Good morning. Here are some of the stories we're following today:
1. Poll: Trump Chips Away at Clinton's National Lead
Hillary Clinton's national lead over Donald Trump has narrowed slightly to 6 points, according to the latest NBC News|SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking Poll. Clinton now enjoys 48 percent support, while Trump holds steady with 42 percent. Last week, Clinton led Trump by 8 points. Read more in POLITICS.
2. Who Is Huma Abedin? Understanding Clinton's Right-Hand Woman
As befits the close aide of Hillary Clinton, the world's most scrutinized woman, everything about Huma Abedin projects privacy and discretion. By contrast, her estranged husband, former congressman Anthony Weiner, is the man who has perpetually yelped for attention, including via the sexually-suggestive Twitter direct messages and photographs published by the New York Post Sunday. On Monday, Abedin announced the two would separate. Read more in NEWS.
3. Apple Faces $14.5B Tax Bill After EU Investigation
The European Commission ruled that Ireland's tax dealings with Apple were illegal Tuesday, saying the country granted "undue tax benefits" of up to $14.5 billion to the California tech giant. The ruling means Ireland must now recover the unpaid taxes, plus interest — but it said the amount could be reduced if Apple agreed to pay more tax to other countries. Read more in TECH.
4. 'Willy Wonka' Actor Gene Wilder Dies at 83
Gene Wilder, the frizzy-haired star of such comedy classics as "Young Frankenstein," "Blazing Saddles" and "The Producers" has died. He was 83. Wilder succumbed Sunday to complications from Alzheimer's disease at his home in Stamford, Connecticut while music from one of his favorite performers, Ella Fitzgerald, played in the background, his nephew confirmed to NBC News. Read more in NEWS.
5. Pro-Trump Pastor Defends Controversial Tweet, Deletes It
Pastor Mark Burns, a high-profile African-American supporter of Donald Trump, sent out a controversial image on Twitter Monday featuring a cartoon of Hillary Clinton in blackface with the caption: "Black Americans, THANK YOU FOR YOUR VOTES and letting me use you again..See you again in four years." Burns later deleted the tweet and put up a video post with the caption, "I want to Apologize for my Twit (sic) that many found to be offensive." Read more in POLITICS.
6. North Carolina Warily Watches 2 Weather Systems
Beachgoers, boat captains and business owners on North Carolina's Outer Banks warily eyed a potent tropical weather system that could rain out one of the last busy weeks of the summer. Forecasters expected the first system to become a tropical storm before brushing the North Carolina coast Tuesday. Another tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico could hit northern Florida as a tropical storm later in the week and possibly head toward the Atlantic coast. Read more in WEATHER.
7. New Voting Laws in the South Could Affect Millions of African Americans
Nine Southern states have implemented voting restrictions since 2012. Most require voters to show state-issued photo ID at the polls. African-Americans who fought for voting rights during the Civil Rights movement claim the new laws are meant to secure a Republican majority in states with large black populations that consistently vote Democrat. Read more in NEWS.
8. Brothers Charged in Nykea Aldridge Murder Appear in Court
The two brothers charged with Nykea Aldridge’s murder appeared in court Monday. Police say Derren and Darwin Sorrells are documented gang members with criminal records. Aldridge was the cousin to Bulls star Dwayne Wade. The 32 year old was enrolling one of her kids at a school when she was shot Friday. Read more at NBC Chicago.