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--A hurricane warning is up for the big island of Hawaii as Hurricane Madeline approaches. And Hurricane Lester is churning well east of the Hawaiian Islands with maximum winds of 120 mph.
--The Carolina coast was expecting a lashing from Tropical Depression 8, and later possibly another system that has been dumping on southern Florida.  Forecasters say Tropical Depression 9 may strengthen to a tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico before making a hard right into Florida's west coast and head northeast...The Carolina's may be in for a double whammy.

VOTE 2016
--Donald Trump will be heading to Mexico City hour before he delivers what he describes as "a major speech" on illegal immigration, in Phoenix. Both presidential candidates were invited by the Mexican president and Trump accepted that invitation.
--Republican Marco Rubio wins his Senate primary; he'll face Patrick Murphy. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz also won her primary contest.
--Sen. John McCain beat back conservative challenger Kelli Ward to win the Republican primary in Arizona.
--Joe Arpaio, the man who calls himself "America's Toughest Sheriff" also won his bid for re-election in Maricopa County, Arizona.

The Pentagon says it may have taken out one of the most senior leaders of ISIS.  Abu Muhammad Al-Adnani was the target of a precision airstrike in Syria.  He's considered ISIS' chief of external operations and chief spokesman. A Pentagon official says “If confirmed, this is a very significant blow " to ISIS.

United Airlines flight 880 from Houston to Heathrow forced to land at Shannon Airport in Ireland following severe turbulence. At least 16 people were reportedly treated for injuries and
A historic change in travel between the U-S and Cuba Wednesday: JetBlue will make the first commercial flight between the U-S and Cuba since 1961. The flight will depart from Fort Lauderdale and land in the central Cuban city of Santa Clara.  Fort Lauderdale and Miami are two of six U.S. airports that will be carrying commercial flights to and from the island.

A ferry backing away from a pier on the Hudson River in Manhattan struck a group of kayakers, sending several into the water. 10 were hurt, at least one seriously.

In the coming days, the FBI is expected to release to the public several documents that get to the heart of its decision to not charge Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server.

One town in Italy’s devastating earthquake survived unscathed while nearby towns collapsed. Italy’s geologists are calling for the government to move forward with a plan to replicate safety measures taken by the town of Norcia after a previous quake.

After a day long standoff in and out of his California home, singer Chris Brown was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.


A Tropical Storm Warning is up for the coast of North Carolina from Cape Lookout to Oregon Inlet, including Pamlico Sound...Tropical Depression 8 is expected to strengthen into a Tropical Storm before hitting the coast sometime Tuesday.  Another system, Tropical Depression 9, also is expected to become a tropical storm as it churns toward the Gulf of Mexico. Florida's west coast could get hit later in the week.

--Residents in parts of Ohio and Pennsylvania continue cleaning and mopping after Sunday night's severe storms and flash flooding. A state of emergency has been declared and a nightly curfew instituted in Connellsville, PA, where severe flooding caused widespread damage to homes, vehicles and streets.
--Parts of Colorado Springs turned to a river after a sudden severe storm.

The United States Geological Survey has a team of workers from all over the country going to areas that flooded in Louisiana to measure high water marks.  The aim is to determine areas most vulnerable for flooding.  Meanwhile, homeowners are dealing with the arduous task of restoring their properties.

Mel Brooks in a statement says Gene Wilder blessed every film they did together with his special magic.  His family says Wilder has died from complications of Alzheimer's disease. He was 83.  Wilder was best known for his manic roles in classic comedies like The Producers, Blazing Saddles and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. 

VOTE 2016
--Hillary Clinton wondered before donors which Donald Trump would show up for the presidential debates. "Maybe he will try to be presidential and try to convey a gravity that he hasn’t done before or will he come in and try to insult and try to score some points.”
--Clinton’s wide lead over Trump has been cut, according to a new national Monmouth University poll. The Democratic nominee held a wide 50 percent to 37 percent lead in the wake of her party’s convention in a Monmouth poll in early August, but now that lead appears to have tightened to 7 percentage points -- 46 percent to 39 percent among likely voters.

The European Commission has ordered Ireland to recoup more than 14 billion dollars plus interest from Apple over a sweetheart tax deal. Apple paid less than 1 percent in tax in a deal brokered with Ireland. The technology giant paid far lower than Ireland’s 12.5% business tax rate. The Irish finance minister issued a statement opposing the EU's decisi.on

One of Hillary Clinton's closest aides... separating from her husband Anthony Weiner... after reports that he was sexting again.  Huma Abedin saying a statement "After long and painful consideration and work on my marriage, I have made the decision to separate from my husband."

About a month ahead of schedule, the Obama administration says the US has met its goal of admitting 10-thousand Syrian refugees into the country. White House spokesman Josh Earnest says the US  was "able to do all of that without cutting any corners when it comes to security."

Amid continued consumer outrage over the price spike for EpiPens, Drugmaker Mylan says it's offering a generic version of the life-saving allergy treatment for half the list price of the brand-name.

"The heinous nature of the crime" and the family's wishes will figure into whether the DA will pursue the death penalty against the man charged with killing two nuns.  Rodney Earl Sanders was wearing shackles and a bulletproof vest when he made his first appearance in court in Durant, Mississippi. Sanders is charged with two counts of capital murder. Authorities say he confessed to killing Sisters Margaret Held and Paula Merrill last week but did not say why.

Nearly a week after the deadly quakes in Italy, police have arrested two people for allegedly looting quake-damaged homes. Some people are sleeping in cars near their homes for fear of looting.

The Italian Coast Guard had over 40 rescue missions in the Strait of Sicily yesterday, rescuing over 6500 people in one day - making it one of the highest number of rescues in a single day. In the past four days, nearly 10,000 migrants have been rescued, a big spike in numbers.

A strong rebuke from the White House to Colin Kaepernick’s protest during the National Anthem. Spokesman Josh Earnest: "Even as objectionable as we find his perspective, he certainly is entitled to express them."   

Police say loud noises at LA International Airport sparked a false alarm of an active shooter in one of the terminals Sunday night.  Travelers fled through emergency exits to the street and the tarmac.  Air and ground traffic were halted and the airport evacuated for about thirty minutes while police searched for a gunman.

A visibly angry Chicago Superintendent of Police Eddie Johnson wants to know when enough will be enough. Chicago police arresting two suspects in the murder of Nykea Aldridge, shot and killed Friday; Aldridge is a mother of four and cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade.  Police say the two brothers charged in the killing have an extensive criminal record; they say one was wearing an ankle monitor at the time of the shooting. 

Two tropical depressions that formed Sunday warrant a close watch by residents of Florida and the Carolinas, says the National Hurricane Center.  Tropical Depression Eight might dump rain along the Carolina coast Tuesday. And Tropical Depression Nine, which formed south of the Florida Keys, is expected to power-up in the Gulf and make a sharp turn into the west coast of Florida.  Meanwhile, Hurricane Gaston remains churning in the Atlantic, with no US landfall predicted.

Up to 5 inches of rain fell in the Cincinnati area in two hours Sunday. A flash flood emergency was called for four counties.

VOTE 2016
--Donald Trump tweets that he will make his delayed immigration speech this Wednesday. After Trump's signaling of "softening" his position, Sunday Gov. Chris Christie defended Trump on This Week: "This is a guy who's been very consistent on no amnesty, no legalization."
- More questions for Hillary Clinton about whether some donors to the Clinton Foundation got special treatment while she was Secretary of State. Newly-released emails show a direct line of contact between the Foundation and a top Clinton adviser.
--No public events for the candidates Monday

Too drunk to fly? Two pilots were taken into custody in Scotland before a transatlantic flight...suspected of trying to fly their Boeing 757 under the influence of alcohol. The United Airlines pilots, 45 and 35 years old, were allegedly over the legal limit as they prepared to take off from Glasgow airport to Newark on Saturday.

  • ABC News' Alex Marquardt reports from London
  • ABC News' Consultant Steve Ganyard

Five arrests following a fire and explosion at Belgium's criminal institute early today. State broadcaster reports a car drove through a security gate at the National Institute of Criminalistics and Criminology. Nobody was injured. Authorities are not ruling out terrorism but say it was much more likely an arson attack on the crime lab, designed to destroy evidence.

