- 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.
FL CLUB SHOOTING
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.
HOT CAR DEATHS
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.
FL SEX ASSAULT HERO
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.
DALLAS COWBOYS TOUR BUS
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.