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Panthers Agree with Bjugstad on Six-Year Deal

Panthers Agree with Bjugstad on Six-Year Deal Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Florida Panthers agreed on a six-year contract with center Nick Bjugstad Wednesday.  According to ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun, Bjugstad will earn $2.85 million for the 2015-16 season, $3.35 million in 2016-17, $3.85 million in 2017-18, $4.3 million in 2018-19, $5 million in 2019-20 and $5.25 million in 2020-21. “We are very pleased to have agreed to a long-term contract with Nick,” Panthers general manager Dale Tallon. “He is a big, strong and skilled forward who will play an important role on our club for the next several seasons. Nick, along with Alexsander Barkov, Aaron Ekblad, Erik Gudbranson and Johnathan Huberdeau are all part of our club’s growing nucleus of young and talented players that will lead our team to future success.” The 22-year-old Bjugstad leads the Panthers in goals (13), points (21), and game-winning goals (3) this season.  Bjugstad was selected by Florida with the 19th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Since then he's played in 121 games for the big club compiling 30 goals and 30 assists.  Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Scoreboard Roundup – 12/31/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 12/31/14 Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- College Football - Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl: (6) TCU 42 (12-1) - (9) Ole Miss 3 (9-4) Vizio Fiesta Bowl: (20) Boise State 38 (12-2) - (10) Arizona 30 (10-4)  Top 25 Men's College Basketball: (2) Duke 84 (12-0) - Wofford 55 (9-4) (4) Wisconsin 89 (13-1) - Penn State 72 (12-2)  (6) Villanova 67 (13-0) - Butler 55 (10-4) (9) Iowa State 83 (10-1) - Miss Valley State 33 (1-12)  Seton Hall 78 (11-2) - (15) St. John's 67 (11-2) (16) Wichita State 66 (11-2) - Drake 58 (3-10) (18) Oklahoma 61 (9-3) - George Mason 43 (5-7)  NBA: Boston Celtics 106 (11-18) - Sacramento Kings 84 (13-19) Indiana Pacers 106 (12-21) - Miami Heat 95 (14-19) San Antonio Spurs 95 (20-14) - New Orleans Pelicans 93 (16-16) - OT Milwaukee Bucks 96 (17-16) - Cleveland Cavaliers 80 (18-14)  Houston Rockets 102 (22-9) - Charlotte Hornets 83 (10-23)  Los Angeles Clippers 99 (22-11) - New York Knicks 78 (5-29) NHL: Detroit Red Wings 3 (20-9-9, 49pts) - New Jersey Devils 1 (13-19-7, 33pts)  Pittsburgh Penguins 2 (23-9-5, 51pts) - Carolina Hurricanes 1 (10-23-4, 24pts)  Columbus Blue Jackets 3 (16-16-3, 35pts) - Minnesota Wild 1 (17-14-4, 38pts)  New York Rangers 5 (20-11-4, 44pts) - Florida Panthers 2 (16-10-9, 41pts)  Toronto Maple Leafs 4 (21-14-3, 45pts) - Boston Bruins 3 (19-15-4, 42pts) - SO Tampa Bay Lightning 5 (24-11-4, 52pts) - Buffalo Sabres 1 (14-21-3, 31pts)  New York Islanders 5 (25-11-1, 51pts) - Winnipeg Jets 2 (19-12-7, 45pts)  Dallas Stars 6 (16-14-5, 37pts) - Arizona Coyotes 0 (14-18-4, 32pts)  San Jose Sharks 3 (20-13-5, 45pts) - Dallas Stars 0 (24-9-6, 54pts)    Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio  

Watch High Winds that Left Four Injured At Rose Bowl

Watch High Winds that Left Four Injured At Rose Bowl Wolterk/iStockEditorial/Thinkstock(PASADENA, Calif.) -- Four people were injured on Wednesday by wind-blown booths at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California, according to ABC News affiliate KABC-TV. The strong winds tore through the area where workers were busy setting up for the Rose Bowl fanfest. Hundreds of people were in and around the area at the time, and people were caught on camera running for cover as tents and other debris started flying through the air."The tornado just came through there," Renee Miller told KABC-TV. "We saw it coming, and I just got my mom up and said, 'We need to get in the car.' By the time we got her, it knocked her down."   Rosebowl Tornado🌹🍜 #tornado #rosebowl #oregonducks A video posted by Bethany Moss💛🌻⭐️☀️🐝• 🅱〽️🅾 (@bethan_eeee) on Dec 12, 2014 at 1:32pm PST   Their injuries were reportedly minor and they were treated at the scene. The Rose Bowl college football game is scheduled for kick-off Thursday between Florida State and Oregon.   More ABC News Videos | ABC World News Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

