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Tech Company Gains Boost Markets To End Week

Tech Company Gains Boost Markets To End WeekiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK)  -- Big gains in tech companies on Friday helped to push the markets higher to end the week.The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 18,080.14, up 21.45 from its open.The Nasdaq rose by 36.02 to close at 5,092.08. The S&P 500 was up by 4.76, finishing the session at 2,117.69.Amazon stock soared 15 percent on Friday, after the company revealed details about its cloud service for the first time. Shares of Google and Microsoft also rose on Friday, after both companies reported their quarterly results. Pepsico hopes a change in formula will result in fizzier sales for Diet Pepsi. The company announced on Friday it’s removing Aspartame from the drink’s formula, and replacing it with the sweetener commonly known as Splenda. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

CDC Issues Alert Following Indiana HIV Outbreak

CDC Issues Alert Following Indiana HIV OutbreakiStock/Thinkstock(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Health officials said on Friday that a HIV epidemic in rural Indiana among injection drug users is still not under control, prompting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to issue a nationwide alert.Indiana Governor Mike Pence announced that he is extending a state of emergency to battle the epidemic, as officials say more than 140 cases have been reported this year in one small town. “142 positive HIV tests have now been reported in southeastern Indiana. That's 136 confirmed and six preliminary and we literally have new cases being reported every day, literally on an hourly basis,” said Indiana State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams on Friday.Indiana Department of Health Chief Medical Consultant Joan Duwve said people are shooting up as often as 10 times a day and sharing with family and friends.“They'll take the quarter of their oxymorphone pill, dissolve it, and inject it with whoever happens to be with them,” he said.Duwye added that despite the agency’s efforts, new cases are being diagnosed daily.“As of April 21st when the MSWR was written, a total of 135 persons have been diagnosed with HIV infection. The large majority of them residing in a city of only 4200 people,” Duwye said. The CDC issued a warning on Friday to health officials nationwide over the increase in prescription drug abuse leading to a resurgence of HIV and hepatitis C.CDC Director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Jonathan Mermin, said needle sharing is to blame to the outbreak, and behind the nationwide warning.“We're issuing a health advisory to alert public health departments and health care providers nationwide of the increasing Hepatitis C epidemic and the possibility of current or future HIV outbreaks among people who inject drugs,” he said on Friday. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

US Hostage Policy Review To Focus on Family Communication

US Hostage Policy Review To Focus on Family CommunicationiStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The White House is looking at ways to better communicate with the families of American hostages held overseas, as part of its broader policy review in the wake of the killing of two innocent civilians by a U.S. drone strike.“There is a premium on clear, direct, specific, regular, reliable communication with these families, and that can be difficult when you have a wide range of agencies that are involved in those conversations,” Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters at the daily briefing on Friday. “The effort is to try to streamline those communications, to make that a communication more effective and more sensitive to the needs of these families.”As part of this effort, the White House is seeking input from the families of those who have been held hostage. “Throughout this process the administration has been committed to incorporating the viewpoint of families that have been unfortunately involved in this process,” Earnest said. “We have, on the front end, solicited some input from families of those who have been held hostage.”One option on the table is the creation of a “fusion cell” to coordinate responses and enable a “whole-of-government response” to overseas hostage situations.Earnest suggested that this cell could be an alternative to the idea of a “hostage czar” that some, including the Weinstein’s congressman, have proposed. “I'm not in a position where I'm ruling out the creation of a hostage czar. I'm just pointing out that the proposal that's being discussed right now is one that's -- that is in pursuit of a similar goal, but with a different composition,” he said.Earnest did not offer a timeline for this review, but said families would have an opportunity to offer feedback based on their own personal experiences. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Watch What Happens When a Donut Goes to Space

Watch What Happens When a Donut Goes to SpaceiStock/Thinkstock(ASKIM, Norway) -– It's one small step for man, but one giant leap for pastry lovers everywhere. Two Swedish brothers took a weather balloon and used it to send what they're calling the first ever donut in space. A camera shows the pink frosted donut with sprinkles as it appears to take its helium-fueled ride high into the sky. The land below appears smaller and smaller as the donut makes its ascent. Once it reaches a point 20 miles up in the stratosphere, it appears the weather balloon pops sending the perfect pastry and the other equipment on board in a free-fall back to Earth. The donut met a tragic end when it splashed down into a lake, according to the video. The soggy pastry and its accompanying equipment were recovered by the Swedish Sea Rescue Society. The donut may have been dampened, but the spirits of the two brothers who pulled off the apparent feat were anything but. The duo posted a video a few days after their stunt where they sampled the space donut while preserving the rest of the pastry for posterity. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Foods Kids See in TV Ads Do Not Meet Nutritional Standards, CDC Says