A charter bus crashes into an accident scene along I-10 near LaPlace, Louisiana, northwest of New Orleans, running into firefighters and other vehicles. A St. John district fire chief was killed, along with one person in a car. 41 other people were taken from the scene with injuries. State police say the bus driver was an undocumented immigrant, did not have a driver's license, or a license to drive a commercial vehicle.

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A veteran 9-1-1 operator in Waterbury, Connecticut is off the job after what city officials call astonishing and unprofessional behavior...becoming agitated as a taxi driver calls to report his passenger had been shot in a robbery.

A Memorial Mass will be held today for the two nuns found slain in their home in Durant, Mississippi last week. The service will be at the Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle in Jackson.  A wake was held Sunday evening.

As Italians mourn the nearly 300 dead from last Wednesday's quakes, Pope Francis promised to visit the area.

If your child has to undergo surgery ... you might soon see their doctor pencil in some time for them to play with an iPad first. Research presented to the World Congress of Anesthesiologists in Hong Kong shows that allowing kids to use an iPad before surgery that requires general anesthesia can be as effective in lowering their anxiety as conventional sedatives.

He sparked controversy by sitting down during the national anthem Friday night...and 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick says he'll do it shine a light on issues of racial injustice.

Still undefeated, and now world champs. The team from Maine-Endwell, New York wins the Little League World Series, defeating South Korea 2-1, the first American team to win the series since 2011.

Range of reactions to an athlete's protest over US race relations:  San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the National Anthem before a pre-season game.

The FAA says as of Monday you are required to have a license to operate a drone for commercial purposes. There will be an FAA briefing today.

Mexico's president tweeted that Juan Gabriel was "one of the great music icons of our country."  Singer/songwriter Juan Gabriel died Sunday at his California home, according to his publicist. He was 66. He composed 15-hundred songs and was a six-time Grammy nominee. He was in the middle of a tour to promote his latest album.

Don’t Breathe, the horror film about a blind man defending his house from intruders topped the box office with an estimated 26.1 million dollars.

VOTE 2016
--Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump trade salvos over who is bigoted; later Trump was asked: Do you want white supremacists to vote for you? Trump tells WMUR-TV: "No. I don’t at all. Not at all... this is not about hate, this is about love."  The Clinton camp released a video compiling Trump endorsements from white supremacists.
--Donald Trump is offering more details on his ever-evolving immigration plan, telling CNN's Anderson Cooper that there would be no legal status for undocumented immigrants. "There's no path to legalization unless they leave the country," Trump said. "When they come back in, then they can start paying taxes, but there is no path to legalization unless they leave the country and then come back." Congressman Steve King (R-IA) tells ABC News he worries that Trump risks losing support in his core base with his softening stance on immigration, and he says that would make it "pretty hard to build a winning coalition to win out in the general election."

The judge who sentenced former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner to 6 months in jail for sexually assaulting an intoxicated, unconscious woman outside a frat party is reportedly no longer handling criminal cases. Judge Aaron Persky reportedly asked to be reassigned from hearing criminal cases at the Palo Alto courthouse.

The search is on for whoever killed two Catholic nuns found slain in their home in Durant, Mississippi, north of Jackson.  The two had worked as nurses and helped the poor in rural Holmes County.

Aftershocks hamper the rescue efforts in central Italy, where the death toll from Wednesday's quakes reached 150.

Late Thursday night in the Belgian town of Chimay, south of Brussels, an explosion at a sports center and pool has killed at least one person.  Five others have been wounded, two of them seriously.   Police tell ABC News the facility was fairly empty in the late hour.

A couple wanted in connection with a mother’s murder and the kidnapping of her three young children in Los Angeles County has been captured several states away. 27-yr. old Joshua Aaron Robertson, and 22-yr. old Brittany Humphrey  were arrested without incident in Pueblo, Colorado, with another child in tow.

American hostage Kayla Mueller was tortured, verbally abused, forced into slave labor for ISIS commanders in Syria and raped by the group's top leader, but her fellow hostages say she never surrendered hope, she selflessly put the welfare of fellow captives above her own and she even stood up to executioner "Jihadi John" to defend her Christian faith. Four former hostages who shared cells with Mueller, speaking publicly for the first time about their shared ordeal for ABC News' "20/20" broadcast, "The Girl Left Behind," airing Friday, say the Prescott, Arizona, humanitarian aid worker was a courageous 25-year-old who inspired them.

--Police in Brazil confirm swimmer Ryan Lochte has been charged with filing a false police report, over that incident at a Rio gas station. Lochte has said he "over-exaggerated" his story about being robbed at gunpoint.  A statement from the civil police says the swimmer will testify in the US about the crime and that the information will be transferred.
--Several sponsors have dropped Lochte, but he has a new one: the makers of Pine Bros. Softish Throat Drops say people should give the swimmer "a second chance."

A U-S Navy patrol boat fired warning shots at an Iranian Revolutionary Guard boat Wednesday in the Persian Gulf, according to the Pentagon. This incident comes a day after a close encounter between U-S ships and Revolutionary Guard boats captured on Navy video.

Patients with severe allergies... in a rage after discovering the price of the life-saving Epi-Pen, a shot that can be self-administered during an allergy attack, has skyrocketed.... 500 dollars over the past 7 years. The lone drug-maker, Mylan, is responding by issuing new $300 savings coupons for the pens, but it's not quieting critics.

VOTE 2016
-- "Hillary Clinton is a bigot who sees people of color only as votes, not as human beings." Donald Trump tells a crowd in Jackson, Mississippi....adding "The Democratic Party has failed and betrayed the African American community"
--A spokesman for former presidential rival Jeb Bush says "It is unsurprising that Donald Trump is finally faced with reconciling his immigration policy with reality, something Governor Bush predicted last year."
--Hillary Clinton campaigns in Reno, Nevada in the day ahead. Trump will be in Manchester, NH.

The death toll rises from the earthquakes that leveled three towns in central Italy. More than 150 dead reported after midnight in Italy.  Urgent search efforts continue in the rubble.

A tornado emergency in the middle of the country.  Multiple twisters reported around the Indianapolis area on Wednesday.

The American University in Afghanistan under attack on Wednesday ... explosions and gunfire erupting at the university in Kabul.

A US defense official says four Iranian Revolutionary Guard small boats "harassed" a US Navy destroyer Tuesday in the vicinity of the Strait of Hormuz...coming as close as 300 yards. A defense official calls the close encounter "unsafe and unprofessional." 

 A storm that could possibly threaten South Florida this weekend has been given an 80 percent chance of developing into a tropical system.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announcing three new housing assistance programs for those impacted by the devastating flooding in the state. 

US Soccer has suspended goalkeeper Hope Solo from the U.S. Women’s National Team for six months, after she called Sweden's team "cowards" after the Swedes beat the US team in the Olympic quarterfinals. Solo released a statement saying she's disappointed in the decision.

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, National Geographic and Oculus are releasing the first-ever virtual reality experience with President Obama, filmed during the First Family’s trip to Yosemite National Park in June over Father’s Day weekend.

VOTE 2016
--Calling the Clinton Foundation "the most corrupt enterprise in political history" Donald Trump tells a crowd in Akron a special prosecutor should investigate the charitable organization... Trump asserting the Foundation was all about "pay for play," giving big donors access to Hillary Clinton while she was Secretary of State.  The Clinton campaign has denied that special access was given to Foundation donors, saying emails now being reviewed show foreign leaders went through the proper channels at the State Department to get meetings with Clinton.
--Donald Trump is planning to delay a speech on his immigration proposals in the wake of some reporting and comments that suggested to some possible changes to his policies. Campaign sources confirm to ABC News that the speech, which was slated to happen later this week in Denver, has been postponed and his trip to Colorado has been cancelled. Sources tell ABC News that the speech will be given in a few days.
--Clinton running mate Tim Kaine says of Trump: "Before you go about attacking a charity, why don't you come clean about your own business dealings and tell the American people who you are in debt to."

--Republicans stepping up their attacks on Hillary Clinton's handling of government info...the GOP chair of the Senate Homeland Security Committee issuing subpoenas to three technology companies that either made or serviced the private email server that Clinton used while she was Secretary of State. The FBI recently closed its probe into the issue without recommending criminal charges.
-- Some emails that were sent or received by Hillary Clinton could end up being made public just before the November election. Lawyers for the State Department have told a federal judge that the department is now reviewing nearly 15,000 emails.

ABC News has learned the FBI has launched a federal terrorism investigation into a weekend stabbing in Roanoke, Virginia, looking at whether the attacker may have been trying to behead his victim in an ISIS-inspired assault. Sources familiar with the case tell ABC News Federal authorities have been aware of the alleged attacker, 20-year-old Wasil Farooqui of the Roanoke area, for some time. Farooqui allegedly injured a man and woman at an apartment complex and was arrested by Roanoke County Police on charges of assault with malicious wounding.

--Florida's governor says there are 37 locally transmitted cases of Zika virus in the state.
--A baby girl who tested positive for Zika is being treated by doctors in South Florida. The baby's mother contracted the virus while traveling while pregnant off the coast of Venezuela. The baby has not been diagnosed with microcephaly, but doctors said the child is suffering from other Zika-related side effects.

President Obama tours flood-ravaged Louisiana in the day ahead.

No more than six teaspoons of sugar a day.  That's the new recommendation from the American Heart Association for kids age 2 to 18.  That daily limit of about 100 calories or 25 grams means any added sugar -- including table sugar, fructose and honey -- in processed foods or eaten separately. The AHA says consuming high amounts of sugar is linked with heart disease, obesity and high blood pressure.

A Federal ruling blocks the Obama administration's order requiring public schools let students use bathrooms consistent with their gender identity. The ruling cites the federal education law, Title IX, that defines sex as "the biological and anatomical differences between male and female students as determined at birth." The temporary injunction is from a federal judge in Texas but would apply nationwide.

Firefighting crews in Washington State are battling numerous fast-moving wildfires, including two in the Spokane area that forced evacuations from more than 200 homes. Crews joined forces to fight two fires, dubbed the Yale Road Fire and Wellesley Fire, which together have scorched thousands of acres, according to the Washington Department of Natural Resources. While firefighters believed the Wellesley Fire was under control Monday, KXLY reports that a third fire - The Hart Road Fire - has jumped the Spokane River and has now burned an estimated 10,000 acres and more than 20 homes as of late Monday afternoon.

Oil prices have risen in recent weeks and that means prices at the pump are also up. In the past week the Energy Department reports the price of regular unleaded has increased about 4 cents to 2-19 a gallon.

The second most decorated Olympic swimmer losing the majority of a million dollars worth of contracts with some sponsors including swim apparel giant Speedo and designer Ralph Lauren.

Tuesday marks 50 years since the first time we saw the world from the moon's perspective.

Team USA's final medal count at the Olympics: 121.  The US men's basketball team capped events in Rio Sunday with a gold medal win against Serbia 96-66. Simone Biles carrying the US flag during a rainy closing ceremony spectacular.

Swimmer Ryan Lochte stopped short of saying he lied about being robbed at gunpoint with his teammates; Lochte telling Globo TV: "I wasn't lying to a certain extent. I over-exaggerated."

President Obama will tour flood-ravaged Louisiana tomorrow. And more rain has hit the area: as cleanup continues for weary residents in Baton Rouge...thunderstorms and as much as two to three inches of heavy rain fell. 32-hundred Baton Rouge residents remain in shelters. Louisiana officials says a staggering 60-thousand homes have been damaged and more than 100-thousand people have registered for federal help. Many home and business owners are without flood insurance.

--Evacuation orders lifted for all communities impacted by the Blue Cut fire in San Bernardino County, California that started August 16. That fire, now about 83 per cent contained, burned more than 100 homes.
--Residents of Lake County, California, where the Clayton fire burned more than 175 homes, were spending the weekend sifting through the ash of their homes.
--A 25-hundred acre brush fire in the Spokane area said to be threatening homes.

13 people shot and wounded at a house party in Bridgeport, Connecticut, early Sunday. Police are investigating possible ties to gang violence...and whether the two suspects still being sought were partygoers who "got upset."

VOTE 2016
--Donald Trump’s new campaign manager Kellyanne Conway says "This is the best week, I think, so far in the Trump campaign....Mostly because he's able to be himself, the authentic Donald Trump." 
--Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein says Trump and Clinton “have not earned our vote” for president.
--EMBARGOED TIL 8/22 6AM ET: The Clinton camp is unveiling a new attack ad against Trump, called "Just One," focused on national security and argues that Trump is not experienced enough to be commander-in-chief.

New York Senator Charles Schumer calling for an investigation into the recent scare at JFK Airport - where a loud celebration by passengers watching the Olympics turned into chaos and evacuations. He's calling on the Department of Homeland Security to look into what happened August 14 and to improve coordination among all the agencies involved.
The White House condemning those behind a suicide bombing at a wedding in Southern Turkey Saturday. Turkish officials say the explosives were set off by a child between twelve and fourteen years of age. More than 50 killed and dozens more injured. Turkey's President Erdogan blames ISIS for the attack.

European Union members meet in Italy Monday to discuss how to keep the EU together, after Brexit.

An experienced skydiver died in Ohio Sunday. The accident happened about a half mile west of the airport in Middletown, north of Cincinnati. The skydiving company owner says 47-year old jumper made a "couple poor decisions" including opening his chute too low.

Who steals from a church? San Francisco police are investigating the alleged theft of an ancient religious artifact from a Catholic church.  Officials at Saint Dominic's say that during worship services Sunday, a thief or thieves popped out a lock on display case and made off with a relic containing part of what's called the True Cross... the 2-thousand year old artifact believed to be part of the cross on which Christ was crucified.

Big budget "Ben-Hur" bombs...trampled by holdovers, including Suicide Squad, which again topped the box office.

VOTE 2016
--Donald Trump says sometimes "You don't choose the right words, or you say the wrong thing...I have done that. And believe it or not, I regret it."  Reading from a teleprompter, Trump told a crowd of supporters in Charlotte he will always tell the truth; by contrast he says Hillary Clinton "never tells the truth." A statement from the Clinton campaign says "that apology tonight is simply a well-written phrase until he tells us which of his many offensive, bullying and divisive comments he regrets—and changes his tune altogether.”
--Emails obtained by the AP indicate a firm run by Donald Trump's campaign chairman directly orchestrated a covert Washington lobbying operation on behalf of Ukraine's pro-Russian government. Paul Manafort and his deputy, Rick Gates, never disclosed their work as foreign agents as required under federal law.
--Friday Trump launches a 10-day, 5-million dollar ad blitz
--The Clinton Foundation says it will no longer accept foreign and corporate donations if Hillary Clinton is elected president.

--Brazilian police say two US swimmers who said they were held up at gunpoint in Rio were not robbed after all. According to a spokesperson for the Rio de Janeiro Civil Police, police have recommended that Ryan Lochte and James Feigen be indicted for false reporting of a crime.  Rio's police chief says one or more of the Olympic swimmers vandalized a gas station bathroom after four teammates left a party early Sunday.  Police say there was no evidence of violence against the four athletes when they were confronted by guards.
--Feigen remains in Rio pending a charitable donation while two of his teammates were allowed head home Thursday night. Ryan Lochte is thought to be at his home in North Carolina after leaving Brazil earlier this week.

--More than 30-thousand people have been rescued along with more than 14-hundred pets from flooding in southern Louisiana, says Gov. John Bel Edwards. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson toured the area and says more than 86-thousand Louisianans have register with FEMA for disaster assistance.
--Should president Obama visit the flood zone? Gov. Edwards says the president is welcome but with so much work to be done: "That is not something that I want to go through right now."

--Some evacuated residents are being allowed to go back to their homes... if they're still the fire zone east of Los Angeles. The Blue Cut Fire in San Bernardino County has burned more than 30-thousand acres, and officials still don't know how many homes have been destroyed. The fire is now 22 percent contained.
--A new fire erupted in campground area of Santa Barbara County and quickly grew to at least 500 acres. Some campground evacuation orders are in place.

Chicago's Police Superintendent is calling for seven officers to be fired for allegedly lying in their reports about the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald - shot 16 times by an officer in 2014.

Was it a cash-for-hostages deal that got Iran to release American prisoners?  The US insisted it wasn't giving 400 million for Iran to release American hostages last winter...but both exchanges happened the same day.  Two weeks after President Obama insisted the payment was not a “ransom,” the State Department says that while that money was unfrozen Iranian assets..the US didn't hand it over until Iran let the hostages free. Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan's spokesman says the President must now explain why the US paid a ransom.

