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Giants Victor Cruz Vows to Return better then ever

Giants Victor Cruz Vows to Return better then everNFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Despite suffering a a torn patellar tendon in his right knee that ended his season, New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz is confident this is only a setback and that he'll be able to continue his NFL career. Cruz ...

Don Mattingly will Return to the Dodgers in 2015

Don Mattingly will Return to the Dodgers in 2015Scott Boehm/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Even though the Los Angeles Dodgers front office has undergone a shake up, manager Don Mattingly will be with the team next season. In his introductory press conference, Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers newly-named ...

Microsoft CEO Says Company Needs to Recruit More Diverse Talent

Microsoft CEO Says Company Needs to Recruit More Diverse Talent

David Becker/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The head of Microsoft has a new message for his employees following a gaffe last week regarding women asking for raises.

When Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was asked at a technology conference last week how women should ask for a raise, he said they shouldn't ask, and they should just trust the system to pay them what they're worth.

He later said that was wrong.

Now, in a memo to employees, Nadella says Microsoft shouldn't only focus on equal pay for equal work, but also on the opportunity to do equal work. He also says, going forward, Microsoft needs to recruit more diverse talent and foster a more inclusive culture.

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Hurricane Gonzalo Knocks Out Power in Bermuda

Hurricane Gonzalo Knocks Out Power in Bermuda

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Hurricane Gonzalo made a direct hit on Bermuda Friday night, unleashing pounding rains and dangerous winds.

Though Gonzalo weakened to a Category 2 storm before landfall, the large system was still one of the largest to hit the island. Winds reached up to 105 miles per hour, taking out trees and power lines in its path.

The storm left approximately 28,850 customers without power.

On Saturday Bermuda Governor George Fergusson tweeted that there have been no deaths or serious injuries.

This is the second storm in a row to hit Bermuda, following tropical storm Fay last weekend.

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Talks in Hong Kong Set for Tuesday After Night of Fighting and Arrests

Talks in Hong Kong Set for Tuesday After Night of Fighting and Arrests

Getty Images/Thomas Campean - Anadolu Agency(HONG KONG) -- After a night of fighting in Hong Kong, talks have been scheduled for Tuesday between the government and the students leading pro-democracy protests.Hong Kong Chief Secretary Carrie Lam said, "I'm pleased to say that good progress has been made in the preparations for the dialog between representatives of the Hong Kong Federation of Students and the Constitutional Development Task Force."

"This dialog is now likely to take place next Tuesday afternoon," Lam said. "In fact this is the earliest of three days that we have given to the Federation of Students." "I am very much looking forward to having this dialog with the student representatives."

The announcement came after fighting broke out between riot police and the protesters Friday night. Thirty-three people were arrested.

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Scott Walker and Mary Burke Debate Job Growth, Crime, Taxes in Wisconsin Gubernatorial Race

Scott Walker and Mary Burke Debate Job Growth, Crime, Taxes in Wisconsin Gubernatorial Race

iStock/Thinkstock(MILWAUKEE) -- Republican Governor Scott Walker and Democrat Mary Burke jostled back and forth Friday during a Wisconsin gubernatorial debate.

The two candidates sparred on topics including taxes, job growth, and crime prevention.

Walker touted his record, pointing out that the state's unemployment rate is the lowest it's been since 2008.

"Compare apples to apples," Walker said. "The only time in the last 25 years the unemployment rate has been worse, is during the three years my opponent was the secretary of commerce. The head of commerce in the state of Wisconsin."

But Burke said Walker failed in his first term, citing that he didn't fulfill a promise to add 250,000 private-sector jobs, and isn't advocating for the middle class.

"He somehow believes, you give tax breaks to those at the top and special interests, and it somehow creates jobs. I'm a business person. I know how jobs get created and it means you have to have that small business growth," Burke said.

Burke also claimed that Walker made public budget cuts to police, fire, and local services, causing an increasing in crime.

"He cut shared revenue to municipalities which really strained their budgets in terms of providing police and fire and local services," Burke said.

But Walker defended Burke's claims, saying, "Because of act in reforms, Milwaukee in the first year alone, saved roughl$y 25 million  In fact, in the most recent budget that Mayor Barrett put out, they actually not only saved money, they have enough money to add to the police department. They actually had raises to public employees in this city of Milwaukee."

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Supreme Court Lets Texas Use New Voter ID Law in Nov. Election

Supreme Court Lets Texas Use New Voter ID Law in Nov. Election

iStock/Thinkstock(AUSTIN, Texas) -- The Supreme Court will now allow Texas to use its controversial new voter ID law for the November election.

