--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.”
-- 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.