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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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