--Kerron Clement ran the men’s 400-meter hurdles in 47.73 seconds, good enough to win the gold. Clement had won silver in the same event in the 2008 Olympics.
--Helen Maroulis took down three-time Olympic and 13-time world champion Saori Yoshida from Japan in the 53 kg. gold-medal match to win the first-ever Olympic gold medal for the U.S. in women’s wrestling.

--The Red Cross says flooding in southern Louisiana is the worst natural disaster in the US since Superstorm Sandy. The death toll has risen to 13. Water rescues continue.
--Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson will travel to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to meet with state and local officials and review ongoing response and recovery efforts.

--More than 25-thousand acres burning...and four percent containment... on the fire burning in San Bernardino County in southern California. Officials estimate more than 34-thousand homes and some 82-thousand people are under evacuation orders.
--Five-million dollars bail - set by a judge in Northern California for the man suspected of starting more than a dozen wildfires over the past year - including the Clayton fire in the area of Lake County - northwest of Sacramento. That fire's destroyed more than 175 homes.

VOTE 2016
--The Clinton camp will launch a new TV ad focused on Donald Trump's refusal to release his tax returns.  The ad is titled "Absolutely" based off Trump saying he would "absolutely" release his tax returns if he ran for office.
--Trump campaigns in Charlotte, North Carolina. Mike Pence will be in Manchester, New Hampshire.
--Touting themselves as two Republican governors who served two terms in Democratic states, Libertarian running mates Gary Johnson and William Weld made their case in a town hall on Fusion.

A 9-year-old child was killed in a boat accident near Ocean City, Maryland, according to the Maryland Natural Resources Police.  Officials say the child fell from the boat and was struck by the propeller. An 11-year-old child was also injured in the accident, suffering lacerations.

The military released documents that show when Dallas shooter Micah Johnson was serving in Afghanistan in May, 2014 his sergeant suggested that his firearms should be taken from him after a female soldier in his unit complained that he had sexually harassed her. Last month police say Johnson opened fire in Dallas, killing 5 officers.

A prominent Brazilian attorney for American swimmers Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz, says his clients were "obviously scared. They didn't understand what was happening." Authorities pulled the swimmers off a plane before they could leave the country and questioned them about the robbery they reported for several hours at the airport. Sergio Riera told the media, "They didn't understand why they couldn't board the plane. They were very scared. It's confusing because police chief is saying one thing and judge is saying something else." Riera said he's hadn't spoken to them about the armed robbery they reported but said "They are ready to cooperate with the police chief."
--UK media says a British athlete was robbed at gunpoint as they were returning to the Olympic village Tuesday morning. In a statement to ABC News, the British Olympic Association would only confirm that "there has been an incident of theft involving a Team GB athlete returning to their accommodation. All members of our delegation, including the individual concerned, are accounted for, and are safe and well.”
--The USA men’s basketball team remains undefeated at the Summer Olympics in Brazil...defeating Argentina 105-78.
--Team USA was playing for bronze in the women's beach volleyball final.

More than 11,000 in southern Louisiana are in shelters because of flooding from days of intense rain. About twice as many have had to be rescued following nearly 48 hours of intense rain late last week. At least seven people are known to have died in the flooding.

VOTE 2016
--Donald Trump has proposed what he calls "extreme" vetting of immigrants seeking admission to the U.S. during a policy speech on ISIS. Trump's speech was as much about his opponent as policy, telling a crowd in Youngstown, Ohio Hillary Clinton "lacks the mental and physical stamina to take on ISIS and all of the many adversaries we face."
--Introducing Trump's policy speech, former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani said “Before Obama came along, we didn’t have any successful radical Islamic terrorist attack inside the United States.”  Giuliani had just seconds earlier referenced the terror attacks in his city in 1993 and 2001.
--Acknowledging Pennsylvania is a battleground state, Hillary Clinton tells supporters in Scranton "Friends don't let friends vote for Trump."  Campaigning with Clinton in his hometown, Vice President Biden says no major party nominee is less prepared on national security than Trump.

Milwaukee police reported a handful of arrests after two nights of unrest connected to protests of a police-involved shooting. Authorities wowed strict enforcement of , Milwaukee's mayor says a 10 p.m. curfew on teenagers will be in effect. The clampdown follows two nights of violent unrest in protest following the fatal shooting of a black man by a black police officer on the city's north side. Officials are pushing for release of body cam imagery of the confrontation between Sylville Smith and the officer.

The Pentagon has transferred 15 Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United Arab Emirates,  the largest such transfer during the Obama administration.  The move shows the Obama administration continues to press with efforts to reduce the prison population at Guantanamo. 12 of the detainees were from Yemen, the other three from Afghanistan.

--Authorities arrested a man on Monday suspected of starting numerous California wildfires, including one that has so far burned 4,000 acres and destroyed 175 homes. Officers took 40-year-old Damin Anthony Pashilk into custody and charged him with 17 counts of arson in Northern California. Mr. Pashilk committed a horrific crime and we will seek prosecution to the fullest extent of the law," Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE director, said in a statement. "The residents of Lake County have experienced senseless loss and endured significant hardship over the past year."
--California governor Jerry Brown declares a state of emergency in Lake County. Firefighters... battling the flames in one hundred degree heat as another wildfire... forces thousands from their homes. A hundred miles north of San Francisco much of the town of Lower Lake's Main Street ... burned to the ground.

35-year-old Oscar Morel has been charged in the murders of an imam and his assistant in New York City. Police have not disclosed a motive but some in the community are calling it a hate crime. Police said a description of the vehicle at the scene led them to the suspect.

--Simone Biles bobbles on the beam and settles for bronze, but has another chance for 4th gold in the day ahead.
--Seven people were injured after an aerial camera and cables fell outside an Olympic arena during strong winds.
--Rain delayed evening track and field events for a time.

The federal government has declared a major disaster in parts of southern Louisiana, where the flooding misery continues. Officials say they've rescued more than 20,000 people so far, 10,000 are staying in shelters. The death toll is up to six people and waters will continue to rise. Flooding has impacted Mississippi and was threatening parts of southeast Texas, too.

Another night of protests in Milwaukee, but smaller and less violent than Saturday night, when six businesses were burned over the fatal police shooting of 23-year-old Sylville Smith. One person was shot but not killed Sunday night. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker activated the National Guard to deal with unrest in Milwaukee, but they were not be deployed. Police say Smith ran from them at a traffic stop and say there's body cam imagery showing him with a gun in his hand. Both the suspect and the officer are black. Police say Smith had a lengthy criminal record, but court records indicate only one conviction.

An "all clear" for passengers at New York City's JFK Airport, after panic in two terminals last night. Police evacuated two terminals after someone reported gunshots had been fired. There were no injuries and no confirmed shots, but as a a safety precaution, Terminals 1 and 8 were closed as officers swept the area. The airport was also under a security ground stop. Police searched and cleared all terminals just before midnight, but did not find anything. All affected terminals are resuming operations.

--Four swimmers including gold medalist Ryan Lochte were in a taxi cab when they were pulled over by men flashing police badges who robbed - but didn’t hurt them.
--Simone Biles has three gold medals, more than any female gymnast in a single Games.
She goes for number four Monday on beam.
--Andy Murray wins his 2nd straight Olympic singles gold
--A number of mens' individual competitions Monday, with kayaking, field events and wrestling.
--They drained and cleaned one of the two pools used for swimming, but the divers are still in the green.

VOTE 2016
Vice President Biden will be joining Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail for the first time Monday in his hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania. He's expected will declare Donald Trump the most uninformed presidential nominee in history.
--Donald Trump will be delivering a foreign policy speech in Youngtown, Ohio Monday on “Radical Islamic Terrorism.” He's expected to say that the US needs the support of all countries to fight ISIS, not just our allies. Trump is sliding in the polls, but an early supporter, Sen. Jeff Sessions, says Trump still has "a very good chance of winning," because his issues  are "what the American people believe in and he's right and they're right." 
--Trump may have to answer questions about his campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, who reportedly consulted for Ukraine’s ruling political party, reportedly receiving $12.7 million in undisclosed cash payments from Mr. Yanukovych’s pro-Russian political party from 2007 to 2012, according to Ukraine’s newly formed National Anti-Corruption Bureau.
--Tim Kaine says of Trump's rhetoric: "I worry about him because of what it says about his temperament... I think it demonstrates an unfitness for office but I have confidence in our public."

