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(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Philadelphia Phillies 7 (63-74) - Atlanta Braves 0 (72-66)
Miami Marlins 9 (67-69) - New York Mets 6 (64-74)
Minnesota Twins 6 (60-77) - Baltimore Orioles 4 (79-57)
Tampa Bay Rays 4 (67-71) - Boston Red Sox 3 (60-77) - 10 Innings
Chicago Cubs 4 (62-76) - Milwaukee Brewers 2 (73-64)
St. Louis Cardinals 5 (74-63) - Pittsburgh Pirates 4 (71-66)
San Francisco Giants 4 (75-62) - Colorado Rockies 2 (54-83) - Game 1 (Suspended Game from May 22)
Colorado Rockies 10 (55-83) - San Francisco Giants 9 (75-63) - Game 2
Oakland Athletics 6 (79-58) - Seattle Mariners 1 (73-63)
San Diego Padres 3 (65-71) - Arizona Diamondbacks 1 (57-80)
Detroit Tigers 12 (75-62) - Cleveland Indians 1 (70-65)
Kansas City Royals 4 (75-61) - Texas Rangers 3 (53-84)
Washington Nationals 6 (78-58) - Los Angeles Dodgers 4 (77-61)
Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 9/1/2014 21:30:00 PM
(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) -- Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski said he's ready to go for their season opener against the Miami Dolphins.
Gronkowski had reconstructive surgery on his left knee during the offseason and doctors gave him the green light on Monday.
"Super excited, super pumped. I feel mentally and physically ready, for sure. No doubt about it," Gronkowski said Monday. "My mentality now is I'm ready to go, I'm ready to be out there, I'm ready to hit, I'm ready to start going."
Gronkowski plans on wearing a knee brace on Sunday, but doesn't see that stopping him from being productive.
"It feels good to be out here now this week, preparing for the Dolphins, knowing that I put myself in the best situation the last few weeks and few months to get back out here," he said. "That was my plan the whole time -- to work as hard as I could so I'd be ready for this week."
Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 9/1/2014 19:34:00 PM
(NEW YORK) -- Puppies, babies -- Labor Day couldn't get any cuter for country star Carrie Underwood.
The American Idol alum, 31, revealed she's having a baby by posting a sweet picture with her dogs.
"In honor of "Labor" Day...Ace & Penny would like to make an announcement. Their parents couldn't be happier!" she wrote. The picture features her two dogs wearing shirts, saying they are going to be a big brother and big sister to a new baby.
This is the first child for Underwood, who married hockey star Mike Fisher in 2010.
Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 9/1/2014 17:29:23 PM
(NEW YORK) -- What may be worse than a "case of the Mondays?" The day after a three-day weekend. Here are some steps to help ease the transition back to work.
Returning to the office on Tuesday morning will feel to many like the last day of beaches, pools, and sunshine itself. (But take heart: the last day of summer is technically weeks away.)
Tom Gimbel, president and CEO of LaSalle Network, a staffing firm based in Chicago, offers easy steps to take both during the weekend to provide a healthier transition after your time away from the office.
Here are healthy things to consider for a smooth transition back into the workplace after a vacation.
Before Returning to the Office:
1. Create a Task List
"Employees should write down where each project stands and the immediate steps they need to take once upon return. No one wants to stress during a break, so plan everything ahead of time," Gimbel said. "Coming back to a to-do list will allow you to hit the ground running."
2. Scan Emails
"The employee may resent the fact that they have to work outside of the office, but at the end of the day, the pros outweigh the cons in dedicating an hour for managing an inbox or checking voicemails," Gimbel said.
Upon Returning to the Office:
1. Get to the Office Earlier
Gimbel suggests at least an hour earlier on their first day back to get organized.
"That way they are prepared to meet as soon as their managers get in to recap anything they’ve missed," he said. "Employees have to be laser-focused, which means putting phones away and not constantly checking social media updates or looking at the trip's photos. They shouldn’t set themselves up for distractions."
2. Consider the Week Ahead
Before going home that first day, employees should create an agenda of what the rest of the week will entail, he suggests.
3. Consider Office Social Dynamics
It's important that employees are empathic to their teams who may have picked up their slack while out, he said.
"It wouldn't hurt to write a quick thank-you note to team members who did work on their behalf. Appreciation goes a long way," he said.
4. Stay on top of Updates
If the employee works directly with clients, they should make calls to each when they return to simply catch up and recap where projects stand, regardless if coworkers filled them in or not, Gimbel said.
5. Use the Energy!
With the exception of diverted planes due to belligerent passengers, hopefully your vacations allow you to rest and recharge.
"Being on a vacation revives an employee who may have spent months at the office without taking a trip," Gimbel said. "Bring that fresh energy into the office and apply it to current projects."
Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 9/1/2014 17:08:14 PM
(HOUSTON) -- The Houston Astros fired manager Bo Porter on Monday.
Porter was in the midst of his second year and bench coach Dave Trembley was also let go.
"Bo's passion and energy are unparalleled, and his desire to win unquestioned," General manager Jeff Luhnow said in a statement. "This decision was not made because of our current level of competitiveness in the Major Leagues. I recognize that our win-loss record is largely a product of an organizational strategy for which I am responsible.
"... What we will seek going forward is a consistent and united message throughout the entire organization. It is essential that as an organization we create an atmosphere at the Major League level where our young players can come up and continue to develop and succeed. Ultimately, I am responsible for creating that culture, and I will do everything in my power to do so-even when it means making difficult moves like the one we made today."
The Astros were 59-79 and owned the second worst record in the league.
"This was not an easy decision to make," owner Jim Crane said in a statement. "We wish Bo nothing but the best in the future. Jeff has my full support moving forward. Our goal to bring a championship to Houston remains."
Tom Lawless takes over as interim manager.
Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 9/1/2014 16:27:00 PM
(NEW YORK) -- Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence and supermodel Kate Upton are among dozens of celebrity women who had risque photos allegedly of them leaked by an online bulletin board in an apparent hacking campaign.
According to the apparent leaker, the photos were obtained through the celebrities' cloud accounts.
The photos showed the A-listers in various states of undress.
"This is a flagrant violation of privacy," a spokesperson for Lawrence told ABC News. "The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence."
Upton's attorney, Lawrence Shire, echoed those sentiments.
"This is obviously an outrageous violation of our client, Kate Upton's, privacy," he said. "We intend to pursue anyone disseminating or duplicating these illegally obtained images to the fullest extent possible."
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Meantime, a representative for Ariana Grande called her allegedly leaked photos "completely fake."
Singer Victoria Justice did the same via Twitter, writing "These so called nudes of me are FAKE people. Let me nip this in the bud right now. *pun intended*"
Actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead said she had deleted the photos later posted of her, saying on Twitter, "To those of you looking at photos I took with my husband years ago in the privacy of our home, hope you feel great about yourselves. Knowing those photos were deleted long ago, I can only imagine the creepy effort that went into this. Feeling for everyone who got hacked."
"Even if you have deleted those photos from your phone, often times they've already been uploaded into the cloud," said Clifford Neuman, the director of the USC Center for Computer System Security. "When you deleted them from the phone, they continue to exist."
Representatives for other celebrities who allegedly were hacked didn't immediately return calls for comment.
Hacking of celebrities' personal accounts has happened before. In a separate case in 2012, a Florida man was sentenced to 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to hacking into email accounts and stealing compromising photos of celebrities, including Scarlet Johansson, Mila Kunis and Christina Aguilera.
Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 9/1/2014 16:06:26 PM
(LONDON) -- Alarmed by the attempt by a 16-year-old French girl to travel to Turkey this weekend allegedly to join the Islamic militant army of ISIS, the French government is urging parents to call a toll-free hotline if they know of anyone they believe may be considering joining the terror group.
It was the latest attempt by Western governments to prevent their citizens from joining the jihadist group where they could be trained in terror tactics and bring those lethal strategies back home.
The French teenager was arrested Saturday in the Nice airport in the south of France as she tried to board a plane to Turkey with the alleged intention of joining ISIS in Syria. Authorities announced that several hours later, they caught a 20-year-old man who had allegedly recruited her and paid for her plane ticket. The girl's parents reportedly had no idea about their daughter's plans and the statement said that airport police were responsible for her arrest.
In a statement released Sunday, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve called on the parents of young people to use the hotline if their children exhibit "a disturbing trend of violent radicalization."
The hotline was established just over four months ago -- well before the threat posed by ISIS was fully understood by the American public -- and the Interior Ministry reports they have received almost 300 calls. A quarter of those calls were about children who were suspected of getting involved with the terrorist group and 45% were about suspicious women and girls. It is unclear how many of those calls led to arrests.
France is the Western country with the most citizens who have joined ISIS and militant fighters in Syria and Iraq. An estimated 700 French citizens have joined the cause, followed by 500 citizens of the United Kingdom who have come under similar suspicion.
Prime Minister David Cameron spoke at Parliament Monday calling for greater anti-terror legislation, including giving police the ability to seize passports at airports. He said that the measures will help address "specific gaps in our armory."
The proposed changes come three days after the British government increased their national terror threat level from "substantial" to "severe" for the first time in three years. The "severe" threat level is the second highest in the U.K.'s threat level system, topped only by "critical" which is used to indicate that an attack is "expected imminently."
U.S. security forces took a different approach when they realized there was a 19-year-old woman in Denver who was planning on traveling to Turkey to join a jihadist group after connecting with a 32-year-old Tunisian man.
The woman, Shannon Maureen Conley, had eight interviews with police and FBI agents over the course of the six months leading up to her arrest at Denver’s international airport on April 8 – and the charging document reveals that she repeatedly spoke about her support of jihad and how she wanted to associate with terrorists in the hope of helping them. The Justice Department confirmed on Aug. 11 that a plea deal had been reached in the case but they did not release any information about what the deal entailed.
The British push to have police take passports away from suspected jihadist fighters comes nearly two months after the Australian government began doing so.
"I've canceled a number of passports on the advice of intelligence agencies," Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said June 16.
An estimated 150 Australians are believed to have joined the fighting in Syria.
