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Study: 1.2 Million Veterans Have No Health Insurance

Study: 1.2 Million Veterans Have No Health Insurance

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Researchers from New York University and the Harvard School of Public Health say that more than one million veterans have no health insurance.According to the study, published in the journal Lancet, more than 1.2 million veterans have no health insurance and less than 50 percent of U.S. veterans receive benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs. The lack of veteran insurance is at least in part due to a simple lack of enrollment. A number of veterans, though, have not been able to sign up, as they live in states that have opted out of the ACA Medicare expansion. The Veterans Affairs health care system doesn't fully pay for health insurance for all veterans. The study noted that the veterans with the largest risk for remaining uninsured are young, low-income African American veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.Still, researchers believe that all veterans can be covered if the resources are used properly.

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Talk Therapy Could Lower Suicide Rate

Talk Therapy Could Lower Suicide Rate

Credit: Tetra Images/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Researchers say simple talk therapy could help to noticeably lower patients' risk of suicide.According to a study published in the journal Lancet Psychiatry, researchers in Denmark analyzed data from over 60,000 patients who had recently tried to commit suicide. Some of the participants were given talk therapy, while others were given no therapy.Researchers found that both one year and ten years later, those patients who had undergone talk therapy had a decrease in subsequent suicide attempts. In those receiving no therapy, about nine percent tried to commit suicide a second time, compared to about seven percent in those who had talk therapy.Researchers estimate that for every 44 patients receiving talk therapy, one life would be saved. It's not clear what aspect of the therapy directly lowered the suicide rate.

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Cundiff Does It Again, Browns Beat Falcons Late

Cundiff Does It Again, Browns Beat Falcons Late

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- The Cleveland Browns let a nine point fourth quarter lead slip away, but kicker Billy Cundiff hit another game winning field goal as time expired to give his team a 26-24 win over the Falcons on Sunday.

Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer threw three picks, but found a way to lead his team down the field in the final minute to set up the Cundiff game winner.

Browns Josh Gordon pulled in eight passes for 127 yards in his first game since being suspended for 10 games due to violating the NFL substance abuse policy.

"I knew the guys weren't going to quit on me," Gordon said. "I definitely wasn't going to quit on them."

Hoyer admitted that he was not happy with his performance even though the Browns came out with the win.

"Nothing to lose, really," Hoyer said when asked about the final drive. "Go out and play fearless. That's all I have at that point."

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Gabby Giffords Completes 11-Mile Bike Race

Gabby Giffords Completes 11-Mile Bike Race

Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images(TUCSON, Ariz.) -- Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords completed the 11 mile El Tour de Tucson on Sunday on a reclining three-wheeled bicycle.Giffords, who was critically wounded in a 2011 shooting during a public appearance, had been training for the event for six months. The former Representative posted a photo from the event to her Facebook page on Sunday.

 

Post by Gabby Giffords. Post by Gabby Giffords.

Giffords was an avid cyclist before the 2011 shooting. Her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly said he wants Giffords to do everything she did before the shooting.

 

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Judge Upholds Ban on Sports Gambling in New Jersey

Judge Upholds Ban on Sports Gambling in New Jersey

Credit: Yellow Dog Productions/Getty Images(TRENTON, N.J.) -- A U.S. District Court judge on Friday ruled that New Jersey can not partially eliminate a ban on sports gambling.Federal law makes sports betting illegal in New Jersey and most other states. New Jersey had hoped to legalize sports betting, but had no intention of licensing or regulating the gambling. The National Football League and other sports organizations had sued to block the legalization of gambling, Bloomberg News says.Four of the 12 casinos in Atlantic City have shut down in 2014, and Gov. Chris Christie had hoped to boost the state's economy by allowing sports betting at ractracks and casinos.The New York Times reports that the state is expected to appeal the ruling.

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Diplomats May Consider Extension in Iran Nuclear Talks

Diplomats May Consider Extension in Iran Nuclear Talks

RONALD ZAK/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With the deadline for a deal fast approaching, diplomats are considering a range of options, including an extension to negotiations, in the P5+1 talks regarding Iran's nuclear capabilities."Our focus remains on taking steps forward toward an agreement," a western diplomat told ABC News. "But it is only natural that less than 48 hours from the deadline we are discussing a range of options. An extension is one of those options."Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday during a cabinet meeting that "no agreement at all would be preferable to a bad agreement that would endanger Israel, the Middle East and all of humanity."

