Slim Chance of Showers, Mideast Violence Rages On, Facebook Ending Gift Cards

THURSDAY: Partly cloudy with a slim chance of late day scattered storms and showers. HIGH: 78

THURSDAY NIGHT: Mostly Clear chance of showers. LOW: 59
FRIDAY: More of the same scattered showers and storms but a little warmer and muggy. HIGH: 82
SATURDAY: Scattered showers and storms, chance more in the A.M. slight chance P.M. HIGH: 80
SUNDAY: Partly Cloudy with More sunshine in the afternoon. Still a chance of storms. HIGH: 82

NORTHERN GAZA (CNN) - On Wednesday, mortar shells fell near another United Nations school and near a street market in Gaza, and Israeli soldiers died in a booby-trapped tunnel. Amid failed attempts at a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, the death toll continues to rise, with civilians paying the price. Calling up another 16,000 troops, the Israel Defense Forces have now activated 86,000 reservists since July 8. The photographer for a Palestinian news agency was reportedly among the injured on Wednesday. "We saw the shells when they hit, and shrapnel was falling like rain," Sanaa Abugerad said of the explosion at the UN school. "I was so scared and the school filled with smoke. We poured water in our eyes just to see." This is just one of several UN schools used as shelters where shells have either hit or fallen near over the last few days. Israel says some of the attacks in Gaza are the result of Hamas' errant rocket fire. The IDF claims more than 200 rockets fired from Gaza have landed in Gaza since the start of this latest round of violence in the Middle East.

Facebook is getting out of the gift card business. No more wrapped-present icons will tell you to send a Starbucks or Target gift card on your friend's birthday.  The gifts service is set to be discontinued mid-August. The news comes days after Facebook revealed its new "buy" button. It allows users to make purchases from small businesses partnered with the social media website.

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 Julia Tullos, WOIO Assignment Manager