Foods Kids See in TV Ads Do Not Meet Nutritional Standards, CDC SaysiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Over half of the foods in advertising directed at children were ineligible for advertising if they followed government standards, the CDC says in a new report. The CDC looked at a list of over 400 foods approved by the industry regulated Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative and compared them against the government’s recommendations, which have limits on fat, sugar and sodium. Researchers found that 53 percent of the CFBAI products did not meet these limits.  Sugar was the most common nutrient that exceeded government recommended limits, with 32 percent of advertised products exceeding the sugar limit.  Children on average see 10 to 13 food-related advertisements every day.  The governmental agencies involved in creating these recommendations include the CDC, FDA, Federal Trade Commission, and the US Department of Agriculture. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Obama on Hostages: ‘We All Bleed When We Lose An American Life’

Obama on Hostages: ‘We All Bleed When We Lose An American Life’JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama on Friday reiterated his commitment to reviewing the American operation that killed two civilian hostages to prevent the future loss of innocent lives.“We are going to review what happened. We are going to identity the lessons that can be learned and any improvements and changes that can be made,” the president told employees at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. “I know those of you who are here share our determination to continue doing everything we can to prevent the loss of innocent lives.”Pausing for reflection, the president spoke briefly about the difficulty of these moments. “I was asked by somebody how do you absorb news like that that we received the other day and I told the truth, ‘it’s hard,’” he said. “But the one thing I wanted everybody to know, because I know you, because I work with you, because I know the quality of this team, is that we all bleed when we lose an American life. We all grieve when any innocent life is taken.”“We understand the solemn responsibilities that are given to us and our first job is to make sure that we protect the American people," he continued. "But there is not a person that I talk to that's involved in the intelligence community that also doesn’t understand that we  have to do so while upholding our values and our ideals and our laws and our constitutions and our commitment to democracy.” Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

New Video Shows Teen Slammed by Guard, Beaten by Inmates in Rikers Island Jail

New Video Shows Teen Slammed by Guard, Beaten by Inmates in Rikers Island JailABC News(NEW YORK) -- Newly released surveillance footage from Rikers Island, New York City's 400-plus-acre prison complex, is raising concerns about alleged abuse and violence inmates face while behind bars there. The footage, obtained by The New Yorker, appears to show New York City teen Kalief Browder being slammed to the ground by a Rikers Island guard in one incident and then being beaten by other inmates in another. Browder, who turns 22 next month, spent three years at Rikers Island -- two years in solitary confinement -- while waiting for a trial over police accusing him of stealing a backpack in May 2010. Browder was released in June 2013 when the charges against him were dismissed. In an interview last July, Browder told ABC News that he was held there for three years because his mother could not afford to pay his bail, set at $3,500, and a trial kept getting delayed. "Only thing on my mind was that I gotta go home, I didn't do this," said Browder, who was 16 when he was first incarcerated at Rikers. "Now I'm in jail around these grown men and they're, you know, they're fighting each other. I don't know. It was like hell on Earth." Browder said he was beaten, stomped on and hit with weapons by correction officers. "They cuffed me to the back, and they were just beating on me while I was in the cell," he said. In the newly released security video, reportedly from Sept. 23, 2012, a guard can be seen arriving at Browder's cell to escort Browder to the shower, The New Yorker reported. After a few seconds, the guard appears to slam Browder, who is handcuffed, to the ground and then hold him down. Two more guards appear to run up to the guard and Browder. The video is then followed by footage, reportedly from Oct. 20, 2010, after Browder punched a gang leader at Rikers who spat on him, according to The New Yorker. Browder was then beaten, the magazine reported. A group of inmates can be seen on the video attacking Browder, who appears to be punched kicked to the ground. Two guards then appear in the video, and they seem to try unsuccessfully to stop the fight. After some time, the video shows Browder being put into another room, where he is seen walking around with his hands to his head. After a few minutes, another inmate can be seen kicking in the door to the room Browder is isolated in, and the group is seen trying to beat him again. At the end of the footage, guards finally get the inmates out, and Browder kneels on the floor, facing the wall with his hands behind him, as armored officers walk in. A spokesperson for the New York City Department of Correction said the agency's commissioner is very troubled by what he saw on the footage of the guard apparently slamming Browder in 2012. "He and Mayor [Bill] de Blasio have already adopted a 14-point anti-violence initiative to change the culture at DOC, and changes to the DOC’s Use of Force policy are already under way," the spokesperson said. "Training curricula for officers will be revised to reflect these changes. The Department is re-training the officer involved." Browder's lawyer, Paul Prestia, told ABC News Friday that a lawsuit against the city is pending, but was unable to immediately give additional information. A spokesperson for the New York City Department of Law told ABC News on Friday, "Mr. Browder's suit is currently under review." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Canadian Judge Grants Former Guantanamo Detainee Bail

