ABC7 WEATHER: Partly cloudy, breezy and very warm, but less humid. Highs to peak in the uppers 80s. http://wj.la/1ivsSwP
'GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON': Among the reports - A teenage girl was allegedly held captive as a sex slave in a Prince George's County apartment http://wj.la/1nI4rrT; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m.
IRAQ LATEST: Strange bedfellows, indeed. The Obama administration has found itself in a foreign policy and national security pickle of rare complexity with the apparent entry of Syria into the Iraq conflict on the side of the U.S.-backed government in Baghdad, as well as active Iranian military support for Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Washington already was toeing a delicate line with Shiite Iran, which the U.S. deems the world's most active state sponsor of terrorism, over their common short-term interest in turning back the advance of militant Sunni rebels in Iraq. http://apne.ws/1v8Lcfa
D.C. CAB PROTEST: D.C. taxi cab drivers staged a major protest in the district Wednesday afternoon, congesting streets and creating noise by honking their horns.
The drivers were protesting app-based services such as UberX and Lyft, which allow people in the D.C. Metro area to use an app on their phone to summon a car to them - usually within minutes - and drive them somewhere, and pay instantly through the app rather than fumbling for cash or credit cards.
Hundreds of cabs jammed traffic on streets in Northwest, creating major traffic problems. http://wj.la/1o3zKQV
FAKE CREDIT UNION GUILTY PLEA: An Indianapolis man has pleaded guilty to defrauding thousands of investors through a fake online credit union. Sixty-three-year-old Timothy Coughlin entered the plea Wednesday in federal court in Alexandria. Prosecutors say 5,000 investors from 50 countries made deposits to the fake credit union totaling almost $15 million. http://wapo.st/1qdDMtb
SILVER SPRING MAN DIES: Montgomery County Police say a man who was stabbed in a Silver Spring apartment has died. Officers say that 49-year-old Tomas Herrera Batres of Silver Spring died June 23 of injuries he sustained in the June 19 incident. Thirty-one-year-old Ulises Blanco-Melgar is charged with attempted murder and assault. http://wj.la/1nGM47T
POLITICO PLAYBOOK: National Republican leaders are toasting primary season as a smashing success over activist conservatives that has put the hard right on the ropes and given the Washington GOP the slate of candidates it wanted for 2014. Those victories, however, have come at a staggering cost and Republicans are painfully aware of the price of putting down an intraparty insurrection. Establishment-aligned groups have already spent some $23 million on independent expenditures propping up favored House and Senate candidates in contentious primaries, according to a POLITICO review of Federal Election Commission records. http://politi.co/1pm0EaD
WORLD CUP: The United States will advance to the second round of World Cup with a victory or a tie today against Germany, or a tie by Ghana and Portugal. The Americans are 1-0-1 in Group G following a 2-1 win over Ghana and a 2-2 tie with Portugal. The Yanks will be without Jozy Altidore for the second straight game because of a strained hamstring. http://wj.la/1iI4GXK
SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nats lose 9-2 to Brewers; Virginia Cavaliers lose College World Series; http://wj.la/1rps9gt
TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: The most expensive real estate deal in the history of D.C. closed earlier this week when the Patterson mansion on Dupont Circle was sold for $20 million. The Bethesda-based buyer will turn the 112-year-old mansion into 400 sub-level apartments. http://wj.la/1o3C8XT
NEWSTALK: Among our guests today: WMAL reporter Martin DiCaro will be in studio to talk about the D.C. taxi protest over Uber and the opening of the Silver Line. Former GMU soccer coach Richard Broad will preview the World Cup USA versus Germany. match. Washington Blade reporter Chris Johnson will look at the same-sex marriage rulings in Indiana and Utah. And we'll talk about this week's big Supreme Court rulings.