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DAYBREAK DAILY: United Nations says more than 5,500 civilians have been killed in Iraq this year

Iraqi civilians gather the morning after a car bombing that killed many people and wounded tens of others in a crowded outdoor market, in the Shiite neighbourhood known as Sadr City, Baghad Iraq, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)
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ABC7 WEATHER: Sun gives way to increasing PM clouds, pleasant. temperatures in the low to mid 80s. http://wj.la/1ivsSwP

‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports –Arlington and Alexandria officials will hold a groundbreaking for a new Transitway bus service; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m.

MALAYSIA AIRLINES LATEST: A Ukrainian official says 181 bodies have been located so far at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine. A Ukraine Foreign Ministry representative says the bodies will be taken for identification to Kharkiv, a government-controlled city 170 miles north of the crash site. Separatist rebels who control the area where the plane was brought down say they've recovered most of the plane's black boxes and are considering what to do with them. Ukraine accuses separatists of shooting down the plane yesterday. http://wj.la/1mlPY42

MOM ACCUSED OF LEAVING SON, DOG IN HOT CAR: A Rockville mother is out on bail after police say she went on a shopping spree at Lakeforest Mall, leaving her 7-year-old son and puppy in a searing-hot car. Joshalin Evans, 30, is now facing three felony counts related to the incident. http://wj.la/1mlUVcW

ISRAEL-HAMAS CRISIS: Israeli troops are pushing deeper into Gaza to destroy rocket launching sites and tunnels, firing tank shells and clashing with Palestinian fighters in a ground offensive meant to weaken Hamas rulers. Israel launched the ground operation late Thursday, following a 10-day campaign of more than 2,000 air strikes against Gaza that failed to halt relentless Hamas rocket fire into Israel. Casualties have been arriving at Gaza's main hospital today, including several members of a family wounded by shrapnel from tank shells. http://abcn.ws/WgOGC2

NATIONAL ZOO’S SPOCK THE MACAQUE EUTHANIZED: Spock, the National Zoo’s only Sulawesi macaque, was euthanized on Thursday after suffering from diabetes. He was 27 years old; the median lifespan for his species is about 18 years, according to the Zoo. http://wapo.st/WmxfAw

IRAQ LATEST: The United Nations says violence in Iraq has killed more than 5,500 civilians over the first six months of this year. That time period corresponds with an offensive by the Islamic State extremist group and other Sunni militants that has overrun a huge chunk of northern and western Iraq. The U.N. mission to Iraq says in all of 2013, 7,800 civilians were killed. That was the highest annual death toll in years. http://abcn.ws/1qNB3nh

NELSON MANDELA INTERNATIONAL DAY: It's Nelson Mandela International Day, a day of service celebrated on July 18, Mandela's birthday.
Mandela, the former president of South Africa and Nobel Peace Price recipient, died at 95 on Dec. 5, 2013. This is the first time the day has been celebrated since his death. http://usat.ly/1p1Vxch

CHIKUNGUNYA CONFIRMED IN U.S.: Florida Health officials Thursday confirmed the first locally acquired cases of the mosquito-borne virus chikungunya. The two cases are the first instances in the U.S. in which the virus was not contracted during Caribbean travel, according to the Florida Department of Health. http://usat.ly/1nSy0es

BROADWAY ACTRESS DIES: Elaine Stritch, the brash theater performer whose gravelly, gin-laced voice and impeccable comic timing made her a theatrical icon, has died, according to Brigade Marketing. She was 89. wj.la/1qL5dYd

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: The Washington Wizards have officially signed veteran forward Paul Pierce. http://wj.la/1rps9gt

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: Did you notice these sidewalk markings in the District on Thursday? As part of a social experiment for its new show, "Mind Over Masses," the National Geographic Channel gave an 18th Street sidewalk two lanes: "Cellphones" and "No Cellphones." http://wj.la/1rlwvZ0

NEWSTALK: Friday’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) are Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), who will talk about the downing of a Malaysian Airways jetliner over Ukraine; political analyst Mark Plotkin, who will talk about DC’s pushback against efforts by Republicans in Congress to force changes to city laws on marijuana and guns; Washington Post reporter Arelis Hernandez; and health/fitness expert Josef Brandenburg to discuss the link between carbs and weight gain.

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