5 things you need to know Monday

5 things you need to know Monday

Credit: Chris Fallows, Discovery Channel

A Great White shark coming out of the water in South Africa.

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by Editors, USA TODAY

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Posted on August 11, 2014 at 5:54 AM

1. Shark Week is finally here

Discovery Channel's 27th annual Shark Week kicked-off last night with Air Jaws: Fins of Fury, the first of 13 new shows airing through Aug. 16, when it all wraps up with Sharksanity (10 p.m.). Shark Week is a big hit with viewers, but is it getting too sensational? George Burgess, director of the Florida Program for Shark Research in Gainesville, says the Shark Week frenzy is a double-edged sword. "I'm kind of disappointed, and I think most researchers are, too," Burgess said. "It obviously is a big draw, but I'm afraid that the programs have gone more to entertainment and less to documentary over the years."

2. Annual Perseids meteor shower peaks

Look up for shooting stars. The prolific Perseids meteor shower is peaking between Aug. 10 and Aug. 13. Last night, it competed for attention with the Supermoon. This year's show will be muted by the moon as it wanes, but some of the Perseids' brighter meteors should be visible. To find them, look in the constellation Perseus, which is just to the left of the Pleiades, the Seven Sisters constellation, in the northeastern portion of the sky.

3. Protesters hold rally for slain Missouri teen

A St. Louis suburb erupted in violence Sunday night after a candlelight vigil mourning the fatal shooting Saturday of a black teenager by a Ferguson police officer. Several stores were looted and vehicles vandalized as protesters clashed with police. Police say Michael Brown, 18, was shot after he physically assaulted a police officer and struggled to grab the officer's weapon. Police confirmed Brown was unarmed at the time of the shooting. The St. Louis County NAACP said it has launched an investigation and asked the FBI to intervene. Another protest is planned to begin Monday morning.

4. All quiet as cease-fire in Gaza holds

Israel says a new cease-fire with the militant Hamas group is holding in the Gaza Strip, a day after the two sides agreed to resume talks in Cairo. The military says no rockets were fired Monday at Israel and that the military hasn't targeted any locations in the densely populated territory since the cease-fire went into effect on midnight Sunday.

5. Al-Maliki to file legal complaint against Iraqi president

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, in a surprise televised speech, said he will file a legal complaint Monday against the new president, Fouad Massoum, for committing "a clear constitutional violation." Al-Maliki, whose Shiite-dominated bloc won the most seats in April elections, accused Massoum of neglecting to name a prime minister from the country's largest parliamentary faction by Sunday's deadline. Al-Maliki is seeking a third term.

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