Good morning. Here are some of the headlines we're following this morning:
1. Trump Erratic, Clinton Defensive in Veterans Forum
Wednesday's Commander-in-Chief Forum will be remembered as the time Donald Trump offered more praise for Russian strongman Vladimir Putin than America's own military leadership. Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, found herself on defense from the outset over her handling of classified information and military intervention in Libya. Read more in POLITICS.
2. Fact-Checking the Commander-in-Chief Forum
The presidential candidates offered up a series of inaccuracies and half-truths to national security questions. NBC News took a look at the facts behind each candidate's claims — from who supported which military interventions over the last decade to reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs. Read more in POLITICS.
3. Iconic 9/11 Flag Will Return to Ground Zero
A 3- by 5-foot U.S. flag hoisted by firefighters at the scene of the destroyed World Trade Center after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, will go back on display Thursday — 15 years after it mysteriously disappeared. Read more in NEWS.
4. Five Things to Know About Bridgegate Trial
Bridgegate is back. The scandal that has dogged New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for years will be given new life on Thursday when the trial of two of the Republican's former allies gets under way. Read more in POLITICS.
5. ITT Tech Students Advised to Take Their Money and Run
The shuttering of all ITT Technical Institute locations is leaving its 43,000 students with an unexpected lesson in harsh realities and unanswered questions about what will happen to their credits and tuition fees. Read more in BUSINESS.
6. Ryan Lochte Banned 10 Months in Wake of Rio: Reports
The Olympic swimmer has been banned 10 months, through next June, and excluded from next July's world championships after his gas station incident and "over-exaggeration" in recounting the event at the Rio games, according to reports. Read more at NBC SPORTS.
7. Oakland Cops Fired in Sex Abuse Scandal Case
The firings follow a nearly year-long investigation into a sex abuse scandal that has rocked the Oakland, California, department. Seven other officers will be disciplined. Read more at NBC BAY AREA.
8. Should You Wait for the iPhone 8?
Apple typically updates its iPhone design every two years while focusing on subtle performance tweaks on an off year, such as 2016. While this year's tweaks, including ditching the traditional headphone jack and re-imagining the home button, are big ones, it's expected next year's iPhone will be the one packing major design changes. Read more in TECH.