Fired FBI Director James Comey will testify under oath Thursday that President Donald Trump repeatedly pressed him for his "loyalty" and directly pushed him to "lift the cloud" of investigation shadowing his White House by declaring publicly the president was not the target of the probe into his campaign's Russia ties.

Comey testimony set for this morning

WASHINGTON Fired FBI Director James Comey will testify under oath Thursday that President Donald Trump repeatedly pressed him for his "loyalty" and directly pushed him to "lift the cloud" of investigation shadowing his White House by declaring publicly the president was not the target of the probe into his campaign's Russia ties.

Comey's detailed and vivid recollections of his one-on-one conversations with Trump were revealed in seven pages of prepared testimony released Wednesday, the day before his much-anticipated appearance before the Senate intelligence committee.

Comey's testimony will begin at 10 a.m. Eastern in front of the the Senate intelligence committee.

Britain heads to the polls

LONDON Polls will be open until 10 p.m. Thursday (5 p.m. Eastern) in Great Britain, with all 650 seats in the House of Commons up for grabs. A party needs to win 326 seats to form a majority government.

Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May called the snap election three years early in a bid to boost the Conservative majority in Parliament, which she says will strengthen Britain's hand in divorce talks with the European Union.

"Get those negotiations wrong and the consequences will be dire," she warned Wednesday.

Durant's dagger 3 lifts Warriors over Cavs in Game 3

CLEVELAND Kevin Durant drained a big 3-pointer with 45.3 seconds left and scored 31 points as the Golden State Warriors moved within one win of postseason perfection and payback by rallying to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 118-113 on Wednesday night to take a 3-0 lead in the NBA Finals.

The Warriors trailed by six with three minutes left before Durant, who signed with Golden State last summer to win a championship, brought them back, scoring 14 in the fourth.

With their 15th straight win, the Warriors have the longest postseason streak for any team in the four major professional sports.

North Korea fires suspected cruise missiles after US drills

SEOUL, South Korea North Korea fired several suspected short-range anti-ship missiles off its east coast Thursday, South Korea's military said, in a continuation of defiant launches as it seeks to build a nuclear missile capable of reaching the continental United States.

The missiles were fired from the North Korean eastern coastal town of Wonsan and likely flew about 125 miles with an altitude of about 1.2 miles, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement. They landed in waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan, where U.S. aircraft carriers USS Carl Vinson and USS Ronald Reagan participated in joint exercises with the South Korean navy that ended earlier this week.

The North's missile tests present a difficult challenge to new South Korean President Moon Jae-in, a liberal elected last month who has expressed a desire to reach out to Pyongyang. North Korea, which could have a working nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile in the next several years, may also be the most urgent foreign policy concern for the Trump administration, which has been distracted by domestic political turmoil and has insisted China do more to rein in the North's weapons activities.