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Disney Working on Live-Action “Mulan” Movie

Disney Working on Live-Action “Mulan” Movie

Disney(NEW YORK) — Disney is bringing back another princess for a live-action film. The studio will develop a live-action version of Mulan after acquiring a script for the project, according to The Hollywood Reporter.An animated Mulan film, focusing on the titular female warrior, opened in theaters in 1998, featuring the voices of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. actress Ming-Na Wen and Eddie Murphy.Mulan earned more than $300 million worldwide and was nominated for an Oscar for its musical score. A straight-to-video Mulan sequel was released in 2005.Disney, the parent company of ABC News, currently has a box office hit with the live-action Cinderella. Last year, it found success with Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie as the Sleeping Beauty villain.Aside from Mulan, Disney's future live-action projects include new versions of Beauty and the Beast and, reportedly, Dumbo.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Massive Blackout Plunges Turkey into Darkness

Massive Blackout Plunges Turkey into Darkness

Ali Atmaca/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(ISTANBUL) — A massive nationwide power-outage has struck Turkey, causing travel chaos in major cities and leaving roughly three-quarters of the country with limited electricity.The blackout -- the worst in Turkey for over a decade -- has affected around 40 provinces. In Istanbul traffic lights and much of the city’s subway went dark after power stopped around 10:30 a.m. Local airports were forced to close and flights are disrupted.Engen Bas, an Istanbul-based journalist working for ABC News, said that most major public facilities were running on backup generators and that internet coverage was also down in some places.The reason for the blackout is so far unexplained. With officials only able to speculate, rumors of cyber-attacks and terror threats quickly appeared. Turkish prime minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, said that the most likely cause was problems with transmission lines but said he could not rule out terrorism.“This is not an incident we see frequently,” said energy minister, Yaner Yildiz, currently on an official visit to Slovakia.“Whether or not terrorism is a high possibility or a low I can’t say at this stage. I can’t say either whether it’s a cyber-attack,” he told Turkish TV.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

New TV Land’s “Younger” Is ‘Like “Devil Wears Prada” Meets “Sex and the City”’

New TV Land’s “Younger” Is ‘Like “Devil Wears Prada” Meets “Sex and the City”’

TV Land(NEW YORK) — In Younger, Broadway star Sutton Foster plays Liza, a 40-year-old single mom who tries to return to the workforce after several years and a divorce, and finds that it's not how she left it. So she pretends she's in her 20s to score a job in the publishing industry after a dozen failed job interviews.

Debi Mazar stars as Maggie, the lesbian best friend of Liza, who suggests she "re-think things," Mazar tells ABC Radio, especially after a much younger man mistakes Liza for a woman in her 20s at a Brooklyn bar.

Hilary Duff stars as junior editor Kelsey Peters. She describes the series as "kind of like Devil Wears Prada meets Sex and the City." The actress also described her character. "I play this young girl, who's kind of an animal in the work space where she's gotten very high up quickly and she's pretty aggressive, but her dating life is a hot mess," she tells ABC Radio.

Initially, Duff didn't want the role. "My agent calls me and she's like, '[Creator] Darren Star sent this amazing script and this part will be really great for you and he wants to meet you and talk to you.' And I'm like, 'Nope! No, no, no! I don't want to do it. I cannot move to New York right now.' There was just so much going on in my life with a new baby and everything else," she explains.

Eventually after a phone call, Duff agreed, telling Star, "'OK! I'm gonna be there.'"

Mazar, however, jumped at her role. "I'm 50 playing 40. So I'm loving it," she says. "I can tell you how blessed I felt when I got the part because I was older and I got to play younger and it's just so nice. I usually age up. I'm like, 'I'll play the grandmother. I've got no problem with that.'"

Both actresses signed onto the series not only because of the script, but because of the opportunity to work with Star, who also created Sex and the City.

"It's Darren Star so it has his mark on the show for sure," says Duff.

"Darren Star loves women as you can see from all of his shows. He's very specific. It's like doing theater. He knows what he wants. He knows where he wants the comma [and] the period," Mazar adds. "He's a joy to work for just because he really celebrates women and their relationships."