California Lawmakers Consider ‘Redskins’ Ban For All Schools

California Lawmakers Consider ‘Redskins’ Ban For All Schools lokapik/iStock/Thinkstock(TULARE, Calif.) -- Lawmakers in in the Golden State are considering forcing high schools in that state to get rid of Redskin mascots.  Four schools in California are called the Redskins, and a new bill being considered by lawmakers could ban the mascot entirely.  Tulare High School in Central California is one of the four, where some of the students are standing by the name and mascot.  “It's a driving force behind our academics, our athletics, and every aspect of our school,” said David John, a student at the high school.The school has had the mascot for over 100 years and the high school’s basketball coach Mark Hatton is fighting to keep it.“What we say is we're born a redskin and die a redskin,” said Hatton.The bill, known as AB-30, would require all schools to phase out the Redskin name by 2017 if passed by California lawmakers. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

A Dozen Revelations From Jeb Bush’s Email Trove

A Dozen Revelations From Jeb Bush’s Email Trove Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Jeb Bush received thousands of emails during his eight years as governor of Florida before the likely 2016 presidential candidate announced in a recent interview with ABC News’ Miami affiliate WPLG-TV he would release about 250,000 of them in 2015. He vowed to do so in the name of “transparency,” but it’s important to note, given Florida’s open records laws, it’s likely he also knew they would be released whether he was behind it or not. Bush, 61, recently announced he will “actively explore the possibility of running for president,” which heightened interest in those emails and conversations. ABC News received the huge email trove after an open records request to the state of Florida, where Bush was governor from 1999 to 2007. A preliminary review of the cache shows Bush’s heavy use of e mail and his interacting with hundreds of constituents on a variety of issues, including lighthearted exchanges, some even in Spanish. The constituent emails he received daily ranged from mundane questions and comments to what would now be known as Internet trolling. Many of the emailers note the governor’s reputation for email use in their hopes for responses. The emails show Bush took a notably hands-on approach to many aspects of governing the state. Bush said he will also release an ebook next year and is using his emails as a guide in writing it. His recent actions, besides the announcement, also indicate a serious interest in a White House run. Over the past few weeks he has resigned from boards including timber company Raynonier Inc., Tenet Healthcare and an advisory position at Barclays. Such actions are all “part of the process he is going through in reviewing all of his commitments as he begins to actively explore a potential run,” Bush spokeswoman Kristy Campbell told ABC News. Here are a dozen interesting exchanges from the email trove, which includes all eight years he was in office. Elian Gonzales In 1999, 6-year-old Elian Gonzalez was found off the coast of Florida. His mother died on the journey from Cuba to Florida, but the boy survived the escape and was released to relatives in Florida, setting off a high-profile custody battle with his father that gripped the nation and culminated in a federal raid to seize the boy and return him to his father. Critics of the episode saw it as a victory for Cuba. Bush received emails on both sides of the issue and he responded to several. On April 22, the day federal agents seized Elian Gonzalez in the raid, Bush described it in emails to constituents as a “horrible day,” he was “sickened” and said the actions were “horrific. “ He wrote that he “went to sleep believing that a deal was in the works and it now appears that it was a sham,” and that he was “heartbroken” over the raid. A month before Gonzalez was returned, Bush received an email saying the “plight of this poor kid is horrible, however, this is just another result of the Federal Government not handling problems in a timely and non-partisan way.” The constituent had blamed the federal government for not giving Florida the resources to deal with the “illegal immigration problem.” He said of then- Attorney General Janet Reno: “Her, and the whole Clinton machine should be put in jail. I don't know how you can not show your disgust with the whole thing. Your [sic] doing fine, please stay the course.” Bush wrote back two days later giving thanks to the man for writing and jabbing Bill Clinton, president at the time. “We have expressed our disagreement with the federal government on Elian. I think we should give Elian a custody hearing to determine what is in his best interests. Everything else is posturing and politics (a trademark of the Clinton administration),” Bush wrote. Advice to the Governor’s Office The emails show Bush at times took advice from constituents who volunteered ideas for the Florida governor. In 1999, two weeks before the Jewish holiday of Passover, Bush received an email from a constituent who addressed him as “Gov. Jeb,” and recommended he send a “message to the Jewish community for Passover.” The writer noted that he hoped he was not being “presumptuous” by suggesting such a letter, something that is now standard from politicians’ offices. The writer included a proposed draft, and Bush forwarded the email to his staff, calling it “good thinking.” “We need to be doing this regularly for all appropriate holidays, etc. Don’t you think?” the governor wrote. A staffer replied a few days later to be cautious saying, “[W]e need to really think this through.”