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Donald Trump is about to give the speech of his life

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Donald Trump onstage at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on July 20.(Photo: EPA)


[h=2]Teleprompter versus showman[/h]Donald Trump isn't one to stick to a script. It's one of the reasons the unconventional candidate clinched the GOP presidential nomination. But Trump will give the biggest speech of his life<span style="color: Red;">*</span>Thursday on the last night of the Republican National Convention. That<span style="color: Red;">*</span>has many wondering:<span style="color: Red;">*</span>Will he follow his<span style="color: Red;">*</span>prepared text on a teleprompter? Or will he wing it?<span style="color: Red;">*</span>If the billionaire businessman grabs the mic and walks the stage, his core will love it. His advisers will pass out.<span style="color: Red;">*</span>We won't try to predict what the unpredictable candidate will do. Delegates say he should split the difference. Here are five things Trump<span style="color: Red;">*</span>needs to accomplish with his speech.<span style="color: Red;">*</span>In other convention news:
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Donald Trump and Mike Pence shared an awkward moment after Pence formally accepted the Vice Presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention.



[h=2]The times are a changin' at Fox[/h]It’s official: Roger Ailes, chairman and CEO of Fox News Channel, has resigned after 20 years at the helm, the network’s parent company, 21st Century Fox,<span style="color: Red;">*</span>announced Thursday. The move comes two weeks after a former Fox broadcaster,<span style="color: Red;">*</span>Gretchen Carlson, sued Ailes for sexual harassment. And she wasn’t the only one saying the 76-year-old had acted inappropriately. Fox’s<span style="color: Red;">*</span>Megyn Kelly<span style="color: Red;">*</span>told investigators hired by the network that Ailes had sexually harassed her in the past,<span style="color: Red;">*</span>New York<span style="color: Red;">*</span>magazine reported Wednesday. With<span style="color: Red;">*</span>Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman of 21st Century Fox,<span style="color: Red;">*</span>stepping into Ailes’ role,<span style="color: Red;">*</span>could the times be a changin'<span style="color: Red;">*</span>at Fox News?
Roger Ailes is discussing a plan that would lead to his departure as chairman of 21st Century Fox.<span style="color: Red;">*</span>(Photo: 2011 photo by2MK Studio/Fox News via AP)

[h=2]"As<span style="color: Red;">*</span>long as I have my hands up ... they’re not going to shoot me"[/h]Another video,<span style="color: Red;">*</span>another police-involved shooting. What happened this time: A black Florida man who works as a behavioral therapist<span style="color: Red;">*</span>was<span style="color: Red;">*</span>trying to calm a patient with autism.<span style="color: Red;">*</span>He was<span style="color: Red;">*</span>shot Monday by a police officer, despite having his hands in the air, the therapist says. Cellphone video shows Charles Kinsey, 47, lying on the ground, with his hands up. He tells police his occupation and that the<span style="color: Red;">*</span>man sitting near him is his patient. The video stops. An<span style="color: Red;">*</span>officer shoots him in the leg. Have questions? The North Miami police chief says he does, too, but for now<span style="color: Red;">*</span>he won't name the officer in question.
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Authorities say a North Miami, Florida police officer shot and wounded an autistic man's caretaker following reports of a man threatening to shoot himself. The caretaker, who was not armed, was shot in the leg. (July 21) AP



[h=2]Ray Rice really, really wants<span style="color: Red;">*</span>the NFL to take him back<span style="color: Red;">*</span>[/h]Three-time Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice wants to make his<span style="color: Red;">*</span>potential NFL comeback<span style="color: Red;">*</span>a worthwhile one after being<span style="color: Red;">*</span>out of the game since September 2014.The<span style="color: Red;">*</span>Baltimore Ravens<span style="color: Red;">*</span>cut him<span style="color: Red;">*</span>after<span style="color: Red;">*</span>video surfaced<span style="color: Red;">*</span>of him punching and<span style="color: Red;">*</span>knocking out his then-fiancée (now-wife)<span style="color: Red;">*</span>Janay<span style="color: Red;">*</span>in a casino elevator.<span style="color: Red;">*</span>Rice told USA TODAY Sports he’d donate his entire salary in 2016 to organizations with programs focusing on education and prevention of domestic violence as well as<span style="color: Red;">*</span>supporting survivors and their families. Time is<span style="color: Red;">*</span>ticking, though. Training camps open next week,<span style="color: Red;">*</span>and Rice remains unemployed.
Janay Palmer, right with Ray Rice, is a victim again with the commercialization of her experience, experts say.<span style="color: Red;">*</span>(Photo: Mel Evans, AP)

[h=2]Mega health care mergers =<span style="color: Red;">*</span>mega headache<span style="color: Red;">*</span>[/h]There’s a whole lot of drama in health care land. Here’s the breakdown: Insurance giant Anthem wants to acquire another industry heavy-hitter, Cigna, in a $48 billion deal. Meanwhile, Aetna (another<span style="color: Red;">*</span>force to be reckoned with in the biz) wants to buy<span style="color: Red;">*</span>Humana for a cool $37 billion. So, what’s the problem with that? Think of the game Monopoly. If fewer companies control the health care space, people would have fewer providers to choose from. And if these mega-companies raise prices, consumers might just have to deal with<span style="color: Red;">*</span>it. While Aetna and Humana argue the mergers would help —<span style="color: Red;">*</span> not hurt —<span style="color: Red;">*</span>people by lowering costs and increasing quality of care, the Obama administration and Justice Department aren’t buying it and want to block the deals.
Aetna headquarters in Hartford, Conn.<span style="color: Red;">*</span>(Photo: 2014 photo by Jessica Hill, AP)

[h=2]Russian track and field ban for Rio Olympics upheld[/h]Russia will not be sending a track and field team to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The Court of Arbitration for Sport announced Thursday that it has rejected the claims and appeal of the Russian Olympic Committee and 68 athletes who challenged a ban from the International Association of Athletics Federation. So far, the IAAF has only granted exceptional eligibility to 800-meter runner Yuliya Stepanova, the whistle-blower who provided much of the evidence in the investigation, and long jumper Darya Klishina, who trains in Florida. The IAAF said it had received 136 applications from Russian athletes earlier this month. The Russian federation is facing a possible blanket ban from the Rio Games. That decision is expected from the International Olympic Committee in the coming days.
In this July 27, 2012 file photo, the Russian team is shown during the Opening Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.<span style="color: Red;">*</span>(Photo: Paul Sancya, AP)

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