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Kaine may give Democrats an edge in swing-state Virginia

Kaine may give Democrats an edge in swing-state Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine's name on the Democratic ticket can realistically nudge the pivotal state closer into Hillary Clinton's column — no small feat in a contest of two presidential nominees that engender strong feelings by themselves.
Kaine's rise through Richmond city politics and tenure in st ... (full story)


Some colleges say hosting a debate is worth the $5M cost

Some colleges say hosting a debate is worth the $5M cost

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — Democracy doesn't come cheap. Between the logistics of accommodating an estimated 2,500 news reporters and arranging security for VIPs, the cost of hosting a presidential debate now tops $5 million.
But that price tag has not deterred New York's Hofstra University. The Long Island school is hosting a ... (full story)


Puerto Rico bondholders devastated, but see hope in US plan

Puerto Rico bondholders devastated, but see hope in US plan

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Attorney Santiago Mari sighed as he punched numbers into his calculator and saw the result.
The value of his retirement account has dropped 75 percent due to the collapse in Puerto Rican bonds that make up much of his personal portfolio, he said. He's long abandoned plans for an early retirement ... (full story)


'Step Sisters' film drawing backlash over racial humor

'Step Sisters' film drawing backlash over racial humor

ATLANTA (AP) — The dance comedy "Step Sisters" won't be in theaters until next year, but the film is already drawing a backlash from the African-American community because of subject matter deemed racially offensive by some.
The plot centers on a black sorority sister named Jamilah, who in order to get into law sc ... (full story)


Flood help weighs heavily in West Virginia governor's race

Flood help weighs heavily in West Virginia governor's race

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — After deadly floods washed thousands of West Virginians out of their homes last month, about 700 victims bypassed the shelter at the high school gym and got rooms at a luxury resort fit for royalty.
Jim Justice, billionaire owner of The Greenbrier resort and Democratic nominee for governor, closed h ... (full story)