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Good morning. Here are some of the stories we're following today:
1. Exclusive: Brennan Says CIA Won't Waterboard Again
CIA Director John Brennan told NBC News in an exclusive interview that his agency will not engage in harsh "enhanced interrogation" practices, which critics call torture — even if ordered to by a future president. When asked specifically about waterboarding, Brennan could not have been clearer. "Absolutely, I would not agree to having any CIA officer carrying out waterboarding again," he said. Read more in NEWS.
2. GOP Rules Have Given Trump a 22 Percent Bonus
Donald Trump blasted the GOP's delegate rules Sunday, saying a "corrupt" system is denying him delegates in states he won. According to a new NBC analysis, however, Trump has benefited far more than Ted Cruz under the party's arcane rules for allocating delegates. While states decide exactly how to allocate their delegates, the thrust of the GOP rule book is that front-runners get a bonus. Read more in NEWS.
3. Lawyer: Man Accused of Killing Ex-Saint Will Smith 'Not the Aggressor'
The lawyer for Cardell A. Hayes, charged with second-degree murder in ex-New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith's death, says that his client was "not the aggressor" in the altercation that led to the shooting. The lawyer, John Fuller, told reporters after a court appearance that Hayes is "claiming that he is not guilty." Hayes allegedly shot Smith Saturday night after a traffic incident. Read more in NEWS.
4. Obama Says Evidence, Not Politics, Dictates FBI Review of Clinton Emails
President Obama said he continues to believe presidential candidate Hillary Clinton didn't jeopardize America's national security with her private email server during her time as secretary of state. But he added that "there's carelessness in terms of managing emails, that she has owned, and she recognizes." Read more in NEWS.
5. Tennis Ball-Sized Hail Reported as 11M Face Severe Weather
Hail the size of tennis balls pelted parts of the South and Plains late Sunday, with another volley expected Monday, and even the chance of some tornadoes. Parts of northern Texas and Oklahoma were bombarded by the ice, with smaller hail reported in Kansas and Missouri. Powerful winds were recorded across the region. Read more in WEATHER.
6. Murder Trial to Begin for Georgia 'Hot Car' Dad
Justin Ross Harris was supposed to drop his 22-month-old son, Cooper, at daycare before heading to work on June 18, 2014. But Harris didn't do that. Jury selection in Harris' murder trial begins Monday, and looming over it are these questions: Is he a cruel, callous murderer, who wanted a "child-free life," as prosecutors have said? Or did he make a mistake? Read more in NEWS.
7. Willett Wins Masters After Spieth Collapses
Danny Willett became a Masters champion Sunday, playing three groups in front of the week-long leader, Jordan Spieth. And, like everyone else, Willett was stunned when Spieth completely collapsed. Willett was playing in his 12th major and had one top-10 finish — last year’s Open Championship where he tied for sixth — on his resume. Read more in SPORTS.
Nightly Spotlight: Boston Globe Takes Front Page Jab at Trump With Fake Articles
The editorial board of The Boston Globe used a satirical front page Sunday to express its uneasiness with a potential Donald Trump presidency.