MICHAEL PHELPS SAYS HIP-HOP AND FUTURE INSPIRE HIM TO GOLD MEDALS

Michael Phelps paid tribute to Hip-Hop music in a major way during the 2016 VMA’s.

Phelps said that it was Future’s song “Stick Talk” that helped power him to a grand total 23 gold.

“If there’s one thing that’s been constant throughout my entire career, it is the motivation and inspiration that I get from Hip-Hop,” Michael Phelps said. “There is no rapper today more inspiring than Future. His optimism is right there in his name.”

Phelps also revealed that he was listening to Future in that infamous picture of his intense stare before the 200 meter butterfly semifinals at the Olympics in Rio.
“Remember in Rio when I made that face they ended up all over the Internet? I was in the zone with Future’s track ‘Stick Talk’ blaring in my headphones,” Michael Phelps said. I might have all the golds, but he’s got all the platinum.”

EARTHQUAKES, AFTERSHOCKS CONTINUE IN ITALY

A girl who endured nearly 17 hours in the rubble after this week’s earthquake has undergone surgery and is doing well, Italian national news agency ANSA said late Thursday.

After mostly pulling bodies from the rubble, rescue crews in Pescara del Tronto were overjoyed Wednesday evening to hear what sounded like the cries of a survivor.
“Quiet! Quiet,” they said, getting closer to the source of the sound.
An 8-year-old girl is rescued from the debris of a collapsed building in Pescara del Tronto.
An 8-year-old girl is rescued from the debris of a collapsed building in Pescara del Tronto.
The scene was captured on video by CNN affiliate Sky TG24.
A firefighter clawed at the debris, trying to get to her. “Come on. … Come on. Slowly, slowly. Mind her head,” they said to one another as onlookers applauded in support.
Suddenly there was a foot, a leg, and then the other leg.
The girl, later identified as 8-year-old Giorgia, was finally pulled out with great care to a rousing cheer. The body of her sister, 10, was next to her, ANSA said.
Surveying Italy's earthquake damage

