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July 29-- Today’s Top Stories from ABC News


--Hillary Clinton has accepted the Democratic party's presidential nomination Thursday night in Philadelphia, making history as the first woman to be chosen to run for the highest office in the land by a major party in the United States.The former secretary of state, introduced by her daughter Chelsea, drew on the historic roots of Philadelphia as a way to reiterate one of her campaign slogans. "Our Founders embraced the enduring truth that we are stronger together," she said. "America is once again at a moment of reckoning."
--Throughout the speech, she took aim at her Republican rival, Donald Trump, casting him as capitalizing on fear to divide the country and saying he lacked the temperament to be president.
--The father of one of 14 American Muslims who died serving in the U.S. Armed Forces in the ten years that followed the 9/11 attacks, took direct aim at Donald Trump Thursday night during a speech at the DNC, suggesting the GOP presidential candidate brush up on the Constitution.
--Stars at the DNC included Carol King and Katy Perry who performed.


--Facing some criticism over his comments seeming to condone the hacking of Hillary Clinton’s emails by Russian intelligence services, Donald Trump and his allies on Thursday sought to tamp down his remarks, with Mr. Trump saying he was simply being “sarcastic.”
--The White House made clear today that Donald Trump will receive the classified intelligence briefing customarily provided to the presidential nominees of each party, despite concerns raised by some current and former intelligence officials and top Democrats on Capitol Hill.


One officer has died and one has been hospitalized after being shot in San Diego Thursday night according to police. A suspect is in custody.  Police are investigating whether the officers, assigned to the gang unit, were ambushed.


Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch delivered emotional speeches Thursday at a Baton Rouge vigil honoring the three law enforcement officers who were killed by a lone gunman during a shootout outside a convenience store. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and relatives of the slain officers also spoke during the ceremony at Healing Place Church, where a funeral was held last Friday for 41-year-old Baton Rouge police officer Matthew Gerald.


The Pope visited two Nazi concentration camps in Poland Friday.  At Auschwitz Pope Francis walked through the main gate, under the Arbeit Macht Frei sign, and then toured the exhibitions. At Birkenau he prayed in front of the monument to the camp’s victims. He has two more events as part of World Youth Day Friday afternoon.

A man once convicted of the murder of Washington, D.C., intern Chandra Levy will not be retried, the U.S. Attorney for the DC said Thursday. The U.S. Attorney's office moved to dismiss the case charging Ingmar Guandique with Levy's murder after the office concluded that "it can no longer prove the murder case against Mr. Guandique beyond a reasonable doubt."


Sean Copeland and his 11-year-old son Brodie were killed in the attack along the famous Promanade des Anglais in Nice on July 14th while on a family vacation. In Austin, Texas Thursday where the two were from...a service was held in their memory.


The school built to replace the Sandy Hook Elementary school building where 26 people were gunned down will open Friday. Twenty young children and 6 teachers died in Adam Lanza's rampage in December 2012.


The Zika virus has forced a halt to all blood donations in two Florida counties as investigations into possible local transmission are underway. Health officials so far haven't identified a single case of Zika spread by mosquitoes here in the US....but Florida's now investigating at least 4 cases where mosquitoes in that state may have transmitted the virus.

Prince's family says an official tribute concert honoring the late icon will take place in October in the singer's hometown of Minneapolis.

Fate was cruel for a 110-year-old lobster that was rescued from from a kitchen ... only to die on its way to an aquarium. 

--President Obama headlines night three of the of the Democratic National Convention. Other noteable addresses included: Vice President Joe Biden, Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
--Democrats make an unprecedented focus on gun control on the third night of their convention. Delegates heard from two survivors of the Charleston church shooting, the daughter of the principal killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, from the anguished mother of a man killed at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, and former Congresswoman and shooting victim Gabby Giffords. CT Sen. Chris Murphy tells delegates "It is time to take Washington back from the gun lobby."
--Star power at the convention included: Angela Bassett and Sigourney Weaver.
--Wikileaks released a number of purported hacked DNC voicemails.

While Democrats were spreading their message at the DNC in Philadelphia. GOP nominee Donald Trump was spreading his at a rally in Toledo, Ohio Wednesday night.  Trump made headlines earlier in the day by encouraging Russian hackers to find Hillary Clinton's missing emails.

There was no winner for last night's 422 million dollar Powerball jackpot. The next drawing will be held Saturday night.

Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch are scheduled to speak Thursday at a Baton Rouge vigil honoring the three law enforcement officers who were killed by a lone gunman during a shootout outside a convenience store. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and relatives of the slain officers also are expected to speak during the ceremony at Healing Place Church, where a funeral was held last Friday for 41-year-old Baton Rouge police officer Matthew Gerald.

Prosecutors in Baltimore dropped all charges against the three remaining Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray despite holding firm in their belief that Gray's death was a homicide. At the motion’s hearing for State v Garrett Miller this morning, prosecutors announced they would not pursue the remaining cases related to the arrest and death of Gray, bringing to an end one of the most closely watched police prosecutions in the country.

John Hinckley Jr., who shot President Ronald Reagan in 1981, has been granted full-time convalescent leave and will be released from St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, D.C., where he has been in treatment. U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman of Washington granted the leave, which will begin as early as Aug. 5, according to court documents, and set the monitoring conditions. Hinckley will be permitted to reside full time in Williamsburg, Virginia, with his mother at her home. He has seen an incremental in freedoms for the more than 34 years that he has been under the care of St. Elizabeth's.

Two teenagers who killed a Catholic priest in France purportedly in the name of ISIS are seen in a new video pledging allegiance to the terror group’s leader, according to an ISIS-linked propaganda outlet.

Drivers complained that they were a money squeeze, but a new study says in fact the resulted in safer driving habits.

There were many questions as to how Facebook could make money when it went public with its initial public offering on May 18, 2012. On Wednesday, the social networking giant delivered.  Facebook's 2nd quarter profits toppled Wall Streets estimates soaring to $2-billion thanks mostly to mobile users.  Company stocks surged over 6-percent in after-hour trading.

Convicted ex-Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has decided not to appear in person at his resentencing hearing next month in Chicago.  Blagojevich is currently serving out a 14 year prison sentence on corruption charges for trying to sell President Obama's vacant Senate seat. He'll be resentenced August 9th after some of the convictions were dropped.  His lawyers hope that will mean a reduced sentence, but federal prosecutors say statements Blagojevich has made should not showing remorse, and not admitting guilt should keep him behind bars for the full sentence.

After a search that covered nearly 4,000 square nautical miles, crews on Wednesday found four boaters — including two children — who were reported missing Tuesday night when they didn't return from a snorkeling trip off Key West, Florida. The Coast Guard said the boaters were in good spirits and good health.

More severe weather and flooding are in the forecast for the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and the Ohio/Tennessee Valley. In the east, gusty winds and hail are the biggest threats. Flash Flood Watches will be in effect for Missouri to New Jersey. Severe weather will also potentially impact Denver to Oklahoma City, where damaging winds, hail and a few tornadoes are possible.

Warren Sapp made history on Wednesday, becoming the first Hall of Famer to survive a shark attack. The former Bucs and Raiders star (and NFL Network commentator) was bit on the arm during a lobster fishing expedition off the Florida Keys, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

--Hillary Clinton tweeted one word: "History." Clinton became the first woman in US history to be nominated for president by a major party.  Her husband, Former President Bill Clinton gave Tuesday night's keynote address.  
--Bernie Sanders helped make it official when the roll call got to his home state of Vermont, declaring "I move that Hillary Clinton be selected as the nominee of the Democratic Party for president of the United States."
--President Obama and Vice President Biden speak to the Democratic convention Wednesday.
--The Mothers of The Movement, a group of women who lost their children to excessive force or gun violence, shared their grief and mission during their remarks at the convention.
- Republican nominee Donald Trump campaigns in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania Wednesday.
The attackers who stabbed and killed an elderly priest at a church in France this morning after claiming allegiance to ISIS were both teenagers, the Paris prosecutor said. One attacker was identified as 19-year-old Adel Kermiche, who had tried to go to Syria twice and was known to anti-terror forces, the Paris prosecutor said. Kermiche was under house arrest with a tracking bracelet when he carried out the deadly attack in Normandy with an unidentified minor who was born in 1999 in Algeria, the Paris prosecutor said.
--France's main religious leaders have sent a message of unity and solidarity following a meeting with French President Francois Hollande a day after two extremists attacked a Catholic church and slit the throat of an elderly priest. The religious leaders have also called for more security at places of worship following the murder. Hollande was presiding over a defense council and cabinet meeting after speaking with Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Muslim and Jewish leaders.

A new report says shooting deaths of law enforcement officers have spiked 78 percent in the first half of 2016 compared to last year. The data released Wednesday by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund also details an increase in ambush-style assaults like the ones that killed eight officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. According to the report, 32 officers died in firearms-related incidents so far this year including 14 that were ambush-style attacks. During the same period last year, 18 officers were shot and killed in the line of duty including three that were considered ambush attacks.
Even as firefighters make progress battling the 37,000 acre Sand Fire, acting Gov. Tom Torlakson on Tuesday declared a state of emergency for Los Angeles County to provide more resources to firefighters and help to victims.

