Good morning. Here are some of the stories we're following today:
1. Gold Star Families Demand Apology From Trump
The families of 11 service members who died fighting for the U.S. demanded an apology from Donald Trump on Monday, accusing him of "cheapening the sacrifice made by those we lost." They said the Republican presidential nominee's suggestion that the Muslim mother of a U.S. soldier who died in Iraq had not "been allowed" to speak at the Democratic National Convention was akin to "attacking us." Read more in NEWS.
2. Texas Hot Air Balloon Likely Hit Power Lines Before Crash
A hot air balloon that crashed in Texas, killing all 16 people on board, likely hit power lines before it plummeted to the ground, the National Transportation Board said Sunday. The crash Saturday was the deadliest hot air balloon accident in U.S. history. Read more in NEWS.
3. Miss Teen USA to Keep Crown Despite Racist Tweets
The new Miss Teen USA will get to keep her crown despite an outcry over tweets she once wrote using racist language. The Miss Universe Organization, which owns the Miss Teen USA pageant, issued a statement Sunday chastising Karlie Hay's words but also "supporting her continued growth." Read more in NEWS.
4. Two Dead After Flooding Causes 'Tremendous Devastation' in Maryland
Two people were swept away to their deaths and more than 100 others had to be rescued after heavy rains caused severe damage in Maryland over the weekend. Almost 6 inches of rain fell in Ellicott City from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Patapsco River, which runs through the area, rose more than 13 feet Saturday night, according to the National Weather Service. Read more in WEATHER.
5. Pope Reveals Why He Doesn't Discuss 'Islamic Violence'
Pope Francis said he doesn't like singling out violence carried out by Muslims because people of all religions are guilty of deadly crimes. "If I talk about Islamic violence, then I also have to talk of Catholic violence. Not all Muslims are violent, just like not all Catholics are violent," the pontiff said. Read more in NEWS.
6.Turkey's President Cracks Down Further on Military
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a new presidential decree Sunday that introduced sweeping changes to Turkey's military in the wake of a failed coup last month, bringing the armed forces further under civilian authority. Read more in NEWS.
7. Two Men Arrested After Climbing 525-Foot Bay Bridge Tower
Two men were arrested Sunday after climbing a tower on San Francisco's Bay Bridge, according to the California Highway Patrol. The CHP said the pair, ages 18 and 23, were arrested on suspicion of trespassing after they walked up a bike-pedestrian path, jumped a railing and climbed a suspension cable to reach the top of the 525-foot tower. Read more at NBC BAY AREA.
Muslims in Europe Attend Catholic Mass in Solidarity With Christians
Muslims in France and Italy turned out in force to attend Catholic masses following the killing of a French priest.