Good morning. Here are some of the stories we're following today:
1. GOP Debate Shows Trump Won’t Bow to Party
Poll leader Donald Trump made his much-anticipated appearance at the first Republican presidential debate, and was the only one of the 10 candidates to say he would consider a third-party run if he fails to get the nomination. On policy, he and his GOP opponents broke little ground, agreeing on most issues, repeatedly attacking the nuclear agreement with Iran and highlighting what they viewed as flaws in Democratic challenger Hillary Rodham Clinton's record. Read more in POLITICS.
2. Trump Defends Past Remarks About Women
The real estate mogul defended past disparaging remarks about women during the debate, saying he doesn't have time for "total political correctness" and that often he's just kidding. When Fox News debate moderator Megyn Kelly specified that he has called women "fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals," Trump shot back that he was only referring to TV personality Rosie O'Donnell. Read more in POLITICS.
3. Sen. Schumer Breaks Ranks to Oppose Nuke Deal
New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, the No. 3 Senate Democrat and the most influential Jewish lawmaker in Congress, said in an extensive statement posted online that he will oppose the Iran nuclear deal. While his announcement is a blow to President Barack Obama, it comes after a flurry of key Senate Democrats announced they would support of the deal. Read more in POLITICS.
4. MH370 Families Stage Emotional Embassy Protest
Distraught relatives of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 passengers scuffled with police, wailed and crawled along the sidewalk during an angry protest outside the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing. They remain frustrated by seemingly mixed messages from the Malaysian and French governments over whether debris found is definitely linked to the missing Boeing 777. Read more in NEWS.
5. Jury Begins Deliberating Fate of James Holmes
Prosecutors and defense lawyers made their final arguments on how to sentence the admitted Colorado movie theater gunman, who faces either the death penalty or life in prison. The jury began deliberating in the late afternoon and are expected to return to court at 10:30 a.m. ET. Read more in NEWS.
6. Suspected Tornado Rips Through Alabama Wal-Mart
A suspected tornado tore through a Wal-Mart and a neighboring sports outlet in Troy, Alabama, flipping trucks and tractor-trailers in the parking lot and injuring at least five people. Read more in NEWS.
7. Jon Stewart Signs Off ‘Daily Show’ for Final Time
There were plenty of jokes and a few tears as "The Daily Show" host appeared on his last show — ending a 16-year run that established him as one of America's foremost satirists of politicians and the media. The sendoff turned into a reunion with some of the show's former correspondents, including Steve Carell, John Oliver and Stephen Colbert, before Bruce Springsteen played Stewart off. Read more in POP CULTURE.
Time for a wake-up call: The CDC and Department of Education have confirmed that middle and high schools start their days too early — potentially affecting academic success.