Forty-six people have abandoned a sinking fishing vessel in Alaska's Aleutian Islands The Coast Guard says all 46 donned survival suits Tuesday and were awaiting rescue in three life rafts.

Hoping to put a dent in the gun violence in Chicago, federal authorities have unsealed two indictments charging around 3 dozen Latin Kings gang members with racketeering conspiracy.

Three men were arrested after two recent bank burglaries in New York City during which the suspects accessed vaults through holes in the roof.

Apple’s quarterly earnings and revenue topped analyst expectations reporting a revenue of $42.4 billion and earnings of $1.42 per shares.  Stock shares soared by more than 6%. But its shares are still down more than forty cents from this time last year. The slump is expected, as sales from the company’s main money maker - the iPhone - have started to slow. 

An Indiana man could face the death penalty for killings inspired by a horror movie.   According to prosecutors 19-year-old Johnathan Cruz claims he was justified the killing of three people over four days, citing the movie "The Purge".  The movie is about one day a year when murder is legal. A sequel was released earlier this month.   Cruz has pleaded not guilty in the shootings of three men in May.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says it cited Dr. Dre after a man accused him of pointing a gun at him because he was blocking the rapper's driveway in Malibu, Calif., on Monday. The Hall of Fame inductee and Beats headphones mogul was briefly cuffed and placed in a patrol car while sheriff's deputies investigated the man's claims. He told them he did not have a gun on him. After their search did not turn up a weapon, he was released.

As her daughter whimpered in the corner after a four-minute beating, Shanavia Miller held up the camera, fixed her hair and spoke to the people watching on the teen’s Facebook page. “This is my page now,” Miller said. “Now I’m gonna need y’all to send this viral. Please share this because I’m not done.” The live stream, a copy of which has been uploaded to YouTube, has been viewed thousands of times and has sparked a debate about corporal punishment and Internet shaming in the Facebook era.

Iconic TV psychic Miss Cleo died on Tuesday, ABC News confirmed. The larger-than-life figure, whose real name was Youree Dell Cleomill Harris, had been battling cancer and passed away surrounded by friends and family, her rep said in a statement. She was 53 years old.

--Bernie Sanders and Michelle Obama headlined night one at the DNC in Philadelphia Monday night.  Sanders supporters frequently booed Hillary Clinton's name while cheering Bernie's.  Comedian Sarah Silverman, who supporrted Sanders, told the crowd "to the Bernie or bust people, you're being ridiculous." which brought thunderous applause and chants of "Hillary!"
- Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake brought down the gavel for Day One at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.  The mayor opened the convention instead of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who announced her resignation at chair of the DNC at the end of the convention, after an email leak scandal.
- -National security officials tell ABC News that federal officials believe that operatives affiliated with the Russian government hacked the DNC email system and then pushed the material to Wikileaks in a blatant attempt to influence the U.S. presidential election , or at the very least to make mischief. The national security community is locked in on the breach because of the aggressive nature of what the Russians allegedly did and the fact that it may have ushered in a new era of state sponsored hacking. They weren't just try to get intelligence, they were trying tip the scale, some officials believe. 
--Hundreds of protesters have been marching south of Philadelphia's City Hall in support of former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and other causes despite high temperatures that have led a few people to seek medical help. 
--Supporters of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will get to vote for him in a roll call vote on the convention floor Tuesday. Sanders said the roll call vote would happen in his speech endorsing Hillary Clinton earlier this month. 

At least 19 people were killed and about 20 wounded in a knife attack Tuesday at a facility for the handicapped in a city just outside Tokyo in the worst mass killing in generations in Japan. Police said they responded to a call about 2:30 a.m. from an employee saying something horrible was happening at the facility in the city of Sagamihara, west of Tokyo.  A man turned himself in at a police station about two hours later, police in Sagamihara said. He left the knife in his car when he entered the station. He has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and trespassing.   The Sagamihara City fire department says that 19 people were confirmed dead in the attack. The fire department said doctors at the scene confirmed the deaths.

We'll learn more about a 27-year-old Syrian who blew himself up on Sunday evening in southern Germany, injuring 15 people.  Officials say he recorded a cellphone video in which he professed loyalty to the Islamic State.

The French Interior Ministry spokesman announced on French public radio that two hostage takers have been killed by police at a church in Normandy, France this morning. One of the hostages inside the church is dead and another hostage is injured. The total number of people inside the church at the time of the incident has not been released and no motive is currently known, according to the mayor's office in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, a town about 80 miles northwest of Paris

Sand Fire flames in the Santa Clarita, CA area have torched more than 33,000 acres by Monday morning, and officials were concerned shifting winds could make matters worse. The raging fire destroyed 18 structures. The containment remains at 10 percent. Mandatory evacuations remain in effect for 10,000 homes, which covers approximately 20,000 residents, and 200 commercial buildings were threatened, according to officials from the Los Angeles County Fire Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

14 states and over 50 million Americans are under either Excessive Heat Warning or Heat Advisory from North Carolina to Massachusetts. This could be the longest stretch heat wave in years. Although Monday is expected to be the hottest for most, Tuesday is a close second, and it stays quite warm all the way through Thursday. Some relief is expected by Friday and into the weekend.

More Russian athletes have been banned from competing at the Rio Olympic Games by their sports' governing bodies. Swimming's FINA and rowing's FISA took action after the International Olympic Committee let sports federations decide if athletes should miss the Games. That was in response to a report on state-sponsored doping in Russia.

The world's first round-the-world flight to be powered solely by the sun's energy made history Tuesday as it landed in Abu Dhabi, where it first took off on an epic 25,000-mile journey that began more than a year ago.

Two people died and 18 were injured after gunfire broke out in the parking lot of a Fort Myers club early Monday morning. Police responded to Club Blu Bar and Grill, on Evans Avenue, around 12:30 a.m. and found several victims suffering from gunshot wounds. Police said they have detained three persons of interest in connection with the shooting. Fort Myers Interim Police Chief Dennis Eads said more suspects are being sought. He also made clear the incident was not an act of terror.

An Indianapolis police officer has been shot and another officer is injured following an expressway chase.  Indianapolis police tweeted Monday evening that the officer who was shot has been taken to a hospital and is being treated for non-life threatening injuries. The extent of the second officer's injuries was not immediately disclosed.

Michael Jordan finally spoke out on Monday about racial tensions in America in hopes of easing conflicts between blacks and law enforcement.


- The DNC kicks off in Philadelphia today as its chair says she's stepping down.  Debbie Wasserman Schultz says she's resigning as Democratic Party chairwoman at the end of this week's convention.  The Florida Congresswoman has been under fire following the publication of hacked emails suggesting the Democratic National Committee favored Hillary Clinton in the presidential primaries.  That prompted runner-up Bernie Sanders to call Sunday for Wasserman Schultz's immediate resignation. Wasserman Schultz still plans to fulfill her duties formally opening and closing the convention in Philadelphia. She also says she will speak at the four-day gathering.  DNC Vice Chair Donna Brazile will serve as Interim Chair through the election.  Hillary Clinton thanked Wasserman Schultz "for her leadership."
- Paul Manafort, the manager for the Trump campaign, released a statement Sunday afternoon….”Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned over her failure to secure the DNC's email servers and the rigged system she set up with the Clinton campaign."
- Thousands of Bernie Sanders supporters marched down a main thoroughfare in Philadelphia Sunday to show their support of him and disdain of Hillary Clinton ahead of the Democratic National Convention.
- At the DNC, Monday's (gavel time: 4:00 PM EDT) speakers include Senator Bernie Sanders and First Lady Michelle Obama. 

The man who set off an explosive device near a music festival in the German city of Ansbach, injuring at least 12 and killing himself, was a Syrian who had been denied asylum, the Bavarian interior minister said. The 27-year-old suspect, who came to Germany two years ago, had been on police radar for crimes in the past, Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said. He had also attempted to commit suicide. He lived in an asylum shelter in Ansbach. This makes the third recent attack in Bavaria. Last Monday, a teen slashed several people on a train, and a an 18-year-old opened fire at a mall Friday in Munich.

Mandatory evacuations were expanded Sunday in Southern California as unpredictable winds pushed the Sand Fire out of forest land toward homes near the Antelope Valley. The massive blaze destroyed 18 homes in its path and is threatening 2,000 others as the destructive blaze continues to rage. The fire has charred more than 30,000 acres, which amounts to nearly 47 square miles.

Over 100 million Americans remain under heat alerts from Kansas to Connecticut as the dangerous heat continues. The heat index in Chicago and St. Louis were well past 100 on Sunday afternoon. A drop in humidity has provided some relief from DC to NYC; however, the peak of the heat and humidity will impact the major cities of the I-95 corridor today. It will be feeling like the triple digits this afternoon from DC to Philly and NYC. Temperatures will be dropping later in the week to more seasonable, late July levels in the Northeast and most of the central/eastern US overall.

Two people shot and killed, more than a dozen others injured in an overnight shooting at a club in Fort Myers, Florida. Police have detained three people of interest. Club Blu had been holding a Teen Night.

