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.
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.
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.
As international pressure mounted to end a 21-day conflict in which more than 1,000 people have been killed, 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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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.
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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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.
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 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 20-year-old man has died in the hospital after being struck by lightning at Venice Beach on Sunday, officials said. Seven other beachgoers were also hospitalized, including one with critical injuries.
Shootings Saturday and Sunday increased the total number of people shot in Chicago over the weekend to 23. Casualties over the weekend include a 13-year-old boy who was shot and killed at about 6 p.m. A 3-year-old was also critically wounded Friday night when he was shot at about 10:15 p.m. The bullet struck the young boy in his abdomen and exited through his hip, officials said. Police say the child's mother's boyfriend was the intended target.
One man is dead and his daughter injured after a single engine plane crashed on a Florida beach Sunday afternoon, according to NBC affiliate WFLA. The father and daughter were walking on the beach when the plane crashed. The pilot and his passenger were not injured.
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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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