|*CNN Poll: Trump Gets Big Convention Bump:
Following the Republican National Convention in Cleveland last week, Donald Trump is seeing a significant bump in the polls, leading Hillary Clinton by 44 percent to 39 percent in a new CNN/ORC survey released Monday morning. Gary Johnsongarnered 9 percent, with Jill Stein in fourth place at 3 percent. Before the convention, Clinton was ahead in the four-way poll with 42 percent to Trump’s 37 percent. A head-to-head CNN/ORC poll without Johnson and Stein found Trump with 48 percent and Clinton with 45 percent. According to CNN, a post-convention bump like Trump’s hasn’t occurred since 2000. It’s the Republican nominee’s highest position in a CNN/ORC poll against Clinton since September of last year. Separately, a new CBS News battleground states tracking poll put the candidates at a virtual tie.
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*LBN-INVESTIGATES: The backlog of pending cases in U.S. immigration courts has hit an all-time high of nearly 500,000, crushing the small corps of just 273 Justice immigration lawyers. Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse just revealed that the backlog has hit 496,704 at the end of June 2016. That is up from 456,216 just nine months ago, and up from 408,037 two years ago. The number has surged even as the administration has added a handful more judges. The current ratio is 1,819 cases per judge.
*Verizon Buys Yahoo for Less Than $5B:
Verizon confirmed Monday that it had reached a deal to buy Yahoo’s land holdings and core internet operations for $4.83 billion. Yahoo was once an internet behemoth valued at as much as $125 billion. The takeover will end months of uncertainty about Yahoo’s future, which began in February with an announcement the company would review strategic alternatives. In a letter to employees posted on Tumblr early Monday, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer said she intended to stay on at the company, but it is not known where she will land.
*16 Shot, 2 Dead at Teen Party in Florida:
A shooting at a club in Fort Myers, Florida, that killed two people and injured at least 14 more took place at a teen party, according to reports. The attack hit Club Blu’s “Swimsuit Glow Party” and injured people aged between 12 and 27, according to Lee Memorial Hospital. The shooting took place in the parking lot when parents were picking up their children from the underage event. The club’s Facebook page has since removed a post that reportedly called the shooting “a despicable act” and said, “We tried to give the teens WHAT WE THOUGHT WAS A SAFE PLACE TO HAVE A GOOD TIME. Ages 12-17. There was armed security as well as full security, inside and out.”
*Second Mexican Mayor Killed in Two Days:
Another mayor of a Mexican town overrun by drug traffickers has been gunned down, the second in less than two days, Mexican authorities said Sunday. Ambrosio Soto, the mayor of Ciudad Altamirano in southern Guerrero state, had been under federal protection after receiving threats. Late Saturday, gunmen blocked a highway on which Soto had been traveling and opened fire on his vehicle, killing Soto and wounding two federal officers who had been guarding him. Soto had reportedly refused to pay a local drug gang protection money. Earlier Saturday, the mayor of San Juan Chamula in Chiapas state was shot to death along with four other people.
*Nintendo Shares Tank Over Pokemon Go:
*LBN-INVESTIGATES: The single deadliest flu pandemic in history was the Spanish flu pandemic during 1918-1919. Occurring in three waves of increasing lethality, the Spanish flu killed more people in 24 weeks than AIDS did in 24 years. It also killed more people in one year than smallpox or the Black Plague did in 50 years.
*Germany Bomber Left Video Pledge to ISIS:
Authorities said the Syrian suspect in Sunday’s suicide bombing at a music festival in Germany left behind a video on his phone that described the attack as “revenge” and pledged loyalty to ISIS. The 27-year-old was reportedly denied asylum in the country last year, and he detonated a bomb near the Ansbach festival after he was denied entry. Joachim Herrmann, Bavaria’s interior minister, said officers discovered jihadi content on the phone and on devices found in the suspect’s home. He was the only person killed in the attack, but more than 12 people were wounded. Herrmann told reporters that the video has led officials to believe the bombing was a terrorist attack.
*Applications to Dallas PD Have Tripled:
Dallas Police Department officials say the number of applications they receive for potential new officers has tripled since the July 7 shooting that killed five officers and injured another nine. The department wrote on its Facebook page that it received about 11 applications per day from June 8 to June 20. Dallas Police Chief David Brown said in a press conference after the shooting, “We’re hiring. Get off that protest line and put an application in. We’ll put you in your neighborhood and help you resolve some of those problems.” Now, it is receiving about 40 applications per day. The shooting in Dallas was the deadliest day for American law enforcement since Sept. 11, 2001.
