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Prominent Israeli Activist Seriously Wounded in Jerusalem Shooting

Prominent Israeli Activist Seriously Wounded in Jerusalem Shooting

Photodisc/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) -- An American-born, right-wing Israeli activist was shot on Wednesday by a gunman on a motorcycle in Jerusalem, raising the already sky-high tension across the city, authorities said.Israeli media have identified the victim as Rabbi Yehuda Glick, a prominent activist for the rights of Jews to pray on the Temple Mount.The police are only officially confirming the shooting of a man in his 50s, but various Israeli outlets say Glick is in critical condition.The police have not declared the incident a terrorist attack, but given Glick's profile and the recent tension around the Temple Mount, it can easily be assumed this was a targeted assassination attempt.As the world's attention has turned away since the summer's Gaza War, anger has continued to simmer in Jerusalem.Clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police have continued since they first broke out in July.

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White House Still Impacted by ‘Inconveniences’ Following Breach of Computer System

White House Still Impacted by ‘Inconveniences’ Following Breach of Computer System

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- One day after a senior administration official confirmed to ABC that hackers had breached an unclassified computer system at the White House, the system remains on the fritz.Administration officials tell ABC News that the defensive measures taken to protect and repair the unclassified network have caused some outages and connectivity issues. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest termed those issues as "inconveniences" which haven't "affected the ability of White House staffers...to carry out the important work that's done here."Earnest also said Wednesday that the White House's classified systems were not affected by the breach."There are many people around the world who would love to gain greater insight into the activities of the U.S. government by collecting information from the White House network," Earnest pointed out Wednesday.Still, he opted not to share any further details, saying that "it would be unwise for me to discuss exactly what we know...by publicly revealing what we know it might affect our ability to know more."

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State Department Denies Reported Offer to Treat Non-Americans Infected with Ebola in US

State Department Denies Reported Offer to Treat Non-Americans Infected with Ebola in US

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. government has not offered to allow non-Americans into the country to receive treatment for Ebola, the State Department said Wednesday.While the U.S. has discussed allowing other nations to use U.S. MEDEVAC capabilities to evacuate their own citizens to their home countries or other nations, "we are not contemplating bringing them back to the U.S. for treatment," State Department spokesperson Jeff Rathke said Wednesday. "There is no policy of the U.S. Government to allow entry of non-U.S. citizen Ebola-infected to the United States. There is no consideration in the State Department of changing that policy," he added.The Washington Times reported that an internal memo was written arguing that any doctors or medical workers infected with Ebola in West Africa should be treated in the U.S., but Rathke said that memo was never cleared by or even brought to senior leaders at the State Department for approval.

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NATO Intercepts at Least 19 Russian Military Planes in One Day

NATO Intercepts at Least 19 Russian Military Planes in One Day

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- NATO intercepted at least 19 Russian aircraft flying far outside Russia's airspace on Wednesday, worrying the organization's officials."These sizable Russian flights represent an unusual level of air activity over European airspace," NATO said in a statement released Wednesday afternoon.The Russian fighter jets and bombers were seen flying in three different regions. The intercepts came a week after widespread reports that a Russian submarine may have been spotted off the coast of Sweden.The North Sea and Atlantic Ocean had the largest fleet of Russian aircraft activity, with eight planes detected by NATO radar flying in formation from Russian airspace toward the Norwegian Sea and into international airspace.NATO allies, which continually watch over partner airspace, saw six of the planes turn back towards northern Russia after Norwegian Air Force F-16s intercepted the planes. The remaining two Russian planes, both Tu-95 Bear H bombers, continued to fly above the Norwegian coastline, prompting NATO planes stationed in the United Kingdom to track them.The NATO statement reported that those two Russian bombers were en route back to their homeland."Scrambles and intercepts are standard procedure when an unknown aircraft approaches NATO airspace," the NATO release said. "However, such flights pose a potential risk to civil aviation given that the Russian military often do not file flight plans, or use their on-board transponders."Four other Russian aircraft -- two fighter jets and two bombers -- were spotted flying over the Black Sea, prompting Turkish Air Force jets to scramble to track them.There were at least seven other Russian planes intercepted over the Baltic Sea Wednesday, as well, though NATO would not indicate exactly how many. Baltic Air Policing Mission planes were sent into the air and the Russian aircraft headed back to their own airspace.Russian officials have not yet reacted to the NATO report.The nearly 20 intercepts came after seven other Russian jets were intercepted over the Baltic Sea on Tuesday.

