Top 5 morning stories – Tuesday, Aug. 14

One of four 3-week-old newborn sand cats, peers from a cave in the Ramat Gan Safari near Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012. The Safari spokeswoman reported a total of 7 sand cats currently living in captivity in Israel, and said the country\'s sand cat population had been completely extinct, mostly due to habitat destruction. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Lemonade stand aids boy in need: Two Calvert County sisters want to make sure a friend’s medical bills are paid after he was critically injured during his parents’ apparent murder-suicide. They’re taking their lemonade stand on the road, and others in the community are raising funds to help 12-year-old Frank Hayward III. http://bit.ly/OWfspx

WTOP Guide: How regional sharks feed (VIDEO): Dangerous 9-foot sharks are in the waters of the Washington area. Fortunately, they’re isolated and under constant observation. Take a behind-the-scenes tour of a shark feeding at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. http://bit.ly/OWflKH

Verizon admits widespread failures during June storm: Verizon is acknowledging widespread failures in its 911 emergency backup systems during a June storm that hit the Washington region. http://bit.ly/OWfOMW

Luxury cars do poorly in new crash tests: Most midsize luxury cars – including the Mercedes-Benz C-Class – performed poorly in a new frontal crash test developed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. http://bit.ly/Pmijsb

Gabby Douglas is golden in ‘Tonight’ appearance (VIDEO): Olympic champion Gabby Douglas basked in the “Tonight” spotlight and the admiration of fellow guest Michelle Obama, but the teenager already is thinking ahead to 2016. Watch her appearance here. http://bit.ly/OWfAVW

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