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Fire South of Ammon Under Control

Fire South of Ammon Under Control(AMMON, ID)  — Fire crews will be out checking for hot spots Friday after controlling a blaze that began Thursday in near the Black Hawk and Comore Loma subdivisions.  Officials shut down command operations around 4:00 a.m. Friday morning.  They estimate the fire burned about 1,000 acres. No homes were threatened, but precautionary evacuations were conducted […]

Senate Republicans Block $2.7 Billion Border-Funding Bill

Senate Republicans Block $2.7 Billion Border-Funding Bill iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Senate Republicans blocked a bill Thursday that would provide $2.7 billion in funding to address the crisis of minors from Central America illegally entering the United States. With 50 yeas and 44 nays, the Senate did not advance Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s, D-Md., proposal to provide funding in response to President Obama’s request. The measure required a 60-vote threshold. On July 8, the president asked Congress to supply an emergency $3.7 billion to address what members of both parties have deemed a national crisis. That request included $1.1 billion to improve enforcement and detain and return adults accompanying children across the border, plus about $2.2 billion to help Customs and Border Patrol and the Department of Health and Human Services detain, house and care for children after they have crossed. In response to that request, Mikulski proposed a pared-down $2.7 billion package. Under Senate rules, all non-emergency funding must include spending offsets, and 44 Republicans voted against waiving those rules and proceeding to a vote on Mikulski's spending package. All 50 Senate Democrats voted to waive budget rules and proceed to vote on the bill. House Republicans struggled Thursday to corral members for a vote Friday on their own border bill, but the Senate bill's failure ensures that Congress will not send a border measure -- much less the $3.7 billion in funding he requested -- to President Obama's desk before its August recess. The House will convene for a border vote Friday before leaving town for August recess. After voting late into the night Thursday, the Senate will be in session without holding any votes on Friday, its last day before the month-long break. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/31/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/31/14 Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) -- MLB:  Chicago White Sox 7 (53-56) - Detroit Tigers 4 (58-47) Chicago Cubs 3 (45-62) - Colorado Rockies 1 (44-64) St. Louis Cardinals 6 (57-50) - San Diego Padres 2 (48-60) Cincinnati Reds 3 (54-54) - Miami Marlins 1 (53-55) Philadelphia Phillies 10 (48-61) - Washington Nationals 4 (58-48) Seattle Mariners 6 (56-52) - Cleveland Indians 5 (53-55) Toronto Blue Jays 6 (60-50) - Houston Astros 5 (44-65) Kansas City Royals 6 (55-52) - Minnesota Twins 3 (48-59) Los Angeles Angels 1 (64-43) - Baltimore Orioles 0 (60-47) 13 Innings Arizona Diamondbacks 7 (48-61) - Pittsburgh Pirates 4 (57-51) Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (62-47) - Atlanta Braves 1 (58-51) Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Congress Approves $15 Billion VA Deal

Congress Approves $15 Billion VA Deal iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- In a rare moment of bipartisan, bicameral unity, Congress has approved a deal to add $15 billion and institute reforms at the Veterans Administration. The agency has been plagued by scandal; staffers routinely falsified wait times for veterans seeking care, and gamed internal procedures to hide the delays. Dozens of veterans died while reportedly waiting to see doctors. The scandal resulted in the ouster of former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki. After the House passed the measure on Wednesday, the Senate followed suit Thursday. The VA deal sailed through two votes: an 86-8 vote to waive budget rules, and a 91-3 vote to pass the bill and send it to President Obama's desk. After weeks of negotiations, the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees this week reached a deal to provide $10 billion in, "mandatory emergency money" to contract health care outside the VA system. An additional $5 billion, offset by spending cuts within the VA, will go to hiring new doctors and nurses. Veterans living more than 40 miles away from a VA facility will be able to obtain care outside the VA network. On the floor before the final vote, Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., thanked Sen. John McCain for intervening and making sure the deal was approached by "serious negotiators." On Tuesday, the Senate approved Shinseki's replacement, voting 97-0 to confirm former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the next Veterans Affairs secretary. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