Also on Wednesday, Russia successfully test-launched a Bulava Intercontinental Ballistic Missile from a submerged submarine in the Barents Sea. That missile was aimed at a test site on the Kamchatka Peninsula, not far from Alaska.

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Wall Street Dips on Wednesday, Fed to End Bond-Buying Program

Wall Street Dips on Wednesday, Fed to End Bond-Buying Program

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The markets fell on Wednesday, following a strong start to the week.The Dow Jones Industrial Average dipped 31.44 to 16,974.31, falling back below 17,000 just one day after it jumped back over the milestone.The Nasdaq slumped 15.06, closing at 4,549.23, while the S&P 500 slid 2.75 to a finish of 1,982.30.The Federal Reserve on Wednesday announced that it would end its bond-buying program later this month. That decision was made after the Federal Open Market Committee determined that "there has been a substantial improvement in the outlook for the labor market" since the program was implemented.

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Eric Frein Manhunt Hopes Deflated by Balloon’s Failure

Eric Frein Manhunt Hopes Deflated by Balloon’s Failure

Pennsylvania Dept of Transportation(CANADENSIS, Pa.) -- A giant helium balloon sent to Pennsylvania to aid in the manhunt for accused cop killer Eric Frein was returned after just one day, police said.The unmanned balloon came from Ohio and was supposed to be quieter than a helicopter and provide similar technology to aviation equipment being used in the search, but at a lower cost, police said. But it was returned just a day later, police said on Wednesday."Due to the tree canopy and rugged terrain of our search area the balloon was not as helpful as everyone hoped it would be," said Trooper Tom Kelly, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania State Police.The balloon was the latest tactic police employed in the ongoing search for Frein, accused of killing one state trooper and injuring another when he allegedly ambushed the Blooming Grove police barracks on Sept. 12.Police believe he's been hiding in the woods for nearly seven weeks.

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These Fatter Crash-Test Dummies May Help Prevent Road Deaths

These Fatter Crash-Test Dummies May Help Prevent Road DeathsHumanetics(NEW YORK) -- Crash-test dummies are undergoing a makeover to reflect the thicker waistlines and larger rear ends of Americans.“Studies show that obese drivers are 78 percent more likely to die in a car crash,” said Chris O'Connor...

UPS Driver Caught Mishandling $12K Package on Video

UPS Driver Caught Mishandling $12K Package on Video

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- UPS reps were “horrified” recently when they watched a store’s surveillance video showing one of their drivers treating a package with little care, a store associate said.“[The UPS driver] just basically threw the thing out the door,” Ray Martel of East Hills Instruments in Westbury, New York, told ABC News affiliate WABC-TV.

On Monday, Martel said the UPS driver -- who was not the store’s “regular” guy -- delivered a box to East Hills Instruments.When the driver was told that the box needed to be returned to the sender because East Hills did not accept cash-on-delivery items, he became disgruntled, Martel said Wednesday.“He wasn’t happy to have to bring it back,” he said.As the driver left the store with the box, containing a sensitive $12,000 pressure gauge, Martel said he went to take a phone call. Later, though, he said the store’s receptionist suggested that he watch the tape.In the video, the worker flips the box out of the store, not using a cart or a dolly. Martel said the driver didn’t ask for one even though the store has a hand truck.“It was disappointing to see that happen,” Martel said. “[It was] not the right thing to do. ...If he needed help, he could’ve just asked.”