“Do we really want to do this for every religious group and their holidays?” the aide wrote. “We represent a lot of different people and it just gets tricky.” Bush responded: “You send me this email at the same time that I am signing the resolutions. What gives? Jeb.” The aide said he “didn’t mean to throw a kink in the plan, I just really think we need to think this stuff through and not just act or react. We are getting ‘Iranian Appreciation Day’, ‘Muslim Appreciation Day’ requests and I know we are wrapping our arms around diversity and reaching out and I know that this is a little different, but again, once we open the door it is much more difficult to shut it. That doesn't mean I want to limit what we do, I just want there to be true thought given to it and not rush to judgement [sic]. If we start something for one group, are we going to continue it or give the opportunity to all groups?” Bush responded succinctly: “It is fine that you are concerned but I have already signed the letter.” Sometimes it was Bush who solicited advice, in one instance from a fourth-grader. In 2000, Lindsey Baker wrote to the governor saying she had met him in Bartow, Florida, and it was “very interesting and exciting for me.” She said she shared photos from the day with her class and that her “friends think it is very cool that you will answer emails from kids” and “we really like the governor kid page.” Bush wrote Baker back a few days later asking her for some help: “We are working on upgrading our kids page. What do you think should be on it? Why don't you ask you [sic] fellow students?” Just 45 minutes later, Bush wrote an aide, saying he asked, “Lindsay to make suggestions on what the kids page should look like. Maybe [sic] you can follow up.” In another instance, Bush received an email from a law professor at the University of New Mexico about death penalty legislation and his experience with similar legislation. Bush replied thanking him for his “thoughtful and informative response.” “I have a question for you? In reading the information provided me to make the decision to sign a death warrant, there have been cases where the IQ range is large between assessments. What is your thoughts on IQ assessments? [sic] Can they be manipulated? Are they accurate?” Bush asked of the professor. Complaints and TrolleryBush did receive compliments from constituents, but he received complaints aplenty, as well as emailers hoping to convince him to take a side on certain issues. One of those emailers in March 1999 was Ralph Nader, who wrote a lengthy email asking him to veto state tort reform legislation. He included his phone number in case the governor wanted to “discuss the issue further.” Bush forwarded the message to staff, asking them to “draft response.” Bush dealt with angry constituents at the beginning of the email age, many that would now be known now as trolls. He even dealt with emailers hoping to get to his brother, George W. Bush. In April 2000, an emailer wrote to complain about the “amount of energy being exhausted by Congress on how to solve the growing social security issue. I thought I might pass this on to you and hope some how you might filter the suggestion on to your brother George's staff,” who was then running for the White House. The writer gave what he believed was his solution to the problem. Just nine minutes later, Bush responded: “i am sorry, can you say who you are?,” signing the response: “Jeb.” In March of 2000, Bush got into a back and forth with a woman who asked him “WHO MONITORS THE PRIVATE SCHOOLS?” complaining to the Florida governor about one of her son’s teachers. Bush wrote back saying, “Parents have the prime responsibility to monitor private schools. Schools' reputations draw parents to them but their results are what keep students there. Accreditation can also provide parents some guidance.” The mother was unhappy with Bush’s response, writing, “[W]ell sir, I thought that there must be some government agency that creates the standard for private schools,” asking why the government does not monitor them, calling it “outrageous.” Bush responded again saying private schools that participate in a certain scholarship program “must be accredited,” among other regulations. “Government regulation beyond that would be an intrusion that would not enhance the child's chance for a better education,” Bush wrote. “Thank you for writing.” In March 2000, Bush received another complaint in all capital letters with the emailer writing: “MR. BUSH, I HAVE WRITTEN TO YOU BEFORE CONCERNING WHAT DOES AND DOES NOT GO ON WITHIN HRS AND HOW THINGS ARE NOT HANDLED.” Bush writes back seeming to understand she is referring to the state’s Department of Children and Families, writing he is interested that those who access those services are “treated with respect.”In August of 1999, Bush received an emailing complaining about parking at the University of South Florida. The address of the mailer is “Me Love U Long Time.” Bush responds directly a few hours later: “Thanks for writing. You have an interesting email address. We increased by over 12% to the university system. It is up to the universities and the Board of Regents to do what they can with that money.” The War in IraqIn the complaint pile were emailers trying to link or blame Bush to his brother George W. Bush, including on the issue of the Iraq War. In March 2003, right before the invasion of Iraq an emailer wrote the governor: “This war will make George W [sic] go down as the worst president in history and you will suffer for that too.” Bush responded, defending his brother, who was then president: “I respectfully disagree with you. I think our President is right on track." Don’t Hang Up If the Governor Calls In 1999, Bush received an email from a woman saying she received a call from state government “instructing me that if the Governor calls, don't hang up on him!” “I don't know which is crazier our governor actually caring enough to call people (this is a great first) or folks not believing that a governor would really be this caring and hanging