Beachgoers reported seeing a bright flash, hearing the sound of a loud explosion and witnessing the chaos that ensued along the coast during a fatal lightning strike in Venice on Sunday afternoon.
A severe weather system that has already flattened homes, spawned tornadoes and flooded neighborhoods threatened to cause more damage Monday, NBC News reported. Storms pounded a vast area from New Hampshire to North Carolina and from Michigan to northern Louisiana on Sunday. Six tornadoes reportedly touched down, more than 200,000 customers were left without power and and thousands of flights were canceled or delayed. The weather system was expected hit New England and West Virginia from around 1 p.m., while the South was set to be slammed in the afternoon.
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As international pressure mounted to end the 21-day conflict in the Gaza Strip that has led to more than 1,000 deaths, an Israeli military official said the army would only fire in response to attacks, adding that this would be for an "unlimited" period, Reuters reported. Gaza gradually fell quiet at the start of a major Muslim holiday Monday, Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. Just after midnight Monday morning, the U.N. Security Council called for a humanitarian truce to stretched beyond Eid.
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Police say a toddler crashed a Jeep into an Oregon home, then ran back to his home to watch cartoons. Authorities say the 3-year-old boy who was wearing only a diaper climbed into the Jeep Tuesday evening and knocked it out of gear. Witnesses say it rolled down the street, through an intersection and into the house.
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. The full results of the study were published online Monday in the American Journal of Infection Control.
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.
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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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.
Passersby were hit by a car Saturday evening while the annual Comic-Con Zombie Walk took over downtown San Diego, the San Diego Police Department confirmed, and the whole incident was caught on cell phone video. Police said a deaf family with small children in the black Honda Accord was stopped waiting for participants of the Zombie Walk to cross. After several minutes the father slowly rolled forward. According to the SDPD, several people from the crowd of zombies allegedly surrounded the car and began punching it. Police said the car windshield was shattered by the crowd. The family was frightened, police said, so the father drove forward again. As he drove, he struck a 64-year-old woman with the side of his car.
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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Five family members were found shot to death at their apartment in Saco, Maine, police told NBC-affiliate WCSH, NECN reported. Among the dead were a mother and father in their 30s and three children, ages 4, 7 and 12. Police are still investigating but said it appeared the killer was a member of the family. An autopsy is scheduled Monday.
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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.
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said 15 people were hospitalized after using synthetic marijuana in the last few days, officials said. The agency said ER visits for drug reactions have more than doubled so far this year and warned people to steer clear of the drug, which can cause hallucinations and seizures.