On Tuesday, a UPS representative came to the store to view the tape.In a statement, the company said: “UPS drivers are trained to handle every package with care. … UPS does not condone this specific driver’s behavior.”The company apologized to the customer, saying that the problem would be investigated and that corrective action would be taken against the driver.Martel said tracking late Wednesday showed that the box was still en route to Pittsburgh.He said he was concerned about the box and that he and UPS were waiting to hear back from the client on the gauge’s condition.

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“Mad Men” Star Jessica Pare Is Pregnant

“Mad Men” Star Jessica Pare Is Pregnant

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Mad Men is winding down, and Jessica Paré is already prepping for her next big role: Mom.The actress is expecting her first child with boyfriend John Kastner, her rep confirmed to ABC News.Paré, 33, has been dating her musician beau since 2012, according to People.

Kastner made the pregnancy announcement on his Instagram feed a few weeks ago. In the photo, his young daughter, Summer Lee, can be seen wearing a T-shirt with a telling message: "I'm going to be a big sister!"Neither Paré nor Kastner have confirmed the baby's due date.

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Mobile Users in Tanzania Score Free Internet

Mobile Users in Tanzania Score Free Internet

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Mobile users in Tanzania just scored free Internet, thanks to an initiative spearheaded by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.Following the release of the Internet.org app in Namibia over the summer, Zuckerberg announced on Wednesday that the country's northeast neighbors in Tanzania would be the next to gain free access to a host of websites.Tanzanian users who are Tigo subscribers will get free mobile access to basic services, including AccuWeather, Google, Wikipedia, and of course, Facebook, without incurring any data charges.The app is part of Facebook’s collaborative Internet.org initiative, which aims to bring Internet access to the two out of three people worldwide who aren't already online.According to the social network, 85 percent of the world’s population lives in areas with existing cellular coverage, meaning the lack of infrastructure isn't a barrier to getting new users online.At the Mobile World Conference in February, Zuckerberg said the biggest barrier to getting people online is “the question of why you would want to spend your money.”“You have never had access to the Internet so you don’t even know why you would want it,” he said. "In the U.S. we have 911 to get basic services. Similarly, we want to create a basic dial tone for the Internet. Basic messaging, basic Web information, basic social networking.”

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Cars, Pumpkin Carving Top List of Halloween Dangers

Cars, Pumpkin Carving Top List of Halloween Dangers

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- One of the scariest things about Halloween is the high rate of mishaps. The Consumer Product Safety Commission reported more than 3,500 Halloween-related injuries in October and November last year.The statistics aren’t meant to frighten, said Kate Carr, the president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide, a consumer safety group. Rather, they’re meant to get parents focused on safety.“We want everyone to have fun on Halloween,” she said. “That’s why it’s important to have a conversation with your kids and do some planning.”Here are tips on avoiding Halloween dangers:Traffic FatalitiesHalloween ranks as the third-deadliest day for pedestrians, according to a recent National Highway Safety and Traffic Administration analysis that examined a quarter-century's worth of data.However, it’s the deadliest for kids. Children are twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on a typical night, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Carr advised parents to put reflective tape on costumes or have their child carry an item that glows or reflects car lights. She also urged parents to accompany kids younger than 12 on trick-or-treat rounds.“Kids who are younger than that can’t accurately judge speed or distance to gauge how fast a car is going,” she said.Food AllergiesOne in 13 American children have been diagnosed with food allergies, according to the allergy awareness group Food Allergy Research & Education. Candy containing soy, wheat, eggs, peanuts or tree nuts can sometimes cause life-threatening symptoms, which means trick-or-treating is usually off-limits to food allergic kids.This year, FARE has introduced pumpkins painted the color teal -- the color of food allergy awareness -- to alert parents to houses that give out small toys instead of candy. People also can download teal pumpkin posters from the FARE website.Acceptable trick-or-treat alternatives include glow sticks, pencils, stickers and plastic vampire fangs, FARE advised. However, some non-food items may still contain allergens. Play-Doh, for example, contains wheat. And some toys are made of latex, a potential allergen.Cuts and BruisesOf the 3,500 Halloween-related injuries on the CPSC list, the most common mishaps included burns, lacerations from pumpkin-carving and injuries from collisions related to impaired vision.“If you are planning on carving jack-o-lantern, make sure an adult is present and that a child is old enough to handle a knife or carving tool properly,” said Carr, adding that parents should consider using a battery-operated candles with jack-o-lanterns to reduce fire risk and should ensure masks and headdresses don’t obscure a child’s ability to see where they are going.StairsChildren ages 10 to 14 sustained the greatest proportion of injuries, a recent study in the journal Pediatrics revealed. They accounted for more than 30 percent of the calamities reported on Halloween day. The most common Halloween-related bumps and bruises came from falling down stairs and tripping on floors -- though about 4 percent of the injuries involved beds and pillows.To cut down on trips and falls, Carr said, parents should take a careful look at their child’s costume to make sure they don’t drag or impede movement.“Tighten up those shoe laces so they are ready to hop, skip and jump from door to door,” she said.

