Today's edition of quick hits:
* Ferguson: "More than a dozen protesters were arrested Monday outside a federal courthouse in St. Louis during a peaceful act of disobedience, and county officials declared a state of emergency in light of an outburst of gun violence on the streets of Ferguson late Sunday."
* Turkey: "At least one assailant opened fire near the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul early Monday, sparking a gunfight with police, witnesses and local media said. A female suspect was detained but a male fled, police sources told NBC News."
* Expertise should count for something in policymaking: "Twenty-nine of the nation's top scientists -- including Nobel laureates, veteran makers of nuclear arms and former White House science advisers -- wrote to President Obama on Saturday to praise the Iran deal, calling it innovative and stringent."
* Christian Taylor: "The FBI has been invited to assist in the investigation into the deadly police shooting of an unarmed college football player by an officer responding to a burglary call at a Texas car dealership, the police chief said Saturday."
* Also in Texas: "The man charged with killing six children and a couple at their home in a Houston suburb had a previous relationship with the woman he is accused of killing, and at least one of the murdered children was likely his own, authorities said Sunday. "
* Iran: "An Iranian court on Monday held its final hearing in the trial of a Washington Post journalist charged with espionage and other crimes, and a decision could come within the week, his attorney said."
* Florida: "Gov. Rick Scott has agreed to spend $700,000 in taxpayer money to settle seven public records lawsuits alleging he and several members of his staff violated state law when they created email accounts to shield their communications from state public records laws and then withheld the documents."
* And a little something else for members of Congress to consider: "A top German official warned Thursday of a 'nightmare' and a 'catastrophe' if Congress derails the Iran nuclear deal, and cited Germany's unique relationship with Israel as a reason why it would not accept an agreement which endangers that country."
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.