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Newest “Hunger Games” Film Dominates Box Office

Newest “Hunger Games” Film Dominates Box Office

Lionsgate(NEW YORK) -- The odds were ever in favor of Katniss Everdeen this weekend, as The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 opened atop the box office, dominating the weekend while bringing in over $100 million.While the third film in the series didn't quite match the opening weekend success of the first two, it did shoot straight to the top. Grossing $123 million, it topped second place Big Hero 6 by over $100 million.Last week's box office winner, Dumb and Dumber To, fell to fourth, while Big Hero 6 and Interstellar each remained in the same spots as last week -- second and third, respectively.

Here are the top ten films of the weekend according to boxofficemojo.com:1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1: $123 million2. Big Hero 6: $20.086 million3. Interstellar: $15.1 million4. Dumb and Dumber To: $13.82 million5. Gone Girl: $2.815 million6. Beyond the Lights: $2.63 million7. St. Vincent: $2.354 million8. Fury (2014): $1.9 million9. Birdman: $1.855 million10. The Theory of Everything: $1.5 million

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Ferguson Grand Jury ‘Unfair,’ Michael Brown Family Lawyer Says

Ferguson Grand Jury ‘Unfair,’ Michael Brown Family Lawyer Says

Credit: Frances Twitty/Getty Images(FERGUSON, Mo.) -- A lawyer for the family of the black 18-year-old fatally shot by a white police officer said Sunday the grand jury process playing out in Missouri is unlike anything he's seen before and is unfair.The St. Louis County prosecuting attorney, Robert McCulloch, has said that, unlike with a typical grand jury, he would present to this grand jury all the evidence gathered in the police investigation and offer the jurors the opportunity to hear from any witness with relevant information.The target of the investigation, Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, was among those who testified.A spokesman for McCulloch has indicated that the prosecutor's office will not likely make a specific recommendation about charges, but would give the grand jurors a range of charges to consider, from involuntary manslaughter up to first-degree murder.The grand jury investigating the killing of Michael Brown by Wilson is not meeting this weekend and will reconvene Monday, sources told ABC News.

"When you think about it, if this prosecutor is saying we're just going to be fair, we're not going to recommend any charges, that's different from anything he's done in his past 28 years with grand juries," attorney Benjamin Crump said Sunday on This Week."So, now are we going to say he was unfair to all those people and he's going to be extra fair, get a police extra rights?" said Crump, who also represented the family of Trayvon Martin. " Why can't it be equal justice?"ABC News chief legal affairs anchor Dan Abrams said there is precedent for prosecutors presenting cases to grand juries without recommending charges, particularly high profile, controversial cases."I'm not going to dispute with you on the facts, but let's talk about the process and the law, which is that there are a lot of high profile cases, and I've seen them, where prosecutors say, 'You know what, I'm going to hand this one to the grand jury. I want the political cover on this one. I want to let them decide so I'm not the one who takes the heat on this decision,'" he said."So it is not sort of out of left field that in a high profile case a prosecutor hands it off to a grand jury to make that decision," he said.Speculation that a decision on whether to indict Wilson in the shooting was coming soon has increased tensions in a town that already was on edge.Federal, state and county officials have been ramping up their readiness in case there is a fresh wave of angry and, at times, violent protests over the jury's decision. Protesters have been demanding that Wilson be charged with murder for the Aug. 9 shooting of Brown.The Saint Louis County Police Department switched their officers to 12-hour shifts on Saturday.Metal and concrete barricades have been erected in areas around the St Louis County government buildings in Clayton, where the grand jury has been meeting. The justice center there also houses the prosecutor's office, the St. Louis County Police Department headquarters and the circuit courts.Preparations are being made there for specific areas for anticipated protests.There also appeared to be some minor increase in activity behind the strip mall in Jennings, the town next to Ferguson, where the Unified Command will be operating once they are notified a decision has been reached.Many stores have boarded up their windows for fear of destructive protesters. The manager of Beauty Town Plus, a salon on West Florissant Avenue where much of the protests centered during the summer, told ABC News that they decided to board up because their windows were broken three times following Brown's death.Law enforcement have taken the threat of violence seriously as well as two federal officials confirmed to ABC News that more than 100 FBI personnel are being sent to the St. Louis area to join those already in the area and opened an intelligence center to head up operations.On Friday, federal authorities in Missouri charged two men with lying on forms to purchase guns ahead of the grand jury decision.Olajuwon Davis and Brandon Baldwin faced only those charges as of late Friday, but sources told ABC News that authorities were looking into whether they tried to acquire ready-made explosives and other weapons ahead of the decision, which is expected soon.The two men are suspected of being associated with the New Black Panther party, said sources briefed on the arrests. The charges that were filed were intended to "take them out of the rotation," according to one source.Both Attorney General Eric Holder and Michael Brown Sr., the slain teenager's father, have released videos urging protesters to remain peaceful when the grand jury's decision is handed up.

