Good morning, and happy Monday. Here are some of the stories we're following today:
1. Category 3 hurricane slams Mexican celebrity resort
Hurricane Odile made landfall early Monday at Cabo San Lucas, a popular Baja California resort surrounded by villages filled with flimsy homes. Authorities set up shelters for more than 30,000 people fleeing from the heavy winds and staggering rainfall. Some areas reported 11 inches of rain in one hour — almost a year's worth. The storm is expected to weaken as it heads north through Tuesday. Read more in WEATHER.
2. 'No time to lose' in fight against ISIS, French president says
"The terrorist threat is global, and the response must be global,” said French President Francois Hollande as he opened a conference in Paris with Secretary of State John Kerry and delegates from more than 20 countries there to discuss a strategy to combat ISIS. French aircraft were due to begin their first reconnaissance flights over Iraq, and British Prime Minister David Cameron on Sunday said the U.K. was considering all necessary steps to defeat ISIS after the brutal beheading of British aid worker David Haines. Read more in NEWS.
3. Hillary returns to Iowa, hints at a run
Hillary Clinton attended the annual Harkin Steak Fry on Sunday — her first visit to Iowa since her third-place finish in the Iowa caucuses in 2008. While the crowd donned "Ready for Hillary" buttons, Hillary wasn't ready to announce that she'll run for president, but she had some fun making not-so-subtle hints that she might. "I’ve got a few things on my mind these days," Clinton said, noting her daughter's pregnancy. "Then of course, there’s that other thing," Clinton said, "It’s true, I’m thinking about it. But for today, that’s not why I’m here. I'm here for the steak." Read more in POLITICS.
4. Ray Rice expected to appeal suspension
Baltimore Ravens’ running back Ray Rice is expected to appeal his indefinite suspension the NFL handed down after a video surfaced of him hitting his then-fiancée in an elevator. The authority over the appeal lies squarely in the hands of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who is already receiving criticism for how he handled the Rice case in the early stages. Many are calling for Goodell's resignation, and a women's rights group flew banners over three NFL stadiums Sunday declaring #Goodellmustgo." Read more in SPORTS.
5. Boko Haram declares caliphate with world’s eyes on ISIS
The terror group Boko Haram has seized more and more territory in northern Nigeria and forced a version of Islamic law, as harsh as that of ISIS, on approximately 3 million civilians. The leader of Boko Haram "likes to copy and mimic some aspects of ISIS and he was one of the few jihadi leaders who welcomed ISIS’s declaration of a caliphate in Iraq and Syria,” said John Campbell, a former U.S. ambassador to Nigeria. A senior U.S. official told NBC News that Boko Haram is not quite as threatening as ISIS, but "no one should take them lightly." Read more in NEWS.
6. Miss New York crowned Miss America
Kira Kazantsev walked away with the Miss America crown on Sunday night, becoming the third Miss New York in a row to claim the title. Kazantsev's talent stood out from the rest, as she didn't only sing but also kept the beat to Pharrell Williams' "Happy" by tapping and drumming with a red cup. When asked what issue she would want female senators to tackle, she said sexual assault in the military and pointed out that women in the senate were, in fact, working toward reform. Read more in POP CULTURE.
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For some really good news, it looks like a menacing parasite that causes awful, painful blisters is going extinct. Guinea Worm Disease affects poor communities in remote parts of Africa that do not have access to safe water to drink, according to the Centers for Disease Control. But the parasite and its devastating effects are waning substantially as they reach extinction. See how much in this NowThis News Video: