Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
1. STORMS BREW AHEAD OF TRUMP’S GOLF HOLIDAY
With his poll numbers stalled and his ability to rally the country questioned, the president is being tested by an escalating trade war with China, rising tensions with both Iran and North Korea and, in the aftermath of the latest mass shootings, pressure to act on guns and face accusations of his own role in fostering an environment of hate.
2. EMBATTLED HEAD OF NRA PUSHES BACK ON GUN CONTROL-MEASURES
Wayne LaPierre has been engulfed in turmoil and legal issues as he orchestrates the group’s latest effort to push back against gun-control measures.
3. WHERE SILENCE, DESPAIR REIGN AND RAGE IS GROWING
Srinagar, the administrative summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, is a city under siege. Thousands of people have been forced indoors, shops and even health clinics were shuttered, and all communications and the internet have been cut off in an Indian government clampdown.
4. CHARACTER, NOT POLICY, TOPS THIS CANDIDATE’S CAMPAIGN MESSAGE
Former Vice President Joe Biden has reasserted himself with a blistering takedown of President Donald Trump’s racist language and the ways in which some of the president’s anti-immigrant outbursts could have inspired one of the shootings.
5. FATHER OF BLACK MAN SHOT DEAD BY WHITE OFFICER SEEKS NEW INVESTIGATION
Michael Brown Sr. says he will call on the prosecuting attorney to reopen the case when he speaks Friday, on the fifth anniversary of his son’s death, at a rally outside the St. Louis County Justice Center.
6. MUSLIMS FROM AROUND THE WORLD BEGIN FIVE-DAY PILGRIMAGE
The hajj this year comes at a time of heightened sectarian and political tensions in the Persian Gulf and as Muslim minorities in China, Myanmar, India, New Zealand and other countries face increased threats, even attacks.
7. CHINA BRACES FOR STRONG TYPHOON LEKIMA
The red alert issued is the most serious in the county’s four-tired alert system, prompting authorities to prepare evacuations, suspend train and air travel and require vessels to return to port.
8. MISSISSIPPI POULTRY PLANT RAIDS WILL HAVE LASTING EFFECT ON COMMUNITIES
In the coming months, as those people await hearings, they’re unlikely to be able to work or pay their mortgages, parents are afraid for their children to go back to school and local businesses owners fear they will have to close down as people opt to stay home.
9. THE ANDROID COULD BE REPLACED
Huawei Technologies Ltd., the No. 2 global smartphone brand, says it can replace the operating system if U.S. sanctions on the Chinese tech giant cut off access to the Google system.
10. WHAT’S CAUSING ANXIETY IN ALASKA
The state has been roiled by a budget dilemma linked to its uneasy reliance on oil, bringing a reckoning that has scrambled traditional political alliances.