--The Telfair County Sheriff’s Office is confirming they've arrested a suspect wanted for killing an Eastman, Georgia police officer Saturday night. Police say 31-year old Patrolman Tim Smith was shot as he got out of his car while responding to a 911 call about a suspicious person.  Police say they arrested Royheem Delshawn Deeds overnight in Florida.
--A gunbattle between Georgia police and two 15-year-olds ends with one officer and one teen injured. Marietta police confirm Officer Scott Davis was shot while responding to reports of people breaking into cars at an apartment complex. Both teens are in custody. Non-life threatening injuries to both the officer and the teen.
--Two fugitives from Ohio were arrested over the weekend for the killing of Hatch, New Mexico police officer Jose Chavez during a traffic stop Friday.

There are 11 wildfires blazing in California, amid a heatwave and ongoing drought. In northern California, about 4,000 people have fled their homes  in Lake County, California, about 80 miles northwest of Sacramento, where a growing wildfire has destroyed at least 10 homes.Cal Fire officials say the fire has grown to nearly 5 square miles since it erupted Saturday afternoon. A portion of Clearlake, a town of about 15,000, was also evacuated as firefighters struggled to get a handle on the largely out-of-control fire. St. Helena Hospital in Clear Lake has been forced to evacuate its entire staff as well as patients as the fire continues to grow. Another major fire is burning in Central California.

New York City police say a 35-year-old man is in custody and being questioned in connection to the murder of two men as they left a mosque Saturday. One victim was an Imam. Police say they haven't determined a motive. But members of the Bangladeshi Muslim community served by the mosque worry it could be a hate crime.

Sunday marked one week since the murder of a woman who went for a run near her mother's home in Princeton, Massachusetts and was found dead in the woods hours later.  Vanessa Marcotte, a 27-year-old Google account manager from New York City, was visiting her family for the weekend.  Investigators believe Marcotte struggled with her attacker. 

The remains of a fourth person have been recovered from the rubble at a Maryland apartment complex following an explosion and fire last Wednesday. Police in Silver Spring say they have information on eight people that are unaccounted for.

Six people died in the crash of a small plane in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama. Police say the pilot reported engine problems before the plane crashed behind a farmers market in Northport. The plane had been traveling from Kissimmee, Florida to Oxford, Mississippi.

The Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram has released a video they say shows some of the schoolgirls they abducted from the northern town of Chibok. Some 50 girls are shown with a gunman who demands the release of fighters in return for the girls. The government says it is in touch with the militants behind the video.

A family camping in eastern Idaho scared off a mountain lion that tried to snatch their 4-year-old daughter away from a campfire. Idaho Fish and Game said Saturday that the cougar dropped the girl and left Friday evening after family members yelled at the animal. The child had a few scratches but no other injuries.

The anti-hero film Suicide Squad dropped in interest on its second weekend, but it was still tops at the box office...with an estimated weekend take of 43.8-million dollars.

August 12-- Today’s Top Stories from ABC News


All three major U.S. stock indexes closed at record highs Thursday, the first time this has happened since 1999. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 117.65 points, or 0.6 percent, to close at 18,613.31. The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq both jumped a half percent. The indices were boosted by strong retail stocks, including better-than-expected results from Macy's, and a rally in oil prices.


VOTE 2016
--Donald Trump continues his assertion that President Obama is "the founder of ISIS." And in a speech to homebuilders in Florida, Trump said ISIS would give Hillary Clinton "the most valuable player" award.
--Trump laments his campaign is having "a tremendous problem" in Utah.
--Hillary Clinton tried to portray her Republican rival as untrustworthy on economic issues, and pushing policies that would only benefit the super-wealthy.
--More than 70 frustrated former GOP elected officials and party staffers signed a letter urging the head of the Republican National Committee to stop supporting Trump and focus all resources on winning down ballot races.


Several people remain unaccounted for following the deadly explosion and fire at an Maryland apartment complex Wednesday night. Montgomery County fire officials announcing that recovery efforts were suspended Thursday night because it would be too dangerous to work in the dark.


Fire erupted at an electric utility plant in East China Township, Michigan. Officials of the DTE Energy plant say a generation unit caught fire, and employees were evacuated "immediately and safely." But fire officials say some are unaccounted for.


Another amusement park accident...the third in a week. A toddler was transported to the hospital in Pennsylvania after authorities in Westmoreland County say he was injured on a vintage roller coaster. Officials aren't yet saying how exactly the 3-year-old was hurt on the ride at the Idlewild and Soakzone Park just outside of Pittsburgh. The rules say guests under 4 feet tall must be accompanied by an adult, in this case, his older brother.


Authorities in Princeton, Massachusetts say they have evidence that shows that before she was killed Sunday afternoon, Vanessa Marcotte struggled with her attacker, leaving him injured. The DA asks anyone who has noticed a man with those types of injuries to call police.


"We thirst for your blood," says a masked man in a video that Canadian police identify as Aaron Driver, an alleged ISIS sympathizer... Police caught up with the 24-year-old in a community in southwestern Ontario...they say he was planning an imminent attack. During a confrontation with police, Driver was killed after a device he had detonated in a cab.


--Teamates and friends Simone Biles and Aly Raisman were crowned gold and silver, respectively in the individual all-around gymnastics final.
--Kayla Harrison gives the US a rare gold in judo.

August 10-- Today’s Top Stories from ABC News


VOTE 2016
--Donald Trump incites more controversy with this remark about Hillary Clinton:  "If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do folks.  Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don't know." Some interpret Trump's remark suggests violence against his presidential rival. One Democratic congress member wants the Secret Service to investigate. A Trump campaign statement says the candidate was praising what it called the 2nd Amendment people's "amazing spirit" and voting power to keep Clinton out of the White House. Clinton's campaign manager said in a statement: “This is simple - what Trump is saying is dangerous. A person seeking to be President of the United States should not suggest violence in any way.” 
--Brand new indepedent candidate Evan McMullin sends out an email blast in Utah, trying to recruit some volunteers in the state where he grew up and went to college. McMullin needs to turn in 1,000 signatures by next Wednesday to get on the ballot in Utah.


An especially violent Monday in Chicago...19 people were shot, nine of them killed...The Chicago Tribune calculates it was the deadliest single day in the city in more than a dozen years. One victim: a 10-year-old boy, now in critical condition after he was shot several times while standing on his front porch on the city's West Side.


The Department of Justice releases its report on the Baltimore Police...The more than 160-page report cites "systemic deficiencies" and concludes the department "fails to hold officers accountable for misconduct," and "fails to equip officers with the necessary equipment and resources they need to police safely, constitutionally, and effectively."


A special agent with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation was shot and killed during a drug investigation in Jackson, about two hours west of Nashville.  In what the bureau calls “one of the toughest days in our agency’s history,” 35-year-old Special Agent De’Greaun Frazier died while operating undercover Tuesday afternoon. He is the first agent to die in the line of duty in the state of Tennessee.


Officials of a Maryland hospital say there's no evidence connecting the death of two newborns to the discovery of a dangerous  bacteria in the hospital water pipes. But they're moving nine babies out of the neonatal intensive care unit at Prince George's Hospital Center after three of them ... tested positive for the pseudomonas bacteria.


Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas is set to reopen Wednesday, but the Verrückt, billed as the world's tallest water slide, remains off limits after the weekend accident that killed a 10-year-old boy.


Mandatory evacuations remain in effect in communities near the Pilot Fire, which covers nearly 7,000 acres. Firefighters continued to battle flames burning through the San Bernardino National Forest's rough terrain.


Delta says it is working "diligently to normalize operations" after Monday's computer outage...The airline says it cancelled 680 flights Tuesday.


--Campaigning in Florida, Hillary Clinton is calling on Congress to return to Washington and pass emergency funding to fight the Zika virus.
--Governor Rick Scott announced that four new people were diagnosed with the Zika virus in Miami. According to the Florida Department of Health, those four individuals likely contracted the virus through a mosquito bite.


Authorities in Massachusetts are asking the public for help in solving the murder of a young woman who worked in New York and was home visiting her mom. Vanessa Marcotte was out for a jog in Princeton, Massachusetts before she was killed.


