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Top Tips to Ease Back Into the Office After Summer Vacation

Top Tips to Ease Back Into the Office After Summer Vacation

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — What may be worse than a “case of the Mondays?” The day after a three-day weekend. Here are some steps to help ease the transition back to work.Returning to the office on Tuesday morning will feel to many like the last day of beaches, pools, and sunshine itself. (But take heart: the last day of summer is technically weeks away.)Tom Gimbel, president and CEO of LaSalle Network, a staffing firm based in Chicago, offers easy steps to take both during the weekend to provide a healthier transition after your time away from the office.Here are healthy things to consider for a smooth transition back into the workplace after a vacation.Before Returning to the Office:1. Create a Task List”Employees should write down where each project stands and the immediate steps they need to take once upon return. No one wants to stress during a break, so plan everything ahead of time,” Gimbel said. “Coming back to a to-do list will allow you to hit the ground running.”2. Scan Emails”The employee may resent the fact that they have to work outside of the office, but at the end of the day, the pros outweigh the cons in dedicating an hour for managing an inbox or checking voicemails,” Gimbel said.Upon Returning to the Office:1. Get to the Office EarlierGimbel suggests at least an hour earlier on their first day back to get organized.”That way they are prepared to meet as soon as their managers get in to recap anything they’ve missed,” he said. “Employees have to be laser-focused, which means putting phones away and not constantly checking social media updates or looking at the trip’s photos. They shouldn’t set themselves up for distractions.”2. Consider the Week AheadBefore going home that first day, employees should create an agenda of what the rest of the week will entail, he suggests.3. Consider Office Social DynamicsIt’s important that employees are empathic to their teams who may have picked up their slack while out, he said.”It wouldn’t hurt to write a quick thank-you note to team members who did work on their behalf. Appreciation goes a long way,” he said.4. Stay on top of UpdatesIf the employee works directly with clients, they should make calls to each when they return to simply catch up and recap where projects stand, regardless if coworkers filled them in or not, Gimbel said.5. Use the Energy!With the exception of diverted planes due to belligerent passengers, hopefully your vacations allow you to rest and recharge.”Being on a vacation revives an employee who may have spent months at the office without taking a trip,” Gimbel said. “Bring that fresh energy into the office and apply it to current projects.”
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Hackers Post Alleged Naked Pics of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Other Celebs

Hackers Post Alleged Naked Pics of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Other Celebs

ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) — Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence and supermodel Kate Upton are among dozens of celebrity women who had risque photos allegedly of them leaked by an online bulletin board in an apparent hacking campaign.According to the apparent leaker, the photos were obtained through the celebrities’ cloud accounts.The photos showed the A-listers in various states of undress.”This is a flagrant violation of privacy,” a spokesperson for Lawrence told ABC News. “The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence.”Upton’s attorney, Lawrence Shire, echoed those sentiments.”This is obviously an outrageous violation of our client, Kate Upton’s, privacy,” he said. “We intend to pursue anyone disseminating or duplicating these illegally obtained images to the fullest extent possible.”
Watch more news videos | Latest from the USMeantime, a representative for Ariana Grande called her allegedly leaked photos “completely fake.”Singer Victoria Justice did the same via Twitter, writing “These so called nudes of me are FAKE people. Let me nip this in the bud right now. *pun intended*”
Actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead said she had deleted the photos later posted of her, saying on Twitter, “To those of you looking at photos I took with my husband years ago in the privacy of our home, hope you feel great about yourselves. Knowing those photos were deleted long ago, I can only imagine the creepy effort that went into this. Feeling for everyone who got hacked.” “Even if you have deleted those photos from your phone, often times they’ve already been uploaded into the cloud,” said Clifford Neuman, the director of the USC Center for Computer System Security. “When you deleted them from the phone, they continue to exist.”Representatives for other celebrities who allegedly were hacked didn’t immediately return calls for comment.Hacking of celebrities’ personal accounts has happened before. In a separate case in 2012, a Florida man was sentenced to 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to hacking into email accounts and stealing compromising photos of celebrities, including Scarlet Johansson, Mila Kunis and Christina Aguilera.
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Western Governments Step Up Efforts to Block ISIS Recruits

