Good morning. Here are some of the headlines we're following this morning:
1. What’s Really Behind the Stalled Fight for Fallujah?
The stalled assault on the historic jihadi stronghold of Iraq's Fallujah signals an early warning that the country's security forces may be rushing headlong into a politically motivated battle for which they remain under-prepared. Read more in NEWS.
2. Paul Ryan Backs Down — It’s Trump’s Party Now
Three weeks after pointedly refusing to endorse Donald Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan backed down on Thursday and announced his support. Read more in POLITICS.
3. Protesters Assault Trump Supporters After Rally
Trump supporters were mobbed and assaulted by protesters on Thursday night after the candidate's campaign rally in California. Read more in POLITICS.
4. What is Fentanyl, the Drug That Killed Prince?
The drug that killed Prince is a narcotic so powerful that it was blamed for the accidental deaths of as many as 120 hostages when Russian forces used it to subdue Chechen terrorists during a 2002 siege. Read more in HEALTH.
5. Crews Search for 4 Soldiers Missing in Deadly Flood
A search was underway early Friday for four missing soldiers whose five fellow servicemen died when fast-moving Texas floodwaters swept their truck away. Read more in NEWS.
6. UCLA Shooter Had ‘Hit List,’ Killed Wife
A former UCLA doctoral student stuffed guns and ammunition in a backpack and drove from his Minnesota home to Los Angeles, where he hunted down a former professor, killed himself and taunted authorities with a chilling note, the LAPD said. Read more in NEWS.
7. Husband Killed Pregnant Wife, Set House on Fire
Margarette Mady, 8 months pregnant, was found unresponsive in a burning Norwich, Connecticut, home, and her husband turned himself in and told police he killed her, authorities said Thursday. Read more at NBC CONNECTICUT.
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