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  • Russian hackers likely responsible for hacking attack on Clinton HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Giddy if exhausted, Hillary Clinton embarked on a post-convention Rust Belt bus tour just hours after becoming the first female presidential nominee of a major political party. The celebratory mood quickly evaporated amid fresh revelations that hackers had breached a program used by her campaign and Republican nominee Donald Trump promised to sharpen his barbs. "Remember this," Trump said during a rally Friday in Colorado Springs, Colorado. "Trump is going to be no more Mr. Nice Guy." And for the first time he encouraged his supporters' anti-Clinton chants of "lock her up." "I've been saying let's just beat her on Nov. 8," Trump said, "but you know what? I'm starting to agree with you." About an hour later, Clinton aides acknowledged that a hacking attack that exposed Democratic Party emails also reached into a computer system used by her own campaign. The FBI said it was working to determine the "accuracy, nature and scope" of the cyberattacks. Campaign spokesman Nick Merrill said the newly disclosed breach affected a Democratic National Committee data analytics program used by the campaign and other organizations. Outside experts found no evidence that the campaign's "internal systems have been compromised," Merrill said, but he gave no details on the program or nature of the attacks. Partnerships with modern e-commerce companies can allow sophisticated tracking, categorization and identification of website visitors and voters. President Barack Obama and cybersecurity experts have said Russia was almost certainly responsible for the DNC hack. The House Democratic campaign committee reported Friday that its information had been accessed. The developments followed the leaking of DNC emails earlier in the week that pointed to a pro-Clinton bias by party officials during her primary contest against Bernie Sanders. In the furor that followed, party chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Shultz resigned just as Democrats launched their convention. Clinton and her running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, will attempt to return attention to their positive economic message on Saturday, with campaign stops through economically struggling areas of Pennsylvania and Ohio. "When we take that oath of office next January, we know we can make life better. We know we can create more good jobs," she told voters gathered at an outside market in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Clinton cited an economic analysis by economist Mark Zandi, a former economic adviser to 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain, that found more than 10 million jobs could be created in her first term if her economic proposals were put in place. Zandi's analysis of Trump's plans found they would cost the country 3.5 million jobs and lead to a "lengthy recession." Joined on the bus tour by her husband, Bill Clinton, Kaine and his wife, Anne Holton, Clinton stopped at a toy and plastics manufacturer in Hatfield, Pennsylvania, where she and Kaine cast Trump as a con artist out for his own gain. "We don't resent success in America but we do resent people who take advantage of others in order to line their own pockets," Clinton said. Trump is also focusing on Ohio and Pennsylvania, two states where he might make headway with blue-collar white men. That group of voters has eluded Clinton and may be a hard sell after a Democratic convention that heavily celebrated racial and gender diversity. Clinton is playing up economic opportunity, diversity and national security. Democrats hammered home those themes this week with an array of politicians, celebrities, gun-violence victims, law enforcement officers and activists of all races and sexual orientation. Their goal is to turn out the coalition of minority, female and young voters that twice elected Obama while offsetting expected losses among the white men drawn to Trump's message. Democrats continued contrasting their optimistic message with the more troubled vision of the state of the nation presented by Trump and others at the GOP convention a week earlier. Kaine called the "very dark and negative" event a "journey through Donald Trump's mind." "That's a very frightening place," he told thousands of supporters in Philadelphia. Clinton told voters that they faced a "stark choice," calling the coming election the most important one in her lifetime. "This is a moment of reckoning for our country. I don't recognize the country that Donald Trump describes," she said.___Lemire reported from Colorado Springs, Colorado. Associated Press writer Eric Tucker in Washington contributed to this report.
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  • SEATTLE (AP) — Genetically modified wheat not approved for sale or commercial production in the United States has been found growing in a field in Washington state, agriculture officials said Friday, posing a possible risk to trade with countries concerned about engineered food. The Food and Drug Administration says genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, are safe and little scientific concern exists about the safety of those on the market. But critics say not enough is known about their risks, and they want GMOs labeled so people know what's in their food. Several Asian countries temporarily banned U.S. wheat imports after genetically modified wheat was found unexpectedly in a field on an Oregon farm in 2013. It also popped up in a field at a university research center in Montana in 2014. It wasn't immediately clear how altered wheat cropped up in Washington. But the U.S. Agriculture Department said there is no evidence it has entered the market. If it did, the FDA concluded that "it is unlikely that the wheat would present any safety concerns if present in the food supply," the department said. A farmer discovered 22 plants in an unplanted field, and the wheat was developed to be resistant to the herbicide known as Roundup, created by seed giant Monsanto, the USDA said. An agency spokeswoman did not know where in the state it was found. Federal officials said they were working with the farmer to ensure that none of the modified wheat is sold. Out of caution, the agency said it is holding and testing the farmer's full wheat harvest, but so far it has not found GMOs. The plants are a type of wheat that had been evaluated in limited field trials in the Pacific Northwest from 1998 to 2001 but never commercialized, Monsanto said in a statement. It said the type found in Washington state is similar to the one discovered in Oregon three years ago; it has the same inserted DNA but in a different location. No variety of genetically engineered wheat has been approved for commercial use or production in the U.S. GMOs are plants or animals that have had genes copied from other plants or animals inserted into their DNA. Most genetically engineered crops are corn and soybeans eaten by livestock or made into popular processed food ingredients like cornstarch, soybean oil or high fructose corn syrup. Only a handful of modified fruits and vegetables are available, including Hawaiian papaya, some zucchini and squash and a small percentage of sweet corn. The FDA also has approved for consumption a genetically engineered salmon that would grow faster than traditional salmon, but it's not yet available in grocery stores. South Korea said Friday that it will inspect U.S. wheat imports for genetically modified wheat, the Yonhap News Agency reported. The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety said it has asked the USDA for information on the unapproved wheat and inspection methods. The USDA said it has validated a test that Monsanto developed for the herbicide-resistant wheat, which would be available to trading partners. "Trading partners will get the tests. I believe that once they have those in place, they'll continue buying," said Glen Squires, CEO of the Washington Grain Commission, a state agency that represents wheat farmers. "We don't anticipate any major disruptions." The USDA also said it has beefed up oversight of genetically engineered field trials and now requires developers to apply for a permit for those involving GMO wheat starting this year. In 2014, genetically modified wheat plants were found at a university research center in Huntley, Montana, where it was legally tested by Monsanto in the early 2000s. The plants in eastern Oregon were found in a field that had never conducted such tests, and the USDA closed its investigation two years ago unable to determine how the wheat got there. Different strains were found in each state. The Washington Association of Wheat Growers and the Washington State Agriculture Department referred questions to federal authorities.
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  • Six current or former state employees were charged Friday with misconduct and other crimes in the Flint water crisis 
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  • Hillary Clinton cast herself as a unifier for divided times, an experienced leader steeled for a volatile world 
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Still from the movie Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2

