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Matt Kemp Leads the Dodgers Past the Braves 3-2 in 10 Innings

Matt Kemp Leads the Dodgers Past the Braves 3-2 in 10 Innings

Christian Peterson/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — As trade rumors get hotter, so has the bat of Matt Kemp.
The Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder hit another home run Wednesday night and also had the game winning hit in the bottom of the ninth inning to give his team a 3-2 win over the Atlanta Braves.
Kemp’s name has been the subject of numerous trade rumors, but the talks have seemed to fuel his production at the plate.
“It’s a great feeling knowing you helped the team win a game,” he said. “We’re pretty confident every day. It feels good to be in position to score a run or take that extra base. I’m not as fast as I want to be, but it’s coming.”
Over the last 10 games, Kemp has raised his batting average from .265 to .288 and is starting to revert back to his All-Star form.
With the win, the Dodgers now hold a three game lead over the San Francisco Giants for first place in the NL West; the Braves now trail the Washington Nationals by 1.5 games in the NL East.
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Behind Corey Kluber’s Shutout, Indians Top Mariners 2-0

Behind Corey Kluber’s Shutout, Indians Top Mariners 2-0

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) — Now that Justin Masterson is out of town, the Cleveland Indians have found their new staff ace. Cory Kluber held the Seattle Mariners to just three hits in nine innings of work in the team’s 2-0 win over the Mariners.
Kluber out-dueled Mariners ace Felix Hernandez, striking out eight batters over nine innings, lowering his ERA to 2.61 on the season.
“Obviously, it’s a challenge going up against one of the best pitchers in the game,” Kluber said. “We all look forward to challenges, so it’s nice to come out on top.”
The only offense in the game came in the 5th inning when Indians catcher Yan Gomes hit an RBI double off Herndandez to score Lonnie Chisenhall and Nick Swisher.
In only his second full season as a starting pitcher, Kluber has emerged as one of the best pitchers in the American League. He ranks in the top 10 in the American League in wins, innings, strikeouts, ERA, and WHIP.
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Boehner v. Obama: House Approves Resolution to Sue President

Boehner v. Obama: House Approves Resolution to Sue President

Official White House Photo by Pete Souz(WASHINGTON) — In a partisan vote that marks a new escalation in the Republican confrontation with President Obama, the House of Representatives approved a resolution to authorize Speaker John Boehner to initiate litigation against the president over allegations he’s repeatedly overstepped his constitutional authority.
At issue is President Obama’s changing of the Affordable Care Act law related to its penalty against businesses that do not offer health care to their employees.  The provision — and the economic impact from its proposed penalty — was twice delayed by the Obama administration; critics allege that was done to shield Democrats from blowback at the ballot box. Because of the changes, the provision will now take effect in 2016.
In a floor speech during debate on the bill, Boehner said the vote was not about differences between Republicans and Democrats, but was, “about defending the Constitution that we swore an oath to uphold, and acting decisively when it may be compromised.”
“No member of this body needs to be reminded of what the Constitution states about the president’s obligation to faithfully execute the laws of our nation. No member needs to be reminded of the bonds of trust that have been frayed, of the damage that’s already been done to our economy and to our people,” Boehner, R-Ohio, said. “Are you willing to let any president choose what laws to execute and what laws to change?  Are you willing to let anyone tear apart what our founders have built?”
Five Republicans joined a unanimous Democratic Caucus in opposition to the resolution.Throughout the week, Democrats have complained that Republicans will potentially waste millions of dollars with what they called a “political stunt” that they believe will put the GOP on track to impeach the president.”This lawsuit is frivolous. It is also wasteful and without merit,” Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Texas, claimed during debate on the bill, which he voted against. “We must focus on critical legislative priorities instead of political lawsuits that will do nothing but waste millions of taxpayers’ dollars.”Rep. Adam Schiff, who also voted against the measure, questioned whether the House even has standing to sue the president over what he termed “a policy difference.””The House cannot speak for the Senate which doesn’t agree with its position, and, therefore, cannot represent the legislative branch,” Schiff, D-California, said during debate on the bill. “This Congress has a remedy: if it does not like the way in which the president has implemented the Affordable Care Act, it can change the law. That would be a far better approach, one more consistent with our separation of powers than this expensive and ill-conceived lawsuit.”Boehner will not bring the matter up for a vote before the Bipartisan Legal Advisor Group, known as BLAG. Instead, the next step will either be the House general counsel either files or hires outside counsel, according to a Boehner spokesman.According to Boehner spokesman Michael Steel, the speaker and his team, “decided a BLAG vote was unnecessary, after consulting legal experts.””The BLAG will not have to meet,” Steel says. “We have greater standing if it’s an act of the whole House.”A U.S. District Court judge will have the final word whether the House actually has standing to sue the president, but Wednesday’s vote to sue the president will almost certainly be one of the recurring soundtracks during the 97-day countdown to the fall elections.Immediately following the vote, Rep. Greg Walden, the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, sent out a fundraising email with the subject line “Give Obama Hell!” that sought to stimulate 1,500 new grassroots supporters.The White House, meanwhile, reacted quickly, soliciting email addresses on its website but also making clear that the president will continue to take executive actions if Congress continues to block him legislatively.”President Obama is ready and willing to work with Republicans in Congress if they decide to get serious and do something for the American people,” the statement read. “But he is also committed to acting however he can to help more working families — even as Congress won’t.”
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What Bugs Consumers the Most? Top 10 Complaints Ranked

What Bugs Consumers the Most? Top 10 Complaints Ranked

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Complaints about pesky telemarketers continue to tick off consumers, making it the fastest-growing gripe of 2013, according to consumer protection offices around the country.The “Top 10 Consumer Complaints” list, annually compiled by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) and the North American Consumer Protection Investigators (NACPI), reveals consumers are fed up with everything from being sold a lemon of a used car to dealing with cable bills to out-and-out fraud.“The stories from agencies’ files illustrate the wide range of problems that consumers encounter, from faulty appliances to false advertising, high-pressure door-to-door sales to sweetheart swindles,” said Amber Capoun, president of NACPI, who is also a legal assistant in the Office of the State Banking Commission in Kansas.Consumer Federation is an association of nearly 300 non-profit consumer groups. NACPI is an association of federal, state and local government consumer protection investigators. The groups surveyed agencies to find out what issues consumers grapple with most, as well as what challenges consumer protection groups face today when trying to resolve them.The top grievance belongs to complaints about cars, specifically misrepresentations dealing with buying a new or used one. Bad repairs and leasing and towing disputes are also included.According to the survey, complaints about telemarketing abuses swelled in 2013, specifically regarding violations of the federal law known as the TCPA, or Telephone Consumer Protection Act. The law allows consumers to tell a telemarketer not to contact them. It also prohibits a company from “robo-dialing” a consumers’ cellphone without his consent — a complaint highlighted this week on ABC’s World News With Diane Sawyer and Nightline.“Despite the national do-not-call registry, strict rules concerning robo-calls, and other protections, unwanted and fraudulent phone calls are still plaguing American consumers,” said Susan Grant, Director of Consumer Protection at CFA.The groups say scams against the elderly continue to persist as well, earning top billing as “worst” complaint of the year, based on the number of victims and the dollar amount lost. Home improvement and construction complaints, businesses that go under, sweepstakes and lottery scams and landlord/tenant disputes round out what CFA and NACPI call the “worst complaints in 2013.”The ABC News Fixer, Stephanie Zimmermann, says these types of complaints regularly show up in her online mailbag, where viewers send in their gripes about everything from mortgage rescue schemes to shoddy home repairs.“Consumers get frustrated when they feel they’ve been treated unfairly,” says Zimmermann, who writes a consumer column and has recovered more than a quarter-million dollars for ABC News viewers for problems big and small. “We try to not only fix individual consumers’ problems but also give other viewers information so they can avoid falling into the same trap.”Check out the full consumer complaint list below and if you have your own consumer problem, click here to mail it in to The ABC News Fixer. You may also get help by contacting one of these federal, state or local agencies.Top 10 Complaints in 2013

