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July 14, 2014

NJN/am for Monday, July 14

It's Monday, let's get to it...

Weather: Storms in store. A cold front will move through the region this evening, bringing with it showers and thunderstorms. Before the storms arrive, we'll have mostly sunny skies with highs in the middle 90s. Lows tonight fall to the lower 70s. Rain chances are 50 percent this afternoon, 80 percent tonight. Storms continue Tuesday morning before clearing out; Tuesday night's lows could dip to the upper 50s.

Israel shoots down drone as attacks escalate. Israeli military officials said that they took out a drone early this morning that was flying along the country's coast. It's the first time that militants aligned with the Palestinians have used an unmanned aircraft. It's part of a barrage of rockets that have rained down in Israel from the Gaza Strip, most of which have been knocked out by Israel's “Iron Dome” defensive system. No Israeli citizens have been killed, while 172 Palestinian people have died in retaliatory attacks, the Associated Press reports.

Sports: Germany uber alles. Mario Götze, a substitute who came on the field just minutes before the end of regulation time, will now live on in history as the man who won the 2014 FIFA World Cup for Germany, which defeated Argentina 1-0 in extra time Sunday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Götze took a crossing pass from Andrew Schurrle, settled the ball with his chest and flicked it into the back of the net in the 113th minute. Tournament MVP Lionel Messi had one last chance to tie the match and send it into penalty kicks, but his free kick from 25 meters out sailed well over the crossbar... Softball: Meanwhile, at another World Cup, former Mortimer Jordan star Haylie McCleney batted in one run and scored another as the United States won the World Cup of Softball IX tournament in California, taking down Canada 5-2 on Sunday. It's the first major tournament for McCleney since she joined the national team, which now moves on to another tournament in Canada on the way to the world championships in Holland next month.

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