A toddler has died in a hot car in Texas.  It was the 21st child in the U-S to die from heat stroke in a vehicle.  That compares to 11 children last year at this time. Texas leads the country in these tragedies by a big margin with 106 fatalities from 1991 to 2015. The 3-year-old that died Sunday in East Dallas was the 5th in Texas to die in a hot car this year.

The International Olympic Committee has voted not to impose a blanket ban on Russia's participation in this summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro over the country's state-directed cover-up of doping by its athletes.  The Olympic games begin in Rio in 11 days.

A female tourist has been killed and another male injured after they were mauled by tigers while on a safari tour at Badaling Wildlife Park in Beijing on Saturday afternoon. Surveillance video shows a women getting out of a white sedan after it stops in the tiger enclosure. As she walks to the driver's side door and opens it, a tiger suddenly attacks her from behind and drags her off.

University of Florida linebacker Cristian Garcia said "God put me in the right place at the right time" to stop the alleged sexual assault of a young woman behind the bar where he works. Garcia, a Miami native who will be a junior and was a walk-on with the football team last season, described his night at the bar, 101 Cantina in Gainesville, Florida, as being "typical" before witnessing what appeared to be the sexual assault of a 19-year-old woman. Garcia, who was "working security" at 101 Cantina that night, said that he was taking out the trash early Friday morning when he noticed the woman "pinned up against a dumpster" behind the bar, and that her body was limp, which indicated to him that she was unconscious. He said the man with her told him that she was his girlfriend, but that her condition told him that a sexual act was taking place without consent.

Four people died in a crash involving a Dallas Cowboys tour bus and a passenger van in northwestern Arizona Sunday afternoon. The crash was reported on U.S. 93 north of Kingman. The Arizona Department of Public Safety said the crash involved a tour bus and passenger van. The DPS said no one in the bus was injured.

Star Trek: Beyond opened in first place, an estimated $59.6 million. But that’s well below the last Star Trek film, Into Darkness, which hit over 70 million opening weekend. The Secret Life of Pets was second, Ghostbusters in third.

Mike Piazza and Ken Griffey Jr were inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY Sunday.

July 22-- Today’s Top Stories from ABC News


VOTE 2016
--Donald Trump delivered an hour and fifteen minute speech to close out the Republican National Convention Thursday night in Cleveland.  His acceptance of the Republican Party presidential nomination included attacks against Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and a layout of all that he see wrong with the current system.  Trump exclaimed: "I alone can fix it" which drew thunderous applause, and he pledged "I'm with you the American people." 
--Friday is Trump's first full day as the official Republican nominee for president.
--Cleveland police braced for massive protests on the last day of the Republican Convention, but few demonstrators showed up.
--The announcement of Hillary Clinton's vice presidential pick could come as early as Friday in Florida, a crucial battleground state. Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Labor Secretary Tom Perez, among others are in the mix.


President Obama welcomes Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto to the White House the day after Donald Trump gave his RNC speech.


After a meeting of ministers from China, Malaysia and Australia  a letter was sent to the families that the search would be suspended upon completion of the current search area if they fail to find anything. More of miles of ocean have already been searched, but bad weather has caused delays (the search was supposed to end last month).  If all goes to plan the search will end at the end of the year. The Malaysian Transportation Minister added there is no evidence to prove there was a controlled ditching of the aircraft in the Indian Ocean. MH370 vanished on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March 2014 with 239 passengers on board.


Officials are investigating two Austin Texas police officers after the violent arrest of an African American elementary school teacher in June 2015. Dash cam video shows the traffic stop of 26-year-old Breaion King rapidly escalating.  The arresting officer Bryan Richter wrote in his arrest report he forcibly removed King from the driver's seat because he "was increasingly concerned with her uncooperative attitude" and "began reaching for the front passenger side of the vehicle."


Heat alerts are up for 25 states from California to New Jersey this week/weekend, with over 100 million Americans dealing with dangerous, life-threatening heat. Heat Indices are climbing well above 100 degrees for the Central US into Friday, and some spots could see upwards of 110-115 degrees in the Midwest. This is all due to a massive heat dome, or an upper level high pressure system, that is sitting over the center of the country and will be expanding east into the weekend. Overall, this will be a long stretch of hot, humid, and above normal temperatures for much of the country through Monday, with the potential to be the most significant heat wave for some areas since summer of 2012.


The mother of a 24-year-old Colorado man who joined Kurdish forces in their fight against the Islamic State group says her son was killed in combat in Syria.


Brazil’s Ministry of Justice announced Thursday the arrest of 10 alleged ISIS recruits who the ministry says pledged allegiance to the Syrian-based terrorist group and were discussing possible attacks during the Rio Olympics. Authorities are seeking two additional individuals.


The NBA has pulled its 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte, North Carolina in the wake of the passage of a controversial measure that has been criticized as anti-LGBT. "The NBA has decided to relocate the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte," the NBA told ABC News today in a statement, adding that it would "make an announcement on the new location of the 2017 NBA All-Star Game in the coming weeks." The NBA's decision comes after North Carolina's General Assembly failed to repeal HB2 during its last session of the year earlier this month.


An unarmed black man was shot and injured by police in North Miami while he had his hands in the air — a shooting that had "no justification," the injured man's attorney, Hilton Napoleon, said Thursday. Napoleon released video of the Monday incident showing Charles Kinsey, 47, a behavioral therapist at an assisted living facility, on his back, lying the ground with his hands in the air. Speaking Thursday afternoon, Miami-Dade Police Union President John Rivera says police saw a white male on top of Kinsey with what appeared to be a gun. Before realizing it was a truck, police tried to shoot the white male and hit Kinsey. The police officer who pulled the trigger, and is still not being named, says “I took this job to save lives and help people. I did what I had to do in a split second to accomplish that and hate to hear others paint me as something I am not.”


Florida health department is investigating second possible non-travel related case of Zika. The Florida Health Department says that is working with the CDC during the investigation. Health authorities are testing mosquitoes and have not yet confirmed that anyone has been infected by a bite in the mainland United States.


Scary moments on the tarmac at Palm Beach International Airport Thursday. American Airlines says a mechanical issue was detected on a Philadelphia bound flight moments before take off.  That forced an emergency evacuation on the tarmac. Almost two dozen passengers and crew members had to be transported to local hospitals.


Japanese media and users on Twitter say that "Pokemon Go" has been released in Japan. People started tweeting about the game being available around 10 a.m. Japan time on Friday. 


Roger Ailes is out as chief executive at Fox News Channel, his career at the network he built from scratch and ran with an iron hand for nearly 20 years over with stunning swiftness following allegations that he forced out a former anchor after she spurned his sexual advances.

July 21-- Today’s Top Stories from ABC News


VOTE 2016
--Donald Trump officially accepts his party's nomination at Thursday night's session of the Republican National Convention. Party unity is behind Thursday's theme "Make America One Again."
--Former rivals Sen. Ted Cruz, Scott Walker, and (by video) Marco Rubio were speaking at Wednesday night's session of the Republican convention.
--Delegates chanted "Lock her up," after Florida Gov. Rick Scott went after Hillary Clinton. Scott also said "I know that some have reservations about my friend Donald Trump. Perhaps he’s sometimes not polite. He can be a little rough."
--17 were arrested outside the convention...police say a flag burner ended up setting himself and others on fire briefly.
--Donald Trump tells ABC's George Stephanopoulos "we all make mistakes" as he defended his speech writer against allegations of plagiarism in Melania Trump's convention speech.
--His campaign promises Bernie Sanders will meet with 1,900 of his delegates right before the start of the Democratic National Convention on Monday, with the aim of providing direction to his undecided supporters after he endorsed Hillary Clinton.


Federal authorities have issued a bulletin to law-enforcement agencies around the country, suggesting that the general anger towards police could now be morphing into an organized effort to target both uniformed and plain-clothes officers -- especially by street gangs.  The bulletin was issued on July 15, just two days before the ambush of police and sheriffs deputies in Baton Rouge on Sunday.


An election year victory for the Obama adminstration. A Federal appeals court rules Texas' strict voter ID law discriminates against minorities and the poor and must be weakened before the November election.


Another good day for the traders on Wall Street Wednesday. Stocks... continuing into a ninth straight day of gains--the Dow Jones and S&P 500, both at all-time highs... the longest winning streak the market's seen since 2013.


Walmart becomes a champion for a new law regulating the use of household chemicals. Signed by President Obama last month - the law will eventually let the EPA inspect tens of thousands of substances found in every day household products that are most likely harmful to humans.


Hundreds of Southwest Airlines planes grounded Wednesday - after the airline says -  a technology problem hit multiple systems.


An important decision expected from an arbitration court on whether the ban on Russia's track & field team from the Rio Games will stand.