Auto: Misrepresentations in advertising or sales of new and used cars, lemons, faulty repairs, leasing and towing disputes
Home Improvement/Construction: Shoddy work, failure to start or complete the job
Credit/Debt: Billing and fee disputes, mortgage modifications and mortgage-related fraud, credit repair, debt relief services, predatory lending, illegal or abusive debt collection tactics
Retail Sales: False advertising and other deceptive practices, defective merchandise, problems with rebates, coupons, gift cards and gift certificates, failure to deliver
Services: Misrepresentations, shoddy work, failure to have required licenses, failure to perform
Utilities: Service problems or billing disputes with phone, cable, satellite, Internet, electric and gas service
Landlord/Tenant: Unhealthy or unsafe conditions, failure to make repairs or provide promised amenities, deposit and rent disputes, illegal eviction tactics
(tie) Home Solicitations: Misrepresentations or failure to deliver in door-to-door, telemarketing or mail solicitations, do-not-call violations(tie) Internet Sales: misrepresentations or other deceptive practices, failure to deliver online purchases
Health Products/Services: Misleading claims, unlicensed practitioners, failure to deliver
Fraud: Bogus sweepstakes and lotteries, work-at-home schemes, grant offers, fake check scams, imposter scams and other common frauds

Top 5 Fastest-Growing Complaints in 2013

Violations of do-not-call rights and other telemarketing abuses
Home improvement and construction
Used car sales
Utility billing issues
Internet sales

Top 5 Worst Complaints in 2013

Scams of all kinds against the elderly
Home improvement and construction
Business closings that left consumers in the lurch
Phony sweepstakes and lotteries
Landlord/tenant disputes

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Suspect Held After Minnesota Officer Killed During Traffic Stop

Suspect Held After Minnesota Officer Killed During Traffic Stop

iStock/Thinkstock(WEST ST. PAUL, Minn.) — A suspect in the fatal shooting of a West St. Paul, Minnesota, police officer Wednesday during a routine traffic stop is being held at a local hospital after a manhunt and shootout.
Authorities identified the deceased officer as Scott Patrick, 47. Patrick had been with the Mendota Heights Police Department since 1995.
The suspect, identified as Brian Fitch Sr., 39, of South St. Paul, was arrested in St. Paul Wednesday night after he opened fire on officers, according to Sgt. Paul Palos of the St. Paul police department. He was seen driving in the area after an alert for his car, a green Pontiac Grand Am, was issued, authorities said.
Officers fired back at the suspect and hit him, Palos said. An unidentified woman was with the suspect at the time, according to ABC affiliate KSTP.
“Authorities say Fitch recognized one of the unmarked squad cars and made a U-turn. One of the squad cars was able to pull in front of Fitch’s car to stop him,” the station reported.
Patrick had a wife and two teenage children. He was the first officer from the Mendota Heights Police Department to be killed in the line of duty.
Mayor Sandra Krebsbach said Patrick was the department’s “most senior officer.”
The fatal shooting is the latest in a surge of violence against police — more than 70 officers have died this year. Police killings by firearms are up 65% this year after a historic low in 2013.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/30/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/30/14

Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) –  MLB:  Milwaukee Brewers 5 (50-49) – Tampa Bay Rays 0 (53-55)
Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (47-61) – Cincinnati Reds 4 (53-54)
New York Mets 11 (52-56) – Philadelphia Phillies 2 (47-61)
Washington Nationals 4 (58-47) – Miami Marlins 3 (53-54)
Houston Astros 8 (44-64) – Oakland Athletics 1 (66-41)
San Francisco Giants 7 (58-50) – Pittsburgh Pirates 5 (57-50)
Cleveland Indians 2 (53-54) – Seattle Mariners 0 (55-52)
Baltimore Orioles 4 (60-46) – Los Angeles Angels 3 (63-43)
Toronto Blue Jays 6 (59-50) – Boston Red Sox 1 (48-60)
Detroit Tigers 7 (58-46) – Chicago White Sox 2 (52-56)
Texas Rangers 3 (43-65) – New York Yankees 2 (55-52)
Kansas City Royals 3 (54-52) – Minnesota Twins 2 (48-58)
Colorado Rockies 6 (44-63) – Chicago Cubs 4 (44-62) 10 Innings
San Diego Padres 12 (48-59) – St. Louis Cardinals 1 (56-50)
Los Angeles Dodgers 3 (61-47) – Atlanta Braves 2 (58-50)
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One Killed, Three Injured in Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot

One Killed, Three Injured in Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot

Courtesy: msmidnite Instagram(SAN DIEGO) — One person is dead and three others were injured in a small plane crash in San Diego on Wednesday. Fire Department spokesman Lee Swanson says two people were on board when the plane crashed into a parking lot between a Costco store and a Target store. 
Swanson says one person aboard the plane was killed, and another suffered serious injures, while two witnesses to the crash were injured on the ground.
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What Would Happen if Ebola Landed in the US

What Would Happen if Ebola Landed in the US

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The current Ebola virus outbreak is already the worst on record, with 1,201 infected in three countries across West Africa. Of those infected, 672 have died, including top Ebola doctors in Liberia and Sierra Leone.While the staggering numbers of the infected and dead are frightening, an outbreak in the U.S. is unlikely to be as devastating as the hardest hit areas in Africa, health officials said.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other government agencies have multiple safeguards in place to contain the deadly virus from turning into a wider epidemic.The safeguards have already been put into place after an American doctor in Liberia was diagnosed with Ebola. His family was visiting the U.S. before he was diagnosed and are under “fever watch” to ensure they do not develop the virus, health officials said.Two American health care workers have been infected with the virus in Liberia and one person with a dual American-Nigerian citizenship died after flying from Liberia to Nigeria. While none of those infected landed in the U.S., the chance of that occurring is a growing concern for health officials.Earlier this week, the CDC issued a level 2 warning ordering Americans visiting countries affected by the Ebola outbreak to practice “enhanced precautions” by avoiding people who appear to be ill or show signs of the disease.Despite enhanced safeguards from both local governments and the CDC, multiple experts said it’s likely that at least one person infected with Ebola will land in the U.S. at some point during the outbreak.But once an infected passenger lands here, there are multiple ways for the disease to be contained, CDC officials said.”It’s true that anyone with an illness is just one plane ride away from coming to the U.S.,” said John O’Connor, a spokesman for the CDC told ABC News earlier this week. “But we have protections in place.”Throughout airports across the country, employees have been trained to spot the early signs of Ebola, including fever, sore throat, and muscle weakness. At 20 U.S. airports including JFK Airport in New York City, CDC quarantine teams are ready to isolate and treat any passenger that has worrying symptoms before they enter the country, officials said. If a crew realizes a passenger is sick while en route, the plane’s captain can call ahead and have CDC officials meet the plan on the tarmac. Flight attendants can also move the passenger to a more isolated area.If an infected passenger is identified after landing, the CDC would work to identify others who traveled with them and monitor them as well. While Ebola can be a terrifying virus, experts said it is unlikely to pass between plane passengers. The virus is not airborne, meaning a person would have to be in close personal contact with a contagious person or touch an infected surface to contract the disease.And a person is only contagious once they have started to show symptoms. The virus is spread through bodily secretions, including blood or urine, and a person is likely to be more contagious as they become more symptomatic as the virus multiplies.There is also the chance that an infected passenger will arrive even before they develop symptoms and know that they are sick. One particularly worrying fact is that the incubation for the virus is on average eight to 10 days but can be as long as 21 days, which means a traveler arriving in the U.S, from West Africa can appear healthy for weeks before showing symptoms. The CDC has warned U.S. doctors to be on the lookout for signs of patients with Ebola by looking for early warning signs, including fever or muscle weakness and by taking into account their recent travel history.If a doctor in the U.S. suspects at all that a patient is infected with Ebola, they would immediately be directed to call the CDC and isolate the patient. Special protective gear would be used by hospital workers, including maintenance workers, to protect themselves from infection.Dr. Stephen Morris, a professor of epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, said that the group of people at the biggest risk for Ebola are health care workers or those in close contact with the infected person such as a family caregiver.”The only way a person will get it is through infected secretions,” said Morris. “The chances from getting it [from sitting next to someone] is very, very small.”If an infected person is identified then their family would either be isolated or monitored to ensure they are also not infected with the disease. The family of an American doctor who was infected with the disease in Liberia have remained on fever-watch, according to the CDC, but are not isolated in a hospital.
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Rare Flesh Eating Bacteria Kills One in Florida

