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JEB BUSH DEFENDS 14TH AMENDMENT "Jeb Bush said while he supports granting birthright citizenship to the children of immigrants, the policy needs 'greater enforcement' to prevent 'abuse.'" Here's why denouncing or defending the 14th Amendment is the GOP's "new immigration litmus test." [Mollie Reilly, HuffPost]
THE INTERNET DOES NOT KEEP SECRETS Case in point: the Ashley Madison hack. [Alexis Sobel Fitts, HuffPost]
NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA EXCHANGE FIRE "South Korea's military fired dozens of shells Thursday at rival North Korea after the North lobbed a single artillery round at a South Korean border town, the South's Defense Ministry said." [AP]
ARCHEOLOGIST BEHEADED BY ISIS REFUSED TO GIVE UP LOCATION OF HIDDEN ANTIQUITIES Renowned antiquities expert Khaled Asaad was beheaded by ISIS after refusing to reveal the location of "valuable Palmyran artifacts" that had been hidden from the Islamic State. [Reuters]
PROTESTS BREAK OUT IN ST. LOUIS AFTER FATAL POLICE SHOOTING While executing a search warrant, police officers shot and killed a suspect after he raised a gun at officers. Nine people were arrested in the resulting protests. [Mariah Stewart and Sebastian Murdock, HuffPost]
SCIENTISTS HAVE FOUND THE OBESITY GENE "Scientists have finally figured out how the key gene tied to obesity makes people fat, a major discovery that could open the door to an entirely new approach to the problem beyond diet and exercise ... Now experiments reveal that a faulty version of the gene causes energy from food to be stored as fat rather than burned. Genetic tinkering in mice and on human cells in the lab suggests this can be reversed, giving hope that a drug or other treatment might be developed to do the same in people." [AP]
JARED FOGLE AGREES TO HISTORIC PLEA DEAL FOR SEXUALLY ABUSED VICTIMS The former Subway spokesman has been ordered to pay $1.4 million to 14 victims. It is the largest cash payout "for a child pornography or sex trafficking case in the history of the Southern District of Indiana." [Kim Bellware, HuffPost]
LOVE, BIG DATA AND ALL "Scientists believe they've discovered a simple formula for happy relationships. Reader, I tried it." [HuffPost]
REGAL MOVIE THEATERS TO REQUIRE BAG CHECKS The country's largest movie theater chain decided to institute the rule following the two movie theater attacks this summer. [Variety]
WHAT SMALL BUSINESSES WANT FROM LOCAL GOVERNMENT Out of the 18,000 small businesses surveyed, Texas comes away as the clear winner for the best state to set up shop. [Thumbtack]
MEET THE CATS OF LANA'I Or that time billionaire Larry Ellison bought a Hawaiian island full of feral cats. [Buzzfeed]
MEGAN FOX AND BRIAN AUSTIN GREEN HAVE CALLED IT QUITS The two had been married for five years and have two boys together. And no, you're not alone -- it does feel like every celebrity couple is breaking up this summer. [HuffPost]
CONGRATS TO JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT He and his wife, Tasha McCauley, welcomed a baby boy. [HuffPost]
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS INVESTS IN SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVENTION "This month, the UT system intends to launch the largest and most comprehensive study of campus sexual assault ever conducted. The $1.7 million study will be funded by money from the university system's endowment, one of the wealthiest in the nation." [HuffPost]
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'BECAUSE I WAS A SINGLE TEEN MOM' "Because I was a broke, single, teen mom, my daughter became the very first person in my family to graduate college and break a seemingly endless cycle of poverty and hardship. I would do it all over again if I knew this was the final outcome." [HuffPost]
BEFORE YOU GO
~ Congrats to Kelly Clarkson, who announced she was pregnant mid-show last night.
~ Shannon Doherty announced she is battling breast cancer.
~ Why hasn't Beyonce given an interview in over a year?
~ We may not have Jennifer Aniston's wedding dress, but here's a look at her wedding band.
~ This article made us forever afraid we would find rats in our toilet bowls.
~ How to run faster for that darn race your friends talked you into that you're not at all bitter about training for.
~ We're all about the cheap shoes the celebs are wearing these days.
~ Going gluten-free is not all it's hyped up to be. (This is also coming from some bread-lovers, so we're a bit biased.)
~ Do chewing sounds really bother you? It may be misophonia.
~ Long live the website for "Space Jam."
~ Yes, the house from "Silence of the Lambs" is for sale, and you could not pay us to buy it.
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