Canadian Judge Grants Former Guantanamo Detainee BailJohn Moore/Getty Images(EDMONTON, Alberta) -- A Canadian, once the youngest prisoner at Guantanamo, was freed on bail Friday by a court.Omar Khadr was freed by a judge in Edmonton after spending nearly half his life in custody. Khadr was captured by U.S. forces in Afghanistan in 2002 when he was 15 years old, accused of killing a U.S. soldier.He was later sentenced to 40 years in prison by a U.S. military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay in 2010 but, as part of his plea deal, his sentence was limited to eight years. Khadr was transferred back to Canada in 2012 to serve the remainder of his sentence.He’s been freed on bail while his Guantanamo conviction is being challenged by the Canadian government in a Washington court. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

This American in Britain Is the Envy of Social Media

This American in Britain Is the Envy of Social MediaGetty Images(CAMBRIDGE, England) -- An American woman studying in Britain has gained more than 335,000 followers on Instagram by posting pictures and stories about her fairy tale life at Cambridge University. Caroline Calloway, 23, left New York almost two years ago. When she started blogging about white-tie dinners, fancy balls and young men in polo gear, her social media followers started growing. "I am living my life through her stories," one of her fans, Emily Parsons, recently wrote on Instagram. "The time Oscar flew us to Venice for Valentine’s Day” or “The time my friend Max and I went to a ball at Blenheim palace" are only some of the stories that have made the young woman popular with her peers.   A photo posted by Caroline Calloway (@carolinecalloway) on Jan 20, 2015 at 5:00pm PST   One of her Cambridge friends, India, asking ABC News not to use her last name, said Calloway was always befriending people and that her success was because of her "crazy life with lots of parties." But another student from the university, Abby Jitendra, said she thought Calloway's pictures tend to "amplify the ridiculousness of Cambridge" with its long-held traditions. “Her pictures are mainly for outsiders," Abby said, noting that less wealthy students often cannot afford the same lifestyle. Calloway, a history of art major, says her motivation is "brightening" people's day "with jokes and stories and photos." Her fans’ reactions were unexpected, she says. "The pictures are cooler than I will ever be,” Calloway told ABC News. Despite her apparent enjoyable life in Cambridge, Calloway says she misses her country. "In the U.S. we have the mentality that you can make it on your own," she said, before adding, "I also miss wearing my PJ's in the middle of the day. That's not a thing here." In addition to her pictures, Calloway said, the key to her success has been the anecdotes she writes along with each of her posts. "Without even acknowledging his concerned glances towards my vase full of red wine, I leapt out of bed saying, “Ten minutes and I’ll be ready.” “Lovely,” he replied, snapping his gaze up from the floor," Calloway wrote on Instagram to describe one picture. “Do you need to borrow robes or— ” I pointed to the Ryder and Amies bag in the corner.“Black Undergraduate Robes? Check. AWWW YEA, CAMBRIDGE.” The young woman plans on returning to America after she graduates in 2016. She says she has a book coming up next spring, in which she will tell her stories in a longer form. “I hope readers will find the stories moving and funny,” said Calloway, who hopes to become an established writer one day. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Miracle, the Newborn Kitten Found 24 Hours After Indiana Apartment Complex Fire