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Rescuers are desperate to find anyone who might miraculously have survived this week’s quake that killed at least 250 people and injured more than 360 others in central Italy.
The Italian Council of Ministers approved a state of emergency for the regions affected by the earthquake Thursday, allocating 50 million euros of emergency funding.
A 4.1 magnitude aftershock on Thursday shook aid workers as they sorted through debris in the afternoon sun in the town of Amatrice, one of many tremors to have followed Wednesday morning’s 6.2-magnitude quake that reduced villages to rubble.
A CNN crew in Amatrice was filming in front of a house when the structure partially collapsed, and others around it were completely flattened.
“People were just running onto the roads away from buildings in a panic. We saw our cameras shaking, and journalists here too were panicking,” said CNN producer Margot Haddad.
It was more bad news for rescuers, who have been desperately combing through mountains of rubble for a second day. Wednesday’s quake blocked off narrow streets in ancient towns, making the rescue operation extremely difficult.
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A woman tries to comfort her child in Amatrice on August 24.
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Residents survey a collapsed staircase in Amatrice on August 24.
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Residents of Pescara del Tronto care for an elderly earthquake victim on August 24.
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Search-and-rescue teams look for survivors in Pescara del Tronto.
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Survivors sit among the rubble of a house in Amatrice on August 24.
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Residents search for victims in Amatrice.
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An injured man is rescued from a collapsed building in Amatrice on August 24.
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A man leans on a wall in Pescara del Tronto.
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A dog searches for people trapped in collapsed buildings in Amatrice.
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Rescuers search for victims in Amatrice on August 24.
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A man is pulled alive from the rubble.
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A man surveys damage near a dust-covered car in Amatrice on August 24.
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Two people huddle together in Amatrice after the earthquake.
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A rescue worker drives a truck of rubble as cleanup operations begin in Amatrice.
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Rescuers make their way through destroyed houses in Pescara del Tronto, Italy, on Thursday, August 25, after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck the central part of the country. Hundreds of people have been killed, and the death toll is expected to rise as rescue teams reach remote areas.
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Rescuers make their way through destroyed houses in Pescara del Tronto, Italy, on Thursday, August 25, after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck the central part of the country. Hundreds of people have been killed, and the death toll is expected to rise as rescue teams reach remote areas.
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A bird's eye view of Amatrice, Italy, on Wednesday, August 24, after a magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck.
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Rescuers help a woman from the rubble in Amatrice, Italy, on Wednesday, August 24.
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Search-and-rescue teams survey collapsed houses in Pescara del Tronto, Italy, on August 24.
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A man cries as another injured man is helped in Amatrice.
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This woman in Amatrice was wounded during the earthquake.
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This woman in Amatrice was wounded during the earthquake.
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Rescuers carry a man through earthquake debris in Amatrice.
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Rocco Girardi receives treatment after being rescued from the rubble in Arquata del Tronto, Italy, on August 24.
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Rocco Girardi receives treatment after being rescued from the rubble in Arquata del Tronto, Italy, on August 24.
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The body of a unidentified child lies on a bench in Arquata del Tronto on August 24.
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The quake left this house in ruins in Arquata del Tronto.
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The quake left this house in ruins in Arquata del Tronto.
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Two people hug each other next to damaged houses in Pescara del Tronto.
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Two people hug each other next to damaged houses in Pescara del Tronto.
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Two women pass along a stuffed toy in Amatrice on August 24.
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Residents take in the damage in Amatrice.
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This aerial photo shows damaged buildings in Amatrice. The quake struck at 3:36 a.m and was felt across a broad swath of central Italy.
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An emergency hospital camp is set up to treat earthquake victims in Arquata del Tronto.
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A woman tries to comfort her child in Amatrice on August 24.
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Residents survey a collapsed staircase in Amatrice on August 24.
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Survivors sit among the rubble of a house in Amatrice on August 24.
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Residents search for victims in Amatrice.
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An injured man is rescued from a collapsed building in Amatrice on August 24.
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A man leans on a wall in Pescara del Tronto.
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A dog searches for people trapped in collapsed buildings in Amatrice.
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Rescuers search for victims in Amatrice on August 24.
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A man is pulled alive from the rubble.
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A man surveys damage near a dust-covered car in Amatrice on August 24.
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Two people huddle together in Amatrice after the earthquake.
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Rescuers make their way through destroyed houses in Pescara del Tronto, Italy, on Thursday, August 25, after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck the central part of the country. Hundreds of people have been killed, and the death toll is expected to rise as rescue teams reach remote areas.
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Rescuers make their way through destroyed houses in Pescara del Tronto, Italy, on Thursday, August 25, after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck the central part of the country. Hundreds of people have been killed, and the death toll is expected to rise as rescue teams reach remote areas.
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A bird's eye view of Amatrice, Italy, on Wednesday, August 24, after a magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck.
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Rescuers help a woman from the rubble in Amatrice, Italy, on Wednesday, August 24.
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Search-and-rescue teams survey collapsed houses in Pescara del Tronto, Italy, on August 24.
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A man cries as another injured man is helped in Amatrice.
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This woman in Amatrice was wounded during the earthquake.
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Rocco Girardi receives treatment after being rescued from the rubble in Arquata del Tronto, Italy, on August 24.
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Rocco Girardi receives treatment after being rescued from the rubble in Arquata del Tronto, Italy, on August 24.
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The body of a unidentified child lies on a bench in Arquata del Tronto on August 24.
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The quake left this house in ruins in Arquata del Tronto.
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Two people hug each other next to damaged houses in Pescara del Tronto.
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Two women pass along a stuffed toy in Amatrice on August 24.
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Residents take in the damage in Amatrice.
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This aerial photo shows damaged buildings in Amatrice. The quake struck at 3:36 a.m and was felt across a broad swath of central Italy.
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An emergency hospital camp is set up to treat earthquake victims in Arquata del Tronto.
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With heavy lifting equipment just starting to reach isolated villages and towns that were cut off by landslides and building debris, people used tractors, farm equipment and simple hand tools to break through what was left of old stone villas.
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“Many cases have shown in the past that even after two days, people can be rescued alive,” said Luigi D’Angelo from Italy’s Civil Protection agency. “So we want to continue.”
CNN correspondent Frederik Pleitgen saw machinery moving in through the narrow lanes in Amatrice and rescuers using sniffer dogs to help find more bodies.

