10 Things to Know for Thursday

Lonnie Franklin Jr., a convicted serial killer known as the "Grim Sleeper," listens to emotional statements from family members of his victims before being sentenced to death in Los Angeles Superior Court Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. Franklin was sentenced to death for the murders of nine women and a teenage girl that went unsolved for years as the body count grew in a poor section of Los Angeles haunted by the scourge of crack cocaine. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool)
FILE - In this early morning, Aug. 13, 2013 file photo, a meteor streaks past the faint band of the Milky Way galaxy above the Wyoming countryside north of Cheyenne, Wyo., during a Perseids meteor shower. On Thursday night, Aug. 11, 2016 into early Friday morning, the Perseid meteor shower is expected to peak with double the normal number of meteors. Scientists call this an outburst, and they say it could reach up to 200 meteors per hour. (AP Photo/The Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Blaine McCartney)

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

1. DRUMBEAT OF CRITICISM MAY BE CATCHING UP TO TRUMP

Rather than continuing to float above the condemnation, the billionaire businessman is losing ground in preference polls and alienating prominent Republicans by the day.

2. 'ENEMY IS IN RETREAT ON ALL FRONTS'

A U.S. commander says the military campaigns against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria have taken 45,000 enemy combatants off the battlefield.

3. WHO SURVIVED SCARE IN RIO

The U.S. men's basketball team rallies from a halftime deficit to turn back Australia, 98-88.

4. 'GRIM SLEEPER' SENT TO DEATH ROW

The Los Angeles serial killer is sentenced for the murders of nine women and a teenage girl — but authorities believe he may have had as many as 25 victims.

5. WHERE WILDFIRES ARE RAGING UNABATED

Fourteen major wildfires are burning out of control in mainland Portugal, killing at least four people and burnig down dozens of houses.

6. FORMER AIDE POINTS FINGER AT CHRIS CHRISTIE

The aide texted that the New Jersey governor "flat out lied" when he said senior staffers weren't involved in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal, according to a court filing.

7. BRAZIL'S FIRST FEMALE LEADER MIRED IN POLITICAL DRAMA

The Senate votes overwhelmingly to put suspended President Dilma Rousseff on trial, moving her a step closer to being permanently removed.

8. GET SET FOR OUTBURST OF SHOOTING STARS

The annual Perseid meteor shower is expected to peak with double the normal number of meteors — up to 200 an hour.

9. WHICH CELEB COUPLE IS CALLING IT QUITS

Christie Brinkley and John Mellencamp are splitting up after a year of dating.

10. VERSATILE ESPN SPORTSCASTER DIES AT 61

John Saunders joined the network in 1986 and hosted ESPN's "The Sports Reporters" for the last 15 years.

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