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John Kerry Ticketed for Failing to Shovel Boston Residence Sidewalk

John Kerry Ticketed for Failing to Shovel Boston Residence Sidewalk

citofboston.gov(BOSTON) -- He’s been a soldier, an attorney, a lawmaker, a presidential candidate and he’s now the head of the U.S. State Department. But that doesn’t mean John Kerry doesn’t have to follow the rules like the rest of us.According to a complaint on Boston’s Citizens Connect website, Kerry apparently neglected to shovel snow off the sidewalk of his Boston residence following the massive Northeast blizzard earlier this week.To be fair, Kerry was not in the United States when the white stuff rolled over Boston. On Tuesday, he was attending the president’s delegation to pay respects to deceased Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and immediately upon his return had to attend Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s farewell ceremony in Virginia.Kerry spokesman Glen Johnson emailed a statement about the incident to ABC News, saying, "Diplomats -- they're just like us."Johnson said Kerry's neighborhood association hires a contractor who did, in fact, shovel after the storm. But the contractor apparently failed to shovel one of Kerry’s sidewalks because someone had strung along caution tape to warn pedestrians of falling snow and ice from the roof. Johnson said the contractor apparently thought it meant the sidewalk was off limits.The ordeal cost Kerry a whopping $50, which Johnson said Kerry will "gladly pay."However, Boston is forecasted to experience even more snowfall this weekend, so there may be more shoveling ahead.It’s not the first complaint submitted for the Kerry residence on the Citizens Connect website. Dating back to April of last year, one resident complained that the police guarding the Kerry residence sit in their car with the engine running.“It's nice and cool out,” the complaint reads. “There's absolutely no need for air conditioning.”

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Officials on Alert for Measles During Super Bowl

Officials on Alert for Measles During Super Bowl

NFL Media(PHOENIX) -- Arizona health officials are attempting to contain a measles outbreak that has already spread through multiple states as thousands of fans arrive in Phoenix ahead of Sunday's Super Bowl.Officials are already monitoring 1,000 people in Arizona who were exposed to the contagious virus after seven people were found to be infected in the state.“This is a critical point in this outbreak,” said Arizona Department of Health Services’ Director Will Humble. “If the public health system and medical community are able to identify every single susceptible case and get them into isolation, we have a chance of stopping this outbreak here."Measles is one of the most contagious viruses in existence and will infect an estimated 90 percent of unvaccinated people who are exposed to the virus. The incubation period is on average 14 days, but an infected person can be contagious up to four days before they start to show symptoms.With scores of fans expected to head to Phoenix this weekend to watch the game between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks, health officials have delivered stern warnings to try and keep the disease from spreading in the state.Anyone not vaccinated for measles is asked to stay out of public areas for 21 days. In Phoenix’s Maricopa County, the health department is asking unvaccinated children to stay home from school or day care for another three weeks in order to protect them from potential infection.“If we miss any potential cases and some of them go to a congregate setting with numerous susceptible contacts, we could be in for a long and protracted outbreak,” said Humble on the health department website.The current measles outbreak has infected at least 84 people in 14 states after originating in the Disneyland theme park, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.While immune globulin can be given to help mitigate symptoms, there is no way for health officials to stop those exposed from developing the disease. Symptoms of measles include fever, cough, runny nose and the tell-tale red rash, according to the CDC. In severe cases it can cause pneumonia, encephalitis or swelling of the brain, and death.This week, the health department detailed their health and public safety plans for the Super Bowl.In addition to monitoring for dangerous pathogens and suspicious substances, the department will conduct “illness monitoring at urgent care centers, and monitoring poison control center calls related to Super Bowl events.”The department said the enhanced surveillance will allow them to more quickly “identify health threats” and respond immediately.

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Cancun to Change to Eastern Standard Time

Cancun to Change to Eastern Standard Time

iStock/Thinkstock(CANCUN, Mexico) -- East Coasters will no longer need to adjust their watches when they touch down in Cancun.On Feb. 1, the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, which includes Cancun, and the popular cruise ports of Cozumel and Playa del Carmen, will switch from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time. The change comes after two years of government and tourism industry efforts.The change, the Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) said, "will mean the destination will gain added sunlight each day, which according to hoteliers and service providers in Cancun, will result in economic benefits, as tourists will enjoy extra time on the beaches, consume more at restaurants and cafes, and spend longer time in parks and excursions found in and around the destination."Putting the state in the same time zone as some of it's biggest feeder markets -- including New York, Atlanta and Miami -- could also improve airline connectivity.“Cancun is excited to welcome this time change, which will allow our visitors to take advantage of one more hour in our beautiful destination,” said Jesus Almaguer, CEO of the Cancun CVB, in a statement. “The added sunlight should also generate reductions in electricity use for hotels and restaurants in the area, which aligns with Cancun’s turquoise conservation initiative.”

