Trump to try to steady campaign with economic speech
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump is trying to shift from a disastrous stretch of his presidential campaign to one focused on policy and party unity. But even as his allies speak of lessons the political newcomer has learned, two of his staunchest Republican critics warn that he could be heading for losses in a pair of battleground states.
Trump is set to deliver an economic speech on Monday to the prestigious Detroit Economic Club in his effort to step past his spats over the past 10 days with the Muslim-American parents of a slain Army captain and the leaders of a Republican Party he has promised to unite.
“Mr. Trump on Monday will lay out a vision that’s a growth economic plan” that will focus on cutting taxes, cutting regulation, energy development and boosting middle-class wages, campaign chairman Paul Manafort said in remarks broadcast Sunday on Fox Business. “When we do that, we’re comfortable that we can get the agenda and the narrative of the campaign back on where it belongs, which is comparing the tepid economy under Obama and Clinton, versus the kind of growth economy that Mr. Trump wants to build.”
What came before Monday’s speech, Manafort suggested, doesn’t count in the race to Election Day on Nov. 8. “It’s a three-month campaign,” he said.
Trump may have done irreversible damage in two critical states, Arizona and Ohio, with an approach to immigration reform that some say is divisive, two fellow Republicans say. Trump wants to build a wall between the United States and Mexico and now says he wants to suspend immigration from “terror countries” — though he has yet to say what those are.
What to watch at the Rio Games on Monday
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Day 3 of the Rio Games features medal action in gymnastics, swimming, fencing, women’s rugby, judo and more. Here are some things to watch (all times local):
Michael Phelps swims in preliminaries of the men’s 200 meter butterfly at 1:44 p.m. He holds the world and Olympic records in the event.
The women’s 200 meter freestyle heats start at 1:02 p.m., with world record holder Federica Pellegrini of Italy going in the fourth heat and American Katie Ledecky in the fifth.
The men’s 200 meter freestyle finals are slated for 10:21 p.m. after semifinals Sunday. Germany’s Paul Biedermann holds the world record and is competing in Rio.
10 Things to Know for Monday
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday:
1. HOW TRUMP HOPES TO SHIFT GEARS AFTER ROUGH WEEK
The Republican nominee is set to deliver a key campaign speech, and attempt to get beyond recent spats with GOP leaders and the Muslim-American parents of a slain Army captain.
2. TOP-SEEDED WILLIAMS SISTERS LOSE IN RIO
Serena and Venus Williams, three-time gold medalists in doubles tennis, get knocked out of the Summer Games by unranked Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic.
Clinton’s ‘Moscow Spring’ ended as Putin returned to power
WASHINGTON (AP) — As secretary of state, Hillary Clinton basked in a diplomatic “Moscow Spring,” seizing on Vladimir Putin’s break from the presidency to help seal a nuclear arms-control treaty and secure Russia’s acquiescence to a NATO-led military intervention in Libya. When Putin returned to the top job, things changed.
Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, has vowed to stand up to Putin if elected, drawing on her four years of ups and downs as the public face of President Barack Obama’s first-term “reset” with Russia. By comparison, her Republican opponent, Donald Trump, has rung alarm bells in Washington and Europe with his overtures to the authoritarian Russian leader.
But Clinton’s wrangles with Russia led to mixed results. Her fortunes dipped dramatically after Putin replaced Dmitry Medvedev as president in May 2012.
Just weeks later, Russia outmaneuvered her in negotiations over a complicated Syria peace plan, dealing her what was arguably her worst diplomatic defeat. While Clinton hailed it as a triumph, the war only escalated. And while her aides still insist she came out on top, the blueprint effectively gave Syria’s Moscow-backed president, Bashar Assad, a veto over any transition government, hampering all mediation efforts still.
“There is no doubt that when Putin came back in and said he was going to be president, that did change the relationship,” Clinton said in a Democratic debate last year. “We have to stand up to his bullying and specifically, in Syria it is important.”
Lawmaker’s young son dies on ‘world’s largest’ water slide
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The son of a Kansas state lawmaker died Sunday on a water slide that is billed as the world’s largest, according to officials and the boy’s family.
Authorities did not immediately identify the child who died at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas, but state Rep. Scott Schwab and his wife released a statement saying it was their son Caleb Thomas Schwab.
“Since the day he was born, he brought abundant joy to our family and all those he came in contact with,” said the statement, which asked for privacy as the family grieves.
Schlitterbahn spokeswoman Winter Prosapio said the child died on one of the park’s main attractions, Verruckt, a 168-foot-tall water slide that has 264 stairs leading to the top. The slide’s name means “insane” in German.
Officials haven’t provided specific details about what led to Caleb’s death. Kansas City, Kansas, police spokesman Officer Cameron Morgan said he did not have any information, and Prosapio declined comment, saying more details would be released later.