July 20-- Today’s Top Stories from ABC News


-Two former presidential candidates and two of Donald Trump’s children took the stage on the second night of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.   New Jersey Governor Chris Christie cast an election trial against Hillary Clinton.  Ben Carson spoke later.  Tiffany Trump cast her dad as a great parent while Donald Trump, Junior cast doubt against the former Secretary of State.   Donald Trump also made a video appearance by remote, from New York.  House Speaker Paul Ryan called for party unity.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the case for Republicans to retain Congress.
- Despite some vocal states voicing their displeasure, the majority of delegates have voted Tuesday night to name Donald Trump as the GOP nominee for president.   New York passed on the original round so Trump’s home state, and specifically delegate Donald Trump Jr.,  could be the one to put him over the top of 1,237 delegates.  Trump doesn’t officially become the candidate until he accepts the nomination Thursday night. 
- The Clinton campaign responded the the New Jersey Governor: If you think Chris Christie can lecture anyone on ethics, we have a bridge to sell you.
- (HFR 7/20 7AM) Americans prefer experience to outsider status in the next president and also give it a higher priority in an ABC News/Washington Post poll, a potential challenge for Donald Trump as he builds toward the general election campaign.   The public by 55-41 percent prefers a president with “experience in how the political system works” over “someone from outside the existing political establishment.” Most Democrats want experience, while independents are split and most Republicans prefer an outsider.    Among those who prefer experience, moreover, 78 percent call it extremely or very important to them. Among those who prefer an outsider, fewer, 54 percent, call it highly important.  


President Obama and Turkish President Erdogan spoken on Tuesday about the coup attempt on Erdogan’s government by the military and how to deal with  the cleric the Turkish president believes to be behind the unsuccessful attempt over the weekend.  Fethullah Gulen, who has been living in self-imposed in Pennsylvania, is a long-time bitter rival of the Turkish president.  Gulen denies any involvement in the coup attempt that left at least 232 people dead and gave way to mass arrests and dismissals.  It’s a complicated situation for both countries.

President Barack Obama told the law enforcement community that he fully supports them and promised, "We have your backs" in the wake of deadly attacks on police in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The comments came in a letter penned to the "brave members of our law enforcement community," posted Monday on the Fraternal Order of Police’s Facebook page, followed by a declaration that flags will be flown at half-staff at the White House and federal buildings in honor of the police officers killed. In recent days, Obama has attempted to ease tensions between departments and minority communities and, at the same time, has insisted that the nation has the ability to come together. He promised that the country can move past this tense point and alleviate racial tensions while building stronger relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve.

Another lottery jackpot is on the rise. Wednesday night's Powerball drawing is up to $361 million dollars.


A crane collapsed across the Tappan Zee Bridge in New York Tuesday, and remarkably, no vehicles were hit. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said that no one was seriously injured at a news conference. One worker is being treated for minor injuries, the governor said, and two cars had minor accidents while avoiding the falling crane. This is the largest infrastructure project going on in the United States right now, according to Cuomo, and this is the first accident at this site.


The International Olympic Committee saysit is exploring “legal options” whether to ban Russia from this summer’s Olympic Games, and called for the country to be barred from hosting some international sporting competitions over what the IOC said was a "shocking" state-sponsored cover-up of doping by Russian athletes. 


A police captain with 17 years of service has died after he was shot while responding to help officers at a call in Kansas City, Kansas, Tuesday afternoon, police said. One suspect is in custody, but others were at large, a Kansas City police representative said. Police said it did not appear to be an ambush. The incident began when officers responded to reports of an armed disturbance around 1:30 p.m., police said. Officers eventually located the suspects, police said, and one suspect was taken into custody.


Amid speculation that Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes is under increasing pressure to leave the cable network amid sexual harassment claims, Fox News' parent company 21st Century Fox insisted today that Ailes remained "at work." Two sources told New York magazine Tuesday that Ailes had been given until Aug. 1 to leave his position at the company, following allegations of sexual harassment from former Fox News anchorwoman Gretchen Carlson. The Wall Street Journal, a publication that was part of the same company as 21st Century Fox until mid-2013, likewise reported that he was in negotiations to exit the network.


Microsoft is back in the game.  The company's reported soaring 4th quarter profits Tuesday as sales of its cloud products doubled.

July 20th marks the 4-year anniversary of the Colorado movie theater shooting. James Holmes shot 12 people dead and injured 70 at a midnight screening of Batman movie 'The Dark Knight Rises' in Aurora, CO. Holmes, who had dyed his hair red and later told police he was The Joker - Batman's infamous nemesis - was arrested outside the movie theater and charged with 165 counts, including two first-degree murder charges for each of the 12 killed. Holmes was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. 

July 19-- Today’s Top Stories from ABC News

--An uproar on day one of the Republican National Convention, as anti-Trump forces kicked up a fuss over the rules, demanding a roll call vote to approve convention rules, but that effort was quashed.
--Several opening night speeches were keyed to the Benghazi attack
--Monday night's keynote speaker: Malania Trump, introduced by her husband.
--Day two of the convention will feature the delegate roll call, that...once he hits 1,237 delegates...makes Donald Trump the Republican nominee officially.  Tuesday's convention theme is "Make America Work Again." Gov. Chris Christie, Ben Carson, and Sen. Mitch McConnell will be among the speakers.
--Hillary Clinton had several Monday appearances, including before the NAACP convention in Cincinnati.


--A candlelight vigil was held for the 3 slain officers in Baton Rouge. The father of one officer met with Alton Sterling's aunt, and they embraced.
--Authorities say 29-year-old Gavin Long went hunting for cops. Police say their "militarized tactics" saved lives. Chief Carl Dabadie saying "That shot that our SWAT team made was a hell of a shot."


German media identify the ax and knife wielding attacker who assaulted people on a train as a 17-year-old Afghan. The attacker injured four people before he was shot and killed by police as he fled.


French investigators are not ready to conclude with certainty that ISIS was behind the truck attack in Nice.


Turkey is blaming a Turkish ex-pat living in Pennsylvania ... Fethullah Gulen ... for inciting last week's military coup attempt ... and says it's prepared for share evidence of that with the US government. But Secretary of State John Kerry says Turkey must send evidence ... not allegations ... but White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says so far they've not received a special extradition request from Turkey.


The International Olympic Committee is reviewing a report released this week confirming Russian state involvement in a widespread doing scandal.

July 18-- Today’s Top Stories from ABC News


--Three officers are dead, three others injured, in what Baton Rouge police call an ambush shooting. Police responding to reports of a man with a long gun were met by gunfire. The gunman was killed. He is identified as Gavin Long, of Kansas City, a former Marine, who chose his 29th birthday to open fire. The shooting comes less than two weeks after the shooting death of an African American man by police. Alton Sterling's funeral was this past Friday. The shooting also comes 10 days after 5 Dallas officers were killed by a sniper.
--Law enforcement sources tell ABC News that authorities are looking into videos of the alleged Baton Rouge shooter that have been posted online. One of the videos seen by a law enforcement source involves Gavin Long discussing religion, specifically at one time being a Christian and a Muslim. It appears that he used the pseudonym of Cosmo Setepenra.
--Just days before he was shot and killed, a Baton Rouge police officer posted an emotional Facebook message saying he was "physically and emotionally" tired and expressing how difficult it was to be both a police officer and a black man, a friend said Sunday. "I swear to God I love this city but I wonder if this city loves me," Montrell Jackson wrote.
--President Obama says "we as a nation have to be loud and clear that nothing justifies attacks on law enforcement." The president spoke after Sunday's shooting in Baton Rouge.  Alton Sterling's mother is appealing for calm.


--The Republican National Convention convenes at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, to begin the process of nominating Donald Trump as the party's standard-bearer for president. Trump has called himself the law and order candidate and he has signaled he will use the tension in the country to play into the opening night theme "Make America Safe Again."
--Law enforcement officials in Cleveland have been expressing confidence in the city’s plan to protect delegates and visitors at the Republican National Convention, and while there haven’t been any major incidents as the expected 50,000 visitors began arriving this weekend, officials are prepared for tensions to rise in the coming days, especially in light of the deadly shootings of police officers in Louisiana on Sunday.


The Nice truck attacker was not on any intelligence radar.  Authorities said Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, who has been described by family and friends as a troubled loner, had sent a text message saying “Bring more weapons” to another suspected accomplice and had visited the scene of the attack days before the carnage. Late Sunday night, authorities announced that they had detained the man believed to be the recipient of the text message.
--Secretary of State John Kerry says the challenge of finding and stopping people like the truck driver who plowed into a crowd is 'worse than the needle in the haystack.'


--In addition to the 6,000 rounded up over the weekend – 8,000 police officers have been suspended from duty pending investigations. An additional 1,800 special police have been brought to Istanbul from nearby cities, creating fears that the border with Syria & Iraq may be less well protected – and creating an open door for ISIS & PKK to take advantage of the situation. Turkish media says among those detained are 2nd Army Commander Gen. Adem Huduti, who was in charge of security along the Syria and Iraq borders.
--The European Union and United States say Turkey must respect democracy and human rights in its response to a failed coup. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says rule of law must prevail in Turkey at a time the government is rounding up suspects. She said Washington and Brussels agree on the need for Turkey to respect democracy, human rights and fundamental freedoms.