"We are concerned that Australians are working with them [ISIS], becoming radicalized, learning the terrorist trade, and if they come back to Australia, of course it poses a security threat," Bishop said.
American authorities have not announced specific steps they have taken to prevent citizens from joining ISIS or other Islamic groups, though they have reported an estimated 100 or so cases of U.S. citizens leaving the country to train and fight with ISIS. Special attention is being paid to Minneapolis and St. Paul in Minnesota as nearly a dozen of the suspects have ties to the city.
The White House confirmed the death in Syria of Minnesotan Douglas McAuthur McCain, who records show was born in Chicago but was schooled in Minneapolis. An opposition group in Syria, the Free Syrian Army, claimed McCain was fighting with ISIS. The FSA also claimed another American ISIS member had been killed in recent fighting.
FBI officers have been aware of disaffected Muslim youths traveling abroad to join radical groups for years, as many Minnesotans went to fight in Somalia starting in 2007.
"In Somalia, it started as a nationalistic call… [but] we've now seen where some individuals perhaps are not interested or not inclined to travel to Somalia, [they] start to branch out to other hot spots around the globe, obviously Syria being among them," Kyle Loven, the FBI's Chief Division Counsel in Minneapolis, told ABC News.
Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 9/1/2014 16:05:26 PM
(DURHAM, N.H.) -- Police in New Hampshire continue to look for three men who tried kidnapping a college student as she walked home but were stopped by her friends.
The attempted abduction happened near the University of New Hampshire in Durham early Friday morning.
According to investigators, the woman told police she was walking home when three "military-looking" men pulled up in a tan, four-door sedan.
"It was an attempt to introduce themselves to her and when that seemed to fail, it was a little bit more aggressive," said Durham Police Chief David Kurz.
She told police two of the men grabbed her by the arm and tried throwing her inside the sedan's open trunk. The attempted kidnapping was foiled when her friends arrived and the men drove off.
The university alerted students about the abduction attempt the next day, ABC News affiliate WMUR-TV reported.
"It's pretty scary because we live around the corner," said student Morgan DiDonato.
"That could be me one day," added Cassandra Izzo, another student. "I could be walking by my friend's house and someone could try to pick me up."
The incident also has parents like Sherri Trocci worried with classes beginning Tuesday.
"It's a little disconcerting," she said. "We did some safety training. We did a little self-defense training before she came here. Hopefully, that will be in the back of her mind."
After the attempted abduction, several students told ABC News they downloaded the Live Safe app, which includes neighborhood safety reports and real-time sharing location with friends and police.
Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 9/1/2014 16:05:09 PM
(MILWAUKEE) -- Fired up and in campaign form, President Obama delivered what appeared to be a pre-midterm stump speech on Monday to labor activists in Wisconsin, the state that became the labor movement's political epicenter in 2011.
"Every gray hair is worth it," he told the crowd, of pressing for economic policies such as a higher minimum wage in the face of GOP resistance.
"The American economy and American workers are better off than when I took office," he said.
Obama spoke at Laborfest 2014, a Labor Day rally in Henry Maier Festival Park. Supporters standing behind him and out in the audience wore green AFSCME and purple SEIU t-shirts.
It was a typical economic stump speech of the kind Obama has delivered over and over in American cities this year, with calls for higher wages, criticism of Republicans for blocking them, and pleas for a better life for working-class Americans.
But Monday, the president was more expressly political, exhorting the crowd to organize and vote Democratic in this fall’s midterm elections.
"I'd also want more Democrats looking out for me, I'm just saying," Obama said, after telling the crowd that if he were a worker looking for better wages and safety protections, he'd join a union.
Shouting and appearing visibly riled, Obama reminded the crowd of union and Democratic-Party victories in securing a 40-hour workweek and supporting Medicare and Social Security.
Earlier on Monday, Vice President Joe Biden delivered a similarly political, and similarly populist speech to a Labor Day rally hosted by union organizers in Detroit.
The president traveled to Wisconsin for this one appearance and was to return to the White House before departing Tuesday for Estonia and this week's NATO summit in Wales.
Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 9/1/2014 16:03:05 PM
(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama notified Congress of his authorization of the bombing and humanitarian airdrop campaign to help Shiite Turkmen surrounded by ISIS in the town of Amirli, Iraq, according to a letter released by the White House on Monday.
"These additional operations will be limited in their scope and duration as necessary to address this emerging humanitarian crisis and protect the civilians trapped in Amirli," Obama wrote.
Up until this point, Obama has publicly justified military actions against ISIS as protecting U.S. personnel stationed in Erbil and to assist Yezidis trapped on Mt. Sinjar. In this new letter – which could be construed as a bit unusual because it concerns an expansion of the anti-ISIS campaign he's already announced – Obama defines the Amirli strikes as solely a humanitarian/assistance mission, not as protecting Americans.
The letter followed Obama's standard practice, to announce strikes (usually two days later) in a letter to Congress "consistent with" the War Powers Resolution – an act of Congress that Obama and other presidents have declined to acknowledge as binding.
The Pentagon announced on Saturday that it had extended its bombing campaign southward to help the Turkmen. Strikes and humanitarian drops began on Saturday and strikes continued Sunday.
U.S. bombs have been falling mostly around Mosul and Mosul Dam since Obama authorized the anti-ISIS campaign three weeks ago. This weekend, the Pentagon announced a handful of strikes that brought the total to 120 in Iraq since they began Aug. 8.
Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 9/1/2014 14:43:51 PM
(NEW YORK) -- If you use Venmo, you already know how convenient it is to pay your friends instantly, splitting the bill at dinner without hitting up an ATM or getting exact change. With a couple of taps on the app, your portion of the bill is settled, and you didn't even have to irritate the server by handing over seven credit cards.
But lately, it seems the handy app is something more, morphing into a full-fledged social network as more users join and many get creative with their eye-raising payment explanations, which are public to other people on the app. Venmo, whether you realize it or not, has become a place to brag about your wild night out and clue in friends on who you've been sharing cabs with.
"Once I'm on the app, I definitely find myself scrolling through," Jarell Cardoza of San Francisco told ABC News.
He uses the app to split rent and bills with his roommate, and also when he goes out with friends or his girlfriend.
Today, payments for "forgetting my wallet like a scrub," "Costco goodies" and "kale" were among the thousands of transactions visible on the global newsfeed of the app. Venmo conceals actual dollar amounts paid or charged, but everyone can see who is paying whom, and for what -- from bills to late-night jaunts to the strip club.
And the descriptions are increasingly hilarious.
"It's almost like the same thought that goes into sending a tweet goes into what you write for Venmo," Keisha Follins, 36, told ABC News. "Because you know other people are going to see it and you want it to be amusing."
When Venmo users log in to make a transaction, many find themselves staying a while -- browsing their friends' activity like one would on Facebook or Twitter.
"I did that yesterday and I felt kind of creepy because I was like: Why do I care about what other people are doing?" Follins said. "But it kind of encourages you to be funny when you write something. It's entertaining."
Cardoza also uses the app to see what his friends are up to, sometimes stumbling upon cryptic emoji-filled payments.
"When you see a 4 a.m. New York City charge with double horns on it, I find myself wondering and sometimes shooting a text, like, 'What was that about?'" he said.
Allyson White of New York City also gets a laugh out of some of the outrageous Venmo posts.
"I've seen a lot of funny ones around bachelorette parties," said White, 25. "A lot of people seem to communicate only in emoticons, which makes it funnier. If I can think of something clever on the spot, I'll try to make it funny."
Adding to the social aspect is Venmo's version of friend requests. Users connect with people they know through email and Facebook, so while their transactions will show up in your main newsfeed, they're not necessarily people you exchange cash with. Just like Facebook, it's a passive way of knowing what someone you don't even talk to anymore is up to nowadays.
Users can even like or comment on transactions.
Venmo is a free app available on iPhone and Android platforms.
Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 9/1/2014 14:35:42 PM
(FERGUSON, Mo.) -- A mobile video surveillance company has donated body cameras to the Ferguson Police Department, the Missouri police department that has been roiled by protests after an unarmed teenager was shot and killed by a police officer.
Witnesses claimed the teenager, Michael Brown, was surrendering and putting up his hands when he was shot at least six times. Defenders of the police officer, Darren Wilson, claim the officer suffered a serious facial injury in his confrontation with Brown and that the teenager was moving toward Wilson when he fired.
The Ferguson police department did not have body cameras at the time of the encounter. A state grand jury is hearing evidence in the case and the Justice Department is also looking into the shooting.
Safety Vision, a Texas-based manufacturer of video equipment for law enforcement agencies, has donated five body cameras to the Ferguson police department.
In a statement released on their website, the company said the donation was made "in an effort to protect both law enforcement and the public with the capture of indisputable evidence."
The body cameras have eight hours of recording life and a police radio interface, according to the company's website.
The Ferguson Police Department did not return ABC News' request for comment.
Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 9/1/2014 14:34:35 PM
(NEW YORK) -- For the first time in 60 years, visitors to Ellis Island will be able to reenter its south-side hospital this October.
A massive complex comprised of 30 buildings, including staff residences and a mortuary, the hospital screened immigrants for infectious diseases before it was shuttered in 1954. But thanks to the diligence of nonprofit group Save Ellis Island in partnership with the National Parks Service, new tours will now be offered to groups of 10 visitors at a time.
Previously, the buildings in the public health complex were considered too dilapidated and dangerous to permit entry. After partial restoration, however, program tours will now make 18 stops around the campus and allow guests to experience another side of American history: Approximately 10% of the 12 million immigrants who made their way through Ellis Island arrived too sick to enter the country, according to the nonprofit group.
A photography exhibit by artist JR is also being installed on select interiors of the complex, and will include life-size portraits of immigrants pasted onto windows and walls to add context to the spaces.
Ticket prices have yet to be announced but will be available for purchase on the Save Ellis Island website beginning Sept. 25. Proceeds from the sales will go toward the further remediation of the complex.
Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 9/1/2014 13:20:19 PM
(NEW YORK) -- The first human trial for an investigational Ebola vaccine is set to begin this week.
The ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa prompted the National Institutes of Health to expedite safety testing for several vaccines already in the works. Since March, the deadly virus has killed 1,552 people, according to the World Health Organization, which predicted last week that the virus could infect 20,000 people in the next six months.
An Ebola vaccine is different from the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp, which two Americans received last month and is designed to treat an existing Ebola infection rather than prevent one.
"There is an urgent need for a protective Ebola vaccine, and it is important to establish that a vaccine is safe and spurs the immune system to react in a way necessary to protect against infection," Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, said in a statement.
The NIH is developing the vaccine with pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline. Although Fauci said the vaccine has "performed extremely well" in primate studies, it has not yet been tested in humans.
The phase 1 clinical trial set to begin this week at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, will involve 20 human subjects between the ages of 18 and 50, according to the NIH.
Researchers will use the study to determine whether the vaccine is safe and see whether it prompts an immune response necessary to protect against Ebola. No human subjects will be infected with Ebola.
A $4.7 million grant will also go toward Ebola vaccine trials in September at the University of Oxford in England, as well as centers in Gambia and Mali, according to GlaxoSmithKline. In all, 140 patients will be tested.
Though Ebola was discovered nearly 40 years ago, it was so rare that drug manufacturers weren't interested in investing in finding a vaccine for it, said Dr. William Schaffner, chair of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Its rarity also made it impossible for scientists to conduct field studies.
"There's always the layperson's query of 'Why don't they rush this?' 'Why don't these guys work a little later at night?'" Schaffner told ABC News in July. "It's a little more complicated than that."
GlaxoSmithKline became involved in the Ebola vaccine because it bought Swiss vaccine company Okairos AG in 2013. Okairos, originally a Merck spinoff, had been working on the vaccine with the NIH since 2011, a GlaxoSmithKline spokeswoman told ABC News.
Although Fauci said in July that it would take until late 2015 for a vaccine -- if successful -- to be administered to a limited number of health workers, GlaxoSmithKline said in a statement that the grant will also enable it to manufacture 10,000 doses of the vaccine while the trials are ongoing. If the vaccine trials are successful, it will be able to make stocks available immediately to the World Health Organization.
The NIH said it should have initial data from the trial in late 2014.
The trial for different vaccine is set to begin at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Silver Spring, Maryland. This vaccine was a collaboration between the federal Department of Defense and Iowa pharmaceutical company NewLink Genetics Corp.
Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 9/1/2014 13:02:19 PM
(NEW YORK) -- Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg are husband and wife!
The couple were married Sunday, McCarthy's rep told ABC News.
Wahlberg, 45, proposed to McCarthy, 41, this past April, with a 10-carat yellow sapphire ring. Her son, Evan, helped his new step-father pop the question, which made the moment even more special for the former View host.
"Of course I said, 'Yes,'" she said of the proposal, adding, "In that moment, Evan yelled, 'I have another dad!' and it made all of us cry."
Wedding planning came next, and McCarthy knew exactly how she wanted to look on her big day.
"It's my second wedding and with me being older, I don't want to look like a virgin bride," she said. "I want to look classy and elegant and age appropriate."
This is the second marriage for both.
Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 9/1/2014 12:01:21 PM
(MONROVIA, Liberia) -- REPORTER'S NOTEBOOK by ABC News' Dr. Richard Besser
The rain-soaked roads of Monrovia tell an ominous truth: Ebola is real.
The message is spray-painted on walls in the capital of Liberia, the country hardest hit by the worst-ever Ebola outbreak. Nearly 700 people have died here, but denial and government mistrust continue to fuel the virus’s spread.
A group of young adults wearing colorful paper hats stood out on the earth-toned streets. “Ebola can kill,” one hat read. “Tell someone about Ebola,” read another. I asked the group what they were doing and they called over their leader. "We should be in school but this is more important," he told me. "We are going door to door to people's homes in our community telling them about Ebola. Telling them it is real. Telling them how to prevent it."
Some people do not believe that Ebola exists. They believe it’s all a government hoax. Just two weeks ago, an angry mob stormed an treatment center in West Point, a slum that has since been quarantined. The mob told patients they had malaria, not Ebola, and encouraged them to flee. When government mistrust runs this high, communities need to spread public health messages.
"What are you telling people to do? How do you prevent Ebola?" I asked the men and women wearing paper hats. "Don't touch anyone," one young man replied -- advice the group itself was heeding. No arms were linked, no hands were held. "Don't go to funerals," the man added. "Don't take care of sick people."
How hard those warnings must be to sell. What community doesn't want to gather to remember lost loved ones? Who doesn't want to care for the sick? To hold the hand of someone who is dying?
As simple as this group seems, its actions will make inroads at a time when governments and aid organizations can only reach so far. Ordinary people educating their own communities.
Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 9/1/2014 11:42:54 AM
(LONDON) -- The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge appeared just like any other young parents returning home after a quick country trip away as they rushed through one of London's busiest train stations Friday.
William and Kate, both 32, caused a few double-takes as fellow travelers spotted them beneath the baseball caps they each paired with casual clothes while carrying their own bags through the rush-hour crowd at London’s Kings Cross station.
The Duke and Duchess were spotted traveling with their beloved dog, Lupo, but without their 1-year-old son, Prince George.
"It doesn't surprise me at all," said ABC News' royal contributor, Victoria Murphy, of the high-profile couple's low-profile means of travel. "I think that they are very keen to do things in the most efficient way and also in the most cost-effective way and I think that they want as little fuss as possible."
"They think like other people: What's the best way to get from A to B," Murphy said.
The royal couple was believed to be traveling home from Norfolk, the site of their country home, Anmer Hall, where they will be living when Prince William begins his new job as an ambulance helicopter pilot.
William and Kate were also spotted out together on a date night during their time away. The royals were reportedly seen walking hand-in-hand into a local pub that Prince William had driven his wife to himself.
Kate has reportedly been busy decorating Anmer Hall, a gift from the queen for William's 30th birthday, to make it a home fit for two future kings. The 10-bedroom mansion is based on the queen's 20,000-acre private Sandringham estate in Norfolk, close to the East Anglian Air Ambulance service, where Prince William will work.
The home is in the final stages of a two-year renovation, including a large conservatory for the family. It already includes a pool and tennis court and renovations are said to have reportedly added accommodations for protection officers and Prince George's nanny.
Prince William will begin a five-month training period for his Air Transport Pilot's license this month, the palace has said.
Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 9/1/2014 10:46:00 AM
(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- A New Mexico shooting range encourages children to practice shooting semiautomatic weapons, despite a fatal accident this week involving a 9-year-old girl in Arizona.
Calibers, a shooting range in Albuquerque, New Mexico, lets children as young as 8 pull the trigger on handguns, rifles and even semiautomatic weapons, according to ABC affiliate KOAT-TV in Albuquerque.
The children can shoot "Uzis, MAC-11s, AR-15s, and AK-47s," Calibers Training Director Jordan Nighbert told KOAT.
It's common for children to shoot the weapons at the range, he said.
One Calibers customer, John Thompson, even added that he first took his kids shooting when they were only 6.
"To take the curiosity from it," Thompson told KOAT, explaining his motivation. "Whether they like it or not, they respect them."
No one has ever been hurt while a child shot a gun at the Calibers firing range, Nighbert said.
That's in contrast to the case of an Arizona firing range where a 9-year-old accidentally shot and killed her gun instructor last Monday. The girl was shooting a semiautomatic Uzi.
Nighbert doubts that such an accident could happen at his gun range. He only allows children to shoot semiautomatic weapons with barrels longer than 16 inches, he told KOAT.
"With a short barrel, it's a very short movement for that barrel to cover my body and put me in danger," he said. "With a long barrel, even if you had poor recoil control, the muzzle can't cover my head."
Nighbert also said Calibers considers a customer's shooting skill, physical skill and maturity before allowing children to shoot weapons.
Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 9/1/2014 09:35:59 AM
(MOSCOW) -- Monday marks one of the darkest anniversaries in Russia's recent history.
Ten years ago, on Sept. 1, 2004, a group of 32 pro-Chechen gunmen burst into School Number 1 in Beslan in the southern Russian republic of North Ossetia. They stormed the school during the "first bell" celebration marking the beginning of the school year.
More than 1,000 people – children and adults – were held hostage for three days: 334 of them were killed, most dying in a bloody gun battle when Russian special forces stormed the school gymnasium where the hostages were being kept, which the militants had littered with mines and bombs. More than 800 hostages were injured.
The hostage crisis in Beslan and the bungled rescue was a defining moment in Putin's war in southern Russia. The sole gunman who survived was jailed but spared the death penalty.
Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 9/1/2014 09:09:27 AM
(WASHINGTON) -- While some Republicans have criticized President Obama for not acting quickly enough to combat the growing threat from ISIS in Syria and Iraq, Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., said Sunday on This Week that the U.S. has to be "smart about what we do" and not rush to act.
"I think frankly there's way too much emphasis on acting now and doing something immediately instead of being smart about what we do," Cole said on the This Week roundtable. "I think the elements of a strategy are already there. We know we're going to use air power. We know we're going to use special operators. We know we're going to have to build alliances on the ground. That's a very doable thing."
"They're tougher in Syria than they are in Iraq. We don't have any preexisting relationships there," Cole added. "But I think at the end of the day, look I think there's a consensus that we are going to do things, but again being a little bit thoughtful might be a good idea."
While Cole said Obama "made some bad mistakes" in pulling all U.S. troops out of Iraq in 2011 and "not taking this threat seriously earlier," he said, "I still think the elements are there to be successful."
Cole, a member of the House Republican leadership, also said he believes "there can be bipartisan support" for action against ISIS if Obama comes to Congress.
"I think the important thing for the president here is to move with Congress — that is, to not do this on his own, to make everybody put their fingerprints on the decision and say yea or nay and go home and justify it," Cole said.
Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson called the current foreign policy challenges a "potential 9/11 moment," but said more has to be learned about ISIS.
"They're bad, but what is their goal? Can they reach the American homeland?" he said.
