A brutal heatwave is still sitting over the Midwest and more school are closing down as a result, CNN's Indra Petersons reports. It's been 3 days of near record-breaking temperatures in parts of Minnesota, with temperatures not dipping below the 90s. It was a burning 92 degrees yesterday, but felt like it was past the 100 degree mark. (WATCH VIDEO)
Here is a breakdown of weather occurring across the US:
Southwest scattered showers
A boy who spent three hours trapped in a sand dune under 11 feet. of earth joins his parents in Indiana to thank the men and women who searched tirelessly for him.
Six-year-old Nathan Woessner and his parents call it a miracle, CNN's George Howell reports.
At the ceremony, recorded by CNN affiliate WSBT, Faith Woessner expresses her gratitude and says, "We will always be so grateful for what you did. And you will always be our heroes."
The dramatic rescue played out July 12th at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. A 911 call reveals a frantic witness.
"Yeah we had a kid that fell in the hole at Mt. Baldy."
The dispatcher responds quickly, "We have everybody on the way."
Officer Greg Radiger was first to arrive on the scene and tells Howell about the obstacles the rescuers faced and even, at one point, they thought the boy was dead.
"It was so hard to dig in the sand. It was collapsing right on top of us. It was coming down on us. It was one step forward, and 10 steps back with the sand....When we pulled Nathan out of the hole, it was a limp body."
The boy was taken to the hospital and despite the odds, survived to thank his saviors.
Greg Woessner, Nathan's dad, says, "I don't know if we could ever express what feelings, or emotions, or the love we have for everyone that was there and had a role to play in this. Because thank you, just doesn't seem like enough."
Retailers and fast-food chains are bracing for strikes in 50 cities today. Workers say they can't afford to live on what they are getting paid and they want the right to form unions.
Fast food workers currently make around $9 an hour, or just over $18,500 a year, which is below the national poverty level of $23,000 for a family of four. They want $15 dollars an hour, double the federal minimum wage of $7.25, CNN's Christine Romans reports.
The restaurants, in turn, feel their wages are fair.
The National Restaurant Association tells CNN: "These jobs teach valuable skills and a strong work ethic that are useful for workers throughout their professional careers."
In addition, retail workers are also joining the food fight. Some employees from Macy's, Dollar Tree, and Sears are also expected to walk off the job today.
Stick with CNN.com as the story continues to develop throughout the day.
A death sentence for the man who's admitted to a deadly attack at Fort Hood, that is the recommendation of a military jury after convicting Nidal Hasan for killing thirteen and wounding thirty-two in the brutal 2009 massacre.
Hasan sat unfazed as a military jury sentenced him to death. The Islamic radical Army psychiatrist might see the death penalty as a twisted path to martyrdom. But prosecutors said Hasan "will never be a martyr because he has nothing to give," CNN's Ed Lavandera reports.
The wife and daughters of Michael Cahill, one of the victims, sat through nearly 4 weeks of excruciating testimony. They heard the gruesome details of how Cahill, a retired Army veteran, came within a few feet of stopping Hasan with a chair, and was shot 6 times, the fatal shot piercing his neck.
Hasan will now be transferred to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. His case will start winding its way through the complex military justice system appeals process. Ultimately, the President must sign off on Hasan's execution, but that step could take years.