A letter drafted by U.S. and Canadian anti-doping leaders urging Russia's removal from the upcoming Olympics is circulating before the public release of a report expected to detail a state-sponsored doping system that corrupted the country's entire sports program. Russia may find not only its track and field athletes, but all its athletes barred from the Rio Olympics when the WADA report is released. The letter, which U.S. Anti-Doping Agency officials say would only be sent if the report details widespread, state-sponsored doping in Russia, calls for the IOC to act by July 26 to ensure that Russia's Olympic Committee and sports federations will not be allowed in Rio de Janeiro.


Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams will deliver a verdict in the trial of Lt. Brian Rice, the fourth Baltimore officer who’s facing charges in connection to the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray. Rice, who is the highest ranking officer charged in Gray’s death, is facing charges of manslaughter, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office. Early on in Rice’s trial, Judge Williams dropped two charges: an assault charge and one count of misconduct in office. Williams’ verdict may hinge on a simple question: Should the officer have put a seat belt on Freddie Gray?


The Secret Life of Pets was number one at the box office for a 2nd straight weekend - a strong estimated 50.5 million bucks for the animated animal adventure. In 2nd, The Ghostbusters reboot earned an estimated 46 million.

--French officials say at least 84 people are dead, dozens wounded, including 39 people below the age of 18 in Nice , France, after a truck driver plowed into crowds wrapping up Bastille Day celebrations there Thursday, shooting at pedestrians through the windows. Police say the truck was loaded with weapons and grenades. The driver was killed by police who were already on the scene. 
--In a televised statement, French President Francois Hollande said, "The terrorist character (of the attack) cannot be denied." In a statement, President Obama said he condemns what appears to be a horrific terrorist attack.
--At least two Americans were killed in that attack. A family member confirms to ABC News that Sean and Brodie Copeland were killed during the attack in Nice. Sean, the father, and Brodie, the son age 11, from Texas were in Nice on a family vacation. Alyssa Weaver, Sean’s niece, said we could use her statement she posted to Twitter: “I am asking for prayers for my family, due to the tragedy in Nice, France I lost my uncle Sean and my 11 year old cousin Brodie
--Secretary of State John Kerry speaking from Moscow where he was meeting with his Russian counterpart said we join with you in expressing our abhorrence for the carnage that took place in Nice.

President Obama heard Thursday from various public voices and perspectives - about race relations and justice in the US. The town hall examined the relationships between police departments and the communities they serve. Are race relations in America getting worse?

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The city of Cleveland has been preparing for over two years.  They will be adding 2,500 law enforcement officers from around the country, to complement their convention-dedicated force of 500. 2-thousand sets of riot gear and 10-thousand sets of plastic handcuffs have been purchased, as thousands of protestors, including white nationalists, skinheads, the notorious Westboro Baptist Church, and others set to descend on the convention area. Officials may be reassessing their readiness after the new attacks in France.

Donald Trump was scheduled to officially announce his VP pick at 11am Friday, but postponed the event after the attack in Nice. But a source with direct knowledge tells ABC News it will be Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. Donald Trump has selected a running mate who does not share all of his views. Donald Trump called Pence "terrific" during the primaries even though the Indiana governor endorsed Ted Cruz. Pence has called Trump's proposed Muslim ban "offensive and unconstitutional" and condemned Trump's comments about the judge handling the Trump University lawsuit.  But Pence has urged Republicans to unite behind Trump, a case he can now make more forcefully as his running mate.

Funerals for the other policemen killed in the cop ambush last week, Officer Michael Krol and Officer Patrick Zamarripa, will be held on Friday and Saturday respectively.

Mourners gather at Southern University in Baton Rouge to pay their final respects to Alton Sterling, shot after a confrontation with police there.

After 5 months of debate, Congress has left for a 7 week vacation without passing a Zika funding bill during the peak mosquito season. Republicans had added on poison pill amendments to the billion-dollar funding bill which Democrats wouldn't accept,  including cutting women's health care money. Doctors estimate it costs 10 million to care for one child suffering with Zika virus birth defects...and they predict it will happen to many newborns this summer. 

Secretary of State John Kerry is in Moscow holding talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin about the conflict in Syria. Kerry is to offer increased military cooperation on targeting terrorist groups in Syria. In return the US wants Moscow to force Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to ground his air force, which has defied a cease fire, continuing to attack populated areas. That proposal is viewed as a last chance attempt by the Obama administration to make a breakthrough with Russia on the Syria crisis.

Twitter launched to the public ten years ago - four months after the first 'tweet'. The social networking site was created March 21st, 2006 when founder Jack Dorsey (@jack) made that tweet: 'just setting up my twttr', and his co-founders @ev and @biz also first created their accounts. The site was called 'Twttr' until September 2006, when they added in the vowels.


Three funerals were held Wednesday remembering fallen officers Brent Thompson, Lorne Ahrens, and Michael Smith; two more are yet to be held.

Funeral services expected Thursday for Philando Castile, the man who was fatally shot by a police officer in Minnesota. Castile's mother, Valerie Castile, said on Wednesday: "I used to look at TV and see other parents under these same circumstances and say, 'Wow I hope that would never happen to me.' But it has." 

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the Baton Rouge Police Department over the treatment of protesters who took to the streets after the shooting death of a black man. The ACLU and other groups accused Baton Rouge police officers of using excessive force to arrest peaceful protesters. The lawsuit accused the police of escalating peaceful situations, threatening demonstrators with mace and pepper spray and physical or verbal abuse.  Over a three-day period following the shooting death of Alton Sterling police arrested 200 people. The governor of Louisiana has called the response "moderate".

In the wake of horrific recent killings, President Obama will participate in a town hall on Race in America, which will broadcast over ABC Radio, various ABC Network broadcast entities, and social media outlets. The President will discuss race relations, justice, policing and equality a week after two African-American men were shot and killed by police in separate incidents in Louisiana and Minnesota and a sniper's rampage claimed the lives of five police officers present during a peaceful protest march in Dallas. The discussion will feature people directly affected by those incidents and include the voices of officers, parents, students and community leaders talking about how to stop the violence. The event will be moderated by ABC News anchor David Muir, along with ESPN’s Jemele Hill.

Closing arguments in the trial of Baltimore Police Lt. Brian Rice will be Thursday at 10 a.m. with a decision "sometime thereafter". Rice, 42, is the fourth officer to stand trial in the Gray case. He was the highest ranking officer on the ground during the chase and Gray's arrest. He has opted for a bench trial, so Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams will be deciding his fate. There will be no jury present.Rice is charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, two counts of misconduct in office, and reckless endangerment. He is free on $350,000 bail.

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Cleveland is stepping up security efforts as thousands of political activists and delegates begin to arrive for the GOP convention. Law enforcement officials say there is no current credible threat on the convention or the protests expected to surround it. But Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams says they have taken into account the attack on police officers in Dallas as they strategize handling the mass of people.  73 law enforcement agencies will be providing security during the nearly week-long convention - along with additional cameras  -- and a multi-agency coordination center.

Donald Trump zeroing in on a vice presidential pick. Trump tweeted he will make the announcement Friday morning in New York City. And sources tell ABC News that Donald Trump will likely appear with his new running mate Friday. Who will it be? Trump appeared alongside Indiana Governor Mike Pence Tuesday night, just a day after speaking with Chris Christie. Perhaps the best reception from the Trump faithful went to Newt Gingrich. Not coincidentally, Gingrich cut ties with Fox News Tuesday, fueling even more speculation.

Hillary Clinton will be attending a Senate Democrats luncheon on Capitol Hill. Then she will be heading to Virginia for a state Democratic Party event with Senator Tim Kaine. Clinton will speak to the League of United Latin American Citizens ahead of her visit to Capitol Hill Thursday morning.

Former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W Bush will be in Little Rock , Arkansas for the graduation of a leadership program they began in 2014. Former British prime minister Tony Blair will also attend.

Consumer Reports is calling on the automaker Tesla to disable the automatic steering function in the Autopilot driving-assist system available in its Model S vehicles until the company updates the function to confirm that the driver`s hands remain on the steering wheel at all times. Tesla should also change the name of the Autopilot feature because it promotes a potentially dangerous assumption that the Model S is capable of driving on its own, Consumer Reports said.

An alarming number of American drivers exhibited aggressive driving behavior over the past year, according to a new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Researchers examined data collected from a GfK KnowledgePanel survey of 2,705 licensed drivers and found that 78% admitted to participating in aggressive behavior like tailgating, yelling at another driver, or honking the horn out of anger. Fewer people reported exiting their cars to confront another driver (3.7%) or ramming another car on purpose (2.8%), but based on these numbers researchers estimate that 8 million drivers engaged in these behaviors last year.

The House Homeland Security Committee holds a hearing on worldwide threats with Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, FBI Director James B. Comey, and Director of the National Counterterrorism Center Nicholas Rasmussen.

The risk of Zika virus transmission during the upcoming Olympic games in Rio will be low due to colder weather, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesay. In a new risk-assessment report, the CDC found that since the games are occurring during winter in Brazil, the cooler, drier weather will reduce mosquito populations, thus lowering the chance of Zika transmission to visiting athletes and spectators.