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*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***For only the second time in itsalmost 30-year history, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the largest luxury conglomerate in the world, is selling a fashion brand.On Monday, the French company said that it had agreed to sell Donna Karan International to G-III Apparel Group, the American manufacturing and licensing company that owns Andrew Marc, Vilebrequin and Bass and holds the licenses for Ivanka Trump, Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, among others. It said that the transaction had an enterprise value, a figure based on its stock market valuation plus the net debt on its books, of $650 million.
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*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Rising TV director Adam Saada has made a deal to produce and direct the next episode of the acclaimed web TV interview show “Without Notes” featuring an in depth interview with prominent Catholic priest Father Michael Manning. The first episode will be live on the YouTube channel as of August 1st.
*LBN-HEALTH WATCH: ***“Has the person become agitated, aggressive, irritable, or temperamental?” the questionnaire asks. “Does she/he have unrealistic beliefs about her/his power, wealth or skills?” Or maybe another kind of personality change has happened: “Does she/he no longer care about anything?” If the answer is yes to one of these questions — or others on a new checklist — and the personality or behavior change has lasted for months, it could indicate a very early stage of dementia, according to a group of neuropsychiatrists and Alzheimer’s experts.
*LBN-NOTICED: ***Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani taking a leak in the porta-potties at the Cumberland Farms in Manorville, NY, on the way to the Hamptons. He forgot to lock the door, and a girl opened the door on him. ***Scott Rudin dining on pasta and wine on the patio at Nick & Toni’s in NYC while Sir Paul McCartney and his family enjoyed a veggie-centric meal inside. ***Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen running into their “Full House” dad Bob Saget, and both sweetly giving him a long hug, at Nobu Malibu over the weekend. ***L.A. Deli owner Lenny Rosenberg having dinner at Louise’s Trattoria on Montana Ave. in Santa Monica last night. ***Popular Latin comedian Joey Garza having ice tea yesterday at the popular Bareburger on Main Street in Santa Monica.
*LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***Former Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has been cleared by the NFL of allegations he used human growth hormone, the league announced Monday.
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*LBN-R.I.P.: ***Marni Nixon, the American cinema’s most unsung singer, died on Sunday in Manhattan. She was 86. Thecause was breast cancer, said Randy Banner, a student and friend. Ms. Nixon, a California native, had lived in Manhattan, on the Upper West Side, for more than 40 years. ***Thomas Sutherland, a former agriculture professor who was swept up in an international drama when he was kidnapped by Islamic militants in Lebanon in 1985 and held for more than six years, died on Friday at his home in Fort Collins, Colo. He was 85. His wife, Jean, said the cause had not been determined, though he had a heart condition.
*LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Krugman: Last year there were 352 murders in New York City. This was a bit higher than the number in 2014, but far below the 2245 murders that took place in 1990, the city’s worst year. In fact, as measured by the murder rate, New York is now basically as safe as it has ever been, going all the way back to the 19th century. National crime statistics, and numbers for all violent crimes, paint an only slightly less cheerful picture. And it’s not just a matter of numbers; our big cities look and feel far safer than they did a generation ago, because they are. People of a certain age always have the sense that America isn’t the country they remember from their youth, and in this case they’re right — it has gotten much better.
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*LBN-OVERHEARD: “I’m cancer-free, sober as a judge and happy,” said “Munsters” star Butch Patrick — as he shared the happy news that he’s getting married for the first time! The lucky lady is Leila Murray — a single mom and marketing professional.The two first met several years ago, started dating in March and plan to wed in August in Butch’s adopted hometown of Macon, Mo., where he lives in his grandma’s old home! “I’m feeling [like] my life has wonderfully turned around the last five years,” Butch, 62, gushed. ***Cops smashed their way into Hollywood star Lindsay Lohan’s posh London flat after a furious bust up with her Russian lover. Police were called in as Lohan, 30, suffered a meltdown on the balcony of her Knightsbridge apartment with boyfriend Egor Tarabasov, 22 – claiming she had been attacked. Waking up neighbors, the A-lister shouted, “He just strangled me. He almost killed me.” In footage taken by a neighbor she could be heard begging for help outside of her $4.2 million home at 5 a.m. on Saturday morning. Shouting her name and address across the street, she screamed, “Please please please. He just strangled me. He almost killed me. Everybody will know. Get out of my house.” ***Ozzy Osbourne insisted Monday he’s not saying goodbye to romance — his marriage with wife Sharon is “back on track.” The 67-year-old rocker told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that they’re not splitting up over allegations of his infidelity, as Sharon had declared in May. “No, it’s just a bump in the road is all,” Ozzy said in an interview aired Monday, hyping his new reality show with son Jack Osbourne, “Ozzy and Jack’s World Detour” on the History Channel.
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