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UK Leaders Say Referendum Outcome Offers Promise for Future

UK Leaders Say Referendum Outcome Offers Promise for Future

Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage(LONDON) — Queen Elizabeth offered praise for the voters of Scotland who declined to vote for Scottish independence on Thursday, calling on all residents of the United Kingdom to “remember…we have in common an enduring love of Scotland.”

After months of debate, Scottish voters opted not to approve a referendum for independence on Thursday. The Queen had previously chosen not to get involved in the referendum, calling it “a matter for the people of Scotland.”

A statement from earlier this month noted that “constitutional impartiality is an established principle of our democracy, and one which the Queen has demonstrated throughout her reign.” The Queen, the statement said, “is above politics.”

“Knowing the people of Scotland as I do,” the Queen said in a new statement on Friday, “I have no doubt that Scots, like others throughout the United Kingdom, are able to express strongly-held opinions before coming together again in a spirit of mutual respect and support, to work constructively for the future of Scotland and indeed all parts of this country.”

United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron called the outcome of the referendum “clear,” expressing hope that the issue had been settled for a generation or longer. He also said that the opportunity now exists to change the way British people are governed, calling on all political parties to work together to do just that.

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Sierra Leone Starts ‘Lockdown’ as UN Sounds Alarm on Ebola

Sierra Leone Starts ‘Lockdown’ as UN Sounds Alarm on Ebola

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — As the worst-ever Ebola outbreak shows no sign of slowing, government officials have now resorted to desperate measures to stop the virus from infecting more people.

In Sierra Leone, the government will attempt to institute a 72-hour “lockdown” in order to give volunteers a chance to find Ebola patients and keep the deadly disease from spreading. The lockdown began Friday at midnight.

According to Doctors Without Borders, the Sierra Leone government has ordered the country’s six million residents to stay home for three days as volunteers conduct door-to-door Ebola screenings. However, the stringent lockdown may backfire, according to Doctors Without Borders.

“Without enough beds to treat patients who have Ebola we will fail to stop it spreading even further,” Doctors Without Borders said. “What Sierra Leone and Liberia urgently need are more beds in case management centers, and they need them now.”

The outbreak in West Africa has already infected more than 5,300 and killed more than 2,600 since it started in March, according to the World Health Organization. The Ebola outbreak is the worst ever, with more people infected and killed in six months than all other previous outbreaks from the past 38 years combined.

The hardest hit countries in West Africa include Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Guinea and Senegal. Some countries have requested help from the international community and aid agencies after being overwhelmed by sick patients.

On Thursday, WHO chief Dr. Margaret Chan sounded the alarm about the outbreak, calling it “likely the greatest peacetime challenge” the United Nations agency has ever faced.

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Car Seized, Apartment Searched in Hunt for Missing UVA Student

Car Seized, Apartment Searched in Hunt for Missing UVA Student

Charlottesville Police Department(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) — Virginia police seized a car and searched an apartment Friday in their hunt for missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham in what police said was a major break in the case.

The searches were the result of a trio of warrants executed on Friday, according to Charlottesville police. The third warrant was for a phone, police said.

All three search warrants were connected to the same person of interest. It is unclear if this person is the same individual police described Thursday.

Police Chief Timothy Longo said that Friday’s searches “absolutely” marked a major break in the case.

The first warrant was a search and seizure warrant for a vehicle which was executed shortly after midnight. When police arrived at the apartment building and seized the car, a person connected to the car was in his apartment with two others. Police identified those individuals, but the officer did not feel he had the grounds to detain the individuals, Longo said.

After seizing the car and taking it to an undisclosed location for the full search, investigators developed probable cause and sought approvals for the two other warrants. Police arrived back at the apartment shortly after 10 a.m. and the three individuals were no longer inside, Longo said.

The chief said that the search warrants were “not in relation to anyone we’ve talked to.”

The search warrants were issued a day after police announced a $50,000 reward for information about Graham’s disappearance. Police had also released four clips of surveillance footage from local businesses that showed Graham, 18, walking around in the early hours of Saturday morning. She was last heard from around 1:20 a.m. Saturday when she texted friends, allegedly saying that she was headed for a party but was unsure of where she was.

Graham’s parents released an emotional letter to the school’s students and faculty on Friday saying they are still “optimistic” their daughter will return and urging students to be careful this weekend and “walk with a buddy.”

“It is now Friday, a week since Hannah’s disappearance,” they wrote in their letter emailed to all students and faculty. Adopting a parental tone, they added, “For those students planning to unwind this weekend, please be extra vigilant when you are out and walk with a buddy.”