Duff says "the fashion is great" on the series, especially since Star reunited with Sex and the City costume designer Patricia Field to create the looks. Mazar agrees, telling ABC Radio that Star told her he wanted her character to "be a lesbian and still be fierce, and sexy, and wear that lipstick and keep those heels on."

Younger, which also stars Miriam Shor and Nico Tortorella, premieres with back-to-back episodes on TV Land Tuesday at 10 p.m. Eastern time.

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Pence in Op-ed Says Indiana Law ‘Not a License to Discriminate’

Pence in Op-ed Says Indiana Law ‘Not a License to Discriminate’

ABC News(NEW YORK) — In a Wall Street Journal op-ed appearing in Tuesday’s edition, Indiana Republican Governor Mike Pence tries to quell some of the controversy surrounding his signing of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), explaining that the law “is not a license to discriminate,” as his critics have said.Saying the law “mirrors federal law that President Bill Clinton signed in 1993,” Pence argues that the law as written “provides a mechanism to address claims, not a license for private parties to deny services.”The governor, who has come under attack from LGBT groups, politicians, business organizations and others, contends, “If I were presented a bill that legalized discrimination against any person or group, I would veto it. Indiana’s new law contains no reference to sexual orientation.”However, some have pointed out that Pence’s editorial still does not answer the question of whether merchants can still be permitted not to serve gays or lesbians based on their religious beliefs.Furthermore, the Indiana law differs from the law signed by Clinton in that it also applies to corporations and associations, not just people who may feel their religious liberties have been impinged upon.Pence, who is believed to be considering a run for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, has support for his law from at least three other White House hopefuls: Texas Senator Ted Cruz, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Aaron Schock: What Will Happen to the “Downton Abbey” Office

Aaron Schock: What Will Happen to the “Downton Abbey” Office

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock's resignation from his position in Congress takes effect Tuesday, and as the FBI continues its investigation into his finances, one question remains. What will happen to the pheasant feathers, golden sconces, picture frames and “drippy crystal chandelier” of the Downton Abbey-inspired office that led to greater scrutiny of Schock’s spending?Functionally, Schock’s office will remain staffed, and continue offering services to the constituents of the 18th Congressional District of Illinois. The office will be supervised by the Clerk of the House until a new member is elected.After the special election, the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer of the House and the Office of the Architect of the Capitol will “make sure the office is ready for a new Representative,” according to a spokesperson with the Office of the Clerk.In this case, that work could include a new coat of paint (or many coats) to cover Schock’s choice of red. Typically, when a member resigns, workers with the Architect’s office give the member their office nameplate, remove pictures and repaint office walls at the incoming member’s discretion, according to a spokesperson for the Architect’s office.In this case, anything beyond "some touch up work" on Schock's office is considered "unlikely," the spokesperson added.All furniture purchased using Schock’s Members’ Representational Allowance -- the official taxpayer-funded stipend used to operate Congressional offices -- will remain in the office.But Schock has the option of taking the décor with him when he leaves Washington.When he personally cut a check to the design firm Euro Trash for the $35,000 in renovations, the furnishings became his private property, according to the Office of the Chief Administrator of the House.Schock refused to answer any questions about his plans or the investigation into his spending when spotted leaving the Capitol for the final time last week. His office also did not respond to requests for comment.In his farewell speech from the House floor, the embattled congressman cited President Abraham Lincoln -- whose Springfield home full of period furniture is now a museum in Schock’s home district -- as a source of inspiration who overcame setbacks in his public and private life on the way to the White House.“[Lincoln’s] continual perseverance in the face of these trials -- never giving up -- is something all Americans should be inspired by, especially when going through a valley in life,” Schock said on the House floor Thursday. “I believe that through life's struggles, we learn from our mistakes, and we learn more about ourselves.”Now, Schock could bring some more hardware back to Illinois’s 18th District. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