The high court rejected a request from the Justice Department and civil rights groups to prohibit the state from requiring voters to produce photo IDs in order to cast ballots.

Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement, "It is a major step backward to let stand a law that a federal court, after a lengthy trial, has determined was designed to discriminate. It is true we are close to an election, but the outcome here that would be least confusing to voters is the one that allowed the most people to vote lawfully."

Early voting in Texas begins Monday.

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Queen Latifah to Host Hollywood Film Awards

Queen Latifah to Host Hollywood Film Awards

Sony Pictures Television (LOS ANGELES) -- Queen Latifah will host the Hollywood Film Awards on Nov. 14.

For the first time since it began in 1997, this year's Hollywood Film Awards will be televised.

The ceremony will air live on CBS after a red carpet show hosted by Nancy O'Donnell.

Then a recap show will follow, hosted by CBS This Morning anchors Charlie Rose, Norah O'Donnell, and Gayle King.

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Answers to Five Simple Questions About the Midterm Elections

Answers to Five Simple Questions About the Midterm Elections

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- With the midterm elections less than three weeks away, Shushannah Walshe, deputy political director for ABC News, answers five simple questions.

1. So, let's start with the basics. For those who don't know or have been too busy watching the new season of Homeland or reading Gone Girl think pieces: what are the midterm elections and when are they? Sometime next month, right?SW: Yes, on Tuesday, November 4. But, are you too busy? Aren't we all? In many states there is no need to wait to vote. You can vote early–in many states you can even go today. We are less than three weeks away and according to early voting expert Michael McDonald with the United States Election Project over 1.6 million Americans have already voted. In every district, wherever you live, you can find that information easily accessible online. So, what are you waiting for? Ah maybe you like the excitement of waiting until Election Day.Now to the big question: what are the midterm elections? Midterm elections happen halfway through the presiden's four-year term and if you are wondering if you can vote or should, well that answer is yes, if you are registered. That’s because every member of the House of Representatives is up for re-election, yes yours! That's not all. There are important Senate and gubernatorial races as well. What's the most important? Well, it’s all important, but we are closely watching whether the Democrats hold on to the Senate or not (more on that below). Republicans need to gain six states in order to do that and there are several tight races–some that may not even be decided until after Election Day--making it impossible to know right now what will happen.2. Ok, so – as much as everyone is talking about Hillary Clinton – the White House is not actually in play this year. How many seats in the Senate and House of Representatives are up for grabs? A number of governors' races are happening as well right?SW: Correct, the president has two more years and the next POTUS will be elected in 2016. When will that race start? Oh about a day after the midterms are over. But, let's concentrate on this election. All 435 members in the House of Representatives are up because they are up for re-election every two years (what a grind!) and there are 36 gubernatorial and 36 Senate races. Sixteen of those Senate races are deemed competitive by ABC News ratings and of those 16, five are toss-ups. Of the governor's races our ratings show 21 are competitive with seven toss-ups. Go to ABCNews.com's 14 for 14 coverage to see if any of these hot races are in your state.3. So the House is currently controlled by the Republicans AKA the GOP. The Senate is controlled by the Democrats. Any clue if either body will change hands?SW: We don't believe the House will change hands, meaning Republicans will stay in control of the lower chamber. Republicans are actually hoping to gain even more seats next month, while Democrats are aggressively trying to prevent that from happening. There aren't really that many toss-ups despite every seat being up and just a relatively small number that the campaign committees pour money into and watch closely because they tend to flip back and forth between the parties.But, the real fight to watch on November 4 is whether the Senate changes hands from the Democrats to the Republicans. You may be seeing all those nasty ads at home on your TV and this is likely why, because we are in the last weeks of a death match and Democrats are trying to hold control and the GOP wants to wrest it from them, knowing it's only six seats that could make a difference. It all depends on just a handful of critical races; see below for more on that.If you are interested in paying attention these final weeks those are the exciting races to watch, with all of them it could be that one race that determines control. What happens if there is a tie? A tie means that the Democrats win because Vice President Joe Biden is actually the tie breaker. Currently Nate Silver and his team at FiveThirtyEight give Republicans a 60.8 percent chance of taking control of the Senate and give Democrats a 39.2 percent chance of keeping the majority.4. OK, so let's say the Republicans win the Senate. What does that actually **mean** in real terms? What will change in Washington?SW: There's so much gridlock now, how could there be more? But, yes expect more gridlock because the president, a Democrat, will still be in the White House while Republicans will hold Congress. It’s quite likely even less could get done. It would shift, though. Instead of Congress not getting anything done, the president will likely veto more of what Congress passes.Of course, Republicans could worry again about more primary challenges so any lawmaking may come to a grinding halt. Many Republicans and Democrats running now are promising to work across the aisle, trying to sell themselves to a public that is sick of congressional fighting. If those promises are true then maybe all these predictions will be wrong, but don’t bet on it. It’s not just voters that are sick of the inaction; there are plenty of senior legislators who are sick of it too. Maybe they will get their way and come to a truce of sorts. Again, unlikely. One other possibility is that President Obama moves toward the Republicans to try and get something–anything–done. We'll be watching.5. So, we established there are a lot of races happening. Can you name three races you find most compelling and why?SW: There are a lot of races and narrowing it down to three is difficult, but let’s give it a try. The Georgia Senate race has just recently become a toss-up and it’s all because of an outsourcing controversy that has hit the Republican in the race, businessman David Perdue, pretty hard. He’s running against Michelle Nunn, daughter of former Georgia Sen. Sam Nunn, and for months it looked impossible for a Democrat in red Georgia to win, but now it’s likely to stay tight until Election Day.Another exciting, and also somewhat unexpected battle, is the Kansas Senate race. In that fight, three-term incumbent Pat Roberts is battling it out against independent Greg Orman. Kansas is also a bright red state, a place not really accustomed to competitive elections never mind this brawl. Orman says he’s an independent choice, while Roberts and his allies are trying to label with him with the L word, liberal. Kansas also has an exciting gubernatorial race, but I won’t count that as my number three.For my final one, let’s go with a governor’s race. The Florida governor’s race is a fascinating one pitting the Republican incumbent against the former GOP governor of the Sunshine State, Charlie Crist. Crist is back, but this time he’s a Democrat, and everywhere he goes he’s accompanied by a fan. Yes, a fan. As a Floridian, I can attest that it gets hot at home, but this fan has even impacted the race with Scott refusing to come out to their debate Wednesday because of the fan. Yes, fangate.