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Two Children Being Tested for Possible Ebola in Ohio

Two Children Being Tested for Possible Ebola in Ohio

Credit: Martin Barraud/Getty Images(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- Ohio public health officials are testing two children for the Ebola virus after they developed fevers following a trip to West Africa."We have two cases that we're testing," Jose Rodriguez, director of public affairs and communications for the Columbus Public Health Department, said Sunday. "We're not in a panic situation."Two sisters, ages 4 and 6, were taken to Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus early Sunday morning after they showed signs of a fever, Rodriguez said.They are being kept in isolation and are receiving supportive care, Rodriguez said. Doctors are also testing the girls for other respiratory illnesses, like influenza and enterovirus D68, Rodriguez said.The girls' mother is not being held in isolation. She was not identified as a high-risk individual, Rodriguez explained, because she was not in Sierra Leone as a health care worker.The identities of the girls and their mother have not been released.The girls returned from Sierra Leone 17 days ago, Rodriguez said. Since returning, their temperatures have been monitored twice daily.Rodriguez said the girls will remain in isolation for several days. If they test negative for Ebola, they will likely be tested again.EMS staff who took the children to the hospital wore protective gear and are not considered to be at risk for contracting the virus. They will be monitored if the children test positive for the virus, according to the Columbus Health Department.The children's test results were expected later Sunday.The Columbus Health Department was working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state health department on the situation.Sierra Leone is one of the four countries hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

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Afghan Parliament Approves Bilateral Security Agreement

Afghan Parliament Approves Bilateral Security Agreement

Credit: Keith Binns/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- A bilateral security agreement was approved on Sunday by the Afghan parliament, allowing U.S. troops to remain in the country after the end of the year.Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai declined to sign the agreement, though the U.S. had hoped that new president Ashraf Ghani would agree to keep U.S. forces there. Ghani signed the agreement within 24 hours of taking office and the parliament approved on Sunday.The agreement does state that U.S. forces "shall not conduct combat operations in Afghanistan," however, unless both nations agree.In recent months, the Afghan army has seen large numbers of casualties, perhaps signalling to Ghani that the nation needs foreign forces helping their military.

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Boy Shot by Cleveland Police Dies

Boy Shot by Cleveland Police Dies

Credit: Adam Kazmierski/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- A 12-year-old boy who was shot by Cleveland police officers while carrying a replica gun in a park playground has died, hospital officials said Sunday.The boy, who hasn't been identified, died at MetroHealth Medical Center after he was taken there for surgery Saturday afternoon.Officers were called to the Cudell Recreation Center after receiving reports of the boy waving a gun and pointing it at people, the Cleveland Division of Police said in a statement.Two officers found the boy in the playground and ordered him to raise his hands, but he instead reached for what the officers thought was a gun in his waistband, police said.The officers fired twice, hitting the boy in the torso.Officers learned the gun was fake after the shooting, police said. Made to resemble a semi-automatic pistol, the orange safety indicator had been removed from the "airsoft" replica gun the boy was holding.“We are not rushing to judgment," said Timothy Kurcharski, an attorney for the boy's mother. "The police are investigating the matter and we are waiting for the result of that investigation."The two officers involved in the shooting have been put on administrative leave, which is standard protocol.