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Sen. John McCain: ‘Cloud’ over Super Bowl Because of ‘Slow’ NFL Scandal Response

Sen. John McCain: ‘Cloud’ over Super Bowl Because of ‘Slow’ NFL Scandal Response

ABC/Donna Svennevik(WASHINGTON) — With his home state set to host the Super Bowl this weekend, Sen. John McCain said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s plodding response to scandals and diversions have contributed to a “cloud” over the biggest sporting event of the year.“There's a cloud. It’s a diversion,” McCain, R-Ariz., said on the ABC/ESPN podcast Capital Games. “It's unfortunate that this whole issue of 'deflate-gate' is overshadowing it. And I believe that the NFL, in particular, has been very slow in assuring those of us who pay close attention that they are taking enough action to find out what happened.”McCain and some of his colleagues have been critical of Goodell all year for not being more proactive in addressing the league’s various challenges.

It’s been a bumpy year for the NFL, from the Ray Rice domestic violence incident through substance abuse allegations, head-injury lawsuits, and growing questions about the Washington Redskins’ team name.McCain said Goodell has done further damage to the NFL in the aftermath of allegations that the New England Patriots used partially deflated footballs in their AFC Championship win, the game that got the team to the Super Bowl.“Every question and every allegation that remains unanswered hangs out there and does damage,” he said. “Any objective observer is saying that Roger Goodell was either in over his head or did not understand the gravity and the importance or both the Rice thing and 'Deflate-gate.'”“They gotta get their act together. They gotta get this issue behind them as quickly as possible,” McCain added.McCain said the "Deflate-gate" scandal, in particular, has been a big item of conversation on the Senate floor.“Maybe this means that we don't have enough to do," he said. "Or maybe it means that the people we represent are deeply concerned about this issue.”McCain added that he’d like to see congressional hearings on expanded legalized sports gambling, given the proliferation of casino-style gambling throughout the country and the enormous sums that are bet on events like the Super Bowl through illegal channels.McCain shared his Super Bowl pick -- the Patriots, he said, citing his “mixed emotions” about the Seattle Seahawks’ star cornerback Richard Sherman, as an Arizona Cardinals fan.Regarding the 2016 presidential race: Would he choose his former running mate, Sarah Palin, or his good friend Sen. Lindsey Graham?“Dark horse -- watch them coming up. Lindsey Graham,” McCain said. “I have the greatest affection and appreciation of Sarah Palin. But I think in this time of great national peril, with the rise of ISIS and the challenges that we face worldwide, I think Lindsey is best equipped to address the challenges to our nation’s security.”Palin's office did not immediately respond to request for comment.Also on Capital Games, ESPN NFL analyst Andrew Brandt said the league has been in “reactive mode” all year, a situation that was highlighted by "Deflate-gate."“It’s been a question of credibility all year long,” said Brandt, a former NFL executive.And Geoff Freeman, the president and CEO of the American Gaming Association, talked about the billions being wagered illegally on sporting events. He said he doesn’t sense movement in Congress toward expanded sports betting, but noted that pushes by states, including New Jersey and Delaware, are moving the conversation along.“The discussion is beginning, and that’s a good thing,” Freeman said.You can listen to the complete Capital Games episode here on desktop, and here on a mobile device.Capital Games with Andy Katz and Rick Klein is part of the ESPN Perspectives podcast series. The program explores the intersection of sports and politics with interviews with political figures and sports insiders. It can be downloaded free as a podcast on Apple devices.

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Eddie Murphy Returning to “SNL” for Its 40th Anniversary Special

Eddie Murphy Returning to “SNL” for Its 40th Anniversary Special

Al Levine/NBC(NEW YORK) — Eddie Murphy has not appeared on Saturday Night Live, the show that launched his career, in over three decades, but that will soon change.The comedian has revealed he will appear on the sketch-comedy program's 40th anniversary special, scheduled to air on NBC on Feb. 15.When asked about his extended absence from the SNL stage during a phone interview with TV One's News One Now, Murphy commented, "It's just timing. It just never worked out where the timing was right for me to do it. ...They're having a 40th anniversary, I think, in two weeks, I'm going to that. And that will be the first time I've been back since I left."  Murphy was a cast member on SNL in the early 1980s, making his mark with characters like Buckwheat, Gumby and Mr. Robinson. He left the show in 1984.Murphy has stated in the past he was upset with SNL after David Spade cracked a joke about his career on the show in the 1990s.

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NFL: Fewer Concussions Suffered in 2014 Season

NFL: Fewer Concussions Suffered in 2014 Season

NFL Shield (NFL)(NEW YORK) -- The NFL announced that concussions were down during the 2014 season as well as other injury findings.

According to the league, the number of recorded concussions dropped 25 percent during the regular season.

