IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser.

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

From Turkey's two-sided approach in the war against ISIS to the seamstress who helped two inmates escape, see the stories we're following today.
Get more newsLiveonNBC News Now

Good morning. Here are some of the stories we're following today:

1. Why Is Turkey Bombing Both Sides in the Same War?

Turkey's abrupt decision to jump into the fight against ISIS with airstrikes should have been a win for the U.S, but the package deal that came with the operations has put its allies in a pickle. It turns out Turkey is fighting both sides of the same war — and the reason why is complicated. Read more in NEWS.

2. Prison Seamstress Pleads Guilty to Role in Inmates’ Escape

Joyce Mitchell pleaded guilty Tuesday to helping two inmates escape from their upstate New York prison last month. According to police documents, Mitchell, 51, admitted to performing sexual acts on one of the men and sending X-rated selfies to the other. She also admitted to knowing the duo planned to kill her husband. Read more in NEWS.

3. Heat Warnings Affecting Millions Across U.S.

Searing temperatures are in store from parts of the Midwest to the Northeast, with around 35 million people under some sort of heat advisory on Wednesday. The sweltering heat is expected to last unusually long, and meteorologists warned that "most of the country over the next week will see temperatures of 90 or higher." Read more in NEWS.

4. Search Expands for Two Teen Fishermen Still Missing

The Coast Guard has searched nearly 31,000 square nautical miles as they look for two teenage boys who went missing while fishing off the coast of Florida four days ago. So far, only the boat belonging to Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen has been found, capsized and adrift about 180 miles north of where they set off. Read more in NEWS.

5. Is Taliban's Mullah Omar Dead? Afghanistan Probes Reports

Rumors have swirled for years that the leader of the militant group that ruled Afghanistan until being toppled by U.S.-backed forces 2001 had passed away. Read more in NEWS.

6. Cecil the Lion's Killer Has Bear-Related Felony Record

The American dentist who killed a well-known lion in Zimbabwe also has a felony record over the hunting of black bear in Wisconsin, court documents show. Walter James Palmer sparked outrage when it emerged he killed Cecil the lion, a local tourist favorite who had been collared as part of an Oxford University research project. Read more in NEWS.

7. NFL Upholds Brady's Suspension, Says He Destroyed Phone

The league on Tuesday upheld its four-game suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady — and said he had his phone destroyed just before he met with investigators of the Deflate-Gate scandal. The players union said it would appeal what they called an "outrageous decision." Read more in SPORTS.

Nightly Spotlight

For most of his life, 8-year-old Zion Harvey has dreamed of using his hands and thanks to a medical miracle, it's about to come true.