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1. News conference scheduled on Robin Williams' death

An autopsy for actor and comedian Robin Williams is scheduled for Tuesday, after he was found dead in his California home. The Marin County sheriff's office said Williams was found unconscious and not breathing around noon Monday. The county coroner suspects the death was "a suicide due to asphyxia," according to the sheriff's news release. A news conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. PT.

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2. Kevin Ward Jr.'s death could prompt safety changes in NASCAR

There is an entertainment component to driver altercations — which often are used by speedways in promotions geared toward selling tickets — but NASCAR will likely discuss rules Tuesday that keep drivers in their cars under caution until safety personnel arrive. Prompted by Sunday's death of Kevin Ward Jr. in a sprint car race, NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp told USA TODAY Sports: "We always have discussions to become better. NASCAR has a history of looking at situations, and we're not afraid to react to them."

3. Cuomo, N.Y. lawmakers head to Israel

N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo will travel to Israel Tuesday to show support for the country embroiled in a conflict with Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, which is currently in the middle of a shaky, three-day truce. Cuomo, a potential 2016 presidential candidate who is seeking a second term in November as governor, will travel with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Independent Democratic Conference leader Jeff Klein, who are both Jewish, along with Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrote a letter to Cuomo last month thanking him for the support of Israel by New York, which has about 1.7 million Jews — the largest population outside Israel.

4. Baseball's most embarrassing moment: 1994 strikes

Twenty years ago Tuesday, baseball came to a screeching halt and didn't return for 232 days. The 1994 Major League Baseball strike canceled the remainder of the season, and for the first time since 1904, even the World Series. It abruptly ended Michael Jordan's baseball career. It killed the Montreal Expos franchise. And it stopped Tony Gwynn's march toward a .400 season.

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5. Ukraine plans to block Russia aid trucks at the border

Ukraine does not plan to allow a convoy of 280 trucks that left Russia for eastern Ukraine across the border. Russian television said the trucks were loaded with everything from baby food to sleeping bags, but the International Red Cross Committee said it had not received any information on what the trucks were carrying or where they were heading. Some Western leaders have expressed concerns that the aid shipment could be used as a pretext for sending Russian troops into rebel-controlled territory.

Bonus: It's World Elephant Day! Check out some adorable elephant videos to celebrate.

And the essentials:

Weather: Flooding rain and severe thunderstorms expected in the East; scattered thunderstorms are possible in the Rockies and West.

Stocks: Major market index futures were slightly higher Tuesday ahead of the Labor Department's release of July job openings and job turnover numbers.

TV Tonight: Wondering what to watch tonight? TV critic Robert Bianco looks at NCIS and The Waltons.

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Contributing: Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY Sports

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