up on him,” she wrote, adding he was the best governor in the county, “including Texas,” where his brother was serving as governor. Bush replied in what seems like a humorous response: “This is all very embarrassing to me. the fact that someone would have to call you….well, it makes me worried,” signing it “Jeb.” Notes from Friends While the majority of the emails are between Bush and constituents or staff, there are a few from friends. In an email exchange with Hank Klein, a successful real estate agent and friend, Klein tells the governor some “candidates for the open Circuit Court seat have been calling me thinking that I have some influence over you.” In the mail exchange from 1999 under the subject line “Power Broker,” Klein said he was writing to tell him it was “amusing.” “Of course I tell them nothing could be further from the truth. I tell them that our relationship is non-political and based strictly on friendship and that any recommendation from me would probably hurt their chances rather than help. Oh well,” Klein wrote. Bush wrote back to Klein, telling him to “pass them on,” and calling him “Power man.” “I promise they won’t hurt their chances! Love ya’ Jeb.” Klein responded with three names praising them and telling Bush they should “go to a Heat game. They’re playing great.” Bush wrote back thanking him and saying, “They are playing great and I would love to go.” Compliments, Even in SpanishBush is fluent in Spanish, something we are likely to see if he is on the 2016 campaign trail, and some of the emails he received and responded to were in that language. In 2000, a constituent wrote to him in Spanish, saying he stands by him and will vote for him, calling himself an admirer and supporter. Bush responded in English: “Thank you for your support. Jeb Bush” Gay Adoption The emails show Bush dealing with the issue of gay adoption in the state. An aide drafts a response to a constituent over the issue, writing, “While I respect the great diversity of our state, and have not been a vocal opponent of the gay and lesbian lifestyle, I am not in favor of lifting the ban on gay and lesbian adoptions.” The letter continues, saying, “I do not believe it is for the state to encourage or endorse this particular lifestyle. So long as it is within the bounds of the law, people may be free to do what they wish in their own private and personal affairs. However, when those activities require state approval and oversight, then that consistutes [sic] an explicit endorsement of the activity by the state,” the letter ends with Bush saying he respects his constituents’ viewpoints, but he disagrees. He then forwards the letter to close aide Sally Bradshaw writing, “i need your opinion on this soon.” Helping Constituents In April 2000, Bush received an email from a constituent complaining about confusion over paying back a student loan. Bush wrote back, “Jeez, if what you say is true, this is a little scary. I will seek some guidance from our team and someone will be back in touch.” He then wrote to a group of staff, telling them, “Every state employee should help a citizen a week, minimum. Here is one of your chances,” and asking them to let him know the results. Abortion In an April exchange with a reporter from the Miami Herald, Bush says he was misquoted on the issue of late-term abortions, which he calls “partial-birth abortions” and says he is “passionately opposed” to the procedure. He writes that he was misquoted, saying he said he would not support legislation that had the “health of the mother” exception, writing the “health exception has been interpreted in such a way as to create a huge loophole making the whole point of trying to pass a law outlawing this horrific procedure irrelevant.” The reporter writes back, thanking him for his response: “You truly are, as others have told me, the modern-day, internet-age governor,” and noting a clarification was printed in that day’s paper. Bush responded once again, noting the clarification did not make note of the “health exception misunderstanding. I don't support a health exception and would not support that one since it would be such a large loophole that it would be a moot point.” Education In August of 2000, Bush received a series of emails from high schoolers upset about a grade scale change in the state. In many of the cases he forwarded those to staffers, asking them to look into the issue, including one he received calling him “Mr. Jeb.” The year before, his state of the state speech included his views on education vouchers. He received an email from an orthodontist praising him for the issue, even though he says he is “registered as a Democrat.” Bush wrote back, “Thank you Doctor for your encouraging words. We will fight for the best education system year in and year out.” Racial Issues In April 2000, Bush received an email from a woman who describes herself as “one of your High School Governor’s All-Stars.” In the email, she goes into length about how she thinks white people are being treated unfairly, writing, “Why must we have a Miss Black America, yet blacks are permitted to enter the Miss America contest; a Black Appreciation Month without a White Appreciation month; and many white people seeking jobs that are better qualified than black people seeking the same jobs are not hired because that certain company is REQUIRED to have a certain number of blacks employed with their company.” Bush forwards the email to staffer, asking him to “draft a response” to the young woman. “She is misguided and needs to see the light. She will leave Hamilton County and confront a world different than what she experiences now,” Bush tells the state official. Bush did use the drafted response, encouraging the young woman to keep an open heart and listen to other students’ views on discrimination when she goes to college. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

