Promoting national unity, Clinton also seeks to build trust

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Hillary Clinton capped off a four-day convention celebration with a plea for national unity and tolerance. Now, one of the most divisive and distrusted figures in American political life must convince voters that she rather than Republican rival Donald Trump can bring a deeply divided nation together.

  • Written by LISA LERER, Associated Press

Wisconsin girls to be tried as adults in Slender Man attack

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin state appeals court ruled Wednesday that two girls accused of trying to kill their classmate in an attempt to please the fictional horror character Slender Man should be tried as adults.

  • Written by SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press

Church attacker nurtured jihad in quiet French town

SAINT-ETIENNE-DU-ROUVRAY, France (AP) — Adel Kermiche nursed his obsession with jihad in this quiet French town alongside the Seine River, and his twice-thwarted attempt to join Islamic State extremists in Syria ended with an attack on an elderly priest celebrating Mass in its sturdy stone church.

  • Written by LORI HINNANT, Associated Press

Sheriff: Deputy 'one of the luckiest men in America'

GRETNA, La. (AP) — A Louisiana sheriff on Wednesday called his deputy "one of the luckiest men in America" after a suspect's weapon malfunctioned as he pointed it at the officer.

  • Written by CAIN BURDEAU, Associated Press

For would-be Reagan assassin, freedom only days away

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the past decade, the man who shot President Ronald Reagan has quietly spent a growing number of his days living with his 90-year-old mother in a gated community in Williamsburg, Virginia. On Wednesday, a judge finalized John Hinckley Jr.'s transition to freedom, ordering that Hinckley can permanently leave the psychiatric hospital where he was confined after the assassination attempt.

  • Written by BEN NUCKOLS, Associated Press