A person of interest described by police Thursday came from a man who was seen following Graham on surveillance footage. That man told police that he was concerned about Graham because she looked “physically distressed,” but he left when he reportedly saw another man approach her and put his arm around her.

That second man has been described by police as a person of interest. He is not seen on any surveillance footage.

Police described the person of interest as a black male in his 20s or early 30s, about 5-foot-10 or 5-foot-11 with a shaved head and goatee. He weighed between 250 to 285 pounds, has a slight beer belly and was wearing black jeans and a white T-shirt.

It is not clear whether the person who was the object of Friday’s search warrants matched that description.

The FBI joined the case in guidance role earlier this week and investigators are calling for volunteers as they plan a massive search Saturday. The volunteers are being asked to only join the search if they can walk four to five miles in a wooded area.

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Obama Welcomes Results of Scotland’s Vote to Remain in UK

Obama Welcomes Results of Scotland’s Vote to Remain in UK

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama on Friday welcomed the results of Scotland’s referendum, in which the country voted to remain a part of the United Kingdom.

By a vote of 55 percent to 45 percent, Scots on Thursday voted against an independent Scotland.

In a statement Friday, Obama congratulated Scots for their “full and energetic exercise of democracy.”

“Through debate, discussion, and passionate yet peaceful deliberations, they reminded the world of Scotland’s enormous contributions to the U.K. and the world, and have spoken in favor of keeping Scotland within the United Kingdom,” the president said.

He added that the U.S. has no closer ally than the U.K. and “we look forward to continuing our strong and special relationship with all the people of Great Britain and Northern Ireland as we address the challenges facing the world today.”

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Girls vs. Boys: How Hasbro’s New Nerf Toys Compare

Girls vs. Boys: How Hasbro’s New Nerf Toys Compare

Hasbro(NEW YORK) — Toy maker Hasbro is targeting the girl market by making toy gun play a more social activity.

Hasbro brand Nerf Rebelle’s latest five toys, as part of the “Secrets and Spies” line, allow kids to write messages to friends on darts the company says will fly up to 85 feet away. The toys in the line include message decoders, “preparing kids for the ultimate spy mission,” according to the company’s product description.

The toy line’s marketing language says it’s built from “play insights” from over 1,200 girls and “delivers on features they asked for.”

Nerf Rebelle, which is separate from the Nerf brand, was introduced last year, coinciding with the popularity of action heroines, such as arrow-wielding Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games book series and films.

In its marketing language, Nerf Rebelle avoids calling any of the purple and orange products weapons or guns, instead describing the cross-bow-like and shooting toys as “blasters.”

The new toys are available now at major toy retailers and are intended for children ages 8 and older.

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Kaley Cuoco Opens Up About Her Nude Photo Leak

Kaley Cuoco Opens Up About Her Nude Photo Leak

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — A few weeks ago, Kaley Cuoco was among the celebrities who had nude photos of herself leaked on the Internet.

The Big Bang Theory actress called the breach of privacy “disturbing.”

“I totally have Google alerts that come to my phone so anything that my name pops up [in] comes to my phone because I’m, like, obsessed. I need to know what’s going on,” she said during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live Thursday. “So every day, every day there’s like 30 ‘Kaley Cuoco nude photos’ [alerts]. It’s been going on for years.”

“So then this one came up and I was like, ‘Oh, it’s another fake one,’” she continued. “Then I started getting emails like, ‘No, there are some real ones going around.’”

Cuoco, 28, took initiative to send an email to her family, explaining what was happening and adding that she wasn’t pregnant or getting divorced. Then she made a joke of it, posting a funny photo of herself on Instagram.

“It was just a really bad situation but I took it in my own hands and make a joke about it because what are you gonna do?” she said. “You gotta make fun of yourself.”

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Ashley Tisdale Honeymoons in Bora Bora

Ashley Tisdale Honeymoons in Bora Bora

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(NEW YOKR) — After her “French” wedding, Ashley Tisdale and her husband, Christopher French, honeymooned on the French Polynesian island of Bora Bora.

The High School Musical star revealed her post-nuptial vacation spot via Instagram, sharing a photo of herself doing a headstand on the beach, with the caption: “Yoga in paradise #honeymoon #borabora.”

Tisdale and French wed on Sept. 8. French, a musician, proposed to Tisdale atop the Empire State Building in August of last year.

