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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Levi Shirley, a 24-year-old American who volunteered to join forces with a Kurdish rebel group to fight ISIS inside Syria, died in combat earlier this month, his mother said Friday.

“I’m basically in shock right now,” Susan Shirley told ABC News after learning from American officials and a rebel commander that her son was killed in combat. Levi joined the Kurdish rebel group known as the YPG, which also announced Levi’s death today on it’s Facebook page.

Levi Shirley died on July 14 in the heavily contested Syrian town of Manbij, according to the rebel group. The Facebook posting includes a video where Levi – calling himself Jack – speaks about why he went to fight ISIS. “They’re my definition of pure evil,” Shirley said. “I don’t think good people in a society can stick other people inside of a cage and set them on fire, so yeah I came here to stop them.”

His mother says Levi left in January of this year, telling her he was going to Texas to go to school and learn to become an Emergency Medical Technician. “He would have been an ideal EMT,” Susan said. But soon Levi became evasive and fell out of touch. She wasn’t entirely sure of where he was until she learned of his death this week. His mother said Levi had fought in Syria last year, but that he had come home after that.

“He knew going back that second time he knew what he was up against,” Susan said. “He knew, he didn’t have any illusions that war is romantic. When he came back the first time, in fact, he said I am never fighting again.”

The U.S. State Department discourages Americans from joining forces with rebel groups such as the YPG. State Department spokesman John Kirby would not publicly discuss the matter, citing privacy concerns. He said only that the State Department was aware of reports that an American was killed inside Syria earlier this month while fighting alongside Kurdish militants.

Shirley is not the first American to fight and die with an unconventional force inside Syria. American Kieth Broomfield died just over a year ago fighting with the same group.

“Even from a tiny kid, he had a big heart,” Susan Shirley said Friday. “He has a very strong instinct for defending people. As much as I would have preferred he didn’t go back that second time, I do get why he did.”

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the_guitar_mann/iStock/Thinkstock(ALEPPO, Syria) — The civilian death toll from suspected U.S.-led airstrikes in northern Syria earlier this week is rising sharply because of a lack of medical facilities to care for those wounded near the besieged city of Manbij, an observing group has warned.

The Syrian Institute for Justice, a nonprofit group that observes and documents cases of human rights violations in Syria, said it initially knew of about 90 civilian deaths resulting from Tuesday’s raids. But since then, many more have died, and the number of fatalities due to airstrikes on Manbij’s al-Tukhar village is now at least 210, said Yousef Houran, a co-founder of the group and a resident of nearby Aleppo.

“The number is increasing because of the lack of hospitals or clinics,” Houran told ABC News. “Most of the wounded civilians are dying because of the siege.”

He said that civilians in the area had relocated to al-Tukhar to seek shelter from airstrikes in Manjib, where some 2000,000 civilians are believed to be living under siege. Some were afraid to sleep in their homes and were sleeping in vehicles when they were killed in the airstrikes, he said.

Nearly two months ago, the Syrian Democratic Forces alliance, a U.S.-backed group of Arab and Kurdish fighters, launched an offensive against ISIS in Manbij and has besieged the town in an attempt to retake it from ISIS. Thursday, U.S.-backed Syrian rebels gave ISIS 48 hours to leave Manbij, according to the AFP news agency.

Airwars, a nonprofit project that aims to document the international air war against ISIS and other groups in Syria and Iraq, listed on its website that 73 to 212 civilians were reported killed in the attack on al-Tukhar.

The numbers make the incident the largest loss of civilian life due to U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria, according to Amnesty International.

“One concern is that usually one would expect that a party to a conflict would be able to improve its civilian casualty, but it looks like the U.S.-led coalition is worsening, particularly in the Manbij area,” Neil Sammonds, Amnesty International’s lead researcher on Syria, told ABC News. “That’s not acceptable. We have laws of war, and the U.S., like everyone else, must do all it can to abide by those laws. They must take all precautions to check if civilians are there and should not use weaponry which is likely to cause damage to areas where more civilians are likely to be killed. They should more closely check information that they are given about presence of civilians and not just assume that if they can’t see civilians in a picture from the sky, there are no civilians there.”

Amnesty International looked into 11 U.S.-led airstrikes over the last two years and found that they resulted in the killing of 250 to 300 civilians, but the U.S. recognized only five civilian deaths in those incidents, he said. In the past two years, at least 700 civilians have been killed by U.S.-led airstrikes, according to Sammonds, who said that the U.S. recognized only 24 civilian deaths by U.S.-led airstrikes for the same period.

In a statement to ABC News, U.S. Central Command said that it will investigate the reports of civilian deaths.

