WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is dismissing Donald Trump's assertion that the November election might be rigged. Obama says the notion is "ridiculous." Speaking to reporters, Obama noted that elections are run by local and state officials, not the federal government. His advice to Trump was not to worry about the voting before it begins and just "go out there and try to win."
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Denver area Republican congressman will start airing an ad on Friday that promises he will "stand up" to Donald Trump if the GOP nominee is elected. Rep. Mike Coffman is the first House Republican to expressly distance himself from Trump in a campaign ad. Coffman says in the ad that he doesn't care much for Trump. He also says he would stand up to Hillary Clinton. Coffman represents an ethnically diverse district and his Democratic rival repeatedly compares him to Trump.
ATLANTA (AP) — A memorial service will be held Friday for a suburban Atlanta teen who would have been a high school senior today. Natalie Henderson's body was found with that of a second teen behind a grocery store. Both had been shot in the head. Police have charged a 20-year-old. Jeffrey Hazlewood is being held in the city jail in Roswell but is expected to be moved on Friday to the larger Fulton County jail in Atlanta. Safety reasons are being cited. Investigators haven't released a motive but the suspect allegedly used Henderson's debit-credit card.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has celebrated his final birthday in office with a night on the town. Obama turned 55 on Thursday. He and his family had dinner at a waterfront seafood restaurant in Georgetown that is a favorite of the Obamas. Vice President Joe Biden wished Obama a happy birthday on Twitter and added a photo of "Joe" and "Barack" friendship bracelets. Obama and his family are leaving the White House Saturday for their summer vacation. They'll spend about half of August on Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Character actor David Huddleston, best known for starring roles in "The Big Lebowski" and "Santa Claus: The Movie," has died. Huddleston's wife says he died Tuesday of advanced heart and kidney disease in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He was 85. Huddleston's credits include the mayor in "Blazing Saddles." He had guest appearances on shows including "Gunsmoke" and "The West Wing." The Virginia native served as an aircraft engine mechanic in the U.S. Air Force before studying acting in New York. His career stretched 55 years.
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