Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter in 2012.
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News to know this morning (8/13)

Catching up on your news? Here are five stories to know this morning: 

1. Former President Jimmy Carter revealed Wednesday that he has cancer. The cancer was revealed after a recent surgery, during which Carter had a small mass removed from his liver. In a short statement, the 90-year-old Democrat said that he plans on re-arranging his schedule to undergo treatment at Emory Healthcare. He also said that a more complete public statement will be made when more facts are known. 

 2. ISIS has reportedly claimed responsibility for a massive bombing in a Shiite neighborhood in Baghdad that has killed 60 people and injured 200 others. According to officials, a refrigerator truck packed with explosives was passing through a busy market in the neighborhood and blew up, causing residents to race over and help, using their own cars to get victims to the hospital as soon as possible. This comes after ISIS has claimed responsibility for a series of attacks that have happened in similar neighborhoods. 

3. A pair of warehouse explosions rocked Tianjin, China, killing at least 44 people and injuring 520, however officials believe that there are still some people who are unaccounted for. Sixty of those victims in the hospital are in critical condition. Among the devastation are collapsed buildings and hundreds of cars and trucks that went up in flames. A man about two miles away from the decimated warehouse said he thought it was another 9/11. 

4. Donald Trump went a little bit deeper into what the White House would look like in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, which aired on Wednesday. Although Trump used some of his familiar lines, like “China is killing us,” Trump did go into specifics about his views on Obamacare, Planned Parenthood and the economy. For example, Trump said he would not support a flat tax but would “simplify” the tax code and “make it really good.” Additionally, Trump said he thinks the Keystone XL pipeline should be approved immediately. 

5. Huge Pinell, 71, was killed in prison, corrections officials said on Wednesday, according to the Associated Press. The inmate, who was involved in the bloody 1971 San Quentin escape attempt that left six dead, was killed by a fellow inmate at a maximum security prison east of Sacramento. The slaying of Pinell caused a 70 person riot, leaving 11 inmates with stab wounds in need of medical attention. Other injured inmates were treated at the prison and no employees were harmed. Guards fired three shots and used pepper spray to break up the riot. 

In case you missed it:

  • This guy alleged had the words ”Jeb 4 Prez” tattooed on his neck, but skeptics aren’t so sure the tattoo is real. 
  • Say hello to Deep Blue, “the biggest shark ever filmed.” (NBC News)
  • The first images of the Black Panther from the set of “Captain America: Civil War” have emerged. (The Daily Beast)
  • A phallic weather map gets a rouse out of viewers.  (
  • Comedy website “Funny or Die” satirized attacks on Planned Parenthood. (Entertainment Weekly)

News to know this morning (8/13)