David Croft fixes the U.S. flag at a growing memorial in front of the Armed Forces Career Center in Chattanooga, Tenn., July 16, 2015.
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Top stories you need to know this morning

Congratulations, you made it to Friday! Before you head into the weekend, here are the top stories that you need to know:

1. The alleged gunman who killed four Marines, injured a police officer and a Marine recruiter, and critically injured a Navy sailor at two military centers in Chattanooga Thursday was identified as 24-year-old Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez. He was not in any federal terrorism database, officials said.

The Rachel Maddow Show, 7/16/15, 9:32 PM ET

Chattanooga shooting survivor recounts the attack

Sergeant First Class Robert Dodge, head of the Army Recruiting Center in Chattanooga that was fired upon today, talks with Rachel Maddow about what he experienced during the shooting and how his military training and experience guided his actions.

2. James Holmes was found guilty of first-degree murder Thursday in the deaths of 12 people at an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater in 2012. He now faces the possibility of being sentenced to death. 

3. Hillary Clinton was interrupted by climate change protesters at her town hall in New Hampshire, where she took the protester’s questions in stride and allowed them to stay in the room. 

4. Liberal Democrats flocked to Phoenix for the Netroots Nation conference, a three-day event dedicated to left-wing politics. Presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley are set to speak, and progressive darling Elizabeth Warren is Friday’s keynote speaker. Follow ‘shiftmsnbc’ on Snapchat and Instagram to get live updates from our team. 

5.  After making his first appearance in court yesterday, Dylann Roof, the 21-year old who killed nine African-Americans in Charleston, South Carolina, was given a trial date of July 11, 2016.

And in case you missed it:

The nominations were released yesterday for the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards. Can “Mad Men” and “Parks and Recreation” win nominations for their final seasons? (NBC News)

A team of scientists in Singapore announced a potentially huge breakthrough that could help cure Parkinson’s disease. (CNBC)

Brad Pitt and Biil Maher are all torn up over Costco’s treatment of their hens, accusing them of animal cruelty. (Fortune)

El Niño is bringing some much-needed preciptation to parts of California affected by a drought. (TIME)

Hugely successful car-service app Uber is facing a bleak reality after a California judge threatened to close them down unless they paid $7.3 million in fines. (Mic)

Netflix announced on Thursday that their global subscriber count has grown to more than 65 million, beating their own forecast. (Huffington Post)

President Obama wants to bring the Internet to public housing in 28 different cities. (Slate)

Top stories you need to know this morning