Wednesday was a busy news day around the world. Here are the tops stories you might have missed:
Gas prices going up
Problems at the BP refinery in Whiting, Ind., will cause gas prices to increase by as much as 30 cents in the next week. The refinery typically produces 410,000 barrels per day; the issues will cut that number in half. Get more details here.
More than 2,800 people have been approved for medical marijuana cards and close to 3,500 have applied. Then of the applications that have been approved have been for patients younger than 18. Get more details here.
Body cameras mandatory in Illinois
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill requiring police departments within the state to use body cameras. State Sen. Bill Haine, a co-sponsor of the legislation, said: “This legislation requiring the use of police-worn body cameras helps keep law enforcement accountable and provides for greater safety for both officers and citizens. It creates a better review process of what happens out in the field and allows for greater protections for our courageous police officers.” Get more details here.
Jimmy Carter has cancer
The former U.S. president announced Wednesday afternoon that recent surgery to remove a mass from his liver showed that he has cancer. The disease is widely spread; more facts could be known as soon as next week. Get more details here.
Massive explosion rocks China port city
12 people are dead and hundreds more injured after an explosion rocked the Chinese port of Tianjin, east of Beijing. The explosion sent massive fireballs into the night sky. Link includes a video. Get more details here.
Beauty queen faked cancer
Miss Pennsylvania U.S. International Brand Lee Weaver-Gates will be stripped of her title after she faked having leukemia to benefit from fundraisers. Get more details here.
Islamic State beheads another
A 30-year-old Croatian hostage who was an oil and gas sector surveyor was shown to have had his head cut off in a photo released by those who sympathize with the terrorist group. The victim was a father of two, and was killed “for his country’s participation int he war against the Islamic State,” the photo caption read. Get more details here.