- AP Explains: National anthem is icon of patriotism, protest
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's recent decision to not stand during the national anthem as a way of protesting police killings of unarmed black men has drawn support and scorn far beyond sports. The Associated Press explains how "The Star-Spangled Banner" became a ritual of American public life, its complicated racial origins and how the song has been used as a form of political resistance.
- New president vows to heal Brazil as Rousseff sacked
Brasília (AFP) - Brazil's Dilma Rousseff was stripped of the country's presidency in an emotional impeachment vote and replaced by conservative rival Michel Temer, who promised to heal Latin America's biggest economy. Temer, 75, was sworn in shortly after a majority of senators voted in a highly charged session to remove the leftist Rousseff, 68, on grounds that she illegally manipulated the state budget. Rousseff's successor shrugged off her claims that he had led a "coup" to seize power from her Workers' Party government, which has ruled Brazil for 13 years.
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- Brazilian police fire tear gas at anti-Temer protesters
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Demonstrations in Brazil's biggest city against the removal from office of former President Dilma Rousseff on Wednesday devolved into clashes between masked protestors and police, who fired tear gas canisters to clear the streets. Television images showed some protestors smashing windows, vandalizing stores and setting trash on fire in downtown Sao Paulo, while police arrayed in riot gear blocked major roads. (Reporting by Brad Haynes; Editing by Daniel Flynn)
- Brazil impeachment opens diplomatic rift in South America
By Alonso Soto and Lisandra Paraguassu BRASILIA (Reuters) - The dismissal of Brazil's president upset relations with leftist South American governments on Wednesday as Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia recalled their ambassadors to protest what they called a "coup" and Brasilia responded in kind. The Brazilian Senate voted 61-20 to convict the country's first female president, Dilma Rousseff, of illegally using money from state banks to bankroll public spending. The vote ended 13 years of progressive Workers Party rule and brought to power her conservative former vice president, Michel Temer.
- Madeline weakens to tropical storm as it nears Hawaii; Hermine approaches Florida
By Karin Stanton KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (Reuters) - Hurricane Madeline weakened to a tropical storm on Wednesday as it advanced toward Hawaii's Big Island, where residents were bracing for strong winds and rain even as another storm across the country continued its path to Florida, officials said. Hawaii officials opened shelters and closed offices, schools and roads on Wednesday to prepare for Madeline, which is expected to pass just south of the Big Island. "We should all be hunkering down as the storm passes," said Hawaii County Civil Defense spokeswoman Kanani Aton.
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- Late appeal moves NFL concussion case to Supreme Court
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A last-minute appeal in the NFL concussion case, filed by the son of an all-star and civil rights activist, has sent the proposed settlement to the U.S. Supreme Court and delays payouts for at least several months.
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- Brazil's Rousseff ousted by Senate, Temer sworn in
By Maria Carolina Marcello and Anthony Boadle BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's Senate ousted President Dilma Rousseff on Wednesday, ending an impeachment process that polarized Latin America's biggest country amid a massive corruption scandal and brutal economic crisis. Senators voted 61-20 to convict the country's first female president for illegally using money from state banks to bankroll public spending, marking the end of 13 years of leftist Workers Party rule. Rousseff's opponents hailed her removal as paving the way for a change of fortunes for Brazil.
- GOP senator calls on FBI to loosen hold on Clinton documents
WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee asked the FBI on Wednesday to correct what he called its "mistake" of restricting access to unclassified files from its closed investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.
- Orange in tie-up talks with Iranian telecom titan: report
French telecom giant Orange SA is in early talks about buying into Iran's biggest cellular network operator, the Wall Street Journal reported. Such a deal could make history as the first time a Western firm has acquired a significant holding in a major Iranian company since Tehran agreed to curb its nuclear program last year in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions. Orange, which is part owned by the French government, is one of several European companies that have explored the potential of getting a stake in Mobile Telecommunication Co. of Iran, or MCI, the Journal said, citing people close to the matter.
- Maine governor says will not resign amid racism flap
Maine Governor Paul LePage said on Wednesday he would not resign and was seeking spiritual advice after unleashing an obscenity-laden voicemail message on a political rival, as state lawmakers mulled whether to vote to censure the Republican. The famously combative two-term governor apologized for the second day straight to the people of Maine and to state Representative Drew Gattine after calling the Democrat a "little son-of-a-bitch, socialist cocksucker" in a voicemail message that has been widely circulated. "I will not resign," LePage told reporters in his office in the state capital, Augusta, a day after discussing the possibility in a radio appearance.