California Company Recalls Food Linked to Botulism

California Company Recalls Food Linked to Botulism iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- A California company has issued a recall on food that may be linked to botulism. Two botulism infection cases might be tied to the pine nut basil pesto sauce made by VR Green Farms, a company that sells food products online. VR Green Farms has recalled the pesto as well as a pickled farm mix, Old World tomato sauce, sun dried tomatoes in olive oil, Tuscan grilling sauce, and pasta sauce.Health workers say botulism -- a rare infection caused by toxins in bacteria -- can be fatal.   Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Katy Perry Says She Doesn’t ‘Need a Dude’ to Have Babies

Katy Perry Says She Doesn’t ‘Need a Dude’ to Have BabiesABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) --  Katy Perry has had some pretty high-profile romances with the likes of John Mayer and ex-husband Russell Brand.But the pop singer, 29, said while she wants to have kids someday, she doesn't need a man to make it happen. She can do that on her own."I don't need a dude," she told Rolling Stone for its cover story, out August 1.She also cited couples like Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, who have twins Gideon Scott and Harper Grace."I mean, Neil and David, their twins are beautiful," she said. "It's 2014! We are living in the future; we don't need anything. I don't think I'll have to, but we'll see. I'm not anti-men. I love men. But there is an option if someone doesn't present himself."While she has babies on the brain, she won't be having them anytime soon."I want to be doing that in the right time," she said. "And that's not in the next two years, you know? Maybe it's in a five-year plan, but I need to really be able to focus 100 percent of my attention on it."Perry is still promoting her latest album Prism and said the rigors of the music industry aren't conducive just yet for her to have kids."I don't really want to take the child on tour. Not until, like, birth through five is over," she added.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Are Deadly Small Plane Accidents on the Rise?

Are Deadly Small Plane Accidents on the Rise? Photo Credit: Zack Arceneaux(NEW YORK) -- Despite two deadly small plane accidents this week that killed a total of three people, including a young girl, and one Thursday that injured a family of four, experts say that it isn't necessarily a trend. "Summer weather is better for flying so we have increased flying activity so we always see an increase in accidents in the summer unfortunately," said Steve Hedges, the head of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. A family of four -- the pilot, his wife and their teenage children — were pulled from the wreckage of a small plane that crashed Thursday in Helena, Alabama. They all suffered injuries.On Wednesday, pilot Devon Logan, 52, a real estate investor, missed the airport landing and clipped a store roof before crashing into a San Diego, California, shopping center parking lot.She was seriously injured. The other passenger, 78, was killed.And on Sunday, a father and his young daughter, 9, were hit by a small plane making an emergency landing on a Florida beach.Neither the pilot, Karl Kokomoor, 57, nor the passenger on the plane, David Theen, 60, were injured in the landing. Kokomoor, an engineering company president, expressed his sorrow, saying he'd intended to put the plane in water but the nose had ended up on the beach.He said he never saw the pair. The girl later died.Despite the recent spate of accidents, small-plane deaths are actually dropping, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). In the last five years, the number of deaths has decreased from 479 to 387 and that number dipped significantly last year.But private flying still had the highest accident rate, according to the NTSB, which has promoted more training for pilots."I don't believe it's a trouble category," said Earl Weener of the NTSB. "I think it's just an area that is ripe for safety improvements and it would be very fruitful to make safety improvements." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Driving While Stoned: Congress Searches for a Test Standard

Driving While Stoned: Congress Searches for a Test Standard iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- With the clock ticking down to the congressional recess and amid a day of high drama over how to handle the border crisis, the House of Representatives made time for another matter: "Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Operating While Stoned." That was the title of a hearing held on Thursday by the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations, which was reviewing the federal government's response to state-level marijuana legalization as it pertains to transportation policy. The consensus of experts who testified before the committee was that operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs poses a clear danger to the public, but lawmakers expressed concern that methods to test for marijuana are not up to date -- and neither is the science. "We don't have a uniform standard," said Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va. "The variable is much greater than that of other controlled substances such as alcohol. We actually can’t scientifically pinpoint levels of impairment with any accuracy." "We would all concede there's some impairment for some period of time, but it's very variable, and we're not quite sure yet -- sure enough to adopt a uniform standard," he added. Testing vehicle operators for marijuana is not quite as simple as using a breathalyzer to test for alcohol, officials noted. Dr. Jeff Michael, associate administrator at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, explained that marijuana does not appear to have a distinct impairment threshold -- such as the .08% blood alcohol content that a breathalyzer can test for. The level of impairment from THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, is much more variable than alcohol, making it harder to gauge, he said. "Beyond some broad confirmation that high levels of THC are associated with higher levels of impairment, a more precise association of THC levels and degrees of impairment are not yet available," Michael said during the hearing. Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., the chairman of the subcommittee, highlighted a device capable of detecting marijuana within four hours of entering the system. Mica even brought the device into the hearing room. "I was gonna swab the panelists," the congressman quipped, "but I thought I wouldn't do that today." "You can take a swab with this —-- and it can tell you if anyone has used marijuana within four hours," Mica noted. "But again, we have no standard. We have no acceptable test. And we have no way of telling if people are impaired. Most of the data we're getting right now is from, again, fatalities." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Company ‘Shocked’ After Demoted Employee Allegedly Shot CEO

