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Americans Still Prefer Unhealthy Food Choices

Americans Still Prefer Unhealthy Food Choices

iStock/Thinkstock(KIEL, Germany) — The government can run all the public service announcements it wants about convincing people to change their eating habits but it all may be a big waste of time.It has to do with people’s preconceived notions about what tastes good and what doesn’t, according to researchers Robert Mai and Stefan Hoffmann from Kiel University, Germany.They say that despite an obesity epidemic that has gone global, people continue to overeat namely because people’s main reason for being drawn to food is its taste and the idea that unhealthy food tastes better than meals that are supposed to be healthier choices.Mai and Hoffmann gave participants in a study different yogurts that varied in sugar and fat content. Invariably, people were more enthusiastic about the tastier selections, that is, with more sugar and fat, even when given useful information about the ingredients.Invariably, both those who were overweight and even participants who were more health conscious went for the tastier yogurts.In order to combat this problem, Mail and Hoffman recommended that food makers need to make their healthy food tastier as well as improving the marketing and packaging of the products. In addition, they urged those responsible for health awareness campaigns to change their approach so that consumers believe that eating healthy is both “cool” and prestigious.

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Your Learning Goal Orientation Is Key to Career Advancement

Your Learning Goal Orientation Is Key to Career Advancement

iStock/Thinkstock(ANN ARBOR, Mich.) — It’s the end of January and you still haven’t started looking for a new job like you promised yourself.  Maybe you need to improve your LGO.It’s short for “learning goal orientation.”

Daniel Turban and Serge da Motta Veiga from the University of Michigan and Leigh University, respectively, say LGO can mean the difference between moving on in your career or staying stuck where you are.Job seekers with a high LGO basically learn from their experience at looking for work, not to mention everyday situations. They’re also able to bounce back from failures more quickly than people with low LGO.What’s more, when someone has a high LGO, they tend to intensify their efforts when things are actually going well and are better able to deal with the stress that job searching sometime produces.That’s not to say that people who have a low learning goal orientation are out of luck. Turban and da Motta Veiga say they can learn techniques and behaviors to make their job search easier and less stressful.

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Small Drone Found on White House Grounds: Law Enforcement Sources

Small Drone Found on White House Grounds: Law Enforcement Sources

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A small drone was found on the White House grounds overnight, two law enforcement sources confirmed to ABC News, but White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the situation “does not pose any sort of ongoing threat.”Speaking to reporters in New Delhi, India, Earnest said the Secret Service is investigating the device.President and Mrs. Obama are currently in India, with a stop planned in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday. It was unclear if the president's daughters were at home at the time of the incident.

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Report: Dan Quinn to Be Named Falcons Head Coach

Report: Dan Quinn to Be Named Falcons Head Coach

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(ATLANTA, Ga.) -- Once the Super Bowl has concluded, the Atlanta Falcons are expected to name Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn as their head coach, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Quinn, 44, has served as defensive coordinator of the Seahawks defense for the past two seasons after replacing Gus Bradley, who took the head job with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Falcons have already named Kyle Shanahan as the team’s offensive coordinator, though it has been rumored that his hiring is contingent on Quinn being hired.

Raheem Morris, a former player of Quinn at Hofstra in 1990, will likely join the Falcons as defensive coordinator.  Morris was previously head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2009-2011.

Quinn has been in a bit of a tricky situation because of NFL rules. As a member of a coaching staff that is actively in the postseason, Quinn was only available to interview during the Seahawks bye weeks -- the wild card round and this week leading up to the Super Bowl.  No team was able to hire him until the Seahawks season concluded.

He will replace Mike Smith, who served as Falcons head coach for the past seven seasons. 