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College Student in San Diego on Life Support After Suffering from Meningitis

College Student in San Diego on Life Support After Suffering from Meningitis

iStock/Thinkstock(SAN DIEGO) -- A San Diego State University student is on life support after suffering from meningitis.

Sara Stelzer, 18, was hospitalized Tuesday, thinking she had the flu. She is not expected to recover.

Just before she felt sick, Stelzer returned home to Moorpark, Calif. for her high school's homecoming.

Health officials believe those at most risk of contracting the bacterial infection are people Stelzer came in close contact with in San Diego, where she became deathly ill.

Dr. Gregg Lichtenstein of San Diego State University student health services says symptoms include fever, intense headache, neck stiffness, and lethargy. "Also when it gets into your bloodstream, it can result in a rash that kind of looks like little bruises that get bigger and bigger," Lichtenstein said.

Parent Cindy Lilly is concerned her own daughter may be at risk.

"My daughter knew her, and we have talked about meningitis and kind of how you can contract it, so it is a big concern for us," Lilly said.

Miranda Lipson, a friend of Stelzer, is in disbelief.

"Friends I know, if one of us got it, we would all get it, but I think people are here are smart enough not to let it spread around," Lipson said. "I hope she's in a good place right now and I hope that she rests in peace."

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Manslaughter Trial for Polo Mogul John Goodman Could Hinge on Bartender’s Testimony

Manslaughter Trial for Polo Mogul John Goodman Could Hinge on Bartender’s Testimony

iStock/Thinkstock(WELLINGTON, Fla.) -- Florida polo mogul John Goodman ordered over a dozen drinks in the hours before a fatal car crash in 2010, a bartender testified during his retrial.Goodman was convicted in 2012 and ordered to serve a 16-year sentence, which was later thrown out due to juror misconduct. He's accused of vehicular homicide and DUI manslaughter.The bartender who said she served Goodman, Catherine Lewter, testified that he ordered over a dozen shots and drinks in the hours before the crash. She told the court that Goodman spent $272 on 18 drinks at the bar.When asked what Goodman first did when he walked into the bar, Lewis said he ordered "ten shots of our best tequila."Goodman's attorney argued most of the drinks were for Goodman's friends and not his client. Lewter testified she saw him drink only the three drinks she served him

Goodman crashed his Bentley into a Hyundai driven by Scott Wilson, 23, sending the car into a canal in Wellington, Florida. Wilson, a recent college grad, drowned in the canal.According to prosecutors, Goodman's blood alcohol level was 0.177 - more than twice the legal limit - three hours after the crash.Criminal investigator Troy Snelgrove testified that Goodman appeared inebriated hours after the crash, saying he had watery eyes, slurred speech and smelled of alcohol.Goodman’s defense team has argued that the polo mogul only drank after the crash to calm his nerves. He has pleaded not guilty.If convicted, Goodman could face the same 16-year prison sentence he was ordered to serve at the end of the first trial.