“We are aware of reports alleging civilian casualties near Manbij, Syria, recently. As with any allegation we receive, we will review any information we have about the incident, including information provided by third parties, such as the proximity of the location to [coalition] airstrikes, and any other relevant information presented. If the information supporting the allegation is determined to be credible, we will then determine the next appropriate step. We take all measures during the targeting process to avoid or minimize civilian casualties or collateral damage and to comply with the principles of the Law of Armed Conflict,” the statement read.

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LDProd/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — “Pokemon Go” players have been taking the catchphrase “Gotta catch ’em all!” to a new level.

It’s been only two weeks since the game first launched, but dozens of bizarre incidents involving the game have already been reported.

Players have found a dead body, kayaked in the middle of the ocean and even apprehended an attempted murder suspect — all while playing the game.

Here are 12 of the most ridiculous things people have reportedly done all in the name of catching ’em all:

1. Walk Into a Cemetery and Climb a Tree

A player determined to get a “Pokemon stuck in a tree” at a New Jersey cemetery ended up getting stuck themselves, according to the East Greenwich Township Fire & Rescue, which used a ladder to help get the person back down.

“For all those out there playing Pokemon Go, take heed of all of the warnings and be careful not to put yourself into bad situations,” fire and rescue officials wrote on the department’s Facebook page. “Think about what you are doing and where you are going before you actually do it.”

That post was later taken down due to “inappropriate comments and foul language used,” the department said in a subsequent post.

2. Drive Into a Parked Police Car in Front of 3 Officers

Earlier this week, a distracted driver playing “Pokemon Go” in Baltimore was caught on video swerving and then crashing into a parked police car.

In the video, which was recorded by an officer’s body camera, the driver can be seen stepping out of the car to show the game on his cell phone to police.

“That’s what I get for playing this dumb [a–] game,” the driver can be heard saying.

3. Jump Out of a Car in the Middle of a Street

Dozens of people were recorded jumping out of their cars and running to catch a Vaporeon that had apparently spawned in Central Park this past weekend.

4. Ask Girlfriend to Hold a Train

A journalist in New York reportedly witnessed a man tell his girlfriend to “hold the train” so he could finish catching Pokemon. Needless to say, she left without him.

5. Quit Your Job to Play Full-Time

A New Zealand man quit his job as a barista bartender at a seaside restaurant to become a full-time Pokemon hunter, according to BBC’s Newsbeat, which added he’s relying on friends and family to help him out as he travels the country to “catch ’em all.”

6. Walk Into a Pond

A man in New York was walking towards a lure in Prospect Park when he fell into a pond, he wrote in the description of the live-stream video he caught of the incident.

7. Play While at a Funeral

A photo showing a Squirtle sighting at what appears to be a funeral has made rounds on the internet.

“Not an eye in the place was dry.” Maybe because Squirtle was crashing the funeral? #rude #PokemonGo pic.twitter.com/4wGV1AhRyh

— Cassidy With a K (@MyZombieandMe) July 8, 2016

8. Not Go to the Hospital After Being Stabbed

A 21-year-old Oregon man said he kept playing “Pokemon Go” even after allegedly being stabbed.

Pokemon fan is stabbed – but keeps playing instead of going to hospital https://t.co/Tf2B4j47WN

— Metro (@MetroUK) July 13, 2016

The man told a local news station he saw asked another man walking past him and asked that man if he was playing the game.

“He was like ‘What?’ and I guess he wanted to battle because he came up at me with a knife,” he said.

9. Attach Cellphone to a Flying Drone

A man reportedly attached his Android phone to a drone, and mirrored what the phone was seeing during the drone’s flight on his computer.

But it looks like the idea hasn’t worked out for all drone users. One YouTuber tweeted that he crashed his $1,000 drone while attempting to use it to play “Pokemon Go.”

10. Play While Wife Delivers Baby at the Hospital

One image of a man trying to catch a Pidgey in the game as his wife was in labor has received over 3.4 million views on Imgur.

The Imgur post is titled, “When your wife is about to have a baby and a Pokemon shows up and you have to low-key catch it…”

11. Continuously Spin Cellphone on Microwave Turn Table

The hack apparently makes your character in the game spin in circles, thus accumulating walking distance needed to hatch eggs.

12. Actually Microwave Cellphone

Thanks to the person that said I could hatch eggs on Pokemon Go quicker in the microwave. You owe me a new phone https://t.co/tDo6hZmedT

— Crxk (@Crxk) July 14, 2016


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dk_photos/iStock/Thinkstock(JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia) — The U.S. State Department is warning Americans in Saudi Arabia of a “potential, imminent threat against U.S. citizens.”