Rare Flesh Eating Bacteria Kills One in Florida

iStock/Thinkstock(SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla.) — One person has died from a rare flesh eating bacteria in Sarasota County, Fla., officials confirmed Wednesday. The disease can be contracted through open wounds on the skin or eating raw or undercooked shellfish. The bacteria thrives in warm, salt water, but Sarasota County Health Department epidemiologist Michael Drennon says the water is still okay to go in.”Just be diligent if you have an open wound or cut,” Drennon said. “Child, adult, you know, older adult, all of those individuals should be aware that there’s a risk associated when that condition is present, but otherwise it’s safe to go in the water.”
According to health officials, 11 cases have been reported throughout the state of Florida in 2014.
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Josh Murray Is Ready for Kids with Andi Dorfman

Josh Murray Is Ready for Kids with Andi Dorfman

ABC/Todd Wawrychuk(LOS ANGELES) — Bachelorette star Andi Dorfman and Josh Murray just announced their engagement, but the groom-to-be is already thinking about starting a family.
Dorfman? Not so much.
“We’re waiting a little while, though he doesn’t want to wait,” she told ABC News. “I was like, ‘When you can afford my push presents!’”
Meanwhile, Murray, said that he’s ready for “a whole team of kids” and is “ready to start poppin’ ‘em out.”
“[But] she’s the boss when it comes to this stuff,” he said, adding hopefully, they’ll have four children. “We want a big family. We love kids.”
First thing’s first, however. Dorfman said that she and Murray are already starting to think about their wedding, which they hope will take place in the spring. Expect to see some of Murray’s former competition from The Bachelorette on the guest list, they said, along with great food and solid entertainment.
“The vibe we would want is just fun,” she added, before turning to her fiance. “I’ll let you come to the tastings… unless you want to come pick out colors and everything?”
Clearly, they’re already on the same page, because Murray didn’t miss a beat.
“I’m gonna pass on that!” he said.
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Cowboys Sign Tyron Smith to Eight-Year Extension

Cowboys Sign Tyron Smith to Eight-Year Extension

Jim McIssac/Getty Images(OXNARD, Calif.) –  Tyron Smith is staying in Dallas for the long-haul.
The Cowboys signed the Pro Bowl offensive tackle to an eight-year contract extension through 2023; a deal that could be worth as much as $110 million.
Smith, 23, will receive $40 million guaranteed, as well as a $10 million signing bonus, according to ESPN.  He had two years remaining on his previous contract after the Cowboys picked up the fifth-year option of his rookie deal in the spring.
“We talk about building a program and building a football team and he was the first player that we took three years ago in that draft,” coach Jason Garrett said. “He’s just been everything we’ve wanted to build this program and this team around.”
Smith was drafted by the Cowboys with the 9th overall pick in 2011.  Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson, drafted 5th overall that same year, signed a five-year, $70 million extension on Tuesday.
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Police Search Home for Clues in Murder of Michigan Teen