Miracle, the Newborn Kitten Found 24 Hours After Indiana Apartment Complex FireSarah Green(JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind.) -- Miracle, a tabby that apparently survived an Indiana blaze that destroyed an apartment complex, chased 48 families from their homes and killed at least seven other cats, is now living up to his name. Now 2 weeks old, the feline was discovered at the scene by Capt. Rusty Hall of the Jeffersonville Fire Department, one day after the fire. "Twenty-four hours later, me and my partner, Rex Caldwell, we went back to look for equipment and, more or less, checking out the building to make sure there was no hidden hot spots," Hall told ABC News. "It just so happened that we looked over and seen something yellow sitting on the ground. I had hollered for Rex and I said, 'Is that what I think it is?'" After realizing that the kitten was alive, Hall and Caldwell brought him back to a fire truck. "They named him Miracle, because it is," Hall said. "It's a miracle he survived through the heavy smoke and surviving for 24 hours without food or water." "It was something you just don’t see every day," he said. "It was really amazing and it was like I was put in the right place and the right time to find this kitten." Sarah Green, director at the J.B Ogle Animal Shelter, where Miracle now is being cared for, said seven cats -- including two adult cats found in the same apartment unit as Miracle -- were killed in the fire, and about four other cats remain missing. "He's actually doing pretty well," Green said. "Cats that young without a mother already have the deck stacked against them." Green believes that she may have spoken to Miracle's owner at the scene, but added she has been unsuccessful in attempting to contact her. "If she'll be in a place where she can take the cat, I'd like to reunite him," Green said. "If not, the firefighter at the scene wants to adopt him so either way, he has a place to go." The fire took place on the afternoon of April 16, said Jeffersonville Fire Chief Eric Hedrick. He added that the incident left one person injured and 48 families homeless. The official cause of the fire is under investigation. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Melissa Etheridge Uncovers Scandalous Family History

Melissa Etheridge Uncovers Scandalous Family HistoryTLC(NEW YORK) -- Melissa Etheridge recently uncovered some scandalous truths about her family’s distant past. On Sunday’s season finale of TLC’s genealogy series, Who Do You Think You Are? the singer discovers that an ancestor in French Canada seduced and impregnated a woman, a scandal that resulted in a trial. "I was shocked, yes, and delighted, too," she told Billboard. "I didn't take anything personally -- although when you start realizing there were these people in the 1600s going to court to clear their daughter's name, and, of course, it's so salacious and about sexuality, I'm like, 'Duh -- welcome to my line of making our sexuality public,' and that sort of makes me laugh at those parallels." Etheridge, 53, told the magazine she agreed to be on the show partly because her wife, Linda Wallem, is friends with one of the executive producers, but also because she wanted to fill some gaps in her ancestral history. "I knew stories from my mother's family," she said, "but with my father I didn't know anything past his parents, so it was a delight to all of a sudden open a door to all these stories and be like, 'Oh, that's where my father came from?'" She acknowledged that the newfound branches in her family tree might spark some song ideas one day, but, first, she has a busy summer of touring ahead. "I actually haven't sat down to write much now,” she says. “I'm more in the touring mode. It hasn't inspired me yet, but once I do sit down to write again, maybe I'll go there." On June 9, Melissa will release A Little Bit of Me: Live in L.A. on CD, DVD and Blu-ray, and the next day she’ll kick off a solo summer tour. A mixture of solo dates and co-headlining shows with Blondie will take her through the end of summer. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Kelly Clarkson Reveals Her Birthday Plans with Husband Brandon Blackstock

Kelly Clarkson Reveals Her Birthday Plans with Husband Brandon Blackstock Heather Wines/CBS(NEW YORK) -- Happy birthday, Kelly Clarkson! The original American Idol turned 33 on Friday -- but only her husband, Brandon Blackstock, knows how she'll be celebrating. Asked by a fan on Twitter how she'll mark her special day, Clarkson tweeted, "Brandon is surprising me with birthday getaway so we will see :)." Clarkson married Blackstock in 2013. Their daughter, River, was born last year. Luckily for the singer, her husband is a man prone to romantic gestures. Last July, he gave her a 10-acre field of sunflowers, her favorite blossom. On her birthday two years ago, he gave her a bouquet of sunflowers and a red velvet cake that he made for her himself. However, Clarkson has more than just her birthday surprise to look forward to. She also revealed on Twitter that the video for her next single, the Sia-penned "Invincible," is "coming soon," writing, "we are about to shoot [it]." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Statue of Liberty Evacuated Following Bomb Threat