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Splits on Iran, Cuba Dominate First GOP Presidential Forum

Splits on Iran, Cuba Dominate First GOP Presidential Forum

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(PALM SPRINGS, Calif.) — The first 2016 presidential forum of the year revealed sharp divisions on foreign policy Sunday night, with Sen. Rand Paul breaking with his colleagues on both Iran and Cuba -- a split that’s likely to play out in detail over the next year.Flanked by Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Marco Rubio, Paul joked when the panel’s moderator, ABC’s Jonathan Karl, asked a question about Cuba, “I’m kinda surrounded on this one.”He was right. The night’s liveliest moments came when Paul said his colleagues in Congress should give the president negotiating space with Iran before imposing new rounds of sanctions.“They’re saying you want 535 negotiators, not the president,” said Paul, R-Ky. “Diplomacy is better than war, and we should give diplomacy a chance.”His fellow senators pounced. Cruz called Iran the “single greatest threat in the United States today,” and said the problem is trying to negotiate with Iranian leaders he called “radical Islamic nutcases.”“When you have religious leaders who glorify death or suicide, ordinary cost-benefit analysis doesn't work,” said Cruz, R-Texas.Rubio agreed that Paul is misguided in trusting the president that a true deal disarming Iran is even possible.“I am a little cautious and perhaps skeptical about negotiating with someone who has said, either be with us or die,” said Rubio, R-Fla.But Paul suggested that his colleagues would put the United States on a path to war.“Many times in our fear and anger and distrust and we want to – you know, what are we going to do?” said Paul. “Are you ready to send ground troops into Iran? Are you ready to bomb ‘em? Are you ready to send 100,000 troops?”Similarly, on Cuba, Paul was more closely aligned with Obama than with his GOP colleagues. He called it a “form of isolationism” to be “retreating, not engaging” with other countries.Rubio and Cruz, who are both Cuban-American, sharply if politely disagreed while sitting on opposite sides of Paul.“It’s hard to argue that the president’s deal is a good one,” Rubio said.The forum featuring the senators was the first such event of 2015. It was held barely 24 hours after the first major Republican showcase event of the 2016 campaign, at an all-day conservative gathering Saturday in Iowa.Sunday night’s panel was sponsored by the Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, a not-for-profit connected to Charles and David Koch that is holding a donor conference at an exclusive resort in Palm Springs.The 75-minute forum featuring the three senators and Karl was the only portion of the conference that wasn’t shielded from the press and the public. Freedom Partners provided reporters a link to a private livestream of the event, and the first 15 minutes of the forum aired live at ABCNews.com.The splits on economic and domestic policy were mild by comparison to those over foreign policy. All three senators indicated that they would reject a deal that would cut $10 in spending for every $1 in new taxes, though none of them directly answered the question.That marks a potential split with former Gov. Jeb Bush. He said he would have taken such a deal back in 2012, after all of that cycle’s presidential contenders said in a highly publicized debate moment that they wouldn’t sign off on a trade like that.“When and if any of the people up here run for president, there should be an absolute rule: No yes or no answers,” Paul said. He then indicated that he wouldn’t like such a deal. “I think we have plenty of taxes in this country.”Cruz said that while it’s a question “the media likes to ask,” it represents a false choice.“That trade-off has proven historically to be a fool’s errand,” Cruz said. “It’s a little bit like Lucy and the football. One element of the promise never happens.”Rubio chimed in: “The only way you can get out of this problem is spending discipline, holding the line on spending, and rapid and dynamic economic growth.”None of the three candidates directly answered whether they think there should be a federal minimum wage, though none advocated repealing it, either. They did agree that too many people make -- as Cruz said -- “zero dollars and zero cents” in an economy they don’t think the president deserves credit for improving.“I think the minimum wage consistently hurts the most vulnerable,” Cruz said.The debate also drew some agreement on the question of whether Mitt Romney should run for president again. Rubio was the most mild in his critique of the most recent GOP nominee, saying that he “ran the best race he possibly could,” and that he didn’t want to second-guess his campaign.Paul referenced the fact that Romney’s wife is among those who have said they didn’t want him to run again: “I’m kind of with Ann Romney on this one -- No, no, no, no, no.”Said Cruz: “The reason Republicans lost can be summed up in two words: ‘47 percent.’ ”In a reference to the crowd of some 450 well-heeled conservatives -- including the Koch brothers themselves, who have emerged as among the largest financial forces in politics -- Karl asked at the end of the forum if the super-rich have too much influence in politics.Rubio broke a long pause.“As opposed to Hollywood or the mainstream media, you mean?” Rubio said. “I believe in freedom of speech.”Cruz turned his fire on Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, for suggesting that the Koch brothers are “nefarious billionaires.”“Let me be very clear: I think that is grotesque and offensive,” Cruz said. “I admire Charles and David Koch. They are businessmen who have created hundreds of thousands of jobs.”Rubio also shot back at the suggestion by some governors -- including, notably, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker -- that only someone who’s served in an executive capacity should be the Republican nominee next year. He said that only senators have the foreign-policy depth to navigate a complex world.“Taking a trip to some foreign city for two days does not make you Henry Kissinger,” Rubio said.

