Good morning. Here are some of the stories we're following today:
1. Mizzou Protests Pick Up Steam; Football Team on Strike
Student groups at the University of Missouri have for months criticized President Timothy Wolfe's handling of racial tensions on campus. The turmoil came to a head this weekend when players on the school's football team said they wouldn't play until Wolfe resigned or was fired. The university system's Board of Curators was due to hold a special meeting Monday morning, as graduate students threatened a walkout. Read more in NEWS.
2. Questions Swirl Around Fatal Shooting of Louisiana Boy
Col. Michael Edmonson, Louisiana's state police superintendent, told NBC News on Sunday that it is still unclear why two city marshals chased an SUV last week and opened fire on it, allegedly killing a 6-year-old autistic boy and seriously wounding his father. The 6-year-old, Jeremy Mardis, is scheduled to be buried on Monday. Read more in NEWS.
3. Metrojet Investigators Push Back on Reports of Explosion
Investigators probing the cause of the Metrojet crash in the Sinai Peninsula are urging people not to jump to conclusions as reports swirled that they have detected the sound of an explosion at the end of the Russian jet's voice recordings. U.S. and British officials have said a bomb possibly brought down the plane, which broke up in midair on Oct. 31, killing all 224 on board. Read more in NEWS.
4. Ben Carson Brushes Off Continued Controversy
As more questions are raised about Ben Carson's accounts of his past, the Republican presidential candidate said the scrutiny stems from the "secular progressive movement in this country." He said he is a threat to that so-called movement because he and his campaign are attracting a "a great diversity of people and it worries them." Read more in POLITICS.
5. Reset? Obama, Netanyahu to Meet at White House
Tensions over the U.S.-backed nuclear deal with Iran continue to strain ties between longtime allies, President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but the two will seek to mend that fractured relationship Monday when they meet for the first time in more than a year. Read more in NEWS.
6. Senators Call for Crumb Rubber Turf Study
Democratic Sens. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Bill Nelson of Florida have urged federal officials to lead an "independent investigation into the health risks of crumb rubber" turf, a surface made of recycled tires used on playgrounds and athletic fields across the country. Read more in NEWS.
7. Democracy Icon Appears to Win Myanmar Election
Myanmar's ruling party conceded defeat in the country's first free nationwide election in quarter of a century as the opposition led by democracy figurehead and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi appeared on course for a landslide victory. Read more in NEWS.
Nightly Spotlight: Trump's Attacks Rivals After 'SNL' Gig
Hundreds protested Donald Trump hosting "Saturday Night Live," which ultimately brought record ratings and mixed reviews. Trump didn't take a break from the excitement for the remainder of the weekend, targeting rival Marco Rubio’s credit card reports and Ben Carson’s disputed stories about his past.