Despite high expectations for this past week's Republication National Convention, television executives and producers say the event failed to deliver the through-the-roof ratings that many expected, according to The New York Times. On Friday, Republican nominee Donald Trump took to Twitter to praise the convention for being "one of the best produced," with "Big T.V. ratings!" But according to Neilsen viewership data released Friday, 32.2 million viewers across 10 different networks watched Trump's acceptance speech on Thursday night. That figure falls short of the 2008 viewership of John McCain's RNC speech: 38.93 million viewers across three networks. Throughout the entire week of the RNC, viewership was on about the same level as that of the 2012 convention, falling far below any GOP record.
Authorities in Munich say the man who allegedly killed nine people in a mall shooting spree on Friday was “obsessed with shooting rampages” and had tricked people into visiting the mall using Facebook. Police and prosecutors held a press conference on Saturday to reveal some disturbing details about the suspect, identified as an 18-year-old German-Iranian from Munich. The suspect was found dead after the attack, having apparently killed himself. Police say he had hacked a young woman’s Facebook account and sent out messages urging people to come to the mall for a giveaway, apparently in the hopes of getting more victims. The shooter had acted alone and had no links to the Islamic State or other terror groups, police said. A day of mourning has been declared in the city and all public festivals planned for the weekend canceled.
Officials in a small town near Denver have lifted a water advisory put in place over concerns of THC contamination after further testing revealed the water was safe on Saturday. On Thursday, authorities in Hugo had warned residents not to use the tap water because THC, the intoxicating chemical in marijuana, may have gotten into the water supply. After enlisting the help of the FBI and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, further testing revealed that the THC contamination was limited to only one of the town's five wells, and the drinking supply was clear of the chemical. Police in Hugo say they believe one of the town's wells was tampered with, but they are still trying to determine whether it was deliberate. The investigation is ongoing.
Australian police are investigating how a dead body was able to sit unnoticed in the bathroom of a fast food chain for three days. The restaurant, Hungry Jack’s, issued a statement Saturday confirming the incident at a restaurant near Perth and expressing readiness to cooperate with the investigation. The body of the man, who has not been identified, was discovered Monday morning. He had entered the restaurant on Friday before entering the bathroom, where he was found dead in a stall, according to local media. A police spokesman said the death was not suspicious but police were looking into the circumstances of how the body went unnoticed for so long.
At least 80 people were killed and another 231 wounded Saturday after an explosion tore through a protest in Kabul by minority Shiite Hazaras, Reuters reported. “Opportunist terrorists” took advantage of the protest to kill and wound “a number of our countrymen, including security and defense personnel,” President Ashraf Ghani said in a statement released after the incident. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, according to the group’s media branch, Amaq. The protest was organized by ethnic Hazaras, a minority Shiite group in the predominantly Sunni country. They were demanding that authorities run a power line through their poverty stricken home province of Bamyan, in keeping with the original plan for the power line. The plan was changed in 2013 in what many Hazaras say is proof that the government discriminates against them.
Two Canadian teenagers accidentally crossed the U.S. border while playing Pokemon Go, U.S. officials have said. The teenagers were detained by U.S. Border Patrol agents late Thursday on U.S. soil, having wandered into Montana from Canada’s Alberta province. “Both juveniles were so captivated by their Pokemon Go games that they lost track of where they were,” the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency said in a statement. Authorities were able to contact the teenagers’ mother, who was located on Canadian territory, and send them back to her. Pokemon Go, an augmented reality game which uses GPS to send users on scavenger hunts in search of virtual creatures, has taken the world by storm in recent weeks. But it has also sent players into no-trespassing zones and some dangerous areas.
Hillary Clinton introduced her newly announced running mate at a campaign rally in Miami on Saturday, calling U.S. Senator Tim Kaine "everything Trump and Pence are not." "He’s qualified to step into this job and lead on day one. And he is a progressive who likes to get things done,” Clinton said of Kaine, who was announced as her VP pick on Friday. Kaine prompted cheers from the audience by speaking to the crowd in Spanish, a stark contrast to Trump's calls to build a wall with Mexico and keep immigrants out. Kaine reciprocated Clinton's praise for him with a few kind words of his own, saying the presidential candidate "is the direct opposite of Donald Trump. ... She doesn’t trash our allies, she respects them.”
An attorney in Youngstown, West Virginia sentenced to five days in jail for refusing to remove a Black Lives Matter button has appealed the charge. Attorney Andrea Burton, who herself is black, was hit with a contempt of court charge by Judge Robert Milich in municipal court on Friday. While in court for a case, Burton had refused to remove the button during a conversation with the judge in chambers, local media reported. She was handcuffed and taken by a bailiff to the county jail. After Judge Milich refused to stay the sentence at the request of Burton's lawyers, an appeals court agreed to stay the sentence until the appeal could be heard. Despite igniting controversy with his ruling, Judge Milich has defended his actions and said he was only trying to obey a 1997 ruling by the Supreme Court banning political buttons in the courtroom.
Three healthcare workers in Miami have been charged in a $1 billion Medicare fraud scheme that preyed on the elderly, the Justice Department announced Friday. The suspects include the owner of 30 nursing and assisted living facilities in Miami, a hospital administrator and a physician's assistant, all of whom have been charged with conspiracy, obstruction, money laundering and health care fraud. The suspects, identified as Philip Esformes, Odette Barcha, and Arnaldo Carmouze, were indicted for performing unnecessary services on patients at 30 different Esformes Network locations throughout Miami and getting kickbacks for sending patients to other healthcare providers, who also performed unnecessary procedures in order to get Medicare money. Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell said in a statement that this case is the "largest single criminal health care fraud case ever brought against individuals by the Department of Justice."
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan ordered the closure of thousands of private schools, charities and unions using an emergency decree on Saturday. The order comes amid a state of emergency in the country following the July 15 military coup attempt that left hundreds dead and thousands more wounded. Thousands of military personnel were also arrested. Erdogan's decree follows a warning by EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini not to abandon the rule of law as critics warn of an authoritarian crackdown. Earlier this week, Erodgan banned academics from traveling abroad and forced thousands of public sector workers out of their jobs.