--Women gymnasts of team USA win their second consecutive Olympic gold in the all-around gymnastics team competition.
--Defending Olympic gold medalist and world number 1 player Serena Williams was knocked out of the Rio Olympics in the third round by Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina. She beat Williams in straight sets 6-4, 6-3.. Svitolina is ranked 20th in the world.
--Michael Phelps was competing in the men's 200 meter butterfly and the 4x200m Freestyle Relay Tuesday night.


A federal jury finds Pacific Gas and Electric - California’s largest utility - guilty of violating pipeline safety regulations before a natural gas explosion six years ago that killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes near San Francisco.  The utility also was found guilty of lying to investigators after the blast.

August 9-- Today’s Top Stories from ABC News


VOTE 2016
-- As Donald Trump once again attempted to reboot his campaign on Monday with an economic policy speech in Detroit, Republican leaders continue to jump ship. The Washington Post published an op-ed late Monday written by Senator Susan Collins of Maine explaining why she will not be voting for her party's presidential nominee. The op-ed comes hours after 50 former national security officials released a letter calling Mr. Trump unqualified to be president. A Monmouth University poll released Monday is just the latest to show Mr. Trump trailing Hillary Clinton by double digits.
-- Donald Trump laid out his plan for the U.S economy in a policy speech Monday at the Detroit Economic Club. In it he advocated for tax-exempt child care expenses, adjusted his previous call for four income tax brackets to three, and called for abolishing the so-called death tax. Mr. Trump said his plan would cut taxes on the middle class, but some economists predict the opposite effect. The Tax Policy Center estimates Mr. Trump’s plan would add $9.5 trillion to the deficit over the next decade. If enacted, the plan would be the largest tax cut in modern U.S. history. 
-- Disenfranchised voters have yet another choice in the presidential election. Former CIA officer Evan McMullin announced on Monday that he is now running as an independent, conservative alternative to Donald Trump. Mr. McMullin criticized both major parties' candidates, but focused his sharpest attacks on Donald Trump; calling him "inhuman" and an "authoritarian" who "does not care about anyone but himself."
-- After taking the weekend off, Hillary Clinton began a week of campaigning in Florida, where she toured a brewery and talked jobs. Mrs. Clinton attacked Donald Trump's economy speech at a rally in St. Petersburg, accusing the Republican presidential nominee of trying to give massive tax breaks to large corporations and the wealthiest Americans, "just like him and the guys who wrote his speech." Mrs. Clinton delivers her own economic policy speech Thursday in Detroit.


Three children fell from a Ferris wheel Monday night at the Greene County Fair in Kansas. Local authorities say one of the baskets flipped over, causing the children to fall 35 to 45 feet. They were taken to a nearby hospital, where they reportedly were alert and talking. All of the rides at the fair are closed until further notice.


Details remain murky but Kansas City, Kansas police issued a statement late Monday saying it was a neck injury that killed the 10-year-old son of a state lawmaker Sunday on the water slide billed as the world's tallest.


More than five thousand residents have received evacuation notices in Southern California as hundreds of firefighters battle the Pilot Fire in the San Bernardino National Forest. As of Monday night, Cal Fire reports the blaze has burned more than six thousand acres and remains six percent contained.


Delta says the power loss in Atlanta that generated problems at its operations system wide forced the cancellation of 740 flights. The airline says systems are now "fully operational" but "delays and cancellations remain."


If you're wondering what those circular bruises are on some Olympic athletes, including Michael Phelps, it's from a therapeutic technique called "cupping". The marks are caused by suction cups that are run across the athletes' bodies by a trainer. It's said to increase blood circulation to the muscles, but there's little scientific evidence to support the claim.


-- Team USA continued its dominance in the pool Monday at the Olympics in Rio. 21-year-old Ryan Murphy set a new Olympic record as he took the gold in the 100-meter backstroke; the sixth-straight Olympic gold medal for the U.S. men in that event. Moments later, 19-year-old Lilly King took the gold in the women's 100-meter backstroke, also setting an Olympic record in the process. After her win, King said, "We can still compete clean and win" -- a dig at Yulia Efimova of Russia, who was initially suspended from the Rio games for doping only to be reinstated. Efimova took silver in the 100-meter backstroke and American Katie Meili took the bronze. Connor Dwyer took bronze in the men's 200-meter freestyle. Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky easily qualified for the finals in the 400-meter breaststroke and the 200-meter freestyle, respectively.
-- In other U.S. Olympic news: The men's basketball team dominated Venezuela 113-69 in their second group match, and the women's basketball team easily defeated Spain 103-63 for their 43rd straight Olympic win. Flyweight boxer Nico Hernandez upset 2nd-seeded Vasilii Egerov of Russia. Steele Johnson and David Boudia took silver in the 10-meter synchronized diving. Kerry Walsh Jennings and April Ross easily defeated China in two sets in beach volleyball.
-- USA still leads the medal count with 19, including five golds.


The US State Department on Monday denounced a suicide bombing outside of a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan that killed at least 70 people. Spokesperson Elizabeth Trudeau called the attack "reprehensible", adding that the United States stands with Pakistan. An off-shoot of the Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility. Many of the victims were lawyers who gathered outside of the hospital to mourn the assassination of the regional bar association president.

August 8-- Today’s Top Stories from ABC News


Delta Airlines grounded all departing flights due to unspecified computer systems issues. The airlines confirmed the outages to its customers in tweets, saying they should check the status of their flight before heading to the airport flights awaiting departure are currently delayed. Flights en route are operating normally.


Tragedy at a Kansas City water park Sunday afternoon. Authorities confirming a 12-year-old boy, the son of a state lawmaker, died on a ride billed as the world's tallest water slide, taller than the Statue of Liberty. It features a 168-foot drop. Officials at the Schlitterbahn Water Park say the ride and the park have been shut down pending an investigation.


- The United States biggest swimming stars got the gold last night when Katie Ledecky and Michael Phelps each won their first gold medals of the 2016 Olympics. Ledecky shattered her own world record in the women’s 400m freestyle while Phelps swam the second leg of the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay that took home gold. It was Phelps' 19th gold medal.
- Team USA women gymnasts are burning up the mats, 10 points ahead of second place China in the qualifications. Mens' team finals are today. 
- A French gymnast Samir ait-is saying he plans to be back for the 2020 Olympic games after breaking his leg in Rio in a horrific vault accident.
- Venus and Serena Williams are out of the Olympics, after losing in straight sets (6-3, 6-4) to a team from the Czech Republic. The sisters have never lost a doubles match at the Olympic level, collecting gold in 2000, 2008 and in 2012. that record has been broken. Serena Williams put it bluntly: ‘We played terrible.’
- Russia is appealing the ban of its paralympians from competing next month in Rio. The International Paralympic Committee banned Russia because of what it called the country's state sponsored doping program. In a scathing attack, the president of the IPC, Sir Philip Craven said Russia had "catastrophically failed" its paralympic athletes with a system that was "broken, corrupted and entirely compromised. The World Anti-Doping Agency released a statement late Sunday night commending the IPC's decision.


VOTE 2016
-- Hillary Clinton has advanced among women and consolidated support within her party since her nominating convention, while a difficult few weeks have left Donald Trump still struggling on basic ratings from his temperament to his qualifications for office. Clinton now leads Trump by 8 points in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll. She's in St. Petersburg, Florida, today.
-- Republican Donald Trump will be giving a speech on his economic policy at the Detroit Economic Club today. It will tout the biggest tax cut since the Reagan administration, limit taxation of business income to 15% and exclude all childcare expenses from taxation.

New numbers out reveal nearly 83.6 million ... or 1 in 4 sleep-deprived Americans chooses to hit the road every day. The report estimates that drowsy driving killed 5000 people last year. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration researchers estimate the annual societal cost of drowsy driving at $109 billion per year, not including property damage.Teens and young adults are especially at risk and involved in more than half of all drowsy driving crashes annually.

At least 50 people are confirmed dead from a blast that happened inside the hospital in Quetta. The blast took place shortly after the body of a prominent lawyer killed in a shooting attack earlier in the day was brought to the hospital though it was unclear if the two events were in any way connected. Nearly 100 lawyers and other people had gathered there at the time and are thought to be among the dead. It's the worst bombing in the country in two years.

It what is considered a rare TV address, Emperor Akihito spoke to Japan for 10 minutes. He never said he was “abdicating” but did say his age and failing health means he will be doing less. The revered 82-year-old emperor’s comments came in his  second ever televised address to the public. The country’s constitution prevents him from abdicating.