Western Governments Step Up Efforts to Block ISIS Recruits

Dan Kitwood/Getty Images(LONDON) — Alarmed by the attempt by a 16-year-old French girl to travel to Turkey this weekend allegedly to join the Islamic militant army of ISIS, the French government is urging parents to call a toll-free hotline if they know of anyone they believe may be considering joining the terror group.It was the latest attempt by Western governments to prevent their citizens from joining the jihadist group where they could be trained in terror tactics and bring those lethal strategies back home.The French teenager was arrested Saturday in the Nice airport in the south of France as she tried to board a plane to Turkey with the alleged intention of joining ISIS in Syria. Authorities announced that several hours later, they caught a 20-year-old man who had allegedly recruited her and paid for her plane ticket. The girl’s parents reportedly had no idea about their daughter’s plans and the statement said that airport police were responsible for her arrest.In a statement released Sunday, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve called on the parents of young people to use the hotline if their children exhibit “a disturbing trend of violent radicalization.”The hotline was established just over four months ago — well before the threat posed by ISIS was fully understood by the American public — and the Interior Ministry reports they have received almost 300 calls. A quarter of those calls were about children who were suspected of getting involved with the terrorist group and 45% were about suspicious women and girls. It is unclear how many of those calls led to arrests.
France is the Western country with the most citizens who have joined ISIS and militant fighters in Syria and Iraq. An estimated 700 French citizens have joined the cause, followed by 500 citizens of the United Kingdom who have come under similar suspicion.Prime Minister David Cameron spoke at Parliament Monday calling for greater anti-terror legislation, including giving police the ability to seize passports at airports. He said that the measures will help address “specific gaps in our armory.” The proposed changes come three days after the British government increased their national terror threat level from “substantial” to “severe” for the first time in three years. The “severe” threat level is the second highest in the U.K.’s threat level system, topped only by “critical” which is used to indicate that an attack is “expected imminently.”U.S. security forces took a different approach when they realized there was a 19-year-old woman in Denver who was planning on traveling to Turkey to join a jihadist group after connecting with a 32-year-old Tunisian man.The woman, Shannon Maureen Conley, had eight interviews with police and FBI agents over the course of the six months leading up to her arrest at Denver’s international airport on April 8 – and the charging document reveals that she repeatedly spoke about her support of jihad and how she wanted to associate with terrorists in the hope of helping them. The Justice Department confirmed on Aug. 11 that a plea deal had been reached in the case but they did not release any information about what the deal entailed.The British push to have police take passports away from suspected jihadist fighters comes nearly two months after the Australian government began doing so.”I’ve canceled a number of passports on the advice of intelligence agencies,” Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said June 16.An estimated 150 Australians are believed to have joined the fighting in Syria.”We are concerned that Australians are working with them [ISIS], becoming radicalized, learning the terrorist trade, and if they come back to Australia, of course it poses a security threat,” Bishop said.
American authorities have not announced specific steps they have taken to prevent citizens from joining ISIS or other Islamic groups, though they have reported an estimated 100 or so cases of U.S. citizens leaving the country to train and fight with ISIS. Special attention is being paid to Minneapolis and St. Paul in Minnesota as nearly a dozen of the suspects have ties to the city.The White House confirmed the death in Syria of Minnesotan Douglas McAuthur McCain, who records show was born in Chicago but was schooled in Minneapolis. An opposition group in Syria, the Free Syrian Army, claimed McCain was fighting with ISIS. The FSA also claimed another American ISIS member had been killed in recent fighting.FBI officers have been aware of disaffected Muslim youths traveling abroad to join radical groups for years, as many Minnesotans went to fight in Somalia starting in 2007.”In Somalia, it started as a nationalistic call… [but] we’ve now seen where some individuals perhaps are not interested or not inclined to travel to Somalia, [they] start to branch out to other hot spots around the globe, obviously Syria being among them,” Kyle Loven, the FBI’s Chief Division Counsel in Minneapolis, told ABC News.
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Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg Are Married

Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg Are Married

Charles Sykes/Bravo(NEW YORK) — Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg are husband and wife!The couple were married Sunday, McCarthy’s rep told ABC News.
Wahlberg, 45, proposed to McCarthy, 41, this past April, with a 10-carat yellow sapphire ring. Her son, Evan, helped his new step-father pop the question, which made the moment even more special for the former View host.”Of course I said, ‘Yes,’” she said of the proposal, adding, “In that moment, Evan yelled, ‘I have another dad!’ and it made all of us cry.”Wedding planning came next, and McCarthy knew exactly how she wanted to look on her big day.”It’s my second wedding and with me being older, I don’t want to look like a virgin bride,” she said. “I want to look classy and elegant and age appropriate.”This is the second marriage for both.
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New Hampshire Police Searching for Men Who Tried Kidnapping College Student

New Hampshire Police Searching for Men Who Tried Kidnapping College Student

iStock/Thinkstock(DURHAM, N.H.) — Police in New Hampshire continue to look for three men who tried kidnapping a college student as she walked home but were stopped by her friends.The attempted abduction happened near the University of New Hampshire in Durham early Friday morning.According to investigators, the woman told police she was walking home when three “military-looking” men pulled up in a tan, four-door sedan.”It was an attempt to introduce themselves to her and when that seemed to fail, it was a little bit more aggressive,” said Durham Police Chief David Kurz.She told police two of the men grabbed her by the arm and tried throwing her inside the sedan’s open trunk. The attempted kidnapping was foiled when her friends arrived and the men drove off.The university alerted students about the abduction attempt the next day, ABC News affiliate WMUR-TV reported.”It’s pretty scary because we live around the corner,” said student Morgan DiDonato.”That could be me one day,” added Cassandra Izzo, another student. “I could be walking by my friend’s house and someone could try to pick me up.”The incident also has parents like Sherri Trocci worried with classes beginning Tuesday.”It’s a little disconcerting,” she said. “We did some safety training. We did a little self-defense training before she came here. Hopefully, that will be in the back of her mind.”After the attempted abduction, several students told ABC News they downloaded the Live Safe app, which includes neighborhood safety reports and real-time sharing location with friends and police.
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Obama: ‘Every Gray Hair Is Worth It’

Obama: ‘Every Gray Hair Is Worth It’

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(MILWAUKEE) — Fired up and in campaign form, President Obama delivered what appeared to be a pre-midterm stump speech on Monday to labor activists in Wisconsin, the state that became the labor movement’s political epicenter in 2011.”Every gray hair is worth it,” he told the crowd, of pressing for economic policies such as a higher minimum wage in the face of GOP resistance.”The American economy and American workers are better off than when I took office,” he said.Obama spoke at Laborfest 2014, a Labor Day rally in Henry Maier Festival Park. Supporters standing behind him and out in the audience wore green AFSCME and purple SEIU t-shirts.It was a typical economic stump speech of the kind Obama has delivered over and over in American cities this year, with calls for higher wages, criticism of Republicans for blocking them, and pleas for a better life for working-class Americans.But Monday, the president was more expressly political, exhorting the crowd to organize and vote Democratic in this fall’s midterm elections.”I’d also want more Democrats looking out for me, I’m just saying,” Obama said, after telling the crowd that if he were a worker looking for better wages and safety protections, he’d join a union.Shouting and appearing visibly riled, Obama reminded the crowd of union and Democratic-Party victories in securing a 40-hour workweek and supporting Medicare and Social Security.Earlier on Monday, Vice President Joe Biden delivered a similarly political, and similarly populist speech to a Labor Day rally hosted by union organizers in Detroit.The president traveled to Wisconsin for this one appearance and was to return to the White House before departing Tuesday for Estonia and this week’s NATO summit in Wales.
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Congresswoman and Iraq War Vet Tammy Duckworth is Pregnant

Congresswoman and Iraq War Vet Tammy Duckworth is Pregnant

Scott Olson/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Illinois Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth has announced she’s pregnant. In 2004, the veteran lost both of her legs and part of an arm when her helicopter was shot down in the Iraq War.
She says she became pregnant through a form of in vitro fertilization, and now she and her husband are expecting a baby girl in December.
The 46-year-old says due to her age and injuries the pregnancy is considered “high risk.”
Duckworth is the first female veteran of the Iraq war to be elected to congress. She will be seeking re-election in November.
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Obama Notifies Congress of Amirli Bombing, Airdrop Campaign