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Michael Keaton Feels ‘Blessed’ for Starring Role in “Birdman”

Michael Keaton Feels ‘Blessed’ for Starring Role in “Birdman”

Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS ©2014 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved(NEW YORK) -- Twenty-five years ago, Tim Burton's Batman, starring a then 37-year-old Michael Keaton, kickstarted the cinematic superhero era."I've done a lot of things, you know, besides wearing a big, rubber suit," Keaton told ABC News' Nightline.For much of the last 20 years, Keaton's had a low profile in Hollywood, but that is about to change thanks to his performance in the film Birdman.

The movie is the story of a down-on-his-luck actor Riggan Thompson, played by Keaton. Keaton's character is famous for his work in a series of films as a costumed avenger, Birdman, and is desperate to redeem himself years later artistically by directing and starring in a Broadway drama. (While there are obvious parallels between Riggan's and Keaton's stints as superheroes, Keaton is quick to dispel any additional connection between his real-life self and his character in Birdman.)Keaton is joined by the film's all-star cast, gathered at Lincoln Center before Birdman's debut at the New York Film Festival exclusively for ABC News, including Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Amy Ryan, and Andrea Riseborough. The actors play characters in this film that are poised to present a personal or professional crisis for Keaton’s character."Just when you think he's this kind of weak, desperate, insecure dude--he is that--but he's also this other thing," Keaton said.Now 63, Keaton said he made a conscious decision to get back in the acting game.

"Specifically, in the last couple of years, [I] started saying, 'I've got to start focusing more on not being so lazy and going after the things.' I mean, I always turned a ton of things down, but it's not like I turned really great things down necessarily," Keaton said. "You wait for that great script to come along, or you hope it's attached with a great director. And that's what happened."The film is shot almost entirely in and around a Broadway theater. Birdman gets its adrenaline from director Alejandro Inarritu and his decision to shoot it without visible cuts."We were attempting two things that are very difficult to do: a comedy and a single shot," Inarritu told Nightline. "It was extremely difficult to coordinate."With the able assistance of cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, said Edward Norton, "I think he pulled off something that's as technically audacious and astonishing and virtuoso as [the film] Gravity,"The film was challenging for its crew and actors, who were required to be perfect for seven-minute seamless takes."We used to get to the twelfth hour in the day, and he felt that he had nothing in the can yet," Naomi Watts told Nightline."One word, delivered a little later or earlier, or one door open wrong, even if it's in the right time, but it's not perfectly executed, suddenly it's like the music, the sound," Inarritu said. "There's something that doesn't match, and that was a scary but, I will say, beautiful part of doing this film.""And the feeling that came over you when it worked was the most satisfaction I've ever felt," Emma Stone told Nightline.For Keaton, who'd been careful about his roles for years, Birdman, and the character of Riggan Thompson, was a completely original change of pace."I was pulling out some of my old tricks or looking for new tricks, and I was getting lazy, so I had no real interest in watching myself for a while," he said. "[Birdman] is different in that … there's nothing like it. There's no other movie that I've seen that's like it, let alone been a part of."Now earning rapturous reviews, Birdman and Keaton's performance seem likely to be part of the conversation through the awards season. Its themes reach beyond the rise or fall of an actor's reputation."I think every character in the movie, except maybe Amy's, whose is grounded, is fighting to get back to a version of themselves that they can respect," Norton said. "Making the film was like a fantastic antidote to those sensations.""I'm unbelievably blessed. This is 100 percent original. You don't get more original than what Tim [Burton] did with Beetlejuice and arguably what he did with the first Batman too," Keaton said."And then you get this, which is like a whole other thing. I mean, come on. Somebody's looking out for me in a large way."