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Thousands of Flights Canceled Ahead of Major Winter Storm

Thousands of Flights Canceled Ahead of Major Winter Storm

ABC News(NEW YORK) — As the massive blizzard prepares to engulf the Northeast, some 2,000 flights have been canceled as the storm is expected to bring as much as two feet or more of snow from New Jersey to Maine.An additional 1,945 flights have been cancelled for Tuesday and that number is expected to rise, according to FlightAware.com.The greatest impacts from the storm, which began as a clipper system that brought snow and slick roads to the Midwest on Sunday, are expected Monday evening through Tuesday.According to White House Spokesman Josh Earnest, President Obama was briefed on the storm and White House officials have been in touch with state and local officials on the eastern seaboard.FEMA also has assets in the region ready to assist, Earnest said.New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio told residents not to underestimate the storm."Prepare for something worse than we have seen before. Prepare to be safe. Take every precaution," he said. "Now is the time to get ready for this extreme weather."Ahead of the winter storm, Ne York City residents raced to stock up on food essentials.

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De Blasio said crews were readying to keep streets clear, as officials prepare for what could be "one of the top two or three largest storms in the history of this city."The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency was also preparing for the storm."All of the things that come into play during these events, we want to make sure there are no surprises and everybody is on the same page," said MEMA spokesman Peter Judge.The highest snowfall amounts are currently expected between just east of New York City and Boston, where as much as two feet of snow is expected.New York City can expect 12-18 inches of snow, with cities southwest on I-95, like Philadelphia seeing 6-12 inches.Winter storm watches, warnings, and advisories are in effect from the mid-Atlantic to New England, with blizzard watches posted for cities closer to the coast, including New York City and Boston, where blizzard conditions are expected during the height of the storm.In anticipation of the dangerous winter weather, several major U.S. airlines have issued travel advisories, including Jet Blue, US Airways, American, Southwest, and Delta.Many airlines are also waiving their flight change and cancellation fees for any flights that are scheduled to arrive in cities expected to be affected by the storm on Monday and Tuesday.Travelers can check with their specific airline for how to change or cancel their flight and get the latest updates on any travel advisories.

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Obama Feted in India at Soggy Parade of Camels, Missiles and Tanks

