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Michael Bloomberg to Endorse Hillary Clinton in DNC Speech

Monica Schipper/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Michael Bloomberg will endorse Hillary Clinton in a prime time address at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday, two Bloomberg advisers tell ABC News. Longtime Bloomberg adviser Stu Loeser tells ABC News the former New York City mayor will speak Wednesday in Philadelphia and endorse the former secretary of state. Another senior adviser to Bloomberg Howard Wolfson said in a statement: “As the nation’s leading independent and a pragmatic business leader Mike (Bloomberg) has supported candidates from both sides of the aisle. This week in Philadelphia he will make a strong case that the clear choice in this election is Hillary Clinton.” Loeser said the endorsement is a sign of Bloomberg’s dismay with Republican nominee and fellow billionaire Donald Trump. While Bloomberg and Clinton are not particularly close, Bloomberg has made no secret he would like to see Trump lose the election. The endorsement comes as a surprise. Bloomberg is a former Democrat, but was elected mayor of New York City as a Republican in 2001…

Progressives Plot Possible Protests Against Clinton’s VP Pick

iStock/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) — A well-known activist and organizer in progressive circles, Norman Solomon with RootsAction.org, said Sunday he is plotting ways to protest the nomination of Tim Kaine as Hillary Clinton’s running mate this week at the Democratic Party’s convention. Solomon said the party should take note of polling that suggests high numbers of Sanders’ supporters are still leery about backing Clinton. “This fall-off in support is plausibly related to her demonstrable contempt for the progressive wing of this party with the selection of Tim Kaine,” he said, citing Kaine’s past votes on trade and banking. In recent days, Clinton’s vice presidential pick has said he would oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), despite having backed the trade deal in the Senate, but Solomon and many other progressives remain skeptical. Solomon has helped launch a new organization called the Bernie Delegates Network, which claims to have more than 1,250 delegate members and, despite its name, pledges to be working independently from the campaign. The group has been conducting straw polls of Sanders’…

Facebook Helps Adopted Minnesota Woman Find Her Birth Mother

Kate-Madonna Hindes(ST. PAUL, Minn.) — It wasn’t until Kate-Madonna Hindes’ second brush with cancer that made her finally finish the paperwork needed to find her birth mother. She was diagnosed with anal precancer after battling “multiple instances of cervical cancer in my life,” the St. Paul, Minnesota, woman told ABC News. Doctors had even told her she had tested positive for an abnormal BRCA2 gene, meaning she had a greater likelihood of developing breast cancer. “I wanted to get some medical questions answered,” the mother-of-two, 34, added. “I told myself I had to really look deeper into this because I have two beautiful children and I want to live a long happy life.” Three years after starting her paperwork, Hindes finally completed it six months ago. Because of “a lot of internal staff changes” at Children’s Home + Aid in Illinois she didn’t hear back from them until last month. “I received a call June 15 and they said, ‘Kate, are you sitting down?’ And I said, ‘Yes,’ and they…

Dem VP Candidate Tim Kaine Heads to Church, Sings in Choir

Michael Davidson for Hillary for America(RICHMOND, Va.) — Less than 24 hours after making his first appearance as Hillary Clinton’s running mate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine walked through the doors of the Richmond church he’s been part of for more than 30 years to applause so loud it could be heard from outside. It was his first time at church since Clinton announced that he was her vice presidential pick. “You saw what a special community that is,” said Kaine as he left mass Sunday with his wife, Virginia Secretary of Education Anne Holton. “Anne found it in the summer of 1984 and we were married here in November of 1984. And this and our neighborhood are really the center of our lives here. We needed some prayers today and we got some prayers and we got support and it really feels good.” Parishioners of the diverse St. Elizabeth Catholic Church hugged Kaine and his wife. Sitting in the 10th row of pews, Kaine and his wife sang and clapped…

Olympic Panel Declines Total Ban on Russian Athletes for 2016

iStock/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — The International Olympic Committee has voted not to impose a blanket ban on Russia’s participating in this summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro over the country’s state-directed cover-up of doping by its athletes. In a statement released Sunday, the IOC declined to impose a total collective ban as recommended earlier by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), instead requesting that the international federation for each Olympic sport should evaluate which Russian athletes can be considered clean enough to compete. Those athletes from Russia’s national Olympic team wishing to compete will now have to pass examination by the international federation of their sport, meeting criteria set by the federations themselves that will prove they are clean. No Russian athlete who has ever been punished for doping will be allowed to compete either. That decision means that it is very likely that at least some of Russia’s 387 athletes from its national Olympic team will compete in Rio, though there remain steep practical challenges to their passing individual evaluations, with the…

‘God Put Me in the Right Place,’ Says Linebacker Who Stopped Alleged Sexual Assault

ABC News(GAINESVILLE, Fla.) — University of Florida linebacker Cristian Garcia said “God put me in the right place at the right time” to stop the alleged sexual assault of a young woman behind the bar where he works. Garcia, a Miami native who will be a junior and was a walk-on with the football team last season, described his night at the bar, 101 Cantina in Gainesville, Florida, as being “typical” before witnessing what appeared to be the sexual assault of a 19-year-old woman. Garcia, who was “working security” at 101 Cantina that night, said that he was taking out the trash early Friday morning when he noticed the woman “pinned up against a dumpster” behind the bar, and that her body was limp, which indicated to him that she was unconscious. He said the man with her told him that she was his girlfriend, but that her condition told him that a sexual act was taking place without consent. He said that friends of the man were standing around…

One Killed, 2 Wounded in German Machete Attack

iStock/Thinkstock(REUTLINGEN, Germany) — One person was killed and two wounded in a machete attack in southwestern Germany on Sunday. A Syrian asylum-seeker was arrested in Reutlingen, near Suttgart, after what German police called a lone wolf attack. Officials said the 21-year-old was known to police. Witnesses said the attack happened after an argument started between the man and a woman, who he killed in a street in the center of Reutlingen, according to BBC. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Teenager Arrested In Connection with Munich Shooting

iStock/Thinkstock(MUNICH) — A teenager has been arrested in connection with Friday’s deadly shooting in Munich. German police said a 16-year-old Afghan, who had a friendly relationship with the shooter, was arrested Sunday night in a Munich suburb. According to police, the teen reported himself to police on Friday and told them about his relationship with the shooter. He was arrested after police said they had reason to believe he knew of the shooting plot and did not report it when he made conflicting statements. On Friday, 18-year-old David Ali Sonboly shot and killed nine people before taking his own life at a busy shopping mall in Munich. Officials said Sonboly had a book about the Columbine and Virginia Tech shooters at his home. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.