Iran executed a nuclear scientist convicted of spying for the United States, an official said Sunday, Shahram Amiri defected to the U.S. at the height of Western efforts to thwart Iran's nuclear program. When he returned in 2010, he was welcomed with flowers by government leaders and even went on the Iranian talk-show circuit. Then he mysteriously disappeared. He was hanged the same week that Tehran executed a group of militants.


Two professors at American University in Afghanistan were abducted at gunpoint near the school.  One is an American…the other Australian.  Kabul police chief Abdel Rahman Rahimi confirmed the kidnappings.  The news comes days after the Taliban claimed responsibility for an attack on a group of foreign tourists in western Afghanistan. Details are still coming in on this story. 

A prison spokesperson said he was injured when he fell out of his prison bed. South African media reported he had injuries to his wrist.  His brother took to Twitter and said reports Oscar tried to injure himself (suicide attempt??) are “untrue”.

New York Yankees' star Alex Rodriguez said a tearful goodbye to the game of baseball today as the team announced that he will play in his final game next Friday, Aug. 12 before taking on the role as a special adviser and instructor to the team. "This is a tough day. I love this game and I love this team. And today I'm saying goodbye to both," Rodriguez said before shedding tears. 

Heavy rain, flooded streets and strong winds slammed Tampa, Florida over the weekend. Tropical storm Javier is forming off the West Coast of Mexico.


Police in New York is expected to give updates on the investigation into the death of Karina Vetrano, a 30-year-old woman from Howard Beach, New York, who went for a jog last week and vanished, only to be found strangled to death. Her mother addressed her daughter's killer directly Sunday, saying that "it's the whole entire world against you."

Calvin Riley, 20, was shot to death while playing the popular mobile game at a tourist attraction along San Francisco's waterfront, authorities and a family friend say.

A deadly ending to a tandem skydive Saturday in Northern California. Lieutenant Randy Johnson of the San Joaquin County Sherrif's Office say a parachute didn't open during the tandum dive. The victims, two men believed to be in their 20s, haven't been identified. 

When the father of the bride couldn't be there to give her away at her wedding, Jeni Stepien got the next best thing-- the man who got her father's heart after his death...walked her down the aisle. 

VOTE 2016
-- Several polls show Donald Trump in a free fall following his spat with a Muslim, Gold Star family. The most recent poll, out Thursday by Marist/McClatchy shows the Republican presidential nominee with a historically low 33 percent of the vote, to Hillary Clinton's 48 percent. Speaking Thursday in Portland, Maine, Mr. Trump said he likes a term Maine Governor Paul LePage used to describe Hillary Clinton: the Queen of Corruption.
-- Hillary Clinton’s stage was rushed by animal rights protesters at a rally in Las Vegas, forcing the Secret Service to step in. She took the opportunity attack Donald Trumps kids, saying they "killed a lot of animals" -- a reference to Eric Trump's big game hunting.
-- Friday, Donald Trump campaigns in Iowa and Wisconsin. Hillary Clinton speaks at annual NABJ/NAHJ Convention & Career Fair in Washington DC
-- During a national security update at the Pentagon, President Obama address Donald Trump's conspiracy theory that the election is rigged against him, at least if he loses. The president called the assertion ridiculous, adding, "If Mr. Trump is up 10 to 15 points on Election Day and ends up losing then maybe he can raise some questions. That doesn't seem to be the case at the moment."

Following a meeting with his national security team Thursday at the Pentagon, President Obama held a press conference update on the fight against ISIS. Mr. Obama says the U.S. has made progress in the air and on the ground, and that the terror group is losing territory in both Syria and Iraq. He also spoke about Zika concerns and the payment made to Iran.

Officials on the scene confirm that at least seven people were inside a home that collapsed following an explosion Thursday in Vernon, Connecticut. All are being treated for injuries. No word on their conditions. Rescue crews pulled at least one child from the debris. So far, no word on what caused the blast.

New Orleans Fire Department says three structural collapsed in the city after an EF0 tornado touched down in the area. According to the fire department, the back of an abandoned two-story commercial building collapsed at North Claiborne and Ursulines. A second two-story building collapsed nearby at N. Claiborne and St. Philip Street. Firefighters called it a "complete pancake collapse."

The Phoenix Police Department said it had linked a ninth incident to a deadly serial shooter they say is responsible for killing least seven people from March to June in the Arizona city. The newest incident came on July 11, when the suspect shot at a vehicle occupied by a 21-year-old man and a 4-year-old boy in a residential area. Neither victim was injured during the assault. The Phoenix Police Department is reaching out to the community for tips regarding the shootings and raised the reward to $50,000 for information leading to the suspect's arrest.

Controversy has plagued the Olympics with accusations of corruption, mismanagement, and fears of the Zika -- but the Rio 2016 Olympic Games officially begin Friday Brazil. Secretary of State John Kerry leads the U.S. Presidential Delegation to the opening of the games where they will attend athletic events, meet U.S. athletes, attend the Opening Ceremony, and meet Brazilian Foreign Minister Jose Serra. Michael Phelps will carry the flag for the U.S. He says he shed tears of joy for being given the honor.

As officials provided another update Thursday on the spread of the Zika virus in Southern Florida, officials in California announced the births of two babies with Zika who have microcephaly. The children's mothers contracted the disease overseas.

Authorities in Houston, Texas Thursday announced the arrests of two men the night before who are accused of hacking into as many as 100 Jeep and Dodge SUVs using laptops, driving off with them, and exporting them to Mexico. Authorities aren't saying exactly how they hacked into the vehicles, though it is known that 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee models were recalled over a hacking vulnerability. Auto safety experts blame automakers and the federal government for not taking the threat more seriously.

Authorities in Sanford, Florida have released a 911 call placed by George Zimmerman complaining a man allegedly threatened to shoot him and punched him in the face. Police say they were told by witnesses that Zimmerman was bragging about shooting and killing Trayvon Martin.

Police in London say Wednesday night's stabbing spree in the heart of the city was not terrorism. Officers used a stun gun to take down the suspect, a 19-year-old man. Authorities say the violence apparently was triggered by mental health issues. An American woman, Darlene Horton, died in the attack. The 64-year-old was the wife of a Florida State University professor teaching in London for the summer.

Authorities in western New York State are investigating the possible connection between a racist letter sent to a black volunteer firefighter in North Tonawanda whose home went up in flames. Gratwick volunteer firefighter Ken Walker says the fire occurred two days after he received the letter. He and his family were not home at the time of the blaze, but they lost everything. Walker's department plans to host a charity drive on Sunday.

VOTE 2016
--As cracks appear in Republican support for Donald Trump, RNC Chair Reince Priebus is said to have expressed  frustration with the presidential candidate’s campaign. Newt Gingrich says Trump is "more unacceptable" than Clinton.
-- Donald Trump tells a Florida crowd it would be quote "embarrassing" to lose the race to Hillary Clinton. Trump also said under his leadership 9/11 wouldn’t have happened. Clinton campaigning in Colorado talks about Trump's reputation for not paying contractors.
--Mike Pence says he is endorsing House Speaker Paul Ryan, a day after his runningmate declined to take sides.

A knife attack in central London leaves one woman dead and several others injured. A man was arrested. Terrorism is one possibility police are looking at for a motive.

President Obama will travel to the Pentagon where he will participate in a National Security Council meeting on the campaign against ISIS.  Then the President will hold a news conference at the Pentagon.

--The National Institutes of Health has launched a clinical trial of a vaccine candidate intended to prevent Zika virus infection. The early-stage study will evaluate the experimental vaccine's safety and ability to generate an immune system response in participants.
--Bad weather delayed the start of aerial spraying for mosquitoes in Miami. No new locally transmitted cases of Zika were reported in the area. Health officials still believe active transmission is only taking place within the identified one-square mile area in Miami-Dade County. 

A veteran police officer faces another federal court hearing, in connection to charges that he tried to help ISIS. Authorities believe that officer Nicholas Young, while working for the Metro Transit Police Department in Washington, D.C., was trying to assist ISIS operatives find more ways to communicate in secret.