Obama Feted in India at Soggy Parade of Camels, Missiles and Tanks

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(NEW DELHI) — It was a symbolic and soggy affair for the first American president given high honors at India's Republic Day parade.President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama took in the elaborate pageant of military power and cultural pride from a viewing platform under steady drizzle in the capital New Delhi.They spent much of the day beneath umbrellas as a colorful display passed before them, including bejeweled camels ridden as cavalry, brigades of arm-swinging troops, cultural dancers, marching bands, and motorcycle stunt men.The Obamas were flanked by the Indian president and prime minister and surrounded by hundreds of thousands of parade watchers out in the streets to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the world’s biggest democracy.Prime Minister Narenda Modi, a man who many say is India’s Barack Obama, was sporting a distinctive hat and chatted frequently with his "chief guest."The military portion of the massive parade featured Russian tanks, American helicopters, mobile rockets and missiles.One of the tanks turned its presumably unarmed gun turret toward the reviewing stand, likely sending shock waves up the spines of the 50,000 security forces -- U.S. Secret Service, Indian police and para-military forces -- guarding Obama. The president overruled security concerns and elected to sit outside in the open for more than two hours -- an unprecedented stretch on foreign soil.Obama is the first American President to receive an invitation to be chief guest at the parade, an honor granted to Russia's Vladimir Putin, Nelson Mandela, high-level Pakistani officials, even the Queen of England. That an American was finally invited is considered a symbol of the growing closeness of the Indian and American people.The budding personal friendship between Obama and Modi has also set a new tone for two countries, each looking for dependable allies in an unsettled region. At a summit Sunday, they announced closer defense ties, expanded trade and an effort to fight climate change.The three-day Obama visit has set India abuzz with popular fixation with the American first lady, who stepped off the plane in a colorful dress made by a popular Indian designer.Obama has seemed enthralled with Indian culture, too, from the high-stepping military review he received, to tea in a picturesque presidential garden, and his solemn visit to the memorial honoring Mahatma Gandhi, a man who famously inspired Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Whiteside Posts Triple Double in Heat Win

Whiteside Posts Triple Double in Heat Win

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(CHICAGO, Ill.) -- On way to a victory over the Chicago Bulls, a remarkable event occurred for the Miami Heat. Hassan Whiteside, a center who has worked on his craft in the Developmental League, recorded a triple double for the Heat in their 96-84 win.

By putting up 14 points, 13 rebounds and 12 blocks, Whiteside recorded his first career triple-double. He also did this in 25 minutes of action; achieving the feat in the second shortest period of time in the shot clock era. 

"It's a blessing. Like I told my teammates, you won't believe how things work out in life," said Whiteside. "Three months ago I was at the downtown Y just chilling, working on my game. I couldn't get a team to pick up the phone."

A second round pick of the Sacramento Kings in 2010, many teams chose to steer themselves away from Whiteside because of questions about his attitude. After working on his craft overseas and in the D-League, Whiteside signed with the Heat in November.

“That’s what the team needs,” said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. “It gives us a very different dimension. It’s a credit to him for continuing to work hard and match it with his talent.”

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Pilots Attempt Record-Breaking Balloon Trip Across Pacific

Pilots Attempt Record-Breaking Balloon Trip Across Pacific

Tsuyoshi Ogushi/Two Eagles Balloon Team(NEW YORK) -- Two pilots are trying to break world ballooning records as they begin a trip across the Pacific Ocean.American Troy Bradley and Russian Leonid Tiukhtyaev hope to land in North America after about five and a half days in the air, breaking more-than-30-year-old records for distance and time in flight for a gas balloon."This is a very coveted record and, hopefully, one that's going to stand for a long, long time," Mission Control Director Steven Shope said.The explorers took off from Japan Sunday morning in a helium-filled balloon named "Two Eagles," and are now traveling at 15,000 feet in the air.They will make the dangerous, 5,208-mile trip across the ocean with limited sleep and access to oxygen in a small capsule. Temperatures are expected to be in the 50s.At such high altitudes come high stakes. Four years ago, ballooners Richard Abruzzo and Carol Rymer Davis died after hitting bad weather.

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Demonstrations to Mark Popular Revolution Turn Deadly in Egypt

Demonstrations to Mark Popular Revolution Turn Deadly in Egypt

Wathiq Khuzaie/Getty Images(CAIRO) — Clashes in Egypt between government forces and Islamic dissidents left at least 18 people dead Sunday as crowds hit the streets to commemorate the fourth anniversary of the popular revolution that led to the overthrow of then-President Hosni Mubarak.Most of the violence, which also left 50 people injured, occurred in northern Cairo.What apparently touched off the clashes was the shooting death Saturday of an activist at Tahrir Square, which became the focal point of the massive demonstrations in late January and February 2011.Mubarak's ouster led to rise of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, who only spent about a year in power until he too was thrown out of office in a July 2013 military coup.Since then, Egypt has returned to its authoritarian ways with little room for dissident and no tolerance for anti-government opponents. Morsi remains jailed along with other high-ranking members of his Muslim Brotherhood party that was outlawed by the regime of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who once headed Egypt's powerful military.

