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80-year-old LL Bean staple finds a new audience as a trendy bag

L.L. Bean created it 80 years ago to haul heavy blocks of ice. Now it's a must-have summer fashion accessory.

American who made social media threats against Taylor Swift detained ahead of German concert

BERLIN (AP) — An American man who made threats against Taylor Swift on social media was detained ahead of her first concert in the German city of Gelsenkirchen and will be kept in custody until her shows there are over, police said Thursday.

See the Oval Office display featured at the RNC

There are plenty of sights to be seen at the RNC, but none make you feel as presidential as this one.

Donald Trump will accept Republican nomination again days after surviving an assassination attempt

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Donald Trump takes the stage Thursday at the Republican National Convention to accept his party's nomination again and give his first speech since he was cut off mid-sentence by a flurry of gunfire in an assassination attempt at a rally in Pennsylvania.

In landmark verdict, South Korea's top court recognizes some rights for same-sex couples

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s top court ruled Thursday that same-sex couples are eligible to receive the same health insurance benefits as heterosexual couples, a landmark verdict hailed by human rights groups.

Multiple failures, multiple investigations: Unraveling the attempted assassination of Donald Trump

BUTLER, Pa. (AP) — The young man was pacing around the edges of the Donald Trump campaign rally, shouldering a big backpack and peering into the lens of a rangefinder toward the rooftops behind the stage where the former president would stand within the hour.

Heavily armed security boats patrol winding Milwaukee River during GOP convention

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Instead of kayakers and tour boats, the summertime scene on the Milwaukee River has taken on a solemn tone this week during the Republican National Convention: Around-the-clock patrol boats, some with heavily armed officers.

Around the world

Former CIA official charged with being secret agent for South Korean intelligence

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former CIA employee and senior official at the National Security Council has been charged with serving as a secret agent for South Korea's intelligence service, the U.S. Justice Department said.

Parliament for new UK Labour government opens with King's Speech, plans for 'national renewal'

Britain’s new Labour Party government set out its plans for "national renewal" at the grand State Opening of Parliament, centering on stabilizing the country's finances.

Republicans at RNC lean into attacks on Biden over Afghanistan withdrawal

Speakers at the Republican National Convention criticized President Biden over the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan and his response following the death of 13 service members during the Kabul airport bombing.

Warren, Castro, push Biden to scrutinize gun exports to foreign governments

Two Democratic lawmakers are pushing the Biden administration to strengthen oversight of gun exports to foreign governments, raising alarm about American-made firearms used in El Salvador gang violence, a mass shooting in a nursery school in Thailand, and in Israel against Palestinian civilians.

US sanctions ex-Israeli soldier convicted in 2016 killing of disarmed Palestinian assailant

The Biden administration on Wednesday sanctioned a former Israeli soldier who was convicted in 2016 and served jail time for the extrajudicial killing of a wounded and disarmed Palestinian.

Paris mayor swims in Seine River to prove it's clean ahead of Olympic Games

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo swam in the Seine River on Wednesday, fulfilling a promise to show the river was clean enough to host open Olympic swimming competitions.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen faces vote on her bid for second 5-year term

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Ursula von der Leyen pledged to be a strong leader for Europe in a time of crisis and polarization as she made her final leadership pitch in a speech to lawmakers at the European Parliament ahead of a vote Thursday afternoon on whether to grant her a second five-year term a

Technology

How to securely lock your iPhone, iPad from prying eyes

Tech expert Kurt “CyberGuy" Knutsson reveals how you can secure your iPhone/iPad: Strong passcode, biometric security and software updates.

Apple hits record high as analysts bullish on AI push

Stay up to date on the latest AI technology advancements and learn about the challenges and opportunities AI presents now and for the future.

Elon Musk says he's moving SpaceX, X headquarters from California to Texas

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Billionaire Elon Musk says he's moving the headquarters of SpaceX and social media company X to Texas from California. Musk posted on X Tuesday that he plans on moving SpaceX from Hawthorne, California to the company's rocket launch site dubbed Starbase in Texas.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk appears to confirm delay in Aug. 8 robotaxi unveil event to make design change

DETROIT (AP) — Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Monday appeared to confirm a report that the company's much-ballyhooed event to unveil a robotaxi will be delayed beyond its scheduled Aug. 8 date.

