VOTE 2016
--Donald Trump ... declaring that the "shackles" have come off ... unleashing a firestorm of tweets:  going after Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan, the Party establishment, and more.
--Al Gore tells a Miami crowd their votes really count: "You can consider me as an "Exhibit A" of that truth."
--Hillary Clinton's top adviser said the FBI is investigating Russia's possible role in hacking thousands of his personal emails, an intrusion he said Donald Trump's campaign may have been aware of in advance. If true, the assertion from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta would amount to an extraordinary link between Russia and an American presidential campaign.
--Is it political passion...or profiteering...that's motivating lone protestors at Clinton campaign events? Since last week, the website "infowars" has been offering 5-thousand dollars to anyone who shouts "Bill Clinton is a rapist" at a Clinton rally while wearing a t-shirt the website sells...it has an image of the former president above the word "rape."  People interrupted Tuesday events where Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton and President Obama spoke. The President smiled and countered "Here's an idea, try to get your own rally!"
--One Republican Senator that dropped her support of Trump, has changed her mind. Sen. Deb Fischer of Nebraska said "He decided he would not step aside. I respect his decision...I support the Republican ticket and it's a Trump-Pence ticket.”

MATTHEW
--Gov. McCrory said Tuesday that an enormous swath of North Carolina was in turmoil. “Certain parts of the state were going through recovery at this point in time,” Mr. McCrory said. “Certain parts of the state were still going through ongoing floods. And now we have other parts of the state that are about to deal with some very serious circumstances, especially along two of our major rivers.” Mr. McCrory said that state officials were especially worried about residents in and near Goldsboro, Greenville and Rocky Mount, where flooding was expected throughout the week
--The White House says President Obama has declared a major disaster in South Carolina.

WI MISSING TEEN
Police in Wisconsin now say a disturbing YouTube video investigated in the 2009 disappearance of a teenage girl is a fake. Investigators "identified the video producer/camera man, actor and actress in the video," the Antigo police said in a statement; adding that that the department, "has been able to identify that this video is 100 percent fake." The video has no connection to the disappearance of Kayla Berg, the statement added.

APPLE VS. SAMSUNG
Lawyers for Apple and Samsung began presenting arguments before the Supreme Court Tuesday in a 400 million dollar patent lawsuit. A federal appeals court found Samsung infringed on several design patents belonging to Apple's iPhone. The lawsuit is based on a 19th Century law that requires the guilty party to give all of the profits made from design patent infringements to the plaintiff. Samsung argues the law does not take into account more modern and complex products.

CT PLANE CRASH
The F.B.I. is reportedly investigating whether the crash of a small plane in East Hartford, Conn., that killed a passenger on Tuesday was intentional, according to the New York Times. The pilot, who survived the crash, told investigators that it was not an accident. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation was continuing. Officials identified the passenger as Feras M. Freitekh, 28. Public records show he had lived in Orland Hills, Ill., about 35 miles southwest of Chicago.

TEEN DRIVERS
A teen driving study released by the Governors Highway Safety Association indicates both positive and negative trends in the safety of our youngest drivers over the past decade (2005-2014). While fatal crashes for teens were nearly cut in half over that period of time, teens are still 1.6 times more likely to be involved in fatal crashes than adults. Furthermore, since the conclusion of this study in 2014, fatal accidents amongst teens are back on the rise for the first time since 2006.

ANTHEM PROTESTS
Colin Kaepernick, credited for launching nationwide protests during the National Anthem at sporting events, is the new starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. The decision comes on the same day that Quinnipiac University released a poll showing how racially divided Americans are on the issue.

CLOWNS
Enough with the clowns. When it comes to the national "creepy clown" epidemic, many police departments are now warning people: It's not funny anymore.

MLB
For eight innings, the Chicago Cubs looked like anything but themselves. They certainly did not look like the best team in baseball. All signs pointed to an NLDS Game 5 taking place Thursday back at Wrigley Field against a San Francisco Giants team that would have all the momentum. Then the ninth inning happened. Make that then the incredible happened. Down 5-2, the Cubs scored four times and won 6-5 to shock a team that had won 10 straight games when facing elimination