NOAA briefing on how it uses unmanned aircraft and watercraft to revolutionize how scientists collect observations used to save lives and property and better manage valuable natural resources.  NOAA scientists will discuss how a variety of unmanned tools are helping monitor sea levels, manage coastal ecosystems, assess the health of marine mammals and collect weather and oceanographic information to improve the resilience of our nation’s communities.

NBA players Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwayne Wade and LeBron James opened the ESPY Awards Wednesday night, each speaking about the recent violence between police and African-Americans and the need for change. E
arly winners included the Cavaliers NBA Championship for Best Moment - for ending the 52 year championship drought in Cleveland --- and Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry for best record-breaking performance.

The 68th  EMMY Awards nominations will be announced.

--Funerals will be held Wednesday for three of the five Dallas officers killed in last week's shooting spree: Brent Thompson, Lorne Ahrens, and Michael Smith.
--President Obama told a memorial service in Dallas Tuesday  "I've been to too many of these things." For more than an hour after the service, the President and First Lady visited with the families of the officers killed and wounded.

President Obama hosts a conversation on community policing and criminal justice. 
Thursday President Obama participates in a town hall on race in America Thursday, broadcast exclusively by ABC News and hosted by World News Tonight Anchor David Muir.

Three suspects are in custody...a fourth is being sought, in what Baton Rouge police call a credible threat against police officers. Police have recovered a half dozen handguns stolen from a pawn shop, and the Baton Rouge police chief says one suspect told officers the aim was to use the guns against police in the Baton Rouge area.

An urgent manhunt is underway to find the person or people behind a string of shootings in Phoenix. Authorities now saying they believe a serial killer could be on the loose--linked to eight incidents. 

The case of the highest-ranking of six officers charged in Freddie Gray's death goes to closing arguments Thursday, now that the defense has rested.  Lt. Brian Rice  faces charges of manslaughter, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office. Because Rice waived his right to a jury trial, Judge Barry Williams alone will decide whether to convict or acquit.

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--"Donald Trump gets it," Indiana Governor Mike Pence told a Trump rally in Indiana Tuesday night...Pence is said to be among those Trump is considering as his VP pick.  Sources tell ABC News Trump will reveal his runningmate choice by the end of the week.
--Hillary Clinton campaigns in Springfield, Illinois in the day ahead

The Dow Jones average reached record territory...closing at 18,347.67

The FBI says it is no longer investigating the enduring mystery of the skyjacker known as D.B. Cooper, nearly 45 years after he vanished out the back of a Boeing 727.

--President & Mrs. Obama travel to Dallas to attend an interfaith memorial for the officers killed last Thursday. Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden, along with former President George W. Bush and Laura Bush also attend.
--A vigil for the 5 fallen officers was held Monday night.
--Local and state investigators continue piecing together a timeline, a minute-by-minute breakdown of last week's hours-long shooting spree and standoff. Dallas Police Chief David Brown says surveillance, dash-cam and body-cam video will help.

--For a 5th night marchers turned out in some cities to protest police-involved shootings. In Atlanta some arrests were reported.

The prosecutor in the Alton Sterling case is recusing himself. East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillary Moore says he's  stepping back because of his personal relationship with the parents of Officer Blane Salamoni -- one of the two officers involved in the shooting.

A shooting at the courthouse in Berrien County, Michigan leaves three dead. The sheriff says two bailiffs were killed, before officers shot and killed the gunman.

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--Donald Trump says he is the "law and order candidate." "The vast majority of police officers" serve honorably and bravely and their service must be respected says Hillary Clinton.
--The Sanders campaign says Hillary Clinton will join Bernie Sanders at an event in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where he's expected to endorse Clinton.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch testifies at a House Judiciary hearing on oversight of the Justice Department. She is expected to be questioned over Hillary Clinton's e-mail use.

The Insurance Institute for Highway safety says not a single one of the models they tested got a good rating for their headlights. The only SUV to recieve an acceptable rating was Mazda's CX3. 

Lawyers for the transgender army soldier Chelsea Manning says she tried to kill herself last week.  A court convicted Manning of giving Wikileaks military secrets.

--Micah Johnson used the recent police-involved shooting of two black men to carry out an attack  he had been planning for some time, according to Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins. Johnson, a former Army Reservist who killed five police officers and wounded 7 others on Thursday, had been experimenting with explosives and wanted to detonate bombs around the city according to Judge Jenkins.
--Shetamia Taylor, the 37-year-old woman who helped protect her son from bullets during an ambush-style shooting on police at a protest march in Dallas, broke down in tears as she told the story of how she survived the carnage of that night.
--The White House has announced that President Obama will be in Dallas and attending an interfaith service on Tuesday.
--The city of Dallas is slowly getting back to normal with streets around the crime scene opening up Monday. A vigil is planned for Monday night at City Hall.

Police in St. Paul Minnesota, say officer who had a concrete block "dropped on his head" Saturday night has broken vertebrae. Thousands of demonstrators have flooded the streets of major U.S. cities throughout the weekend, protesting the recent killings by police of two black men, Philando Castile in suburban St. Paul, Minnesota, and Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana earlier this week. Participants in the St. Paul demonstration allegedly hurled Molotov cocktails, fireworks, rocks, glass bottles, concrete slabs, and bricks at riot gear-wearing police officers on Saturday night. In Baton Rouge, demonstrators knocked out an officer's teeth, according to police.

--Protests continued Sunday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and St. Paul, Minnesota, following a night in which 200 protesters were arrested by police between the two cities. In Baton Rouge, demonstrators knocked out an officer's teeth, according to police.
--Prominent Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson has been released from jail after being arrested during a protest in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Saturday night, according to officials. After being released, Mckesson said he remains disappointed with Baton Rouge Police who he says were provoking peaceful protestors. He says the only people that were violent were the officers themselves.

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--Texas Congressman and Hillary Clinton supporter Joaquin Castro said Sunday it was time to "move on" from the controversy surrounding presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's use of private email servers while she was Secretary of State. Castro added that, given the violence in Baton Rouge, Minneapolis and Dallas, it’s time to move past the email issue.
--The chatter surrounding who will be presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump's vice presidential pick has turned to an unlikely dark horse candidate--Retired Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn. But with that new attention comes scrutiny, and some of Flynn's positions put him at odds with GOP orthodoxy. In an interview on ABC's "This Week," the former chief of the Defense Intelligence Agency shared his views on some key social issues, including his pro-choice stance.
--The Democratic Party is on track to ratify what is arguably its most progressive policy agenda in modern history, after the committee tasked with writing the platform document finished its final round of amendments and votes.
-- Donald Trump delivers a Veterans Affairs speech.   

Two campers from Alabama have been arrested for igniting the Cold Springs Fire near Nederland, Colorado, according to the Boulder County Sheriff's Office says. Jimmy Andrew Suggs, 28, and Zackary Ryan Kuykendall, 26, both of Vinemont, Ala., were charged with felony arson Sunday. The sheriff's office says the two men were camping on private property and had established a campfire without ensuring the fire was properly extinguished. The wildfire has destroyed three homes and three buildings -- and authorities warn more homes could be in danger. The fire's scorched at least 300 acres. Officials say about 200 firefighters and 12 aircraft are on the scene with more help on the way.

Some of the dozen passengers who became ill on a Delta flight from Atlanta to Denver Saturday -- prompting its diversion to Tulsa, Oklahoma -- had elevated carbon monoxide levels according to the Tulsa Fire Department. The cause was not yet determined. An investigation continues. A fire department spokesman says once passengers went outside and got fresh air, their levels returned to normal.

Legendary Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry collapsed during a concert with his supergroup the Hollywood Vampires Sunday night in Brooklyn, New York. One fan at the Coney Island show said the 65-year-old Perry passed out after walking off stage. The New York Police Department confirms to ABC News that the Aerosmith guitarist was taken to Coney Island Hospital and later transferred to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital for an unspecified reason where the band publicist said he was stable and resting.


--Police in Dallas said "snipers" with high powered rifles killed five police officers and injured 7 others, including one civilian at the end of a protest of recent police involved shootings. Police say a suspect spoke to police negotiators throughout the night before the standoff ended. The suspect threatened to detonate explosives, but police say no explosives were found.
--President Obama called the killing of 5 police officers during a protest in Dallas a " vicious, calculated and despicable attack." Speaking to reporters, at the NATO Summit in Warsaw, President Obama said  "We stand united with the people and the police department in Dallas."
--The area in around the parking garage near the shootings in downtown Dallas will be closed.

Expressing shock over the police shooting of 32-year-old cafeteria Philando Castile, Minnesota Gov. Mark Drayton said race was likely a factor....and... "I don't have all the facts in evidence; I'm not passing a final judgement but there's every indication in this case that the police response was way in excess of what the situation called for."

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, speaking at a prayer vigil in Baton Rouge, pleaded for patience...saying he asked the Department of Justice to investigate the death of 37-year-old Alton Sterling. He was shot and killed during an altercation with two police officers early Tuesday.

--Now that the Justice Department has decided not to file any charges against Hillary Clinton over her handling of emails, the State Department is resuming its own had been suspended since January so feds could conduct their probe.

