Breakfast Briefing: The 7 stories PR pros need to know on Friday morning, 7.1.2016

Power List 2016; Facebook puts an end to Paper; Vincent Harris out as Trump digital adviser; Advocacy groups put pressure on NBA; Lynch says she won't overrule FBI on Clinton emails; NHTSA investigates Tesla 'autopilot' death.

See where your CEO or top client ranked. The 2016 edition of PRWeek’s Power List is out, ranking the 50 most powerful people in PR and communications. As a special bonus this year, the chief executives of Edelman and Weber Shandwick interviewed each other in this video.

Facebook is putting Paper out of its misery. Paper is the news app released by Facebook for iOS that allows users to look at the stories their friends are buzzing about without the baby pictures and vacation check-ins getting in the way. The company will no longer support the app as of July 29, it told users in a message on Thursday.

That was fast. Vincent Harris’ brief tenure as a digital strategist for Donald Trump’s campaign has come to an end. Fast Company reported that he was fired for leaking news of his own hire. (Politico broke that news on Tuesday). Harris said in a series of tweets that someone else leaked the story and contended that his firm’s project work for Trump had come to an end.

Four advocacy groups have urged the NBA not to compromise with North Carolina lawmakers on an amendment to the state’s controversial "bathroom bill" that both the groups and the basketball league said isn’t up to their standards. The NBA’s All-Star Game is scheduled for next February in Charlotte.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch is set to say Friday that she will not overrule the FBI or Justice Department officials on whatever course of action they recommend on the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state. Lynch’s chat this week on an airport tarmac with former President Bill Clinton has raised eyebrows.

The NHTSA is investigating Tesla’s autopilot technology after a driver reportedly died in a crash while using the self-driving feature. The death, believed to be the first of its kind, is expected to result in more scrutiny of self-driving technologies.

From the campaign trail: Major details of Republican Convention up in the air with weeks to go; Sanders pushes back against reports he’s about to endorse Clinton; Trump jokes about "Mexican plane" at New Hampshire event; Infighting among Trump supporters on Reddit. 

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