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4 to Watch: Exploring the New Frontier of Political Ads

Take a look at four stories we're watching Wednesday, including a closer look at Facebook political ads and an armed robber who blew his own cover in Compton

Take a look at four stories we're watching Wednesday Aug. 1, 2018.

1. Exploring the New Frontier of Political Advertising

Facebook has changed its rules in an effort to make political ads on its platform more obvious. And, new data released by Facebook and collected by researchers at NYU shows we're still seeing plenty of political ads there — at least 2.2 billion times since May. Use this interactive (or click the dropdowns below) to explore ads that were targeted toward your state, gender and age.

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Data: Facebook/NYU Credit: Peter Andringa/NBC

2. LAPD Hostage Shooting Lawsuit

A law firm will file a lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles Wednesday on behalf of the children of a woman who was accidentally killed by LAPD gunfire while being held hostage by a knife-wielding criminal. Attorneys and family members spoke about the lawsuit  at a mid-day news conference.

3. Caught on Camera: 'Hoodie Bandit' Blows His Cover

Police are looking for an armed robber who briefly let down his guard -- and his hoodie -- during a heist last month at a Compton convenience store. Security camera images show the "Hoodie Bandit" pull his hoodie up around his face, but then pull it back down when demanding money from employees behind the counter. Watch the security camera video.

4. Smoke and Fire in California, as Seen From Space

NASA satellite photos show almost all of central and Northern California shrouded in smoke from the Ferguson, Carr and other wildfires. Click here  for a collection of wildfire photos from NASA satellites.

[NATL-LA GALLERY UPDATED 10/28] Smoke and Fire From Space: Wildfire Images From NASA Satellites

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