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--Hillary Clinton will be joined by Vice President Biden on the campaign trail.
--Tension in the room reported during Donald Trump's private meeting Thursday with Senate Republicans. The presumptive GOP presidential nominee is said to have lambasted lawmakers who are criticizing his candidacy.  Senator Jeff Flake telling Trump "I'm the other Senator from Arizona...the one that wasn't captured."  Flake referring to Trump's criticism of McCain as a POW during Vietnam.

President Obama is in Poland for what will likely be his last NATO meeting as president.

An officer involved shooting during a traffic stop around 9pm in Falcon Heights, Minnesota sparked protests outside the Governors residence after a facebook video of the incident was posted online by the victims girlfriend. Police have identified the victim as 32-year-old Philando Castile, a cafeteria supervisor at a Montessori school. 

--A federal investigation is beginning in the police killing of Alton Sterling - a 37-year-old black man shot-and-killed by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Police say Sterling was armed Tuesday night when police responded to a convenience store on reports of a man brandishing a gun. The two officers have been placed on administrative leave.
--A second video provided by a Baton Rouge, Louisiana, convenience store owner shows from a closer angle the police holding Sterling on the ground before the fatal shooting.
--A vigil was held for Sterling Wednesday evening.

The highest ranking officer charged for his alleged role in the Freddie Gray case is set to be tried before a Baltimore Circuit Court judge this Thursday.

--Case closed, according to the Justice Department.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch says there will be no charges Hillary Clinton, a day after FBI Director James Comey recommended against any prosecution.  Comey is scheduled to face questions about that decision in an appearance Thursday before a House oversight panel.
--Donald Trump characterized Clinton's explanation of her use of emails with one syllable: "These are all lies. We say lie. Lie, lie..lie...lie...dirty rotten liar."

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--Newt Gingrich helped introduce Donald Trump at a Cincinnati rally, and Trump said "Newt Gingrich is going to be involved with our government." Trump meets with House and Senate Republicans in the day ahead.
--Trump doubles down on the controversy over a posting with anti-Semitic imagery, including a 6-point star over wads of money: "You know they took the star down. I said too bad. They should have left up."
--Hillary Clinton stood outside a vacant Trump property in Atlantic City as she attacked his business record.

An intense manhunt is underway in San Diego for a killer who is hunting sleeping homeless men. Four homeless men have been attacked in the past week...2 have died, a third is in grave condition, another is recovering.

Florida Governor Rick Scott requested President Obama to declare a federal emergency following algae blooms in local waterways.

FBI Director James Comey said his agency is not recommending that charges be brought against Hillary Clinton after a yearlong investigation into her use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state. “Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case,” Comey said in a news conference Tuesday. 

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--A "fired up" President Barack Obama took the stage in North Carolina today to stump for his onetime political rival Hillary Clinton, being greeted by the crowed with thunderous applause and saying no one has been "more qualified for this office than Hillary Clinton."
--Donald Trump wasted no time in reacting to the FBI's decision not to indite Hillary Clinton by saying "the system is rigged." Trump was joined on the campaign trail by possible VP contender Senator Bob Corker (R-TN)
-- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced Tuesday he will speak at the Republican National Convention. 

The Associated Press reports pilots tried to extinguish a fire on board the EgyptAir flight that crashed into the Mediterranean Sea in May, Egyptian investigators said Tuesday after analyzing a recovered cockpit voice recorder. The recordings were consistent with data previously recovered from the plane's wreckage that showed heat, fire and smoke around a bathroom and the avionics area, they said, speaking on condition of anonymity because an official press statement has yet to be released.

The highest ranking officer charged for his alleged role in the Freddie Gray case is set to be tried before a Baltimore Circuit Court judge this Thursday.

--Alton Sterling, 37, was shot by a Baton Rouge Police officer early Tuesday morning in front of the Triple S Food Mart convenience store. Officers responded to the store about 12:35 a.m. after an anonymous caller indicated a man selling music CDs and wearing a red shirt threatened him with a gun, police said in a statement. The two officers, who appear to be white in the video of the incident, had some type of altercation with Sterling, a black man and one officer fatally shot him. The two Baton Rouge police officers are on administrative leave per standard procedure.
--Protesters took to the streets in Baton Rouge Tuesday over the shooting.

A shooting situation that's triggered the evacuation of a neighborhood in an Atlanta suburb this evening/Tuesday evening. Paulding County Fire spokesman Steve Mapes says a male subject was shooting at neighbors just outside the city of Hiram. The subject's is still barricaded in a house after firing upon deputies called to the scene.

Police are still investigating the explosion in New York City's Central Park this weekend that seriously injured an 18-year-old college student. Connor Golden of Fairfax, Virginia, was climbing rocks in the park Sunday morning with two friends when the explosion occurred, severely injuring his foot. His family told ABC News that his left foot has been amputated. He's in serious but stable condition. "His life will never be the same," his grandmother Roberta Golden said. New York Police Department Lt. Mark Torre said there's no indication the blast was terrorism-related.

Oscar Pistorius, the South African Olympic and Paralympic athlete who killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, by firing four bullets through a closed toilet door, will learn on Wednesday how long he will spend in prison for murder.

The next crew to head to the International Space Station blasts off Wednesday. NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos and Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will take off from Kazakhstan on a Russian-made rocket. The group will first complete 34 Earth orbits to test the upgraded Soyuz spacecraft they’ll be flying in before finally docking at the ISS on July 9th. Once aboard ISS, they’ll participate in several hundred experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth sciences. Liftoff scheduled for 9:36pm ET.

As an "unprecedented" amount of toxic algae blooms continues to infest miles of southern Florida's coastline and waterways, many residents have been left wondering how the problem started in the first place. Officials believe the root of the algal blooms, which have been described as "vile"-smelling and "guacamole-thick," can be traced to Lake Okeechobee -- the nation's second largest freshwater lake and the largest lake in Florida.

As health officials keep close eyes on the spread of Zika virus ... A Long Island town says it's got a safe, natural way of dealing with mosquitoes and the diseases they spread...bats. 

The CPSC will issue a recall on 500,000 hoverboards Wednesday morning.  Devices made by Swagway make up more than half of those named in the recall.  At least 10 companies are involved in the recall, including online retailer  The recall is for the fire hazard only, though the CPSC tells me it is still very much concerned about the fall hazard and continues to look at that. 

Gas prices drop 4 percent nationwide. 

The Holy See press office announced that the Pope met the parents of Beau Solomon Wednesday morning in the Vatican.Solomon was reported missing last week and found dead a few days later. Italian authorities have arrested a homeless man in connection with Solomon's death.
70th birthday of Sylvester Stallone, New York-born actor, screenwriter and filmmaker best known for writing and starring in the 'Rocky' and 'Rambo' films, with the former seeing him nominated for two Academy Awards - Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay. 

VOTE 2016
--President Obama travels with Hillary Clinton to Charlotte, North Carolina, where the two will campaign together.
--No end to the war of words on the road to the White House.  Donald Trump's campaign released a statement Monday accusing Hillary Clinton and her surrogates of "false attacks" over allegations one of the presumptive G-O-P nominee's posts that included a Star of David and Mrs. Clinton imposed over a pile of money.

Nasty weather forced the cancellation of some Fourth of July fireworks shows...with two reported tornadoes Monday evening. One in Louisa, Kentucky and the other near Charleston, West Virginia.

--"Everybody gets a fair shot...That's what we should be striving for on Independence Day," says President Obama. The first family hosted a July 4th concert at the White House. The President also sang Happy Birthday to his daughter Malia. The White House celebration had to be moved indoors because of rainy weather.
--Umbrellas and ponchos were a must at the annual Capitol 4th concert, held on the lawn outside the US Capitol in DC
--New York City police said people viewing the Macy's fireworks would be protected by "the largest detail we've turned out in recent years"

New York City authorities say a mix of chemicals in a plastic bag that exploded Sunday in Central Park when somebody stepped on it was most likely an experiment gone horribly wrong. The victim, 18-year-old Connor Golden of Fairfax, Virginia, had to have his left foot amputated. Lt. Mike Torre with the police department's bomb squad says: "We would not categorize this as an explosive device."

Five years in the making, NASA's Juno spacecraft was zeroing in on Jupiter and is expected to perform a series of maneuvers to enter orbit around the gas giant...  the solar-powered craft aims to place itself 31-hundred miles above the planet, closer than any of NASA's previous eight missions there.

Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry says four security officers were killed and five were wounded in a suicide bombing outside the Islamic holy site in Medina. The explosion went off just as the call to sunset prayers was ending and hours after suicide bombers struck in two other Saudi cities.

The death toll in Iraq blamed on ISIS marks the worst ever attacks by the terror group.

Police in Rome have arrested a man suspected of killing 19 year-old Beau Solomon from Wisconsin. Police have arrested a homeless man who they say is 'seriously suspected' of murdering the University of Wisconsin-Madison student for 'frivolous' reasons'.

Florida's algae bloom nightmare continues. People are complaining of headaches, respiratory issues and even rashes since the algae exploded along part of the coast. Florida's Governor declared a state of emergency in four counties.

