This just in
July 16, 2014

An Israeli airstrike on Wednesday killed four children — all members of the same family — and wounded several others on a Gaza beach in front of a hotel packed with foreign journalists. The first shell hit around 4 p.m. local time, while a second strike hit survivors as they ran up the beach toward the safety of the hotel.

The Guardian's Peter Beaumont, who watched the strikes hit from the hotel terrace, called it a "personal low point" to have administered first aid, along with other journalists, to wounded children. He offered this deeply distressing account of the attack:

Pulling up the T-shirt of the first boy, who looks about eight years old, we find a shrapnel hole, small and round as a pencil head, where he has been hit in the chest over the second rib. Another boy, a brother or cousin, who is uninjured, slumps by the wall of the terrace, weeping by his side.

The boy cries in pain as we clean and dress the wound, wrapping a field dressing around his chest, pressing to staunch the bleeding. He winces in pain, and he is clearly embarrassed too as a colleague checks his shorts to look for unseen femoral bleeding. [The Guardian]

Nearly 200 Palestinians have died in the conflict so far, an estimated 80 percent of whom were civilians, according to the United Nations; Israel has suffered one casualty. Jon Terbush

that's a lot of money
12:37 a.m. ET
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A free cup of coffee could lead to a $750,000 payday for a North Carolina police lieutenant suing Starbucks, saying he was severely burned after the lid came off the cup and hot coffee spilled all over him.

Matthew Kohr and his wife, Melanie, are suing the company to cover legal and medical expenses, ABC News reports. Kohr, who had pre-existing Crohn's disease, said the burns caused his condition to flare up and he had to have intestinal surgery. His wife said she suffered emotional distress from losing her "intimate partner," the lawsuit says.

The incident took place in January 2012, and Kohr said he was not expecting to get burned the way he did. "I didn't know it was that hot," he said. Soon after, he had to take time off from work, and when he was on the job, he felt "edginess, nervousness, [and] wasn't comfortable in the car." Originally, Kohr wanted to sue for $10 million, saying it's "hard to put a price on what my wife had to go through, what my kids had to go through. What's a year and a half, two years of your life worth? I thought it was worth $10 million." A Starbucks spokesperson told ABC News that customer safety is "our top priority," and denied any wrongdoing. Catherine Garcia

This just in
May 6, 2015
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Exotic animals are on the loose in Tuttle, Oklahoma, after the Tiger Safari refuge was hit by a tornado Wednesday.

Tiger Safari's owners confirmed to KFOR that some of the animals have escaped, but did not say what kind and how many. Tiger Safari houses tigers, kangaroos, spider monkeys, eagle owls, and other exotic and domestic animals. Residents in the area are being told to stay inside, and to call 911 if they spot any of the animals.

Update: The Grady County Sheriff's Office announced late Wednesday that all of the animals have been found. Catherine Garcia

election 2016
May 6, 2015
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On Wednesday, former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum told Fox News that on May 27, he will announce whether he will run again for the Republican presidential nomination.

Santorum said he'll share those plans in his hometown of Butler, Pennsylvania, and is looking for a "facility there to talk about what it was like growing up there and where American needs to go in the future." During the 2012 Iowa caucuses, Santorum barely beat the eventual Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, and told Fox News host Greta Van Susteren he hopes "to win by more than 34 votes and hopefully get a good count" this time around. "It was a great campaign last time, we were clearly the underdog, and we're starting out looking at this race and we'd be in the same position so we're very comfortable there," he said. Catherine Garcia

wild weather
May 6, 2015

At least 20 tornadoes were reported Wednesday afternoon and evening in Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma, with dozens of homes destroyed in Amber and Bridge Creek, Oklahoma.

One person was injured in Burr Oak, Kansas, travelers inside Oklahoma City's Will Rogers World Airport were told to shelter in tunnels, and at least two homes and the Roseland Catholic Church were damaged in Roseland, Nebraska, The Weather Channel reports. Cars are flipped over in the Oklahoma City metro area, and thousands there are without power. Severe thunderstorms are being reported in Texas, and several areas in Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma remain under tornado warnings. Catherine Garcia

election 2016
May 6, 2015
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In a first for a Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton will personally cultivate donors for the top Democratic super PAC, Priorities USA Action.

The goal is for Priorities USA Action to raise as much as $200 million to $300 million this election, The New York Times reports. As a declared candidate, Clinton cannot ask donors for more than $5,000 for the super PAC, but under Federal Election Commission rules, she can attend events and talk to the audience, as long as appeals for large amounts of money take place when she is not in the room. Harold Ickes, a longtime adviser for Clinton, is starting to become more involved with the super PAC, and a Clinton loyalist, Guy Cecil, will help oversee it.

One campaign official, who spoke to The Times on condition of anonymity, said that Clinton will do what she can to help Priorities. "With some Republican candidates reportedly setting up and outsourcing their entire campaign to super PACs and the Koch brothers pledging $1 billion alone for the 2016 campaign, Democrats have to have the resources to fight back," the official said. "There is too much at stake for our future for Democrats to unilaterally disarm." Catherine Garcia

rebuilding baltimore
May 6, 2015
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CVS will rebuild its stores in Baltimore that were looted and burned last week, and said it also plans to donate $100,000 to the United Way of Central Maryland's "Maryland Unites Fund" and the Baltimore Community Foundation's "Fund for Rebuilding Baltimore."

There are about 30 CVS stores in Baltimore, employing more than 500 people, The Baltimore Sun reports, and the two stores that were damaged were built in the 1990s. "Our purpose as a company is helping people on their path to better health," CVS Health President and CEO Larry Merlo said on Wednesday. "There is no better way that we can fulfill that purpose than to reopen our doors and get back to serving the community." There is no timeline for reopening yet, company officials said, and employees at the affected stores have been offered worked at other CVS locations. Catherine Garcia

most wanted
May 6, 2015

Four Islamic State leaders are now listed on the U.S. State Department's Rewards for Justice list, which offers a collective $20 million in rewards for information that leads to the arrests of the men.

The State Department is offering $5 million for information on ISIS spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, $5 million for battlefield commander Tarkhan Tayumurazovich Batirashvili, $7 million for senior official Abdul Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli, and up to $3 million for Tariq bin al-Tahar bin al-Falih al-Awni al-Harzi, the BBC reports.

Al-Adnani was born in Syria in 1977, and has appeared in numerous official videos released by ISIS. Batirashvili, also known as Omar Shishani ("Chechen" in Arabic), is based in northern Syria. He was born in 1986 in Birkiani, Georgia, and once led an organization affiliated with al Qaeda and made up primarily of foreign fighters from the North Caucasus. Al-Qaduli was born in Mosul, Iraq, in the 1950s, and is believed to have taken control of ISIS while leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi recovered from an injury sustained in an airstrike. Al-Harzi was born in Tunis in 1982, is based in Syria, where he recruits foreign fighters, and is known as the "emir of suicide bombers." Catherine Garcia

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