Good morning. Here are some of the stories we're following today:
1. Baton Rouge Cop Killer Didn't Make 911 Call Luring Officers
The gunman who killed three Baton Rouge police officers did not lure them to their deaths on Sunday but instead carried out the ambush after a member of the public called 911, an official told NBC News. The officers were responding to a 911 call in Louisiana's capital city when they were gunned down in an apparent "ambush" around 9 a.m. local time, Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden said earlier. Law enforcement officials initially believed that two other suspects were at large, but later said the deceased suspect was likely the only shooter. Read more in NEWS.
2. Baton Rouge Shooter Left Long, Twisted Digital Footprint
Gavin Long, the suspect in the fatal shooting of three Baton Rouge cops maintained a robust social media presence and a website called Convos With Cosmo in which he describes himself as a "freedom strategist, mental game coach, nutritionist, author and spiritual advisor." Read more in NEWS.
3. Cleveland Ramps Up Security for GOP Convention
Following violent outbursts and heated protests during Donald Trump events at stops along the trail during the primary season, the city of Cleveland has ramped up security protocols ahead of this week's Republican National Convention to ensure that demonstrators, delegates, attendees and officers remain safe. NBC News breaks it down a by-the-numbers look at the money and manpower pouring into the downtown area. Read more in NEWS.
4. No Sign Nice Attacker Was Tied to Terrorist Networks
An investigation into the Nice truck attack has not yet yielded any links to terror networks, France's interior minister said Monday. Family and friends of Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a 31-year-old Tunisian, have described him as a violent and troubled individual — not a jihadist. Meanwhile, a A 20-year-old University of California Berkeley student, Nicolas Leslie, has been confirmed dead — the third American killed in the attack. Read more in NEWS.
5. U.S.-Based Cleric Linked to Turkey Coup Attempt: Erdogan Faked It
A U.S.-based cleric has denied any role in or knowledge of the failed coup which Turkey has blamed on his followers. Gulen even raised the possibility the coup attempt had been staged, saying it had "all the signs of a movie scenario," in order to purge the military of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's opponents. Read more in NEWS.
6. Trump Shifts on Muslim Ban, Calls for 'Extreme Vetting'
Donald Trump is once again shifting the parameters of his proposed temporary ban on Muslims entering the country, calling Sunday for "extreme vetting" of persons from "territories" with a history of terror — though not explicitly abandoning his previous across-the-board ban. Read more in POLITICS.
7. Suspect in Baltimore Hostage Situation in Custody
An hours-long standoff between police and a rape suspect who took hostages, including a 7-year-old girl, at a Baltimore Burger King has ended peacefully with the suspect's surrender, police said. Read more at NBC WASHINGTON.
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