The straight story: Bow and arrow advances lift other sports
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky’s slap shot was always precise and straight as an arrow. Give archery an assist for that.
The Great One’s aluminum stick, with a wood and fiberglass blade, was constructed in part using innovations derived from bow and arrow technology. So were the shafts on many a golf driver, the bike frame used by an Ironman triathlete, the drumsticks used by rockers. Cutting-edge advances in archery have even influenced the plastic components on dental chairs.
It’s all because researchers discovered: Getting an arrow to fly with accuracy is anything but straightforward.
“Ultimately, if you can make a really good set of arrows, everything else is comparatively easy,” said George Tekmitchov, target archery manager and senior engineer for Easton Technical Products, a leading bow and arrow manufacturer with a special claim to fame: An Easton arrow has been used to capture every gold medal in the men’s and women’s individual Olympic event since archery’s return to the modern games in 1972.
Long before the arrival of Katniss Everdeen — the arrow-brandishing heroine in “The Hunger Games” played by Jennifer Lawrence — arrows were typically made from Port Orford cedar wood. Making an accurate set of those was complex and costly.
Young man killed while playing Pokemon at tourist attraction
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A 20-year-old man was shot to death while playing “Pokemon Go” at a tourist attraction along San Francisco’s waterfront, authorities and a family friend said on Sunday.
Calvin Riley was shot Saturday night by an unknown assailant at Aquatic Park near Ghiradelli Square, the U.S. Park Police said.
A family friend told KGO-TV Riley and a friend were playing the hit mobile game when he was shot.
“From what we know there was no confrontation. There was nothing said back and forth. It was just senseless, just came up and shot in the back and ran away for nothing,” John Kirby said.
Kirby said Riley and his friend had noticed someone watching them from the top of a hill that overlooks the park, but it was dark and they were mostly looking at their cellphones.
Giant Turkish anti-coup rally packs Istanbul waterfront area
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey will continue fighting whatever powers seek to undermine the government, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed Sunday as he addressed a massive flag-waving rally in Istanbul in the wake of the country’s abortive July 15 coup.
The Yenikapi meeting area by the Marmara Sea waterfront in Istanbul’s European side was transformed into a sea of red and white, the colors of Turkey’s flag. No official crowd figure was provided, but Turkish media said millions attended. The event was so full that large crowds were turned away at the gates, spilling into surrounding streets.
“As a state and as a nation we need to analyze the July 15 coup attempt very well. We need to evaluate well not just those who engaged in this treachery, but the powers behind them, the motives that made them take action,” Erdogan told the cheering crowd.
He spoke from a 60-meter (200-foot) stage framed by two platforms and draped with massive national flags and banners depicting Erdogan and Turkey’s founding father Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
The “Democracy and Martyrs’ Rally” was billed as a cross-party event representing Turkish unity in the wake of the failed coup, in which a group of renegade military officers attempted to seize power with tanks, helicopters and fighter jets, leaving more than 270 people dead.
Iran executes nuclear scientist who was convicted of spying
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran executed a nuclear scientist convicted of spying for the United States, an official said Sunday, acknowledging for the first time that the nation secretly detained and tried a man who was once heralded as a hero.
Shahram Amiri defected to the U.S. at the height of Western efforts to thwart Iran’s nuclear program. When he returned in 2010, he was welcomed with flowers by government leaders and even went on the Iranian talk-show circuit. Then he mysteriously disappeared.
He was hanged the same week that Tehran executed a group of militants, a year after Iran agreed to a landmark accord to limit uranium enrichment in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.
Amiri first vanished in 2009 while on a religious pilgrimage to Muslim holy sites in Saudi Arabia. A year later, he reappeared in a series of contradictory online videos filmed in the U.S. He then walked into the Iranian-interests section at the Pakistani Embassy in Washington and demanded to be sent home.
In interviews, he described being kidnapped and held against his will by Saudi and American spies. U.S. officials said he was to receive millions of dollars for his help in understanding Iran’s nuclear program.
1 of 2 skydivers killed in California was first-time jumper
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The mother of an 18-year-old man who was one of two skydivers who died plummeting into a northern California vineyard said her son was jumping for the first time.
Francine Salazar told a newspaper Sunday that she accompanied her son Tyler Turner to the Lodi Parachute Center as he and several of his friends celebrated a birthday.
“Before he got on the plane, he knelt down and prayed, made his peace with God, and then turned around and gave me a great big, huge hug,” Salazar told the Merced Sun-Star (http://bit.ly/2aZsest). “He said, ‘I love you, Mom,’ and then he got on the plane.”
She said she never saw her son come down with his instructor because she couldn’t tell where they were in the distance and didn’t know the color of their parachute.
The parachute did not open, and the two hit the ground, authorities said.