concluding session of the Democratic convention Thursday was that Hillary Clinton would be a strong and effective commander in chief, while Donald Trump would most decidedly not be.<p>At the convention, the usually mild-mannered, retired Marine four-star Gen. John …

Hillary Clinton

FBI turns over thousands of Clinton documents to State

<b>(CNN) —</b> The FBI turned over "thousands of documents" to the State Department recovered during their investigation of Hillary Clinton's email server, a court filing in a civil case involving the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch revealed Friday.<p>The FBI was expected to turn over the …

Hillary Clinton

Ed Hartwell's side of his split with Keshia Knight Pulliam

<b>(CNN) —</b> Former professional football player Ed Hartwell has spoken out on his breakup with "Cosby Show" star Keshia Knight Pulliam.<p>The pair married on New Year's Day after a four-month courtship; Hartwell recently filed for divorce from his pregnant wife.<p>Now the former athlete is telling his side …

Marriage

Khizr Khan, and the moment American Muslims have been waiting for

<b>(CNN) —</b> The 2016 presidential campaign has not been easy on American Muslims.<p>Donald Trump, the GOP presidential nominee, has proposed banning immigrants from Muslim-majority countries. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich suggested that Muslims who believe in Shariah should be deported. And former …

History

Is Black Lives Matter blowing it?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Here's a question for both supporters and critics of the Black Lives Matter movement:<p>What does Black Lives Matter want?<p>Not sure? How about this. Can you cite a moment in which a BLM leader passionately and eloquently denounced the recent shooting deaths of eight police officers in Dallas …

Activism

British Pokemon Go player says catching 'em all shed pounds

<b>(CNN) —</b> Catching 'em all is the Pokemon Go player's goal, but in doing so one British man claims to have lost something -- more than 12 kilograms (28 pounds) in weight.<p>In his quest to catch the 142 Pokemon creatures available in the UK, 32-year-old business owner Sam Clark says he walked 141 miles …

Pokémon

Clinton's questionable decision

<b>(CNN) —</b> On a historic night, Hillary Clinton proved that a woman nominee for president can deliver just as good an acceptance speech as a man -- and some would say, even better.<p>Clinton is more adept at debates than in public speeches, but her sweeping, hard-hitting and sometimes moving acceptance …

Hillary Clinton

Clinton, Kaine kick off 3-day bus tour through Rust Belt

<b>Harrisburg, PA (CNN) —</b> Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine hit the road Friday as the Democratic Party's official White House ticket, launching a three-day bus tour through Pennsylvania and Ohio to highlight their economic vision.<p>Their target audience: white working-class voters who make up the core of …

Tim Kaine

East Cleveland, Ohio, mayor: 2 officers fired, could face charges

<b>(CNN) —</b> Two police officers in East Cleveland, Ohio, are out of a job after a robbery suspect alleged they beat him up and pushed him down a cliff after arresting him.<p>Police fired the officers, and the case has been referred to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Mayor Gary Norton said. He …

Ohio

F-35 fighter jet fires 55 rounds per second

Video of a weapons test shows the U.S. Marine Corps' F-35B firing its 25mm gun for the first time.

Military aircraft

Little girl has tea party with officer who saved her life

<b>(CNN) —</b> This is the cutest thing you'll see all day -- maybe even all week.<p>A fully uniformed police officer sitting in a tiny chair, at a tiny table, with a tiny girl -- having a tea party.<p>Corporal Patrick Ray, 30, saved 2-year-old Bexley's life a year ago when she choked on a coin at her home in …

Kent

Florida health officials confirm local Zika transmission

<b>(CNN) —</b> Four individuals in Miami-Dade and Broward counties have been infected with the Zika virus by local mosquitoes, Florida health officials said Friday.<p>These are the first known cases of the virus being transmitted by mosquitoes in the continental United States.<p>"While no mosquitoes trapped …

American South