Good morning. Here are some of the stories we're following today:
1. Russian Jet Bomb Theory Strands Tourists in Egypt
"Emergency measures" were being drafted Thursday to rescue thousands of stranded vacationers from a Red Sea resort as investigators focused on an ISIS-linked bomb as the likely cause of the Metrojet plane crash Saturday. All 224 people on board were killed. Read more in NEWS.
2. Russia Could Hit Back Hard if ISIS Downed Plane
While it's not definitive that ISIS bombed the Russian charter jet out of the sky, the possibility dramatically raises the stakes for the U.S.-led coalition in its battle against the Islamist terrorist group, security experts said. Read more in NEWS.
3. Questions Remain After Corrupt Cop's Staged Suicide
Beloved Illinois police Lt. Joseph Gliniewicz, who was presumed murdered in the line of duty in September, killed himself in a "carefully staged suicide," police revealed Wednesday. But the work for investigators is only beginning. Authorities said Gliniewicz embezzled from a local youth program for years, and his family is now under scrutiny. Read more in NEWS.
4. Protesters Hold 'Dump Trump' Rally Ahead of SNL
Donald Trump's comments are no laughing matter to some activists, who delivered a petition Wednesday night decrying the Republican presidential candidate's upcoming appearance on "Saturday Night Live." Several of the organizations participating in the rally said that NBC's invitation to Trump legitimizes his comments about racism and immigration reform. Read more in POLITICS.
5. Boy Missing for 13 Years Found Safe in Cleveland
Julian Hernandez was 5 when he disappeared in 2002, and it was suspected that the child's father, who did not have legal custody, may have taken the boy out of Alabama. Now, the mystery has been solved, police said. Read more in NEWS.
6. Senators Blast Sports Tributes as 'Paid Patriotism'
Military tributes at sporting events are part of the Pentagon's multimillion-dollar program to promote the armed services and boost recruitment. But the expenditure needs more transparency, say Arizona Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake, who call some of the tributes "taxpayer-funded DOD marketing gimmicks." Read more in POLITICS.
7. Tapeworm With Cancer Infects Man With Tumors
Tapeworms are bad enough, causing distressing symptoms and infesting a human body for a lifetime. But doctors were stunned to find out they can do something worse: infect people with tumors. Read more in HEALTH.
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