Storm Watch
August 8, 2014
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Hurricane Iselle was downgraded to tropical storm status early Friday as it hit Hawaii's Big Island with heavy rains, high surf, and maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour. Iselle was the first tropical system to hit Hawaii since Hurricane Iniki, a devastating Category 4 storm, in 1992. To the east, Hurricane Julio gained strength, with top sustained winds of 120 mph. It was expected to pass slightly north of Hawaii by late Monday. --Harold Maass

history destroyed
1:36 a.m. ET

On Sunday, Islamic State militants used more than 30 tons of explosives to blow up part of the Temple of Bel in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, sources said.

The largest structure in the city, the Temple of Bel was constructed in 32 AD and was well preserved. Activists in the area and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights say the temple was damaged, just a week after ISIS blew up the Baal Shamin temple. ISIS captured Palmyra from Syrian government forces in May, and UNESCO chief Irina Bokova said the militants in both Syria and Iraq are behind "the most brutal, systematic" destruction of ancient artifacts since World War II, Al Jazeera reports. Catherine Garcia

He has the kardashian vote
12:43 a.m. ET

Start making your "Yeezus 2020" shirts now: Kanye West is running for president.

During Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards, West made the announcement after accepting the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award from possible future running mate Taylor Swift. West spoke about how he is different now that he's a father and shared his love for other artists. "I will die for the art, for what I believe in," he said. "The art ain't always gonna be polite." Then, boom! West dropped this bombshell: "It's about ideas, bro, new ideas, bro. People with ideas. People who believe in truth. And yes, as you probably could have guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president."

The crowd went wild, but imagining First Lady Kim Kardashian might all be for naught, as West admitted right before his proclamation that he did "smoke something before he came here." This could go two ways: Either it was a joke made under the influence, or legalization will be his major campaign issue in 2020. Catherine Garcia

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Last Week Tonight is off for two more weeks, and to fill the Sunday late-night TV chasm, John Oliver wants to regale you with his favorite lies. Like the one about Paul Revere's severe horse allergy, or the dark origins of Irish step dancing. There's one sort of off-color joke, but it's pretty clean (and short) for Last Week Tonight. Most importantly, Oliver had a message for fans trying to figure out what to do until Sept. 13: "Trust nobody — especially me." Enjoy Oliver's lies — especially the last one — in the video below. Peter Weber

on the run
August 30, 2015

Authorities in Brazil are searching for a mayor accused of stealing funds from schools and running her town via a mobile messenger app.

Prosecutors say that instead of living in Bom Jardim, Lidiane Leite, 25, resided 170 miles away in Sao Luis, the capital of Maranhao state. They say Leite — who was elected after her then-boyfriend, Beto Rocha, was barred from running for mayor in 2012 for alleged corruption — would use WhatsApp to check in with her cabinet, running the town's affairs remotely.

Leite took off when she was mentioned as part of Operation Eden, which discovered that $4 million earmarked for Bom Jardim's school was gone, the BBC reports. Bom Jardim is in one of the country's poorest states, and teachers in the town now aren't being paid. An arrest warrant was issued Thursday, and the town's new mayor was sworn in Saturday, promising to support a full investigation into the missing money. Leite's attorney, Carlos Barros, denies that his client did anything wrong. "She was too young and inexperienced when she took office," he said. "She lacked confidence and delegated many tasks to Mr. Rocha." Catherine Garcia

August 30, 2015

The red carpet for Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards had it all: Miley Cyrus in an ensemble featuring silver suspenders and not much else, Kanye West in your dad's old sweater, Taylor Swift and the collection of women she takes with her everywhere to remind you: She has friends. Take a look at some of the night's getups below. Catherine Garcia

August 30, 2015
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Writer-director Wes Craven, best known for the blockbuster Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream movies, died Sunday in Los Angeles from brain cancer. He was 76.

His family confirmed Craven's death Sunday evening. Craven started working in academia, then left to pursue a career in Hollywood. His first feature film, Last House on the Left, came out in 1972. Craven came up with the idea for the Nightmare on Elm Street movies, which were released from 1984 to 1989, when he was growing up in the suburbs of Cleveland, The Hollywood Reporter says, and lived next to a cemetery. Catherine Garcia

Gun Violence
August 30, 2015
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On Sunday, the father of slain WDBJ7 reporter Alison Parker reiterated comments he made on Wednesday, saying he would push for gun control legislation and adding, "They messed with the wrong family."

Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were shot and killed live on air by a former employee of their Virginia television station. Her father, Andy Parker, told CNN that her family and boyfriend, WDBJ7 anchor Chris Hurst, would "hold the politicians' feet to the fire" in order to enact "real, constructive" legislation that would "get guns out of the hands of people who should not have them." He added, "You always think there's a tipping point. We always thought when Gabby [Giffords] was shot, something would happen; with Sandy Hook, something would happen; with Aurora, something would happen, and it never did."

Parker said he has been in contact with Giffords' husband, Mark Kelly; Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.); and representatives of former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He believes people are tired of the "same old same old" in Washington, and that's why candidates like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Donald Trump are doing well in the polls. "The difference in this situation is [the feeling has] got to apply to sensible gun control legislation," he said. "Controlling the loopholes in gun shows, doing those kinds of things." Catherine Garcia

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