Good morning. Here are some of the stories we're following today:
1. Trouble for Trump? National Poll Numbers Hit New Lows
Donald Trump was never popular outside of his loyal slice of GOP voters — and a raft of new polls show his national position hitting new lows, including with groups that are supposed to form his base. Read more in POLITICS.
2. Storms Batter Southeast With Tornadoes, Floods
Authorities were working to clear downed trees and power lines on Friday after a storm brought tornadoes, heavy rain, hail, and flash floods to the Southeast. Damaging thunderstorms will continue to flare up across parts of the Gulf Coast and Southeast over the weekend. Read more in NEWS.
3. Trooper, Gunman Killed in Virginia Shooting
A state trooper and a gunman are dead after an "active shooter" situation at a Greyhound bus station in Virginia on Thursday afternoon, state police said. Read more in NEWS.
4. California Becomes First State With $15 Minimum Wage
Lawmakers on Thursday approved the nation's highest statewide minimum wage of $15 an hour, to take effect by 2022, after it was hailed by Democrats as an example to a nation struggling with a growing gap between rich and poor. Read more at NBC LOS ANGELES.
5. 40 Things About Apple Computer On Its Anniversary
Happy birthday to one of the largest tech companies in history. Here are 40 things about Apple you might not know. Read more in TECH.
6. Disney Accused of Going to ‘War’ With Christianity
In the wake of their successful lobbying effort to defeat a controversial religious freedom bill in Georgia, Disney and several other like-minded companies are getting called out by a conservative organization for allegedly going to "war" on Christianity. Read more in NEWS.
7. Tesla Gives Sneak Peak of $35K Model 3
Tesla Motors gave a sneak preview Thursday of its Model 3 sedan, saying more than 130,000 people had ordered the car, even though it is more than a year away from production. Read more in BUSINESS.
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