In a security message tweeted by the State Department on Thursday, all U.S. citizens are urged to be aware of their surroundings and to take precautions when traveling in the country, particularly in the city of Jeddah. The threat may have been made against areas of the city “frequented by Westerners, such as markets, restaurants, and shopping malls, among others.”

State Department spokesman John Kirby mentioned the alert in a Thursday press briefing, saying only that the message detailed a “potential specific threat to Americans traveling to Jeddah, and in particular, public venues in Jeddah.”

The department is also recommending that Americans avoid non-essential travel to Saudi Arabia, or within the country.

The message also says that U.S. government personnel and their families are restricted from travel within 50 miles of the border with Yemen, as well as to the cities of Jizan and Najran, and the city of Qatif in the Eastern Province.

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JaysonPhotography/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The roller coaster on Wall Street continued Thursday, as the markets followed Wednesday gains by giving most of them back.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dipped 77.80 to a close of 18517.23.

The Nasdaq ended the session at 5073.90, down 16.03 from its open, while the S&P 500 lost 7.85, closing at 2165.17.

That despite a drop in jobless claims Thursday morning. The Labor Department’s weekly report showed just 253,000 Americans claimed unemployment benefits for the first time. The figure marked the 72nd consecutive week that the figure was below 300,000 — the longest such streak since 1973.

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Photo by Wesley Mann/FOX News via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes has resigned from the company effective immediately, 21st Century Fox announced in a press release.

According to the release, Rupert Murdoch will take over as chairman and acting CEO of Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network.

“Roger Ailes has made a remarkable contribution to our company and our country,” said Murdoch. “Roger shared my vision of a great and independent television organization and executed it brilliantly over 20 great years.”

He added: “I am personally committed to ensuring that Fox News remains a distinctive, powerful voice.”

Ailes’ resignation comes after former anchor Gretchen Carlson, a mainstay of the network for 11 years, left Fox News on June 23 and shortly afterward filed a lawsuit against her former boss. In it, she alleges that Ailes had “sabotaged” her career after she “refused his sexual advances,” and that her job was terminated in retaliation for rebuffing him and complaining to him about sexual harassment.

Fox News and Ailes have denied Carlson’s allegations in the past.

“Gretchen Carlson’s allegations are false. This is a retaliatory suit for the network’s decision not to renew her contract, which was due to the fact that her disappointingly low ratings were dragging down the afternoon lineup. When Fox News did not commence any negotiations to renew her contract, Ms. Carlson became aware that her career with the network was likely over and conveniently began to pursue a lawsuit.”

Rupert Murdoch’s sons, Lachlan and James, who are 21st Century Fox’s executive chairman and CEO, respectively, said of Ailes’ resignation: “We join our father in recognizing Roger’s remarkable contributions to our company…. We continue our commitment to maintaining a work environment based on trust and respect. We take seriously our responsibility to uphold these traditional, long-standing values of our company.”

Fox News is owned by 21st Century Fox.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Powerball jackpot is now up to an estimated $390 million after no winning ticket resulted from Wednesday night’s drawing.

The winning numbers were 6, 25, 35, 58, 66. The Powerball was 5.

The next drawing will take place Saturday at 10:59 p.m. ET. Your chances of taking him the big prize are 1 in 292 million.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Reddit is known by many as “the front page of the Internet.”

It’s a no-frills social platform with a network of 234 million unique users and eight billion monthly page views. Users can post in almost 900,000 “subreddits” or ask anything of prominent figures like President Obama, Snoop Dogg and NASA Mars scientists.

The site was founded in 2005 by Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian, who met as college freshmen in a dorm at the University of Virginia — neither with any intentions of creating the ninth largest website in the U.S.

Ohanian, who was dubbed “Mayor of the Internet” by Forbes in 2012 and is the best-selling author of Without Their Permission, sat down with ABC News’ Rebecca Jarvis on “Real Biz With Rebecca Jarvis” to talk all things Reddit, his early inspirations, tortilla makers, tech investing and the best piece of advice he’s ever received.

Here are five things you might not know about Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian:

1. Without Waffle House, there may have never been a Reddit.

Ohanian skipped out on his LSAT after he got a hankering for waffles, and it was inside the Waffle House down Route 29 in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he had an epiphany.

“If I wanted waffles more than this LSAT, I probably shouldn’t be a lawyer,” Ohanian said. “I went back to my apartment and talked to Steve, and said, ‘Let’s make something together — let’s start a company.’”

And that’s how Reddit was born.