"Players are changing the way they're tackling," NFL Senior Vice President of Health and Safety Policy Jeff Miller said. "They're changing the way they play the game."

There were 111 concussions in games during the 2014 regular season. That number was down from 148 in 2013 and 173 in 2012. That equates to a 36 percent drop over that three-year span.

"It would have been nice if we had started this in 1930, but we didn't," said San Francisco 49ers chairman John York, who leads the owners' health and safety committee. "And as things came to our attention, we took more interest in looking at these questions."

Miller also went on to say that the drop in concussions has not resulted in more knee injuries.

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Meet Elena of Avalor, Disney’s First Latina Princess

Meet Elena of Avalor, Disney’s First Latina Princess

Disney Junior Worldwide(NEW YORK) — Disney Junior has a new princess.Princess Elena of Avalor, a "confident and compassionate teenager," will be introduced next year as Disney's first Latina princess, Nancy Kanter, executive vice president and general manager of Disney Junior Worldwide, announced Thursday."Our creative team has delivered a universal story with themes that authentically reflect the hopes and dreams of our diverse audience," she said. "What excites us most is the chance to use distinctive animation and visual design to tell wonderful stories influenced by culture and traditions that are familiar to the worldwide population of Hispanic and Latino families and reflect the interests and aspirations of all children as told through a classic fairy tale."Elena is described in a news release as "a confident and compassionate teenager in an enchanted fairytale kingdom inspired by diverse Latin cultures and folklore."She will debut in a special episode of Sofia the First on Disney Junior next year, and then have her own spin-off series on the network, Elena of Avalor.The princess will be voiced by Aimee Carrero of ABC Family's Young & Hungry.Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

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Dinosaur’s Exile from London Museum’s Entrance Triggers Uproar

Dinosaur’s Exile from London Museum’s Entrance Triggers Uproar

Getty Images(LONDON) -- Under the Victorian arches and intricately designed terracotta vault of London's Natural History Museum, the diplodocus, lovingly known as Dippy, has greeted the museum's more than five million visitors a year since it was first unveiled in 1979.

With its towering 356 bones, including the 70 vertebrae in its long tail, Dippy has enjoyed something of a cult following. But the museum now wants to move what has become one of the most iconic and beloved dinosaurs in the world away from its main entrance and replace it with a blue whale.The decision has ignited a social media firestorm, causing an uproar among Dippy's fans, with one creating a Twitter account aptly called "Save Dippy" with the description "Natural History Museum dinosaur looking for work. Forced into retirement at the young age of 150 million. Still have life left in me #SaveDippy." There is even an online petition circulating on the Internet asking people to sign up and help keep Dippy at the museum.Peter Townsend, a disappointed and distraught Dippy lover, explained to ABC News the significance of this dinosaur and why so many are up in arms about the decision.

"As soon as you come here you’ve got Dippy, and every kid, you watch them all, they all stop, they all have their photograph taken. The Natural History Museum is Dippy -- that’s the first thing people remember, it’s a brand, why get rid of it?" he said."I am going to join any group that says keep Dippy," Townsend added. "I can see it. It will be a cause celebre in London."The first time the fossilized bones of a Diplodocus were unearthed was in 1898 in Wyoming, and by order of King Edward VII, who saw a sketch, a replica cast was commissioned to be housed in the museum.A real skeleton of a mammoth blue whale measuring 85 feet is set to replace Dippy and grace the main entrance to the Natural History Museum in 2017. The whale will be suspended from the roof, in a diving position, mouth open to greet visitors."We feel that we can communicate the science that we do here at the Natural History Museum much more effectively with the genuine skeleton of a blue whale rather than to use the skeleton of a dinosaur, which is a fantastic specimen," Richard Sabin, collection manager for vertebrates in the department of life sciences, told ABC News."Ultimately it’s a cast and there’s only so much you can do with a cast," Sabin added, acknowledging the shock waves reverberating around the United Kingdom. "Everybody feels some kind of connection with [the Natural History Museum] when they come here."The museum wants to inspire the next generation of scientists, marine biologists and ecologists and feel they can achieve this with a blue whale, officials said.But there is a silver lining for Dippy fans. The museum is considering several plans for the dinosaur. Dippy will potentially go on tour around the U.K. and might even end up on the new grounds at the front of the museum."Dippy will still be around and very much a part of the museum," Sabin said.

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Super Bowl Commercials: McDonald’s Lets You Pay for Food with Lovin’

Super Bowl Commercials: McDonald’s Lets You Pay for Food with Lovin’

McDonald's(NEW YORK) -- McDonald's new Super Bowl ad shows that "lovin'" pays, and it's a different kind of payment than what buys you a 30-second $4.5 million spot."We want to thank our customers for making our day and hopefully they will make someone else’s as well -- that’s what Lovin’ is all about," a spokeswoman for McDonald's said.Between Feb. 2 and Feb. 14, customers who order items during pre-selected times will get to "Pay with Lovin'." In other words, a McDonald's employee will let you know if you've been chosen to get your order for free."From selfies, hugs to high fives -- we have a bunch of fun ways to express your Lovin'," McDonald's says.

