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Russia is indignant about allegations that it was involved in hacking the Democratic National Committee and releasing thousands of embarrassing emails through WikiLeaks.

Democrats have charged that the exploit was designed to hurt Hillary Clinton's campaign and favor Donald Trump's. Russia denies any involvement, but the incident helps shed light on how Russia's political establishment perceives the two major-party presidential nominees.

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The Divine Lorraine Hotel is one of Philadelphia’s most prominent examples of blight.

The late Victorian complex was built in 1894 as a stylish set of apartments. When it changed hands 54 years later, it became the first racially integrated hotel in the city and a symbol of pride and luxury.

Florida’s Department of Health said today that four confirmed cases of Zika virus infection are highly likely to have been caused by infected mosquitoes within the country for the first time.

NPR’s Greg Allen talks with Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti about the latest developments, and how the state’s health department is reacting.

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Pope Francis’s visit to Poland this week celebrates the country’s rich Catholic heritage, but it also highlights tensions with the Polish Catholic culture and the current right-wing government’s anti-immigrant stance.

Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with historian Piotr H. Kosicki, a University of Maryland professor and a former scholar at the Wilson Center, about Poland’s evolving relationship with Europe and the world.

Interview Highlights: Piotr H. Kosicki

Ten years ago, Arnaldo Silva noticed a lump on his chest and decided to get it checked out.

"I'm sitting in an office with about 80 women, everybody's staring at me. And this lady leaned over she says, 'Are you waiting for somebody?' and I said 'No, I'm here for me,' " the 66-year-old tells his daughter, Vanessa Silva-Welch, during a recent visit to StoryCorps. "And I remember the doctor, he looked at me, he says 'You have male breast cancer. And we gotta move right away.' And then I was told that you had to get tested."

The four-day Democratic National Convention put Philadelphia in the spotlight. The world learned of its historic roots, the Liberty Bell, and the city’s food. But what visitors may not have seen are the neighborhoods that make Philadelphia the largest city with the most deep poverty in the country.

Aaron Moselle of Here & Now contributor WHYY explains how it happened.

Some security experts are raising red flags about what they are calling the “weaponization of WikiLeaks.”

They point to the recent leaks of DNC emails as an indication that Russia is using WikiLeaks to influence the U.S. election. And a massive release of data revealing personal information about almost every woman in Turkey suggests that other major players may be using WikiLeaks’ openness for their own questionable purposes.

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Governor Cuomo got his moment on the convention stage Thursday night before Hillary Clinton’s speech.

Editor's note: This has been updated at 1:25 p.m. ET Friday with additional fact-checking information.

Hillary Clinton accepted her party's nomination on Thursday, completing the field for an American political campaign without historical precedent.

Clinton, the first female presidential nominee for a major American party, has now officially become Republican Donald Trump's Democratic rival for the presidency of the United States.

At the Democratic National Convention this week, Bernie Sanders announced that his successful rival, Hillary Clinton, had adopted one of his most popular proposals: free tuition at public colleges.

Earlier this week, on the first day of this Democratic National Convention, Ruby Gilliam of Ohio — along with Clarissa Rodriguez of Texas — took the stage, and led the delegates in the Pledge of Allegiance.

The two women are the oldest and youngest delegates at the DNC.

"It's almost like a dream come true," Gilliam tells NPR's Audie Cornish.

"When they called me though and told me though that I was doing the Pledge of Allegiance and there was nobody at home I thought, I'm gonna burst, I'm gonna burst," she recalls.

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Here's how Alfred explains villainy to Batman in The Dark Knight: "Some men aren't looking for anything logical like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn."

For three years in the late 1960s, Suzanne Salomon and Hillary Clinton were suitemates at Wellesley College in Massachusetts.

At their graduation in 1969, Clinton was the first-ever student commencement speaker. Forty-seven years later, they’re still in touch, and Salomon is among a small group of Clinton’s Wellesley friends to be her invited guests to the Democratic National Convention this week, to watch her accept her party’s nomination for president.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young talks with Salomon about Clinton, then and now.

Tom Hayden, an author, activist and former California lawmaker, was one of the organizers of the anti-war protests at the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago. Now 76, and recovering from a stroke he suffered last year, he is supporting the Hillary Clinton campaign.

Although there were more than two dozen protesters arrested last night, he says the conventions so far have not turned into riots like 1968. And he believes that is good for Clinton’s candidacy, because chaos would play into Donald Trump’s call for law and order.

The invention of cochlear implants and other technologies has given many deaf and hard-of-hearing children and adults the option to hear. What then happens to sign language?

Elizabeth Fiedler of The Pulse at Here & Now contributor WHYY reports.

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The city of Philadelphia last year was estimated to have more than 30,000 abandoned homes and vacant lots. Now, local officials say the city’s long struggle with blight is improving.

Recent efforts to encourage development appear to have catalyzed home and apartment construction, attracting young, new residents.

While they may bring in more revenue to previously neglected parts of the city, they are also changing the makeup of those neighborhoods.

America's favorite Amazon princess turns 75 this year — Wonder Woman first swung her golden lasso in All-Star Comics #8 in December 1941, and she's still fighting for freedom and the rights of women.

DC Entertainment is celebrating the Amazon's birthday with a series of events at this year's San Diego Comic-Con; a street corner in the downtown Gaslamp District has been turned into a tribute to Wonder Woman's home on Paradise Island, complete with artists painting giant portraits of her, and a replica of her famous invisible jet.

Author Ben H. Winters‘ critically acclaimed new book “Underground Airlines” presents an alternate history version of the United States: the Civil War never happened and slavery is legal in four states.

Winters joins Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti to talk about the book and the challenges of being a white author tackling such a racially charged topic.

Book Excerpt: ‘Underground Airlines’

By Ben H. Winters

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Fran Beesley was still in her bathrobe early one morning in June when she emerged from her home to find a Japanese family taking photos of her flowerbeds.

She lives in a 1970s-style one-story bungalow in the rural village of Kidlington, about a 90-minute drive northwest of London. It's a quiet place. Doesn't get many visitors. Beesley is retired and cares for her invalid husband. They're both in their 70s.

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