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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. 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.
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.
Two days after a carjacking that killed three siblings in North Philadelphia, police have two persons of interest in custody -- a 19-year-old male and a man in his 20s. Five pedestrians were working at the fruit cart around 11:15 a.m. on Friday when a white Toyota 4Runner, stolen minutes earlier by two men, blew a tire and jumped the curb, Philadelphia Police Homicide Capt. James Clark said. Officials said the three were helping their mother sell the fruit to raise money for their church.
Despite a 24-hour cease-fire proposal, Israel and the militant group that rules the Gaza Strip continued launching attacks Sunday, NBC News reported. Hamas asked for a cease-fire hours after Israel resumed attacks on the enclave, but 492 rockets were launched at Israel. Meanwhile, the Israeli army launched over 30 attacks on the Gaza strip Sunday, killing 14 people, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry. More than 1,030 Palestinians have died in the course of the 20-day conflict, while 46 Israelis have been killed. The U.N. Security Council has scheduled a meeting at midnight to adopt a statement calling for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire," the Associated Press reported.
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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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.