Last Sunday, McDonald's released a 30-second teaser for its newest ad that stated, "This February, McDonald’s will be randomly accepting a new form of payment."What has been touted as one of the greatest Super Bowl ads of all time is McDonald's 1993 ad that featured basketball legends Michael Jordan and Larry Bird playing a game of H-O-R-S-E for a Big Mac.

McDonald's expressed a different kind of lovin' Wednesday when it announced that its CEO of nearly three years Don Thompson was stepping down. The new CEO is Steve Easterbrook, who previously oversaw McDonald's in the U.K. then northern Europe.

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Worker Satisfaction Tied to Middle Managers’ Relationship with Supervisors

Worker Satisfaction Tied to Middle Managers’ Relationship with Supervisors

Moodboard/Thinkstock(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — If employers want to improve worker satisfaction, they’re advised not to cut out the middleman.More specifically, a Vanderbilt University study contends that a real trickle-down theory likely exists at most workplaces in that a supervisor’s relationship with the middle manager directly affects lower-level employees.Study author Ray Friedman, with colleagues from other schools, examined the dynamic of 1,500 full-time workers at 94 U.S. hotels and discovered that “middle managers’ satisfaction with their senior managers was related positively to line employees’ satisfaction with middle managers.”Conversely, if a supervisor has a poor relationship with a middle manager, the people on the rung below are often likely to be disgruntled.Expanding the trickle-down theory even further, other studies have shown that businesses with a high rate of turnover will have lower customer satisfaction.

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Top QB Recruit Kyler Murray Sticking with Texas A&M

Top QB Recruit Kyler Murray Sticking with Texas A&M

Banana Stock/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Texas A&M football fans and coaches can breathe a sigh of relief as Kyler Murray, the Gatorade National Player of the Year as well as the No. 1-ranked quarterback, has decided to commit to Texas A&M.

Murray was considering other options, and even visited with the Texas Longhorns last week, but decided College Station was the best fit for him.

"Texas A&M is where my heart is at," Murray said late Thursday night. "Coach [Charlie] Strong and Texas is a great opportunity, but I felt that A&M was the place for me. Not because of my dad having played there, but just the right place for me."

"It went well," Murray said when asked about a recent meeting with Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin. "All my questions were answered. I just can't wait to get this all over with and get back to playing ball."

Murray was ranked 13th overall in the ESPN 300. As the starting quarterback at Allen High, Murray won his third straight state championship in Texas' highest classification in December.

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Bucks Sign Forward Kenyon Martin for the Rest of the Season

Bucks Sign Forward Kenyon Martin for the Rest of the Season

Christopher Trottman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Milwaukee Bucks are keeping Kenyon Martin around. The team announced they've signed the veteran forward through the rest of the season.

Martin had originally signed a 10-day contract with the team.

Now in his 15th NBA season, the 37-year-old Martin has added a big boost to the young Bucks. While his impact may not be felt on the stat-sheet, he's provided some much-needed veteran leadership to the team. He's also added solid front court depth after the injury to rookie Jabari Parker and the suspension of Larry Sanders.

Martin also has a connection with head coach Jason Kidd. The two were teammates when the New Jersey Nets made two back-to-back NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003. They also reunited when they both played for the New York Knicks during the 2012-2013 season.

A former number one overall pick, Martin has averaged 12.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. In nine games this season, Martin is averaging 1.6 points and 1.3 rebounds per game.

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Why We May Have Kenny G to Thank for the Starbucks Frappuccino

Why We May Have Kenny G to Thank for the Starbucks Frappuccino

Starbucks(NEW YORK) -- Does the world have Kenny G to thank for the Starbucks Frappuccino blended drink? Maybe.The Grammy award-winning musician recently spoke to Bloomberg about how he met Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz and became one of Starbucks’ early investors.“My uncle -- my dad’s brother -- was, I think, the very first guy that gave Howard Schultz money to get Starbucks growing,” Kenny G told Bloomberg. “And my uncle called me and said, ‘I know you’ve been selling some CDs. Meet this guy Howard Schultz. Give him some money for his company Starbucks.’”As Kenny G -- and the rest of the world -- later found out, investing in Starbucks did not disappoint.The saxophonist, whose latest album Brazilian Nights was released on Tuesday, also named the Frappuccino his Starbucks drink of choice and took partial credit for its addition to the menu.“At the beginning, Starbucks didn’t have anything but coffee, and there was another company, Coffee Bean, that had…something called blended,” Kenny G said. “And I would always call Howard and say, ‘Howard, there’s this thing that they do there that’s like a milkshake or whatever.’ And so I think that part of the reason that they did Frappuccinos was people like me giving them that kind of feedback. So I’d like to think that I’m partially responsible for that.”