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Maine Scrambles with How to Enforce Quarantine Against Ebola Nurse

Maine Scrambles with How to Enforce Quarantine Against Ebola Nurse

ABC News(AUGUSTA, Maine) -- Maine officials are scrambling to figure out what to do about returning Ebola nurse Kaci Hickox, who has vowed to disobey its quarantine rules.The governor and other officials are seeking legal authority to enforce what started out as a voluntary quarantine, and state police are monitoring Hickox's Fort Kent home "for both her protection and the health of the community," according to a statement Wednesday from the Maine governor's office."We are very concerned about her safety and health and that of the community," Maine Gov. Paul LePage said in the statement. "We are exploring all of our options for protecting the health and well-being of the healthcare worker, anyone who comes in contact with her, the Fort Kent community and all of Maine. While we certainly respect the rights of one individual, we must be vigilant in protecting 1.3 million Mainers, as well as anyone who visits our great state."

Hickox, 33, was treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone for Doctors Without Borders. She returned to the United States on Friday, landing in Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, where she was questioned and quarantined in an outdoor tent through the weekend despite having no symptoms. She registered a fever on an infrared thermometer at the airport but an oral thermometer at University Hospital in Newark showed that she actually had no fever, she said.After twice testing negative for the deadly virus, Hickox was released and returned home to Maine on Monday. The following day, the state's health commissioner announced that Maine would join the handful of states going beyond federal guidelines and asking that returning Ebola health workers self-quarantine."Our true desire is for a voluntary separation from the public. We do not want to have to legally enforce an in-home quarantine," Main Health Commissioner Mary Mayhew said in a statement. "We are confident that the selfless health workers, who were brave enough to care for Ebola patients in a foreign country, will be willing to take reasonable steps to protect the residents of their own country. However, we are willing to pursue legal authority if necessary to ensure risk is minimized for Mainers."But Hickox said she doesn't think it is reasonable."I will go to court to attain my freedom," Hickox told ABC's Good Morning America Wednesday via Skype from her hometown of Fort Kent. "I have been completely asymptomatic since I've been here. I feel absolutely great."The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention doesn't consider health workers who treated Ebola patients in West Africa to be at "high risk" for catching Ebola if they were wearing protective gear, according to new guidelines announced this week. Since they have "some risk," the CDC recommends that they undergo monitoring -- tracking symptoms and body temperature twice a day -- avoid public transportation and take other precautions. But the CDC doesn't require home quarantines for these workers.Someone isn't contagious until Ebola symptoms appear, according to the CDC. And even then, transmission requires contact with bodily fluids such as blood and vomit."I remain really concerned by these mandatory quarantine policies for aid workers," Hickox said Wednesday. "I think we're just only adding to the stigmatization that, again, is not based on science or evidence."

