Good morning. Here are some of the headlines we're following this morning:
1. U.S. Swimmers Phelps, Manuel Make History in Rio
Michael Phelps earned a record fourth straight gold in the 200m IM, besting countryman and event world record holder Ryan Lochte in their final showdown. On the women's side, Simone Manuel became the first African-American woman to earn any individual swimming medal by tying for gold in the 100m freestyle. Read more in SPORTS.
2. Simone Biles Brings Home Gymnastics Gold
Biles capped her four-year run of dominance with a commanding win in the women's gymnastics all-around on Thursday. The American champion ended the night with a huge lead of 2.1 points over the silver medalist, her teammate and close friend, Aly Raisman. Read more at NBC OLYMPICS.
3. Trump Suggests ISIS 'Founder' Attack Was 'Sarcasm'
Donald Trump appears to be walking back his claim that President Barack Obama and Democratic rival Hillary Clinton were the "founder" and "co-founder" of ISIS, suggesting that attack was just "sarcasm." Read more in POLITICS.
4. Fact-Checking Clinton’s Economic Speech
Clinton delivered an economic speech in Warren, Michigan, on Thursday, and she offered few new details on her own policy, instead, devoting most of her time to slamming Trump's tax plan, which he discussed Monday. Read more in POLITICS.
5. Residents Missing in Building Blast ‘Likely Not Alive’
Most of the people hospitalized after a deadly explosion and fire in a Washington, D.C., suburb have been released, hospital officials said late Thursday, but investigators still don't know exactly how many may be missing in the blast. Read more in NEWS.
6. Why Cannes Is Banning the Beach Burkini
The seaside French city has banned burkinis, full-body swimsuits worn by some Muslim women, from its beaches. When asked if he thought the ordinance would send a negative message to the numerous Muslim tourists in Cannes, the mayor said: "Not at all." Read more in NEWS.
7. ‘Rocky’ Turbulence on Flight Sends 24 to Hospital
JetBlue said its Flight 429 encountered bad weather while en route from Boston to Sacramento on Thursday evening and had to divert to Rapid City, South Dakota. Read more in NEWS.
8. Trump Tower Climber Obsessed With Political Blog
A Virginia teenager who climbed partway up Trump Tower had a history of problems at home. In 2014, he ran away from home after arguing with his parents about his obsession with a political blog, according to a police report. Read more at NBC NEW YORK.