Statue of Liberty Evacuated Following Bomb ThreatGetty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Statue of Liberty was evacuated Friday after a caller made a threat stating that "they were going to blow up" the landmark, authorities said. The National Park Service, which operates the landmark and island in New York City, said the call came in at 11 a.m. and everyone was "immediately evacuated and all personnel and visitors are safe." In a statement, the federal agency said, "United States Park Police personnel including two canine units swept the Statue. The canine units alerted on an area of interest near the lockers at the base of the statue. At this point ... it was in best to evacuate the island. The island has been cleared of all visitors and personnel.”The NYPD Bomb Squad was investigating what was believed to be a suspicious package indicated by a K-9 unit in a visitor’s locker, police sources said. Police said the locker was inspected and found empty. The four-hour closure also kept ferries from New York City and New Jersey from docking. The evacuation and subsequent suspension in ferry service resulted in a backlog that forced the island to effectively close for most of the afternoon. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Blue Bell Hits Restart Button on Its Operations After Listeria Outbreak

Blue Bell Hits Restart Button on Its Operations After Listeria OutbreakBlue Bell Ice Cream(NEW YORK) -- After a listeria outbreak that shut down Blue Bell Ice Cream operations and left three consumers dead, the company has announced a reboot.Starting April 27, Blue Bell will "embark on an intensive cleaning program," the company said, and retrain employees at all four of its ice cream plants for the next week or so. The reboot will involve enhancing existing preventive measures, teaching hundreds of plant employees new cleaning techniques and making design changes to equipment. All ice cream made during that time will not be for sale to consumers."We just needed to set a reset button and get it right," Blue Bell spokesman Joe Robertson told ABC News, adding that they have not yet decided when to resume normal ice cream production.The 108-year-old ice cream company expanded its earlier recalls this week to include all Blue Bell products. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also announced this week that listeria cases tied to Blue Bell Ice Cream had an illness onset date dating back as far as January 2010, after retrospectively reviewing old cases for the DNA fingerprints. The CDC has confirmed 10 listeria cases tied to Blue Bell in four states. Three of these patients died, according to the CDC.When the first Blue Bell products tested positive for listeria and the company issued a recall, Robertson said Blue Bell identified the piece of equipment and shut down the whole room of the plant. The company had already recalled 25 ice cream products when a batch of half-gallon chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeria, too, prompting the complete recall."We've always worked to make the very highest quality ice cream," Blue Bell CEO and President Paul Kruse said in a statement. "We intend to make a fresh start and that begins with intensive cleaning and enhanced training. This is a paradigm shifting event at Blue Bell and we want to put in place new systems to drive continuous improvement."Although most people who are exposed to listeria don't become sick, it can be a very serious illness, said ABC News chief health and medical editor Dr. Richard Besser. It kills about 260 people a year, according to the CDC."Ice cream isn't one of those foods that we tended to worry about because of pasteurization, where you heat the milk that would kill listeria," he said. "So they’re going to be looking very hard at these factories to try to figure out what went wrong here."Although there is a "zero tolerance" policy at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration when it comes to listeria, food safety expert Sandra Eskin told ABC News that companies aren't required to test for it -- at least not until the Food Safety Modernization Act is implemented later this year.Robertson said Blue Bell had been testing for listeria and other bacteria, but it will begin testing even more going forward.On Thursday, another ice cream company, Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream, announced that it was recalling all products after a positive listeria test. In a statement to ABC News, the FDA said it does not believe the outbreaks are related. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Meet Dusty, the Australian Pet Kangaroo Who Thinks He’s a Dog

Meet Dusty, the Australian Pet Kangaroo Who Thinks He’s a DogAshley Stewart(Esperance, AUSTRALIA) -- Dusty the kangaroo is considered a family pet to an Australian family in Esperance that rescued him as a baby from his mother's pouch when they found her dead on the side of the road in 2013. Now, you can find Dusty, 2, hopping around and in and out of Ashley Stewart's family home on a farm. The friendly kangaroo actually thinks it's a dog, Stewart told ABC News on Friday, adding Dusty is always following and playing with their two dogs, Lilly the Golden Retriever, 5, and Rosie the Border Collie, 11. "Dusty acts just like a dog," he said. "Wherever the dogs go, he goes with them and does what they do. He sleeps together with them in a bed, play fights with them and likes to get pet and scratches, too." Stewart added he and his wife and three kids believe Dusty thinks Lilly the Golden Retriever is his mother. "They've got an especially close bond, and Dusty is very attached to her," he said. "He'll groom Lilly and even affectionately lick her." The four-foot tall kangaroo is free to roam outside around the farm and graze, but he always comes back to his family, Steward added. "Since kangaroos are a bit nocturnal, sometimes he'll wander and graze at night, but he always comes back and sleeps next to the dogs," he said. "When my children are home from boarding school, Dusty also likes to come into the house and sit in the lounge, and then he'll go outside and walk with the dogs." And while Dusty doesn't quite know any tricks (yet), he does respond to his name when called and communicates with the family using gestures, Stewart said. "Once, when I was going for a drive around the farm, we loaded the dogs in the bed of the truck and Dusty came up, appeared to look up at me like he wanted to tag along," he said. "So I let him hop on back, and we all went for a ride. He also sometimes comes up to you and puts his arm around you asking to be pet or scratched." "He’s just a pet like any dog or cat, and yeah, he just happens to be a kangaroo," Stewart added. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