State Media: Dozens Killed in Stampede During Shanghai New Year’s Festivities

State Media: Dozens Killed in Stampede During Shanghai New Year’s Festivities Liufuyu/iStock/Thinkstock(SHANGHAI) -- New Year’s celebrations got off to a tragic start in China when dozens were killed in a stampede.At least 35 people are dead and 42 people injured at a waterfront celebration in downtown Shanghai, according to a report by CCTV America. Sina News reports that authorities are working to rescue and aid the wounded among the massive crowd. The cause of the stampede remains under investigation. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

One Killed, Two Rescued After Colorado Avalanche

One Killed, Two Rescued After Colorado Avalanche BSANI/iStock/Thinkstock(DENVER) -- A man was killed in an avalanche on Wednesday west of Denver. Major Rick Albers of the Clear Creek County Sheriff's Office says the man was with a woman and another man snowshoeing along Kelso Ridge about 12,000 feet up the trail when the avalanche started.The woman activated her began and she and the other man were able to located the victim in 15 to 20 minutes.“They unburied him; she said there was four foot of snow on top of him,” Albers said. “They felt for a pulse. The gentleman that was with him tried to give him a couple breaths, but in the position I guess that he was in, it wasn't working, and that's when they called the sheriff's office.”Ethan Greene, director of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center says there will be an investigation at the site in the days ahead.“The chance of a spontaneous or natural avalanche is decreasing, but there's still a lot of places where people can trigger avalanches,” he said. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Palestinians Request ICC Membership

Palestinians Request ICC Membership Photo by Rick Gershon/Getty Images(RAMALLAH, West Bank) -- Their latest hopes were dashed by the United Nation’s Security Council, so Palestinians hope to instead appeal to another world body.  Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas signed an application on Wednesday to join the International Criminal Court, paving the way for Israeli officials to be prosecuted for war crimes.  The defiant action comes a day after a resolution was voted down by the UN Security Council to end the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories within the next three years. The United States was one of the countries who voted against the resolution. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Denied Trial Change

Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Denied Trial Change Federal Bureau of Investigation(BOSTON) -- There will be no delay in the trial of the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect. A judge in Boston on Wednesday turned down Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's request to delay the start of his trial or move it out of Massachusetts. The defense has argued it needs more time to review all the evidence and that an impartial jury would be impossible to find in Massachusetts because of all the publicity.  Jury selection is set to begin Monday. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

State Dept. “Deeply Troubled” by Palestinian ICC Bid

State Dept. “Deeply Troubled” by Palestinian ICC Bid Tom Brakefield/Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Days after the United States voted to block recognition by the United Nations of a Palestinian state, the Palestinian president is moving to join the International Criminal Court, prompting an angry response from the State Department.The State Department said on Wednesday it’s "deeply troubled" by the move and that a Palestinian push for admission to the court is "entirely counter-productive."  President Mahmood Abbas hopes the International Criminal tribunal will become a forum for grievances against Israel.The Obama administration however says the Palestinian move "badly damages the atmosphere with the very people" with whom Palestinians "ultimately need to make peace." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Trivia Crack: Inside the Free Game Topping App Store Charts

