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New disclosures are evidence
of Clinton Foundation overlap

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Several high-dollar donors to the Clinton Foundation were given access to Hillary Clinton during her time as secretary of State, according to a new batch of emails released Monday.

The documents, provided by the conservative legal advocacy group Judicial Watch, are the latest evidence of overlap between Mrs. Clinton's work at the State Department and that of the Clinton Foundation.

In one instance, Clinton Foundation top executive Doug Band attempted to secure a meeting between Mrs. Clinton and Crown Prince Salman of Bahrain, who had donated millions to Clinton charitable efforts.

"Good friend of ours," Band said in the email.

Mrs. Clinton's top aide, Huma Abedin, later replied by saying that a meeting had been set up. In the emails, Ms. Abedin served as a go-between for several other Clinton Foundation donors who sought to meet with Mrs. Clinton.

Hillary Clinton was U.S. secretary of State from 2009 to 2013. She says she kept her work at the State Department separate from that of the Clinton Foundation, which does philanthropic work around the globe.

Her Republican presidential rival, Donald Trump, has used the issue to paint Mrs. Clinton as corrupt, saying she was engaging in pay-to-play practices with donors.

Monday, Trump renewed his call for the Clinton Foundation to be shut down, repeating his accusation that the charity group represents a conflict of interest for Mrs. Clinton.

"It is now clear that the Clinton Foundation is the most corrupt political enterprise in history," Trump said Monday. "What they were doing during Crooked Hillary's time as secretary of State was wrong then, and it is wrong now. It must be shut down immediately."

The foundation last week announced it would stop accepting foreign and corporate donations if Hillary Clinton were elected president. It also said her husband, former president Bill Clinton, would step down from the group's board.

That hasn't been enough to satisfy many critics. This week, the left-leaning Huffington Post became the latest media outlet to call for the Clinton Foundation to be shut down, joining the editorial boards of the Boston Globe and the New York Post.

"It's pretty obvious the Clinton Foundation has presented loads of problems and conflicts of interests for Hillary Clinton so far," said Larry Sabato, the director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia. "They would be far better off just shutting it down. But they're not willing."

Earlier email releases suggested State Department aides to Mrs. Clinton looked into doing favors for Clinton Foundation donors or those linked to donors. But nothing has shown that the favors were actually granted.

Most of the accusations have focused on two separate instances.

Shortly after Clinton stepped down as secretary of State in 2013, the State Department expressed interest in, but didn't follow through with, buying real estate from a Nigerian company run by a man whose brother donated at least $1 million to the Clinton Foundation.

In another instance, Clinton Foundation official Band asked a top Clinton aide at the State Department about getting a job for an individual whom he said it was important to take care of. The individual, whose name was redacted in the email, was subsequently sent options, according to a reply by Ms. Abedin, the State Department aide. The outcome of the apparent job placement effort is not clear.

Mrs. Clinton herself has not been implicated in any of the emails.

Clinton campaign officials have firmly denied any wrongdoing, saying any decisions by Mrs. Clinton were made without considering the influence of donors. More recently, they also have begun to use the issue as a way to launch counterattacks on Trump's business dealings.

"The Clinton Foundation is a charity that helps people around the world. It's already announced major steps it'll take if Clinton wins," Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon said on Twitter. "Trump's businesses exist to enrich himself, involve a web of shady connections, and he still hasn't committed to divesting his holdings."

The billionaire Trump has said that, if elected president, he would hand over control of the Trump Organization to his three oldest children, who also are involved with their father's presidential campaign.

Trump after special prosecutor
for Clinton Foundation probe

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is demanding that an independent special prosecutor immediately investigate Hillary and Bill Clinton's Clinton Foundation, saying the FBI cannot be trusted to do the job.

Trump spent much of a Monday campaign speech in Akron, Ohio, on what he describes as the vast scope of Hillary Clinton's criminality, saying he is shocked by it.

Mrs. Clinton's Republican opponents allege that big donors to the charitable foundation used it to get special access to her or her top aides when she was secretary of State.

Bill Clinton announced last week that the foundation will change the way it does business if his wife is elected. It will stop accepting foreign and corporate donations and Bill Clinton himself will resign from its board, he said.

None of this has satisfied Trump. He demanded Monday that the foundation be shut down, calling it the most corrupt enterprise in political history, and accusing the Clintons themselves of caring more about donors and their own bank accounts than the American people.

Also in Akron, Trump declared the era of economic surrender is over, vowing to pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. He said bad trade deals have cost Akron, an industrial Midwestern city, thousands of jobs.

Trump warned that companies are currently negotiating to leave Ohio, and said he will stop them. He gave no details.

The latest polls in Ohio give Clinton a 6 percentage point lead over Trump, and a nearly 6-point lead nationwide. But Trump, who is not known for his modesty, said he is going to win by a landslide.

Meanwhile, a former U.S. president says the American people do not like either candidate in the November election.

Jimmy Carter told the Associated Press "the way it's turned out, both choices in the major parties are quite unpopular, but I don't have any doubt that one of the candidates is better qualified than the other."

Carter did not say how he personally feels about each candidate, but he did say "everybody knows that I'm a Democrat and I'll be voting Democratic."

Two sponsors dump Lochte
after Olympic robbery claim

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. Olympic swimming medalist Ryan Lochte has lost two major sponsors after admitting that he exaggerated his story about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio.

Swimsuit company, Speedo USA, and clothing maker, Ralph Lauren, both announced Monday that they would no longer be working with Lochte.

Speedo said it will donate $50,000 of Lochte's fee to Save The Children to benefit Brazilian youth.

"While we have enjoyed a winning relationship with Ryan for over a decade and he has been an important member of the Speedo team, we cannot condone behavior that is counter to the values this brand has long stood for,'' Speedo said. "We appreciate his many achievements and hope he moves forward and learns from this experience."

Ralph Lauren said its sponsorship of Lochte was specifically for the Rio Olympic games and said it would not be renewing its contract with him.

Lochte admitted Saturday he over-exaggerated assertions that he and three teammates were the victims of an armed robbery at a Rio De Janeiro gas station. He insisted, however, that he did not lie, but still issued an apology.

"I'm sorry, he said. "Brazil doesn't deserve that."

The 12-time Olympic medalist initially said that he and three teammates were robbed by gunmen early last week after their taxi was pulled over by armed men posing as police. Rio police rejected this version of events and accused Lochte and the others of lying.

Video surveillance has emerged showing the swimmers getting into a confrontation with armed security guards over alleged vandalism at a gas station where their taxi stopped.

Lochte maintained he was a victim of blackmail because he was forced by armed guards to give them money. Swimmer Gunnar Benz said the security guards accosted them after they had urinated behind some bushes and Lochte had ripped an advertising poster from a wall.

The gas station manager has accused the swimmers of vandalizing an area near the bathroom.

The gas station is close to Olympic Park, where coverage of the sporting events has been interspersed over the past two weeks with reports of muggings and robberies, including incidents involving other athletes and two visiting government ministers.

Judge blocks bathroom rule
just as Texas schools start

 By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A U.S. judge blocked an Obama administration policy that public schools should allow transgender students to use the bathrooms of their choice, granting a nationwide injunction sought by 13 dissenting states just in time for the new school year.

While a setback for transgender advocates, the ruling is only the latest salvo in a larger legal and cultural battle over transgender rights that could be headed toward the U.S. Supreme Court.

Following milestone achievements in gay rights including same-sex marriage becoming legal nationwide in 2015, transgender rights have become an increasingly contentious issue in the United States, with advocates saying the law should afford them the same rights extended to racial and religious minorities.

U.S. District Court Judge Reed O'Connor of the Northern District of Texas, an appointee of Republican president George W. Bush, issued a nationwide injunction siding with the 13 states and blocking the Obama administration's bathroom guidelines Sunday, the evening before students in much of Texas and some of the other affected states were due back in school.

O'Connor found the federal government failed to provide states with sufficient notice and opportunity for comment before issuing the guidelines. He also said the guidelines had the effect of law and contradicted existing legislative and regulatory texts.

