The U.S. weighs more military action against ISIS. Russian forces back rebels in eastern Ukraine. And a 9-year-old accidentally kills her shooting instructor with a submachine gun.
It's Thursday, and here are the "5 things to know for your New Day."
1. ISIS THREATENS IRAQI TOWN
U.S. considers assistance: President Barack Obama is considering airstrikes and humanitarian airdrops to help save thousands of Iraq's Shiite Turkmen, who officials say are facing a potential slaughter at the hands of ISIS. The Islamist fighters have besieged the town of Amerli, 70 miles north of Baquba, since the Sunni extremists swept into Iraq from Syria in mid-June. The town's fewer than 20,000 residents are without power. Their situation echoes the ordeal of Iraq's ethnic Yazidis, whose plight after they were forced to flee into mountains to escape ISIS militants triggered U.S. aid drops and the first U.S. airstrikes against ISIS.
Over the border: Rebel forces in eastern Ukraine, backed by Russian tanks and armored personnel carriers, battled government forces on two fronts, a Ukrainian military official said today. The fighting was taking place southeast of Donetsk and along the nation's southern coast in the town of Novoazovsk, just 12 miles from the Russian border, said Mykhailo Lysenko, the deputy commander of the Ukrainian Donbas battalion. Lysenko called the fighting in the south "a full-scale invasion."
This is never good to hear: "It's even worse than I'd feared," Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said this week about the Ebola outbreak rampaging through West Africa. "Every day this outbreak goes on, it increases the risk for another export to another country. The sooner the world comes together to help Liberia and West Africans, the safer we will all be." More than 2,600 people have been infected by Ebola in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria since the outbreak began in December, according to the World Health Organization. More than 1,500 have died.
4. UZI DEATH
Deadly accident: A shooting instructor is dead, the victim of a gun-range accident. A 9-year-old girl is surely traumatized. And plenty of people, including many gun enthusiasts, are asking: Why give a child a submachine gun to shoot? Charles Vacca was accidentally shot in the head as he instructed the 9-year-old girl how to fire an Uzi, an Israeli-made 9mm submachine gun. As she pulled the trigger, the gun jumped out of her left hand toward Vacca, who was standing beside her.
5. JOSH SHAW
Oh no he didn't: USC cornerback Josh Shaw went from hero to zero in a big hurry. As it turns out, he didn't injure himself jumping off a balcony to save his nephew from a pool. Apparently, it was a complete fabrication. His attorney released a statement saying Shaw hurt himself in a fall. Head coach Steve Sarkisian said he was disappointed in his star cornerback and had suspended him from team activities indefinitely.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a couple of others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
- Hello what? It's all been a lie. For the last 40 years, little girls have grown up thinking Hello Kitty was, well, a cat. Now we're finding out that the character is actually a little girl. (Yes, but what about the whiskers?) That's according to the Hello Kitty creators, and they should know. What's wrong with this crazy world? Next they'll be telling us that Batman isn't part bat and hamburger isn't made from ham.
- Chubby rodent gets stuck in a hole: Maybe instead of prairie dogs, they should be called prairie hogs.
- Samba this: A roofer busts a move. Ricky Martin has nothing to worry about.
- On the lamb: Mary, your little lamb is bouncing down the hall.
- Oh the indignity: Nunnie is one patient cat, and Murphy is one playful Jack Russell puppy.
There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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