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Screen shot of a lion cub stalking a dog.

WATCH: Playful Lion Cub Scares The Daylights Out Of Dog

We'll get back to serious news in a little. But first, a cat video.

Well, it's not really a cat video. It's a lion video that's been making the rounds on the Internet.

It was filmed at a farm in South Africa that specializes in training animals to work in movies. The video shows a playful lion cub scaring the daylights out of a dog. Just watch:

Federal Judge Rules Alabama Abortion Law Is Unconstitutional

A federal judge ruled on Monday that an Alabama law targeting doctors who perform abortions is unconstitutional, because it places an undue burden on women seeking an abortion.

The measure — which is similar to laws in 10 other states — requires doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. As Reuters reports, the 2013 Alabama law had "threatened to close three of the state's five abortion clinics," which used traveling doctors who could not get admitting privileges.

An ambulance departs Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Ga., Saturday. Dr. Kent Brantly flew to the base from Liberia and was then transported to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

Doctor With Ebola Is Improving, As Nigeria Reports Second Case

He didn't need a stretcher — not even an arm around his shoulder.

Kent Brantly, of Fort Worth, Texas, is the first person to be treated for Ebola on American soil. The 33-year-old family doctor surprised everyone Saturday when he walked out of an ambulance and into an Atlanta hospital.

Hospitals And Health Plans See The Future Very Differently

Analysts who fear health spending is accelerating got plenty of evidence in Wall Street's second-quarter results to support their thesis. But so did folks who hope spending is still under control.

Now everybody's trying to sort out the mixed message.

The answer matters because deficit debates and affordability concerns revolve around forecasts that health spending will speed up as the economy revives. National health spending rose only 3.7 percent in 2012, the most recent year for complete results.

Harry Parr of Bompas and Parr gets volcanic on 10-ounce rib-eye steaks and ears of corn.

Chef Grills Steak, Volcano-Style, With Molten Lava

What happens when a chef, a sculptor and a geologist team up for a culinary stunt? You get a molten lava barbecue.

"Cooking with lava is simply to most spectacular way to grill a 10-ounce rib-eye steak," says chef Sam Bompas, a member of the London-based culinary design duo Bompas & Parr that spearheaded the stunt.

People carry an injured man through the debris in Ludian county in Zhaotong, a city in southwest China's Yunnan province on Monday.

Storms, Aftershocks Hurt Rescue Efforts Following Deadly China Quake

Rescue teams are scrambling to find survivors of an earthquake that rocked southern China on Sunday and that Chinese officials say killed at least 398 people and injured at least 1,800 others.

NPR's Frank Langfitt reports from Shanghai that heavy rain and aftershocks — the U.S. Geological Survey has reported four stronger than magnitude 4.5, according to The Associated Press — are hampering efforts to bring aid to survivors.

Here's more from Frank:

Mudslides, Flooding Strand Thousands In California

Strong rains unleashed flooding and mudslides in Southern California on Sunday, killing one and stranding thousands.

The Associated Press reports:

"A body was found Sunday in a car that was swept into the rain-swollen water course in Mount Baldy and overturned, San Bernardino County Fire spokesman Chris Prater said. No other details were provided.

An Israeli drone circles over Gaza City on Sunday.

Gaza Conflict: Israel Begins Redeploying Troops

There are some signs that the current conflict in Gaza is de-escalating: As the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports, the Israel Defense Forces have started pulling their troops out of Gaza and "stationing the remaining soldiers on hills on the Palestinian side of the border with Israel."

Grant Buehrer, a student at Ohio State University, volunteers to load a 5-pound bag of fresh drinking water into a vehicle on Sunday.

Toledo Mayor Lifts Water Ban, Says 'Our Water Is Safe'

Update at 9:35 a.m. ET. Water Is Safe:

"Our water is safe."

That's the word this morning from Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins, who lifted a 3-day-old ban on using the city's water supply.

During a televised press conference, Collins said the 400,000 people affected can start drinking, bathing and cooking with the water now that the level of the toxin microcystin has stabilized below what the World Health Organization deems acceptable.

Microcystin is a byproduct of blooming algae in Lake Erie.

The place where the Colorado and Little Colorado rivers meet on the floor of the Grand Canyon is known as the Confluence. Many see it as holy ground; others see it as an opportunity for economic development.

Proposed Gondola For Grand Canyon's Rim Has Community On Edge

(Editor's note: The audio introduction to this story incorrectly states that developers want to build a casino on the eastern edge of the Grand Canyon as part of a new development project. In fact, a casino is not part of the project.)

About 100 miles north of Flagstaff, Ariz., a long dirt road ends at a precipice. Thirty-five-hundred feet below, the Colorado and Little Colorado rivers meet at the floor of the Grand Canyon.

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