Company ‘Shocked’ After Demoted Employee Allegedly Shot CEO iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- A gunman killed himself Thursday after shooting his boss repeatedly in the Bank of America building in Chicago's financial district, authorities said. The victim was Steven LaVoie, the CEO of ArrowStream, for which the suspect also worked, the company said. LaVoie remains in critical condition. The suspect, identified as Tony DeFrances, had been demoted last Friday, police said. The company website listed DeFrances as Chief Technology Officer. The suspect allegedly shot LaVoie before turning the gun on himself, police said. "We are deeply saddened and shocked by the events that have occurred today," ArrowStream said in a statement released Thursday evening. "Our focus during this tragedy is to ensure the well being of our ArrowStream family. We want to assure our customers that our business continuity plan is in place, and our operations will continue to function normally." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Israel and Hamas Agree to 72-Hour Cease-Fire Beginning Friday

Israel and Hamas Agree to 72-Hour Cease-Fire Beginning Friday State Department Images (WASHINGTON) -- A 72-hour ceasefire in the Israeli and Palestinian conflict was announced by the United Nations and Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday. Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, says the ceasefire is critical to giving innocent civilians a much needed reprieve from violence."During this period, civilians in Gaza will receive urgently needed humanitarian relief and the opportunity to carry out vital functions, including burying the dead," Dujarric said. "Israeli and Palestinian delegations will immediately be going to Cairo for negotiations with the government of Egypt," Dujarric added. Kerry, speaking in New Delhi, said, "It is a lull of opportunity. A moment for the sides, the different factions to come together with the state of Israel in an effort to try to address ways to find a sustainable ceasefire." The ceasefire will begin at 1 a.m. ET. ABC News | More ABC News Videos Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Wrote Handwritten Love Notes While Apart

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Wrote Handwritten Love Notes While Apart ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) -- Not long ago, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were working on projects on two different continents: Pitt was shooting Fury in London while Jolie was directing Unbroken in Australia.However, they still found a way of staying close."We decided to be of that time when we could imagine he was in the European theater and I was in the Pacific theater and we wrote handwritten letters to each other that were very connecting for us," she told TV Week in Australia. "He was supportive from a distance and it was quite romantic in a way." To Jolie, 39, Unbroken was a project that was worth sacrificing proximity to her love for. Based on the life of World War II veteran Louis Zamperini, it depicts the man's life from childhood, to his time in the Olympics, to the war and beyond. She even got to show a rough cut of the film to Zamperini before he died earlier this month."I brought him the film on my laptop in the hospital and it was amazing seeing someone at the end of their life watching their life unfold again, at the same time their body was shutting down," she said. "He wanted me to make the movie to show something hopeful about the strength of the human spirit that can pull us through. He reminded me to have my surgery in the year that I did and he reminded me to appreciate every day of my life." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Consumer Reports: FDA Should Make Painkillers Safer

Consumer Reports: FDA Should Make Painkillers Safer iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Consumer Reports is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to make painkillers safer.  According to Consumer Reports, every day, 46 people die and more than 1,000 go to emergency rooms because they're taking legal drugs to kill pain. Consumer Reports says it's time for the FDA to require mandatory training so doctors know how to prescribe opioid painkillers -- like oxycodone and hydrocodone -- and also how to properly monitor patients for signs of tolerance, abuse, and dependence. According to Lisa Gill, deputy content editor of Consumer Reports, there should also be tighter regulations on acetaminophen -- the main ingredient in Tylenol -- because too much can lead to liver failure.   Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Police Search Kidnapping Suspect’s Home, Storage Container