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What to Expect From the 2014 American Music Awards

What to Expect From the 2014 American Music Awards

Pitbull Productions, Inc./Greg Watermann(NEW YORK) -- The 2014 American Music Awards kick off Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, and the show's executive producer said that if you don't tune in as soon as the show starts, you'll be missing something "huge" and "outrageous.""Trust me. Don't come into the show at 8:10 p.m. Don't do that. You better start at 8 p.m., 'cause I ain't holdin' nothin' back. ... It's gonna open up with a huge 'wow,'" AMA executive producer Larry Klein told ABC News. "And it's gonna go for three hours and end with a big 'wow.'"With 18 musical performances from the likes of Taylor Swift, Lorde, 5 Seconds of Summer and many more, it's no wonder that the show will be a huge production. Klein said the challenge every year is trying to make sense out of many diverse performances."The show represents all the different genres of music, so you got rap and hip-hop and country and R&B and pop and rock," he said. "And what you have to do is try to make all those things blend together into one, three-hour, cohesive show. That's a challenge."He added, "I think what we're doing is just representing what pop culture is in today's world. Listen to any radio station -- I don't care what the station is -- the songs you hear on those radio stations you'll be seeing Sunday night with the artists performing them."With all this talk of the performances, it's hard to remember that trophies will be handed out, as well. But, as Klein said, that's really not the main attraction and it never has been, as per instructions from the show's creator, the late Dick Clark."We're an awards show like other awards shows, but Dick Clark always said, 'We're an entertainment show. Entertainment first, awards second,'" he said. "Awards mean a lot, but what Dick Clark created was a show that was for the masses, for the public to enjoy, to watch. It's the world's biggest fan-based show. We have 18 performers on the show. I always think of it as 18 little miniseries in a three-hour show."The show will be hosted by Pitbull, and Klein explained why he's such a great host."He brings energy like you can't imagine, and I want people to understand that when you see Pit on stage with his energy, please don't think he's doing that for television," Klein said. "I hang out with Pit a lot. He's one of my best friends. We're at a restaurant, he has that same energy; we're driving in a car, he has that same energy. So, please, you gotta understand: What you see on stage -- he's like that 24/7!"Charli XCX is nominated for Single of the Year for "Fancy," her smash collaboration with Iggy Azalea."I don't do this for, like, awards, or, like, award wins, or whatever," she told ABC News. "You know, of course, I'm very grateful but it's just like ... I'd rather be in the studio, I guess. But of course, I'm very thankful."Fergie is one of many artists debuting new music on the show and admitted it's pretty nerve-wracking to sing a new song on TV for the first time."But that's when I remind myself what the song's about. It's about having a good time and it's about spreading the love -- and I gotta take my own advice!" she said.Here are the nominees:

Artist of the YearIggy AzaleaBeyoncéLuke BryanOne DirectionKaty PerryNew Artist of the Year Presented By Kohl’s5 Seconds of SummerIggy AzaleaBastilleSam SmithMeghan TrainorSingle of the YearIggy Azalea Featuring Charli XCX, “Fancy”John Legend, “All of Me”MAGIC!, “Rude”Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J, “Dark Horse”Pharrell Williams, “Happy”Favorite Male Artist -- Pop/RockJohn LegendSam SmithPharrell Williams

Favorite Female Artist -- Pop/RockIggy AzaleaLordeKaty PerryFavorite Band, Duo or Group -- Pop/RockImagine DragonsOne DirectionOneRepublicFavorite Album -- Pop/RockLorde, Pure HeroineOne Direction, Midnight MemoriesKaty Perry, Prism

Favorite Male Artist -- CountryJason AldeanLuke BryanBlake SheltonFavorite Female Artist -- CountryMiranda LambertKacey MusgravesCarrie UnderwoodFavorite Band, Duo or Group -- CountryEli Young BandFlorida Georgia LineLady AntebellumFavorite Album -- CountryGarth Brooks, Blame It On My Roots: Five Decades of InfluencesEric Church, The OutsidersBrantley Gilbert, Just As I Am