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Runner Takes on NYC Marathon After Nearly Losing His Leg

Runner Takes on NYC Marathon After Nearly Losing His Leg

Kevin Dunbar(NEW YORK) -- Among the thousands of runners in the 2014 New York Marathon aiming to break personal or even world records, one runner will simply be happy to cross the finish line on his own two feet.Ken Dunbar, 33, nearly lost his right leg three years ago after an accident during a soccer game. A rare complication from a single kick during the game led to swelling and tissue loss in Dunbar’s leg.It started when a player accidentally kicked him squarely on his right calf. Dunbar said he felt a pain similar to a cramp.“When you get a cramp, it feels like the muscles are tightening and won’t stop pulling,” the Cincinnati man told ABC News. “Over the course of the next hour or so, it kept getting worse. “By the end of the late-night soccer game, Dunbar was in the hospital unable to put even the slightest pressure on his right leg.Dunbar said doctors at the hospital quickly realized he had dangerous condition called compartment syndrome, where the blood supply is cut off from part of the limb because of an injury and swelling.“The swelling starts to push in on bone and all of that and it cuts off blood circulation,” Dunbar said.A hematoma or a collection of blood similar to a bruise in Dunbar’s leg caused swelling in his lower right leg, cutting off blood flow to the area. Severe cases of compartment syndrome can result in tissue death that leads to amputation.For at least one day he was still unsure whether he was going to get to keep his leg.“They were checking the pulse every hour,” he recalled. “If I started to lose a pulse in my leg. They were going to amputate.”To relieve the swelling, doctors made incisions from the bottom of Dunbar’s knee to his ankle. When tissue started to die in his leg, Dunbar said doctors had to go in and cut it out. He spent more than a week in a hospital bed on morphine with no chance of quick recovery.As he lay in bed, high on painkillers, Dunbar remembers one moment clearly.“If I can get through this week without [their] taking my leg, I am going to start running again,” he recalled thinking.When Dunbar was finally released, he still had his leg, but was unable to put any pressure on his injured leg, much less run on it.“I was on crutches and it was wrapped up so much and it was very, very painful,” he remembered.But even at that early point he was determined to get back into a race.During four months of intense physical training, Dunbar focused on one goal: He wanted to run.While he had been a runner in high school, he spent over a decade trying out other sports as he married and had three children. He said the accident made him want to get back to his roots as a runner.“We fought through physical therapy, which was months and months of physical labor,” he said. “They got me back to where I was able to run.”When he was finally approved to run, Dunbar set his goal on his first race in years: a half-marathon.“I did my first half-marathon,” Dunbar said. “As soon as I got done, I said I need to do a full.”Dunbar has since run nine marathons in six states and plans to run in a marathon in all 50 states. But the father of three is especially excited to run his first New York marathon along with around 50,000 participants.“New York has been on my bucket list,” Dunbar said. “Between New York and Boston, those are the two that I want to do the most. [New York is] the one every runner wants to do.”After fighting back from his injury, Dunbar says he doesn’t mind the lengthy training it takes to run a marathon.“With any training you’re going to have your ups and downs and bumps and bruises,” he said. “That’s part of what makes marathoning so enjoyable. [After] 18 to 23 weeks of training, you don’t know how it’s going to go.”Dunbar said the race will be just the second time he’s visited New York. But that this time he expects to see much more of the city.“The fact I’m going to go through all five boroughs and all different types of New York City,” Dunbar cited as what he’s most excited about.“The fans in New York, there is no comparison,” he said.

