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VOTE 2016/DNC
--President Obama headlines night three of the of the Democratic National Convention. Other noteable addresses included: Vice President Joe Biden, Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
--Democrats make an unprecedented focus on gun control on the third night of their convention. Delegates heard from two survivors of the Charleston church shooting, the daughter of the principal killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, from the anguished mother of a man killed at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, and former Congresswoman and shooting victim Gabby Giffords. CT Sen. Chris Murphy tells delegates "It is time to take Washington back from the gun lobby."
--Star power at the convention included: Angela Bassett and Sigourney Weaver.
--Wikileaks released a number of purported hacked DNC voicemails.

VOTE 2016/TRUMP
While Democrats were spreading their message at the DNC in Philadelphia. GOP nominee Donald Trump was spreading his at a rally in Toledo, Ohio Wednesday night.  Trump made headlines earlier in the day by encouraging Russian hackers to find Hillary Clinton's missing emails.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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