Richardson acknowledged the regional threat posed by ISIS, but said the U.S. shouldn't act without allies and "go it alone" with military action against the group in Syria.
"You do have to have a coalition," he said.
Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 9/1/2014 09:08:57 AM
(NEW YORK) -- The San Francisco 49ers find themselves with another player in trouble with the law. Defensive lineman Ray McDonald was arrested early Sunday morning on charges of domestic violence.
San Jose police Sgt. Heather Randol confirmed the arrest occured following a call at 2:48 a.m. local time. McDonald later posted bail and was released from the Santa Clara Sherrif's Department. San Francisco general manager Trent Baalke said the team takes "such matters seriously" while a league source told ABC News the NFL is aware of the incident.
The 29-year-old defensive lineman reportedly had an altercation with his fiancé at a party celebrating his birthday. The fiancé showed police bruising on her body which led to McDonald's arrest. This incident comes in the same week that teammate Aldon Smith was suspended by the NFL nine games for multiple off-field run-ins, including a DUI last September. McDonald was also arrested for DUI in 2010.
On Thursday, the NFL publicized new policies regarding domestic violence. First-time offenders will be suspended six games while a second arrest could mean a lifetime ban.
Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 9/1/2014 04:57:39 AM
(HAMPTON, Ga.) -- With only two races remaining before the NASCAR "Chase for the Cup", Kasey Kahne cemented his spot in the new postseason format, winning the Oral B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday.
Kahne had to hold off Matt Kenseth on a green-white checkered, but got a good jump on the restart to take the checkered flag. Kenseth did end up qualifying for the Chase on points by finishing second. Denny Hamlin finished third while Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards rounded out the top-5.
The 34-year-old first took the lead off a restart with 23 laps remaining and again surged to the front of the pack on the final restart. Harvick, who won the Nationwide race on Saturday, led 195 laps but made contact with Joey Logano on the final restart denying him a weekend sweep.
Making his return to NASCAR three weeks after a crash that killed Kevin Ward, Jr. at a dirt track race in upstate New York, Tony Stewart blew out his right front tire on lap 172, ending his night in 41st place.
Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 9/1/2014 02:15:42 AM
(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Toronto Blue Jays 4 (69-67) - New York Yankees 3 (70-65)
Boston Red Sox 3 (60-76) - Tampa Rays 0 (66-71)
New York Mets 6 (64-73) - Philadelphia Phillies 5 (62-74)
Cincinnati Reds 3 (66-71) - Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (71-65)
Chicago White Sox 6 (62-75) - Detroit Tigers 2 (74-62)
Baltimore Orioles 12 (79-56) - Minnesota Twins 8 (59-77)
Houston Astros 3 (59-79) - Texas Rangers 2 (53-83)
St. Louis Cardinals 9 (73-63) - Chicago White Sox 6 (61-76)
Los Angeles Angels 8 (83-53) - Oakland Athletics 1 (78-58)
Seattle Mariners 5 (73-62) - Washington Nationals 3 (77-58)
Los Angeles Dodgers 7 (77-60) - San Diego Padres 1 (64-71)
Arizona Diamondbacks 6 (57-79) - Colorado Rockies 2 (54-82)
San Francisco Giants 15 (74-62) - Milwaukee Brewers 5 (73-63)
Atlanta Braves 1 (72-65) - Miami Marlins 0 (66-69)
Cleveland Indians 4 (70-64) - Kansas City Royals 2 (74-61) Suspended in the top of the 10th due to rain
NCAAF: (10) Baylor 45 (1-0) - SMU 0 (0-1)
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Kasey Kahne wins the Oral B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway
NASCAR Camping World Truck: Ryan Blaney wins the Chevrolet Silverado 250
Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 8/31/2014 21:24:00 PM
(NEW YORK) -- The Oakland Athletics acquired power-hitter Adam Dunn from the Chicago White Sox for minor league pitcher Nolan Sanburn and cash considerations Sunday.
According to ESPN MLB Insider Buster Olney, the A's will pay Dunn approximately half of the remaining $2.5 million that is owed to him this season.
The 34-year-old Dunn can help an Athletics' team that has ranked 20th in runs scored since trading away slugger Yoenis Cespedes on July 31.
Dunn is playing in his 15th major league season. During that time he's compiled a .237 batting average, 460 home runs, 1,158 RBIs and a .365 on-base percentage.
Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 8/31/2014 18:34:00 PM
(SAN JOSE, Calif.) -- Ray McDonald, defensive end for the San Francisco 49ers, has been booked on domestic violence charges, becoming the first NFL player to be arrested since league commissioner Roger Goodell instituted new penalties last week for domestic violence.
On Thursday Goodell announced sweeping changes to the NFL domestic abuse policy, including a six game suspension for a first time offense and a potential lifetime ban on any subsequent offense.
The NFL is aware of McDonald's arrest and a spokesman tells ABC News the league is looking into it. The San Francisco 49ers says the team is still gathering facts.
Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 8/31/2014 16:36:46 PM
(NEW YORK) -- Joan Rivers has been unconscious since her arrival three days ago at a New York City hospital, but her daughter expressed hope on Sunday that the 81-year-old comedian will recover from her illness.
"Thank you for your continued love and support," Melissa Rivers said in a statement on Sunday. "We are keeping our fingers crossed."
Her mother arrived at Mount Sinai Hospital Thursday after an emergency call that she was in cardiac arrest at an Upper East Side clinic, Yorkville Endoscopy, sources said.
Doctors are intentionally keeping her sedated and under close supervision until they're more comfortable with her condition, which remains "serious."
Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 8/31/2014 15:34:22 PM
(FONTANA, Calif.) -- Will Power captured the 2014 IndyCar Series title after finishing ninth in Saturday night’s race at Fontana.
The driver of the number 12 car finishes the year with three victories, eight top-five and 15 top-10 finishes for 671 points. Helio Castroneves ends the season second in the championship standings, 62 points behind Power.
It is Power’s first series championships. He came into the final race in 2010 and 2012, leading in the points standings, but failed to clinch the title.
Tony Kanaan took home the checkered flag in the 500-mile race for his first win of the season. Scott Dixon finished in second followed by Ed Carpenter, Juan Pablo Montoya and James Hinchcliffe to round out the top five.
Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 8/31/2014 14:04:00 PM
(NEW YORK) -- Taking an umbrella to the barbecue is probably a good idea this Labor Day weekend.
Severe weather threatens to put a damper on outdoor holiday plans for millions of people across the country.
Widespread thunderstorms with strong winds, large hail and even some tornadoes are expected across the central United States on Sunday.
Rainfall is expected to begin Sunday afternoon and continue into Monday, making it a Labor Day washout for the East Coast and in cities such as Chicago, St. Louis and Kansas City further west.
Severe weather has already put a stop to Labor Day festivities nationwide.
In Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana heavy rain turned roads into rushing rivers, forcing residents to wade to safety. One Louisiana man had his house entirely submerged by flood waters.
And in Florida, heavy rains postponed opening night for University of Florida football fans. Drenched spectators waited three hours before lightning forced game officials to cancel the game.
Finally, out west in Washington State, 40 mph winds whipped up a disastrous dust storm that blinded drivers and caused a 50-car pileup on an interstate highway.
Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 8/31/2014 13:11:00 PM
(LOS ANGELES) -- Guardians of the Galaxy has become the highest grossing movie of the year.
The action film kept the number one spot at the box office this weekend earning $16.3 million, bringing its total worldwide gross to $547.7 million.
The film, which was released Aug. 1, stars Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana.
Here are the weekend's top ten films according to boxofficemojo.com:
1. Guardians of the Galaxy: $16.3 million
2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: $11.8 million
3. If I Stay: $9.3 million
4. As Above/So Below: $8.3 million
5. Let's Be Cops: $8.2 million
6. The November Man: $7.6 million
7. When the Game Stands Tall: $5.7 million
8. The Giver: $5.3 million
9. The Hundred-Foot Journey: $4.6 million
10. The Expendables 3: $3.5 million
Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 8/31/2014 12:45:55 PM
(WASHINGTON) -- The United States launched more airstrikes Saturday targeting ISIS militants.
Reportedly Australia, France, and the United Kingdom assisted the U.S. in delivering the international aid by dropping food and water to thousands who've been cut off by ISIS in the beleaguered Iraqi town of Amirli.
The Pentagon is saying that these strikes are specifically in support of the humanitarian mission and they will be limited in both there scope and duration.
Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 8/31/2014 12:44:30 PM
(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama is "wrong" to downplay the dangers facing the United States, longtime counterterrorism official and ABC News contributor Richard Clarke said in response to the president's attempts to calm concern over the escalating threat from ISIS and turmoil in the Middle East.
Obama told an audience at a Democratic fundraiser in New York Friday that the "world has always been messy" but added, "I promise you things are much less dangerous now than they were 20 years ago, 25 years ago or 30 years ago."
Clarke, appearing Sunday on This Week, said simply, "I think he's wrong."
"We're much more capable of defending ourselves now," said Clarke, who served under both Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush as the nation’s top counterterrorism official. "We have the Department of Homeland Security, we have a lot of resources going into counterterrorism, but the threat has also increased. And I think the threat has probably increased more than the defenses."
Speaking of the Islamic terrorist group ISIS, Clarke told ABC News' Martha Raddatz, "ISIS is highly capable. It has a lot of money. It has people from many, many countries. And our fear is it may have people in its ranks that we don't know about. We have the names of thousands of people, and we can stop them if they try to get into this country, but if we don’t know their names, and we don't know they're involved, they can get in."
Others experts on This Week echoed these concerns. Mubin Shaikh, a former Taliban jihadist who became an undercover counterterrorism operative, said that while terrorist recruiting efforts in the U.S. could eventually be brought under control, "the horse has bolted from the farm" in terms of existing efforts.
Clarke emphasized the importance of law enforcement working with the local Muslim communities to combat those recruiting efforts, saying, "our best defense are our own American Muslims who have been very cooperative. They don't want anything to happen like this again in this country."
On the This Week roundtable, former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson called the ISIS threat to America a "potential 9/11 moment," but sounded a note of caution on dealing with the terror group, saying, "They're bad, but what is their goal? Can they reach the American homeland?"