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Obama Uses Hugs, Kisses to Ease Ebola Fears

Obama Uses Hugs, Kisses to Ease Ebola Fears

Pete Souza / The White House(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama is trying to lead by example as he works to calm public fears about Ebola in the U.S.Obama has come into contact with more American Ebola patients, and the doctors and nurses who treated them, than just about any other American.For weeks, the president has repeatedly assured the American people that the risks of a widespread outbreak are “very, very low.” To hammer home the point, the president has gone beyond words to hugs, kisses, and hand-shakes.“I want to use myself as an example, just so that people have a sense of the science here. I shook hands with, hugged and kissed not the doctors, but a couple of the nurses at Emory, because of the valiant work that they did in treating one of the patients. They followed the protocols, they knew what they were doing, and I felt perfectly safe doing so,” Obama told reporters last month.From meeting with health care professionals who have come in close contact with the deadly virus to hugging survivors, Obama is using these images to show the public that his administration’s response to the Ebola crisis is working.Obama greeted the first ever American Ebola patient, Dr. Kent Brantly, in the Oval Office less than a month after he was declared virus-free. He then flew to Emory University Hospital to hug and kiss the nurses and doctors who treated Brantly.In late September, Obama hosted at the White House leaders of Ebola “hot zone” countries and embraced a Liberian who contracted the disease.Dr. Tom Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who has toured the Ebola wards in West Africa, gets a prime seat next to Obama for Oval Office briefings.And the same day she was released from a high-level containment unit for Ebola treatment, nurse Nina Pham gave Obama a bear-hug in the Oval Office.The public seems to be getting the message. The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll shows an eight-point increase in the president’s approval rating for his handling of the issue.

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Apple Pay Competitor CurrentC Falls Victim to Hackers

Apple Pay Competitor CurrentC Falls Victim to Hackers

CurrentC(NEW YORK) -- CurrentC, the mobile payments solution being tested by Walmart and other retailers, confirmed on Wednesday it has been hacked."Within the last 36 hours, we learned that unauthorized third parties obtained the e-mail addresses of some of our CurrentC pilot program participants and individuals who had expressed interest in the app," Linda Walsh, a spokeswoman for Merchant Customer Exchange, told ABC News in a statement."Many of these email addresses are dummy accounts used for testing purposes only. The CurrentC app itself was not affected," Walsh said.She added that the breach was communicated to the app's test users and to the group's merchant partners -- among them Walmart, Target and 7-Eleven.The mobile payments solution was quietly announced in September, but was thrust into the spotlight earlier this week when it was reported that some retailers involved in the development of CurrentC had taken measures to disable or alter their NFC readers so Apple Pay, a competitor, cannot be used.A consortium of retailers, including Best Buy, 7-Eleven and Target, are members of the Merchant Customer Exchange, which announced last month that it is working on the mobile wallet, which is expected to be a direct competitor to Apple Pay.Before the hack was confirmed, Dekkers Davidson, CEO of the Merchant Customer Exchange, posted a blog Wednesday offering new details on CurrentC, user security and why the mobile wallet and Apple Pay will never compete in the same store.Blocking Apple Pay

Davidson's message is clear: Retailers are either in or they're out."When merchants choose to work with MCX, they choose to do so exclusively and we’re proud of the long list of merchants who have partnered with us," Davidson wrote. "Importantly, if a merchant decides to stop working with MCX, there are no fines."PrivacyWhile Apple Pay promises to keep your data private, CurrentC is all about letting merchants have more information about what their customers are doing.Davidson said customers and merchants will be able "to make informed decisions regarding how information can be shared" via a privacy dashboard. MCX may see "limited information" on prescription purchases, such as location and transaction amount, but will "adhere to strict rules regarding the privacy of consumers’ information."Data SecurityCurrentC will store financial information in a cloud vault, according to a release detailing the service. A "token placeholder" will be used to make transaction, ensuring a user's sensitive financial data isn't exposed.MCX said the mobile wallet will offer "merchant loyalty programs and instant coupon savings, all stored on the phone and available right at the point-of-sale."

