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ICYMI: Five must-read stories of the week- July18

Andrea Bagley
Digital Reporter

Friday, July 18, 2014, 10:05 AM - Another week has buzzed by and now it's time to dive deep and bring your attention to the most popular (and bizarre) stories that made headlines this week.

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5. Toddler rescues man from hot car

A three year-old with good instincts and a heart of gold has become a local hero after rescuing a man stuck inside a sweltering car in Tennessee.

Bob King, 68, was waiting for his wife to return from a church event on Saturday when found himself trapped inside his car. King is in poor health and was too weak to open the door. He didn't have the car keys with him, so he was unable to turn the air conditioning on.

He was in the car for about five minutes when 3 year-old Keith Williams wandered by.

Want to hear how this story ended? Check out the full report here.

4. Never heard of Kudzu? Then read this now

If you've ever driven through the U.S. Southeast, you've probably seen kudzu, the so called 'vine that ate the south,' covering a great deal of the local landscape.

While this 'noxious weed' has been a problem for decades, as it grows at a remarkable rate and chokes out native species, research has shown that it is also responsible for releasing more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than the plant species it is replacing.

Get the detailed analysis here.

Clemson University researchers are nearly lost in the overwhelming cover of kudzu vines, which have spread over every surface, object and tree in the area. (Credit: Clemson University News)

Clemson University researchers are nearly lost in the overwhelming cover of kudzu vines, which have spread over every surface, object and tree in the area. (Credit: Clemson University News)

3. Wide-eyed reporter dodges hail on live TV

A seemingly innocuous live report from Airdrie, Alta., took a serious turn when rain quickly turned to damaging hail right in front of The Weather Network's Calgary reporter, Deb Matejicka.

The concern for the situation was obvious on Matejicka's face as she kept calm and continued to update viewers on the severe weather unfolding in Alberta.

EXTENDED ACTIVE WEATHER COVERAGE: Tune in to The Weather Network for live updates on the summer storms in your area. Our team of reporters and meteorologists in the field provide you with the most accurate and up-to-date coverage.

See the video of the large and damaging hail here.

2. Worldwide indicators point to warming planet

The American Meteorological Society released their latest State of the Climate report Thursday, solidifying 2013 as one of the top ten hottest years on record and highlighting the continued rise in global air and ocean temperatures, rising sea levels, the impact of rising temperatures on sea ice in both the Arctic and Antarctic, and some of the extreme weather events experienced due to these trends.

Want to know more? Check out this report from digital meteorologist Scott Sutherland.

1. MUST SEE: Plane nearly lands on whale

Here's one whale of a close call in Alaska!

A seaplane nearly landed on a humpback whale in the tiny, remote city of Angoon last week.

Thomas Hamm was shooting a video of the seaplane coming in for a landing and caught the whole thing on camera.

The video starts out normal, but as the plane lowers, it’s clear something is different about this approach.

Find out how the pilot handled the situation in this incredible video.

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