Good morning and happy Friday. Here are some of the headlines on our radar this morning:
1. How the Ryan Lochte Stickup Story Unfolded
It started with four U.S. Olympic swimmers, partying late after finishing competition in Rio. One of them is world famous; the others are hardly known outside their sport. Now they are at the center of an international tempest that seems to get messier by the day. Here's how it unfolded in the public eye. Read more in NEWS.
2. Donald Trump Admits Regret for Causing 'Personal Pain'
Donald Trump on Thursday night made one of his biggest changes yet: he expressed regret and admitted wrongdoing — though it’s unclear exactly for what. In prepared remarks given Thursday night in battleground North Carolina, Trump explained his past year of controversy-filled remarks as misspeaks in the "heat of debate." Read more in POLITICS.
3. U.S. Says Iran Payment Was Used to Ensure Prisoners' Release
The Obama administration acknowledged Thursday that a $400 million cash payment to Iran in January, part of a $1.7 billion settlement of a decades-long legal dispute before an international tribunal in The Hague, was used as leverage to ensure the release of four U.S. prisoners. Read more in NEWS.
4. One Extended Family Has Lost 13 Homes in Louisiana Flooding
In the small community of Colyell in Livingston Parish, one extended family is recovering from a staggering loss. Gary Wheat and 36 of his relatives lost their homes — 13 in all — spread over a 25-acre area. "I've never seen it like this," he said. Read more in NEWS.
5. Combat Helmets Made By Prisoners Were Defective: Agency
Thousands of combat helmets made for the U.S. military by prisoners and paid for by the government were defective, putting service members — including some in Afghanistan — at risk, according to a report from a watchdog agency. Read more in NEWS.
6. Comedian's Rape Remarks Ignite Social Media Firestorm
A former "Inside Amy Schumer" contributor generated a social-media firestorm by calling out some women for making allegations of sexual assault about a fellow comedian but not reporting them to police. Read more in NEWS.
7. Here's a Story: 'Brady Bunch' House Ransacked by Burglars
An elderly woman who lives in the suburban Los Angeles home made famous by TV sitcom “The Brady Bunch” scared off burglars who were ransacking the house, police said Thursday. The resident, who is aged in her 70s, was not hurt in Wednesday night’s "hot prowl" break-in at the property in Studio City. Read more in NEWS.
8. Exposed! Naked Trump Statues Pop Up Across U.S.
It's Donald Trump like he's never been seen before. Life-size naked statues of the Republican presidential nominee greeted passers-by in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle and Cleveland on Thursday. Here's what you need to know.