Richardson acknowledged the regional threat posed by ISIS, but said the U.S. shouldn't act without allies and "go it alone" with military action against the group in Syria.
Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 8/31/2014 12:16:29 PM
(ATLANTA) -- NASCAR driver Tony Stewart will be back in a race car Sunday night for the first time following a deadly accident.
Stewart has taken three weeks off after his car struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. on a Sprint Car Track.
The racing community has welcomed him back, including NASCAR President Mike Helton, who said, "He's been a great asset to NASCAR and a great champion, so it's nice to have him back."
Stewart has not been charged in Ward's death but the investigation is still ongoing.
Sunday night's race is at the Atlanta Motor Speedway at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 8/31/2014 10:12:39 AM
(ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.) -- In the past few years, the dozen gambling venues in Atlantic City have been rolling the dice to try to turn a profit, but too many casinos and too few tourists are leading to dramatic changes.
The Showboat Casino-Hotel is closing its doors this weekend for good and will soon be joined by two others, the Revel and the Trump Plaza.
More than 6,000 people, or about 25% of the Atlantic City work force, will be jobless.
Now, Atlantic City's mayor Don Guardian is saying New Jersey may try to help with possible mortgage payment extensions, and the remaining casinos are also pledging to hire some of those laid-off workers.
"The governor is bringing down a program to the state of New Jersey that has forgiveness for mortgages," Guardian said. "It's really a holiday. So you add up to 12 months of non payment to the end of your mortgage. So you get the credit now, you don't pay the mortgage until you get some time."
Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 8/31/2014 10:11:46 AM
(NEW YORK) -- The Ebola virus arrived in a fifth country this week, after health officials reported that a man with Ebola symptoms showed up at a hospital in Senegal. The man was a student from Guinea, where the virus has affected 648 and killed 430.
Across West Africa, the virus has already killed more than 1,552 people in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, according to the World Health Organization.
While doctors and government officials have spent months trying to stop the outbreak, the infections continue to rise: More than 40% of the total cases in this outbreak have occurred within the past 23 days.
Here are things you should know about the outbreaks as fears continue to mount in Africa and beyond.
Congo Reports Possible Ebola Cases, Deaths
The Democratic Republic of Congo may be 800 miles from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, but the Central African country has reported 24 suspected cases, including 13 deaths. None of the patients or their close contacts had traveled to West Africa, according to WHO.
"At this time, it is believed that the outbreak in [the Democratic Republic of Congo] is unrelated to the ongoing outbreak in West Africa," the agency said in a statement, adding that samples from the Congo cases are being tested for the virus.
The first known case in Congo occurred in a pregnant woman who became ill after butchering a "bush animal" that her husband killed, according to WHO. She died on Aug. 11. Health care workers who tended to her, including a doctor, two nurses and a ward boy developed similar symptoms and died, the agency said.
Ebola was first discovered in the Congo in 1976 and is named for the Ebola River.
African Patients Who Got ZMapp to Leave Hospital
There's no cure for Ebola, but at least six people have received the experimental drug ZMapp: American health workers Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, a Spanish priest, two African doctors, and one African nurse. Brantly and Writebol survived but the Spanish priest and one of the African doctors did not.
The remaining African ZMapp recipients were expected to be discharged from the hospital this week.
Still, experts say it's unclear whether ZMapp -- a cocktail of three antibodies that attack the virus -- actually helped those who received it. Before Brantly received his dose, the drug had only been tested in monkeys.
"Frankly we do not know if it helped them, made any difference, or even delayed their recovery," said Dr. Bruce Ribner, director of Emory University Hospital's infectious disease unit, where Brantly and Writebol were treated.
Officials Warn of 'Shadow Zones,' 'Invisible' Cases
The Ebola outbreak is already the deadliest on record, and WHO officials say the impact may be far worse than reported.
The number of known infections -- currently 2,615 -- is underestimated because of those who hide the infected and bury the dead in secret, WHO said in a statement Aug. 22. The number also excludes so-called "shadow zones," which are rumored to have Ebola cases that go unconfirmed because of community resistance and a lack of medical staff, the agency said.
Health officials also suspect an "invisible caseload" in Liberia because new treatment facilities are filling with previously unidentified Ebola patients as soon as they open.
One in Four Americans Fears Ebola Outbreak, Poll Shows
About a quarter of Americans fear that they or someone in their family will come down with Ebola in the next year, according to a Harvard School of Public Health poll.
Harvard and SSRS, an independent research company, conducted the poll of 1,025 adults last week and found that 39 percent of respondents feared a large Ebola outbreak in the United States.
According to the poll, 68% of Americans thought the disease could spread "easily" and 33% said they thought there was an available treatment for it, both highlighting a lack of understanding about Ebola in this country.
In reality, the virus is only transmitted through contact with bodily fluids like blood and urine, and there is no cure. It's unclear whether ZMapp, the unofficial drug given to the American Ebola patients, helped or hindered their recovery, experts say.
Officials Request Exit Screenings at Airports, Seaports
The World Health Organization has requested exit screenings at international airports, seaports and land crossings in all countries affected by the Ebola outbreak.
"Any person with an illness consistent with [Ebola virus disease] should not be allowed to travel unless the travel is part of an appropriate medical evacuation," WHO said in a statement. "There should be no international travel of Ebola contacts or cases, unless the travel is part of an appropriate medical evacuation."
Ebola symptoms include fever, weakness, muscle pain and sore throat, before they progress to vomiting, diarrhea and rash. Some people may also experience bleeding.
The WHO Ebola Emergency Committee advised against international travel or trade restrictions at this time.
Governments Are Reviving the 'Cordon Sanitaire'
Officials from Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia have implemented a "cordon sanitaire" or sanitary barrier -- a cross-border isolation zone designed to contain people with the highest infection risk.
The tactic, used to prevent the spread of plague in medieval times, literally blocks off an area thought to contain 70% of the epidemic. But some experts say there's little proof that isolation zones can prevent the spread of disease.
"It may not be sufficiently structured so it can prevent people from leaving," said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn.
FDA Warns Against Fake Ebola Treatments
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning people to avoid fake Ebola treatments and vaccines being sold online. The agency said products claiming to protect people from the infection began popping up online after the outbreak began in March.
"There are currently no FDA-approved vaccines or drugs to prevent or treat Ebola," the agency said in a statement. "Although there are experimental Ebola vaccines and treatments under development, these investigational products are in the early stages of product development, have not yet been fully tested for safety or effectiveness, and the supply is very limited.
"There are no approved vaccines, drugs, or investigational products specifically for Ebola available for purchase on the Internet," the FDA added. "By law, dietary supplements cannot claim to prevent or cure disease."
Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 8/31/2014 09:12:32 AM
(DALLAS) -- Sen. Ted Cruz Saturday invited President Obama to accompany him to a golf course on the Texas-Mexico border, telling conservatives at an Americans for Prosperity summit in Dallas he thought that was "the only way there is a chance in heaven that he might come" to the region.
The Texas Republican and potential 2016 presidential contender also heavily criticized the president's foreign policies and suggested that the U.S. should bomb ISIS "back to the stone age."
"Tonight I am officially extending an invitation for Barack Obama to come join me at the border in Texas," Cruz said. "I figured the only way there is a chance in heaven that he might come: I am inviting him to a golf course."
Cruz told the audience that he is inviting Obama to join him at Lajitas Golf Resort in Big Bend, where, on "the 11th hole, the pin is on the other side of the Rio Grande, so you can only go for a hole in one."
Cruz devoted much of his speech to lambasting Democratic immigration reforms and warned that it would be "utterly lawless" for Obama to offer "amnesty" without the consent of Congress. Obama is expected to take executive action on immigration sometime this fall, but it has remained unclear when or how aggressively the president would seek to change U.S. policy.
"I'm expecting to get a call back from the president any day now to accept this invitation," Cruz said.
Cruz briefly mocked Obama's comment that he has no "strategy" yet to attack ISIS in Syria, a remark the president made in a live news conference on Thursday, on which fellow high-profile Republicans have seized.
"I'm sure everyone was shocked to hear this," Cruz said sarcastically, of the president's remark, contrasting it with Ronald Reagan's strategy in the Cold War and quoting the former president: "We win, they lose."
Cruz railed against ISIS, the jihadist group that has seized large swaths of Iraq and Syria and which shocked many in the West by executing American journalist James Foley.
"America has always been reluctant to use military force, but we have never shied away from defending the United States of America," Cruz said. "ISIS says they want to go back and reject modernity, well I think we should help them. We ought to bomb them back to the stone age."
Earlier this month, Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes against ISIS positions in northern Iraq. On Saturday, the U.S. military's Central Command announced five more drone and fighter-jet strikes had destroyed ISIS positions near the contested Mosul Dam. Those strikes brought the total up to 115 since Obama's authorization three weeks ago, CENTCOM said.
Cruz criticized Obama's foreign policy in general, alleging he's been outplayed by Russian President Vladimir Putin on the geopolitical stage. Cruz also blasted the FAA's short-lived ban on flights to Tel Aviv, during the recent Gaza conflict.
"The Obama Doctrine works very, very well," Cruz said. "You simply let Putin eat your lunch every day."
Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 8/31/2014 09:07:50 AM
(MIAMI) -- Dwyane Wade may be an NBA champion, but the basketball star's biggest accomplishment yet may be tying the knot with the love of his life Gabrielle Union.
The Miami Heat icon, 32, and the actress, 41, were wed on Saturday night in Miami, according to People magazine.
Wade proposed to his muse last December by involving two of his sons -- Zaire and Zion -- and the nephew he's been raising.
"I was completely surprised. Him and the boys planned it completely, as a family," Union told Live with Kelly and Michael in January. "We were just gonna spend the day together, having a little quality time, went to brunch, I'm clueless."
After the brunch in December, Union said, they went to visit their home, which was under construction at the time. The boys told the actress they had something to show her.
"Me and [Dwyane] turn around and they're like, 'OK, now!' And they're holding signs that say, '... Will you marry us?'" But the thing is, they ask me all the time, so I was like, 'Oh, this is embarrassing! Now they've made signs!'" she said. "I turn to D like, 'Here we go!' and he's down on one knee."