Obama Notifies Congress of Amirli Bombing, Airdrop Campaign

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — President Obama notified Congress of his authorization of the bombing and humanitarian airdrop campaign to help Shiite Turkmen surrounded by ISIS in the town of Amirli, Iraq, according to a letter released by the White House on Monday.”These additional operations will be limited in their scope and duration as necessary to address this emerging humanitarian crisis and protect the civilians trapped in Amirli,” Obama wrote.Up until this point, Obama has publicly justified military actions against ISIS as protecting U.S. personnel stationed in Erbil and to assist Yezidis trapped on Mt. Sinjar. In this new letter – which could be construed as a bit unusual because it concerns an expansion of the anti-ISIS campaign he’s already announced – Obama defines the Amirli strikes as solely a humanitarian/assistance mission, not as protecting Americans.The letter followed Obama’s standard practice, to announce strikes (usually two days later) in a letter to Congress “consistent with” the War Powers Resolution – an act of Congress that Obama and other presidents have declined to acknowledge as binding.The Pentagon announced on Saturday that it had extended its bombing campaign southward to help the Turkmen. Strikes and humanitarian drops began on Saturday and strikes continued Sunday.U.S. bombs have been falling mostly around Mosul and Mosul Dam since Obama authorized the anti-ISIS campaign three weeks ago. This weekend, the Pentagon announced a handful of strikes that brought the total to 120 in Iraq since they began Aug. 8.
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How Venmo Is Turning Into a Hilarious Social Network

How Venmo Is Turning Into a Hilarious Social Network

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) –  If you use Venmo, you already know how convenient it is to pay your friends instantly, splitting the bill at dinner without hitting up an ATM or getting exact change. With a couple of taps on the app, your portion of the bill is settled, and you didn’t even have to irritate the server by handing over seven credit cards.But lately, it seems the handy app is something more, morphing into a full-fledged social network as more users join and many get creative with their eye-raising payment explanations, which are public to other people on the app. Venmo, whether you realize it or not, has become a place to brag about your wild night out and clue in friends on who you’ve been sharing cabs with. “Once I’m on the app, I definitely find myself scrolling through,” Jarell Cardoza of San Francisco told ABC News.He uses the app to split rent and bills with his roommate, and also when he goes out with friends or his girlfriend.Today, payments for “forgetting my wallet like a scrub,” “Costco goodies” and “kale” were among the thousands of transactions visible on the global newsfeed of the app. Venmo conceals actual dollar amounts paid or charged, but everyone can see who is paying whom, and for what — from bills to late-night jaunts to the strip club.And the descriptions are increasingly hilarious.”It’s almost like the same thought that goes into sending a tweet goes into what you write for Venmo,” Keisha Follins, 36, told ABC News. “Because you know other people are going to see it and you want it to be amusing.”When Venmo users log in to make a transaction, many find themselves staying a while — browsing their friends’ activity like one would on Facebook or Twitter.”I did that yesterday and I felt kind of creepy because I was like: Why do I care about what other people are doing?” Follins said. “But it kind of encourages you to be funny when you write something. It’s entertaining.”Cardoza also uses the app to see what his friends are up to, sometimes stumbling upon cryptic emoji-filled payments.”When you see a 4 a.m. New York City charge with double horns on it, I find myself wondering and sometimes shooting a text, like, ‘What was that about?’” he said.Allyson White of New York City also gets a laugh out of some of the outrageous Venmo posts.”I’ve seen a lot of funny ones around bachelorette parties,” said White, 25. “A lot of people seem to communicate only in emoticons, which makes it funnier. If I can think of something clever on the spot, I’ll try to make it funny.”Adding to the social aspect is Venmo’s version of friend requests. Users connect with people they know through email and Facebook, so while their transactions will show up in your main newsfeed, they’re not necessarily people you exchange cash with. Just like Facebook, it’s a passive way of knowing what someone you don’t even talk to anymore is up to nowadays.Users can even like or comment on transactions.Venmo is a free app available on iPhone and Android platforms.
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Ferguson Police Receive Body Camera Donation