"Kenny has been a dear friend of Starbucks since the beginning of the company and we are very appreciative of everyone, including Kenny, who've been a part of the success of Frappuccino," a Starbucks spokesperson told ABC News.While Kenny G may have spoken to Schultz about adding an iced blended drink, two Starbucks partners first began developing the idea in 1993 when they saw an opportunity for the cold beverages in Southern California, the Starbucks spokesperson said. By spring of 1995, the first Frappuccino blended beverages, Coffee and Mocha, were available nationally.In addition to the Frappuccino, Kenny G also said he had a role in Starbucks selling music, since his Christmas album, Miracles, was the first record that Starbucks sold in 1994."That was the experiment to see if they could sell music at the counter, and it worked really well," said Kenny G.

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Facebook: How to Opt Out of Place Tips

Facebook: How to Opt Out of Place Tips

Facebook(NEW YORK) -- Facebook is launching a new place tips feature that will serve up tips about where you are using cellular networks, Wi-Fi and GPS, but there's a way to opt out.Place tips brings up relevant tips about a user's location, similar to what someone may find on Foursquare and Yelp."When you tap on place tips, you’ll see a series of cards with info about the place you’re at," Facebook product manager Mike LeBeau wrote in a blog post. "If you choose to view place tips, you’ll find things like posts and photos your friends have shared with you about that place."The feature won't show a user's friends where they are and will not post anything to Facebook. If you already share your location with Facebook but don't want place tips, check to make sure it's turned off in your mobile app.Choose settings, location and "Place Tip Settings" to toggle the service on or off. You can also turn off tips for places you visit regularly by tapping the menu at the top of the tip to hide them.Facebook said it's testing the service in New York City. Several businesses in the city will use Bluetooth beacons, which send signals to a person's phone when they're nearby. Facebook said this will help them make sure users are getting "the right tips for the right place."

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Preemies Experience Social Development Problems as They Age

Preemies Experience Social Development Problems as They Age

iStock/Thinkstock(HELSINKI, Finland) — In addition to physical problems that children who were born prematurely might suffer, scientists say they may encounter certain psychological problems during their teen and young adult years.In a study of people born prematurely during the 1980s, scientists at the National Institute for Health and Welfare in Helsinki, Finland, says that many of these grown preemies tend to see themselves as less attractive than other individuals.Another roadblock to their social development, according to Dr. Tuija Mannisto, is that they also have a harder time being sexually intimate with a partner or else, delay having sexual relationships.While these problems are not insignificant, Dr. Edward McCabe of the March of Dimes says they should also not be too alarming.McCabe, who was not involved in the study, contends that preemies typically have more cautious personalities than people who were born full-term and that putting off sex isn’t necessarily bad.He also maintains that there have been advancements in the treatment of preemies at intensive care units so that those born in more recent times may not have the same issues as the older generation.

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How McDonald’s New British CEO May Transform the Burger Chain

How McDonald’s New British CEO May Transform the Burger Chain

McDonald's(NEW YORK) -- Get ready, America: McDonald's new CEO is British and he's bringing his fast food turnaround experience from across the pond.You're not likely to see McDonald's change French fries to "chips" stateside, but you may see a stronger emphasis on healthier, more fresh foods -- a direction in which McDonald's and other food brands are already heading.Steve Easterbrook, an accountant by training, became chief executive of McDonald’s U.K. in 2006, when the brand was struggling with the public's perception of unhealthy food and low-wage jobs. In the year that he was promoted as head of McDonald's in northern Europe in 2008, sales rose 10 percent at the 1,200 U.K. McDonald’s.The 48-year-old now has the task of boosting McDonald's amid sagging sales in the U.S., as reported by its quarterly earnings announcement last Friday.Here are some things that you can find at U.K. McDonald's that you may see more of in the U.S.:1. Free Fruit FridaysAt McDonald's in the U.K., kids now get a free McDonald’s "Apple and Grape Fruit Bag" when you buy a Happy Meal on the first Friday of every month.