What Makes the Hubble Space Telescope So Special

What Makes the Hubble Space Telescope So SpecialStocktrek Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- When the Hubble Space Telescope was launched into orbit 25 years ago on Friday, no one could have predicted the trove of new discoveries it would make about our cosmos.NASA heralded the launch of Hubble on April 24, 1990, as "the most significant advance in astronomy since Galileo's telescope."Hubble's incredible reach -- made possible by the fact that its sight was not impaired by the Earth's atmosphere -- allowed astronomers to get closer looks at space phenomena like never before, watching stars and planets as they form, examining exoplanets and capturing the power of cosmic impacts.Since its first day on the job, Hubble has made more than 1.2 million observations and its findings have been published in more than 12,800 scientific papers, according to NASA, making it one of the most successful scientific instruments ever built.Whizzing around Earth at 17,000 mph, Hubble has racked up more than three billion miles in flight, according to NASA.Its incredible resolution has allowed the telescope to look at areas as far as 13.4 billion light years away from Earth -- in essence, peering back into a time when our universe first emerged from the Big Bang. The telescope is so precise that it is equivalent to someone shining a laser beam on a dime from 200 miles away, according to NASA. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Mystery Colorado Highway Shooting Points to Possible Serial Attacker

Mystery Colorado Highway Shooting Points to Possible Serial AttackeriStock/Thinkstock(DENVER) -- After four attacks centered on a northern Colorado highway within three days, authorities are concerned a serial shooter may be on the loose.Police are trying to determine whether the incidents in Larimer and Weld counties are linked, the most severe of which was Wednesday, when a woman was shot in the neck.The 20-year-old woman was driving alone on Interstate 25 in Larimer County late Wednesday night when she was shot and the front driver's side window of her car shattered, the Larimer County Sheriff's Office said.She said in a call to 911, "I'm on the highway right now and somebody just hit me and I'm bleeding from my neck and I'm scared."The 911 operator tells her to place a dry cloth on the wound.The woman says, "I'm trying but it's on both sides of my neck. ... I'm just scared."She underwent surgery and is expected to survive, according to Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith. "Listening to how calm she remains with the dispatcher, I can tell you that she is a very brave young woman," Smith said.While authorities believe the woman was randomly selected, they are concerned the shooting may not be an isolated incident.The Larimer County Sheriff's Office cited a Tuesday morning incident when deputies were driving a department van on I-25 in Weld County, transporting three inmates from one jail to another, and the right passenger window shattered. No injuries were reported, the sheriff's office said.Two more drivers also reported shattered windows.A man was driving in Larimer County near I-25 Wednesday night when his car's rear window shattered, ABC affiliate KMGH-TV in Denver reported, and Thursday afternoon, a man was driving in Weld County near the highway when his driver's side window shattered. Neither man was injured, KMGH reported.But David Moore, a spokesman for the Larimer County Sheriff's Office, said, unlike the Wednesday night shooting, these three incidents have not been “proven to be cases where windows were broken by a bullet."Separately, an abandoned truck was also found along I-25 with its back window blown out, according to KMGH. But Moore said it is too soon to connect the truck to the other incidents.No suspects have been identified and the investigation is ongoing. The authorities urge drivers to report any suspicious behavior. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Angelina Jolie Rips United Nations for Inaction in Syria