And by saying "I do" this weekend, the rest is history!
Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 8/31/2014 09:05:17 AM
(NEW YORK) -- If you were offered a well-deserved raise at work or a no-strings-attached wad of money, would you take it? You've surely heard that money can’t buy happiness, but it can certainly get you closer to an enjoyable life, right?
Yes and no, says Elizabeth Dunn, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia and author of Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending. "It turns out, what you do with your money seems to matter just as much to your happiness as how much you make," she says; good news for those of us without a sudden windfall or promotion in our near futures.
Here are six facts that may surprise you—and tips on how to live the good life, no matter how much you've got.
1. Don’t sweat the six-figure job
"There is definitely a correlation between income and happiness," says Dunn. "But actually, money buys less happiness than people assume."
And in some ways, it buys happiness only up to a certain point: A 2010 Princeton University study found that emotional well-being—defined by the frequency of emotions like joy, anger, affection, and sadness—tended to rise with salary, but only up to about $75,000. Beyond that, people continued to rate their lives as more satisfying, but they didn't seem to experience any more happiness on a day-to-day basis.
2. Spend on experiences, not things
Material goods may last longer, but a 2014 San Francisco State University study shows that life experiences—like trips, fancy dinners, and spa treatments—provide more satisfaction in the long run. Researchers interviewed volunteers before and after they made purchases of both types, and found that afterward, most people viewed the intangibles as a better use of money. However, they add, an experience has to fit a person's personality in order to have benefit; someone who doesn't like show tunes, for example, probably won't see the value in a Broadway play.
3. Donate to charity
Giving to people or organizations in need "has a direct correlational effect on happiness that is basically equivalent to a doubling of household income," says Dunn, citing research from a Gallup World Poll. How you give matters, too, she says: You'll get more of an emotional reward by supporting groups you feel closely connected to, or when a close friend asks for your help. (In other words, accept that Ice Bucket Challenge already—the giving money part, at least!)
4. Pay it off early
"The pleasure of consumption can be dragged down by the pain of having to pay for it," says Dunn. One way to get around that? Put money down for things as early as you can, even if you won't actually experience them for a while—book trips months in advance, pre-order books and albums you're excited about, or purchase credit for a service you can redeem at a later date. "Research shows that what lies in the future is much more emotionally evocative than what lies in the past," she adds. "If we paid for something last year, it's almost like our brain forgets we ever spent money on it."
5. Give thoughtful gifts
When money gets tight, it may seem wasteful to splurge on presents and tokens of affection—but Dunn's research shows that spending money on others, especially a loved one, is one of the happiest things you can do with your money. (In one study, people who had been asked to spend $5 on someone else felt better at the end of the day than those who’d been asked to spend it on themselves.) It's the thought that counts, too: Both givers and receivers are happier when a gift is a good fit for the recipient's personality.
6. Use a debit, not credit card
Being in debt is negatively associated with happiness, and is linked to health problems such as depression and anxiety. It may be hard to avoid all forms of debt, but one way to keep from falling deeper into it is to make everyday purchases with debit accounts, rather than charging them.
"Debit cards are way happier plastic," says Dunn. "They provide a lot of the same conveniences as credit cards, but don't have the same long-term problems associated with them."
Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 8/31/2014 09:00:26 AM
(LONDON) -- Sunday marks 17 years since Princess Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris.
Princess Diana initially survived the Aug. 31, 1997, limousine crash, but later died from her injuries. Egyptian film producer Dodi Al-Fayed and the driver were also killed. A bodyguard was seriously injured.
French authorities investigating the crash found the driver had a high level of alcohol in his system when the crash happened. The paparazzi trailing Princess Diana was also scrutinized.
Thousands turned up for her funeral, held at Westminster Abbey.
Born Lady Diana Spencer, she became the Princess of Wales when she married Prince Charles in 1981. They had two children - Princes William and Harry - before they divorced in 1996.
Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 8/31/2014 08:54:31 AM
(HOUSTON, Texas) -- Wisconsin held a 24-7 lead over No. 13 Louisiana State University (LSU) just two and a half minutes into the third quarter. When the final whistle blew, the 14th-ranked Badgers found themselves on the wrong end of a 28-24 comeback win by the Tigers who scored 21 straight points.
"We played sloppy, we did everything to the latest possible time before we decided to play best," LSU coach Les Miles said.
Corey Clement's two-yard touchdown run in the third made it a 24-7 Wisconsin lead before LSU turned it around. A pair of Colby Delahoussaye field goals cut the deficit to 11 at the end of three quarters but the Tigers still struggled to find the end zone.
They finally broke through three minutes into the fourth as Anthony Jennings found John Diarse for a 36-yard strike. Jennings then connected with Trey Quinn for a two-point conversion that made it a 24-21 Wisconsin lead.
LSU's Jalen Mills then picked off a pass from Tanner McEvoy on the ensuing possession. Three plays later, Kenny Hilliard busted through the line for a 28-yard touchdown run to complete the comeback. Another interception by McEvoy sealed the deal for the Badgers who gained just 65 yards in the fourth quarter.
"They battled. They hung in there," Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen said. "I thought both teams fought like crazy. They made one more play than we did and won the game in the end."
Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 8/31/2014 06:41:56 AM
(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- The defending national champions got their first scare of the year in their season opener, holding off Oklahoma State 37-31 on Saturday. The Florida State Seminoles (1-0) had led 17-0 in the second half but the Cowboys (0-1) closed the gap to 27-24 late and had a chance to take the lead.
"We all preached it, but I do think they felt the pressure of being No. 1. I do," Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said. "Now I think we can relax and go play football."
Sophomore quarterback Jameis Winston threw for 370 yards and a touchdown while also rushing for one as well. The reigning Heisman trophy winner also threw a pair of interceptions that helped keep Oklahoma State hanging around.
The Cowboys J.W. Walsh scampered 24 yards for a touchdown, making it a three-point game, before ultimately leading a drive back into Seminoles territory. However, Walsh fumbled when he was flipped into the air by Florida State's P.J. Williams. Winston then connected with Rashad Green for a 50-yard scoring pass, sealing the deal.
Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 8/31/2014 00:16:18 AM
(NEW YORK) -- NCAAF: (1) Florida State 37 (1-0) - Oklahoma State 31 (0-1)
(2) Alabama 33 (1-0) - West Virginia 23 (0-1)
(4) Oklahoma 48 (1-0) - Louisiana Tech 16 (0-1)
(5) Ohio State 34 (1-0) - Navy 17 (0-1)
(6) Auburn 45 (1-0) - Arkansas 21 (0-1)
(7) UCLA 28 (1-0) - Virginia 20 (0-1)
(11) Stanford 45 (1-0) - UC Davis 0 (0-1)
(12) Georgia 45 (1-0) - (16) Clemson 21 (0-1)
(17) Notre Dame 48 (1-0) - Rice 17 (0-1)
(20) Kansas State 55 (1-0) - SF Austin 16 (0-1)
(22) Nebraska 55 (1-0) - Florida International 7 (0-1)
(23) North Carolina 56 (1-0) - Liberty 29 (0-1)
(24) Missouri 38 (1-0) - South Dakota State 18 (0-1)
MLB: Chicago White Sox 6 (61-74) - Detroit Tigers 3 (73-61) - Game 1
Detroit Tigers 8 (74-61) - Chicago White Sox 4 (61-75) - Game 2
Chicago Cubs 5 (61-74) - St. Louis Cardinals 1 (71-63) - Game 1
St. Louis Cardinals 13 (72-63) - Chicago Cubs 2 (61-75) - Game 2
Toronto Blue Jays 2 (68-67) - New York Yankees 0 (70-64)
Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (71-64) - Cincinnati Reds 2 (65-71)
Tampa Bay Rays 7 (66-70) - Boston Red Sox 0 (59-76)
Philadelphia Phillies 7 (62-73) - New York Mets 2 (63-73)
Houston Astros 2 (58-79) - Texas Rangers 0 (53-82)
Miami Marlins 4 (66-68) - Atlanta Braves 0 (71-65)
Baltimore Orioles 3 (78-56) - Minnesota Twins 2 (59-76)
Colorado Rockies 2 (54-81) - Arizona Diamondbacks 0 (56-79)
San Diego Padres 2 (64-70) - Los Angeles Dodgers 1 (76-60) - 10 Innings
San Francisco Giants 3 (73-62) - Milwaukee Brewers 1 (73-62)
Los Angeles Angels 2 (82-53) - Oakland Athletics 0 (78-57)
Washington Nationals 3 (77-57) - Seattle Mariners 1 (72-62)
Cleveland Indians 3 (70-64) - Kansas City Royals 2 (74-61) -11 Innings
NASCAR Nationwide Series: Kevin Harvick wins the Great Clips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 8/30/2014 22:14:00 PM
(NEW YORK) -- The Stephen Hill experiment is over in New Jersey.
The-23-year-old receiver was cut by the New York Jets Saturday.
The Jets selected the 6-foot-4 Hill with the 43rd overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Hill's NFL career got off to a hot start catching two touchdowns in his first regular season game, but it was all downhill from there. According to ESPN Stats & Information, over the last two seasons, Hill recorded the second-lowest reception percentage of any player that was targeted at least 100 times.
During his two seasons with the Jets, Hill played in 23 games, catching 45 balls, for 594 yards and four touchdowns.
The Jets will now rely upon Eric Decker, Jeremy Kerley and David Nelson as their main receivers to start the season.
Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 8/30/2014 21:59:00 PM
(NEW YORK) -- Linebacker James Harrison will retire from the NFL.
The former NFL Defensive Player of the Year made the announcement on his Facebook page Saturday.
"I have made the difficult decision to retire as of today," Harrison posted. "My love for my family and the need to be there for them outweighs my desire to play the game. I have missed too many experiences with them because I devoted SO much time to my career.
"My love for the game isn't strong enough to make up for missing one more birthday or first day of school."