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Ebola Scare Turns Dallas Hospital Into a ‘Ghost Town’

Ebola Scare Turns Dallas Hospital Into a ‘Ghost Town’

iStock/Thinkstock(DALLAS) -- The Dallas nurses who contracted Ebola while treating a patient at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital have been moved from the building, but patients are still steering clear of the once-bustling hospital.People have called to cancel outpatient procedures, and some have even opted not to go to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in emergency situations, ABC Dallas affiliate WFAA reports."It feels like a ghost town," Rachelle Cohorn, a local health care vendor who has been to the hospital recently, told WFAA. "No one is even walking around the hospital."Texas Health Presbyterian's average emergency room wait time had been 52 minutes, according to federal hospital data. But when ABC News called the hospital and asked the emergency department for the ER wait time today, the response was that there was no wait time.The hospital has also taken public relations hits on a number of fronts. It was revealed that Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan was initially sent home from the ER even though he told staff there that he had recently come from West Africa, the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak. And this week, another health care worker who took care Duncan criticized the hospital administration for not providing proper training and equipment to nurses caring for Duncan.To weather the storm, the hospital will need to convince people that Texas Health Presbyterian is still a safe hospital, said Dr. Dan Varga, the chief clinical officer of Texas Health Resources, which owns the Dallas hospital."I would tell this community that Presby is an absolutely safe hospital to come to," Varga told ABC News chief health and medical editor Dr. Richard Besser on Thursday. "We've been in communication with our doctors that have their private offices in our professional buildings around the campus who are getting 40, 50, 60 percent cancellations just for fear of being somewhere in the geography of the hospital where Ebola is treated."

Texas Health Presbyterian became the first hospital in the nation to be faced with diagnosing Ebola on American soil when Duncan, a Liberian man visiting family in Dallas, went to the emergency room on Sept. 26. He was initially sent home with antibiotics, but returned two days later in an ambulance when his symptoms worsened. The hospital put Duncan in isolation. He died on Oct. 8.Two nurses contracted Ebola from Duncan, though how exactly they were exposed remains unknown. Nina Pham, 26, was diagnosed on Oct. 11, and Amber Vinson, 29, was diagnosed on Oct. 15, health officials said.Texas Health Presbyterian cared for Pham in isolation for five days before requesting that she be moved to another facility. She was flown to an NIH facility in Bethesda, Maryland, on Oct. 16, and Vinson was flown to Emory University Hospital the day before.

Varga told Congress on Oct. 16 that the hospital staff was never trained to handle a patient with Ebola. He said they received guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in July but never received any face-to-face training.About 70 staff members are being monitored after possible exposure to the Ebola virus."Over the long haul is the emotional toll going to be something that leaves a mark?" Varga asked. "We have a bunch of employees on surveillance now because they had contact with Mr. Duncan, with Nina, with Amber."

Alex Normington, who works for a national firm that helps hospitals establish their reputations, told WFAA that Texas Health Presbyterian has had a "very good" reputation since it opened in 1966."A hospital's reputation can take years or generations to build," Normington said.Federal and state hospital records also show that Texas Health Presbyterian had two violations over the last five years: one for a nurse who failed to turn a patient over every two hours and another for failing to appropriately address a patient's complaint.Molly Cate, a partner with the health care communication and public affairs firm Jarrard, Cate and Hancock, which works with hospitals across the country, said the violations did not appear to be out of the ordinary."Two in five years is not a huge amount," said Cate. "Health care is very regulated industry. Hospitals are inspected regularly, for hundreds and thousands of things every year."

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Convicted Killer Allegedly Tried to Pin Husband’s Murder on Own Son

Convicted Killer Allegedly Tried to Pin Husband’s Murder on Own Son

iStock/Thinkstock(KELLER, Texas) -- A man who testified against his mother at her trial for the murder of her husband Gregg Williams says she suggested his brother might have been the trigger-man."She said, ‘Do you think your brother could have done it?' She asked me if her own son could have killed Gregg," Andrew O’Brien, 26, told ABC News' 20/20."She had to plant a reasonable doubt that someone else could have been there that night, someone else could have squeezed that trigger, [by pinning it on me]," O'Brien's older brother, Lee O'Brien, 28, told 20/20.

Andrew and Lee O'Brien's mother, Michele Williams, 42, from Keller, Texas, is serving a 60-year prison sentence for the murder of her husband Gregg Williams. The brothers are Michele Williams' sons from previous relationships.Gregg Williams was found dead from a single gunshot wound to his head at his home on Oct. 13, 2011. In an interview with police, his wife initially said an intruder in black clothing hit her and shot her husband.During the interview, Michele Williams mentioned others that police might want to talk to, including Gregg Williams' ex-wife Kathy Williams, but didn't tell them that her sons disliked her husband."I hated him. I don't throw that word around lightly, but I literally hated him," Lee O'Brien said."Even though he's not here, I never liked him as a person. He was a horrible human being," Andrew O'Brien said.After arriving at the scene, police became suspicious of Michele Williams' intruder story. Confronted by police, Michele Williams changed her story and said her husband committed suicide.