Police Search Home for Clues in Murder of Michigan Teen

iStock/Thinkstock(DETROIT) — Michigan Police have searched a house in connection with the murder of April Millsap, the 14-year-old girl who was apparently killed while walking her dog on a wooded hiking path.
Investigators have not released any information about how April was killed, calling it, “a crucial part of the investigation,” but the death was officially declared a homicide. The 14-year-old’s body was found in a ditch by joggers in the Macomb Orchard Trail on the night of July 24 with her dog Penny sitting by her body, police said.Police and the FBI executed the search Wednesday afternoon outside the town of Armada and would not release any information about the subject of the search, but they did confirm it was related to the Millsap’s murder.
David Porter, a spokesman for the FBI’s Detroit field office, confirmed to ABC News that a search warrant had been issued, prompting the search, but no arrests have been made in connection to the murder. Two individuals are in custody after police discovered a marijuana growing operation inside the house, police said, noting charges have yet to be filed.
The probable cause statement and search warrant connected to Wednesday’s search are under seal so the name of the individual whose home was searched has not been publicly released, but Porter said it is not the end of the investigation.
Early reports about Millsap’s murder included claims from a relative that she had texted her boyfriend on July 24 saying “OMG. … I think I’m being kidnapped.” But Michigan State Police spokesman Lt. Michael Shaw told ABC News that the message was phrased differently and may not have come from April herself.
“We don’t know who sent it,” Shaw said, without revealing what time the text was sent.
Porter also told ABC News that the investigative team is, “aware of a number of text messages that were sent from April’s phone.”
Shaw said that while no one is ever truly ruled out as a suspect, April’s relatives and boyfriend, “don’t appear to be responsible.”
Investigators have released a sketch of a suspect compiled from tips from others inside the park around the time that Millsap is believed to have been killed. They are also interested in any information pertaining to a blue and white motorbike that Porter described as looking more like a motocross bike than a Harley Davidson.
Porter added that Wednesday’s search outside of Armada is not the first search to be executed in this case, and without specifying the targets, he confirmed that phone records have been part of that search.
“When we are conducting a search warrant, sometimes it is not right at the end of an investigation,” Porter said.
The teen’s funeral is scheduled for Friday. A GoFundMe page started by a family friend to cover the burial expenses has already raised more than $11,700 — surpassing its $5,000 goal in short order.
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US Has Sold Ammunition to Israel Since Start of Gaza Conflict

US Has Sold Ammunition to Israel Since Start of Gaza Conflict

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — In the last week, the United States has provided Israel with mortars and ammunition for grenade launchers requested as part of a foreign military arms sale. The weapons came from a $1 billion stockpile of ammunition stored by the U.S. military in Israel for that country’s use if needed for an emergency.
However, a U.S. defense official stressed the delivery of weapons from the existing stockpile in Israel was more a matter of convenience to rotate U.S. ammunition stocks than an emergency request from Israel.
Since the 1990′s, U.S. European Command has maintained a little -known stockpile inside Israel officially known as War Reserve Stockpile Ammunition-Israel (WRSA-I). While ostensibly for use by U.S. or Israeli forces, the stockpile is essentially available for Israel’s use if it makes a request for an emergency foreign military sale. Such an emergency sale can be authorized by the president as was the case in 2006, when Israel was conducting its war against Hezbollah in Lebanon.
On July 20, Israel made a foreign military sales request for munitions that included an undisclosed amount of 120mm mortar rounds and 40mm ammunition for grenade launchers. The defense official said the ammunition was sold to Israel as a “routine” foreign military sales request and not an emergency request to tap into the U.S. military stockpile in Israel.
The Israeli request to purchase the ammunition was made just days after Israel launched its ground offensive into Gaza. The fighting in Gaza since has resulted in the deaths of 1,340 Palestinians and 59 Israelis, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry. More than 7,200 have been injured.
In a statement, Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby confirmed the transfer of the two requested munitions from the stockpile.
“Both munitions had been in WRSA-I stock for a few years, well before the current crisis,” said Kirby. All stocks in WRSA-I, as required by law, are, “in excess to U.S. requirements.” Issuing munitions from the WRSA-I stockpile was, “strictly a sourcing decision and White House approval was not required.”
Kirby said the U.S. is committed to Israel’s security, “and it is vital to U.S. national interests to assist Israel to develop and maintain a strong and ready self-defense capability. This defense sale is consistent with those objectives.”
A U.S. defense official told ABC News the requested ammunition was approaching the end of its shelf life at the stockpile and would have needed to be restocked anyway.
The location of the stockpile as well as the types and quantities of ammunition it stores are classified.  However, a Congressional Research Service report from April says, “the United States stores missiles, armored vehicles and artillery ammunition” in the stockpile.
The Congressional Research Service Report says, “the government of Israel pays for approximately 90% of transportation, storage and maintenance costs associated with the WRSA-I program.”
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US Has Sold Ammunition to Israel Since Start of Gaza Conflict