Police Search Kidnapping Suspect’s Home, Storage Container iStock/Thinkstock(GORHAM, N.H.) -- Police have searched the home and storage unit of Nathaniel Kibby, the man being held in connection with the disappearance of Abigail Hernandez.Kibby, 34, is being held on $1 million bail after being charged with kidnapping Hernandez in October of last year.Photos have surfaced showing police searching Kibby's property in a trailer park in Gorham, New Hampshire, on Tuesday and Wednesday.Hernandez returned to her Conway, New Hampshire, home on July 20 and is now back in the care of her mother, but questions remain about her disappearance.The charging document said Kibby "confined [Hernandez] with a purpose to commit an offense against her" but the rest of the case documents are sealed.The attorney general's office, which has been heading the investigation alongside the FBI, has said it will not be releasing any further information about the search warrant issued for Kibby's property or anything they've learned from their conversations with Abigail until Kibby returns to court on Aug. 12. That hasn't stopped the investigation from moving forward, however.Photos of the search on Kibby's home and nearby shipping container showed signs posted on the container that said "Beware of the Dog" and "No Trespassing."When Kibby was arrested at his home Monday, Associate Attorney General Jane Young told ABC News that there were no other suspects. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Lawmakers Summoned Back to DC as Border Bill Hangs in Balance

Lawmakers Summoned Back to DC as Border Bill Hangs in Balance Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Cancel that flight, congressman.Lawmakers departing on Thursday for their annual August recess are now being told “not so fast” after the House Republican leadership pulled a $659 million bill to address the ongoing crisis at the southern border. Several House Republicans told ABC News they were furious about not taking a vote on the bill, and they were pushing for a chance to do so before leaving town.Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told lawmakers to stay near the Capitol, suggesting that a vote could still take place on Thursday.In fact, House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky., told ABC News that he was at the airport when he was summoned back to the Capitol for a closed-door GOP meeting. Rogers said it became clear Thursday morning the conservative defections were growing, but he said he and others believe the House should vote -- up or down -- on immigration."I would like to see us have a vote," Rogers said in an interview.There is an unusual air of uncertainty in the Capitol, mixed with a big dose of dysfunction, as rank-and-file Republicans discuss whether to have a vote on immigration before they go home for August recess.Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., told ABC News that he believes lawmakers need to vote. Leaving town without doing so, he said, will be difficult to explain to constituents. He supports the immigration bill.At issue is a Tea Party revolt that broke out on Thursday among House Republicans inspired by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who urged members late into the night to oppose a bill to approve more money to address the border crisis. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, thought he had enough Republican votes for the spending bill, but he canceled a vote after it appeared that was not the case.Earlier on Thursday, Boehner, along with his Republican colleagues -- Reps. Kevin McCarthy of California, Steve Scalise of Louisiana and Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state -- issued the following statement on the legislation:“This situation shows the intense concern within our conference -- and among the American people -- about the need to ensure the security of our borders and the president’s refusal to faithfully execute our laws. There are numerous steps the president can and should be taking right now, without the need for congressional action, to secure our borders and ensure these children are returned swiftly and safely to their countries,” the quartet of lawmakers wrote in a joint statement. “For the past month, the House has been engaged in intensive efforts to pass legislation that would compel the president to do his job and ensure it can be done as quickly and compassionately as possible. Through an inclusive process, a border bill was built by listening to members and the American people that has the support not just of a majority of the majority in the House, but most of the House Republican Conference."The decision by GOP leaders sparked a counter revolt, and members of Congress say they've rarely seen an afternoon like this.Of course, even if the House does pass its $659 million border bill, it still faces certain defeat in the Senate. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Stock Market Plunges on Thursday

Stock Market Plunges on Thursday iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --The stock market plunged Thursday, wiping out all of the gains this month. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 317.06 points to 16,563.30. The Nasdaq fell 93.13 points to 4,369.77, and the S&P 500 dropped 39.40 points to 1,930.67. This follows weak earnings at companies like Exxon Mobil, Yum Brands, and Whole Foods. Investors may also be worried about tension with Russia, fighting in Gaza, or debt in Argentina. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Several Injured After Car Crashes into Palo Alto Restaurant