She told police she covered up his suicide to protect the couple’s daughter. After five hours, police released Michele Williams.When they found out Gregg Williams died, the brothers said they went straight to their mother to be there for her. Andrew O'Brien said that after helping Michele Williams clean up the home where Gregg Williams was killed, she took him outside and asked him to do something for her."She said, 'I want you to call a friend, and I want you to do this. I want you to have them go and buy an extra-large sweater … Wear garbage bags so that the DNA doesn't get on it. Go out somewhere and shoot a pistol with that sweater on,'" Andrew O’Brien recalled.He said his mother then told him to plant the sweater in Kathy Williams' car and make an anonymous tip to police that Kathy Williams killed Gregg Williams, so they would search her car and find the sweater with gun residue."I was like, 'Okay, I'll do it,' and I wasn't going to do it but … to me it was, '‘She's having a mental breakdown,'" Andrew O’Brien recalled. "I just need to just say, 'Okay,' and walk away."Andrew O'Brien said that when his mother started to change her story about what happened, he became suspicious of her."She told me that someone broke into the house and killed Gregg, that the cops made her say it was a suicide," Andrew O'Brien recalled. "I don't even know how many weeks or how much time goes by but then another story comes out, and this new story is, 'Okay, Greg did kill himself.' And … I was like, 'Why are you lying to me?'"When his mother asked him if his brother Lee O'Brien could have killed Gregg Williams, he said that was the moment he stopped talking to her."My brother, he's got military training. He would not break into someone's house and use their gun," Andrew O’Brien said. "Why would you break into someone's house and take their gun, you know?"Police said both Lee and Andrew O'Brien had strong alibis. The brothers said they began to realize their mother might be a monster."She doesn't even know what reality is any more. She's been lying so long," Lee O’Brien said."You know, you got your mother who was a horrible person, but still she gave birth to you and all that. And you just … don't want to believe that she's capable of murder," said Andrew O’Brien.Prosecutors offered Michele Williams a plea deal which required her to plead guilty to tampering with evidence and deadly conduct with a recommended prison sentence of 18 years.But while awaiting sentencing, Michele Williams told the national crime television show 48 Hours that she was innocent and that the intruder she originally told police about killed her husband.A judge then revoked the plea deal and ordered her to stand trial for Gregg Williams' murder.Andrew O'Brien took the stand for the prosecution and testified in court about how his mother asked him to set up Kathy Williams as the killer."It took me a very long time to decide to do it because after I told them, I said, 'I really don't want to go and testify,'" Andrew O’Brien said. "But I had to do the right thin"After deliberating for seven hours, the jurors found her guilty of murder and one count of tampering with evidence. But the 60-year sentence is little solace for Andrew O'Brien, who considers his mother dead to him."Today I can believe it, and it's because I finally let go of trying to believe that I still have a mother," Andrew O'Brien said."I'll never speak to her again, and it's because in order to move on with my life, I need to just cut ties completely."

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Obama Reassures Americans About the Fight Against Ebola in His Weekly Address

Obama Reassures Americans About the Fight Against Ebola in His Weekly Address

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- In his weekly address, President Obama attempted to explain more clearly the Ebola situation in America, and what his administration has done and is continuing to do to prevent it from spreading.

"What we're seeing now is not an 'outbreak' or an 'epidemic' of Ebola in America," Obama pointed out. He highlighted that only three Americans have been diagnosed with the disease on American soil, urging Americans to "keep this in perspective."

The president also noted, as he has previously, that Ebola is a difficult disease to catch, and that we know how to fight it. "So far," Obama points out, "five Americans who got infected with Ebola in West Africa have been brought back to the United States -- and all five have been treated safely, without infecting healthcare workers"

Fighting Ebola will take time, Obama says. But he reiterates that he will not implement a travel ban for impacted countries, as doing say could make the situation worse.