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Bone Marrow Recipient Meets Donor Who Saved His Life

Bone Marrow Recipient Meets Donor Who Saved His Life

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Two men who changed each other’s lives forever by being on the giving and receiving ends of a bone marrow transplant met for the first time on Friday and had their first chance to say, “Thank you,” face-to-face.

“Thank you so much,” Joe Yannantuono, 33, said to his bone marrow donor, Justin Jenkins, 35, as he embraced him in a hug in a live, emotional meeting on ABC News’ Good Morning America.

Yannantuono, not very long ago, was waging a two-year long battle for his life against stage 4 lymphoma.

As his wife, Christine Buono, and his 4-year-old son, JJ Yannantuono, stood by his side, the family, from Staten Island, New York, got the unbelievable news that a man in Texas was a rare 10 for 10 genetic bone marrow match.

That stranger in Texas, Jenkins, of Dallas, had registered to be a bone marrow donor by chance 15 years ago when he was 21 years old and donated blood because they were offering free snacks.

Soon after Jenkins was found to be a match, his stem cells were transported by airplane to New York and transplanted into Joe Yannatuono’s body in December 2012 at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

For more than one year after the successful transplant, Yannantuono had no idea whose cells he was now carrying in his body.

As Yannantuono was rebuilding his life, Jenkins’ life was thrown a tragic curveball. His mother, who raised him on her own and had been a big part of his donation journey, was killed in a car crash.

Just days after his mother’s death, in April of this year, Yannantuono called Jenkins as they found out each other’s identities, giving Jenkins something to help pull him through his grief.

“I was in a dark spot when we got all your information and you helped pull me out of that,” Jenkins said to Yannantuono on GMA. “To lose somebody you love but to gain a whole family, it’s touching.”

Jenkins says he is now “doing fine,” and focusing on the man to whom he gave new life.

“My life continues on normal. I don’t have to worry about remission or anything like that,” he said. “My only concern that I worry about every day is Joe. He’s got JJ.”

For Yannantuono’s family, there can never be enough words, they say, to thank Jenkins.

“This is incredible. To do that for somebody you’ve never met,” said Yannantuono’s wife, Christine. “I don’t know how we can thank you enough, for giving JJ and myself a future with Joe.”

“We’re thankful to everybody,” she said.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Surprises Fans Waiting in Line for iPhone 6

Apple CEO Tim Cook Surprises Fans Waiting in Line for iPhone 6

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(PALO ALTO, Calif.) — Apple CEO Tim Cook surprised iPhone enthusiasts who were lined up outside an Apple store Friday in Palo Alto, California, waiting to buy the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Cook posed for selfies with Apple enthusiasts and cheered alongside them when it came time to open the doors at 8 a.m.

The phones, which were unveiled at a Sept. 9 media event in Cupertino, California, are already shaping up to be one of Apple’s biggest successes to date. Pre-orders for the smartphones have broken all previous benchmarks, according to the tech giant.

Cook has called the plus-sized devices the best phones Apple has ever produced.

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Scotland Votes to Remain in the UK

Scotland Votes to Remain in the UK

Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images (EDINBURGH, Scotland) — The people of Scotland have voted to remain part of the United Kingdom.

Voters Thursday rejected a referendum that would’ve granted Scotland independence and separated it from the rest of Great Britain, which also includes England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  The vote was 55 percent to 45 percent against independence.

In Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh, 62 percent of voters rejected the independence referendum compared to 38 percent who supported the measure.

Alistair Darling of the “No Campaign” addressed supporters Friday in Glasgow, saying, “We have chosen unity over division. A positive change, rather than needless separation.”

Darling declared, “By confirming our place within the union, we have reaffirmed all that we have in common and the bonds that tie us together. Let them never be broken.”

Scotland First Minister Alex Salmond, a Scottish Nationalist leader, conceded defeat Friday in Edinburgh. “I accept that verdict of the people, and I call on all of Scotland to follow suit in accepting the democratic verdict of the people of Scotland.”

Salmond praised his fellow Scots for turning out to vote. “A turnout of 86 percent is one of the highest in the democratic world for any election or any referendum in history. This has been a triumph,” Salmond said.

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GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Fined $488.8 Million for ‘Massive Bribery Network’ in China

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Fined $488.8 Million for ‘Massive Bribery Network’ in China

Warren Little/Getty Images(BEIJING) — China has fined the British pharmaceuticals giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) $488.8 million (3 billion Yuan) for a “massive bribery network” to get doctors and hospitals to use its products. Five former employees were sentenced to two to four years in jail, but ordered deported instead of imprisoned, according to state news agency Xinhua Friday.

