Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced Sunday she is stepping down as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee at the end of the party's convention, which is set to begin here Monday. Emails surfaced that raised questions about the committee's impartiality during the Democratic primary. Wasserman Schultz's stewardship of the DNC has been under fire through most of the presidential primary process. DNC Vice Chair Donna Brazile will serve as interim chair through the election.
At a meeting in Vienna to try to make progress scaling back the use of a class of chemical compounds that contribute to global warming, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that climate change is as dangerous as, if not more than, the threat posed by violent extremism. Efforts to phase down greenhouse gases, he said, could "literally save life on the planet itself." Kerry is backing an amendment to phase out the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) that is expected to be adopted later this year. "In Paris, the world set the goal of limiting the Earth's warming to well below two degrees Celsius," Kerry said Friday. "Amending the Montreal Protocol to cut HFC use could help us avoid a full half-degree. The magnitude of this single action is difficult to overstate."
In the two weeks since Hillary Clinton wrapped up the Democratic presidential primary, runner-up Bernie Sanders has promised to work hard to defeat Donald Trump -- but he's given no sign he'll soon embrace Clinton, his party's presumptive nominee. Neither have many of Sanders's supporters. read more
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A jaguar featured at an Olympic torch ceremony was shot dead by a soldier shortly after the event in the Brazilian Amazon city of Manaus as the animal escaped from its handlers, an army statement said. read more
COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. -- Shannon Riggs and her cousins expected some push back from protesters when they attended presidential candidate Donald Trump's rally in Richmond Friday night. They did not expect what happened when they stopped for dinner on the way home.
"As soon as we got to the window, someone inside said 'Hell no! I'm not serving them,'" Riggs recalled. read more