Good morning. Here are some of the stories we’re following today:
1. Guide Who Lured Cecil: I've Done Nothing Wrong
The guide accused of helping an American hunter kill the famous lion told NBC News he feels he did nothing wrong. "This has been a very stressful time for me and my family. We have been pulled into something we are not happy with," said Theo Bronkhorst. The killing of Cecil inspired outrage. Read more in NEWS.
2. Who’s In (and Who's Out) at the First GOP Debate?
The deadline to qualify for the Fox News debate for Republican presidential candidates is 5 p.m. ET Thursday. The average of the five most recent polls determines the 10 contenders who can participate — out of a grand total of 17. Fourteen candidates gathered in New Hampshire on Monday night for a forum. Read more in POLITICS.
3. Air Force Reserves Called in to Fight California Wildfire
Air Force reserves have been drafted in to help thousands of firefighters battling the Rocky Fire, which has burned some 62,000 acres in the city of Clearlake and was only 12 percent contained early Tuesday. Officials said that, in all, more than 9,000 firefighters were fighting more than 21 active wildfires in California. Read more in NEWS.
4. Suspect in Killing of Memphis Police Officer Surrenders
Tremaine Wilbourn, 29, who is suspected of killing Memphis cop Sean Bolton, 33, surrendered to U.S. Marshals on Monday night after authorities spent nearly two days looking for him. Bolton was shot several times while conducting a traffic stop on Friday night. Investigators believe he had interrupted a drug transaction. Read more in NEWS.
5. Senate Votes Against Defunding Planned Parenthood
The Senate voted down a bill Monday that would have taken away more than $500 million in federal funding from Planned Parenthood after activists released a series of "sting" videos targeting the group. The Senate voted 53-46, falling seven votes short of the 60 needed to pass the bill. Read more in NEWS.
6. Foundation Ends Bat Boy Program After 9-Year-Old Dies
Bat boy Kaiser Carlile died Sunday from injuries he suffered after he was hit by a practice swing gone bad. The foundation that runs the tournament at which he was injured decided Monday to pull all bat- and ball-boys and girls off the field for the remainder of the 2015 season. Read more in NEWS.
7. Grim Details Emerge in Phoenix Decapitation
Kenneth Wakefield, who is accused of decapitating his wife, told police that he committed the heinous crime because "he was trying to get the evil out of" her, according to court documents. Wakefield let out a startling howl during his first court appearance on Monday. Read more in NEWS.
Nightly Spotlight: Rooftop Garden Grows at Fenway Park
The Boston Red Sox have transformed the rooftop at Fenway Park into a garden, serving up healthy food for fans.