The UN Security Council scheduled an emergency meeting in response to North Korea's latest missile test.  The United States and Japan requested the emergency session after a North Korean ballistic missile landed near Japan's territorial waters.  A second missile appears to have exploded immediately after launch.   The UN said the missile tests seriously undermined regional peace and stability.  The Security Council imposed new sanctions five months ago after nuclear and long range rocket tests.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.. fighting back at suggestions that a $400 million dollar cash payment to Iran from the U.S. was ransom.  Sources confirm to ABC News the US airlifted that money to Iran, at the same time five Americans held hostage in Iran were released.

Earl is now weakening as it makes landfall.  Winds are down to 75mph as of 5am/et.

Officials in Miami conducted aerial spraying for mosquitoes early Wednesday morning in an effort to combat spread of the Zika virus. The aircraft targeted a ten-square-mile area of Miami-Dade County, including the Zika-infected area identified by Florida health officials. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) is expected to hold a news conference addressing the outbreak later in the morning.

VOTE 2016
-- In a stunning rebuke, President Obama said Tuesday that Donald Trump is unfit to be president. Mr. Obama's comments came during a joint news conference in Washington with the head of Singapore. He called on GOP leaders to disavow the Republican candidate for president. This as a growing number of Republicans are distancing themselves, and even denouncing, Mr. Trump for his ongoing clash with a Muslim, Gold Star family. HP CEO Meg Whitman, who once ran for governor in California, is now fundraising for Hillary Clinton after endorsing the Democratic presidential candidate. And retiring Representative Richard Hannah of New York has become the first member of Congress to endorse Mrs. Clinton.
-- Donald Trump is now refusing to endorse some Republican leaders who have criticized him for his remarks about the Khizr and Ghazala Kahn, including Senator John McCain and House Speaker Paul Ryan. Meanwhile, at a rally last night in Virginia, Mr. Trump asked a woman with a crying baby to leave the room. Some in the room laughed while others gasped. A that same rally, Mr. Trump showed a Purple Heart that he received from a veteran, adding "I always wanted to get a purple heart. This was much easier."
-- Three more top officials are out of the Democratic National Committee in the wake of a leak of hacked DNC emails showing party officials conspire against Clinton rival Bernie Sanders during the primaries. DNC interim chair Donna Brazile confirmed the resignations Tuesday afternoon, and announced the launch of a transition team.

South Korea's military says North Korea has fired a ballistic missile into the sea.  The Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that the missile was launched toward the waters off the North's east coast.  North Korea routinely conducts missile and other weapons tests, but Wednesday's launch came after North Korea made angry threats against a U.S. plan to deploy an advanced missile defense system in South Korea by the end of next year.

The CDC issues an unprecedented health-related travel warning here in the U-S.  Health officials advise pregnant women not to go to a roughly square mile area north of downtown Miami where 14 cases of Zika have been detected, the virus transmitted apparently by local mosquitoes.

VOTE 2016
--Donald Trump has taken his assault on Hillary Clinton the furthest he has ever before; calling his Democratic rival "the devil." Trump said that Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders should have stayed in the race and not thrown his support behind Clinton. "He would've been a hero," Trump said. "But he made a deal with the devil. She's the devil. He made a deal with the devil."
--Donald Trump is already laying the groundwork for a possible loss in November - suggesting to a town hall in Ohio that the general election will be tampered with. Trump has long asserted that the primary election process wasn't fair to him, vigorously condemning it as "rigged." He alleged that party officials didn't want him to become the nominee and that other candidates undermined the system. While Trump has predicted victory in November, he also suggested that "lazy" voters could be blamed if he loses.
--President Obama, Republican lawmakers, veterans groups and families of soldiers killed in service are all calling out Donald Trump for his criticism of a Muslim-American couple who lost a son in Iraq. Sen. John McCain says Trump doesn't have "unfettered license to defame those who are the best among us." Trump says he's responding to attacks.
--Trump supporters booed a military Mom as she questioned his runningmate Gov. Mike Pence at an event in Carson City, Nevada Monday. The woman said Trump has repeatedly "disrespected our nation's armed forces and veterans" and challenged Pence to tell Trump "enough is enough." Pence defended Trump saying he's never met someone more devoted to the military.
--Speaking at a Hillary Clinton rally in Omaha, billionaire businessman Warren Buffett says he's got a deal to offer Trump. Buffett... says like Trump, he's also under audit... but that he quote "would be delighted" to meet Trump anytime, anywhere and show each other their tax returns "and just let people ask us questions about the items that are on there."

Investigators in Texas still gathering evidence into what happened Saturday when a hot air balloon....crashed into high-tension power lines... killing 16 people.  We're learning more about the pilot's history.

Main Street in Ellicott City, Maryland remains off limits after Saturday night's monumental flooding. During a community meeting, Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman assured residents the city will rebuild...with an eye toward avoiding damage from another disastrous flood.

With President Obama's approval, the US launched new airstrikes against ISIS targets in Libya. These strikes against the terror group in Libya mark the first American military intervention in that country at the request of the new unity government.

President Obama meets Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the White House, and the two hold a joint news conference. Later the President and First Lady host a state dinner for Lee and his wife.

Just days until the opening ceremony at the Olympics in Rio, and aquatic athletes still face waters fouled with pollutants and sewage.

The Energy Department reporting nationwide the price of regular unleaded has gone down 2 cents in the past week to 2-16 a gallon.

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--Donald Trump continues taking heat for his criticism of a Gold Star family. Trump is in a war of words with Khzir and Ghazala Khan, the Muslim parents of a fallen Army captain, following the father's speech at the Democratic convention targeting Trump. Khzir Khan saying "You have sacrificed nothing." Trump told ABC's George Stephanopoulos he's made plenty of sacrifices, and Trump hinted Ghazala Kahn didn’t speak because she is a Muslim. Statements from House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell do not name Trump, but say Capt. Humayun Khan, killed in 2004 in Iraq, and his family deserve to be honored, and they repeated their opposition to Trump's proposal to ban Muslim immigrants.
--On Trump's comments, Hillary Clinton says "One doesn't know where the bottom is."  Clinton and runningmate Tim Kaine wrapped up their weekend bus tour of Pennsylvania and Ohio.
--Trump told George Stephanopoulos that Vladimir Putin is "not going to go into Ukraine, all right?" A Clinton spokesman responded:  "Russia is already in Ukraine. Does he not know that?  What else doesn’t he know?"

The investigation into the deadliest balloon tragedy in U.S. history includes a number of cellphones and cameras recovered from the scene in Crawford County, Texas. The NTSB says evidence indicates the balloon hit high voltage wires at the time it caught fire and crashed, killing all 16 aboard. We're learning about some of the victims

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency in Howard County after flash flooding ripped through Ellicott City, killing two people. Officials say nearly six inches of rain...about a month's worth... fell in two hours Saturday night. A wall of water trapped people in cars, knocked out power and buckled roads.

The first known transmission of Zika virus in the U-S...four people infected by local mosquitoes in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties in Florida...has officials stepping up mosquito abatement operations, and CDC experts pondering what to do next. 

Starting Monday, Texas will allow concealed handgun license holders to carry their weapons into public university buildings, classrooms and dorms. Monday is also the 50th anniversary of the mass shooting at the University of Texas' landmark clock tower.

More communities are under evacuation orders because of the wildfire burning in Monterey County, California. The Soberanes fire has killed one person and destroyed 57 homes as it consumed more than 38-thousand acres.

A large explosion in Kabul is reportedly the result of a suicide attacker driving a truck full of explosives toward a compound that houses foreign contractors. The massive blast is blamed for power outages in the city. The Taliban is said to have taken responsibility.

Pope Francis wrapped up his five-day trip to Poland with a huge Mass. On the plane back to Rome, the Pope would not comment on child molestation claims against a top Vatican Cardinal, indicating he'll wait until justice takes its course first in Australia. 74-year-old Cardinal George Pell, Francis' top financial advisor, has been accused of mishandling priest abuse cases while he was archbishop of Melbourne and Sydney, and has been accused of child abuse himself.

President Obama travels to Atlanta to speak to the 95th National Convention of Disabled American Veterans.

It's just the start of August, but you're probably already seeing 'back to school' ads from retailers.

The New Hampshire Lottery has announced that the Hannaford Grocery in Raymond sold the estimated $487 million dollar ticket. No winner has come forward yet.  The lump sum option is worth $330.6 million.

A star at the box office is born. "Jason Bourne," the new Matt Damon feature... raked in 60-million dollars on its debut weekend.