Severe storm hits in Virginia

A fierce storm packing powerful winds and rain toppled trees and flipped campers Thursday at a Virginia campground Thursday, killing at least two people and sending at least 20 more to hospitals, officials said.

The injured were being taken to area hospitals, Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said. Geller also confirmed the deaths. The storm slammed into the Cherrystone Family Camping & RV Resort, which sits on 300 acres on the Chesapeake Bay in rural Northampton County.

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Photos of the day - July 24, 2014

A forensic team recovers human remains at the wreckage scene of crashed TransAsia Airways Flight GE222 on the outlying island of Penghu, Taiwan, Vincenzo Nibali of Italy pushes away a spectator as he cycles to win the 18th stage of the Tour de France and a Palestinian boy cries after watching his wounded relatives being rushed to emergency rooms at the Nasser hospital following an Israeli air strike are some of the photos of the day. (AP/EPA/Reuters)

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Photos of the day - July 23, 2014

A Palestinian man (C), in clothes stained with the blood of his father, who medics said was killed by Israeli shelling, mourns as he disembarks an ambulance transporting his father’s body, at a hospital in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip –– Milwaukee Brewers’ Ryan Braun breaks his bat as he grounds into a double play during the third inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Milwaukee –– Student Annabel flings a head back after coming out of the water in the Kaifu open-air bath in Germany –– Two young golden-headed lion tamarins, photographed through a glass window, play in their compound in the zoo in Germany –– The convoy of hearses with the remains of the victims of Malaysia Airlines MH17 downed over rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine, drives past international flags as it leaves Eindhoven airport to a military base in Hilversum … are just a few of the photos of the day for July 23, 2014.

(Photos by REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa, AP Photo/Morry Gash, EPA/Axel Heimken, EPA/Matthias Balk, REUTERS/Francois Lenoir)

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Safety in numbers: Amazing creature colonies

This breath-taking set of photographs show that some animals take no chances when it comes to safety in numbers. Seen in every shape and size, from huge herds of wildebeest to colossal colonies of penguins, these creatures have no qualms when it comes to the issue of personal space. Often seen during mass migration, these enormous groupings can be found in countries all over the world and prove an effective method of keeping themselves safe from predators. (Caters News)

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White flags appear atop Brooklyn Bridge

Someone has replaced two American flags on the Brooklyn Bridge with mysterious white flags. The white flags — international symbols of surrender — fluttered Tuesday from poles on the stone supports that hold cables above the bridge connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan.

One of the flags, viewed via video, appeared to have faint traces of stars and stripes on it. Police say it isn’t clear what time they were placed there — or by whom. Several officers scaled the bridge and were seen lowering the flag on the Manhattan side around 11 a.m. as traffic inched along the bridge.

The bridge is one of the most heavily secured landmarks in the city, constantly monitored by surveillance cameras. The city’s Department of Transportation is referring all queries to the New York Police Department. (AP)

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A cyclist wears a t-shirt with a typographical error in the word “freedom” on Sunday, July 20, 2014. Some 5,000 cyclists, wearing the T-shirts with the typo, which were made for the 35-kilometer (22-mile) “Freedom Ride,” passed landmarks in downtown Johannesburg and the city’s Soweto area in honor of the late former president Nelson Mandela. (AP Photo/Mark Straw)
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A cyclist wears a t-shirt with a typographical error in the word “freedom” on Sunday, July 20, 2014. Some 5,000 cyclists, wearing the T-shirts with the typo, which were made for the 35-kilometer (22-mile) “Freedom Ride,” passed landmarks in downtown Johannesburg and the city’s Soweto area in honor of the late former president Nelson Mandela. (AP Photo/Mark Straw)

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Photos of the day - July 22, 2014

A Ukrainian policeman watches as a train carrying the remains of the victims of Malaysia Airlines MH17, Indian Hindu holy men sit in queue for the registration to the Amarnath shrine pilgrimage at the registration center in Jammu and parliamentary deputies tussle during a session in Parliament in Kiev are some of the photos of the day. (AP/EPA/Reuters)

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Photos of the day - July 21, 2014

A relative show the photograph of a couple killed a guest house collapsed in India –– Santa Clauses jump as they dance around the Christmas tree at the Town Hall Square in Copenhagen during the Annual World Santa Claus Congress in Copenhagen –– A Hindu devotee takes holy dip as she collects holy water from the Bagmati river during the Bol Bom pilgrimage in India –– Nicolas Limbach of Germany celebrates the victory after competing the Men’s Team Sabre final match at the World Fencing Championships in Russia –– People surround a refrigerator wagon as monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and members of a forensic team inspect the remains of victims from the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17… are just a few of the photos of the day for July 21, 2014.

(Photos by EPA/Sanjeev Gupta, EPA/David Leth Williams, AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha, REUTERS/Grigory Dukor, REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev)

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Anniversary of the famous Scopes “Monkey” trial

On July 21, 1925, the famous Scopes Monkey trial over teaching evolution in public schools concluded. Mostly remembered today was the clash between two legendary public figures. But the legal fight didn’t end that day in Tennessee.

In the Scopes case, high school biology teacher John Scopes was charged with illegally teaching the theory of evolution in violation of a state law championed by William Jennings Bryan.

The 11-day trial was broadcast live on the radio, a first for that medium, and it generated an enormous amount of national attention. The noted journalist H.L. Mencken covered the affair, coining the phrase “monkey trial” and other terms that became part of the trial’s lore.

It took the jury nine minutes to convict Scopes. The judge fined Scopes $100, and the ACLU said it would appeal the decision. (National Constitution Center)

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