Trivia Crack: Inside the Free Game Topping App Store Charts ponsulak/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Move over, Candy Crush. Meet your next addiction: Trivia Crack.The app from Argentine company Etermax is topping the charts in both Google Play and the Apple app stores, thanks to the coupling of useless trivia facts and some friendly competition against friends.Here's how it works:After downloading the app, players can choose to connect through Facebook or email.They're then ready to start a game with a random opponent or a friend. Once a match is set, the first player will give a bright wheel, nicknamed Willy, a spin to decide which category they'll play first.Trivia Crack has six categories, including science, entertainment, art, geography, sports and history. Each category has a corresponding character and answers are timed.Answer three questions correctly and earn one of the six total characters needed to win a game or you can challenge an opponent for one they're holding. If a user answers incorrectly, it is then their opponent's turn.The app also comes with a chat feature, allowing for plenty of friendly banter during the competition."Slowly draws you in and then won't let go At first I was like, 'This game ain't even that fun.'" a reviewer named Amy wrote in the Google Play store. "But for some reason I just kept playing. And playing... And playing. Now I'm considering checking myself into rehab for my Trivia Crack addiction."Before you get hooked on Trivia Crack, a warning: If you neglect a game for more than two days, the win goes to your opponent.Trivia Crack is available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Italian and Catalan. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Idaho Woman Shot by Son at Walmart Remembered as Scientist, Loving Mom

Idaho Woman Shot by Son at Walmart Remembered as Scientist, Loving Mom Daniel Aguilar/Getty Images(HAYDEN, Idaho) -- The young woman who was accidentally shot and killed by her 2-year-old son with her own gun is remembered as a loving mom and a scientist who was a star student at her rural high school in Idaho.Veronica Rutledge, who police say died after her toddler removed a concealed handgun from her purse at Walmart and shot her, worked at the Idaho National Laboratory.Rutledge, who lived in Blackfoot, Idaho, died at the Hayden store Tuesday. She grew up about an hour away in St. Maries, where she was the valedictorian of her class at Kootenai High School, according to ABC News affiliate KXLY-TV. She graduated from North Idaho College with a chemistry degree in 2010, according to a commencement program, and has since been listed as a researcher or author on multiple scientific papers. "The lab is very saddened by this tragic event and we offer our deepest sympathies to the family," Nicole Stricker of the Idaho National Laboratory told ABC News in a statement. Rutledge and her husband, Colt Rutledge, married in 2009. Facebook photos show her in hunting gear or posing outside or with her son, as friends and family members posted mournful messages. Police said her son was sitting in a shopping cart in the electronics section of the Walmart when he removed the gun from her purse and fired the weapon just once, killing his mother instantly. Walmart called the woman's death a "very sad and tragic incident" and said it is working with the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office to investigate the incident. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Gwyneth Paltrow Thinks Twice About Split from Chris Martin

Gwyneth Paltrow Thinks Twice About Split from Chris Martin Jason Merritt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Gwyneth Paltrow has emerged from her split with husband Chris Martin with an even stronger relationship than before, which is why she sometimes thinks twice about their "conscious uncoupling." "Of course, there are times when I think it would have been better if we had stayed married, which is always what your children want," Paltrow told the February issue of Harper's Bazaar UK. "But we have been able to solidify this friendship, so that we’re really close." That is, close both emotionally and geographically. The Coldplay frontman lives in a house across the road from her. The exes have been photographed dining out and even vacationing together, and have stuck with family traditions like celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas with their daughter, Apple, 10, and son Moses, 8. "We’ve made a lot of mistakes, and we’ve had good days and bad days, but I have to say, I’m proud of us for working through so much stuff together, and not blaming and shaming." Paltrow, 42, also put into perspective their relationship, recalling for the magazine how she met Martin, 37, three weeks after the death of her beloved father, producer and director Bruce Paltrow. They married a year later, in December 2003, when Paltrow was already pregnant with their daughter. "I feel like I would have died somehow if I hadn’t met him at that time. I felt like I was going to die of grief," she told Harper's about Martin. "I remember waking up, on one particular night, where I felt like I was having a heart attack and I couldn’t breathe... I lay on the floor of my apartment in London and I thought, 'I’m not going to survive this.' “And he just picked me up and he was so loving and patient through all my grieving. He’s really great in a crisis. He has incredible empathy when it comes to somebody’s pain." But looking back, Paltrow also realizes that Martin, who was just 25 when they met, was "too young" to carry such a large burden. "I was relying on him very heavily and I really expected him to keep being this grown man and pillar of strength, which he was and is, but it’s also quite an unfair set of criteria to give to someone who’s just 25 years old." These days, she also relies on a "collective of women," and still believes in the power of sisterhood, despite the attacks she has faced in the media. "Women really need to examine why they’re so vitriolic to other women; why they want to twist words, why they want to read about someone else in a negative light and why that feels good to them," she told Harper's. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Jennifer Aniston Reveals How ‘Cake’ Was ‘Trying on My Body’