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But rescuers, including foreign search crews, were also using sound detectors, hoping to find more survivors.
“They know right now it’s a race against time. They believe it’s about 72 hours those people would be able to survive,” Pleitgen said.

“In most cases, unfortunately, the only thing they’re able to retrieve is their bodies and that’s one of the reasons why we’ve seen the death toll rise so much overnight.”
No happy stories here
Giorgia’s survival is sadly an anomaly so far in the massive rescue operation, which involves more than 5,400 rescuers from Italy’s Civil Protection agency, and many more from outside groups.

In Saletta, a town of just 20 homes less than a mile from the quake’s epicenter, an eerie quiet has taken over.
“We saw unfortunately only bodies pulled out,” CNN contributor Barbie Nadeau said from the village, where 22 people were killed.
“We didn’t see any happy stories here,” she added.
More: Chefs rally to help Italy earthquake victims
Nadeau and her crew narrowly escaped injury when a home collapsed behind her in Saletta as she did a Facebook Live session Wednesday.
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More than 1,200 people have been displaced by the quake, and Italy’s Civil Protection agency said no residents were allowed to sleep in the devastated town of Amatrice on Wednesday night.
‘We lost everything’
One of Thursday’s aftershocks was another blow for Davide D’Angelo, a 78-year-old retired railroad worker who survived Wednesday’s quake with his wife and two visiting adult daughters.
Davide D'Angelo
Davide D’Angelo
The aftershock knocked over what was left of his Amatrice-area home. D’Angelo and his family had escaped the house a day earlier, having been jolted awake by the main quake.
Before Thursday’s collapse, a fireman had entered the damaged home to collect clothes, documents and the family’s cat.
“I spent the best years of my life in these mountains,” he said Thursday at a camp for displaced residents in Amatrice, holding back tears. “We lost everything.”
He and his wife are not planning to rebuild. They intend to move to Aprilia, south of Rome, where his wife has property.
“There is nothing left here,” he said. “There is no reason to stay.”
Banding together
Home rental website AirBnB has offered a free service for those affected, displaying two options: “I need a place to stay” or “I can offer my place for free.”
Some people on Facebook were independently offering up their homes for free, while an Italian report said that 75 refugees living in Calabria had made a donation to the relief effort.

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Most survived the quake in the village of Sant’Angelo, which is home to just 300 people in the summer and fewer than 100 in the winter. But one mother and her child didn’t make it, killed when the tremor hit as they slept.
On the balconies, bedsheets tied together in thick knots hang down — they were used as escape routes after homes partly crumbled.

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A group of teenagers here were listening to music in a field when the ground beneath them began to shake early Wednesday. Among them was Matteo Spuri, 19, who normally lives in Rome but was visiting with friends for a summer holiday.
“We looked back at the village and saw a cloud of dust, and we realized the village was destroyed,” Spuri said.
The group set up a first-aid area in the field, and gave blankets to the elderly.
Valentina Gianni, a 16-year-old among them, said the teenagers had worked all through the night.
“We didn’t know how long it was until … we suddenly realized it was 7 a.m. We have been out helping people throughout the night and we’re so tired,” she said.
“What would really help is if all the damages here were recognized [by insurance companies]. To have [it] recognized 100% so that people can begin to rebuild.”
The teens who set up a first-aid area in a field outside Sant'Angelo, from left to right: Valentina Gianni, Gabriele Paoletti, Matteo Spuri and Frederico Feliziani
The teens who set up a first-aid area in a field outside Sant’Angelo, from left to right: Valentina Gianni, Gabriele Paoletti, Matteo Spuri and Frederico Feliziani
Amatrice ‘is no more,’ says mayor
Italy is no stranger to deadly quakes.

