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    In this July 16, 2014 photo, artist Michael Gross, who is battling cancer, sits in his studio between one of his paintings and one of his photos on his computer screen in Oceanside, Calif. Gross has decided to use his and the work of other artists to raise money in his fight against cancer. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

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    In this July 31, 2014 photo, Michael Phelps prepares to dive into a pool during a training session at Meadowbrook Aquatic and Fitness Center in Baltimore. This is where Phelps put in the most of the work to become the most decorated athlete in Olympic history. This is where he's looking to add to that legacy after an aborted retirement, his eyes firmly on the Rio Games two years away. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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    A South Korean quarantine officer, right, checks a thermal camera monitoring the body temperature of passengers arriving from overseas against the possible infection of Ebola virus at the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. South Korea has been stepping up monitoring of its citizens returning from trips to West Africa and other areas affected by the deadly Ebola virus. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Shin Jun-hee) KOREA OUT

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. WHY U.S. SECRETLY DISPATCHED LATIN YOUTH TO CUBA

An AP investigation finds the Obama administration deployed young people to the island to stir political dissent under the guise of civic and health programs, putting those foreigners in danger.

2. ISRAELI AIRSTRIKE KILLS MILITANT LEADER IN GAZA

The death of the close ally of the Palestinian Hamas rulers comes just hours ahead of an expected seven-hour truce announced by Israel that is meant to open a “humanitarian window” for aid.

3. ‘WHAT I CAN SEE ARE ALL RUINS‘

That’s how Ma Liya, a resident of Zhaotong, China, describes the destruction following a strong earthquake, which toppled thousands of buildings, left almost 400 people dead and injured at least 1,800.

4. RUSSIA REPORTEDLY STARTS AIR FORCE DRILLS IN REGIONS ON UKRAINIAN BORDER

The move could spark further fears that Moscow is ready to flex its military muscle in neighboring Ukraine.

5. A SECOND EBOLA-STRICKEN AMERICAN TO RETURN TO U.S.

Nancy Writebol, along with U.S. colleague Dr. Kent Brantly, contracted the virus while working as a medical missionary in West Africa.

6. ALGAE WOES ARE NOT OVER FOR NORTHWEST OHIO

A water ban enters its third day in Toledo after tests show some toxins still contaminating Lake Erie, leaving residents to continue scrambling for water for drinking, cooking and bathing.

7. WAL-MART WANTS TO MAKE IT PERSONAL

The retailer is rolling out a feature that will enable its website to show shoppers more products that they may like, based on previous purchases. It will also customize the home page for each shopper based on where that customer lives. The move is leading up to a complete re-launch of the site in early 2015.

8. ARTIST RAISES MONEY WITH SPECIAL ‘SALUTES’ TO CANCER

Terminally ill, Michael Gross was only thinking he’d have a little fun with his art students when he told them to draw a hand with a raised middle finger. He didn’t plan on joining the front lines of the fight against the disease.

9. AMERICA DOES NOT SEE ITSELF MIRRORED IN HOLLYWOOD FILMS

A new study by University of Southern California’s Annenberg school shows that less than 5 percent of actors in top movies are Hispanic. At the same time, Latinos buy about 25 percent of all movie tickets, and are more likely than any other group to go to the movies, according to the Motion Picture Association of America.

10. FOR MICHAEL PHELPS, THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME

The world’s greatest swimmer is preparing for more Olympic gold in the familiar surroundings of Baltimore.

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