US Has Sold Ammunition to Israel Since Start of Gaza Conflict

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — In the last week, the United States has provided Israel with mortars and ammunition for grenade launchers requested as part of a foreign military arms sale. The weapons came from a $1 billion stockpile of ammunition stored by the U.S. military in Israel for that country’s use if needed for an emergency.
However, a U.S. defense official stressed the delivery of weapons from the existing stockpile in Israel was more a matter of convenience to rotate U.S. ammunition stocks than an emergency request from Israel.
Since the 1990′s, U.S. European Command has maintained a little -known stockpile inside Israel officially known as War Reserve Stockpile Ammunition-Israel (WRSA-I). While ostensibly for use by U.S. or Israeli forces, the stockpile is essentially available for Israel’s use if it makes a request for an emergency foreign military sale. Such an emergency sale can be authorized by the president as was the case in 2006, when Israel was conducting its war against Hezbollah in Lebanon.
On July 20, Israel made a foreign military sales request for munitions that included an undisclosed amount of 120mm mortar rounds and 40mm ammunition for grenade launchers. The defense official said the ammunition was sold to Israel as a “routine” foreign military sales request and not an emergency request to tap into the U.S. military stockpile in Israel.
The Israeli request to purchase the ammunition was made just days after Israel launched its ground offensive into Gaza. The fighting in Gaza since has resulted in the deaths of 1,340 Palestinians and 59 Israelis, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry. More than 7,200 have been injured.
In a statement, Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby confirmed the transfer of the two requested munitions from the stockpile.
“Both munitions had been in WRSA-I stock for a few years, well before the current crisis,” said Kirby. All stocks in WRSA-I, as required by law, are, “in excess to U.S. requirements.” Issuing munitions from the WRSA-I stockpile was, “strictly a sourcing decision and White House approval was not required.”
Kirby said the U.S. is committed to Israel’s security, “and it is vital to U.S. national interests to assist Israel to develop and maintain a strong and ready self-defense capability. This defense sale is consistent with those objectives.”
A U.S. defense official told ABC News the requested ammunition was approaching the end of its shelf life at the stockpile and would have needed to be restocked anyway.
The location of the stockpile as well as the types and quantities of ammunition it stores are classified.  However, a Congressional Research Service report from April says, “the United States stores missiles, armored vehicles and artillery ammunition” in the stockpile.
The Congressional Research Service Report says, “the government of Israel pays for approximately 90% of transportation, storage and maintenance costs associated with the WRSA-I program.”
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Drug Dealer Arrested for Selling ‘Molly’ to Man Who Died

Drug Dealer Arrested for Selling ‘Molly’ to Man Who Died

iStock/Thinkstock(BUFFALO, N.Y.) — A Buffalo, New York man was arrested on Wednesday for selling a club drug to someone who later died.
Patrick Morgan is accused of selling the synthetic drug “molly,” a form of ecstasy, to several people including Jeffrey Russ.
At last summer’s Electric Zoo music festival in New York, Russ collapsed and had a seizure. He died at the hospital.
Two others also died from molly overdoses at the festival, prompting the city to call off Electric Zoo.
Despite Russ’s death, Morgan reportedly continued to sell. Court records show he sent a text message in March to Russ’ friends that said “u too call me whenever you want.”
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Jesse Tyler Ferguson Discovers Dark Allegation in Family’s Past