Jennifer Aniston Reveals How ‘Cake’ Was ‘Trying on My Body’ ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Jennifer Aniston has already talked about letting herself go for her acclaimed role in Cake -- now the actress is revealing she actually suffered a few injuries while filming. "Physically, this movie was trying on my body," she told Deadline in an interview published on Tuesday. "I had a lot of pinched nerves just from being in that physical space for five weeks straight, but I missed it when it was over. We had so much fun together. We were like a little theater group." This revelation comes after the former Friends star, 45, went on the Dr. Oz Show earlier in the month and revealed her Oscar-worthy performance affected her body and her mind. In Cake, she plays a character Claire Simmons, who deals with chronic pain. The actress had to stop working out for a while to make the part convincing to the audience. This lack of exercise really affected her in the real world. "It really was interesting when you stop working out how you just ... my serotonin levels went down. My stamina was shot. I was cranky. I was irritable," she said on the show. "I found myself short. I was hungry like crazy." Talking further with Deadline, Aniston said she thinks this role will really help her break a stereotype she acquired after being on a hit show for a decade. "From being on a television show for 10 years—that’s in your living room week after week, and now day after day (in syndication). You really do have to kind of run far, far away. But it’s OK. I don’t mind that. I’m up for that challenge, and that’s what excites me ... I would be lying if I said in taking this on, there wasn’t a part of me that knew I was taking a risk. I knew I had to do it for myself and if it was going to fail and fall flat on its face, then so be it, but I had to." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Wall Street Posts Losses on Last Day of 2014, Ends Year Higher

Wall Street Posts Losses on Last Day of 2014, Ends Year Higher iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The markets moved lower on the Wednesday, the last day of 2014, but ended the year on a positive note.The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed below 18,000, finishing the session at 17,823.07, down 160.00 from its open. The Dow however ended up 7.5 percent for the year.The Nasdaq dropped 41.39 to 4,736.05 to close out 2014, but overall was up 11.40 percent this year. The S&P 500 lost 21.45 on the day to close at 2,058.90, but rose almost 13.5 percent for the year.The markets will be closed on Thursday for New Year’s day. More Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, but the number of applications remains at historically low levels. The Labor Department says applications for unemployment benefits climbed 17,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 298,000. The less volatile four-week average rose 250 to 290,750. That average has plummeted 17.5 percent in the past 12 months. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Detroit Bankruptcy Fees Top $150 Million

Detroit Bankruptcy Fees Top $150 Million Hans Nyberg/iStock/Thinkstock(DETROIT) -– The total cost of the Motor City’s history bankruptcy has finally been tabulated.According to a filing on Tuesday with the bankruptcy court, Detroit is paying $164 million out of the city’s general fund, ABC News affiliate WXYZ-TV reports. The Plan of Adjustment had budgeted an amount of $177 million to pay for the bankruptcy.Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan says he will use the money saved to improve various city services, according to WXYZ-TV.The fees still have to be approved by bankruptcy judge Steven Rhodes. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Georgia Boy Among First to Receive Experimental Medical Marijuana Drug

Georgia Boy Among First to Receive Experimental Medical Marijuana Drug MikeCanada/iStock/Thinkstock(ATHENS, Ga.) -- A 7-year-old boy is one of the first people in the country to receive a potent form of medical marijuana as part of an “extended use” clinical trial to reduce seizures.Preston Weaver, who lives in Athens, Georgia, has Lennox-Gastaut syndrome which is a severe form of epilepsy. He experiences up to 100 seizures a day, although many are confined to his brain and aren’t noticeable to an observer. There is no known cure for the condition.“Today’s the day, buddy. We’re not going to have any more of those,” his mom Valarie Weaver, 36, said she told her son as the headed to his first treatment Tuesday.Her son can't see, walk or talk, Weaver said. Although he's 7, his behavior is more like that of a 2-month-old. But he lights up when he goes in the water and he seems to love the feel of the sun and the wind, Weaver said."Our hope is that this treatment will calm down his brain enough so that he will start communicating with us," she said.Many of the drugs available to treat the syndrome don’t work long term, especially for children. Even with more than a dozen medications, Preston Weaver has had no relief.The active ingredient in Epidiolex, the experimental drug that Weaver and one other child are receiving, is called cannabidiol. It’s also the main active ingredient in marijuana though it doesn’t produce a high.Dr. Michael Diamond, the interim senior vice president of research for Georgia Regent University said the drug is not legal or approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration. The university’s current study, one of only a handful of trials for compassionate use being held around the country, will expand to include 50 children over the next few weeks.“We are hopeful the drug will reduce the frequency and severity of seizures within a month, but we know it will not work for every child,” he said.Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal approved the trials in April. It took some time to get additional clearance at the federal level, Diamond said.“No one with a heart could hear the stories of these children and their parents and not want to exhaust every possibility to provide them with the treatment they need to combat this debilitating condition,” said Deal.Valarie Weaver told ABC News that she was grateful her son was accepted into the trial though she was disappointed the state legislature had narrowly failed to pass a bill that would have legalized the drug for use with sick children. But, she said, she’s not giving up."Even though Preston is on it, Preston and I are still going to fight for all the other ones too, we will be at the capital every single time, we need to be there until this becomes legal and every child in the state has the option for this treatment if they need it," Weaver said. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