Angelina Jolie Rips United Nations for Inaction in SyriaEthan Miller/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Famed actress and special envoy on refugee issues, Angelina Jolie, issued a fierce rebuke of international efforts to address the humanitarian crisis in Syria, addressing the United Nations Security Council at the U.N. headquarters in New York Friday."The problem is not lack of information. We know in excruciating detail what is happening in Aleppo, in Homs," Jolie said. "The problem is lack of political will. We cannot look at Syria and the evil that has risen from the ashes of indecision and think this is not the lowest point in the world's inability to protect and defend the innocent."Not enough people realize all that the United Nations does around the world, Jolie said. "But all of this good is being undermined by the message being sent in Syria -- that laws can be flouted, chemical weapons can be used, hospitals can be bombed, aid can be withheld, and civilians starved, with impunity," she said.She accused the United Nations of shirking its responsibility to intervene when a nation state fails, and rather "standing by" to watch.Jolie has been working with the United Nations for 13 years. Before being promoted to special envoy, Jolie worked as goodwill ambassador to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. In her time with the U.N., she has been on 50 field missions spanning more than 30 countries, including Sierra Leone, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Syria.In addition to her three biological children, Jolie has three adopted children with her husband, actor Brad Pitt. Her adopted children come from orphanages in Cambodia, Vietnam and Ethiopia. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

What Comcast-Time Warner Cable Deal’s Demise Means for Consumers

What Comcast-Time Warner Cable Deal’s Demise Means for ConsumersJustin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Some consumer advocates call the death of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal a victory for consumers, but it won't fix every problem about cable and broadband services, they say.Attorney General Eric Holder said on Friday that the two companies' decision to abandon their deal to merge "is the best outcome for American consumers.""This is a victory not only for the Department of Justice, but also for providers of content and streaming services who work to bring innovative products to consumers across America and around the world," Holder said in a statement.Friday's confirmation of the proposed deal's demise ends a journey that began more than a year ago, when Comcast and Time Warner Cable announced plans to merge and create the largest Internet service provider in the country. The combined company would have had five times the subscribers of its closest competitor, the Electronic Frontier Foundation said. This week, the Federal Communications Commission announced a major barrier to the plan when it requested a hearing about the merger."If Comcast bought Time Warner Cable, it would have had the ability to single-handedly control the broadband and media marketplaces," John Bergmayer, senior staff attorney for consumer advocacy group Public Knowledge, told ABC News.The new company would have had the ability to "crush" new competitors, such as online video providers, he said."It would have been able to reduce consumers’ ability to access diverse programming and Internet content. Prices would go up, not just for Comcast’s subscribers, but for consumers nationwide," he said. "The FCC and the Department of Justice understood this, and stopping this deal is a huge victory for consumers."A spokesman for Time Warner Cable told ABC News in a prepared statement: "TWC is committed to being a company that makes connections that matter for our customers and for every stakeholder. We will continue to provide reliable, advanced technology and superior service that New Yorkers expect from us."A spokeswoman for Comcast declined to comment beyond a statement released by Comcast's chairman and CEO."Today, we move on. Of course, we would have liked to bring our great products to new cities, but we structured this deal so that if the government didn’t agree, we could walk away," Comcast's Brian Roberts said. "Comcast NBCUniversal is a unique company with strong momentum."Public Knowledge said the end of the merger doesn't fix everything that's wrong in the broadband and cable marketplaces. New video and connectivity services are just starting to emerge, and competition may still be at risk, the group wrote on its website. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Papyrus Texts Reveals Ancient Egyptian Hangover Cure

Papyrus Texts Reveals Ancient Egyptian Hangover CureThe Egypt Exploration Society(CAIRO) -- You may want to keep this info handy, depending on your plans this weekend: An ancient Egyptian hangover cure has just been discovered.Five hundred thousand papyrus texts from Oxyrhynchus, Egypt, dating back to the second century AD (1,900 years ago) were dug up by Bernard Grenfell and Arthur Hunt from 1896 to 1907, and experts have been translating their contents ever since.Just recently, one of the medical texts was found to contain a “drunken headache cure,” now more popularly known as a hangover cure.The text suggests that sufferers “wear leaves of Alexandrian chamaedaphne strung together.”“So, basically wear a necklace of these leaves,” Egypt Exploration Society office manager Hazel Grey told ABC News. “It doesn’t sound like it should work, does it?”The Egypt Exploration Society owns the majority of the Oxyrhynchus Papyri Collection, which is housed by Oxford University’s Sackler Library.Alexandrian chamaedaphne is a shrub available online and more commonly known as “poet’s laurel,” should you want to actually give this a try. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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