Ferguson Police Receive Body Camera Donation

iStock/Thinkstock(FERGUSON, Mo.) — A mobile video surveillance company has donated body cameras to the Ferguson Police Department, the Missouri police department that has been roiled by protests after an unarmed teenager was shot and killed by a police officer.Witnesses claimed the teenager, Michael Brown, was surrendering and putting up his hands when he was shot at least six times. Defenders of the police officer, Darren Wilson, claim the officer suffered a serious facial injury in his confrontation with Brown and that the teenager was moving toward Wilson when he fired.The Ferguson police department did not have body cameras at the time of the encounter. A state grand jury is hearing evidence in the case and the Justice Department is also looking into the shooting.Safety Vision, a Texas-based manufacturer of video equipment for law enforcement agencies, has donated five body cameras to the Ferguson police department.In a statement released on their website, the company said the donation was made “in an effort to protect both law enforcement and the public with the capture of indisputable evidence.”The body cameras have eight hours of recording life and a police radio interface, according to the company’s website.
The Ferguson Police Department did not return ABC News’ request for comment.
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Ukraine Town Digs WWI-Style Trenches To Fend Off Rebels

Ukraine Town Digs WWI-Style Trenches To Fend Off Rebels

iStock/Thinkstock(KIEV, Ukraine) — A network of trenches dug by Ukrainian volunteers is all that stands between the city of Mariupol and pro-Russian rebel forces who have taken over a nearby town.The elementary trenches look eerily similar to those most recently used in World War I.The trenches were dug largely by volunteers and concerned citizens rather than the Ukrainian military, with concrete and sand bags helping to keep the underground barriers intact.Tanks and soldiers from the Russia-backed insurgents have not yet made it to Mariupol, but residents fear that they are next since their port city is the next major town from Novoazovsk which was seized by the rebel forces last week.Seizing the port city would give the pro-Russian forces – and consequently Russian access – to land route between Russia and Crimea, the oil-rich peninsula that Russia annexed from Ukraine earlier this year.
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Ellis Island Hospital Tours Coming in October

Ellis Island Hospital Tours Coming in October

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — For the first time in 60 years, visitors to Ellis Island will be able to reenter its south-side hospital this October.A massive complex comprised of 30 buildings, including staff residences and a mortuary, the hospital screened immigrants for infectious diseases before it was shuttered in 1954. But thanks to the diligence of nonprofit group Save Ellis Island in partnership with the National Parks Service, new tours will now be offered to groups of 10 visitors at a time.
Previously, the buildings in the public health complex were considered too dilapidated and dangerous to permit entry. After partial restoration, however, program tours will now make 18 stops around the campus and allow guests to experience another side of American history: Approximately 10% of the 12 million immigrants who made their way through Ellis Island arrived too sick to enter the country, according to the nonprofit group.A photography exhibit by artist JR is also being installed on select interiors of the complex, and will include life-size portraits of immigrants pasted onto windows and walls to add context to the spaces.Ticket prices have yet to be announced but will be available for purchase on the Save Ellis Island website beginning Sept. 25. Proceeds from the sales will go toward the further remediation of the complex.
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Texans Bring Back Safety Danieal Manning

Texans Bring Back Safety Danieal Manning

National Football League(NEW YORK) — Even though he left the team via free agency this offseason, veteran safety Danieal Manning is back with Houston Texans.
The Texans had originally offered Manning a pay cut following last season, but he declined and instead opted for free agency. He signed a contract with teh Cincinnati Bengals.
Manning wound up getting cut by the Bengals, and decided to reunite with his old team.
“Health wise he’s perfect,” Manning’s agent, Russel Hicks said. “He may be in better shape than when he left. His leg was fine. He was cleared to play. He played all four [preseason games]. It just wasn’t good fit for him in [Cincinnati]. It was a numbers game. It happens like that. The right fit for you is the right fit for you.”
The 32-year-old Manning is an eight-year NFL veteran who can still contribute to an NFL team. He battled injuries last season and appeared in just six games and recorded 24 tackles.
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Woman Ran Multi-Million Dollar Prostitution Ring Out of Bikini Barista Stands, Cops Say

