Good morning. Here are some of the stories we're following today:
1. Metrojet Rules Out Technical Fault as Cause of Sinai Crash
A Metrojet official said the Airbus A321 that crashed in the Sinai Peninsula on Saturday lost speed right before the crash, adding that it had to be due to "an external impact on the plane." The crash killed all 224 on board, most of whom were Russian. When asked whether a terror attack could have downed the plane, the Kremlin said no theory could be ruled out. Read more in NEWS.
2. Details Revealed in Plot to Kill Anti-ISIS Activists
How did two young Syrian men — both members of a citizen-journalist group and known targets of ISIS who took measures to protect themselves — end up dead? NBC News has now learned the answer to that question. In an exclusive interview, the brother of one of the victims explains what happened. Read more in NEWS.
3. Royals Beat Mets to Win World Series
The Kansas City Royals defeated the Mets 7-2 Sunday night, rallying in the 9th inning and breaking a 2-2 tie in the 12th. The team hadn't brought home a championship since 1985, after narrowly losing the series last year. But the Royals weren't thinking about that Sunday night. "Kansas City is No. 1. Who cares about what happened last year?" said Series MVP Salvador Perez. Read more in SPORTS.
4. Republican Campaigns Hash Out Their Debate Demands
Republican campaign advisers agreed during a meeting on Sunday that the campaigns would take a bigger role in negotiating the parameters of upcoming presidential debates, and largely cut the Republican National Committee out of the process. "We agreed that we would like the campaigns to negotiate with the networks on format going forward" and "have the RNC help with logistics," said Lindsey Graham's campaign manager. Read more in POLITICS.
5. Ex-Senator, 'Law & Order' Actor Fred Thompson Dies
Former Sen. Fred Thompson, the Watergate investigator-turned-actor-turned national political figure, died Sunday at 73 from lymphoma, with which he had struggled for more than a decade, his family said. Thompson, a Republican, served as a senator from 1994 to 2003 and played Arthur Branch, the gruff, no-nonsense Manhattan DA, on NBC's "Law & Order" from 2002 to 2007. Read more in NEWS.
6. 'Jump in Cases' Expected in Chipotle-Linked E. Coli Outbreak
Health officials expect the number of people sickened by an E. coli outbreak linked to Chipotle restaurants in Washington state and Oregon to grow after people hear about the illnesses and get checked out at the doctor. A total of 43 Chipotle restaurants in those two states are closed while health officials investigate the cause of the infection. Read more in HEALTH.
7. Turkish Leader's Islamist-Rooted Party Wins Election
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that the nation had voted for stability in a parliamentary election that saw his Islamist-rooted party triumph. Erdogan's ruling Justice and Development party, or AKP, won more than 49 percent of the vote in Sunday's election, almost double that of the next party. The win restored the party's single-party majority that it had lost in a June poll. Read more in NEWS.
8. Entangled Humpback Whale Freed Off San Diego Coast
One of the giants of the ocean, a humpback whale in distress, was finally detangled after several attempts, with some help from Sea World.