The U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement it was disappointed by the decision and was reviewing its options.

Legal experts expected it to appeal, likely asking to put O'Connor's ruling on hold until the case could be litigated.

In May, the Justice and Education departments issued guidance that public schools must allow transgender students to use bathrooms, locker rooms and other intimate facilities of their choice rather than those matching their gender assigned at birth. The Justice Department has called the guidelines non-binding, saying they had no legal consequences.

But they were also backed up by a threat to withhold federal education money from states that refused to comply, drawing objections from 13 states, led by Texas, that sued.

Some conservatives have fought an expansion of transgender rights which they see as an attack on privacy and an example of federal government overreach.

In test cases around the country, various lower courts have differed in their interpretation on whether anti-discrimination laws apply to transgender people, potentially sending the matter to the U.S. Supreme Court for a definitive resolution.

O'Connor's ruling is just one small part of an unfolding process, said Aaron Bruhl, a professor at William & Mary Law School in Virginia.

"This won't be the last word on this subject, obviously," he said. "There's a decent chance the U.S. Supreme Court could address this issue in the near future."

Katherine Franke, a law professor at Columbia University, said it was shocking that O'Connor had applied his injunction to the entire nation, especially since "there's an opposite decision from the 4th Circuit and eight other lawsuits pending."

The office of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican who frequently sues the Democratic Obama administration, said he was pleased with a decision against illegal federal overreach.

But a group of five civil rights organizations supporting the Obama policy said legal precedent protects transgender students from discrimination, which a single judge cannot overturn.

"The court's misguided decision targets a small, vulnerable group of young people, transgender elementary and high school students, for potential continued harassment, stigma and abuse," said the five groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal.

The judge's decision came about eight hours before Jennifer Campisi took her 9-year-old son E.J., a transgender student, to the first day of school in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. E.J. is not allowed to use the boys' bathroom and instead must use either the nurse's bathroom or a faculty bathroom.

Canada faces brief influx
of illegal American rafters

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

An estimated 1,500 Americans illegally and unexpectedly washed up in Canada late Sunday after strong winds blew them across the St. Clair River near Sarnia, Ontario.

The Americans were taking part in the annual Port Huron Float Down in the St. Clair River, which runs between the U.S. state of Michigan and the Canadian province of Ontario.

But high winds blew the rafts off course.

"The event has no official organizer and poses significant and unusual hazards given the fast-moving current, large number of participants, lack of life jackets, and, as was the case this year, challenging weather conditions," the Sarnia, Ontario, Police Service said on its Web site.

The uninvited visitors had to be rescued by Sarnia police, the Canadian Coast Guard, Canada Border Service Agency and employees from a nearby chemical company, Lanxess Canada.

"It was a bit of a nightmare, but we got through it," Staff Sgt. Scott Clarke told the Times Herald. "There were long waits and long lines. They were cold and wet, but they all made it home."

Jimmy Carter was counting
the days after his diagnosis

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter says he thought he had only weeks to live after being diagnosed with brain cancer a year ago.

Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, spoke to a news conference Monday at a Habitat for Humanity construction project in Memphis, Tennessee. The 91-year-old Carter, a worldwide ambassador for the charity, is being joined by about 1,500 volunteers during a week-long effort to build 19 homes in a low-income neighborhood near the city's downtown.

Carter said he feels "pretty certain about my cure," but that the doctors are "still keeping an eye on me."

The former president revealed in August 2015 that he had been diagnosed with melanoma that had spread to his brain. He underwent treatment with a new drug, Keytruda, and by last December, he dramatically announced that the cancer had disappeared.

Four months later, he said scans showed he was free of cancer and was able to end the treatments.

But during the peak of his fight with the illness, he had his doubts.

"A year ago, I didn't think I was going to live but two or three weeks, because they had already removed part of my liver because I had cancer there,'' Carter said. "After that, when they did an MRI, they found four cancer places in my brain, so I thought I just had a few weeks to live.''

By last November, Carter was responding to treatment and was able to travel to Memphis for another Habitat for Humanity project.

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