Good morning. Here are the stories we're following today:
1. Democrats Pull Back From Brink on First Night of Convention
The Democratic National Convention was largely stabilized Monday as Bernie Sanders and a parade of progressive leaders worked to marginalize so-called "Bernie-or-bust" delegates on the opening night of the Democratic National Convention, which just hours earlier seemed on the verge of spinning out of control. Michelle Obama gave a rousing and emotional appeal by laying out the choice in November in stark terms: Who do you want to mold the next generation? Read more in POLITICS.
2. Trump Revels as DNC Sides Square Off
Donald Trump apparently relished the Democrats' "mess," where the "dying remnants of the Bernie people" created a stir inside the convention hall Monday night. The opening of the Democratic National Convention began with protests as the party's chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, announced she would step down from her post following the leak of DNC emails that appeared to show party officials trying to damage Sanders' candidacy. Meanwhile, poll results show Donald Trump received no significant bounce following the Republican National Convention. Read more in POLITICS.
3. Priest, Nuns Taken Hostage at Knifepoint in Normandy Church
Two men armed with knives took a priest, two nuns and others hostage during morning Mass at a church in France early Tuesday. One of the hostages was killed and another was seriously wounded, the Interior Ministry said. Police said officers ended the siege and the hostage-takers were "neutralized" at the church in the town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray. Read more in NEWS.
4. Why Experts Are Sure Russia Hacked the DNC Emails
Many U.S. officials and cyber security experts in and out of government are convinced that state-sponsored Russian hackers are the ones who stole 20,000 emails from the Democratic National Committee and leaked them to the public just in time to disrupt the Democrats' national convention in Philadelphia. Read more in NEWS.
5. 19 Killed, 25 Injured in Japan Stabbing Spree
Nineteen people were killed and 25 were injured by a man with a knife early Tuesday at a facility for disabled people in Japan, officials said. An official from the Sagamihara City municipal government emergency task force told NBC News that nine men and 10 women were among the dead. Read more in NEWS.
6. Florida Nightclub Shooting Leaves 2 Teenagers Dead
At least two people were killed and more than a dozen others injured after a shooting outside a Florida nightclub hosting an event for teens, officials said early Monday. The gunfire rang out just as family members were picking up their kids from Club Blu in Fort Myers, where the "no ID required" party had just finished. Some of the victims are as young as 12, according to authorities. Read more in NEWS.
7. Black People More Likely to Be Stopped by Cops: Study
Black people are more likely to be stopped by police but — once they are stopped — they are less likely to be shot than whites, new research finds. The study doesn't claim to be the last word on whether police are unfairly targeting blacks, but does shed some light on an issue that's been made volatile in recent months with cellphone videos that show upsetting incidents. Read more in NEWS.
8. Michael Jordan Can 'No Longer Stay Silent'
For most of his time as a public figure, Michael Jordan has taken heat for not being outspoken enough on politics and social justice issues. But on Monday, Jordan wrote a personal essay entitled "I Can No Longer Stay Silent," which referenced the 1993 gun-violence related death of his own father to underline how the shootings of unarmed black men is a deeply personal issue for him. "I grieve with the families who have lost loved ones, as I know their pain all too well," he wrote. Read more in NEWS.