National Eating Disorder Awareness Group Endorses Aerie Underwear

National Eating Disorder Awareness Group Endorses Aerie Underwear

American Eagle(NEW YORK) — American Eagle's underwear line has been awarded the National Eating Disorders Association's first-ever seal of approval for showing real bodies and unretouched photos on its website and in its ads.NEDA announced on Monday that the intimate apparel line, called Aerie, has been awarded with its Inspire seal of approval. Aerie in 2014 launched its #AerieReal campaign, setting itself apart from other bra and underwear brands by leaving in models' blemishes, tattoos, cellulite and other imperfections. This year, it partnered with NEDA, becoming a key sponsor in its eating disorder awareness walks across the country."Unrealistic images in advertising and the media play a role in the rising epidemic of eating disorders and poor self-esteem," NEDA CEO Lynn Grefe said in a statement. "But Aerie's campaigns highlight a range of body types. Their approach is not only socially responsible, but also resonates with the public and is profitable. We hope others will learn by Aerie's outstanding example."Model Hana Mayeda was one of the first models to be part of Aerie's new campaign, and she said the thought of not being retouched initially gave her butterflies. She said the experience forced her to deal with her own insecurities, and she came out embracing her flaws."I had to travel to the place of 'Oh my god, there's a huge billboard, and that's my butt and it's not retouched,'" she said, adding that she grew to realize the flaws make some of the photos more beautiful. "They were capturing essence of who I was in a moment as opposed to how I fit in a designer gown."Jennifer Foyle, global brand president for Aerie, said the company is trying to create a movement, and showing unretouched photos is just the beginning."We just want girls to feel proud about themselves," she said.Still, experts say there's a long way to go before we reach true acceptance.Body image expert Tomi-Ann Roberts, who chairs the department of psychology at Colorado State College, said the first image she saw on Aerie's website was of a woman in a sexualized pose who had been cropped to avoid showing her limbs. This, she said, wasn't exactly realistic."She is not emaciated like a runway model, but she is the idealized thin, white, beautiful we see," Roberts said.The site does have a page to show customers photos of every cup size on a real woman with that cup size, but it takes a few clicks to find.Sara Ziff, a model who founded the advocacy group Model Alliance, said Photoshop is one of the many tools used to enhance photos to "promote an unrealistic ideal.""For example, lighting, the angle of the photographer's lens, and make-up also play a big role," Ziff said. "So while it is refreshing and admirable that a company like Aerie has made a policy not to retouch their models' images to promote a more realistic body image, it is also somewhat naive to think that even these unretouched ads are unfiltered and, hence, 'real.'"Dr. Jennifer Ashton, a senior medical contributor for ABC News and practicing OBGYN, said half of her patients are young girls, and body image is a frequent topic of conversation at appointments. She said whether it's the fashion industry or taking selfies that has prompted a young girl or woman to think about her body, it's important to focus on overall wellness rather than a number of the scale or jeans size."It's nice to say that you're not touching up any models, but there's no shortage of models who look spectacular untouched," she said. "Until we start seeing models of every size, every color, every age, you're not really going to see that change in terms of accepting imperfection."Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

“Dancing with the Stars” Recap: Model Charlotte McKinney Eliminated

“Dancing with the Stars” Recap: Model Charlotte McKinney Eliminated

ABC (LOS ANGELES) — Charlotte McKinney, the model who became a sensation after she starred in a racy Super Bowl commercial for Carl's Jr., was voted off ABC’s Dancing with the Stars Monday.“I wanted to make you happy, that was my main thing,” McKinney told her pro partner, Keo Motsepe, after learning she was being voted off the show.

“I learned so much,” she added.McKinney said the show had been “a challenge” and she was “extremely grateful” for the opportunity.The eliminated couple had the lowest combined total of judges’ scores and viewers’ votes from the previous week’s performances.

