Democratic Party chairwoman won't open convention following email controversy

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Latest on the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (all times EDT):

2:33 p.m.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has been chosen to gavel in the full convention on Monday in place of Democratic Party chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Anthony McCarthy, a spokesman for the mayor, confirmed Monday she has accepted the role.

Rawlings-Blake currently serves as secretary of the Democratic National Committee.

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2:27 p.m.

Former Vice President Al Gore is endorsing Hillary Clinton for president, but he says he is "not able" to attend the Democratic National Convention this week.

In a trio of tweets Monday, Gore said that he's voting for Clinton "given her qualifications and experience - and given the significant challenges facing our nation and the world." He did not tweet his reason for not attending the nominating convention.

Gore, an outspoken activist on the issue of global warming, specifically said that Clinton would help to raise awareness on the issue.

Gore was the Democratic nominee for president in 2000, but he lost the general election in a highly contentious race against George W. Bush.

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2:23 p.m.

Delegates for Bernie Sanders say they do not want to be taken for granted as the Democratic Party falls behind Hillary Clinton and nominates her for president this week.

Amos Miers of St. Petersburg, Fla., said Sanders should do more explaining before instructing supporters of his year-long challenge to Clinton. He says Sanders' supporters are "not going to get steamrolled."

Colorado delegate Anita Lynchsaid she "had to boo" and wants to take some type of action later on the convention floor. She wore a shirt depicting Sanders as a muppet.

They and other delegates pledged to Sanders booed him when he called for Clinton's election to the presidency.

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1:50 p.m.

Bernie Sanders drew boos and angry chants from his delegates as he called for the election of Hillary Clinton.

Many in the crowd chanted, "We want Bernie" as Democrats gathered in Philadelphia to nominate Clinton.

Sanders responded to his supporters with pragmatism; Clinton weeks ago locked up the number of delegates she needs to win the nomination. Sanders said, "This is the real world." He added that electing Clinton was the way to stop Republican Donald Trump, who he described as "a bully and a demagogue," from becoming president.

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1:36 p.m.

Outgoing Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman says she won't gavel her party's national convention to order on Monday afternoon.

She abruptly cancelled that plan just a few hours before she was to gavel open the nominating convention. In a brief phone conversation with the Sun Sentinel newspaper of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Wasserman Schultz said:

"I have decided that in the interest of making sure that we can start the Democratic convention on a high note that I am not going to gavel in the convention."

The Florida congresswoman had announced she would resign her post at the helm of the DNC in the wake of an email scandal involving her aides - but still gavel open and closed the Democrats' nominating convention this week. That was before she was booed and heckled as she spoke to her home state delegation from people angry that the hacked emails apparently showed some aides favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders in the party's presidential primary.

She added in her comments to the newspaper: "This needs to be all about making sure that everyone knows that Hillary Clinton would make the best president."

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1:23 p.m.

Bernie Sanders says that Debbie Wasserman Schultz's departure from the Democratic National Committee will "open the doors of the party to people who want real change."

To roaring cheers from delegates in Philadelphia, Sanders also touted progressive wins in the Democratic party platform and over future nominating rules. Many of his supporters ?- frustrated by the primary process and the recent leaked emails from Democratic party officials -? have been threatening protests at the DNC.

Sanders says his supporters should continue to push for the "transformation of American society."

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1:17 p.m.

Bernie Sanders is thanking his delegates at a meeting before the Democratic National Convention, saying "make no mistake about it, we have made history."

Sanders addressed over a thousand delegates packed into a ballroom at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, in advance of the Democratic National Convention. Many of his supporters ?- frustrated by the primary process and the recent leaked emails from Democratic party officials -? have been threatening protests at the DNC.

To wild cheers, Sanders said his candidacy proved that "the American people want a bold progressive agenda that takes on the billionaire class."

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1:00 p.m.

Former Vice President Al Gore is not attending the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this week.

Spokeswoman Betsy McManus told The Tennessean newspaper that Gore has "obligations in Tennessee," but she did not elaborate.

Gore is one of eight Tennessee superdelegates, but he has not pledged his support to presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton.

Gore was a Tennessee U.S. senator before joining Bill Clinton's presidential ticket in 1992. Gore lost the 2000 presidential race to Republican George W. Bush.

Since then Gore has become increasingly less active in electoral politics and more active in environmental causes, sharing the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for that effort.

Gore spoke on behalf of Democratic nominees John Kerry in 2004 and Barack Obama in 2008, but he did not attend the 2012 convention.

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12:08 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is offering a scathing critique of rival Donald Trump's foreign policy, saying she "doesn't understand people who trash talk about America."