The guilty verdict was delivered after a one day closed door trail in Changsha, the capital city of Hunan province. The fine was the biggest ever imposed by a Chinese court.

The court gave Mark Reilly, former head of GSK Chinese operations, a three-year prison sentence with a four-year reprieve, which meant he is set to be deported instead of serving his time in a Chinese jail. His co-defendants received two to four year prison sentences with reprieves.

Reilly was accused of operating a “massive bribery network” in May. The police said it is believed Reilly authorized his salespeople to pay doctors, hospital officials and health institutions to use GSK’s products since 2009.

Chinese authorities first announced the investigation on GSK in July 2013. The police said the company had funneled up to 3 billion Yuan to travel agencies to facilitate bribes to doctors and officials. The money was the exact amount of the fine.

Throughout 2012 a stream of anonymous emails alleging bribery authorized by senior staff at GSK were sent to Chinese regulators, authorities said. At the beginning of 2013, the anonymous emails began to arrive at the GSK headquarters in London, along with a sex tape of Mark Reilly and his Chinese girlfriend, according to the court.

The charges claim that GSK hired Shanghai-based investigator Peter Humphrey and his American wife, Yu Yingzeng, to locate the whistleblower. The Humphreys were detained and charged with illegally obtaining phone logs, travel records and other data which then they put in a report to GSK.

GSK released a statement apologizing to the Chinese government and people on its website.

“GSK Plc has reflected deeply and learned from its mistakes, has taken steps to comprehensively rectify the issues identified at the operations of GSKCI, and must work hard to regain the trust of the Chinese people,” the statement said.

The statement also said future commitments include investment in Chinese science, improved access of its products in both city and rural areas across the country through greater expansion of production and flexible pricing.

Taking bribery from drug companies and over prescribing medicine to patients is a common hidden rule among doctors in China. It is not uncommon for patients give doctors red envelopes with cash as a blunt plea for them to do a good job on surgeries.

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Andy Dalton, Bengals Look to Start 3-0

Andy Dalton, Bengals Look to Start 3-0

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(CINCINNATI) — The Cincinnati Bengals are looking to go 3-0 for the first time since 2006 when they host the Tennessee Titans (1-1) on Sunday.

Cincinnati has a ten-game win streak at home headed into Sunday.

Quarterback Andy Dalton is well aware of the Titans defense. “They do a good job with different looks,” Dalton said of the Titans defense.  “We have to be sharp mentally to handle what they’re going to throw at us.”

Dalton hasn’t thrown an interception or been sacked yet this year and credited the hard work of his offensive line.

“It’s been a thing that we’ve really prided ourselves on,” Dalton said.  “It’s one of our top goals, win the game, then no turnovers and then no sacks.  We’ve done a good job of that obviously, so we’ve got to keep that going.”

The Bengals will have a bye following their game against Tennessee on Sunday and will play the Patriots in week 5.

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Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Arrive in Stores

Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Arrive in Stores

Apple(NEW YORK) — The big day is here.

Sept. 19 has been circled on the calendar of Apple enthusiasts who woke up in the middle of the night last week to pre-order the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Others have spent days camped outside Apple stores for a chance to be one of the first customers to purchase the new smartphones when the doors open at 8 a.m. local time all across the United States.

Apple said a limited supply of phones will be available in its stores for walk-in customers Friday — but they’ll likely go fast.

The devices, which boast larger screens, are so popular since their unveiling last week that they have broken all iPhone pre-order sales records. More than 4 million pre-orders for the phones were placed when they went on sale last Friday, according to Apple. The iPhones are also in high demand from mobile carriers, many of whom projected delivery dates stretching into October.

One of the things that makes the iPhone so hot, aside from being the latest Apple product, is the larger screen sizes. The iPhone 6 is 4.7 inches, while the iPhone 6 Plus measures 5.5 inches diagonally, giving Samsung, which has dominated the giant phone market, some competition.

The iPhones are also packed with new features, including “reachability.” With a double touch, the display can slide down so users can reach “anything” at the top of the phone, an ideal feature for multitasking.

Apple Pay, the company’s digital wallet that is slated to make its debut in October, will also be supported on the new iPhones.

The iPhone 6 starts at $199 for a 16 GB configuration, $299 for 64 GB and $399 for a 128 GB configuration, with a two-year contract.

The iPhone 6 Plus starts at $299 (16 GB), $399 (64 GB) and $499 (128 GB). Both phones come in three colors: gold, silver and space gray.