Throughout her career, comedian and actress Loni Love has brought audiences into hysterics with her witty satire and hilarious stand-up. Through her tireless pursuit of excellence, Loni has now found herself at the top ranks of the comedy hierarchy.

When not busy circumnavigating the globe on the stand-up circuit, she co-hosts "The Real", the popular, daytime talk show on Fox-TV. She’s also an author, having released her first book last year, “Love Him or Leave Him, but Don’t Pick Up the Tab,” a part-memoir, part-relationship advice opus. 

Growing up as a latchkey daughter of a devoted, role model mom in Detroit’s Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects, Loni always had an unparalleled work ethic. Working on the General Motors assembly line in High School, she found a passion for electrical engineering which landed her a scholarship to Prairie View A&M University in Texas.

It was there that she first took to the stage and fell in love with stand-up comedy, routinely getting gigs throughout college. Upon graduation, she landed an engineering job in California and headed west to pursue her dream.

After feeling out the Los Angeles comedy club scene and becoming a regular at the legendary Laugh Factory, Loni reached full steam in 2003 when the electrical engineer by day / stand-up comedian by night was chosen for the comics showcase at HBO’s U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen. Soon thereafter, she won the Jury Prize for Best Stand-Up and was a finalist on CBS TV’s revival of Star Search.

Her comedic flair and entertaining presence landed Loni a role in Soul Plane alongside Tom Arnold, D.L. Hughley, and Snoop Dog. On the small screen, she’s starred in her own half-hour special for Comedy Central, and has also been seen on the channel’s Premium Blend, Weekends at the DL, and Chocolate News.

Loni’s very own one-hour special entitled Loni Love: America’s Sister aired on Comedy Central to rave reviews. Here, she talks about her latest outing as Donna Erricone opposite Kevin James in Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2.

 

Kam Williams: Hi Loni, thanks for the interview.

Loni Love: Hey, Kam! No problem.

 

KW: What interested you in Paul Blart 2?

LL: I loved the script. I love the process of it’s being a family-friendly movie that also has action. And I also like the fact that the character I’m playing is the only mall cop that can actually fight. I thought the picture was really cute and I’m just really glad to be a part of it.

KW: I loved your appearance on Joan Rivers’ show, In Bed with Joan Rivers?

LL: Thank you!

 

KW: The two of you were hilarious playing off each other. But there was one moment that gave me goose bumps. That was when she said, “If you ever need a Jewish doctor, mention my name. I could drop dead in any of the original 13 colonies, and there’d be a doctor to revive me.”