Since the program launched in March 2014, McDonald's says it gave away the equivalent of 173,000 whole pineapples, when that fruit was part of the giveaway. By the end of this March, McDonald's says it will have given away the equivalent of 2.6 million apples and 17.6 million grapes, according to its U.K. website.In the U.S., for the last few years, McDonald's has offered as Happy Meal side options apples, previously with caramel dipping sauce that can be found in some locations like Canada, and "Go-gurt" yogurt. Last month, McDonald's said it is offering "Cuties" California clementines until March in Happy Meals.2. More Nutritional Labels?Among the changes that Easterbrook oversaw at McDonald's in the U.K. were nutritional labels on table mats, according to the Financial Times.3. More "Football"An entire section of the McDonald's website, one out of 10 categories in the U.K. site, is devoted to "football" (or, "soccer" for people in the U.S.). In that section, McDonald's emphasizes awards and corporate sponsorship of youth playing and teams.Besides devotion to soccer, one of the biggest global differences is how the British often refer to McDonald’s: “MacDonald’s,” “Maccies,” and “Maccy D’s” are common nicknames for the Golden Arches over there. Similarly, French customers refer to the company as “McDo” while Australians often call it “Macca’s.”4. CompostingAnother change that McDonald's in the U.K. implemented under Easterbrook was composting at some locations, the Financial Times reported.Some McDonald's locations have recycling and composting programs, such as in California, but the company website emphasizes the former rather than the latter.5. Food SourcingUnder Easterbrook, McDonald's introduced organic British milk and coffee certified by the Rainforest Alliance, the Financial Times reported.All of the eggs across the entire British menu are free-range and have been for 10 years, McDonald's U.K. website states.McDonald's corporate website states that it hopes to begin purchasing verified sustainable beef in 2016 worldwide.With different meat sourcing standards in the U.K., McDonald's website states that it uses only 100 percent British and Irish beef burger patties and 100 percent British pork.The British McDonald's has used sustainably-sourced fish since 2001 and carry the Marine Sewardship Council (MSC) eco-label. In 2013, McDonald's in the U.S. said it would carry the MSC eco-label.6. Delicious "British" DessertsWant a Smarties or Cadbury's Crunchie McFlurry? Or an ice cream cone with Cadbury "99 Flake" chocolate? That's only available if you're at a McDonald's in the U.K.

Other items found in British locations: "Toffee and Honeycomb" McFlurry, "Chocolatey Donut" and "Mixed Berry and Custard Pie." While you're at it, wash it all down with a McDonald's Toffee Latte.7. Fish FingersIn addition to the classic Filet-O-Fish, McDonald's U.K. offers fish fingers, described as three "lightly-breaded fingers of tender filleted Hoki."

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Kerry Cancels Plan to Visit Putin in Moscow

Kerry Cancels Plan to Visit Putin in Moscow

State Department photo/ Public Domain(MOSCOW) -- Secretary of State John Kerry has canceled unannounced plans to visit Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow next week, a U.S. official told ABC News.The two were expected to discuss the crisis in Ukraine, where the United States blames Russia for arming and funding the separatist forces. The U.S. has also accused Russia of sending its troops across the border to bolster the rebels. Russia has denied the accusations.The decision to cancel the visit came just days after an alleged Russian spy ring was broken up in New York, and after last weekend’s offensive by Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine. This week, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew suggested the United States could expand sanctions on Russia as the fighting in Ukraine continues.Kerry is still expected to attend next week’s Munich Security Conference, and the possibility remains he may meet his Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, there.Secretary Kerry would have been the first cabinet-level U.S. official to visit Russia since the Ukraine crisis began last year. Kerry’s last trip to Russia came in May 2013, shortly before former NSA contractor Edward Snowden arrived in Moscow, harming U.S.-Russia relations.President Obama visited St. Petersburg, Russia, for the -summit in September 2013, but canceled plans for a summit with Putin in Moscow during the same trip after Snowden received asylum in Russia.

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Vanderbilt Rape Trial Jurors Say Video Evidence Decided Their Guilty Verdict