Read the full transcript of the president's address:Today, I want to take a few minutes to speak with you-directly and clearly-about Ebola: what we're doing about it, and what you need to know.  Because meeting a public health challenge like this isn't just a job for government.  All of us-citizens, leaders, the media-have a responsibility and a role to play.  This is a serious disease, but we can't give in to hysteria or fear-because that only makes it harder to get people the accurate information they need.  We have to be guided by the science.  We have to remember the basic facts.  First, what we're seeing now is not an "outbreak" or an "epidemic" of Ebola in America.  We're a nation of more than 300 million people.  To date, we've seen three cases of Ebola diagnosed here-the man who contracted the disease in Liberia, came here and sadly died; the two courageous nurses who were infected while they were treating him.  Our thoughts and our prayers are with them, and we're doing everything we can to give them the best care possible.  Now, even one infection is too many.  At the same time, we have to keep this in perspective.  As our public health experts point out, every year thousands of Americans die from the flu.Second, Ebola is actually a difficult disease to catch.  It's not transmitted through the air like the flu.  You cannot get it from just riding on a plane or a bus.  The only way that a person can contract the disease is by coming into direct contact with the bodily fluids of somebody who is already showing symptoms.  I've met and hugged some of the doctors and nurses who've treated Ebola patients.  I've met with an Ebola patient who recovered, right in the Oval Office.  And I'm fine.Third, we know how to fight this disease.  We know the protocols.  And we know that when they're followed, they work.  So far, five Americans who got infected with Ebola in West Africa have been brought back to the United States-and all five have been treated safely, without infecting healthcare workers. And this week, at my direction, we're stepping up our efforts.  Additional CDC personnel are on the scene in Dallas and Cleveland.  We're working quickly to track and monitor anyone who may have been in close contact with someone showing symptoms.  We're sharing lessons learned so other hospitals don't repeat the mistakes that happened in Dallas.  The CDC's new Ebola rapid response teams will deploy quickly to help hospitals implement the right protocols.  New screening measures are now in place at airports that receive nearly all passengers arriving from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.  And we'll continue to constantly review our measures, and update them as needed, to make sure we're doing everything we can to keep Americans safe.  Finally, we can't just cut ourselves off from West Africa, where this disease is raging.  Our medical experts tell us that the best way to stop this disease is to stop it at its source-before it spreads even wider and becomes even more difficult to contain.  Trying to seal off an entire region of the world-if that were even possible-could actually make the situation worse.  It would make it harder to move health workers and supplies back and forth.  Experience shows that it could also cause people in the affected region to change their travel, to evade screening, and make the disease even harder to track.  So the United States will continue to help lead the global response in West Africa.  Because if we want to protect Americans from Ebola here at home, we have to end it over there.  And as our civilian and military personnel serve in the region, their safety and health will remain a top priority.  As I've said before, fighting this disease will take time.  Before this is over, we may see more isolated cases here in America.  But we know how to wage this fight.  And if we take the steps that are necessary, if we're guided by the science-the facts, not fear-then I am absolutely confident that we can prevent a serious outbreak here in the United States, and we can continue to lead the world in this urgent effort.

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GOP Weekly Address: ‘We Can Do Better’

GOP Weekly Address: ‘We Can Do Better’

US Senate(WASHINGTON) --A Congressional candidate from Long Island, New York, Lee Zeldin, delivered the Republican address this week, in which he spoke of the future, and the importance of fixing Washington for the next generation.

Zeldin called his two daughters "the most important reason [he is] running for Congress." His goal, he says, is to provide his daughters and their generation with "more opportunities than we had."

Criticizing the gridlock in Washington, Zeldin says that the capitol is full of "caution and inaction," and that Americans should be "tired" of the way D.C. operates.

A former Army paratrooper and a current major in the Army Reserves, Zeldin calls for an end to dysfunction, an improved education system, the repeal of Obamacare, support of veterans and job creation.

Read the full transcript of the Republican address:

Hello, I’m Lee Zeldin, and I’m the Republican candidate for New York’s First Congressional District here on Long Island, a special place where I was born and raised.Let me start by saying that our hearts go out to all those affected by the Ebola outbreak.  Right now, the president and his administration need to be taking every necessary step to protect the American people.Today, I just want to share with you the most important reason I’m running for Congress.  There are two of them actually, and they’re our beautiful twin daughters, Arianna and Mikayla.  They inspire my wife, Diana, and I every day to do all we can to provide them and their generation with more opportunities than we had.That’s just the American way, but that is not the path we find ourselves on right now.  Our government spends more than it takes in, fails to keep basic promises to our veterans, and squanders opportunity after opportunity to create good-paying jobs.  Instead of courage, we see caution and inaction.Aren’t we tired of the way Washington fails to listen to us?This November 4th is our chance to send a message that the challenges we face can’t wait.  That it’s time to turn things back in the right direction.We can start by focusing on creating good-paying, private sector jobs.  Too often in today’s economy, people find themselves taking second, third jobs, and that’s still not enough to make ends meet.  We can do better, and help families get ahead, not just get by.We need to fight for our veterans who fought for us.  We can’t rest until we know the VA will be able to provide the first-rate, 21st-century care our men and women in uniform deserve.We need to repeal and replace ObamaCare with solutions that cost less and guarantee more freedom, certainty and security.  And we have to improve our education system, to put parents in charge of their kids’ education, and give every child an opportunity to succeed.  I know we can do this.  It’s going to take hard work, tough decisions, and embracing the duty we all share to protect and pass on the blessings on which our country was built.  That’s why I proudly served as a U.S. Army paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division, why I still serve as a major in the Army Reserves, and why I’m running for Congress now.Together, we can end the dysfunction, and restore the American Dream for our kids and grandkids. They’re what this is all about.  Thank you for listening, and have a great weekend.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/17/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/17/14

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets 3 (3-1-0, 6pts)- Calgary Flames 2 (3-3-0, 6pts) 

Florida Panthers 1 (1-2-1, 3pts) - Buffalo Sabres 0 (1-4-0, 2pts)

Detroit Red Wings 4 (2-1-1, 5pts) - Toronto Maple Leafs 1 (2-3-0, 4pts)

Nashville Predators 2 (3-0-1, 7pts) - Winnipeg Jets 0 (1-3-0, 2pts)

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Portia de Rossi Says No Kids With Ellen DeGeneres Is ‘Disappointing the Whole of America’

Portia de Rossi Says No Kids With Ellen DeGeneres Is ‘Disappointing the Whole of America’

ABC/Todd Wawrychuk(NEW YORK) --  By now, everybody has heard a rumor at one point that Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi are planning to have a family.But de Rossi reiterated that it's simply "one big rumor that doesn't seem to go away.""At this point, I feel like I'm disappointing the whole of America, not just my mother. You know?" she said during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. "It's true. The tabloids are at me. My mother's at me..."De Rossi, 41, and DeGeneres, 56, were married in 2008. Neither had a burning desire to be a mother, though they do treasure their roles as aunts to their two young nieces."They're adorable and we love them and we play with them, and then we leave," de Rossi said. "My brother's way too smart to leave me alone with his children! It's supervised play, Jimmy."But the Arrested Development star said her eldest niece prefers her Aunt Ellen, and she's pretty sure that the younger one will follow suit, too. After all, she said, "there are a lot of perks" to having DeGeneres as an aunt."There's free stuff, there's meet the pop star that she wants to meet, 12 days of giveaways, obviously," she said. "Yeah, she's a pretty good aunt to have!"

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Researchers Believe an Ingredient in Wine May Help Men Build Healthier Bones

Researchers Believe an Ingredient in Wine May Help Men Build Healthier Bones

Purestock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Researchers in Denmark conducted a study that indicated an ingredient in wine may play a role in helping men build healthier bones.The study, conducted by researchers at Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark and published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, looked at data from 74 men between the ages of 30 and 60 with metabolic syndrome. Each man was given resveratrol, a compound present in nuts and grapes -- and thereby, wine -- in a range of dosages.After 16 weeks of receiving those doses, the researchers found that those men who had received the highest dose of resveratrol also had significantly higher blood levels of bone alkaline phosphatase, which can be used as a marker for healthy bone turnover. The men with the highest doses of resveratrol also had higher bone mineral density measurements.Additional studies will need to be done to determine whether the findings are universal, or unique to the population that researchers looked at in this study.

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ATF Agents Involved in Shooting Incident Involving Burglary Suspects in Ferguson, Mo.

ATF Agents Involved in Shooting Incident Involving Burglary Suspects in Ferguson, Mo.

John Roman/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(FERGUSON, Mo.) -- Police in Ferguson, Mo. say a shooting incident that occurred on Friday was not related to ongoing protests in connection with the fatal officer-involved shooting of Michael Brown.On Thursday, an official from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said, a federally-licensed firearms dealer was burglarized. As part of an investigation into the burglary, ATF officials were surveilling a suspect vehicle on Friday. During an attempted stop, the officers identified themselves as law enforcement, prompting the driver of the vehicle to attempt to ram the agents with the vehicle. At least one ATF agent fired his weapon at the vehicle. No one was struck by the gunfire. The car eventually crashed, at which point three suspects were taken into custody.

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