Favorite Artist -- Rap/Hip-HopIggy AzaleaDrakeEminemFavorite Album -- Rap/Hip-HopIggy Azalea, The New ClassicDrake, Nothing Was The SameEminem, The Marshall Mathers LP 2Favorite Male Artist -- Soul/R&BChris BrownJohn LegendPharrell WilliamsFavorite Female Artist -- Soul/R&BJhene AikoBeyoncéMary J. BligeFavorite Album -- Soul/R&BBeyoncé, BeyoncéJohn Legend, Love in the FuturePharrell Williams, G I R LFavorite Artist -- Alternative RockBastilleImagine DragonsLordeFavorite Artist -- Adult ContemporarySara BareillesOneRepublicKaty PerryFavorite Artist -- LatinMarc AnthonyEnrique IglesiasRomeo SantosFavorite Artist -- Contemporary InspirationalCasting CrownsHillsong UnitedNewsboysFavorite Artist -- Electronic Dance Music (EDM)AviciiCalvin HarrisZedd

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President Obama Defends Use of Executive Action on Immigration

President Obama Defends Use of Executive Action on Immigration

The White House(WASHINGTON) -- President Barack Obama defended his decision to use executive authority to enact changes to the U.S. immigration system during an exclusive interview with This Week, challenging Republican Speaker John Boehner to “pass a bill” if he was not satisfied with the president’s unilateral actions.“Congress has a responsibility to deal with these issues and there are some things that I can’t do on my own,” the president told ABC News’ chief anchor George Stephanopoulos during an interview in Las Vegas on Friday. “What I do have is the legal authority to try to make the system better. Given the resource constraints that we have, we have to prioritize.”During a primetime address on Thursday from the White House, the president – expressing frustration over a lack of Congressional action — announced he would be employing executive action to circumvent Congress and offer temporary legal status to approximately five million undocumented immigrants, among other actions.During the interview with Stephanopoulos, the president pushed back against the argument made by some of his detractors that he is taking action that he previously said he did not have the authority to take.“What is absolutely true is that we couldn’t solve the entire problem and still can’t solve the entire problem,” Obama said. “But what we can do is to prioritize felons, criminals, recent arrivals, folks who are coming right at the border and acknowledge that if somebody’s been here for over five years — they may have an American child or a legal permanent resident child — it doesn’t make sense for us to prioritize them when we know that we need more resources.”“If you look, every president – Democrat and Republican – over decades has done the same thing as I mentioned in my remarks,” he added. “George H. W. Bush, about 40 percent of the undocumented persons at the time were provided a similar kind of relief as a consequence of executive action.”When asked about using executive action, the president said his view on the issue has not changed.“If you look – the history is that I have issued fewer executive actions than most of my predecessors, by a longshot,” Obama said. “The difference is the response of Congress, and specifically the response of some of the Republicans. But if you ask historians, take a look at the track records of the modern presidency, I’ve actually been very restrained, and I’ve been very restrained with respect to immigration. I bent over backwards and will continue to do everything I can to get Congress to work because that’s my preference.”

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President Obama: American People Want ‘New Car Smell’ in 2016 Campaign

President Obama: American People Want ‘New Car Smell’ in 2016 Campaign

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama, acknowledging he's taken some political "dings" during his time in the White House, said in an exclusive interview with ABC News that the American people will want that "new car smell" when it comes to the 2016 presidential campaign, suggesting he may not have a prominent role on the campaign trail as the country prepares to select his replacement."I think the American people, you know, they're going to want -- you know, that new car smell. You know, their own -- they want to drive something off the lot that doesn't have as much mileage as me," Obama told ABC News Chief anchor George Stephanopoulos.During the interview conducted in Las Vegas on Friday, Stephanopoulos asked the president how he would navigate a potential White House bid by his former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton.The president, who said he talks regularly with Clinton, called her a friend and seemed prepared for Clinton to differentiate herself politically should she choose to pursue the presidency, which appears likely."She's not going to agree with me on everything. And, you know, one of the benefits of running for president is you can stake out your own positions," Obama said.Earlier in the conversation he'd said he thought she'd make a "formidable candidate" and a "great" president.The president, who said there were "a number" of potential Democratic candidates who would make great presidents, said he would do everything he could to ensure that a member of his own party succeeded him."I am very interested in making sure that I've got a Democratic successor," he said. "So I'm going do everything I can, obviously, to make sure that whoever the nominee is is successful."