If you’re not getting a new iPhone Friday, be sure to check out the next best thing. Earlier this week Apple unveiled iOS 8. While the operating system will come installed on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, users of certain earlier generation Apple products will also be able to download it on their devices.

The operating system makeover is being hailed as Apple’s biggest ever because it comes with a slew of new updates to popular apps, including messages, photos and the keyboard — making your old device feel new again.

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Audit Finds No Problems with Idaho Treasurer

Audit Finds No Problems with Idaho Treasurer

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – Auditors for the Idaho Legislature say they have found no problems with accounting or administrative procedures at the state treasurer’s office. The audit, released Thursday, didn’t find anything significant conditions or weaknesses in the general management and accounting controls of the office. Treasurer Ron Crane says he’s extremely pleased with the […]

Idaho Unemployment Resumes Downward Trend

Idaho Unemployment Resumes Downward Trend

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – Idaho’s unemployment rate fell slightly in August to 4.7 percent – a drop of about a tenth of a percent. Idaho Department of Labor officials say that shows the state is resuming its nearly four year downward trend in unemployment rates. The Idaho Statesman reports July saw a slight uptick with […]

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison Steps Down

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison Steps Down

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(REDWOOD SHORES, Calif.) — Oracle founder Larry Ellison announced Thursday that he will step down as the software company’s CEO.

The tech guru, 70, and prominent public figure will turn over the reins to his two co-presidents, Safra Catz and former Hewlett-Packard executive Mark Hurd.

Ellison founded the Oracle in 1977. It is valued at $185 billion.

Ellison follows other influential founders to turn over the chief executive office, including Bill Gates in 2000 and Steve Jobs in 2011.

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McDonald’s Customers Dish About Free Coffee on Social Media

McDonald’s Customers Dish About Free Coffee on Social Media

McDonald’s(NEW YORK) — McDonald’s latest free coffee promotion is in full swing, and excited fans are talking about it on social media.

Customers can stop by participating locations in the United States until Sept. 29 for a free small McCafe during breakfast hours.

The fast-food chain says it knows how much people need their coffee, and is calling on people who come in to “sip and tell” by sharing embarrassing moments that happened before they got their caffeine fix, on social media using the hashtag #SipandTell.

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Giants Hope to Avoid 0-3 Start

Giants Hope to Avoid 0-3 Start

Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The New York Giants (0-2) hope to turn around a tough start to the season on Sunday against the Houston Texans (2-0).

“You treat every game as a must-win,” Giants quarterback Eli Manning said. “You don’t want to put any extra pressure on guys, but we know we’ve got to get things going. We have to start playing better football.”

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is well aware of Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, who also scored his first career touchdown in their win last week against the Raiders.

“He’s a very good football player,” Coughlin said of Watt.  “Very energetic, they move him around, they play him in different spots, comes off the ball very well.  There’s no doubt people have to be aware of where he is.”

New York opened last season with a 0-6 start.

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By the Numbers: Which Senators Voted for Training Syrian Rebels?

By the Numbers: Which Senators Voted for Training Syrian Rebels?

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Thirty-three Republicans voted in favor of President Obama’s plan to arm and train Syrian rebels in the fight against ISIS when the Senate voted Thursday.

Nine Democrats and one independent opposed the plan.

Only one vulnerable Democratic senator voted against the plan — Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska — while his Republican opponent, Dan Sullivan, said he would back the measure.

Both Massachusetts senators — Sen. Ed Markey and Sen. Elizabeth Warren — voted “no,” meaning they bucked former Massachusetts senator and current Secretary of State John Kerry’s wishes. Markey filled Kerry’s seat when he became secretary of state.

Only one potential 2016 contender voted in favor of the plan — Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. Four potential 2016 contenders — Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Warren — voted against it.  

Additionally, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., voted “no,” perhaps mindful of her seat’s predecessor Hillary Clinton’s fateful Iraq vote. Some consider Gillibrand to have a prosperous political future beyond the Senate.

The House and Senate are both out until Nov 12. If House lawmakers stick to the schedule, they’ll only be in session 23 days from August to the end of the year.

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Bob Dole Returns to Save Kansas for Jittery GOP

Bob Dole Returns to Save Kansas for Jittery GOP

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — It has been a rough two-and-a-half weeks for Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts, a three-term Republican facing his toughest fight for re-election since arriving in Washington in 1981.

Roberts, who survived a Republican primary challenge, now finds himself unexpectedly locked in an even more competitive general election fight.

