June 20, 2016
From Washington, this is VOA news. I'm Larry London reporting.
Donald Trump is continuing to make his case to voters as to why he is the best person to lead America forward, but he is also complaining that some Republicans are trying to thwart the official declaration of his nomination at next month's national party nomination convention.
"Who are they going to pick? I beat everybody. But I don't mean beat, I beat the hell out of them. Right? Beat the hell out of them. And we're gonna beat Hillary, and it would be helpful if the Republicans could help us a little bit, you know. OK? It's a little bit."
Some delegates to the convention in the Midwestern city of Cleveland, Ohio, say they want to change the party's rules to allow delegates to vote for someone other than Trump.
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton is pulling further ahead of him in the polls five months before the November 8 election.
Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, celebrated the arrival Saturday of their second grandchild as their daughter Chelsea gave birth to a boy, Aidan Clinton Mezvinsky.
Experts say it's too soon to gauge whether a week of horrific news out of Orlando will hurt tourism there. But travel agents are not seeing widespread cancellations, and many travelers say they're committed to visiting.
Orlando has been rocked in the past week by three events: the mass murder of 49 people, the fatal shooting of a singer and a 2-year-old boy that was killed by an alligator at Disney World.
The average price of gasoline has leveled off to 2.37 a gallon for regular unleaded in the U.S. The slight decline came after nearly three months of rising gas prices.
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President Obama's weekly address this weekend focused on the tragedy in Orlando.
"Alongside the stories of bravery and healing and coming together over the past week, we've also seen a renewed focus on reducing gun violence. As I said a few days ago, being tough on terrorism requires more than talk. Being tough on terrorism, particularly the sorts of homegrown terrorism that we've seen now in Orlando and San Bernardino, means making it harder for people who want to kill Americans to get their hands on assault weapons that are capable of killing dozens of innocents as quickly as possible. That's something I'll continue to talk about in the weeks ahead."
The president says the killer was an angry and disturbed individual who became radicalized through Internet propaganda. He says his administration is and will continue to do everything it can to destroy the Islamic State group.
Orlando residents have been posing to remember the victims of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history exactly a week after the massacre.
Worshipers prayed in churches across the nation and in Orlando.
"You know we've have spent a week in our community. We are hurting. We are exhausted, confused, and there is so much grief. So we come seeking your comfort, seeking your peace. We come to have our tears wiped away and our strength renewed."
Meanwhile, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch says the FBI will release a partial transcript of the conversations between the gunman and Orlando police negotiators.
In Arizona, a large wildfire, known as the Cedar Fire, is about 40 percent contained as of Sunday morning.
Governor Doug Ducey visited the site on the White Mountains Apache Indian Reservation and thanked firefighters for their efforts.
"I wanna also ask all Arizonans to be vigilant this summer during fire season ???while the very dangerous situation. The folks appear doing a terrific job in the toughest of circumstances."
Firefighters say they plan to vigilantly monitor another massive wildfire that's happening in central New Mexico amid hot and dry conditions.
Fire officials said Sunday that light winds could fan the blaze that erupted last week in the Manzano Mountains south of Albuquerque. The roughly 28-square-mile wildfire has destroyed 24 homes and is still a threat to several rural, mountain communities.
It's nine percent contained, and the cause of that fire still under investigation.
I'm Larry London in Washington.
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