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President Obama: ‘Significant’ Gaps Remain in Talks Over Iran Nuke Program

President Obama: ‘Significant’ Gaps Remain in Talks Over Iran Nuke Program

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- President Barack Obama said just days before the deadline for negotiations over Iran's nuclear program that the gaps in the talks remain "significant" and that it was too soon to tell whether the parties could reach an agreement by Monday."The good news is that the interim deal that we entered into has definitely stopped Iran's nuclear program from advancing. .... So it's been successful," Obama told This Week anchor George Stephanopoulos in an exclusive interview. "Now the question is, can we get to a more permanent deal? And the gaps are still significant."Obama said if an agreement is reached, he was confident he could convince a skeptical Congress of its strength in preventing Iran from creating a nuclear weapon, even as members of the incoming Republican majority insist they'll impose additional sanctions on Iran if they don't like the deal."I'm confident that if we reach a deal that is verifiable and ensures that Iran does not have breakout capacity, that not only can I persuade Congress, but I can persuade the American people that it's the right thing to do," Obama told Stephanopoulos Friday.While skeptics of the negotiations say they agree with the administration's goal for the talks -- a rollback of Iran's nuclear program -- many disagree with the idea of allowing Iran to have any nuclear capability, even for what Tehran contends is a peaceful civilian program.But Obama laid out a more targeted objective than simply eradicating Iran's nuclear program completely."Our goal is to solve a particular problem here, which is making sure Iran doesn't trigger a nuclear arms race, can't threaten the United States, can't threaten allies like Israel," Obama said."What a deal would do is take a big piece of business off the table and perhaps begin a long process in which the relationship not just between Iran and us but the relationship between Iran and the world, and the region, begins to change," he added.The United States and the five other world powers involved in the talks in Vienna are still deadlocked with Iran over several key issues, including the scope of Iran's ability to enrich uranium for civilian purposes, the length of the deal, and the way in which the current sanctions on Iran get phased out.Iran wants all the sanctions rolled back immediately if a deal is reached, while the western negotiators say they should be phased out over time.Obama said the position on sanctions was non-negotiable."I think Iran would love to see the sanctions end immediately, and then to still have some avenues that might not be completely closed, and we can't do that," he said.The interview took place as negotiators remain camped out in Vienna. Secretary of State John Kerry met with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier Saturday afternoon, and also tweeted that he spent the morning making phone calls to international partners, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Ferguson Grand Jury to Reconvene Monday

Ferguson Grand Jury to Reconvene Monday

Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images(FERGUSON, Mo.) -- The grand jury investigating the killing of Michael Brown by Ferguson, Mo., police Officer Darren Wilson is not meeting this weekend and will reconvene Monday, sources told ABC News.Speculation that a decision on whether to indict Wilson in the shooting was coming soon has increased tensions in a town that already was on edge.Federal, state and county officials have been ramping up their readiness in case there is a fresh wave of angry and, at times, violent protests over the jury's decision. Protesters have been demanding that Wilson be charged with murder for the Aug. 9 shooting of Brown.The Saint Louis County Police Department switched their officers to 12-hour shifts on Saturday.Metal and concrete barricades have been erected in areas around the St Louis County government buildings in Clayton, where the grand jury has been meeting. The justice center there also houses the prosecutor's office, the St. Louis County Police Department headquarters and the circuit courts.Preparations are being made there for specific areas for anticipated protests.There also appeared to be some minor increase in activity behind the strip mall in Jennings, the town next to Ferguson, where the Unified Command will be operating once they are notified a decision has been reached.A lawyer for the Brown family described the city Friday as "nervous, on edge, scared" as people awaited the grand jury's decision."The city is really in a panic at this moment," attorney Anthony Gray said.Many stores have boarded up their windows for fear of destructive protesters. The manager of Beauty Town Plus, a salon on West Florissant Avenue where much of the protests centered during the summer, told ABC News that they decided to board up because their windows were broken three times following Brown's death.Law enforcement have taken the threat of violence seriously as well as two federal officials confirmed to ABC News that more than 100 FBI personnel are being sent to the St. Louis area to join those already in the area and opened an intelligence center to head up operations.On Friday, federal authorities in Missouri charged two men with lying on forms to purchase guns ahead of the grand jury decision.Olajuwon Davis and Brandon Baldwin faced only those charges as of late Friday, but sources told ABC News that authorities were looking into whether they tried to acquire ready-made explosives and other weapons ahead of the decision, which is expected soon.The two men are suspected of being associated with the New Black Panther party, said sources briefed on the arrests. The charges that were filed were intended to "take them out of the rotation," according to one source.Both Attorney General Eric Holder and Michael Brown Sr., the slain teenager's father, have released videos urging protesters to remain peaceful when the grand jury's decision is handed down.The DA is trying to present a case that if there is no indictment, they can say, 'Look, it was them,'" said ABC News chief legal affairs anchor Dan Abrams.

