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Washington’s Top News – Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Here’s a look at some of the day’s top stories from WTOP:

Israeli shells hit UN school in Gaza, kill 15

Several Israeli tank shells have slammed into a crowded U.N. school used as shelter for refugees in the Gaza war, killing at least 15 people and wounding 90.

A Palestinian health official and a U.N. official say the strike hit the U.N. school in the Jebaliya refugee camp where hundreds of Palestinians had sought shelter from the intense fighting and Israeli tank fire. The Israeli army had no immediate comment.

More than 100 unaccompanied-minor immigrants in Montgomery County schools

In a briefing before the Montgomery County Council, school officials explained that a total of 107 unaccompanied minors, most of them of high school age, were enrolled in Montgomery County schools.

Broken water main floods UCLA

Firefighters in Los Angeles have been searching cars in underground parking garages after a broken water main near the UCLA campus sent a geyser of water some 30 feet in the air.

People were trapped in underground parking and there’s at least an inch of water covering the floor of the famed Pauley Pavilion. The basketball arena had just undergone a $132 million renovation.

Weather kills 2,000 a year

A report from the CDC finds that weather kills at least 2,000 Americans each year, and while it’s easy to think of hurricanes and tornadoes as the main culprit, it turns out that the main cause of weather-related deaths may surprise you.

Nationals, Orioles developing a rivalry off the field

The Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles struck a deal regarding shared TV rights when the Nats moved to D.C. in 2005, but the first moment a dispute could have erupted, it did. WTOP’s Sports editor, Noah Frank, spoke with the reporter who broke the latest development in this beanball war and has the details on what could be a long, messy fight — including a multimillion-dollar payment to one of the teams from Major League Baseball that was supposed to soothe tempers but could end up causing more acrimony.

A new drink in town

Before you reach for yet another iced coffee to get you through a hot summer day, check out a cold coffee drink with a totally different kick. WTOP’s Living editor, Rachel Nania, heads to a D.C. shop that’s making a rare, unusual combination work out deliciously — and finds out how you can make it yourself.

Long-distance preparations

You’ve got your passport and visa; you’ve packed (probably way too many) clothes — but you’re not really ready to travel internationally until you’ve worked out how to handle your cellphone. On WTOP’s Tech page, find out what travel author Rick Steves advises regarding which services to turn off and which to keep when you’re heading far from home to avoid paying heavy fees and getting hacked.

Art and entertainment on your smartphone

Your phone can help you learn to play guitar, make paintings or even learn how to dance. Check out a gallery of apps — many of them free — and find out how they work on our Entertainment page.

ESPN suspends Smith for comments on abuse

ESPN has suspended outspoken sportscaster Stephen A. Smith for a week because of his comments about domestic abuse. Smith suggested women should make sure they don’t do anything to provoke an attack.

His comments came during a discussion on ESPN2’s “First Take” last Friday about the NFL’s two-game suspension of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice following charges he assaulted his now-wife. Smith issued an on-air apology Monday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. Follow @WTOP on Twitter and WTOP on Facebook.


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