Good morning. Here are some of the headlines we're following this morning:
1. Hurricane Hermine Makes Landfall in Florida, First in 11 Years
Hermine made landfall on Florida's northwest coast early Friday, flooding streets, toppling trees and knocking down power lines. The Category 1 hurricane roared ashore from the Gulf of Mexico before it was downgraded to a tropical storm. Read more in NEWS.
2. Trump and Clinton Universes Apart on Immigration
Experts from all sides of the immigration spectrum say the policy gap between Donald Trump, who on Wednesday reaffirmed his support for a border wall and mass deportation, and Hillary Clinton, who has pledged to further integrate millions of undocumented immigrants into American society, is unprecedented in recent history. Read more in POLITICS.
3. Melania Trump Files Defamation Suit Over Escort Claim
Donald Trump's wife filed a lawsuit against the Daily Mail and a Maryland political blogger on Thursday for publishing "false and tremendously damaging" statements claiming the would-be first lady previously worked as an "escort." Read more in NEWS.
4. He Survived False Conviction, Then Freedom Failed Him
Thomas Webb spent more than half his life wondering why a woman picked him from photo lineups and pointed him out to a 1983 jury as the man who’d raped her. After more than 13 years in prison, he’d learned to accept that he may never know the answer — and then met his accuser face to face. Read the SPECIAL REPORT.
5. Kaepernick Pledges $1M as Anthem Protest Spreads
San Francisco 49ers star Colin Kaepernick is putting his money where his mouth is — pledging to donate $1 million to community organizations Thursday. Meanwhile, his protest of the national anthem spread as he was joined by teammate Eric Reid in taking a knee before their preseason game. Read more in SPORTS.
6. Why Mother Teresa’s Canonization Is Marred by Controversy
On Sunday, the eve of the 19th anniversary of her death, Mother Teresa's sanctity will be sealed with a canonization Mass led by Pope Francis at St. Peter's Square. But for a nun whose name has long been a byword for pious compassion, her canonization has been met with controversy. Read more in NEWS.
7. Man to Plead Guilty, Avoid Death Penalty in TSA Officer Death
Paul Ciancia, the gunman accused of killing a TSA officer at Los Angeles International Airport three years ago, has agreed to plead guilty to murder in a deal that spares his life. Read more at NBC LOS ANGELES.
The little girl who got a new lease on life with a kidney transplant is back in school with a future that's much brighter thanks to a teacher's gift.