Their political fates now entwined, President Barack Obama will implore voters Wednesday to elect Hillary Clinton to the White House, appealing to the women, minorities and young people who powered his rise and are now crucial to hers.
In addition to party loyalty, a big motivation for Obama's robust support is deep concern that Republican Donald Trump can win in November and unravel the president's eight years in office.
"Anybody who goes into campaigns not running scared can end up losing," Obama said ahead of his address at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia.
For several hours, Trump stole the show.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump encouraged Russia to meddle in American politics Wednesday, with a stunning recommendation to uncover and make public hacked emails that might damage his opponent, Hillary Clinton.
Shortly after Trump's remarks, his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, took a different tact and warned of "serious consequences" if Russia interfered in the election.
The developments came as Democrats met on the third day of their presidential convention in Philadelphia, where Clinton will claim the party's nomination Thursday night.
Trump's extraordinary comments raised the specter of whether he was condoning foreign government hacking of U.S. computers and the public release of information stolen from political adversaries — actions that are at least publicly frowned upon across the globe.
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Angry and disaffected Bernie Sanders' backers have a new rallying cry: "Jill not Hill." That's Green Party candidate Jill Stein, whose liberal agenda of tuition-free college, $15-per-hour minimum wage and a renewable energy economy by 2030 offers a home to Sanders' supporters disillusioned by the two-party political system and unwilling to back Democrat Hillary Clinton. Detractors warn she could become a Ralph Nader-like candidate, taking enough votes from Clinton to deliver Republican nominee Donald Trump a victory in November.
It was long ago and far away when Barack Obama snippily remarked, "You're likable enough, Hillary." It's a lovefest now.
Hillary Clinton formally captured the Democratic nomination and declared the glass ceiling keeping women from the presidency cracked and nearly shattered. Her husband, ex-President Bill Clinton, closed the historic night with an expansive and passionate testimonial, offering a deeply personal — though sanitized — account of their relationship. It was a policy-driven ode to the "best darn change-maker I have ever met."
Tonight, the current president is joining her party — for it is her party now — in making the case to the nation for electing the former first lady, senator and secretary of state as the first woman to occupy the Oval Office.
According to federal prosecutors a $3 million lottery winner pleaded guilty to using his prize to invest in a crystal meth ring, NBC News reported.
Ronnie Music Jr., 45, bought the drugs with his 2015 winnings and wanted to supply them to others who would resell them at a profit, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District of Georgia.
More than $1 million worth of methamphetamine was recovered, along with firearms, thousands of rounds of ammunition and $600,000 in cash.
He will be sentenced after the state's probation office conducts a pre-sentence investigation.
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Born with a rare disease and just days away from kidney failure, Fort Worth nurse Danny Kolzow is getting a lifeline from a longtime friend.
Graham McMillan is donating one of his kidneys to Kolzow.
The operation is set for Wednesday morning at Baylor All Saints Medical Center in Fort Worth – the same hospital where Kolzow works.
McMillan said he wanted to break the news to Kolzow in a special way, so he made arrangements with other nurses to give him the news at work. The moment, posted on Vimeo, has now been viewed more than 800,000 times.
Gabby Giffords, the former Arizona congresswoman nearly killed in a 2011 shooting, told the Democratic National Convention Wednesday that she believes Hillary Clinton will reform gun laws in the U.S.
"Speaking is difficult for me. But come January, I want to say these two words: Madam President," Giffords said.
Joining Giffords on the convention stage was her husband, Mark Kelly, as they talked about the need to challenge the gun lobby and place new restrictions on firearms.
Actors and delegates took center stage in smaller and more subdued protests by Bernie Sanders supporters on a quiet Day 3 of the Democratic National Convention.
Michael Phelps is a household name. In the next month, Simone Biles may become one.
Phelps, who with 22 medals is the most decorated Olympian of all time, has dominated four Olympics and come out of retirement in hopes of sweeping a fifth. It's likely to be his final Games.
Biles is on the other end of her career. The 19-year-old gymnast heads into her first Olympics with 14 world championship medals under her belt, 10 of them gold. The budding superstar is undefeated in the all-around and has been called "unbeatable" by gymnastics legend Mary Lou Retton.
Phelps and Biles are among more than 550 athletes who will represent Team USA in Rio, including 292 women, the most in Olympic history to ever compete for a single country. Of Team USA's 68 returning champions, 53 are looking to defend titles won during the 2012 London Games.
Here's a look at the American athletes to watch during the 2016 Rio Olympics.
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The United States Coast Guard has found four boaters who failed to return home from a snorkeling trip off of Key West.
The group was identified as 48-year-old David Thompson, 28-year-old Adam Kelley, 15-year-old Joshua Thompson and 11-year-old Evan Thompson.
The Coast Guard said the boaters were found Wednesday afternoon about 40 nautical miles northwest of Key West. Officials reported they were in good health and spirits.
The world is at war, but it is not a war of religions, Pope Francis said Wednesday as he traveled to Poland on his first visit to Central and Eastern Europe in the shadow of the slaying of a priest in France.
The killing of an 85-year-old priest in a Normandy church on Tuesday added to security fears surrounding Francis' five-day visit for the World Youth Day celebrations, which were already high due to a string of violent attacks in France and Germany. Polish officials say they have deployed tens of thousands of security officials to cover the event.
Francis spoke to reporters on the papal plane en route from Rome to Poland.
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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have chosen Chicago's historic Jackson Park as the site for the Obama Presidential Center, a source familiar with the process confirmed to NBC News. An official announcement on the decision is expected to be made in the coming days. The center was expected to be located in one of two parks on the city's South Side. It will be home to Obama's archives and a museum about his presidency, and is expected to be completed in 2020 or 2021.