Woman Ran Multi-Million Dollar Prostitution Ring Out of Bikini Barista Stands, Cops Say

iStock/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) — A Washington woman has been charged with running a multi-million dollar prostitution ring from the “bikini barista” stands she owned and operated.Carmela Panico, of Snohomish County, Wash., was charged with promoting prostitution and money laundering, police told ABC affiliate KOMO-TV in Seattle.Police say they caught baristas at six bikini barista coffee stands owned by Panico across Snohomish County engaged in acts with customers that went beyond merely serving coffee.According to court records obtained by KOMO-TV, Panico allegedly set a sales goal for the women working each coffee shift that was used as “effectively rent that the girls paid to have the opportunity to perform lewd conduct and acts of prostitution.”The young women made anywhere from $15,000 to $30,000 a month, according to the documents. One girl allegedly made $89,000.The baristas were fined if they did not wear high heels, have a tan, or wear makeup, according to the documents.Panico’s bank records, obtained by police, show that she deposited more than $2 million between 2010 and 2013.Police say she kept two sets of accounting books. The first book was allegedly intended for the IRS and Washington State Department of Revenue and the second detailed her actual profit.Detectives also allegedly confiscated $227,863 in cash from Panico’s home, according to KOMO-TV.A police investigation into Panico and her coffee businesses began when the department began to receive complaints about baristas showing their breasts to customers for tips.Last summer, a sergeant at the Snohomish County Detective’s Office was arrested for allegedly giving Panico information on undercover operations to gain evidence against her suspected prostitution ring, in exchange for sex.The sergeant resigned after he was charged with promoting prostitution and official misconduct.
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Texas Firefighters Comfort Grieving Widow With Act of Kindness

Texas Firefighters Comfort Grieving Widow With Act of Kindness

iStock/Thinkstock(BAYTON, Texas) — Texas firefighters finished mowing the lawn of a man who suffered a heart attack mid-mow and comforted his wife in an act of kindness that has brought together an entire community.Firefighters from Bayton, Texas, responded to a 911 call on Tuesday for a man who suffered a heart attack while mowing his lawn, according to a statement released by the City of Bayton on its Facebook page.After taking the man to a hospital, members of Bayton Fire Department’s Station 4, A-Shift returned to the man’s home to finish mowing his lawn. They then put the lawnmower away and locked the garage.They also left behind a note with comforting words for the victim’s wife.”We felt bad that your husband didn’t get to finish the yard,” the firefighters said.The firefighters also let the woman know they would be there for her in the future.”We are very sorry that your husband became ill, we hope he has a speedy recovery,” they said. “Let us know if there is anything we can do to help you out.”Members of the Baytown community have rallied around the firefighters for their act of kindness.”All of our City employees are proud to serve the citizens of Baytown, but this is truly special,” the city said in a statement posted on Facebook. “We couldn’t be prouder of our guys from Station 4. Our prayers are with the family at this sad time.”The heart attack victim, who has not been identified, died.
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Eight-Year-Old Turns Lemons Into Lemonade for Wounded Vet

Eight-Year-Old Turns Lemons Into Lemonade for Wounded Vet

iStock/Thinkstock(NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.) — An Iraq war veteran who served 12 1/2 years protecting his country would be considered by most a hero.But for this war veteran, his hero is a generous 8-year-old girl named Rachel Mennett.”She’s helped us accomplish so much in such a little amount of time,” Nick Bailey, 34, of North Charleston, South Carolina, told ABC News. “For an 8-year-old girl to do something like this, to me, that is just heroic.”Bailey was injured by a mortar attack while on duty in Iraq. He sustained spinal injuries and nerve damage and has undergone several surgeries to try to help his physical pain, but those aren’t the only remnants of war that ail him. He also suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.One of Bailey’s biggest comforts throughout it all, however, has been his faithful friend– his dog, Abel.He and his wife, Vanessa, have had the German Shepherd ever since he was a 10-week-old puppy. Abel comforts Bailey when he’s awoken from nightmares, lays on his lap while he suffers from migraines and helps steady his balance while he walks with a cane.But in order to truly help to the level that Bailey requires on a daily basis, Abel needs formal service dog training, which comes with a lofty price tag.”Our original goal was to go to a trainer in Arizona who is the best of the best, but it’s $15,000,” Vanessa explained. “We never thought we’d be able to reach that. But every other organization we went to kept turning us down.”The family set up a GoFundMe page in the beginning of August to try to raise at least $6,000 before taking out a loan to fulfill the rest, but it just wasn’t coming close to the amount they needed. That is, however, until little Rachel entered the picture.”I had never met her until that day at the pet store when her brother called and said, ‘Hey, my sister is doing a lemonade stand,’” Bailey recalled.Rachel’s older brother works at a pet store in Summerville, South Carolina, where Bailey would often take Abel. Once her brother got wind that Bailey was actively searching for service training for Abel, but didn’t have the funds to afford it, he shared the story with his family.”He took an interested to it and went home to his family and his little sister, at 8 years old, said, ‘I think I’d like to help him. I want to do a lemonade stand,’” said Bailey. “At her age, that’s amazing.”And sure enough, that’s exactly what she did. Rachel set up shop in the pet store to help raise money for the wounded veteran she’d never met.”It means a great deal to me,” Bailey explained. “For a veteran like myself who sees a lot of dismay in the world today, it gives us hope for the next generation.”The attention the lemonade stand has received has significantly helped Bailey towards his goal, something for which he is eternally grateful.”This little girl has done so much, more than she’ll ever know,” he said. “I’m really hoping once Abel is finally fully-trained, that he and I can go visit her at her school to do an assembly to present her with something to thank her. She’s just an exceptional child, an exceptional human being, actually.”
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Human Trial for Ebola Vaccine to Begin This Week

