Georgia Rep. John Lewis, Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski, and contest-winner Na'ilah Amaru will formally nominate Hillary Clinton as the Democratic party's presidential candidate tonight, Politico first reported. The news contradicts earlier rumors that Sen. Bernie Sanders would officially nominate his former Democratic primary rival. More recent reports, however, have suggested Sanders will simply ask his home state of Vermont to submit a unanimous vote for Clinton’s nomination.
Iconic TV psychic Miss Cleo died at the age of 53 after a battle with cancer, according to TMZ. Cleo, whose real name was Youree Harris, performed her popular character in a Jamaican accent for television ads in the 1990s, despite the fact that she was actually from Los Angeles. Harris went on to other television and voiceover jobs, including a character in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.
The Indiana GOP central committee voted to have Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb replace Gov. Mike Pence on the ballot in this November’s gubernatorial race. Holcomb first became lieutenant governor in March, and will now compete with Democratic nominee John Gregg to replace Pence, who withdrew from re-election after accepting Donald Trump’s vice-presidential slot. Gregg narrowly lost to Pence in 2012 by only 3 percentage points.
The founder of viral pro-Trump tween singing group “USA Freedom Kids” now plans to sue the Republican presidential campaign for violating various unwritten agreements. The tween cheerleaders first achieved national fame after performing their song “Freedom’s Call”—with lyrics like “Deal from strength or get crushed!”—at Trump’s January rally in Pensacola, Florida. The group’s founder, Jeff Popick, father to the youngest member, claims it was at that rally that the campaign broke its promise for compensation; only to once again break financial and logistic promises at another rally at which they were scheduled to appear. “This is not a billion-dollar lawsuit,” Popick told the Washington Post. “I’m not looking to do battle with the Trump campaign, but I have to show my girls that this is the right thing.”
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A nun who was taken hostage during Tuesday's attack on a church in Normandy, France, told local media that the 86-year-old priest whose throat was slashed was forced to kneel before his death. "They forced him to his knees. He wanted to defend himself. And that's when the tragedy happened," said the nun, who called herself Sister Danielle. She added, "They recorded themselves. They did a sort of sermon around the altar, in Arabic. It's a horror." She told reporters that the slain man was "a great priest." At least one other victim is badly injured after the attack, during which two men entered the church during mass and took the group hostage. A nun who escaped called police, and the hostage-takers were killed in the following confrontation.
Swiss professional tennis player Roger Federer announced Tuesday that he will not participate in this year‘s Rio Olympics, U.S. Open, or ATP Finals in order to undergo extensive rehabilitation for his major knee surgery earlier this year. “I must give both my knee and body the proper time to fully recover. It is tough to miss the rest of the year,” he wrote on Facebook. “However, the silver lining is that this experience has made me realize how lucky I have been throughout my career with very few injuries. The love I have for tennis, the competition, tournaments and of course you, the fans remains intact. I am as motivated as ever and plan to put all my energy towards coming back strong, healthy and in shape to play attacking tennis in 2017.”
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Prosecutors have argued in court that Harrison Ford’s leg injury, which he obtained while filming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, could have killed him. Ford, now 71, was crushed by a hydraulic door—causing severe injuries, including a broken left leg—on the set in June 2014 at Pinewood Studios in London. A prosecutor argued that the lapses caused a "risk of death" and that it "could have killed somebody." He added, "the fact that it didn't was because an emergency stop was activated." Ford was airlifted to a hospital in Oxford after the accident. In a television interview, he said the Millennium Falcon doors have changed significantly since 1977, when they were controlled with a hand-operated pulley. “Now we had lots of money and technology and so they built a fucking great hydraulic door which closed at light speed." Foodles Production pleaded guilty to two breaches of health and safety law and will face sentencing on August 22.
A Texas judge on Tuesday dismissed the final remaining charge against the two anti-abortion activists responsible for infamous undercover videos depicting themselves attempting to purchase fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood facilities. Upon the request of the Harris County prosecutor’s office, District Judge Brock Thomas dismissed the final charge of tampering with government records against 27-year-old David Daleiden and 63-year-old Sandra Merritt. The felony charge could have carried up to a 20-year prison sentence for each of the defendants.
Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson was accused of beating his ex-wife and at one point threatening to kill her, Politico reported Tuesday. Lolita Grayson allegedly called police multiple times over the course of their 25-year marriage and twice sought medical treatment. According to reports, she contacted authorities at least two times in Florida and another two times in Virginia. The congressman denies any claims of abuse. He is currently in the home stretch of his Democratic primary campaign for Senate.
Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone’s mother-in-law was reportedly kidnapped in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Friday evening, and suspects are asking for a $36.5 million ransom. Aparecida Schunck, 67, the mother of Ecclestone’s wife, 38-year-old Fabiana Flosi, was allegedly taken. Neither city police nor Ecclestone’s representatives have commented on the case. Ecclestone, 85, has a fortune estimated at $3.1 billion.