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Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry Dies

Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry Dies(NEW YORK) -- Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry has died at the age of 78. Barry D.C. council spokeswoman LaToya Foster says he died shortly after midnight Sunday at a hospital in Washington. He served 4 terms as mayor of Washington D.C. , but his terms w...

Arkansas Blanks No. 8 Ole Miss

Arkansas Blanks No. 8 Ole Miss

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(FAYETTEVILLE, Ak.) -- The Arkansas Razorbacks embarrassed the (8) Ole Miss Rebels, Saturday, with a 30-0 shutout.

The Razorbacks forced six turnovers as they earned bowl eligibility with the win. Arkansas's defense harassed Rebels' quarterback Bo Wallace all game, intercepting him twice; including a 100 yard interception return for touchdown by Rohan Gaines.

"The thing I like about our defensive players is that they just shake things off. They make a mistake, and they’ll lineup and play again," said Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema. "Those two turnovers, they let them get all the way down into the end zone and then made the big play." 

Earlier this season, Ole Miss was ranked as the number one team in the country. They have now dropped three of their last four (All losses in the SEC).

Head coach Hugh Freeze was crestfallen and searching for answers after the latest loss.

"I just think we came out probably a little not sharp for sure, and we did some things that you can’t do to be an elite team," Freeze said. "We’ve been a good team this year but we haven’t been elite at times and that’s where we want to get to."

 

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Pacquiao Defends Welterweight Title

Pacquiao Defends Welterweight Title

Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images(MACAU) -- Manny Pacquiao defeated Chris Algieri by unanimous decision Saturday to retain his welterweight title.

Pacquiao dominated the fight, throwing 410 punches to Algieri's 212. Pacquiao connected on 187 punches and scored six knockdowns.

Coming off such a dominating performance and now boasting a career record of (56-6-2, 38 KOs) some, such as ESPN's boxing analyst Bernardo Osuna, wonder if he has been impressive enough to fight fellow welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr.

"He needs to look impressive, because when he steps into the negotiating room for a potential fight against Floyd Mayweather in early 2015, he has got to have some leverage," Osuna said.

The final scores from the judges were in favor of Pacquiao, 120-102, 119-103 and 119-103.

 

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Louis Williams Drops 36 in Beat-down of Cavaliers

Louis Williams Drops 36 in Beat-down of Cavaliers

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(CLEVELAND,Oh.) -- The Toronto Raptors smacked down the Cleveland Cavaliers as Louis Williams came in off the bench and paced the Raptors to a 110-93 victory, Saturday.

Williams put up 36 points, completing 9 of 19 from the field including three from beyond the arc.

"The thing was that [my teammates] saw that I had a hot hand and they kept coming to me," Williams said. "Just created a spark off the bench."

No shot had as much impact as the three he drained at the first half buzzer that gave Toronto a 56-54 lead.

From there it was all downhill for the Cavaliers according to LeBron James.

"[Williams] changed the game, when he came into the game," James said. "We lost the tempo that we had."

The Cavaliers began the season as the favorites to win it all. Hyped up as the new Big 3; which includes, James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, the Cavaliers currently sit at 5-7. 

"We're a very fragile team right now, we were a fragile team from the beginning," James said. "Any little adversity hits us, we just shell up."

 

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