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Good morning. Here are some of the stories we're following today:

1. Trump on Taxes: 'By the Time It's Negotiated, They'll Go Up'

Donald Trump said Sunday that he expects taxes on the rich to "go up a little bit" if he becomes president. That's not outlined in his plan as it stands right now, but the notorious deal-maker is willing to "negotiate." "On my plan they're going down. But by the time it's negotiated, they'll go up," Trump told ABC's "This Week." Read more in POLITICS.

2. Mother Nature Pitches in Against Monster Wildfire

Canadian officials cautiously hailed a turning point in the battle to contain a raging wildfire, saying a combination of cooler temperatures and light rain was ushering in a new phase in the fight. The inferno in Alberta ignited on May 1, triggering a massive evacuation of Fort McMurray. Since then the blaze has scorched 397,831 acres and destroyed some 1,600 structures. But for the first time since the flames erupted authorities sounded an optimistic note on Sunday, now that cooler temperatures are on the horizon. Read more in NEWS.

3. Brash 'Trump' of Philippines Poised to Win Election

Millions of Filipinos lined up Monday in blazing heat to vote for a president that opinion polls show will likely be a foul-mouthed mayor who gained huge popularity with his pledges to kill criminals and end corruption within six months. Weary of poverty, corruption and insurgencies in the hinterlands, voters are looking for a radical change at the top, and hope the man to lead it is Rodrigo Duterte, the 71-year-old mayor of the southern Davao city. Read more in NEWS.

4. Plains States Brace for Twisters, Large Hail

A dangerous storm system threatened to spin off tornadoes and dump large hail in its march across the Plains states on Monday, according to forecasters. The National Weather Service warned of "strong to severe" thunderstorms across the southern and central Plains. It said tornadoes and "very large hail" were possible from eastern Oklahoma and northeastern Texas into central Arkansas and northern Louisiana. Read more in WEATHER.

5. West Virginia State Senate Candidate Brutally Beaten

West Virginia state Senate candidate Richard Ojeda was brutally beaten during a cookout Sunday — just two days before his primary — and nearly run over with a pickup truck, Ojeda told NBC News. Jonathan Stuart Porter, 41, is suspected of the attack and was in custody Sunday. State Trooper Zachary Holden told NBC News he was being held on suspicion of malicious assault, malicious attempted assault and felony destruction of property. Read more in NEWS.

6. Convicted Killer Who Escaped N.J. Prison Spotted

New Jersey police say an escaped prisoner who once served time for manslaughter for killing a baby has been spotted at a highway rest area.State police say 38-year-old Arthur Buckel was seen late Sunday at a rest area along the Garden State Parkway in Lacey Township. Read more at NBC NEW YORK.

7. UAB RB Greg Bryant Dies From Gunshot Wounds

A tragic story has taken an unfortunate turn for the worst. Greg Bryant has died after being found shot in his car early Saturday morning. The family of Bryant confirmed of the passing Sunday, and medical reports later confirmed he was brain dead as of Sunday afternoon. Authorities have now ruled this case a homicide. Read more in SPORTS.

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