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Imam Siraj Wahhaj speaks to reporters on Thursday

Imam Siraj Wahhaj speaks to reporters on Thursday in Brooklyn. Photo Credit: AP / Mary Altaffer

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. FATHER RECALLS COMPOUND SUSPECT AS HIGH-STRUNG, NOT RADICAL

A Muslim cleric who leads a well-known Brooklyn mosque says he never believed his son, who is at the center of the New Mexico abuse case, was extreme enough to kill anyone.

2. WHO HAS REMOVED HIMSELF FROM KANSAS VOTE COUNT

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says he will remove himself from the further counting of votes while his Republican primary battle with Gov. Jeff Colyer hangs in the balance

3. WHAT EFFECT SAUDI ARABIA'S EFFORT TO PUNISH CANADA HAS

Many Canadians say they are less concerned about the potential economic effects than they are worried about the Saudi students and doctors who must return home.

4. WHERE FIREFIGHTERS BATTLE TO CURB WILDFIRE

Firefighters are working to curb a new wildfire threatening thousands of homes in the foothills south of Los Angeles before gusty winds can return to drive its explosive growth.

5. WOMEN'S GROUP BEHIND REBEL MEMORIAL QUIETLY BATTLES ON

The United Daughters of the Confederacy are fighting in court to protect their monuments to the "Lost Cause."

6. WHERE ARBITRARY ARRESTS, ABUSE ARE THE NEW NORM

The government crackdown on unrest in Nicaragua led to the arrests of 2,000 people in Nicaragua in recent months, with at least 400 believed still held in jails, prisons and police stations across the country, The AP learns.

7. COURT TELLS EPA TO STOP SALES OF HARMFUL PESTICIDE

A federal appeals court has ruled that the Trump administration endangered public health by keeping a widely used pesticide on the market despite extensive scientific evidence that even tiny levels of exposure can harm babies' brains.

8. KOREAS EXTEND CONCILIATORY STEPS TO ASIAN GAMES

The war-separated rivals will take their reconciliation steps to the Asian Games, where they will jointly march in the opening ceremony and field combined teams.

9. RESCUE TEAM RUSHES TO HELP AILING ORCA

Teams of whale experts are racing out to sea to help an ailing young killer whale, but they don't plan to intervene to help a mother orca in the same critically endangered pod.

10. PLAYERS DEMONSTRATE DURING NATIONAL ANTHEM

Player demonstrations took place during the national anthem at several early NFL preseason games.

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