Several Injured After Car Crashes into Palo Alto Restaurant iStock/Thinkstock(PALO ALTO, Calif.) -- Multiple people are injured after a car crashed into a building in Palo Alto, California on Thursday. Around lunch time, an elderly driver accidentally drove onto the curb at University Cafe-- a restaurant by Stanford University-- hitting five people. One victim is in critical condition. The other four victims and the driver suffered minor injuries. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

CIA Apologizes for Searching Senate Intel Committee Computers

CIA Apologizes for Searching Senate Intel Committee Computers The Central Intelligence Agency(WASHINGTON) -- CIA Director John Brennan has apologized to the leadership of the Senate Intelligence Committee after the CIA’s Inspector General determined that agency officials inappropriately searched the stand-alone computer network used by committee staffers in preparing their report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation program. Earlier this year, Brennan denied the CIA had illegally monitored the committee’s computers, calling the suggestions as “just beyond the scope of reason.”To follow up on the Inspector General’s determination, Brennan has ordered the formation of an accountability board to review the incident and make recommendations that could potentially lead to disciplinary action.The development is the latest twist in a long-running dispute between the CIA and the committee about classified information used to compile the 6,000 page report. The classified report found that the CIA overstated the success of the program and may have misled members of Congress. A declassified summary of the report could be released in a few weeks.In order for committee staffers to have access to classified materials about the program an agreement was reached in 2009 that allowed them access to documents at a CIA facility in northern Virginia. A standalone computer network, called RDINet, was developed so the staffers could access classified computer files.In January, Brennan informed committee chairman Sen. Dianne Feinstein and vice-chairman Sen. Saxby Chambliss that the CIA had recently performed a “search” of that network and determined that committee staffers had been given access to files that should not have been on the network. In turn, Feinstein said she believed that the CIA could only have determined that by violating the agreement that the CIA would not have access to the committee’s computer network.At the time, Brennan referred the dispute to the CIA’s Inspector General.In a statement released Thursday, CIA spokesman Dean Boyd said the Inspector General’s investigation had judged “that some CIA employees acted in a manner inconsistent with the common understanding reached between SSCI and the CIA in 2009 regarding access to the RDINet.”“The Director subsequently informed the SSCI Chairman and Vice Chairman of the findings and apologized to them for such actions by CIA officers as described in the OIG report,” said Boyd.The statement added that Brennan has ordered the establishment of an Accountability Board to be chaired by former senator Evan Bayh who served on the Senate Intelligence Committee.  “This Board will review the OIG report, conduct interviews as needed, and provide the Director with recommendations that, depending on its findings, could include potential disciplinary measures and/or steps to address systemic issues,” said Boyd.The dispute became public in March when Feinstein delivered a lengthy and blistering speech on the Senate floor where she expressed “grave concerns” that the CIA had conducted an unauthorized search of the network that violated the 2009 agreement. She also asked the CIA to apologize and recognize that the computer search was inappropriate.Appearing at a Washington, D.C. think tank the same day as Feinstein’s speech, Brennan denied her accusations, labeling them “beyond the scope of reason” and that “nothing could be further from the truth.”  “I mean we wouldn’t do that,” Brennan told the Council on Foreign Relations. “I mean that’s just beyond the scope of reason in terms of what we would do.”On Thursday, Feinstein called Brennan’s apology and his decision to refer the Inspector General report to an accountability board “positive first steps.”Other Democratic members of the committee were more critical. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) called for Brennan to make a “public apology” and Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) expressed a loss of confidence in Brennan.“I am concerned about the director’s apparent inability to find any flaws in the agency he leads,” Udall said in a statement. “Earlier this year he referred to the chairman’s and my publicly stated concerns about the CIA search as ‘spurious allegations that are wholly unsupported by facts’ and urged us to ‘refrain from outbursts.’ Brennan needs to account for these statements.”  Udall said he wants an independent counsel to look into the matter.Earlier in July, the Justice Department said it had found insufficient evidence to proceed with a criminal probe of Feinstein's and the CIA’s separate allegations. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