See a 5-Year-Old Deaf Boy Hear His Mother for the First Time

See a 5-Year-Old Deaf Boy Hear His Mother for the First Time oksix/iStock/Thinkstock(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) -- A 5-year-old boy was soothed by his mother's voice for the first time after he was fitted with a cochlear implant. David Orekhov is still adjusting to his implants, a task that might be more difficult because he is also autistic. "It’s a little bit harder to get a child with autism to accept something that's new," Shelly Ash, David's audiologist at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida, told ABC News affiliate WFTS-TV. The Cochlear implant works by sending modified sound waves directly into the auditory nerve. But this week David was finally able to hear the voice of his mother, Elizaveta Kolbert, and for a second she was able to calm him using only words. "David, you hear me," Kolbert told her son. He started to laugh. "It's going to change his life completely, I already see it," Kolbert told WFTS. David's entire family moved from Seattle to St. Petersburg to take advantage of the program at the hospital, according to hospital spokeswoman Amy Burton. Kolbert's younger son has similar issues as David and will be considered for a Cochlear implant at a later date. As David gets used to sound, he will start to go to therapy to learn how to differentiate sound. "He doesn’t even realize the difference between his noisemaker shaking and his mother’s voice," Ash told WFTS. "Until he can learn to discriminate those things, it’s a pretty scary experience." Burton said David responded to the hearing aid well and even tried to put it back when it fell out. "He was responding to the drumming and the bells," Burton told ABC News. "It was a really neat thing to capture." More ABC News Videos | ABC World News Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

“Gilmore Girls” Star Edward Herrmann Dies at 71

“Gilmore Girls” Star Edward Herrmann Dies at 71 Bobby Bank/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Gilmore Girls star Edward Herrmann has died after a battle with brain cancer, his manager, Robbie Kass, confirmed to ABC News Wednesday. He was 71."Besides being an accomplished actor, he was a true gentleman and a scholar, as well as being an incredibly kind and decent man," Kass said. "He will be sorely missed."Herrmann, who played Richard Gilmore for all seven seasons of the WB series, first found success on the stage, winning a Tony Award in 1976 for his role in Mrs. Warren's Profession. He went on to find small screen acclaim for portraying Franklin D. Roosevelt in TV movies in the 1970s, garnering two Emmy nominations for the role. Two more Emmy nods followed in 1986 and 1987. In 1999, he won his first for his guest appearances in The Practice."I was nominated for Roosevelt, I’ve been nominated four or five times, and everyone thinks I won it for Roosevelt, but no," he told the AV Club in 2012. "It was supposed to be three episodes, but it turned out to be [more], and what can I say? It was fun."The actor, who recently appeared in The Good Wife, also had several memorable big screen roles, including parts in Harry's War, Overboard, The Purple Rose of Cairo and The Lost Boys.Hermann is survived by his wife, Star Hayner, and three children. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley Commutes Four Death Sentences

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley Commutes Four Death Sentences Office of the Governor(ANNAPOLIS, Md.) -- Maryland's outgoing governor has reduced the sentences of four convicted killers, from death to life in prison without parole.The Maryland legislature abolished the state's death penalty two years ago, but it remained unclear whether four prisoners awaiting execution would still be put to death.In one of his final acts as governor, before Republican Larry Hogan is sworn in, Democrat Martin O'Malley has spared the four inmates.  The four will remain in state prison without the possibility of parole. O'Malley, who's considering a run for president in 2016, said in a release that leaving the death sentences in place would “not serve the public good.”   Leaving death sentences in place does not serve the people of MD. I met w/ victims' families & hope this brings some measure of closure. — Martin O'Malley (@GovernorOMalley) December 31, 2014   Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio
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