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Deflate-gate: Patriots Players Support Coach’s Scientific Explanation

Deflate-gate: Patriots Players Support Coach’s Scientific Explanation

John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Several New England Patriots said Sunday they missed their coach's scientific explanation for why footballs the team used in the AFC championship lacked enough air, but they seemed to agree: If Bill Belichick said it, there was probably something to it.Defensive end Chandler Jones said he didn't see the presentation about the science experiment Belichick gave at an impromptu press conference Saturday, but he saw no reason to doubt what he said."Coach Belichick is a very brilliant coach and I understand that he's a smart man," he said. "I feel like if he has an explanation for something then it helps."Jones added, "But I don't really touch the ball. So I don't know too much about it."Wide receiver Julian Edelman said he also wasn't aware of Belichick's press conference."Coach [has] always got his own thing going and I've moved on to Seattle last Sunday. That's how I feel about that whole thing," Edelman said.Fullback James Develin said Belichick has the "fire" and "emotion" needed in the NFL."Any time I see that kind of fire out of anybody, whether it's our quarterback or anybody, it always kind of inspires me," he said. "Football is an emotional game and I think whenever you wear your heart on your sleeve and show that emotion, it's always great."The players said they are instead focusing on next weekend's Super Bowl.Belichick talked about many things in the rambling press conference Saturday, including "atmospheric" and "climatic" conditions, that could have affected the air pressure in 11 of the 12 footballs the Patriots used in the AFC Championship game."If there's activity in the football relative to the rubbing process, I think that explains why when we gave them to the officials and the officials put it at, let's say 12.5, if that's in fact what they did, that once the football reached its equilibrium state, it probably was closer to 11.5," he said.The NFL's guidelines dictate that a ball must be inflated to about 12.5 and 13.5 pounds per square inch and weigh between 14 and 15 ounces."The atmospheric conditions, as well as the true equilibrium of the football is critical to the measurement," Belichick added.On Good Morning America Sunday, "Science Guy" Bill Nye said Belichick's scientific explanation "didn't make any sense.""Rubbing the football? I don't think you can change the pressure," Nye said. "To really change the pressure, you need the inflation needle."But the chairman of the Department of Physics at Boston College, Michael Neughton, says Belichick's thesis is possible."Pressurized inside, brought outside and played in colder temperatures, my answer to that is the pressure in the balls must have changed," he said.Whatever caused the footballs to be underinflated, Belichick said it was not anything the team did intentionally."At no time was there any intent whatsoever to try to compromise the integrity of the game or to gain an advantage," he said.The NFL acknowledged for the first time Friday that the Patriots used under-inflated balls in the first half of Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts. The Patriots beat the Colts 45-7 and will play the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl.Patriots owner Bob Kraft said he told the team staff to be "completely cooperative and transparent with the league's investigators," and said the team takes it seriously.The NFL is still investigating.

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Miss Colombia Wins Miss Universe Pageant

Miss Colombia Wins Miss Universe Pageant

TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images(MIAMI) — Miss Colombia Paulina Vega won the Miss Universe pageant in Miami on Sunday night.The 22-year-old student of business administration earned the title over Miss USA Nia Sanchez, who was first runner-up. Sanchez was crowned Miss USA last June.Miss Ukraine Diana Harkusha was named second runner-up.Eighty-eight contestants participated in the pageant, which aired live on NBC. It featured performances by Nick Jonas and Prince Royce.