Vanderbilt Rape Trial Jurors Say Video Evidence Decided Their Guilty Verdict

ABC News(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — Three jurors from the Vanderbilt University rape trial said the evidence that played the biggest role in deciding a guilty verdict was video that prosecutors claimed proved four former Vanderbilt football players sexually assaulted a female classmate."As soon as we saw the videos and photographic evidence...we knew exactly who was guilty of what and what we were going to come back with," said juror Todd Easter. "What we knew is that a terrible crime had occurred." The jury took just three hours Tuesday to decide Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey were each guilty of four counts of aggravated rape, one count of attempted aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. Vandenburg was also found guilty of tampering with evidence and unlawful photography after prosecutors claimed he recorded the sexual assault on his phone, shared it with friends and then tried to cover it up.Three jurors from the trial sat down with ABC News' 20/20 for an interview the day after the verdict to talk about the case."We are absolutely confident in that we made the right decision for every count," said Easter, who was the juror tasked with reading the verdict for the court.The graphic sexual assault case played out in a Nashville courtroom over 12 days, as prosecutors presented surveillance video they said showed Vandenburg carrying the victim into his dorm, accompanied by Batey and two other former players, Brandon Banks and Jaborian McKenzie. Jurors also had to watch cell phone video that prosecutors claimed Vandenburg recorded as the sexual assault went on in his dorm room.Prosecutors said the victim, a 21-year-old former neuroscience major and dance team member at the university, was drunk and passed out when the 2013 incident occurred.Juror Dr. Corbi Milligan told 20/20 that she was "horrified and utterly disgusted" when she watched the footage."I do hold [Vandenburg] criminally responsible for what occurred to [the victim] in that room," Milligan said. "It was horrific. ...She was horribly victimized, and as difficult as it was for us to have to render that verdict, it was justice, and it had to be done."Another juror, Dr. Deirde Young, said the footage made her feel "awful.""I asked myself, 'how could they do this to that young lady?'" Young added. "There can't be enough explanation to me. I don't know, I think they need to do some real soul searching. I've never experienced anything like these young men."The defense argued the young men were not guilty of rape, but rather of making a mistake. Batey's lawyer, Worrick Robinson, claimed that college culture put his client in the situation, but the jurors said they weren't buying that argument."It's not a defense against a crime, and I think that's the core thing," Milligan said. "Several people, men and women, were seen on the surveillance camera and saw the victim in this state, and no one stopped to think, 'Is she going to be OK?'"When the jury was dismissed for deliberations, Young said they all broke down in the jury room."Maintaining our composure -- it was difficult for all of us," Young said. "I tell you that composure crumbled when the doors closed."Two other ex-players accused of being involved in the incident, Brandon Banks and Jaborian McKenzie, also face rape and sexual battery charges, but have not yet gone to trial. They have pleaded not guilty.Vandenburg's childhood friends in California, to whom he sent the videos of the assault, were charged with tampering with evidence after he implored them to get rid of their cell phones. Last week, Joey Quinzio pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor. Miles Finley was offered the same plea agreement, but has so far declined it.Another Vanderbilt football player, Chris Boyd, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor for helping carry the unconscious victim into Vandenburg's dorm."I'm curious to know the people we saw on the surveillance video -- the multiple people who saw her -- what are they thinking now," Milligan said. "We are civilized human beings. The rules and responsibility of living in this society is you look out for your fellow man."Vandenburg and Batey will be sentenced on March 6 and could face decades in prison.After the verdict was announced this week, Nicholas Zeppos, the chancellor of Vanderbilt University, told ABC News in a statement, "I am deeply troubled that some students who knew or should have known about the incident that led to this week's convictions failed to take any positive action. This is not the culture at Vanderbilt, and it must never be repeated." Read the chancellor's full statement at the end of this article.The victim in this case, who testified against her attackers, released a statement thanking police and prosecutors for bringing them to justice, and calling them her heroes. For District Attorney Glenn Funk, the guilty verdict carries a profound message to victims of sexual crimes."I hope this verdict sends a message to victims of sexual violence...that you will never be alone, that we will back you up, and that ultimately the system will work and you will be able to get justice," Funk said.Full Statement from the Chancellor of Vanderbilt to ABC News:

Earlier this week, a Nashville jury found two former Vanderbilt students guilty of a vicious attack against a fellow student. The victim showed exceptional courage and strength in pursuing justice through the criminal trial. At this time, we are called upon again to consider as a community how we can ensure that what happened to the survivor of this terrible crime never happens again.The heinous conduct described at trial was not the product of Vanderbilt's culture. On the contrary, such conduct is the very opposite of the values Vanderbilt stands for and our students hold dear. We abhor sexual misconduct, and we subject every student to the same standards.Yet we must acknowledge that sexual assaults occur on college campuses across the country, and that Vanderbilt is no exception. But Vanderbilt can make a difference, and we must make a difference, because the consequences of sexual violence—shattered dreams and shattered lives—are intolerable.As your Chancellor, I am personally committed to ending sexual misconduct at Vanderbilt, giving victims the support and assistance they need and sanctioning those found responsible. To end sexual misconduct at Vanderbilt we must all commit ourselves every day to our values, including respecting and caring for one another and holding accountable those who violate our standards. The university has taken numerous concrete steps to address sexual misconduct, including updating the university's policy against Sexual Misconduct and Other Forms of Power-Based Personal Violence; requiring all incoming students to complete PETSA and Alcohol.Edu training; making sure students and responsible employees know how and to whom to report sexual misconduct incidents; encouraging all members of our community to participate in the Green Dot bystander intervention program; opening a new Project Safe Center; and adding to our staff of prevention educators and victim resource specialists. We will administer a new campus climate survey this spring. And we will continue our comprehensive ongoing efforts to raise awareness of the importance of every student intervening when another student is at risk or in distress.We can all commit to this never happening again, but ending sexual misconduct requires more. It requires commitment to our core principles, which demand that sexual harassment and sexual assault will never be ignored or downplayed or get lost in a bureaucracy. We must individually and collectively create a culture of transparency, support and cooperation.The university's response to this tragic incident demonstrates our commitment to these principles. When the university reviewed surveillance video that raised suspicions about the actions of certain students, we immediately commenced an investigation and promptly reported our concerns to the Nashville police. We have worked closely with the Davidson County District Attorney's Office ever since. Not for a second did anyone consider sweeping the incident under the rug or according special treatment to our student-athletes. Indeed, if not for actions taken by Vanderbilt, the incident may never have been discovered and the defendants never prosecuted.I will not be satisfied until campus sexual assaults are a thing of the past. And I want Vanderbilt to be at the forefront of that effort. I have therefore authorized Project Safe to augment its educational and prevention programs and victim support. Please visit the Project Safe Center or click on the Project Safe website to learn more. I encourage every member of the Vanderbilt community to get involved with Green Dot at Vanderbilt. Attend an upcoming Green Dot training session, the next of which is Feb. 20, or click on the Green Dot website to request information about bystander intervention. Make a personal commitment to stand up, not stand by, when you or another member of our community is at risk.We come to Vanderbilt to be part of a community of exceptional individuals who learn from, support and take care of one another. We must never forget this. I am deeply troubled that some students who knew or should have known about the incident that led to this week's convictions failed to take any positive action. This is not the culture at Vanderbilt, and it must never be repeated.I urge anyone who has been a victim of sexual misconduct, or who knows a victim, to contact the Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action & Disability Services department, whose director, Anita Jenious, is Vanderbilt's Title IX coordinator. EAD investigates sexual misconduct reports, coordinates interim services for students who need them and determines responsibility for violations of the university's Sexual Misconduct policy. Whether the incident occurred yesterday, last week or last year, let EAD know so it can take action.Above all, I ask each and every student to contribute the best of yourselves to our Vanderbilt community. Vanderbilt must and will play a leadership role in ending sexual misconduct. But it is only by coming together as a community that we can effect the deep and lasting change that this moment demands.

