Donald Trump predicted that with him sitting out Thursday night's Republican debate in Des Moines, Iowa, Fox News would see its ratings plummet. Stephen Colbert, after mocking Trump's decision to skip the debate because he doesn't like moderator Megyn Kelly — "after all, why would he want to practice going head-to-head against a strong blonde woman?" — basically agreed with Trump's assessment of the debate audience.
"With zero Trump in tonight's debate, there are now 24 million viewers up for grabs, and I am grabbing them," Colbert said on Thursday's Late Show. "If Fox News has no Trump, then I am all Trump." And so he hosted his own "top tremendous all-you-can-Trump luxury presidential debate," featuring just one candidate. "Tonight, the leading Republican faces off against arguably his greatest opponent: himself," Colbert said, introducing Donald and Mr. Trump. "You know the rules: You say the first thing that comes into your mind, and no matter what it is, your poll numbers go up."
The debate consisted of Trump saying one thing on TV, then contradicting himself in another clip — sort of like the treatment Kelly gave Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz in the real Fox News debate. There are some pretty big stinkers in there, but Colbert ended on a gracious note: "I want to thank Donald Trump for being just as divided as this country is." Watch below. Peter Weber
Police say two people were killed and at least a dozen more were injured Monday in a shooting outside a nightclub in Fort Myers, Florida, NBC News reports. Shots were fired in the parking lot of Club Blu bar around 12:30 a.m. ET, officials say. One suspect is in custody but "the Fort Myers Police Department and Lee County Sheriff’s Office are actively canvassing the area looking for other persons who may be involved in this incident," police said in a statement.
The incident comes a little more than a month after a gunman killed 49 people in an attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Jessica Hullinger
Whether it's Donald Trump appearing at the Republican National Convention with the strains of Queen in the background or Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) playing the Dropkick Murphys during a campaign stop, politicians have long been using music at their events against the wishes of the artists.
On Sunday's Last Week Tonight, John Oliver urged musicians to come together and take a stand against the unauthorized use of their work, and Usher, Michael Bolton, Josh Groban, Sheryl Crow, and others accepted his call to action. Watch the video below to hear their message to politicians, and also for a free song that any one of them could — and should — start using on the campaign trail. Catherine Garcia
It didn't work for Kramer and Newman, and prosecutors say it also didn't work for a man found with 10,000 empty cans in the back of a rented Budget truck.
In Michigan, recyclers receive 10 cents for the bottles they return, a higher refund than in most states where it is 5 cents. Under Michigan's bottle deposit law, it is illegal to recycle bottles and cans purchased out of state, with the maximum sentence being five years in prison. Prosecutors say that this is exactly what Brian Everidge planned to do when he was pulled over about 40 miles away from Detroit in April for speeding. The trooper said he found more than 10,000 aluminum cans in the back of Everidge's truck, and Everidge told him they were from Kentucky and "his intent was to return them; he just didn't say where he was going to return them."
Everidge's attorney is arguing that his client was improperly charged, since the trooper "caught him too early," The Guardian reports. "He attempted to attempt to return the bottles." He is charged with one felony count of beverage return of non-refundable bottles, and faces up to five years in prison. Wayne State University law professor Peter Henning said if Everidge is found guilty, he doubts he'll be put in prison — it would cost the state $35,500 a year for him to be incarcerated. Had Everidge returned all of the bottles in Michigan, Henning estimates he would have pocketed about $1,000. Catherine Garcia
Goodbye Twilight Zone, hello Guardians of the Galaxy.
— 102.7 KIIS-FM (@1027KIISFM) July 24, 2016
At Comic-Con in San Diego, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige announced Disney is revamping its popular California Adventure elevator drop ride, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. The ride, which sends thrill seekers plummeting down several stories, will close in January and reopen in the summer of 2017 with a new theme: Guardians of the Galaxy. Disney bought Marvel Entertainment in 2009 for $4 billion, and fans have predicted that the attraction will be part of a new Marvel land at the Anaheim theme park, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Fans of the ride in its original form are not happy with the plan, and have let Disney know about their anger on Twitter and by launching a Change.org petition. One person even offered up another tower to be sacrificed instead:
get rid of this tower of terror instead pic.twitter.com/ETW2pwoPwd
— david murray (@itsdahveeed) July 25, 2016
Are you listening, Disney? Catherine Garcia
Heat warnings and advisories are in place across 26 states, with higher than normal temperatures expected through the next week.
In Michigan, at least five people are dead from heart attacks or breathing difficulties related to humidity and high temperatures, Roseville Fire Chief Mike Holland told The Macomb Daily. Meteorologists say a dome of high pressure is affecting most of the United States, trapping hot air and causing extremely high temperatures. The heat is fueling fires in California and will make for an uncomfortable Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, where on Monday it is expected to feel like it's 108 degrees. Catherine Garcia
Four people died Sunday afternoon after a Dallas Cowboys bus and passenger van collided in northwestern Arizona.
— ABC News (@ABC) July 25, 2016
The accident occurred on U.S. 93, roughly 28 miles north of Kingman, and officials say the van was making an illegal left turn onto the road when it collided with the bus. The Arizona Department of Public Safety said no one on the bus was seriously injured, and the dead were passengers in the van; KTNV reports two of the victims were adults and two were teenagers. No players were on the bus when the accident took place, but four staff members, including the team mascot, have bumps and bruises, WFAA says. Catherine Garcia
The two newest members of the Baseball Hall of Fame, Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza, were inducted on Sunday afternoon.
Griffey, an outfielder who started and ended his career with the Mariners, and Piazza, a Mets catcher, both spoke during a ceremony at the hall of fame in Cooperstown, New York. Griffey, a 13-time All Star and 10-time Gold Glove Award winner, told the crowd he is "damn proud to be a Seattle Mariner," and there are "two misconceptions about me — I didn't work hard and everything I did I made look easy. Just because I made it look easy doesn't mean that it was. You don't become a Hall of Famer by not working, but working day in and day out." He thanked his parents, especially his mother, who is "the only woman I know that lives in one house and runs five others."
Piazza, a 12-time All-Star and recipient of 10 Silver Slugger Awards, also shared his gratitude for his mother and father, and remarked on the home run he hit in the first sporting event played in New York City after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. "To witness the darkest evil of the human heart…will be forever burned in my soul," he said. "But from tragedy and sorrow came bravery, love, compassion, character, and eventual healing." Griffey was the first pick of the 1987 amateur draft and the highest draft pick ever inducted into the Hall of Fame, while Piazza, the 62nd-round pick in 1988, is the lowest. Catherine Garcia