How the Monica Lewinsky Scandal Would Be Different Today

How the Monica Lewinsky Scandal Would Be Different Today Lawrence Lucier/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Monica Lewinsky is reclaiming her story. In her second column for Vanity Fair magazine, published online on Thursday, Lewinsky writes about how people who are tarnished in public scandals or who face bullying online have an unprecedented opportunity to defend themselves -- through social media, online essays, and other forms of modern communication. Using Lewinsky's own advice, we wondered how the scandal involving her and President Bill Clinton may have been different if it happened today: 1) Taking Charge of the Narrative News of the "Lewinsky scandal" first broke in January 1998, when a relatively new online outlet called the Drudge Report posted a story about a White House intern having a sexual relationship with the president. From there on, Lewinsky was largely defined by a series of characterizations: the woman in the blue dress who performed oral sex on the president. "More and more I'm finding that those who have lost command of their public narratives, do the opposite. They shake off the assault or the slight, take control of their rightful place in their community or the larger culture, and use social media to return the salvo," Lewinsky wrote. "They refuse to have their identities swindled or misshapen. Instead, they take charge. They turn the attack on its head and use it as an opportunity for self-definition, instead of just taking blood as they go down." 2) Writing an Online Rebuttal After news of the affair broke, and President Clinton issued a denial referring to Lewinsky as "that woman," the former White House intern escaped the public eye, hiding out at her mother's house. If the scandal happened today, perhaps Lewinsky would have published an essay on the Internet that addressed the her side of things. "I was listening to NPR's 'All Things Considered.' One segment of the show addressed a trend: 'The Rise of the Online Rebuttal,'" Lewinsky wrote in Vanity Fair, quoting from the NPR segment that explained the rebuttal "allows for people who feel they have been wronged or misrepresented to forcefully answer in their own voice." 3) Using Social Media to Push Back After remaining silent through the long and very public investigation into her affair with the president, Lewinsky finally participated in a biography written about her and was interviewed by Barbara Walters for an ABC News special in 1999, two traditional forms of media relations. But today, Lewinsky could have direct and immediate access to the millions of Americans reading about her story; she could tweet, Instagram or write lengthy Facebook posts directly to readers. "[The NPR] report reminded me of a story that had come across my browser in recent days. It concerned a young woman who was not even remotely a public figure until acquaintances began body shaming her. They graffiti'd some rocks on a local beach with ridiculous insults about her rear end," Lewinsky wrote. "She posted a sweet and sassy photo of herself on social media -- a photo taken from behind, peering over one shoulder, grinning." 4) Capitalizing on the Bad in Order to Do Good Lewinsky has written previously about how she had trouble finding work for years after the Clinton scandal, but she pointed out in the new Vanity Fair essay that people who have been bullied have capitalized on their worst moments by using them as a platform to spread awareness. "As of this month, [the young woman] has been named an ambassador to ReachOut.com [to help spread the word about the perils of body shaming] and a featured guest blogger for AMightyGirl.com, a Web site that serves as a resource for 'courageous girls,'" Lewinsky wrote. The young woman's father now "hopes that her daughter's story and the ensuing dialogue will help bring real support to people who need it." 5) Looking at the Silver Lining Lewinsky argues in her essay that perhaps the very things that allow for bullying or negativity could be used for the opposite. If she found herself enmeshed in the Clinton scandal today, perhaps Lewinsky would be able to use those tools to fend off some of the "haters." "Perhaps it is our access to the subterranean depths of the Internet -- a shadowy medium that exists outside the physical world -- that has allowed us ... to begin to have the means of reclamation," Lewinsky writes. "In [the case of the body shamed young woman], her body-positive photo went viral. An online rebuttal . . . in all meanings. Sounds good to me." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