Can NaaS mitigate network skills gaps?

Network-as-a-service offerings give enterprise organizations access to leading-edge technologies while lowering upfront capital investments, but for some IT teams, the real value of NaaS may be found in the networking and security skills that come with the service.

What is SONiC and how can enterprises try the open-source NOS?

Interest in the open-source network operating system SONiC is rising as major networking vendors and start-ups look to offer resources to help enterprises give SONiC a try.

Vacation goal: Take family pictures that don’t suck

Here's how you can take better family pictures by using your iPhone or Android's photo timer, a tripod, editing tools and a good prompt to get everyone to smile naturally.

Sports News

San Jose Sharks remain hush over negotiations with city

(BCN) -- The San Jose Sharks are still being tight-lipped about their closed-door discussion with city officials over the team's future at the Shark Tank.

Shorthanded RSL earns 1-1 draw at LAFC

LOS ANGELES (ABC4 Sports) - Despite missing 28 combined goals from the suspended Chicho Arango and Andres Gomez, Real Salt Lake still managed to earn a point on the road at LAFC Wednesday night, with a 1-1 draw. With the draw, combined with the L.A.

Dodgers slugger Hernández wins MLB Home Run Derby

The 2024 winner of the MLB Home Run Derby is a Los Angeles Dodger. Dodgers outfielder Teoscar Hernández captured the home run crown Monday evening, the first Dodger in the history to win the beloved event. Hernández hit a total of 49 homers through the competition.

Bears refused No. 1 pick Caleb Williams' odd contract request before rookie season

Caleb Williams has signed his rookie deal, but it wasn't everything he had wanted to see, as his camp had given the Chicago Bears an unusual request.

St. Pete City Council to hold final vote on Rays' new stadium

The St. Pete City Council is set to hold a crucial vote Thursday morning on the future of the Tampa Bay Rays' new stadium and redevelopment of the Historic Gas Plant District in the city.

Carter, Reese shine in Sky 93-85 victory over Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Chennedy Carter scored 34 points, Angel Reese had 13 points and 10 rebounds for her 16th double-double in the last 17 games, and the Chicago Sky beat the Las Vegas Aces 93-85 on Tuesday night.

Magic co-founder Pat Williams, who helped bring team to Orlando, dies at 84

Pat Williams, a co-founder of the Orlando Magic and someone who spent more than a half-century working within the NBA, died Wednesday from complications related to viral pneumonia, the team announced. Williams was 84.

Politics News

Photos: A visual look at the 2024 Republican National Convention

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Thousands of Republican delegates officially made Donald Trump their party's presidential nominee just days after he survived an assassination attempt.

Trump attack sparked Afghanistan memory for Sam Brown, RNC interview reveals

Sam Brown was driving across Nevada on Saturday when he heard that former President Donald Trump had been shot. "The feeling that I had shocked me," he said.

Illinois' incoming GOP chair talks unity, challenges with state's delegates at RNC

Kathy Salvi, a Mundelein attorney and former Lake County assistant public defender, will take over on Friday from Don Tracy, who announced his resignation in June. Her first assignment: bringing together hardline Trump conservatives and moderates.

Hillsborough superintendent to seek legal action after commission blocks school tax from ballot

Hillsborough County commissioners voted along partisan lines Wednesday to stall a referendum on a potential property tax increase that would benefit schools.

Democrats respond to Florida's RNC speakers

During Tuesday’s Republican National Convention, Florida politicians echoed their concerns about safety under a democratic administration.

Nevada judge tosses Trump campaign, Republican mail-in ballot lawsuit

A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit by former President Donald Trump's campaign and national and state Republicans that challenged Nevada's mail-in ballot deadline.

Families of service members killed during Afghanistan withdrawal criticize Biden at GOP convention

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Relatives of some of the 13 American service members killed during the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan appeared on stage at the Republican National Convention Wednesday in an emotional moment that revived one of the low points of President Joe Biden's presidency.