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1. Giancarlo Stanton favored to win MLB's Home Run Derby

Oakland Athletics slugger Yoenis Cespedes looks to defend his Home Run Derby title against baseball's best sluggers when they gather in Minneapolis. But it's National League home-run leader and Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, 24, who is the odds-on favorite to win the event. Through Thursday, Stanton had amassed 138 homers, many of them moon shots, in his first 2,094 at-bats, including 21 round-trippers this year — the most among the Derby competitors. The 20th annual contest at Target Field in Minneapolis is set to tip off at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN Monday night.

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2. Polar vortex to descend on U.S.

No, that's not a typo. Last winter's favorite whipping boy, it will make a rare summer cameo in the central U.S. during what's typically one of the hottest weeks of the year. Temperatures will be 10 to 30 degrees below average, mainly around the upper Midwest and Great Lakes. Since it's July, the weather should actually be quite delightful, as highs are forecast in the 60s and 70s and lows in the 40s and 50s.

3. Reports: Citigroup to detail $7B settlement

In a settlement expected to be announced Monday, Citigroup will agree to pay $7 billion to the Justice Department for misdeeds associated with the sale of mortgage-backed securities tied to the 2008 financial crisis, according to published reports Sunday. The bank has been under investigation by federal authorities for faulty mortgage securities that fueled the housing bubble a decade ago.

4. Israel downs unmanned drone from Gaza

Israel's military said Monday it shot down an unmanned drone along its southern coastline, the first time it has encountered such a weapon since its struggle with Gaza Strip militants began last week. The development comes as thousands of residents fled northern Gaza on Sunday at the urging of the Israeli military as its ground troops briefly crossed the border on a mission to destroy a launching site.

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5. Activist Malala Yousafzai turns 17, vows to help free Nigerian girls

Pakistani teen Malala Yousafzai, shot in the head by the Taliban after campaigning for the right to ensure education for girls, turns 17 Monday, and she's back in the news, this time to help free a group of Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by Islamist militants. Malala met with parents of the more than 200 girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram from their school in April. The bold attack drew an international outcry, including a social media campaign on Twitter featuring the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls. "I can see those girls as my sisters ... and I'm going to speak up for them until they are released," Malala said. She was scheduled to meet with Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan. "My birthday wish this year is ... bring back our girls now and alive," she said.

Bonus: Bastille Day marks the beginning of the French revolution. It's a French holiday, but you can celebrate it, too. You can also celebrate soccer's next great dynasty.

And the essentials:

Weather: The forecast for Monday calls for possible severe thunderstorms that may bring damaging wind gusts and hail from southeastern Missouri through the Ohio Valley into central New York.

Stocks: U.S. stock futures were moving higher Monday.

TV Tonight: Wondering what to watch tonight? TV critic Robert Bianco looks at Backpackers, 24, and Seed

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