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In May 2012, a pair of earthquakes killed dozens of people in northern Italy, while in April 2009, a magnitude-6.3 earthquake hit the Aquila region of central Italy, killing 295. The earthquake Wednesday struck an area close to the 2009 disaster.
The towns at the epicenter of the quake — Amatrice, Accumoli and Arquata del Tronto — are scenes of devastation, with what were once charming three-story buildings pancaked by the disaster.
Collapsed and damaged houses in Pescara del Tronto.
Collapsed and damaged houses in Pescara del Tronto.
The Civil Protection agency said of the people killed, 193 were in the village of Amatrice and 11 in the nearby village of Accumoli. In Arquata del Tronto, which includes Pescara del Tronto, at least 46 were killed.

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“The town is no more,” Amatrice Mayor Sergio Pirozzi told Rai.
Amatrice: The town at the quake’s epicenter
The towns, situated amid remote, mountainous terrain, are particularly popular in the summer with tourists seeking a scenic getaway from the heat of the city.
Amatrice, known for its traditional all’amatriciana pasta sauce, had been gearing up to hold a festival celebrating the pork jowl, chili and pecorino recipe this weekend, with many visitors expected.
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CLINTON: TRUMP CAMPAIGN BUILT ON “PREJUDICE”

Hillary Clinton issued a blistering takedown of Donald Trump Thursday, accusing him of racism and arguing that “fringe” elements have taken over the Republican Party.

“From the start, Donald Trump has built his campaign on prejudice and paranoia,” Clinton said at a campaign rally here. “He’s taking hate groups mainstream and helping a radical fringe take over the Republican Party. His disregard for the values that make our country great is profoundly dangerous.”
She added, “This is what I want to make clear today: A man with a long history of racial discrimination, who traffics in dark conspiracy theories drawn from the pages of supermarket tabloids and the far reaches of the Internet, should never run our government or command our military. Ask yourself: If he doesn’t respect all Americans, how can he serve all Americans?”
Clinton attacking the alt-right — what is it?
The comments — delivered in what could be a crucial swing state in November — mark a dramatic escalation in the war of words between Clinton and Trump. The Republican nominee flatly labeled her a “bigot” on Wednesday, prompting Clinton to tell CNN he was “taking a hate movement mainstream” and was outside the norm of American politics.

Trump offered a prebuttal in New Hampshire earlier Thursday, saying that Clinton “paints decent Americans as racists.”
“She bullies voters who only want a better future and tries to intimidate them out of voting for a change,” Trump said at a campaign event in Manchester. “Hillary Clinton isn’t just attacking me, she’s attacking all of the decent people of all backgrounds — doesn’t matter — of all backgrounds who support this incredible, once in a lifetime movement.”
He later tweeted after her remarks, “Hillary Clinton’s short speech is pandering to the worst instincts in our society. She should be ashamed of herself!”