Harrison joined the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2002 as a undrafted free agent out of Akron. The five-time Pro Bowler proceeded to play the next 10 seasons in Pittsburgh, where he was part of two Super Bowl winning teams.
Harrison was released by the Steelers following the 2012 season and played last season for the Cincinnati Bengals.
Harrison had one of the least productive years of his career in Cincinnati. He played in 15 games, recording 30 tackles and two sacks.
The Bengals cut Harrison in March and the 36-year-old had been trying to find another team to play for before finally deciding to announce his retirement.
Harrison finishes his 11 year NFL career playing in 146 regular season games, compiling 647 tackles, 66 sacks, 29 forced fumbles and six interceptions.
Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 8/30/2014 19:24:00 PM
(AUSTIN, Texas) -- Police in Austin, Texas, are investigating an unusual donation to a local Goodwill store: a human skull.
While odd, police do not believe the skull was the result of a crime. Instead, they told ABC News affiliate KVUE-TV that they believe the skull may have been part of someone's private collection.
"We think it was probably something that belonged to the person who donated it, to a relative of the person who donated it and it was part of a collection or an anatomical model," said Austin police detective Derek Israel. "It could have been something that was kept by someone who was a student of anthropology, a student of medicine, dentistry, any of those things."
Police are looking to talk to whoever donated the item last month. Similar skulls are often used in medical settings or medical schools.
The Travis County Medical Examiner's office has determined the skull is from an adult who likely died two years ago, according to KVUE-TV. Other information about the skull, including sex or race, wasn't released.
Although unusual, the donation has not fazed everyone at the Goodwill store.
"We have gotten prosthetic limbs. We have gotten Rolex watches. We have gotten Krugerrands," Traci Berry, who works at the store, told KVUE. "Our donations run the gamut."
Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 8/30/2014 16:32:22 PM
(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- California lawmakers are sending Gov. Jerry Brown a bill that would make California the first to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic grocery bags.
State lawmakers okayed the bill Friday after protections were added for plastic bag manufacturers.
The measure makes plastic bags illegal statewide at grocery stores and large pharmacies. It includes $2 million in loans to help manufacturers shift to producing reusable bags and lets grocers charge $0.10 each for paper and reusable plastic.
Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 8/30/2014 15:58:21 PM
(NEW YORK) -- Good news for Texas Tech fans, Kliff Kingsbury isn't going anywhere.
Kingsbury and the University have agreed to a contract extension that will keep him as the head football coach through the 2020 season. He'll make $3.1 million in 2015 and receive a $200,000 raise each year to $4.1 million in the final year of his deal.
"This is where I want to be and I couldn't be happier," Kingsbury said in a statement. "I can't wait to take this thing to the next level."
Kingsbury was a record-setting quarterback for the Red Raiders before spending five seasons in the NFL. He became the head coach of Texas Tech in December 2012. Last season, he led the Red Raiders to a 7-5 record and a bowl win.
Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 8/30/2014 15:37:00 PM
(AUBURN, Wash.) -- Police have identified the victim of a likely homicide that has puzzled them for two weeks since a federal agent stumbled on a pile of ripped up flooring covered in blood by the side of a road in Auburn, Wash.
Commander Mike Hirman of the Auburn Police Department said authorities have confirmed that blood on the material is from 30-year-old Brandon Zomalt.
Hirman said police believe it is likely that Zomalt was killed in a homicide, although without a body or further evidence they cannot confirm anything.
"Obviously it's difficult to know, we have to go based on some assumptions," Hirman said. "[Due to] the amount of blood and some bone fragments, we're investigating it as a homicide.
The case started on Aug. 13, when an off-duty federal agent driving home saw a small fire about 20 feet from the road. After the agent pulled over to stop the fire, another man nearby got into a dark SUV and fled the area.
The agent was unable to catch up or identify the subject. When the agent returned to the scene he found ripped up flooring, carpet and clothing in the pile. All of the debris was covered in blood.
Since then, police have been searching for clues about who the victim or perpetrator could be. Hirman said police were able to identify Zomalt from the State Combined DNA Index System. Zomalt appeared to be from Puyallup, Wash., which is south of Auburn, Hirman said.
According to police, Zomalt had a lengthy criminal history including arrests on suspicion of first-degree assault, harassment and domestic abuse. Police said Zomalt did not have a steady address and had been living with family and friends.
He has not been seen since before Aug. 13. Police are asking anyone with information to call a tip line at 253-288-7403. The suspect is described as being a possible mixed-race male with a slender build and short dark hair and approximately 5' 8" to 5' 10" tall. He was driving a dark SUV, when last seen.
Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 8/30/2014 13:56:44 PM
(NEW YORK) -- Like her sister Jill, Jessa Duggar is waiting for her wedding to have her first kiss with her fiancé.
To say they're excited would be an understatement.
"We're really looking forward to the first kiss!" she told ABC News. "We're talking about it -- what if we miss or mess up? We're gonna have to plan this out or something!"
Duggar, 21, announced her engagement to Ben Seewald, 19, earlier this month. It will be documented on 19 Kids & Counting, her family's reality TV show, which premieres on Sept. 2 at 9/8 p.m. CT on TLC. Fans will also get to see Duggar plan her wedding, which she promises will differ from her Jill's nuptials this past June.
"The guest list is pretty big, but not as big as my sisters" she said. "My list is a little smaller [than Jill's was], but then Ben's guest list is bigger Derick's. It will be another Duggar-sized wedding!"
The reality TV star said that she and her future husband hope to tie the knot this fall or winter. They've already begun thinking about their color scheme (no, nothing has been chosen yet) and who they'd like to tap to be their bridesmaids and groomsmen (yes, their families will be involved).
However, both Duggar and Seewald are focused on making sure that their wedding is cost efficient and are considering re-using Jill's decorations and flower girl dresses.
"We're gonna go really simple with a lot of our food and even flowers and that type of stuff. People spend so much on flowers, it’s outrageous!" Duggar said. "I'll go to the grocery and buy flowers! I don't know how many flowers we'll have in nature if it's cold outside but I was like, 'How about we just go pick [some]?'"
"We want to have a nice wedding that everyone will enjoy but at the same time, we'd like to push our budget more toward our honeymoon because that’s our time together," added Seewald, who said that TLC will also document some of their getaway. "That’s our first few weeks together."
Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 8/30/2014 12:46:48 PM
(NEW YORK) -- The Buffalo Bills have signed free agent quarterback Kyle Orton to a one-year deal, the club announced late Friday night.
The Bills have spent much of the preseason searching for a veteran backup quarterback to mentor E.J. Manuel. The team signed Jordan Palmer earlier this week, but released him shortly afterwards.
Orton, 31, has started 70 games over his NFL career with the Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Chicago Bears, and Kansas City Chiefs. The Cowboys released Orton back in July, paving the way for him to sign with Buffalo.
According to ESPN, Orton's deal includes a player option for a second season. He was selected by the Bears in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL draft.
Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 8/30/2014 12:22:00 PM
(ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar) -- A swarm of millions of locusts descended upon Madagascar's capital of Antananarivo on Thursday, slowing traffic and blotting out the skies over the city.
Fully-formed clouds of the insects, which have plagued the African nation for more than two years, whizzed through the city's streets after an urban heat wave attracted the bugs away from their usual rural surroundings.
"It reminds us of the 10 plagues of Egypt," said Ronald Miller, a missionary working in Madagascar with his family.
The current plague began in April 2012, leading to a national disaster declaration in Madagascar in November of that year, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
The island nation's government announced a three-year emergency plan in September 2013, when the locusts threatened food security of more than 13 million people, almost 60 percent of Madagascar's population.
FAO officer Annie Monard told Voice of America that the locust swarms in the city were caused by unusually high temperatures, not a new surge in the pest population. So far, the FAO and Madagascar's government have succeeded in controlling the pests in over 4,600 square miles of agricultural land. Madagascar's emergency plan will continue until 2016 and is expected to cost more than $41 million.
Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 8/30/2014 12:14:05 PM
(NEW YORK) -- For traditional brides, "carrying something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue" has long been a way of inviting good fortune and prosperity into a marriage. But what if the borrowed something is the big white dress?
A host of new retail outlets are offering all of the glitz and glamour of a fairy tale wedding gown experience, but with a return-by date akin to Cinderella's famous midnight curfew.
Ladies and gentleman, you may now rent the bridal gown.
"When we recently launched Little White Dress rentals for brides, we received orders for events the next day," said Kelsey Doorey, whose new e-retail site Vow to Be Chic, launched with rentals for bridesmaids and then quickly expanded its offerings. "It's clear that women are looking for ways to make the experience more affordable and convenient without sacrificing style or dress quality."
Popular designers featured on the Vow to be Chic site include Jenny Yoo, Nicole Miller, Jill Jill Stuart, Tadashi Shoji, Watters, Theia, Joanna August, LulaKate, Alvina Valenta, Jim Hjelm and Swoon.
And it's not alone in its business model.
With an increasing number of women shifting away from preserving gowns for family heirlooms, many of today's brides are more interested in saving some money on the way from the boutique to the chapel.
Longstanding designer rental website Rent the Runway, which offers 4- and 8-day rentals of upscale gowns by designers ranging from Badgley Mischka to Monique Lhiullier, recently debuted a bridal category after its brick-and-mortar store in the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas saw a steady stream of women shopping for their wedding day.
"I think some women value the experience over the ownership of their gown," said a representative for Rent the Runway. "If they already use Spotify or Uber, services where you’re not necessarily owning something versus experiencing it, they will also feel comfortable with renting a wedding gown."
Plus, the savings of renting are not insignificant.
A sleek, long-sleeved, cocktail-length wedding dress by Dsquared that would normally retail for approximately $830 can be rented for $125 on Rent the Runway. And at Washington, D.C.-based bridal rental atelier Borrowing Magnolia, a Jenny Packham "Aspen Gown" featuring a draping silhouette, meticulous bead work and an illusion lace back that would typically sell for $5,000 before alterations, can be rented for $1,250.
Those discounts leave lots of funds still in the wedding budget for food, music or other desirable decor elements. And if your groom isn't planning to keep his morning jacket, proponents say there's no reason why his betrothed can't follow suit with her tulle.