Jesse Tyler Ferguson Discovers Dark Allegation in Family’s Past

ABC/Lou Rocco(LOS ANGELES) — Jesse Tyler Ferguson is the latest celebrity to make a dark discovery about his family’s past, courtesy of the TLC show Who Do You Think You Are?The Modern Family star learned early in his exploration into his family’s history that his great-grandfather, on his father’s side, was accused of murdering his own aunt.”It was overwhelming, because when I’ve watched [Who Do You Think You Are?] as a fan, usually there’s this big reveal, this important part of the puzzle, near the end of the episode,” he told People magazine. “And here we are dealing with it in the beginning.”The murder case was never resolved but Ferguson, who was born in Montana and raised in New Mexico, still had a hard time reckoning the accusations against his great-grandfather.”I knew he was the man who raised my grandmother, who I loved so much and I know what kind of woman she turned out to be,” he said. “I can’t imagine anyone who was bad who could raise such a wonderful person.”The murder accusation wasn’t the only thing Ferguson, 38, learned about his father’s family.”I thought it couldn’t get any crazier than that moment, and it just kept getting more interesting as we went along,” he told People. “It really does affect you in a very profound way. It’s like a ball of yarn. It just keeps unraveling and you want to get to the end.”Ferguson’s episode will air Wednesday night on TLC.In last week’s premiere episode, Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon discovered that her great-great-great grandmother was an ax murderer and served time for killing her abusive husband.
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Peace Corps Pulling Volunteers from Ebola-Affected Countries

Peace Corps Pulling Volunteers from Ebola-Affected Countries

iStock/Thinkstock(MONROVIA, Liberia) — The United States Peace Corps is removing all personnel from countries where the Ebola virus has broken out and has placed two of its volunteers in isolation, program officials said Wednesday.The Peace Corps cited the “increasing” spread of the deadly Ebola virus in its decision to remove volunteers temporarily.The two Peace Corps volunteers under isolation have no symptoms but had contact with an infected person who later died, officials said.There are 102 volunteers in Guinea working in the areas of education, agriculture and health, 108 volunteers in Liberia, and 130 volunteers in Sierra Leone working in education in the U.S.-run Peace Corps program.The Peace Corps news comes hours after a U.S. aid group on the frontlines of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa announced it was evacuating nonessential personnel as two of its workers fight to survive the deadly infection.
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Theodore VanKirk, Enola Gay Navigator, Dies at 93

Theodore VanKirk, Enola Gay Navigator, Dies at 93

iStock/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) — The last surviving crew member of the American plane that unleashed the nuclear attack on Hiroshima, Japan has died.
Theodore VanKirk, 93, died Monday at home in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Known to his fellow fliers as Dutch, VanKirk was navigator of the B-29 bomber Enola Gay.
On August 6, 1945, Enola Gay dropped the first atomic bomb. The blast killed 140,000 people, hastening the end of World War II.
At a public forum in 2011, VanKirk recalled seeing nothing left other than a cloud rising over the city of Hiroshima.
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Cardinals Acquire SP Justin Masterson from Indians

Cardinals Acquire SP Justin Masterson from Indians

Sarah Glenn/Getty Images(NEW YORK) –  In an attempt to bolster their starting rotation, the St. Louis Cardinals have acquired right-hander Justin Masterson from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for minor league outfielder James Ramsey.
Masterson is 4-6 with a 5.51 ERA this season for Cleveland.  He will be a free agent this winter.  Masterson has struggled with a knee injury recently and was placed on the disabled list July 8.  He has yet to be activated.
The 29-year-old right-hander made the All-Star team last season when he went 14-10 with three shutouts.  He finished his career in Cleveland with a 48-61 record.
Ramsey, 24, was the 23rd overall pick in the 2012 draft out of Florida State.  In 235 minor league games, he’s a .266 hitter with a .368 on base percentage.
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Sugary Drinks Linked to Poor Memory Function

Sugary Drinks Linked to Poor Memory Function

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Sugary drinks may hurt more than your waistline and teeth.
Researchers at USC found a disturbing connection between regular sweetened drink consumption in childhood and poor memory function in adulthood.
They reported that the hippocampus region of the brain — where memories are made and stored — is particularly sensitive to environmental assault including high fructose levels.
This includes soda, apple juice, lemonade, sports drinks, and anything with added sugar or syrup.
They recommend sugar intake be limited to four teaspoons a day.
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