Hillary Clinton will face renewed questions on the campaign trail after Saturday's FBI interview about her use of private email while Secretary of State.

Tuesday's Mega Millions jackpot of 449-million dollars will be the 7th biggest of all time.

Tuesday marks a month until the start of the summer games in Brazil, and there's growing worry about security in Rio De Janeiro.

Two Swiss F/A-18 fighter jets intercepted an Israeli El Al airliner near Schaffhausen due to a bomb threat, authorities said. The plane landed safely in Tel Aviv and explosives were found.  The Swiss jets had to break the sound barrier while reacting quickly to catch the airliner on a flight that originated from New York City, according to Schaffhausen police and Skyguide, the Swiss-based air traffic controllers.

Simmering anger among some parents in Colorado after they found out their kids attended a Cub Scout camp sponsored by Hooters.  The Boy Scouts of America Denver Area Council says the restaurant approached the organization about working with the scouts. A group of Hooters girls volunteered their time and helped the boys with some of their camp activities - and even posted a few pics with the kids on the company's Facebook page - sporting those tight shirts and short shorts they're well-known for. Some parents complained and those photos were removed.

Harvard researchers confirm not all food fat is equal. They say replacing 5% of calories from saturated fats with so-called good fats can reduce the risk of death by 13-percent.

--It could be a holiday washout in parts of the US. Flash flood warnings are up across the plains states.
--This year's Macy's fireworks display kicks off at 9:25pm ET on New York City's East River. It's the 40th anniversary of the event.
--Billed as America's best birthday party: A Capitol Fourth -  the annual DC concert had a rehearsal Sunday night

Officials with New York City's Bomb Squad say it wasn't terrorism - but they're still trying to figure out just what exploded in Central Park Sunday morning. An 18-year-old and two of his friends apparently stumbled upon some sort of homemade device - it went off, but it was not commercial grade fireworks, say police...more likely "an experiment with fireworks or homemade explosives."

One of the deadliest attacks in Iraq in a decade.... more than 160 killed and nearly 200 others injured in a suicide truck bomb in downtown Baghdad. The dead are said to include 15 children, 10 women and six policemen. ISIS claims responsibility for the attack, which comes despite recent gains against the extremists. A second bomb attack in eastern Baghdad early Sunday killed five people and wounded 16.

The investigation into the deadly siege at a restaurant in an upscale neighborhood of Dhaka includes a search for possible masterminds. The weekend hostage-taking left 20 dead, plus 2 policemen and six attackers...said to belong to banned domestic group Jumatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh, or JMB. One surviving suspect is being interrogated.

The parents of a University of Wisconsin-Madison student has flown to Italy where their son's been reported missing.  Nineteen-year-old Beau Solomon's family says he left last week to study at John Cabot University in Rome. They said he was at a bar Thursday with friends but when the group decided to leave he was gone. His friends reported him missing when he didn't show up for class the next day. The family says Solomon's credit cards have been used since he disappeared.

Top city officials in Avon, Ohio, are apologizing to a Muslim man wrongly accused of supporting ISIS before police pinned him to the ground and handcuffed him. Authorities say a hotel clerk had her sister call 911 claiming a man dressed in traditional Muslim clothing was on the phone pledging allegiance to the Islamic State terror group. Police quickly realized that did not happen and they released the man, who was visiting from the United Arab Emirates. Mayor Brian Jensen apologized during a face to face to meeting.

NASA's Juno spacecraft will reach Jupiter today and is expected to perform a series of maneuvers to enter orbit around the gas giant...  the solar-powered craft will enter orbit about 31-hundred miles above the planet, closer than any of NASA's previous eight missions there.

Hillary Clinton will face renewed questions on the campaign trail after Saturday's FBI interview about her use of private email while Secretary of State.

VOTE 2016
--The conventions are just weeks away. No word yet on who might be Hillary Clinton's and Donald Trump's VP picks. Trump met with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Saturday.
--The candidates have no events scheduled for the 4th of July.

No winners after the past 33 Mega Millions drawings, so Tuesday's jackpot of 449-million dollars will be the 7th biggest of all time, including Powerball and Mega Millions.

Some parents in Colorado aren't too happy after they found out their kids attended a Cub Scout camp sponsored by Hooters.  The Boy Scouts of America Denver Area Council says the restaurant approached the organization about working with the scouts. A group of Hooters girls volunteered their time and helped the boys with some of their camp activities - and even posted a few pics with the kids on the company's Facebook page - sporting those tight shirts and short shorts they're well-known for. Some parents complained and those photos were removed.

 A danger parents should watch out for this summer: Playgrounds so hot they leave children with serious burns in just a matter of seconds.

BouIder, Colorado gives ice cream the boot - banning it as a vending option at all parks, pools and recreation facilities - a way to cut down on snacks that are full of sugar and not nutritious.  Chips and other junk foods were also pulled from snack stands this year.

For a third straight week, the Pixar animated feature "Finding Dory" was tops at the box office...taking in an estimated 41.9-million dollars this weekend.

--The confluence of rock-bottom gasoline prices and the Fourth of July falling on a Monday is set to turn this Independence Day holiday into a traveling bonanza. With gas prices at their lowest point for Independence Day since 2005, some 43 million people are expected to travel this weekend, according to AAA. That marks the highest level since AAA began tracking the data in 2001.
--A day before millions of travelers are expected to hit the road, rails or sky for the long Independence Day weekend, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says Americans should expect to see more security in public places during their holiday.  In addition to federal efforts, several airports throughout the country have said they are beefing up security in the wake of the attack in Istanbul.
--ABC News has confirmed that Attorney General Lynch will say later today that she will follow and accept whatever recommendation the FBI makes in whether to bring charges in the Hillary Clinton email probe.
--In an interview with ABC News’ Tom Llamas, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump criticized a meeting that took place between former President Bill Clinton and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch at a Phoenix, Arizona airport on Monday. Trump -- citing an open FBI inquiry into Hillary Clinton's email at the State Department -- said that the meeting was “just something that you don’t do from an ethical standpoint. It’s something that is unheard of.”

VOTE 2016
-- After saying he's concerned NATO may be obsolete in a previous interview, Donald Trump told ABC's Tom Llamas on Thursday that he would use NATO to take out ISIS. When asked about President Obama's scathing indictment of Mr. Trump's campaign, the presumptive GOP presidential candidate responded, "I think it's just the opposite, you want to know the truth." Finally, he called Bill Clinton's half-hour meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch unethical and unheard of.
-- Hillary Clinton's campaign is expanding an ad buy in Nebraska's second Congressional district. Meanwhile, Senator Bernie Sanders is under increasing pressure to endorse the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate. In an interview to air this weekend, Vice President Joe Biden tells NPR that he has spoken with Senator Sanders, and expects him to endorse Mrs. Clinton. The Vermont senator is not on the Clinton campaign's V-P shortlist, but fellow-senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts is.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Thursday that transgender Americans now can serve openly in the United States military. The policy changes not only give transgender service members the full rights and protections given to their peers, it also prohibits the military from barring new recruits solely based on their gender identity. Speaking at the Pentagon, Sec. Carter said the transgender service members he spoke with overwhelmingly said they do not want special treatment, adding, "they want to be held to the same standards and be treated like everybody else."

A 13-year-old Israeli girl stabbed to death in her own bed by a 17-year-old Palestinian early Thursday morning is a U.S. citizen, according to officials. Hallel Yaffa Ariel was born and raised in Israel, but her mother is from New York. The family lives in a hardline Jewish settlement near the Palestinian city of Hebron. The Palestinian teenager was killed by authorities.

Adnan Syed, a convicted killer who gained international fame from the podcast Serial, is getting a new trial after 17 years in prison. A retired Baltimore City Circuit Court judge issued his ruling on a post-conviction hearing Thursday after reviewing new evidence, including the testimony of an alibi witness who was not interviewed during Syed’s first trial in 2000. Syed was convicted of killing his former high school classmate Hae Min Lee. He maintains his innocence.

Federal investigators are looking into a fatal car accident back in May in Florida involving a Tesla self-driving car. The 2015 Tesla Model S was in Autopilot when it slammed into a big rig that was driving across the highway perpendicular to the vehicle. Neither the car nor the human driver saw the white truck due to a brightly lit sky. The driver was killed.

Google says it’s going to provide searchers with instant access to the size of an earthquake and a map of where it struck — without needing to click on a link. With the new search, people will begin seeing earthquake results immediately after the ground begins to shake, showing a magnitude, a map and tips on what to do next -- such as to expect aftershocks and to stay away from the beach to avoid tsunami.

It was one year ago Friday when a Minnesota dentist shot and killed Cecil the lion during a hunting exhibition in Zimbabwe, arguably becoming the most hated man in the world. At the time, Walter Palmer said he did not know Cecil was protected and beloved when he shot the lion with an arrow. Federal authorities say they're still investigating. Palmer briefly had to go into hiding, though his business reportedly has not taken a hit.

Friday night's Mega Millions drawing will give lottery players a shot at the 10th largest jackpot in U.S. history.