Good morning. Here are some of the stories we’re following today:
1. Road Closed Near N.Y. Prison as Manhunt Intensifies
The dragnet for two escaped killers has expanded, with nearly 500 law enforcement agents hunting for the duo who have managed to evade recapture for six days. Police pursuing a lead shut down a state road late Wednesday near the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora as hundreds of tips have poured in and authorities said there was information the fugitives might have headed to Vermont. Read more in NEWS.
2. U.S. Sending 450 More Military Personnel to Iraq
The Obama administration is sending the personnel to help Iraq's military as it tries to take back the city of Ramadi from the terrorist group ISIS. But the U.S. troops will not serve in a combat role and will augment the more than 3,000 troops who have already deployed to Iraq, according to administration officials. Read more in NEWS.
3. American Killed in Fighting Against ISIS in Syria
Keith Broomfield, 36, was confirmed Wednesday as the man killed battling along Kurdish forces. His mother said in an interview from Westminster, Massachusetts, that he went to join the Kurds about four months ago: "I didn't want him to go but I didn't have a choice in the matter." Read more in NEWS.
4. Texas Cop Sorry for Pool Party Incident: Lawyer
An attorney for McKinney Cpl. Eric Casebolt said the officer had frayed nerves from responding to suicide calls when he later decided to use force on teenagers at a pool party last week. The incident in suburban Dallas was caught on video, and amid the outrage, Casebolt resigned Tuesday and remains in seclusion. Read more in NEWS.
5. Bill Clinton Says He'll Nix Paid Speeches if Hillary Wins
The former president said he will most likely stop giving paid speeches if Hillary Clinton is elected president. That decision comes after the Clintons have been dogged by questions about potential conflicts of interest around their foundation and the amounts they've earned from high-profile speaking engagements. Read more in POLITICS.
6. Officials Called 911 After Visiting Duggar Home
State officials in Arkansas called 911 after being denied entry to the home of the "19 Kids and Counting" family just eight days after the Josh Duggar molestation scandal surfaced. A Department of Human Services employee is heard asking for help in an audio recording obtained by In Touch magazine, although it is not known what was being investigated. Read more in POP CULTURE.
7. Nobel Laureate Apologizes for Remarks About Women
Nobel Prize-winning British scientist Tim Hunt apologized Wednesday for saying the "trouble with girls" working in laboratories is that it leads to romantic entanglements and harms science. While Hunt, 72, stood by his assertion that mixed-gender labs are "disruptive," he later resigned from an honorary professorship at University College London. Read more in SCIENCE.
Continuing his yearlong mission aboard the International Space Station, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly discusses the toll of living in space and his passion for taking pictures.