Asked by WMUR in Manchester later Thursday if he wanted white supremacists to vote for him, Trump simply responded, “No. I don’t at all.”
‘Alt-right’
Speaking at a community college, Clinton sought to link Trump to the “alt-right,” an informal group of mostly white conservative men aligned with the Republican Party that sees Trump as the only choice in 2016. The “alt-right” lives primarily online, regularly pushing racist, homophobic and sexist content.
Trump, however, has been embraced by the fringe groups, in part because he tapped Steve Bannon, the former head of Breitbart News, as the CEO of his campaign. Bannon has said that his former publication is “the platform of the alt-right.”
Clinton says Trump leading ‘hate movement’; he calls her a ‘bigot’
Clinton said the Bannon hire has led to a “de facto merger” between Breitbart and the Trump campaign represents a “landmark achievement” for a “fringe element that has effectively taken over the Republican Party.”
“All of this adds up to something we’ve never seen before,” Clinton said. “Of course there’s always been a paranoid fringe in our politics, steeped in racial resentment. But it’s never had the nominee of a major party stoking it, encouraging it, and giving it a national megaphone. Until now.”
Outreach to Republicans
Clinton devoted large portions of her speech to making overtures to Republicans, calling this election “a moment of reckoning for every Republican dismayed that the party of Lincoln has become the party of Trump.”
“This is not conservatism as we have known it. This is not Republicanism as we have known it,” Clinton said, departing from her prepared remarks.
“We have our disagreements. We need good debates. Need to do it in respectful way. Not finger- pointing. Every day, more Americans are standing up and saying “enough is enough” — including a lot of Republicans,” Clinton said. “I’m honored to have their support. And I promise you this: With your help, I will be a president for Democrats, Republicans and Independents. For those who vote for me and those who don’t. For all Americans.”
The Democratic nominee also praised former Republicans who had denounced racism.
“Twenty years ago, when Bob Dole accepted the Republican nomination, he pointed to the exits and told any racists in the party to get out. The week after 9/11, George W. Bush went to a mosque and declared for everyone to hear that Muslims ‘love America just as much as I do.’ In 2008, John McCain told his own supporters they were wrong about the man he was trying to defeat. Senator McCain made sure they knew Barack Obama is an American citizen and ‘a decent person.’
“We need that kind of leadership again,” Clinton said.
‘Taking a hate movement mainstream’
In a video published on Thursday, the Clinton campaign links clips of KKK members, including Duke, backing Trump. It also highlights Trump failing to disavow the support in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper.
The video then cuts to media clips of Bannon joining the Trump campaign with a reporter describing the alt-right as “sort of dressed-up-in-suits version of the neo-Nazi and white supremacist movement.”
Trump’s campaign denounced the ad as a “disgusting new low.”
“This type of rhetoric and repulsive advertising is revolting and completely beyond the pale,” Trump surrogate Pastor Mark Burns said in a statement. “I call on Hillary Clinton to disavow this video and her campaign for this sickening act that has no place in our world.”
Trump spokesman Jason Miller described Clinton’s attacks as a “desperation play.”
And Kayleigh McEnany, a Trump supporter, also told CNN’s Brooke Baldwin that the real estate mogul has “repeatedly disavowed” Duke.
“What I saw was a mischaracterization of Donald Trump’s record,” McEnany said.
But in an interview with CNN on Wednesday, Clinton was defiant in her characterization.
“Donald Trump has shown us who he is, and we ought to believe him. He is taking a hate movement mainstream. He’s brought it into his campaign,” Clinton told CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “He’s bringing it to our communities and our country.”
Clinton added that “someone who’s questioned the citizenship of the first African-American President, who has courted white supremacists, who’s been sued for housing discrimination against communities of color, who’s attacked a judge for his Mexican heritage and promised a mass deportation force, is someone who is very much peddling bigotry and prejudice and paranoia.”
Donald Trump: ‘I want to do this my way’
Kellyanne Conway, Donald Trump’s campaign manager, rejected the idea that her candidate is the leader of the alt-right.
“We’ve never even discussed it internally,” she said on CBS. “It certainly isn’t a part of our strategy meetings. It’s nothing that Mr. Trump says out on the stump.”
The fact Clinton is giving her speech in Reno, a traditionally red city in a key swing state, is significant as well. Washoe County, where Reno sits, is a key county for any Republican hoping to win Nevada.
Clinton, more so than other swing states, has struggled to grow a lead in Nevada. Her campaign chalks the issues up to a smaller than average number of college educated white voters.

ROMO INJURED JUST AFTER 3 PLAYS IN PRESEASON

SEATTLE — Despite playing in only three snaps of Thursday’s 27-17 preseason loss to the Seattle Seahawks, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo came away encouraged that his surgically repaired back is stronger than ever.

Romo immediately reached for his lower back after getting sacked from behind by defensive end Cliff Avril, who jammed Romo’s back into the turf in the first quarter.

“Whenever you take a hit, that was a perfect timed situation,” Romo said. “I was going into a slide. But in a weird way, I feel good about the fact that was probably as tough of a hit I’ve taken on the back as I’ve had in the last five years. From that regard, I feel very lucky that it can hold up and I can keep going.”

Romo was held out of the rest of the game by coach Jason Garrett after lobbying to return. Romo did not have any X-rays, but he spent the second half of the game in the locker room.

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“Initially I think he was in a little bit of shock,” Garrett said. “He didn’t feel real good. But once a little time went by, I think he was feeling better, better and better. We don’t think there is anything serious.”