Human Trial for Ebola Vaccine to Begin This Week

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The first human trial for an investigational Ebola vaccine is set to begin this week.The ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa prompted the National Institutes of Health to expedite safety testing for several vaccines already in the works. Since March, the deadly virus has killed 1,552 people, according to the World Health Organization, which predicted last week that the virus could infect 20,000 people in the next six months.An Ebola vaccine is different from the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp, which two Americans received last month and is designed to treat an existing Ebola infection rather than prevent one.”There is an urgent need for a protective Ebola vaccine, and it is important to establish that a vaccine is safe and spurs the immune system to react in a way necessary to protect against infection,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, said in a statement. The NIH is developing the vaccine with pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline. Although Fauci said the vaccine has “performed extremely well” in primate studies, it has not yet been tested in humans.The phase 1 clinical trial set to begin this week at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, will involve 20 human subjects between the ages of 18 and 50, according to the NIH.Researchers will use the study to determine whether the vaccine is safe and see whether it prompts an immune response necessary to protect against Ebola. No human subjects will be infected with Ebola.
A $4.7 million grant will also go toward Ebola vaccine trials in September at the University of Oxford in England, as well as centers in Gambia and Mali, according to GlaxoSmithKline. In all, 140 patients will be tested.Though Ebola was discovered nearly 40 years ago, it was so rare that drug manufacturers weren’t interested in investing in finding a vaccine for it, said Dr. William Schaffner, chair of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Its rarity also made it impossible for scientists to conduct field studies.”There’s always the layperson’s query of ‘Why don’t they rush this?’ ‘Why don’t these guys work a little later at night?’” Schaffner told ABC News in July. “It’s a little more complicated than that.”GlaxoSmithKline became involved in the Ebola vaccine because it bought Swiss vaccine company Okairos AG in 2013. Okairos, originally a Merck spinoff, had been working on the vaccine with the NIH since 2011, a GlaxoSmithKline spokeswoman told ABC News.Although Fauci said in July that it would take until late 2015 for a vaccine — if successful — to be administered to a limited number of health workers, GlaxoSmithKline said in a statement that the grant will also enable it to manufacture 10,000 doses of the vaccine while the trials are ongoing. If the vaccine trials are successful, it will be able to make stocks available immediately to the World Health Organization.The NIH said it should have initial data from the trial in late 2014.The trial for different vaccine is set to begin at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Silver Spring, Maryland. This vaccine was a collaboration between the federal Department of Defense and Iowa pharmaceutical company NewLink Genetics Corp.
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‘Ebola Is Real’ on Streets of Monrovia