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Chrysler Recalls 380,000 Trucks over Fuel-Heater Housing Issue

Chrysler Recalls 380,000 Trucks over Fuel-Heater Housing Issue

Chrysler(AUBURN HILLS, Mich.) -- Chrysler is recalling 381,876 trucks worldwide over an issue with fuel-heater housings that could lead to a fire.The affected vehicles are mostly in the U.S. and include 2010-2014 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups along with 4500 and 5500 chassis cabs equipped with 6.7-liter Cummins diesel engines.In a statement Wednesday, the automaker says a terminal connector near the fuel heater in these vehicles "may be subject to friction-induced corrosion. This condition may lead to overheating and potential fuel leakage."So far, Chrysler is aware of two cases regarding this issue. In both cases, the fuel-heater housings showed signs of overheating but no fires were reported. There have also been no injuries or accidents connected to this recall.Owners of affected vehicles will be notified and will have faulty parts replaced free of charge.

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Tensions Running High Between Obama Administration, Israeli Officials?

Tensions Running High Between Obama Administration, Israeli Officials?

File photo. Pete Souza / The White House(BEIRUT) -- The Israeli-American relationship has taken a beating since President Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have taken office, but it has never been worse than it is now, several Israeli commentators are now saying.The assessment comes in the wake of an article in the Atlantic by Jeffery Goldberg, in which he quotes a senior Obama administration official calling Netanyahu a coward, but using an expletive.The criticism directed at the prime minister is based on the administration's perception that Netanyahu is doing nothing to advance the peace process and is instead expanding settlements in east Jerusalem and the West Bank. He is also cowardly when it comes to starting conflicts, the official said.Netanyahu's office struck back on Wednesday, saying he would not bow to pressure when it comes to defending Israel's security interests and advancing the historical rights of the Jewish people. Israel's president, Reuven Rivlin, tried to smooth things over, saying that the top three principles of Israeli foreign relations are based on its relationship with the U.S.In a statement Wednesday, a National Security spokesperson said, "Certainly that's not the Administration's view, and we think such comments are inappropriate and counter-productive. Prime Minister Netanyahu and the President have forged an effective partnership, and consult closely and frequently, including earlier this month when the President hosted the Prime Minister in the Oval Office.""The U.S.-Israel relationship remains as strong as ever, our security bonds have never been greater, and the ties between our nations are unshakable. We remain fully and firmly committed to Israel's security," the spokesperson added.

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How Vine Star’s Speedo Stunt Hit Turbulence at 30,000 Feet

How Vine Star’s Speedo Stunt Hit Turbulence at 30,000 Feet

Jerome Jarre(MIAMI) — A prank involving a skintight swimsuit and an inflatable pool toy aboard an American Airlines flight caused turbulence for a social media star and ended up with police meeting him at his flight's destination in Miami, the airline said.Jerome Jarre, a Vine star with 7.5 million followers, tweeted that he was about to be arrested and asked for help from his followers as the drama unfolded Tuesday.

LANDING IN MIAMI IN 3 MINUTES. ABOUT TO BE ARRESTED. I NEED YOUR HELP!!!

— JEROME JARRE (@jeromejarre) October 28, 2014

The prank, which Jarre said he planned to release as a YouTube video, did not go over well with the crew on the Mexico-Miami flight, which had law enforcement meet the plane at the gate, though Jarre wasn't charged, according to American Airlines.“Speedos are great on the beach but no one wants to see them dancing down the aisle at 30,000 feet,” an American Airlines spokesman told ABC News.In an email sent to ABC News, Jarre said his "goal was not to scare anyone but making people laugh."Jarre managed to keep tweeting right before meeting police, asking his followers to help him avoid deeper trouble by tweeting and retweeting with the hashtag, #AmericanAirlinesCHILLOUT.