- Brazil’s new leader a consensus-builder who must prepare for a fight
The Senate's dismissal on Wednesday of Dilma Rousseff, the least popular president since Brazil returned to democracy three decades ago, handed power to a politician almost as unpopular, vice president Michel Temer. For much of his five decades in politics, the softly-spoken Temer has worked in the shadows, building alliances within his fragmented Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB) and rising to become one of the leading dealmakers in Brazil's Congress. "It is time to reunite the country and put national interests above those of groups," Temer said in his first televised address as president.
- Police: Suspicious powder found at Trump Tower not hazardous
NEW YORK (AP) — Police say they believe that suspicious white powder found at Trump Tower in Manhattan is harmless.
- Hurricane warning downgraded for Hawaii's Big Island
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Forecasters on Wednesday downgraded Hurricane Madeline to a tropical storm as it veered past Hawaii's Big Island, but officials reiterated warnings to prepare for heavy rain and strong winds.
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- In Mexico, Trump asserts US right to build border wall
Republican White House hopeful Donald Trump on Wednesday stood alongside Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto and reiterated his campaign declaration that the United States can and will erect a border wall to stem illegal immigration. Adopting a polished tone and praising Mexico's "amazing people," Trump portrayed the issues of illegal immigration, drug trafficking and weapons smuggling as common challenges for the allied neighbors. After a year of lobbing insults across the border, the provocative billionaire candidate made a surprise visit to Mexico in the heat of the US presidential race, seeking to seize control of the narrative and portray himself as a capable statesman on the international stage.
- Australia sues Volkswagen over alleged emissions fraud
The Australian consumer watchdog on Thursday said it sued the Australian arm of world No. 2 carmaker Volkswagen AG for intentionally selling more than 57,000 vehicles with software which lied about levels of toxic emissions. "These allegations involve extraordinary conduct of a serious and deliberate nature by a global corporation," Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Chairman Rod Sims said in a statement. The Federal Court action adds to what is already proving to be costly legal fallout for the German company as it faces class action lawsuits in Australia and around the world over emissions fraud, as well as penalties from antitrust authorities.
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- Hurricane Madeline downgraded to tropical storm as it veers past Hawaii's Big Island
HONOLULU (AP) — Hurricane Madeline downgraded to tropical storm as it veers past Hawaii's Big Island.
- To quell uproar, Maine governor seeks 'spiritual guidance'
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage said Wednesday he intends to seek "spiritual guidance" in hopes of quieting a controversy he created when he left an obscene message on a Democratic lawmaker's voicemail and then said he wished he could challenge him to a duel and point a gun at him.
- Mexico contradicts Trump on paying for border wall, clouding visit
By Christine Murray, Ana Isabel Martinez and Dave Graham MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Donald Trump told Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Wednesday he would build a border wall to keep illegal migrants out if he wins the U.S. presidency, but Pena Nieto held fast to his position that Mexico would not pay for it. Contradicting Trump's assertion that the pair did not discuss who would pay for his proposed wall, Pena Nieto said after the departure of the Republican presidential candidate that he told him during their private meeting in Mexico City that his government would not pick up the bill. "At the beginning of the conversation with Donald Trump I made it clear that Mexico will not pay for the wall," Pena Nieto said in a tweet after not mentioning the issue during their joint news conference.
- Luiz tops bill as Premier League bosses deadline day
David Luiz and Moussa Sissoko made the two biggest moves on Wednesday as English Premier League clubs smashed spending records on the final day of the mid-year transfer window. In late deals, Brazil defender Luiz returned to Chelsea after two years at Paris Saint-Germain, while France midfielder Sissoko left Newcastle United for Tottenham Hotspur. The two moves took spending for English top-flight clubs to around Â£1.17 billion ($1.54 billion, 1.38 billion euros), according to Sky Sports -- a record for a single transfer window.
- Authorities: Boy shoots 11-year-old in face
ABINGTON, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say an 11-year-old boy has been shot in the face with a handgun by another boy inside a Massachusetts home.
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- Brazil recalls ambassador to Venezuela over impeachment spat
BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's government has recalled its ambassador to Venezuela for consultations after Caracas condemned the removal of impeached President Dilma Rousseff and recalled its envoy in Brasilia, the Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday. Brazil also recalled its ambassadors to Bolivia and Ecuador after the leftist governments of those countries criticized the Senate's decision to oust Rousseff in an impeachment trial that ended earlier on Wednesday. (Reporting by Alonso Soto; Editing by Peter Cooney)
- APNewsBreak: US set to destroy big chemical weapon stockpile
DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Army plans to start operating a $4.5 billion plant next week that will destroy the nation's largest remaining stockpile of mustard agent, complying with an international treaty that bans chemical weapons, officials said Wednesday.