2. Ohanian was born on April 24, the same day as the recognition day for the Armenian genocide.

“My entire paternal side being Armenian imbued me with a very strong sense of responsibility,” said Ohanian. “Knowing about all of their sacrifices, I think, gave me a tremendous amount of strength and ability to endure.”

3. His favorite app (after the new Reddit app) is Snapchat.

“It took me a while to get into it, I didn’t understand it,” Ohanian said. “It’s a very different approach to authenticity, but I very much see Snapchat and Reddit as kindred spirits in that way because it’s about being real. Not just for a generation, but I think more broadly, something more and more people want.”

4. He doodled Reddit’s mascot ‘Snoo’ before the company was ever launched.

If you know Reddit, you know Snoo: The little alien is the site’s mascot. Ohanian drew the little guy/gal while he was sitting, bored, in class at UVA.

“I actually had the mascot before we built the website, which is not the right order to do it,” Ohanian said. “I’ve literally met at least six people who have the Reddit alien tattoo on them!”

5. His Reddit username is ‘knOthing’

Ever wonder what the site’s co-founder goes by on his home turf?

“My username is kn0thing. It was from high school. It was King Nothing, a Metallica song. I was really into Metallica.”

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(NICE, France) — The man who killed 84 innocent people by driving a truck through a packed crowd at a fireworks display in Nice, France, may have plotted the attack for at least a year and is believed to had the help of at least five other people, a French official said Thursday.

Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said authorities found “revealing” online searches and photos on the cellphone and laptop belonging to Nice killer Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel dating back to last year, including photos of the 2015 fireworks display.

Molins said French authorities have five people — one woman and four men — in custody who are facing preliminary terrorism charges for allegedly helping Bouhlel.

In a Facebook message from one of the male suspects, he says, “put 2,000 tons of metal in the truck, f— the brakes, and I’ll watch,” according to Molins. Surveillance cameras and other photographs link at least two of the men to the truck, Molins said, and one of the men allegedly provided Bouhlel with the firearm he used to shoot at police in the attack.

Bouhlel, a Tunisian living in Nice, was killed by police at the end of his vehicular rampage on July 14. A large, international crowd had gathered at the waterfront in Nice for the fireworks display in honor of Bastille Day, one of France’s largest national holidays.

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RAJESH JANTILAL/AFP/Getty Images(DURBAN, South Africa) — Prince Harry on Thursday implored his generation to take leadership in the battle against HIV, just like his late mother, Princess Diana, did 25 years ago.

Harry made the call in a speech at the 2016 International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, where he was joined by Sir Elton John.

“When my mother held the hand of a man dying of AIDS, no one imagined a quarter century later, HIV positive people would live full healthy loving lives,” Harry, 31, told the audience.

Harry is representing his charity, Sentebale, which provides aid to children in Lesotho, in southern Africa. The International AIDS Conference is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and attracts A-list celebs such as Charlize Theron.

“At the time of the first International AIDS conference, HIV was a death sentence. Treatment was not widely available in the developed world, let alone in poorer regions. Stigma kept HIV positive people from talking openly about their condition and kept vulnerable people from having the courage to step into a clinic and ask for a test,” Harry said. “Thanks to the work of leaders in the fight against HIV — people like Nelson Mandela, Sir Elton John, the brave activists of TAG and ACT UP, people like Dr. Peter Piot, and like my mother, Princess Diana — we have made huge progress.”

Harry also called for a “new generation of leaders” to take up the cause, saying it is “time for us to step and acknowledge that stigma and discrimination still act as the greatest barrier to us defeating the disease one and for all.”

Before arriving at the conference, Harry spent several days visiting his charity in Lesotho. He saw numerous children who years ago would have been facing a death sentence but, due to his charity’s work, now have a place to go for both medical attention and emotional and psychological support.

Harry shared some of his personal photos from that journey during his speech Thursday.

“It is all too common for a 12-year-old boy or girl to be forced out to work so they can provide for their brothers and sisters, having lost one or both parents to AIDS,” he said. “I have spent the last few days visiting our new Momahato Children’s Center near Maseru. Our team there created a safe and open environment where young people are encouraged to share their experiences of living with HIV, often for the first time, with their peers.”

Harry and Sir Elton John set aside time while in Durban to answer children’s questions about the AIDS epidemic and what they are doing to highlight the work that still needs to be done.

Last week, Harry took an HIV test and broadcasted it on Facebook Live. He has made raising awareness around HIV/AIDS the primary focus of his charitable work this year.

“Just imagine what would happen if, in places like Lesotho and throughout Africa, children were given the tools to protect their health, to speak out against stigma and discrimination, and to support their friends and family,” Harry said. “In helping young people to fight HIV, we would not just be ending this epidemic, we would change the direction of history for an entire generation.”

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