Good morning. Here are some of the headlines we're following this morning:
1. ‘Deeply Troubling’ Fatal Police Shooting Sparks Outrage
Police fatally shot Alton Sterling, a father of five, outside a convenience store in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in a chilling incident apparently captured on cellphone video. The graphic footage circulating online appears to show Sterling being shot as he is pinned to the ground. Read more in NEWS.
2. Trump Again Praises Saddam Hussein’s Way With Terror
Donald Trump lauded former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein on Tuesday night, allowing that he was a "really bad guy" but had redeeming qualities when it came to his handling of terrorists. Read more in POLITICS.
3. FBI Clears Clinton While Offering Fuel to Her Critics
There was no clear evidence Hillary Clinton intended to violate the law or mishandle classified information. That was the core finding from FBI Director James Comey's unusual press conference Tuesday, announcing his recommendation against any charges in the case. Read more in NEWS.
4. Corker Being Formally Vetted for Trump VP Slot
Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker has submitted vetting materials for Donald Trump's vice presidential search, NBC News confirmed. Corker was invited to travel to North Carolina on Trump's aircraft Tuesday as part of a day-long job interview and rapport-building exercise. Read more in POLITICS.
5. Oscar Pistorius Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison
A South African judge sentenced the double-amputee Olympian to six years in prison Wednesday for the murder of his girlfriend, citing mitigating circumstances in delivering less than the prescribed minimum punishment. Read more in NEWS.
6. With No Winner, Mega Millions Jackpot Climbs
You've got another chance to strike it rich. Since no one won the jackpot Tuesday night — worth an estimated $454 million — it will increase to an estimated $508 million for the next drawing on Friday, lottery officials said. Read more in NEWS.
7. Temps to Usher in Week-Long Heat Wave Stretch
Temperatures were warming up Wednesday in the New York City region ahead of a week-long stretch of sizzling weather, including several 90-degree days. Read more at NBC NEW YORK.
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