Owner and general manager Jerry Jones was able to joke that he was spending the night in a Seattle hospital to have his heart tested after seeing his quarterback go down. Romo had his back operated on twice in 2013, and he missed one game in 2014 with two transverse process fractures. Last season, he missed 12 games with a twice-broken left collarbone that required offseason surgery.

The Cowboys are 15-4 with Romo as the starter the past two seasons and 1-12 without him.

Jones said the back soreness would not limit Romo’s ability to be ready for the Sept. 11 season opener against the New York Giants.

“I just think, we, everyone had a scare,” Jones said. “He was not hurt and he said he wasn’t hurt. He wanted to go back in. He could have gone back in and played.

“But I praise Jason. It was his decision. After that, you couldn’t afford for him to get hurt. You would’ve lost everybody had he walked back out there and gotten hurt, whether it was as a result of the first one or not. That was the smart thing to do for the team, for everybody involved here, is to call it a night for him. Certainly nothing at stake there.”
Tony Romo had two back surgeries in 2013. He had a cyst removed in the offseason that year and missed the regular-season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles after undergoing a discectomy. Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY Sports
Romo has played only 16 snaps in the preseason. The Cowboys close the preseason Sept. 1 against the Houston Texans, but Romo has not played in a preseason finale since 2006. In two preseason games this summer, Romo has completed 5 of 6 passes for 60 yards.

“At the moment when you go down, you crunch so your back gets squished, I guess you could say,” Romo said in describing the feeling of the hit. “You almost feel a sensation as if someone gave you a stinger in your shoulder. It just feels hot for a second. That dissipates after a minute and you’re OK. All of those things you felt before with back injuries, those are all fine. Then you’re strength comes back and you’re like OK. It just takes a little bit.”

Garrett was non-committal as to whether Romo would play against the Texans. Jones said he has liked what Romo has done in the limited work.

“He’s looked really good and of course the real way to evaluate how he looks is out at practice and how he’s moving around,” Jones said.

Since 2013, Romo’s preseason snaps have diminished each year. He played 69 snaps in three games in 2013, 50 in two games in 2014 and 24 in two games in 2015.

“I felt great for camp. I felt great going into the game last week, same this week,” Romo said. “I feel very comfortable whether I’m done playing or whatever. It’s coach’s call. I just know my job is to get ready to play in the game, and I feel very good about our football team and our offense going forward. I think you guys can see that we have a chance to be a good unit.”

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAY AUGUST 26 JAMES HARDEN

Shooting guard who was named the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year in 2012 while playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder. He was traded to the Houston Rockets in 2012 and was named to his first NBA All-Star game in 2013.
BEFORE FAME
His Pump-N-Run Elite team won a 2006 AAU tournament by defeating DC Assault, a team that included Michael Beasley, Nolan Smith, and Austin Freeman.
TRIVIA
His signature beard inspired its own Facebook page and Twitter account.
FAMILY LIFE
He was born to James Edward and Monja Harden. In 2015, he began a relationship with Khloe Kardashian.
ASSOCIATED WITH
He was teammates with superstar forward Kevin Durant on the Thunder.

PROSECUTORS OFFER KEVIN GATES PLEA DEAL WITH JAIL TIME FOR KICKING FAN

A new prosecutor was assigned to a case involving rapper Kevin Gates in Lakeland, Florida, where he is accused of battery, after kicking a female fan during a performance.

According to the Lakeland Ledger, state prosecutors replaced Assistant State Attorney Brittany Shell, who was booted from the case after she asked Kevin Gates for an autograph following a motion to dismiss the trial.

Gates was performing at Rumors Niteclub, when a 19-year-old woman named Miranda Dixon tugged on the rapper’s shorts during a performance.

Kevin Gates wasn’t in the mood for being accosted by the fan, so he kicked the woman with such force, that it caused bruising to her stomach, according to reports.
Now, prosecutors are offering the rapper a plea deal that would require him to serve some time in jail and probation.

If he goes to trial over the incident, Kevin Gates could be sentenced to up to a year in jail for the battery charge, which is a misdemeanor.

Last month, Gates and his defense team lost an attempt to have the case thrown out under Florida’s “stand your ground” laws.