"Guys have been renting tuxes forever," Doorey told ABC News. "It finally dawned on me: Why can't women enjoy the same concept?"
Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 8/30/2014 11:15:22 AM
(NEW YORK) -- Kraft is voluntarily recalling 8,000 cases of its American Singles cheese slices.
The company says a supplier did not store an ingredient according to the company's temperature standards which could lead to premature spoilage and food borne illness. The packages have "Best When Used By" dates of February 20, 2015 and February 21, 2015.
There have been no reports of illness.
Consumers who return the recalled Kraft cheese slices will receive full refunds.
Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 8/30/2014 09:46:46 AM
(SALT LAKE CITY) -- Fingerprints found on Lego building blocks helped police crack a 23-year-old cold case murder mystery in Utah, authorities said.
The gruesome murder of 78-year-old Lucille Johnson in Salt Lake City left police puzzled in 1991.
The grandmother was strangled and beaten in her home and police found Legos in the entryway of her living room and driveway the floor, but were unable to discern who killed her, the Salt Lake Sheriff's Office said.
When the case was reopened last year, investigators tested the residue found under Johnson's fingernails for DNA and found that it matched that of 47-year-old John Sansing, a convicted murderer serving a prison sentence in Arizona for an unrelated case, Lt. Justin Hoyal of the Sheriff's Office said on Friday.
They also tested the fingerprints on the Legos found at the scene and found that the prints matched that of Sansing's son.
Police said Johnson and Sansing did not know each other and were investigating whether Sansing used the child to gain entry to the house.
"We know there's no relationship between the two of them," Hoyal said. "It's speculative as to whether the child was a ruse that was used, but it's certainly a possibility."
Police don't know have a motive for the crime but said that Johnson's ring and necklace were missing, Hoyal said. They also said that Sansing is believed to have brought his son to the Arizona murder scene as well.
Sheriff Jim Winder announced at a press conference Thursday that Sansing had been charged with capital murder in Utah for the crime, according to ABC News affiliate KTVX.
"Occasionally we encounter people who are evil," Winder said. "The individual who perpetrated this is nothing short of that."
"It was very important that it be solved," Jerry Johnson, Lucille Johnnson's son, told KTVX. "I wasn't sure it would ever be solved."
"I am so grateful, so very grateful to the police department for the work that they've done," Johnson's daughter, Shirley England, told KXTV. "I don't think closure is the right word because you never close something like this. It's been a terrible thing in our life."
The Sheriff's Office had no information on if or when Sansing would be extradited, when Sansing would appear in court, or who his lawyer would be. The District Attorney has not yet responded to calls for comment.
Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 8/30/2014 09:41:03 AM
(WASHINGTON) -- Saturday marks 30 years since Space Shuttle Discovery's first launch.
Discovery, the third space shuttle to join NASA's fleet, left for its first mission on Aug. 30, 1984, to deploy three communication satellites.
Discovery finished more than 30 missions afterwards, including one to launch the Hubble Space Telescope into orbit in 1990 and a trip to the International Space Station in 2005. According to NASA, it received its name from several exploration ships, including one used to search for a northwest passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
Discovery completed its final mission in 2011. It now resides at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 8/30/2014 08:45:04 AM
(NEW YORK) -- Researchers say a new heart failure drug could save lives by lowering the mortality rate of heart failure.
According to the study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the new drug, called LCZ696, showed improved results. The drug combines valsartan, which has long been used in heart failure treatment, with sacubitril, a previously unstudied medicine for the treatment of high blood pressure.
Those who received the LCZ696 had 20 percent better year-to-year survival rates than those who took a medicine that is part of standard heart failure care.
Those same patients also experienced improved symptoms. Still, the FDA did not approve any changes to the standard heart failure treatment, even though the study was stopped early due to overwhelming positive results.
Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 8/30/2014 07:00:30 AM
(NEW YORK) -- Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has reportedly reached a plea deal as part of his impaired driving case. That according the Indianapolis Star, citing court officials.
Irsay was arrested in March on a pair of misdemeanor charges. The Colts owner was arrested near his home after failing a field sobriety test. Officers on the scene said he had trouble reciting the alphabet. Police reports showed that Irsay had various prescription drugs and $29,000 in cash in his position at the time of the arrest.
"I cannot provide any details of -- or even verify the existence of -- an agreement unless and until one would be tendered to the Court at such a hearing," said Andre Miksha, a spokesman for the Hamilton County prosecutor.
The trial, originally scheduled for Oct. 30, was reportedly rescheduled for Tuesday. While details of the plea agreement were not released, the announcement of the plea will allow NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to deliver his punishment of Irsay.
Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 8/30/2014 06:28:47 AM
(WASHINGTON) -- With Labor Day just around the corner, President Obama outlined the arguments behind his continued push for an increased minimum wage in his weekly address.
Obama reiterated once again that Congress should act to help hardworking Americans around the country. Obama raised the minimum wage for federal workers to $10.10 per hour using an executive order earlier this year, and in his address he praised the 13 states and the District of Columbia who have followed his lead.
"America deserves a raise," Obama said, because the country built "the greatest middle class the world has ever known" by ensuring that all hardworking Americans can get ahead.
Read the full transcript of the president's address:
Hi, everybody. Whether you’re firing up the grill, fired up for some college football, or filling up the car for one last summer roadtrip – Happy Labor Day weekend.
We set aside Labor Day to honor the working men and women of America. And this Labor Day, we’ve got more to celebrate. Over the past 53 months, our businesses have added nearly 10 million new jobs. Last month, for the first time since 1997, we created more than 200,000 jobs for six straight months. And for the first time in over a decade, business leaders worldwide have declared, two years running, that the number one place to invest isn’t China – it’s America.
So there are reasons to be optimistic about where we’re headed. And the decisions we make now will determine whether or not we accelerate this progress – whether economic gains flow to a few at the top, or whether a growing economy fuels rising incomes and a thriving middle class.
Think about it this Labor Day. The things we often take for granted – Social Security and Medicare, workplace safety laws and the right to organize for better pay and benefits, even weekends – we didn’t always have these things. Workers and the unions who get their back had to fight for them. And those fights built a stronger middle class.
To build a stronger middle class in today’s changing economy, we’ve got to keep fighting. We’ve got to fight for the right to affordable health insurance for everybody. The right to fair pay, family leave, and workplace flexibility. The right to a fair living wage.
Let me focus on that last one for a minute. In America, no one who works full-time should ever have to raise a family in poverty. A hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay. And raising the minimum wage would be one of the best ways to give a boost to working families. It would help around 28 million Americans from all walks of life pay the bills, provide for their kids, and spend that money at local businesses. And that grows the economy for everyone.
The bottom line is, America deserves a raise. But until we’ve got a Congress that cares about raising working folks’ wages, it’s up to the rest of us to make it happen. And in the year and a half since I first asked Congress to raise the minimum wage, Americans of all walks of life are doing just that.
Thirteen states and D.C. have done their part by raising their minimum wages. Four more states have minimum wage initiatives on the ballot this November. And the states where the minimum wage has gone up this year have experienced higher job growth than the states that haven’t.
Business leaders at companies like The Gap are doing their part. They’re raising base wages for tens of thousands of workers because they know it’s good for business.
Mayors across the country are doing their part. Mayor Emanuel in Chicago and Mayor Garcetti in L.A. are working to lift their cities’ wages over time to at least thirteen dollars an hour.
I’ve tried to do my part by requiring companies that get contracts with the federal government to pay their workers a fair wage of ten dollars and ten cents an hour.
And earlier this month, the president of Kentucky State University set a great example by giving himself a $90,000 pay cut, so that he could give raises to his lowest-paid employees. His sacrifice will give more of his workers and their families a little extra money to help make ends meet.
That’s how America built the greatest middle class the world has ever known. Not by making sure a fortunate few at the top are doing well, but by making sure that everyone who’s willing to work hard and play by the rules can get ahead. That’s the bedrock this country is built on. Hard work. Responsibility. Sacrifice. And looking out for one another as one united American family.
Let’s keep that in mind this Labor Day, and every day. Have a great weekend, everybody.
Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 8/30/2014 06:01:29 AM
(TORONTO) -- New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka returned to New York on Friday with what is being called "general soreness". The right-hander was attempting to return from a torn ligament in his elbow suffered in July.
"I want to be a little bit cautious. I haven't been throwing for a couple of weeks and then I started throwing again and built up the number of pitches that I've been throwing,'' said Tanaka via his interpreter, Shingo Horie. "I think that's the reason why there's a little bit of extra soreness in the arm itself."
Tanaka, almost a lock for American League Rookie of the Year before the injury, threw 49 pitches in a simulated game prior to the Yankees taking on the Detroit Tigers on August 28. Following his performance, Tanaka said he was experiencing a feeling of soreness which then raised questions about his return this season.
"I don't have percentages,'' Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We'd like him to pitch for us, too. But as I've said all along, this is something we're either going to know or not know when he gets into competition.
Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 8/30/2014 03:45:47 AM
(EAST LANSING, Mich.) -- A 64-yard touchdown pass from Connor Cook to Tony Lippett opened the scoring for Michigan State football in 2014. It also started a brief injury scare as Cook needed to be helped off the field following a hit to his leg.
That scare did not last long as Cook returned to throw three touchdowns in helping the eighth-ranked Michigan State Spartans to a 45-7 win over Jacksonville State. The junior completed his first nine passes of the game and finished the day going 12-for-13 for 285 yards before sitting out the second half.
The defending Big Ten Champions led 38-0 at halftime before resting the majority of their starters. The Gamecocks, considered a top team in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), didn't get on the board until the Max Shortell found Markis Merrill for a nine-yard strike.
"I was proud of our kids on how we finished the game," said Jacksonville State head coach John Grass. "We dug a hole early, and you can't do that against a team like Michigan State. They've got a team that's going to make a run at a national championship. I really believe that."
The Spartans will have a much tougher task next week when they take on the No. 3 Oregon Ducks.
Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioPublished: 8/30/2014 03:12:00 AM