LL: [LOL] We joked so much that day, and a lot of people have asked me about it. Her passing is such a tragedy, but we do have our memories of her. The thing people don’t know is that after that interview, she took so much time with me. She spent the whole day with me. I was really amazed by her, and I felt very honored. But it was just a very creepy, weird coincidence that she joked about that.

 

KW: Why did you go from engineering to comedy?

LL: Because I was the worst engineer in the United States of America. [Laughs] No, I started doing stand-up in college, but I promised my mother that I would finish my engineering degree first. When I got a job in L.A., I started doing engineering, during the day, and stand-up, at night. Then, I got laid off in 2002, and never looked back.

 

KW: You still stayed busy. Besides acting and stand-up, you found time to write your relationship advice book, “Love Him or Leave Him, but Don’t Get Stuck with the Tab” and to host Café Mocha Radio. Where do you find all the time?

LL: One thing Joan taught me was to never turn any gigs down. In this day and age, you have to multi-task to have a career and to get the exposure that you want. Through doing Café Mocha Radio, I was actually able to interview President Obama and the First Lady. Things I would never have dreamed of have happened to me because if I can schedule it, I’ll do it. I was raised in the Brewster Projects in Detroit, and my mom taught me to work hard. So, when I was offered an opportunity to publish a book, I hunkered down and wrote it. I’ve been a touring comic for over a decade, and to get a chance to be on a talk show every day is a comic’s dream come true. So, all the things I’ve done in the past was training for what you see today, which is really to just be an entertainer.

 

KW: Is there any question no one ever asks you, that you wish someone would?

LL: I wish people would ask me: What is your favorite body part.

 

KW: Okay, what is your favorite body part?

LL: My knees! I have exotic knees.

 

KW: What is your guiltiest pleasure?

LL: Shoot! Anybody who knows me, knows that I love bacon.

 

KW: What is your favorite dish to cook, bacon and eggs?

LL: I love anything with bacon. Bacon and eggs… I’ll wrap bacon around shrimp… I’ll dip some in chocolate and serve it for dessert… anything with bacon.

 

KW: The bookworm Troy Johnson question: What was the last book you read?

LL: The Bible. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1585161519/ref=nosim/thslfofire-20

 

KW: The Teri Emerson question: When was the last time you had a good laugh?

LL: Just a few minutes ago, when we were talking about Joan.

 

KW: Was there a meaningful spiritual component to your childhood?

LL: I was raised by a single-mother who made sure I had the guidance of prayer. If you grew up in the projects during the crack era, you had to have some type of faith. And my mom always taught me to pray before I went to school. I think that was very important because there were a lot of things that could’ve happened to me that didn’t because of my mom’s encouraging me to have faith. 

 

KW: The Ling-Ju Yen question: What is your earliest childhood memory?

LL: Oh my goodness! My earliest was my first day of pre-school which I remember because I got excited seeing that there were tricycles there. That made me want to go to school every day.  

 

KW: When you look in the mirror, what do you see?

LL: I see a very hard-working entertainer, and I’m very happy about how my process is going.

 

KW: If you could have one wish instantly granted, what would that be for?

LL: To go on a date with Idris Elba. [Chuckles]

 

KW: The “Realtor to the Stars” Jimmy Bayan’s question: What’s your dream locale in Los Angeles to live?

LL: In L.A., by the beach in Malibu.

 

KW: What about anywhere in the world?

LL: Paris.

 

KW: The Melissa Harris-Perry question:How did your first big heartbreak impact who you are as a person?

LL: My high school boyfriend taught me to take care of myself first, and I’ve always carried that throughout my relationships.

 

KW: Are you ever afraid before going onstage for a stand-up performance?

LL: Only if there’s not a bar. [Laughs]

 

KW: The Viola Davis question: What’s the biggest difference between who you are at home as opposed to the person we see on the red carpet?

LL: That I have a wig on. [Chuckles]

 

KW: The Anthony Anderson question: If you could have a superpower, which one would you choose?

LL: X-ray vision.

 

KW: The Judyth Piazza question: What key quality do you believe all successful people share? 

LL: A solid work ethic and being on time.

 

KW: The Harriet Pakula-Teweles question: With so many classic films being redone, is there a remake you'd like to star in?

LL: Yes, Lady Sings the Blues.

 

KW: What advice do you have for anyone who would like to follow in your footsteps?

LL: Start with a solid five-minute routine, and go to open mic nights until you build yourself up.

 

KW: Finally, what’s in your wallet?

LL: A condom! [LOL]

 

KW: Thanks again for the time, Loni, and best of luck with the film and your many other projects.

LL: [Still laughing] Thank you so much, Kam.

 

To purchase a copy of Loni’s book, “Love Him or Leave Him, but Don’t Get Stuck with the Tab” visit: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1451694776/ref=nosim/thslfofire-20 

To see Loni’s appearance on In Bed with Joan Rivers, visit:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4TLMrzGhrU

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