Clinton slammed many of Trump's positions without mentioning his name. She vowed to stand by American allies, fight dictators and listen to the advice of military officials.

Clinton is speaking at the annual conference of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, a non-profit that supports veterans, during a campaign swing through Charlotte, North Carolina.

Recent polling has shown active duty troops backing Trump over Clinton by more than a two to one margin.

Clinton noted her role as the first female presidential nominee of a major political party, saying history-making position "takes a little getting used to even for me." The statement was unusual acknowledgement by Clinton that there may be some voters, particularly within the military, that take issue with a female commander-in-chief.

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11:40 a.m.

Tim Kaine is getting another chance to show off his Spanish skills in an interview with Spanish-language network Telemundo.

The network says Hillary Clinton's pick for her running mate will discuss immigration reform, the leak of Democratic National Committee emails and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, among other topics.

The interview will air on Monday at 6:30 p.m.

Kaine is fluent in Spanish thanks in part to a year in Honduras as a Catholic missionary before graduating from law school. The Clinton campaign is working hard to woo Hispanic voters and Kaine also opened his remarks in Spanish on Sunday when he was formally announced as Clinton's vice presidential pick.

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11:37 a.m.

The FBI has confirmed that agents are investigating a cyberattack involving the Democratic National Committee that resulted in the release this weekend in embarrassing emails.

In a statement Monday, the FBI said it was investigating a "cyber intrusion" affecting the DNC and was "working to determine the nature and scope of the matter."

The FBI said it will "continue to investigate and hold accountable those who pose a threat in cyberspace."

Emails arising from the hack were posted over the weekend to WikiLeaks. Their release led party chief Debbie Wasserman Schultz to announce her resignation.

A cybersecurity firm that looked into the DNC breach found traces of at least two sophisticated hacking groups on the Democrats' network - both of which have ties to the Russian government.

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11:31 a.m.

A delegate for Bernie Sanders says the yelling and chanting might not be over for outgoing Democratic chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Karen Bernal, a Sanders delegate from Sacramento, Calif., said Monday that she expected disruptions if Wasserman Schultz takes the stage as planned. The Florida congresswoman was booed and heckled as she tried to speak to her home state delegation Monday after emails by her staff revealed some DNC members sided with Sanders in the Democratic primaries. Wasserman Schultz said she will gavel open and close the convention and then resign.

Bernal appeared at a news conference on behalf of an independent network of Sanders delegates. The coordinator of that effort, Norman Solomon, from Point Reyes Station, California, questioned the timing of her departure, saying: "She's resigning as of Friday? Why wait until Friday?"

Solomon, whose group communicates with 1,250 Sanders delegates, said Sanders delegates were weighing a number of floor protest actions this week. He said the Sanders campaign has not contacted his group to encourage them to not protest.

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11:05 a.m.

Bernie Sanders' delegates are waiting to see whether the Vermont senator frees them to vote for Hillary Clinton in Tuesday's roll call.

Nebraska delegate Jeff Leanna says the topic was a top discussion item at a breakfast meeting involving his state, Colorado and Nevada. He says regional members of the Clinton campaign were reaching out to some delegates to see if they would be willing to switch. Leanna says he's willing to cross over if Sanders agrees to release them during a private meeting with delegates Monday.

Louise Edington of Utah says most in her delegation also were discussing but not revealing what they might do. Sanders won that state with nearly 80 percent of the vote.

Sanders won 1,846 pledged delegates from primaries and caucuses.

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10:57 a.m.

Donald Trump will take questions from the public on a web forum during the third night of the Democratic National Convention.

The Republican presidential nominee will participate in an "Ask Me Anything" event Wednesday night on Reddit. Users can begin asking questions at 6:30 p.m. and Trump will start responding at 7 p.m.

No topics are off limits on the forums, which have become a popular Internet staple.

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Hillary Clinton's campaign manager, Robby Mook, is boasting there will be many differences between the Democratic convention now getting under way in Philadelphia and last week's GOP convention in Cleveland.

Among them: the governor of Pennsylvania, Democrat Tom Wolf, has endorsed Clinton - unlike Ohio's GOP Gov. John Kasich, who has not backed Donald Trump and was conspicuously absent last week.

Mook also points out that Sen. Bernie Sanders has endorsed Clinton, and will be "doubling down" on that endorsement in a speech later Monday. In Cleveland, on the other hand, Sen. Ted Cruz withheld his backing for Trump and encouraged Republicans to vote their conscience.

Mook says the overall message is going to be "optimistic" and "hopeful" - "a big contrast to what we saw in Cleveland last week."

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