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CLEVELAND (AP) — President Barack Obama says "democracy is on the ballot" in the presidential election. Obama is warning voters that Donald Trump poses a risk to the America's democratic political system. He's calling out Trump for claiming the election is rigged against him. At a rally in Cleveland, Obama told Hillary Clinton supporters that some nations do rig elections. He says they are tyrannies that oppress their people. Obama said the U.S. has fought against those things.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Supreme Court has ruled that a death sentence requires a unanimous jury. The court on Friday struck down a newly enacted law allowing a defendant to be sentenced to death as long as 10 out of 12 jurors recommend it. The decision immediately puts Florida's death penalty sentencing law in limbo.

SEATTLE (AP) — The National Weather Service has issued tornado warnings for southwest Washington and northwest Oregon. A strong thunderstorm has been moving through the area, and the weather service says there are reports of tornado damage in Manzanita on the northern Oregon coast. The heavy rain created dangerous conditions for the morning commute, as drivers tried to navigate through standing water in a driving rain.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The nurses' strike at five Allina Health hospitals in Minnesota is finally over after more than a month. A majority of rank-and-file members of the Minnesota Nurses Association have voted to approve a labor contract. The union and Allina Health say the nurses in the Twin Cities area will head back to work Sunday. The head of the union says the agreement improves workplace safety issues, staffing policies and ensures health benefits won't be reduced.

OREL, Russia (AP) — The Russian city of Orel has unveiled the country's first monument to Czar Ivan the Terrible. Today's ceremony took place despite local protests and court battle to block it. The statue depicts Ivan on horseback, wielding both a sword and a cross. Ivan reigned from 1547 to 1584. He was responsible for the Novgorod Massacre, which killed thousands, and is believed to have slain even his own son. The region's governor has likened the brutal czar to current Russian President Vladimir Putin, says Russia now has "a great, powerful president who has forced the whole world to respect and defer to Russia — just like Ivan the Terrible did in his time."

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