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Jockey Accused of Zapping Horse Near Finish Line

Jockey Accused of Zapping Horse Near Finish Line

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock (HOUSTON) — Jockey Roman Chapa is facing a felony charge of unlawful influence on racing based largely on a photograph taken during a race earlier this month.When Chapa won the Jan. 17 race riding Quiet Acceleration at the Sam Houston Race Park in Texas, a snapshot of the photo finish circulated. He reportedly asked that the image be taken down, raising suspicions.Prosecutors now allege that the photo showed Chapa, 43, holding a buzzer in his left hand. Buzzers are used to send an electrical shock to the horse.Barry Abrams of ESPN’s In the Gate said the alleged device was intended to startle the horse and make him run faster.“It doesn’t really hurt the horse,” Abrams said. “It more gets his attention. …It’s just meant to kind of startle him.”Investigators said the jockey told them that the picture was photoshopped by someone trying to frame him.Abrams said incidents like this were not common.“Just about all the tracks these days have stewards positioned all over the rack track -- both with their own eyes and with cameras everywhere -- so it’s very difficult nowadays to execute such a thing effectively,” he said.Chapa’s track record is questionable. In 2007, he was suspended for using an electrical device on a horse. And in 1994, he was suspended for using a nail to make a horse run faster.Chapa did not respond to requests for comment by ABC News.Andrea Young, president of the Sam Houston Race Park, said in a statement that the park was “pleased” with how fast the investigation had moved.“These sorts of actions have no place in horse racing, and are a disservice to the tens of thousands of people involved in our sport who play by the rules every day. We will continue to support this investigation in every way possible,” Young said.If he is convicted, Chapa faces up to 10 years in prison.

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Niagara Falls Climber Will Gadd Recounts Scaling ‘Blue Icicle’

Niagara Falls Climber Will Gadd Recounts Scaling ‘Blue Icicle’

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Several people have survived plunges over Niagara Falls, but no one before Will Gadd has ever tried going in the opposite direction.The professional climber, 47, scaled a frozen section of the waterfall Tuesday, clinging to a wall of solid ice. He was close enough to feel the spray of the pounding water feet away. Sarah Hueniken also participated in the climb.Stunning video from the climb shows Gadd using two ice picks, along with strength and guile -- calculating every move, the terrain unsteady and unpredictable. During the climb, giant chunks of ice fell just past Gadd’s head, and 150,000 tons of water flowed next to him every minute, racing past at nearly 70 miles per hour.“There’s nothing that feels better than climbing a blue icicle up into the sky,” said Gadd, who works with Red Bull. “I always feel like Jack and the Beanstalk. Definitely one of the highlights of my life, not just climbing career but life. You don’t get many of those.”Lots of preparation went into the climb. He scouted the area months ago, long before the ice formed, and also worked with parks officials to receive the necessary permits.“I’ve been lucky enough to climb all over the world. I got to climb ice on top of the roof of Africa, the highest point of Mount Kilimanjaro. But this climb was Niagara Falls. This is the coolest waterfall in the world,” Gadd said.Gadd reached the top of the falls in about an hour.

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