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Report: Mavericks Likely to Sign Jermaine O’Neal

Report: Mavericks Likely to Sign Jermaine O’Neal

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images Sport(DALLAS, Tx.) -- The Dallas Mavericks are inching closer to signing center Jermaine O'Neal.

The 36-year-old center, who is currently rehabilitating from numerous injuries and chronic ailments, is likely to join the Mavericks around the All-Star break, according to ESPN.

O'Neal, an 18 year veteran, last played in the 2013-2014 season with the Golden State Warriors. He has had multiple surgeries to repair both wrists and undergone plasma-rich therapy on both knees to alleviate tendinitis.

After acquiring Rajon Rondo from the Celtics on Dec. 18, the Mavericks are now seeking to add depth to their front line.

For his career, O'Neal has averaged 13.2 points per game and 7.2 rebounds per game. 

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American Academy of Pediatrics Reaffirms Opposition to Legalization of Marijuana

American Academy of Pediatrics Reaffirms Opposition to Legalization of Marijuana

sarra22/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The American Academy of Pediatrics reiterated its opposition to the legalization of marijuana in an updated statement on Monday.The group is against legalized marijuana -- both for recreational and medicinal purposes -- due to the potentially harmful effects on adolescents, such as memory impairment and difficulty concentrating.The AAP also says that studies have linked marijuana with a lower likelihood of completing high school and receiving a college degree. Those studies, however, did not prove that use of marijuana caused that lower likelihood of high school completion. According to the statement, the group's opposition to medicinal marijuana is based in a need for further research to determine correct dosing and true efficacy.

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Team Irvin Wins Pro Bowl

Team Irvin Wins Pro Bowl

NFL Shield (NFL)(GLENDALE, Az.) -- The NFL's annual All-Star competition concluded with Team Irvin defeating Team Carter 32-28.

Under the leadership of Hall of Fame wide receivers, Michael Irvin and Cris Carter, the NFL's most popular players put on a show for the fans.

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt and Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford took home MVP honors for their respective side of the ball.

"I just tried to enjoy it," Watt said, who intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble in the game. "That's what the Pro Bowl is all about, giving the fans a good show. Everybody worked so hard to get here, you want to enjoy yourself and play some good ball. Guys are dancing around and having a good time, that's what it's all about."

Stafford, who tossed two touchdowns and threw for 316 yards in the game, said: "It was a blast. To able to play with the best in the world is a whole lot of fun, and everybody is such good people, too. I am out here having a good time."

This year, the Pro Bowl was held in the host city of the Super Bowl, Glendale, Arizona, taking a one year break from its usual destination of Honolulu, Hawaii.

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White House Chief of Staff: U.S. ‘Sparing No Effort’ to Free American ISIS Hostage

White House Chief of Staff: U.S. ‘Sparing No Effort’ to Free American ISIS Hostage

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- Following the apparent execution of a Japanese hostage this weekend by ISIS, President Barack Obama's chief of staff said Sunday the U.S. is working aggressively to free the remaining Japanese hostage as well as a female American hostage held by the radical Islamic group."Well, the president had a good talk overnight, our time here, with [Japanese] Prime Minister Abe, underscoring our continued support for and partnership with the Japanese, they [are] making this huge investment of, you know, halfway around the world, like we are, in Iraq and Syria against ISIS," White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said on This Week."And as it relates to our hostages, we are obviously continuing to work those matters very, very aggressively. We are sparing no expense and sparing no effort, both in trying to make sure that we know where they are and make sure that we're prepared to do anything we must to try to get them home," he told ABC's George Stephanopoulos.The president's chief of staff also addressed the chaos that engulfed the country of Yemen in recent days, after the country's president and cabinet resigned under pressure from Houthis rebels who had seized the country's capital.The power struggle has thrown U.S. counter-terrorism strategy against al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula into doubt, with McDonough saying it "remains to be seen" if the Houthi forces will have the same commitment to working with the U.S. to fight al Qaeda forces in Yemen."That remains to be seen. And what the president also said today is that we want to see this resolved through a political process that's transparent, that includes all the actors in the country, mindful of the fact that AQAP lives in these chaotic situations," McDonough said."So I'm not going to jump to any conclusions. I am going to say to the parties on the ground that they have to resolve this transparently, peacefully, politically. And we will, while they're doing that, continue to make sure that we're focused on the threats to us and to our people," McDonough added.

