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Protesters in Philadelphia Voice Anger With Hillary Clinton and the DNC

PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) — Protests against the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton continued for a second straight day Monday through scorching temperatures on the streets of Philadelphia, as an atmosphere of division cast a shadow over the Democratic National Convention’s opening night.

The protests stemmed from a number of different groups, including marijuana legalization activists, immigration rights activists, socialists, Green Party supporters, and Black Lives Matter activists, who were unified in their opposition to Clinton and the DNC.

The demonstrations, which have generally been larger than those that took place in Cleveland during the RNC, have followed in the wake of what has been a tumultuous week for Democrats highlighted by an email leak which appeared to show efforts by the party to impede the campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders, and the resignation of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chair of the party.

The protests have resulted in multiple people being detained, police said. No one has been arrested.

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Some marchers carried banners that read “Hillary for Prison,” and signs with pictures of Trump and Clinton that read “Either Way, Wall Street Wins.” A group of protesters carried a giant float shaped like a joint, urging government to “end the racist drug war.”

Demonstrators targeted delegates walking on the other side of a dividing line to enter the Wells Fargo arena, and one observer described the mood as “furious.”

In interviews, protesters expressed anger and frustration about the management of the Democratic Party, and about the nomination of Clinton.

“A lot of people feel like their banging their heads against a wall,” a protester wearing a Bernie sticker on his shirt told ABC News in reference to attempts to reform the Democratic Party. “Money corrupts politics.”

“I understand the sentiment never Trump, but there are a lot of people here who are never Hillary,” he added.

He called the alleged efforts of the DNC to stop Sanders “collusion” and “sad to see.”

One woman told ABC News she would be voting for Sanders “regardless” of whether his name was on the ballot.

A man in a Bernie shirt told ABC News that he would be voting for Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

“That’s too bad,” he said, regarding Sanders’ endorsement of Clinton.

The atmosphere of division was felt both inside and outside the Wells Fargo arena. During the invocation, hosted by interim chair Marcia Fudge, boos echoed through the hall, and chants of “Bernie” followed the mention of Clinton’s name.

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2-Year-Old Boy’s Hot Car Death Under Investigation by Dallas Police

WFAA-TV(DALLAS) — Dallas police said Monday they were still investigating the death of a 2-year-old boy who had been left in a hot car as his family attended church this weekend.

According to police, officers responded to a call from Dallas Fire-Rescue on Sunday around 4:20 p.m. regarding the toddler, who had been found inside of a vehicle at 11000 Shiloh Rd.

“The child was transported to a local hospital where the child was pronounced deceased,” police spokesman Carlos Almeida said.

Almeida said it was “an active investigation” and no further details were available.

According to KidsAndCars.org, Boi Lei Sang, 2, is the fifth child to die in a hot car in Texas this year. Across the U.S., 21 children have died of heatstroke in a vehicle so far this year, compared to 11 children by this time in 2015.

It is not known how long the boy had been in the car.

Reng Om was attending services at Dallas Matu Christian Church with other families when, he said, the father entered the church carrying the unresponsive little boy.

Om told ABC News affiliate WFAA-TV that the family attended the church.

He said that his understanding was that when the father of five didn’t see the child with his four siblings in a classroom, he went looking for him. The boy was found around 3 p.m. in the family’s 2006 Honda Pilot, Om told WFAA-TV.

“The parent was very, you know, just very upset,” Om said. “I’m really upset for him, the family.”

According to the local weather report on WFAA-TV, temperatures in the area reached 100 degrees Sunday.

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Firefighters Among Families to Lose Homes in Massive LA-Area Blaze

iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Men who have dedicated their lives to fighting fires are among those who lost their homes in a massive Los Angeles-area wildfire that has burned more than 33,000 acres, according to authorities.

Firefighters have been working to battle the Sand Fire near Santa Clarita for days. The blaze is at 10 percent containment, officials said Monday.

Several thousand homes threatened by the Sand Fire were saved by firefighters, but the blaze has destroyed about 18 structures — including five homes belonging to fire personnel and forest employees, authorities said.

Firefighters Ramon Chavez and James Robledo and their families are among them.