But even as he pushes back against criticism that he has been in Washington too long, Roberts is doubling down on his longevity. He’s set to get a helping hand from a golden name in Kansas politics: Bob Dole.

“The battleground for control of the Senate is now Kansas,” Dole, 91, told ABC News. “I think Roberts is going to win.”

Dole, once a staple of the state and national political scene who served as Senate majority leader and lost to Bill Clinton in a 1996 presidential run, will be campaigning for both Roberts and Gov. Sam Brownback going into the midterm elections.

Dole set the record as the longest-serving Republican leader in Congress before he retired in 1996, and is wrapping up a “thank-you” tour that he said will have brought him to every one of Kansas’ 105 counties by the end of October.

Dole, who’s special counsel at the law firm of Alston & Bird in Washington, D.C., said he will also be shooting a commercial for Roberts, and will meet him on the campaign trail starting with an event in Dodge City Monday.

Roberts, 78, has recently had to shake off criticism of his time spent in Washington and residency in Alexandria, Virginia.

In his first debate with Independent candidate Greg Orman, Roberts dismissed that he was losing ties with Kansas, saying, “I’m from Dodge City and I’m damn proud of it.”

Businessman Orman, 45, has emerged in the race as a serious threat in a state that has sent only Republicans to the U.S. Senate since 1932.

He has attacked Roberts for moving further to the right, especially in the wake of a tough primary fight Roberts faced in August against a Tea Party opponent.

Dole defended Roberts, saying he thinks Roberts is “flexible” in his political views.

“I think he has been a little more conservative because of his primary,” Dole said. “I’ve worked with Pat a lot, and I think he’s demonstrated that he is moderate and largely in line with Kansas voters.”

Dole isn’t the only former presidential candidate to have added his voice to the Roberts campaign. Mitt Romney recorded a robocall that made its way around the state last week.

But if Republicans seem extra nervous, it’s because losing Roberts’ seat could mean the difference between the GOP taking back control of the Senate, if Orman chooses to caucus with Democrats.

And a Supreme Court decision Thursday didn’t do much to put their worries to rest.

The Democratic candidate, Chad Taylor, announced his withdrawal from the race Sept. 3, but Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach came forward one day later saying Taylor hadn’t made the appropriate case for his name to be removed.

The case came to the state’s Supreme Court, which unanimously ruled in favor of Taylor.

Without a Democrat on the ballot to potentially split the vote, some Republicans fear Roberts could be facing an uphill battle. Republicans have since resorted to painting Orman as a donkey in sheep’s clothing.

In a statement released after the decision, Roberts’ campaign manager Corry Bliss accused Democrats of trying to unfairly manipulate the race.

“This is not only a travesty to Kansas voters, but it’s a travesty to the judicial system and our electoral process,” Bliss said.

And Dole is chiming in, too.

“The guy is a Democrat masquerading as an Independent,” Dole told ABC News. “He registered to run as a Democrat in 2007.”

Orman has said he is a moderate and doesn’t know which party he would caucus with, but he has also said he supports neither Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid nor Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

But Dole said Kansans shouldn’t buy it.

“Someone said to me that Orman said he wanted to be a politician like Bob Dole,” Dole said. “I’m Bob Dole, and I can tell you that Greg Orman is not Bob Dole.”

Orman’s campaign could not be reached after repeated requests for comment.

In a statement to ABC News, Roberts said he was honored to have the support of “Kansas’ favorite son.”

“His endorsement and trust in me to stand up for Kansas conservative values against a liberal administration means a lot to me,” Roberts said. “But means even more to Kansans who have always placed their trust in Bob.”

Dole hasn’t exactly had a perfect relationship with Republicans in recent years.

In May of 2013, he openly criticized the Tea Party movement on Fox News Sunday, saying Republicans should hang a “closed for repairs” sign on their doors.

In an interview with ABC News in July, Dole said he disagreed with Roberts and another fellow Kansan Sen. Jerry Moran when both helped vote down an international treaty for people with disabilities.

Dole, who watched the vote from the Senate floor in his wheelchair, said he understood both were under pressure from homeschooling parents who viewed the treaty as a threat to U.S. sovereignty.

But with Kansas politics now in the national spotlight, Dole is returning to the limelight for an old friend.

“I’ve worked with Pat a lot and he helped me a lot in the past,” Dole said. “People think it’s a problem because Kansas is seen as a state that everyone counted as safe. I think it’s a plus that Republicans are coming in.”

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