After Vicious Attack, Afghan Woman Rebounds with Support of US Family

After Vicious Attack, Afghan Woman Rebounds with Support of US Family iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Bibi, the young Afghan woman whose nose and ears were cut off by her husband, is still healing inside and out but speaks English and calls the United States home. Now known as Aesha and with a new nose, the once-shy girl who did not know what her future held lives with an Afghan-American family in a Maryland suburb. For the last two-and-a-half years, the Arsalas – parents Mati and Jamila and their 16-year-old daughter, Miena – have called 22-year-old Aesha family. Mati Arsala said Aesha had a special Pashto word for him that means "uncle." "She call me 'Moma,'" he said. "Moma comes from the mother side, you know, which is [mother's] brother. … Sometime [she] call me Dad when she's in a good mood." Like everyone around the world, the Arsalas had heard about the young Afghan girl, what she had been through and how she'd ended up on the cover of Time magazine. When Aesha was 12, she was given to a Talib who married her, abused her, and forced her to sleep in the stable with animals, she said. After she tried to run away, local Taliban ordered her husband to punish her by disfiguring her face. He severed her nose and ears, she said, while his brother held her down. Left for dead, she said she tried to crawl to an uncle's house but he refused to help her. She then staggered to her grandfather's house and he called her father. Because the local Afghan hospital could not treat her wounds, her father took her to the nearby U.S. military facility. "Four cowarded men, to hold her hand and cut her nose and ears. [It] took two years to put her back together," Mati Arsala said. "There wasn't any justice. Nobody has done anything. Hope I have the hand to do it." ABC News | More ABC News Videos In 2010, Aesha was photographed for a Time cover story, becoming an international symbol for women's rights in Afghanistan. Aesha also traveled to the Grossman Burn Center in West Hills, California, to begin reconstructive surgery. She went through nine major surgeries to give her a new nose. The final journey of her surgery has taken place at the Walter Reed Medical Center. Her ears were also repaired. Each time she awoke after surgery, the Arsalas were waiting to take her home. "Yeah, Mati Uncle drive me [to] hospital all time. … Jamila help me all the time. Miena too," Aesha said. "Mati Uncle wash my hair." The Arsalas said it was not an easy decision to take in Aesha, whose traumatic experience left her with a host of psychological issues. "We tried to show her that we are her family and how a family functions," Jamila Arsala said. "I think it was the best thing what we did in our life for Aesha, that we took her. … She's now a part of our family." They said they now wished for her to see her independence. The Arsalas have helped Aesha take night classes and have supported a burgeoning interest in making jewelry. "I'd hope that she has a normal life," Mati Arsala said. "Because she's really sociable and she likes to dress up and go out, and I'd hope she can do that without feeling uncomfortable or anything. … My wish is that once, one day, I take her hand and walk her somewhere toward the other man, like any other human being." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Why We Don’t Have an Ebola Vaccine Yet

Why We Don’t Have an Ebola Vaccine Yet iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Though Ebola was first discovered nearly four decades ago, there's still no vaccine that's regularly administered to humans to prevent it.But why?"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?'" said Dr. Willian Schaffner, chair of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. "It's a little more complicated than that." Because Ebola cases are so rare, drug manufacturers hadn't been interested in investing in finding its vaccine, Schaffner said. In addition, Ebola's rarity makes it impossible for scientists to do field studies, which they were able to do with viruses like measles, which people were likely to be exposed to anyway because it was so common.Before this current outbreak, there had been only about 2,000 cases in total since it was discovered in 1976, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health.However, the current Ebola outbreak in Africa has infected 1,323 people in three countries and killed 729 of them, making it the largest Ebola outbreak to date, according to the World Health Organization.The dire situation in Africa has prompted more than 4,500 people to sign a Change.org petition to fast track Ebola vaccines and drugs within the U.S. Food and Drug Administration -- something that's actually been in the works since March, Fauci said.The NIH's Ebola vaccine has been studied in monkeys and is set to begin its first phase I clinical trial in humans sometime in September, Fauci said. If it is successful, it will take until mid- to late-2015 before a limited number of vaccine doses would be ready to administer to health care workers, he said.The clinical trial participants won’t be exposed to the Ebola virus, Fauci said. Instead, they'll stay in the U.S., where they'll be given a dose of the vaccine and tested to see if their antibody levels match the levels shown in monkey studies to protect the monkeys from Ebola. Scientists will also be watching for adverse reactions to the vaccine to make sure it is safe.Since the locals already fear the health care workers, wrongly blaming them for bringing Ebola to their villages, Schaffner and Fauci said making sure the vaccine is safe is extremely important."That's the case whenever you have terror and fright and death and people being extraordinarily frightened of things they don't understand," Fauci said. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio
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