“We just want to make sure our kids are fine and they’re impacted as little as possible,” Chavez told ABC News.

His wife, Bonnie Chavez, was in San Diego when the family evacuated, but Ramon Chavez called her to see what she wanted him to take — she requested her wedding dress. “For maybe, one day, my daughters,” she said.

The Chavez family also lost a home to fire in 2009.

Ramon Chavez said they’re not only thankful for the support they’re receiving, but “we also want to provide that support.”

“Knowing how important the support from family and friends is, that’s something that we know goes a long way with the healing process and the rebuilding process,” he said.

While they’re living in a hotel with nowhere to return home to, Tanya Robledo said their children are strong and realize the families are safe, which is more important than material things.

“We’re rebuilding together as a family. It’s not just one unit or two, it’s all of us together,” she said.

“With what we lost, we came together as a family,” James Robledo said. “Anytime somebody loses something, we try to pull together.”

“It’s devastating,” he added. “Material things we can replace. But family you can’t.”

Firefighter Sergio Toscano, a Marine veteran who works with the U.S. Forest Service, also lost his home in the Sand Fire, according to ABC’s Los Angeles station KABC. He’s since been assigned to help battle the blaze.

Their families are part of a youcaring.com fundraising page to help rebuild.

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Massive LA-Area Fire Burns More Than 33,000 Acres

iStock/Thinkstock(SANTA CLARITA, Calif.) — A massive Los Angeles-area wildfire has burned more than 33,000 acres, averaging about 10,000 acres a day, said Chief Mike Wakoski, Incident Commander So Cal Team 3.

Firefighters have been working to battle the massive Sand Fire near Santa Clarita since Friday.

The blaze is at 10 percent containment, officials said Monday.

About 10,000 homes were evacuated and several thousand homes were saved by firefighters, officials said Monday.

One death has been reported, officials said Monday.

The blaze has destroyed about 18 structures.

Thousands of people are helping fight the blaze, including 341 engines and 21 helicopters, officials said.

The origin of the fire is under investigation.

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Dallas Police Applications up 344 Percent Since Deadly Cop Shootings

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(DALLAS) — Dallas police applications have tripled after five local law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty by a gunman who said he was angry with police.

The July 7 attack was the deadliest event for law enforcement since Sept. 11. But it doesn’t seem to have deterred people from joining the force.

From June 8 to June 20, the police department received 136 applications, averaging to 11.3 applications per day, the Dallas Police Department said in a Facebook post Friday.

Then from July 8 to July 20 — the 12 days following the shooting — the department received 467 applications, or 38.9 applications per day.

In total, this was a 344 percent increase since the shootings, police said.

Applications “are steadily flowing in daily,” police added.

Two weeks ago, days after the tragic shootings, Dallas Police Chief David Brown urged protesters to join the police force, announcing, “We’re hiring.”

“Get off that protest line and put an application in and we’ll put you in your neighborhood and we will help you resolve some of the problems you’re protesting about,” Brown said at a news conference.

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Two Teens Identified as Victims in Deadly Shooting Outside Florida Club

iStock/Thinkstock(FORT MYERS, Fla.) — Two teenagers were identified as the two victims killed in a shooting outside a Florida club early Monday morning.

The teens were 14-year-old Sean Archilles and 18-year-old Ste’fan Strawder, the Fort Myers Police said.

The shooting was reported in the parking lot at Club Blu in Fort Myers, Florida, at about 12:30 a.m. Monday, the Fort Myers Police said, after an event at the club geared toward teenagers.

At least 14 to 16 others were hurt, police said. Injuries ranged from minor to life-threatening, police said.

Police have not determined a motive but said this is not an act of terror.

A spokeswoman for Lee Memorial Hospital said patients’ ages ranged from 12 to 27.

“We are deeply sorry for all involved,” Club Blu said in a statement. “We tried to give the teens WHAT WE THOUGHT WAS A SAFE PLACE TO HAVE A GOOD TIME. Ages 12-17. There was armed security as well as full security,inside and out. As the club was closing and parents were picking their children up…..that’s when all this took place.”

“It was not kids at the party that did this despicable act,” the club said.

Three people were detained in connection with the shooting.