JUST LANDED. ABOUT TO BE ARRESTED. PLEASE TWEET & RT #AmericanAirlinesCHILLOUT 😓 pic.twitter.com/HGHJNesp9r

— JEROME JARRE (@jeromejarre) October 28, 2014

PLEASE HELP ME ⚠️🚨 TWEET #AmericanAirlinesCHILLOUT & RT PEOPLE!! pic.twitter.com/xcWPcKrJV3

— JEROME JARRE (@jeromejarre) October 28, 2014

Jarre said the plane was met by 11 police officers who took him to meet with FBI agents, who told him they were on the phone with Washington. He said his Twitter followers were tweeting in support of him and that he saw the FBI printing out some tweets as they came in."It was pretty funny to see," Jarre said.The FBI did not immediately return a call seeking comment.The airline told ABC News police were called but no charges were filed against Jarre. Neither the Miami-Dade Airport Police nor the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office at the airport had a record of Jarre's detention.

MY YELLOW SPEEDO COSTED ME 3 HOURS WITH THE FBI 😂 GOD BLESS AMERICA 🇺🇸

— JEROME JARRE (@jeromejarre) October 29, 2014

Jarre didn't appear to suffer too badly. Within three hours of landing, he said he was free to get on his next flight to Brazil. He shared the news with his followers on Twitter with celebratory picture.

I AM FREE!!!! YOU ALL ARE THE BEST FRIENDS IN THE WORKD 💪 pic.twitter.com/EvARQVYMK5

— JEROME JARRE (@jeromejarre) October 29, 2014

On Wednesday morning, Jarre was back on Twitter starting the day with a cheery greeting to his 872,000 followers.

HI FRIENDS!! 😄😄😄

— JEROME JARRE (@jeromejarre) October 29, 2014

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Taylor Swift to Donate Proceeds of Single to NYC Public Schools

Taylor Swift to Donate Proceeds of Single to NYC Public Schools

ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) -- Taylor Swift is giving back to her new adopted hometown.The singer announced on ABC's The View Wednesday that she's donating the proceeds from the sale of her single, "Welcome to New York," to New York City Public Schools."I’m still learning but I’m so enthusiastic about this city that I feel like when I love something, I’m very vocal about it,” Swift, who was recently named a "Global Welcome Ambassador" for New York City tourism, said earlier this week during an appearance on ABC's Good Morning America.“I just go around going like, ‘Everybody, New York is amazing.’ So I think they just picked up on that and they gave me, like, a title,” she added.Swift, 24, has had a banner week, having just released her new '80s-inspired album, 1989. This marks the first time Swift has put out a pop album, something she described as the "most authentic" move.“I feel so without a doubt [that] this is the best thing I’ve done," she told GMA. "So to have people able to finally have it now and to have the fans understand what I’ve been working on for two years, it’s just the most amazing feeling."

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Elon Musk Called Orbital Sciences’ Rocket Design a ‘Joke’ in 2012

Elon Musk Called Orbital Sciences’ Rocket Design a ‘Joke’ in 2012

NASA/Joel Kowsky(NEW YORK) -- Almost exactly two years before Orbital Sciences' rocket exploded Tuesday during a launch in Virginia, SpaceX founder Elon Musk mocked his competitor, calling its rocket design a "joke."Orbital Sciences Corp., headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, made the Antares rocket for NASA to supply the International Space Station. Investigators are now trying to determine what went wrong with the launch before a safety officer sent a self-destruct command Tuesday evening.While discussing a possible SpaceX mission to Mars, Musk discussed the failings of large aerospace firms with Wired Magazine. These included an aversion to risk as well as the overuse of "legacy components.""The results are pretty crazy," Musk said in the 2012 interview. "One of our competitors, Orbital Sciences, has a contract to resupply the International Space Station, and their rocket honestly sounds like the punch line to a joke. It uses Russian rocket engines that were made in the '60s. I don’t mean their design is from the '60s -- I mean they start with engines that were literally made in the '60s and, like, packed away in Siberia somewhere."Musk, SpaceX and Orbital Sciences did not respond to requests for comment from ABC News.

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