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KNOW IT ALL: Monday's Top 7 Stories at NBC News

The hunt for the escaped prisoners and an emotional service in Charleston, South Carolina, lead the headlines.

Good morning. These are some of the stories we're following at NBC News.

1. Prison break: Cops swarm towns in hunt for escapees

A break-in at a hunting cabin led police to swarm a corner of upstate New York, but Richard Matt and David Sweat are still on the loose. Read more in NEWS.

2. Grief and resolve at Charleston service

Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church opened its doors for the first time since the massacre there. “The only way evil can triumph is for good folk to sit down and do nothing,” a minister said. Read more in NEWS.

3. Obama uses N-word in interview on race, guns

President Barack Obama said the United States is “not cured” of racism, and “it’s not just a matter of it not being polite” to say the word in public. The remarks came in an interview with comedian Marc Maron for his popular podcast. Read more in NEWS.

4. Explosions rock Afghan parliament

Seven militants were killed after the building was rocked by explosions. Special forces were sent to the scene, and a gunbattle raged for almost two hours. Read more in NEWS.

5. 43 million at risk for severe weather

Strong thunderstorms are expected to sweep across the Plains before smashing their way into the Midwest. Minneapolis, Detroit and Chicago could face damaging winds, large hail and even tornadoes. Read more in NEWS.

6. Apple to pay up after shaming from Taylor Swift

The company will pay artists for music that its customers stream even during the free trial period for its new music service. That’s a reversal of a plan that the pop star called shocking and disappointing. Read more in TECH.

7. ‘Star Wars’ actor arrested after high-speed chase

Jake Broadbent, 26, formerly known as Jake Lloyd, who played Anakin Skywalker in a “Star Wars” prequel, was arrested after leading South Carolina police on a 25-mile high-speed chase, authorities said. Read more in POP CULTURE.