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Browns W.R. Josh Gordon Facing One-Year Ban

Browns W.R. Josh Gordon Facing One-Year Ban

Matt Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon failed another drug test and will now face a one-year suspension, ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reports.

Gordon tested positive for alcohol, a source said, confirming a report by Pro Football Talk. 

Gordon was suspended at the end of the season for violating team rules after missing the first 10 games of the season, to go along with being arrested for driving while impaired after speeding down a street in Raleigh, North Carolina during the summer.

Prior to that arrest, he was suspended the first two games of the 2013 season for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

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Attempt to Raise Fuselage of AirAsia Plane Fails

Attempt to Raise Fuselage of AirAsia Plane Fails

nuttapong/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(SURABAYA) -- An attempt to raise the fuselage of the AirAsia flight that crashed into the water near Indonesia last month failed on Sunday.During the attempt to raise part of the wreckage, cables being used to lift the fuselage snapped, sending it back to the ocean floor. Strong currents have made the recovery effort difficult.So far, 70 bodies have been recovered from the wreckage. There were 162 people on board when the plane crashed en route from Indonesia to Singapore.

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Mike Krzyzewski Wins 1,000th Game in Duke’s 77-68 Victory over St. John’s

Mike Krzyzewski Wins 1,000th Game in Duke’s 77-68 Victory over St. John’s

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The wait is over.  Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski won his 1,000th game after his team beat St. John's 77-68 at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.

The Blue Devils were down 61-51 with 8:36 left in the game and had a furious rally and Quinn Cook's three pointer gave them their first lead of the second half with 5:15 left in the game.  They'd go on to have a 26-7 run to end the game and give Coach K the milestone victory.

Tyus Jones finished with 22 points and six assists and Cook and Jahlil Okafor each added 17 in the win.

Sir'Dominic Pointer had 21 points in the loss for St. John's.

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Obama: US Will ‘Ratchet Up the Pressure on Russia,’ Can’t Play ‘Whack-a-Mole’ By Sending Troops to Yemen

Obama: US Will ‘Ratchet Up the Pressure on Russia,’ Can’t Play ‘Whack-a-Mole’ By Sending Troops to Yemen

Photo by Gurinder Osan/Hindustan Times via Getty Images(NEW DELHI) -- President Obama on Sunday weighed in on the situations in Yemen and Ukraine, vowing to keep Americans in Yemen safe while issuing stern words to Russia and Russian President Vladimir Putin for their actions in Ukraine."We have a profound interest...in promoting a core principle," Obama said at a joint press conference with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday, that "large countries don't bully smaller countries." He reiterated that the U.S. will continue to take the same approach that it has in the past, to "ratchet up the pressure on Russia."In addition, Obama spoke of the importance of "making sure that we're continuing to provide the support that Ukraine needs to sustain its economy during this transition period, and to help its military with basic supplies and equipment."The president also touched on the situation in Yemen, where attacks on the capital city and the resignation of much of the government have led to questions about whether the U.S. would evacuate its embassy. For now, the embassy is operating with a reduced staff. Obama said Sunday that the "top priority has and always will be to make sure that our people on the ground in Yemen are safe." Calling the nation "a dangerous country in a dangerous part of the world," Obama reaffirmed that counterterrorism activity there would continue. "We continue to go after high-value targets inside of Yemen...and we will continue to maintain the pressure that's required to keep the American people safe."Obama also said that he hoped to go after terrorist networks in Yemen without an "occupying U.S. army," because "the alternative would be for us to play whack-a-mole every time there is a terrorist actor inside of any given country, to deploy U.S. troops." Such a strategy, he said, would not be sustainable.

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