Good morning. Here are some of the stories we're following today:
1. Armed Oregon Protesters Urged to Leave
An armed occupation of a federally owned wildlife outpost in remote Oregon entered its fourth day Tuesday — even after the men that protesters had been trying to shield from imprisonment turned themselves in. The local sheriff told the activists to go home, but their fight is about more than the now detained father and son, and so far they haven't shown signs that they are going to budge. Read more in NEWS.
2. Obama Pushes to Increase Gun Buyer Background Checks
President Obama directed federal agencies Monday to carry out a series of steps to reduce gun violence, including measures to restrict sales by unlicensed dealers — sometimes called the gun show loophole. The president, frustrated by inaction on the issue by Congress, said the changes "are well within my legal authority and the executive branch." Read more in NEWS.
3. Trump, Clinton Lead Their Fields: Poll
Donald Trump maintains his lead over the rest of the GOP candidates, with 35 percent support compared to 18 percent for Ted Cruz and 13 percent for Marco Rubio, according to results from the latest NBC News|SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking Poll. The poll also showed that Hillary Clinton leads Sanders by a 17-point margin — 53 to 36. Read more in POLITICS.
4. Investors Warned of Volatile Ride Ahead
The Dow Jones industrial average lost 276 points, or nearly 1.6 percent, on Monday after data showing weaker-than-expected Chinese manufacturing activity triggered a slide in the main Chinese stock exchange, and market analysts say sudden dips could be the new normal. Read more in ECONOMY.
5. 'Affluenza' Teen's Lawyer Hints at Human Rights Issues
A Mexican lawyer representing fugitive Ethan Couch, notoriously known as the "affluenza teen," delayed his deportation from Mexico to the U.S. out of concern his client was "going to be kicked out of the country without due process." Couch was arrested with his mother last week in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, after fleeing Texas, which was in violation of his parole related to a deadly drunk driving case. Read more in NEWS.
6. Trump Campaign After Ad Fact Checked: 'No S***'
Donald Trump's new television ad shows footage of people rushing toward a border fence in a Spanish enclave in Morocco as a narrator says: "Trump "will stop illegal immigration by building a wall on our southern border that Mexico will pay for." "No s***, it's not the Mexican border but that's what our country is going to look like," said a campaign representative. "This was 1,000 percent on purpose." Read more in POLITICS.
7. One Year Later, Charlie Hebdo Proves It's Very Much Alive
Charlie Hebdo will release a special edition on Wednesday to mark the first anniversary of the Jan. 7 attack on its staff, which was part of a terror spree that eventually left 17 victims dead. The 32-page anniversary issue makes clear that religion is still not off-limits for the magazine, and its staff are strong in their resolve to survive attacks of any kind. Read more in NEWS.
Nightly Spotlight: 'Spring Awakening' Offers Opportunity for Deaf Actors
The Broadway musical "Spring Awakening" pairs deaf actors with hearing actors, offering them a chance to "sing" and be recognized for their work.