Police said the area is now “safe.”

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Convention Security Concerns Shift to Philadelphia

ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) — Thousands of police and federal agents who were in Cleveland last week for the Republican National Convention are now in Philadelphia for another week of long days and heightened vigilance.

The recent attacks on police in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as well as the terrorist attack in Nice, France, are “certainly a reminder you’ve always got to be ready for any scenario,” according to Secret Service Director James Clancy.

“We should have a plan already in place for whatever we may be confronted with,” Clancy told ABC News’ Pierre Thomas in an exclusive interview ahead of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

For weeks, top U.S. officials have been warning that radical activists drawn to the political conventions could mar otherwise peaceful demonstrations with violence.

“I am concerned about the prospect of demonstrations getting out of hand, and concerned about the possibility of violence,” Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told lawmakers earlier this month.

Johnson said the Department of Homeland Security alone sent about 3,000 personnel to the RNC and will do the same for the DNC. That includes personnel from the Secret Service, the Transportation Security Administration, Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Coast Guard.

In addition to the DHS personnel, thousands of other federal authorities and thousands of state and local authorities are helping to protect each convention. And they are backed up with aerial support and a massive setup of barriers and fences to restrict access to venues — an unprecedented level of security despite law enforcement knowing of no specific, credible threat to the conventions.

The convention in Philadelphia, however, presents new and different challenges than those facing officers and agents in Cleveland.

“They’re two very different venues,” Clancy said. “The landscapes are much different.”

And even for experienced security officials involved, tensions run high until the candidates accept their party’s nominations and all the attendees and demonstrators go home safely.

“Absolutely I do get butterflies, absolutely feel the anxiety,” Clancy said of those last minutes inside the convention halls.

“You continue to go back over your plan,” he added. “You never think you’ve got your plan perfectly in place.”

According to Clancy, even if all goes well in Philadelphia, he won’t feel the pressure lifted until a full day after the convention ends.

“It usually takes about 24 hours after an event … you got to sleep on it a few hours,” he said.

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Two Dead, Up to 16 Injured at Florida Club Shooting

iStock/Thinkstock(FORT MYERS, Fla.) — Multiple shots were fired at a Florida nightclub overnight, according to ABC Fort Myers affiliate, WZVN-TV.

Two people have been confirmed dead and as many as 16 injured after a person opened fire during an event geared toward teenagers at Club Blu in Fort Myers, Florida on Sunday night. At least one person has been detained in the incident.

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Evacuations Underway as LA County Fire Explodes to 33,000 Acres

iStock/Thinkstock(SANTA CLARITA, Calif.) — A Los Angeles County Wildfire has scorched more than 33,000 acres and set off a new wave of mass evacuations in the area, according to fire officials.

The blaze has so far destroyed 18 homes in Southern California and has threaten 2,000 more structures as unpredictable winds pushed the Sand Fire out of forest land and closer to homes.

Only 10 percent of the fire has been contained.

A man was reported dead Saturday in Santa Clarita, after being found in a scorched car in a neighborhood swept by the Sand Fire, just north of Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

More than 1,673 firefighters, 122 engines, 39 hand crews and 15 helicopters are being utilized to battle the fire, reports ABC Los Angeles station, KABC-TV.

Firefighters have been trying to battle the massive fire since Friday near Santa Clarita and the Angeles National Forest.

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Deadly Heat Wave Claims at Least 11 Lives

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A heat wave stretching from coast to coast has claimed at least 11 lives.

Over 100 million Americans have been affected by heat alerts issued in more than two dozen states with heat indexes in the triple digits across the U.S.

A 12-year-old died in Phoenix, Arizona, after hiking in the triple-degree heat on Friday.

In Williamsport, Pennsylvania, a 4-year-old girl died Friday after being left for hours in a hot car as temperatures hit 97 degrees, police told ABC affiliate in Scranton WNEP-TV.

There were also five heat-related deaths this week in Roseville, Michigan, where temperatures soared into the high 80s and low 90s.

On Sunday, officials in Philadelphia said there were at least four heat-related deaths so far as the city prepared for the start of the Democratic National Convention. Protesters took to the streets, despite the heat, with extra water and medics on hand.

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