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Sunrise in the Sandhills And the heat goes on… but with just a bit less intensity today. For the first time in several days, the National Weather Service has not issued a heat advisory for today, but that doesn’t mean cool weather. Highs today in the Sandhills will be in the mid 90s, with heat index values as high as 102. Now, from the Associated Press, here's your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. CLINTON CASTS HERSELF AS UNIFIER IN CONVENTION SPEECH, DRAWS CONTRAST WITH TRUMP Now, one of the most distrusted figures in U.S. politics must convince voters that she's the one to bring a divided nation together. CAMPAIGN 2016 2. US COMMERCE DEPARTMENT EXPECTED TO REPORT ACCELERATED GDP GROWTH Economists think that GDP rebounded in the third quarter as consumer spending helped lift the gloom over depressed oil prices and fears about China. ECONOMY-GDP. 3. POPE FRANCIS MAKES SOMBER VISIT TO SITE OF THE AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU DEATH CAMP The pope prayed in the dark underground prison cell of a Catholic saint and was to meet with 25 Christian Poles who risked their own lives to help Jews. POLAND-POPE 4. NEW SANDYHOOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL OPENING 3 ½ YEARS AFTER MASSACRE Officials hope giving everyone an early look at the new school will allow students to start the school year in a quiet, respectful environment. NEWTOWN SHOOTING-NEW SCHOOL 5. TWENTY-ONE JOURNALISTS APPEAR IN COURT AFTER BEING DETAINED IN TURKEY CRACKDOWN They are among 42 for whom detention orders were issued this week. TURKEY-MILITARY COUP 6. WHAT THE FATHER OF A FALLEN MUSLIM AMERICAN SOLDIER SAID TO DONALD TRUMP At the Democratic convention, Khizr Khan said Arlington Cemetery is filled with graves of people of all faiths and told the Republican nominee: "You have sacrificed nothing." DEM 2016-CONVENTION-MUSLIM SOLDIER 7. SOME IN HONG KONG ARE DREAMING OF THEIR OWN VERSION OF BREXIT A wave of political activists who advocate independence from China are joining the campaign ahead of legislative elections in September. HONG KONG-INDEPENDENCE DREAMS 8. WHY A ONCE-REVILED RIVER MONSTER MAY BE COMING TO WATERS NEAR YOU The fearsome-looking alligator tar is seen as a potentially potent weapon against the invasive Asian carp and efforts underway to reintroduce the fish from Illinois to Tennessee. RIVER MONSTER RETURNS 9. HOW THREE YOUNG HOMELESS SISTERS ARE REACHING FOR THEIR OLYMPIC DREAMS The girls— ages 11, 10 and 8 — who live in a New York City homeless shelter have earned top youth track rankings and a spot in this week's Junior Olympics. HOMELESS TRACK STARS 10. WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN THE SECOND ROUND OF THE PGA CHAMPIONSHIP Jimmy Walker is the surprise leader after the opening round but some players, like Martin Kaymer, will play under better conditions and could improve their standings. PGA-ON THE TEE.
