5 Things to Know This Morning

PHOTO: Pedestrians at Venice Beach, Calif. watch as lifeguards bring in a swimmer rescued from the water after a lightning strike, July 27, 2014.

Your look at the five biggest and most buzz-worthy stories of the morning.

1. One Dead, 13 Injured in Rare Southern California Lightning Storm

A rare lightning storm struck packed Venice Beach, Calif., Sunday, killing a 20-year-old man and injuring up to 12 others, one critically, after the same storm had struck a person on Catalina Island.

Firefighters said a bolt of lightning hit the water and the electrical current then traveled, hitting swimmers and surfers.

"The fire department assessed a total of 13 patients, and transported a total of eight patients," Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Katherine Main said.

2. Florida Father Killed, Daughter Critically Injured in Beach Plane Crash

A man was killed and his daughter critically injured when they were hit by a plane making an emergency landing on a Florida beach, officials said.

"One man is deceased, and a young girl, possibly around the age of 10 is very critically injured," Sarasota County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Wendy Rose told ABC News.

Ommy Irizarry, 36, and his daughter, Oceana Irizarry, 9, were walking along the beach in Sarasota County, Fla., when a small plane made an emergency crash landing along the shore, killing the man on impact, Rose said.

PHOTO: This Sunday, July 27, 2014, photo provided by the Sarasota County Sheriffs Office shows emergency personnel at the scene of a small plane crash in Caspersen Beach in Venice, Fla.
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PHOTO: This Sunday, July 27, 2014, photo provided by the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office shows emergency personnel at the scene of a small plane crash in Caspersen Beach in Venice, Fla.

3. Ebola Takes Heavy Toll on Health Workers

The Ebola virus continues its grim march across west Africa as the first two Americans were reported to be infected and a top Liberian doctor died this weekend.

Officials are also concerned after an infected man managed to board a plane from Liberia to Nigeria, potentially spreading the deadly virus to a fourth country.

The World Health Organization has reported that 1,093 people were infected with the virus as of July 20 in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, and of those infected 660 have died.

VIDEO: American Doctor Undergoing Treatment After Testing Positive for Ebola
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VIDEO: American Doctor Undergoing Treatment After Testing Positive for Ebola

4. Tears, Jokes Highlight National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction

Tens of thousands of fans traveled to Cooperstown, N.Y. for Sunday's National Baseball Hall of Fame inductions.

The 2014 class was a special one, the largest since 1999. Three players entered the Hall on their first try – Frank Thomas, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine. Managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox also gained entry through committee votes.

The key moments from Sunday's festivities included Thomas tearing up and Maddux discussing family pranks.

PHOTO: National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Frank Thomas wipes away tears as he speaks during an induction ceremony at the Clark Sports Center, July 27, 2014, in Cooperstown, N.Y.
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PHOTO: National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Frank Thomas wipes away tears as he speaks during an induction ceremony at the Clark Sports Center, July 27, 2014, in Cooperstown, N.Y.

5. Why Working with Kiefer Sutherland Made Freddie Prinze Jr. Want to Quit Acting

Freddie Prinze Jr. was a can't-miss movie star in the late 1990's with hits like "She's All That" and "I Know What You Did Last Summer."

The 38-year-old father of two grew into different roles on TV and film until he co-starred in "24" alongside Kiefer Sutherland in 2010 -- a role that almost led him to quit acting, Prinze told ABC News.

"I did '24,' it was terrible. I hated every moment of it," Prinze said. "Kiefer was the most unprofessional dude in the world. That's not me talking trash, I'd say it to his face, I think everyone that's worked with him has said that."

PHOTO: Kiefer Sutherland, left, is pictured on May 6, 2014 in London. Freddie Prinze, Jr., right, is pictured in a March 2014 episode of Bones.
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PHOTO: Kiefer Sutherland, left, is pictured on May 6, 2014 in London. Freddie Prinze, Jr., right, is pictured in a March 2014 episode of "Bones."

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