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Trump makes his case for a second term, Japan's prime minister resigns and Hurricane Laura leaves trail of destruction

"This election will decide whether we will defend the American way of life," Trump said in his remarks at the close of the RNC.
President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and family members stand to watch a massive fireworks disply over the Washington Monument after the president delivered his acceptance speech for the Republican Party nomination on Thursday.Doug Mills / AFP - Getty Images

Good morning, NBC News readers.

President Donald Trump made his case for re-election on the last night of the Republican National Convention, Japan's longest serving prime minister bows out and more charges for the 17-year-old suspect in the Kenosha protest shooting.

Here's what we're watching this Friday morning.

Accepting Republican nomination, Trump says Biden would be 'the destroyer of American greatness'

President Donald Trump warned that Joe Biden would usher in violence and chaos if elected as he formally accepted his party's nomination on the final night of the Republican National Convention.

In a speech that stretched for about 1 hour and 10 minutes, Trump hammered home the "law and order" theme Republicans have been pushing throughout the convention.

Trump described Biden, a moderate Democrat, as "a Trojan horse for socialism" who would grant "free rein to violent anarchists, agitators, and criminals" if he were president.

Appealing to voters to grant him a second term, Trump cast this election as one that would determine whether the "American way of life" would be conserved or destroyed.

He also promised a coronavirus vaccine by the end of the year, a timeline that health experts say is unrealistic, and promised to revive the pandemic battered economy. Reporters noted that few masks were seen among the audience on the White House South Lawn.

The fact that the White House, which has traditionally been considered a nonpartisan space, was transformed into a setting for a campaign rally has come under criticism by ethics experts for blurring the lines between partisan politics and governance. The evening's festivities were capped off by a massive fireworks display over the Washington Monument.

RNC highlights from Night 4

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Japan's PM Shinzo Abe says he's resigning due to health issues

Teary-eyed and taking a bow, Japan's longest-serving prime minister, Shinzo Abe, announced on Friday he was resigning due to ill health.

"I cannot be prime minister if I cannot make the best decisions for the people. I have decided to step down from my post," Abe, 65, said during a live public broadcast to the nation.

His resignation comes as Japan deals with worsening tensions between the United States and nearby China and a restive North Korea ahead of the U.S. presidential election in November.

Abe had just surpassed a record for the longest consecutive tenure as premier on Monday. Kent Nishimura / Getty Images file

Hurricane Laura leaves at least six dead and a trail of destruction

The most intense hurricane to hit Louisiana in more than a century left at least six people dead, hundreds of thousands of people without power and an untold number of homes and buildings in ruins.

Laura, which was downgraded to a tropical storm Thursday after making landfall as a Category 4 hurricane with 150 mph winds, was expected to weaken to a tropical depression overnight as it moves across Arkansas, the National Hurricane Center said.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards expressed relief that the state did not suffer some of the "catastrophic" damage predicted, but acknowledged that it did not come out unscathed.

"We have thousands and thousands of our fellow citizens whose lives are upside down," Edwards said.

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More charges for suspect in protest shooting, as pro-sports walkout marks a sea change

The 17-year-old Illinois resident arrested in connection with the fatal shooting at a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, sparked by the police shooting of Jacob Blake now faces two charges of homicide.

Kyle Rittenhouse was arrested Wednesday on a charge of first-degree intentional homicide. Multiple additional charges were filed against the teenager Thursday afternoon by the Kenosha County district attorney, including another count of first-degree intentional homicide, as well as first-degree reckless homicide and attempted first-degree intentional homicide, according to Wisconsin court records.

Meantime, the walkout by the Milwaukee Bucks before an NBA playoff game this week to protest the police shooting set off a chain reaction unprecedented in the history of professional U.S. sports, NBC News Ethan Sacks writes.

NBA players are expected to return to the floor this weekend, league officials said Thursday.

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THINK about it

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One fun thing

Where'd Earth's water come from? Ancient rocks may hold a clue, scientists say.

Earth's oceans may have formed directly from the "star stuff" that coalesced into the early solar system, according to new research – challenging the idea that most of Earth’s water was delivered here by meteorites and comets.

New research may explain where all that water came from. Robert F. Bukaty / AP

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