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A 20-year-old has man died in the hospital after being struck by lightning at Venice Beach on Sunday, officials said. Seven other beach-goers were hospitalized, including one with critical injuries. A 57-year-old man who was at a golf course on an island off Los Angeles was also struck by lightning. He was hospitalized in stable condition, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.
Five family members have been found shot to death at their apartment in Saco, Maine, police told NBC-affiliate WCSH, NECN reported. Among the dead are a mother and father in their 30s and three children, ages 4, 7 and 12. Police are still investigating but said it appears the killer was a member of the family. An autopsy is scheduled Monday.
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The U.N. Security Council called for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas at an emergency meeting just after midnight Monday morning, The Associated Press reported. The council urged Israel and Hamas "to accept and fully implement" the truce that would allow for the delivery of urgently needed assistance. The 20-day war has killed more than 1,030 Palestinians, mainly civilians, according to the Palestinian health ministry.
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A second U.S. citizen working in Liberia has tested positive
for the deadly Ebola virus, a charitable organization working in the county said on Sunday, NBC News reported. The latest victim is Nancy Writebol, who was helping a joint Serving In Mission/Samaritan's Purse team in Liberia to help treat victims of the deadly disease at a Case Management Center in Monrovia, according to a statement from Samaritan’s Purse. Meanwhile, Dr. Kent Brantly,
33, an American earlier infected with the disease was receiving intensive treatment Sunday and was in stable condition.
Storms battered the U.S. on Sunday, unleashing hail on Michigan, destroying homes in Tennessee and triggering tornado warnings from Kentucky to Connecticut. Severe flooding caused evacuations in northeastern Ohio, where cars were submerged in flooded intersections and under overpasses, NBC affiliate WKYC reported. Hundreds of thousands were left without power from Michigan to Kentucky.
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Police say a toddler crashed a Jeep into an Oregon home, then ran back to his home to watch cartoons.
Dr. Kent Brantly, the medical director for an Ebola care center located at a hospital outside Monrovia, Liberia, is stable and in very serious condition, diagnosed with the very disease he was trying to help fight. Friends describe the 33-year-old as a great person and great doctor. “Kent is a humble family man, soft spoken yet deep thoughts and very intelligent,” said friend and colleague from John Peter Smith Hospital.
A tow truck driver who had just repossessed a car was shot and killed in the street after being chased by a vehicle across several cities in Los Angeles County early Sunday morning, sheriff's officials said. "We think it’s a repossession that has gone bad," said sheriff's Lt. Dave Dolson. The tow truck driver was identified by friends as Steve Lawson of Bellflower.
British researchers conducted an experiment that suggested that fist bumps are a cleaner way for people to greet each other, The Associated Press reported. The familiar knocking of knuckles spreads only one-twentieth the amount of bacteria that a handshake does, researchers report. Their results were published online Monday in the American Journal of Infection Control.
Two fast-moving blazes ripped through Northern California Sunday, destroying 13 homes and prompting hundreds of evacuations, The Associated Press reported. The fire, which also destroyed 38 outbuildings, was 50 percent contained Sunday night, but 515 homes remained at risk, a CalFire statement said. Officials say the fire started Friday when a vehicle drove over dry vegetation.
On Sunday, The New York Times became the largest U.S. newspaper to support decriminalizing pot on the federal level. Thirty-six states and the District of Columbia have loosened their marijuana laws and 55 percent of Americans say they support legalizing the drug. Alaska and Oregon will decide whether or not to allow marijuana for recreational purposes in November of this year.
Russian forces are firing rockets and heavy artillery into Ukraine in support of pro-Russia rebels, satellite images released Sunday show, according to the U.S. government. The four images were taken between July 21 and July 26 and support previous claims by the U.S. that Russia is moving heavy artillery systems toward Ukraine. Russia has denied involvement in the conflict.
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A five-month pregnant woman died after she was shot in the head in what Hernando County, Florida, authorities say was an accidental shooting. The woman was shot Saturday evening while visiting friends. She was quickly transported to a nearby hospital and then airlifted to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, where doctors removed the woman's baby from her womb, but he did not survive either.
Three siblings have been killed and their mother and another woman are critically hurt after carjackers ran down a group of people in North Philadelphia, police say.