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FRANK OCEAN LEAVES DEF JAM, BLONDE PRODUCED INDEPENDENTLY

Frank Ocean’s latest music collection is about to become the #1 album in the country.

It looks as if Blonde will be the next independently released project to land in the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart.

That outcome is the result of Ocean completing his contractual agreement with Def Jam Recordings, according to Fader. The publication claims the R&B star’s Endless visual album – dropped a day before Blonde – was the final release on the major label.

If the sales/stream predictions hold, the Blonde first week numbers will be between 225,000 – 250,000 equivalent album units. The Grammy winner’s previous album channel ORANGE sold 131,000 copies in its initial seven days.
Ocean would join an exclusive list of acts to earn a #1 album as an indie performer. Tyrese’s Black Rose, Lecrae’s Anomaly, and Mac Miller’s Blue Slide Park are among the independently released LPs to land in the pole position on the weekly chart of most popular music projects in America.

BIRDMAN PLANS TO REPAIR HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH LIL WAYNE

ESPN’s Cari Champion recently interviewed Birdman about the state of his relationship with Lil’ Wayne for her “Be Honest” podcast.

Birdman revealed his plans to “heal” and “fix” the issues that Wayne has with him.

Baby expressed that he doesn’t like how things have worked out, but he says regardless, he will also respect and love Weezy as his son. He also says he will never say anything negative about Wayne either.

Birdman says even if Lil’ Wayne ends up leaving Cash Money Records, he will never finish the game without Wayne as his son.
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CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS RUDY GAY AUGUST 17

ABOUT
NBA small forward who spent his first seven seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies. He briefly played for the Toronto Raptors before a 2013 trade sent him to the Sacramento Kings.
BEFORE FAME
He was named a Second Team All-American in 2006 while playing for the University of Connecticut.
TRIVIA
He was selected 8th overall in the 2006 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets, but was traded to the Grizzlies on draft day.
FAMILY LIFE
He was born to Rudy Sr. and Rae Gay. He married Ecko Wray in 2013.
ASSOCIATED WITH
He was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Shane Battier in 2006.

POLICE: STUDENT STABS, BITES & KILLS COUPLE

A distraught college student attacked a couple in their Florida home, stabbing them to death and biting the face of the male victim, authorities said.

“It’s a tragedy without words to describe,” said Martin County Sheriff William Snyder.
“We have two people — middle-age people — sitting on their couch enjoying the night and out of nowhere for reasons we may never know, they are attacked by a man with a knife who overcomes them both and kills them,” he added. “To say it’s sad somehow misses it. I’m not sure I have the words to tell you how I feel.”
Authorities arrived at a home near Tequesta on Monday night after receiving a 911 call of a fight across the street.
“As the deputy approached, they observed the suspect biting the male victim in the face,” the sheriff’s office told CNN.
Deputies attempted to Tase the suspect, identified as Austin Kelly Harrouff, 19. A fight ensued between authorities and Harrouff, who was critically wounded before being taken into custody.

The couple, Michelle Mishcon, 53, and John Stevens III, 59, were stabbed multiple times, police said.
A neighbor who called 911 and came to the aid of the couple was also stabbed but is expected to survive.
Motive
The sheriff’s office says it doesn’t know why the couple was targeted, saying there was “no connection between the victims and the suspect.”
Austin Kelly Harrouff, 19.
Austin Kelly Harrouff, 19.
Harrouff lived with his mother about three miles away and his father also lived in the immediate neighborhood, according to authorities. He is a student at Florida State University, authorities said. Fall semester is set to start August 29.
Harrouff had been eating dinner at a restaurant with his family when he stormed off, agitated, officials said. His parents were so worried by his behavior that they called police and some of his fraternity brothers, according to a timeline provided by the sheriff’s office.
“Standing there last night, looking at that scene, I was forced to think about the futility of the whole thing — the randomness of it — as it began to become clear to us that there was no nexus between the victim and the suspect,” Snyder said in a press conference.
Harrouff was in critical condition Tuesday and has only provided minimal details to police.
Calls to Harrouff’s family were not immediately returned.