‘Ebola Is Real’ on Streets of Monrovia

Dr. Richard Besser/ABC News(MONROVIA, Liberia) — REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK by ABC News’ Dr. Richard Besser
The rain-soaked roads of Monrovia tell an ominous truth: Ebola is real.The message is spray-painted on walls in the capital of Liberia, the country hardest hit by the worst-ever Ebola outbreak. Nearly 700 people have died here, but denial and government mistrust continue to fuel the virus’s spread.A group of young adults wearing colorful paper hats stood out on the earth-toned streets. “Ebola can kill,” one hat read. “Tell someone about Ebola,” read another. I asked the group what they were doing and they called over their leader. “We should be in school but this is more important,” he told me. “We are going door to door to people’s homes in our community telling them about Ebola. Telling them it is real. Telling them how to prevent it.”Some people do not believe that Ebola exists. They believe it’s all a government hoax. Just two weeks ago, an angry mob stormed an treatment center in West Point, a slum that has since been quarantined. The mob told patients they had malaria, not Ebola, and encouraged them to flee. When government mistrust runs this high, communities need to spread public health messages.”What are you telling people to do? How do you prevent Ebola?” I asked the men and women wearing paper hats. “Don’t touch anyone,” one young man replied — advice the group itself was heeding. No arms were linked, no hands were held. “Don’t go to funerals,” the man added. “Don’t take care of sick people.”How hard those warnings must be to sell. What community doesn’t want to gather to remember lost loved ones? Who doesn’t want to care for the sick? To hold the hand of someone who is dying?As simple as this group seems, its actions will make inroads at a time when governments and aid organizations can only reach so far. Ordinary people educating their own communities.
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Labor Day Binge Watching — What’s New on Netflix for September

Labor Day Binge Watching — What’s New on Netflix for September

Weinstein Company(NEW YORK) — It’s Labor Day and if you are not with your family grilling burgers and hot dogs on this national holiday, then maybe you should gather around the TV and binge watch some of your favorite shows and movies.There are tons of new September selections on Netflix, according to the Huffington Post. Available Sept. 1ShowsCalifornication Seasons 1-7Chasing UFOs Season 1Doomsday Preppers Seasons 1-3Hinterland Season 1Unsealed: Alien Files Season 1Zero Hour Seasons 1-3MoviesA Simple PlanCool RunningsCrocodile DundeeDetentionFlubberGirl RisingGirlfightGood Morning, VietnamGuess WhoHoodwinkedJay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon MovieLords of DogtownMirage MenSchool of RockSmall ApartmentsSwiss Family RobinsonThe BelieversThe Blue LagoonThe UnbelieversAvailable Sept. 2ShowsThe League Season 5Available Sept. 5ShowsTrailer Park BoysMoviesAll is LostAvailable Sept. 6MoviesKid CannabisLe Week-EndRefugeYour Sister’s SisterAvailable Sept. 7ShowsThe Blacklist Season 1Available Sept. 9MoviesWho Is Dayani Cristal?Available Sept. 10ShowsCrash & Bernstein Season 2MoviesDeadly CodeAvailable Sept. 11MoviesA Single ManDennis Miller: America 180FilthThe MomentAvailable Sept. 12-13MoviesGrace Unplugged Sept. 12; Justin and the Knights of Valor Sept. 13Available Sept. 14ShowsAbout a Boy Season 1Arrow Season 2Available Sept. 16ShowsBones Season 9New Girl Season 3MoviesBeginnersOne DaySilver Linings PlaybookAvailable Sept. 17ShowsThe Fosters Season 2Movies3 Days to KillAvailable Sept. 22ShowsRevolution Season 2Available Sept. 25MoviesThe DoubleAvailable Sept. 26ShowsHow I Met Your Mother Season 9Parks and Recreation Season 6Available Sept. 27MoviesBad GrandpaAvailable Sept. 28ShowsComic Book Men Season 3The Walking Dead Season 4Available Sept. 29-30MoviesLullaby Sept. 29Killing Them Softly Sept. 30
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Brewers Acquire Reds Reliever Jonathan Broxton from the Reds

Brewers Acquire Reds Reliever Jonathan Broxton from the Reds

Sarah Glenn/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — As Major League Baseball enters the final month of the regular season, the Milwaukee Brewers have helped solidify their bullpen as they’ve acquired reliever Jonathan Broxton from the Cincinnati Reds.
No longer the doinant he once was during his time with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Broxton has re-emerged has a dominant reliever this season with the Reds.
“Part of the thinking was his contract. We had to recognize we’re taking on this contract for next year, too,” Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said. “You try to get somebody who can help. There’s a lot of big money guys today, whether they’re relievers or [position] players, whatever. We’ve done a pretty good job with bullpens without having to spend a lot of money.”
In 51 games this season, the 30-year-old Broxton is 4-2 with a 1.86 ERA and a WHIP of 1.01.
More importantly for the Brewers, Broxton is eligible to pitch for the team during the postseason as he was acquired prior to the September 1st deadline.
He is expected to serve as the set-up man for closer Francisco Rodriguez.
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