Sunrise in the Sandhills The heat wave continues… once again today, the National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory from noon until 8 o’clock tonight – temperatures in the Sandhills could reach nearly 100 degrees this afternoon… with heat index values as high as 106. Here's your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: (AP) -- 1. OBAMA PASSES BATON TO CLINTON Hillary Clinton has the stage, after President Barack Obama named her the inheritor of his legacy and the candidate who could realize the "promise of this great nation." 2. DEMOCRATIC DONORS, ALLIES OFFER REWARD FOR TRUMP TAX RETURNS The billionaire Republican nominee has broken decades of presidential campaign tradition by refusing to release his filings and some have offered money for charity if the documents become public. 3. RUSSIA ANNOUNCES HUMANITARIAN OPERATION IN ALEPPO Moscow and the Syrian government will open corridors for civilians and offer a way out for rebels wanting to lay down their arms. 4. PYONGYANG: US CROSSES LINE, RELATIONS ON WAR FOOTING North Korea's top diplomat for U.S. affairs tells the AP that Washington "crossed the red line" and effectively declared war by putting leader Kim Jong Un on its list of sanctioned individuals. 5. REAGAN SHOOTER GAINS FREEDOM After nearly four decades in a psychiatric hospital, John Hinckley Jr., 61, will be packing his bags early next month and live with his mother at her Virginia home full time. 6. FREDDIE GRAY CASE ENDS WITH A WHIMPER Fourteen months after the death of a black man whose neck was broken in a police van prompted massive protests, spawned rioting and toppled careers in law enforcement and politics, a prosecutor's decision ends the possibility that anyone will go to jail. 7. DITCHING RED-LIGHT CAMERAS CAN HAVE FATAL CONSEQUENCES Traffic deaths from red-light-running crashes go up by nearly a third after cities turn off cameras designed to catch motorists in the act, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety finds. 8. OPIOD USED TO SEDATE LARGE ANIMALS DEEMED NEW THREAT Carfentanil, 100 times as potent as the fentanyl already escalating the United States' heroin troubles, is suspected in spates of overdoses in several states. 9. THE ANSWER IS 'BLOWIN' IN THE WIND' Bob Dylan's tumble from his Triumph was the most fateful motorcycle crash in pop-culture history, but even 50 years later, the details remain foggy. 10. OBSCURE CLUB PROS GET MOMENT IN THE SUN Jason Day and Jordan Spieth are at Baltusrol. So are 20 club professionals, who for one week out of the year get treated on equal ground as the best golfers in the world at the PGA Championship.
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Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Tuesday July 26, 2016. It’s hot – and it’s going to stay that way for awhile. The National Weather Service has once again issued a heat advisory, in effect from noon until 8 o’clock tonight. Temperatures will be in the mid to upper 80s throughout most of the state, with heat index values – or the way it really feels out there – between 103 and 108 degrees. This increases the risk of heat-related illnesses, especially among vulnerable individuals, particularly those who are sick, the elderly, outdoor workers and those without air conditioning. Nonetheless, here's your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: (AP) -- 1. 'GLASS CEILING' SHATTERING AT DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION With a roll call of the states, Hillary Clinton will become the first woman to lead a major party into a White House race. 2. SANDERS TO SUPPORTERS: RALLY TO BEAT TRUMP The Vermont senator embraces former rival Clinton as a champion for the same economic causes that enlivened his supporters. 3. 19 KILLED IN KNIFING NEAR TOKYO A Japanese man who slashed the throats of dozens of patients at a facility for the mentally disabled reportedly sent a letter to Parliament outlining the bloody plan. 4. 2 ATTACKERS, 1 HOSTAGE KILLED IN FRENCH CHURCH Two attackers seize hostages in a church near the Normandy city of Rouen, killing one hostage by slitting their throat before being killed by police, a security official says. 5. GERMANY VOWS MORE CHECKING OF MIGRANTS AFTER ATTACKS Top security officials in the country call for tougher security screening of asylum-seekers and announce that more police officers will be hired. 6. FLORIDA VICTIM'S MOTHER URGED CAUTION In the aftermath of the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, Stephanie White advised her 18-year-old son on how to stay safe. Stef'an Strawder was one of two teens killed at Club Blu in Fort Myers. 7. WHO IS UNLIKELY ALLY IN RENEWABLE ENERGY PUSH The landing in United Arab Emirates of a solar-powered plane underscores the significant number of clean energy initiatives out of this major OPEC oil producer. 8. WHAT SRI LANKA IS LOOKING TO PROTECT Tens of thousands of acres of mangrove forests — the seawater-tolerant trees that help protect and build landmasses, better absorb carbon and reduce the impact of natural disasters. 9. HOW CRAFT BREWERIES ARE TRYING TO STAND OUT Cone heads, zombies, beards, bananas — they are some of the creative beer tap handles that have become a big business as the number of specialty breweries skyrockets. 10. SARAH SILVERMAN: BERNIE-OR-BUST DEMS 'BEING RIDICULOUS' The comedian joined Sen. Al Franken to urge Democratic delegates to unite — then stirred up Sanders die-hards with some choice words.

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