It was Latin Night on Monday’s show.Here’s a rundown of the routines:Rumer Willis: The actress’s Disco-themed Salsa got the evening started on a high note. Head judge Len Goodman called the performance “the best dance I’ve seen this season.” Julianne Hough said she enjoyed seeing Willis “let loose” and wanted more of that from her. Bruno Tonioli said Willis had gone “completely disco fabulousm,” and Carrie Ann Inaba said she had initial misgivings about mixing the Disco with Salsa but found the result “fantastic.” Willis earned three 8s and a 9, for a total of 33 out of a possible 40 points.Charlotte McKinney: After appearing to lack focus and being distracted by her work email during rehearsals, the model, who is dyslexic, earned a standing ovation for her Rumba -- but the judges roundly panned her effort. Hough said she felt “sad” because it appeared McKinney didn’t take her pro partner Keo Motsepe’s instruction and seemed to be picking up her feet during slides. Inaba told the model that everybody was being a little hard on her because she had “so much potential.” An unhappy looking Goodman said, “I tell you about this show. You get out what you put in. The more you sweat the better you get.” And there were murmurs of disapproval when Tonioli told McKinney: “You’re never going to win the Nobel Prize for quantum physics but you are easy on the eyes,” then added that she produced “very good shapes” but appeared to lack concentration. McKinney earned two 5s and two 6s, for a total of 22 points.Michael Sam: The judges had constructive criticism for the football player after his Salsa. Tonioli called the performance “a great effort” but said Sam’s focus on his partner resulted in his timing being “really, really wrong.” Inaba found the routine “a little choppy” and said she didn’t feel safe watching the lifts. Goodman admitted he found it “a little bit rough and ready” but he thought the lifts were good. “Dance is a little bit like life. You have good days and not so good days. Tonight, not so good,” he said, adding that Sam should focus and come back stronger. Hough agreed, saying: “I think the last two weeks were definitely stronger.” Sam earned four 6s, for a total of 24 points.Riker Lynch: The judges liked the R5 band member’s Salsa, but Inaba said she wanted to see Lynch dominate his pro partner, Allison Holker, more. Hough agreed, saying the pair danced well separately but needed more chemistry and interaction together. Goodman said he didn’t think Lynch was the best dancer this season, but added: “You’re not the best but you could be, because you’ve got flair.” Tonioli said the performance was “Salsa full throttle.” Lynch earned three 9s and a 7, for a total of 34 points.Suzanne Somers: The actress, wearing a fruit-laden headdress, turned in a judge-pleasing Salsa, although Inaba said she’d like to see more emotional depth from Somers at this stage of the competition. Somers’ partner, Tony Dovolani, said he and the actress put everything they had into the performance. Hough and Tonioli both remarked that the routine had lots of Salsa content, but both saw mistakes. “You lost a couple of steps...but good performance,” Tonioli said. Goodman told Somers the routine was “a bit like your headdress: that was juicy, fruity and full of fun.” Somers earned three 6s and a 7, for a total of 25 points.Chris Soules: Coming off a disappointing performance last week, the Bachelor star was determined to do better with his Argentine Tango and he did. “You are the comeback kid!” an enthusiastic Hough said. Tonioli agreed, calling Soules “so much stronger, so connected, so present.” “I could feel the sparks fly between you two,” he said, referring to Soules’s partner, Witney Carson. Inaba said she was impressed with the way Soules carried himself. “You were powerful, you were magnificent,” she said. Goodman said Soules put in the work after a bad prior week. “For me, that’s the best dance you’ve done, so well done for that.” Soules earned four 7s, for a total of 28 points.Robert Herjavec: Bruno told the Shark Tank star that his smoldering Rumba demonstrated commitment between him and his pro partner, Kym Johnson, but also said Herjavec needed to work on his hands and the continuous flow of the dance style. Saying the pair’s chemistry was “ridiculous,” Inaba advised Herjavec to provide a firmer frame for her partner and sustain his movement more. Herjavec complied by demonstrating more movement during the judges’ critique. When Goodman told him he was “middle of the pack” and needed better hip action and more fluidity, Herjavec also started moving and the audience cheered. Hough went against her fellow judges, saying: “I thought that was one of your best performances.” Herjavec earned three 7s and an 8, for 29 points.Patti LaBelle: The singer’s Cha Cha was a crowd-pleaser but all four judges said the routine needed more content at this stage of the competition. Inaba said that, compared to last week’s performance, LaBelle’s routine left her “a little underwhelmed.” Goodman told the singer she had “great musicality” and charm, but directed his criticism about more content to her pro partner, Artem Chigvintsev. LaBelle earned two 5s and two 6s, for a total of 22 points.Willow Shields: The 14-year-old actress earned a standing ovation for her intense Paso Doble. “First Paso of the season. That’s going to be hard to beat,” Goodman said. Hough said the actress had improved “beyond belief” every week. “Keep doing what you’re doing,” she said. Tonioli said Shields was getting the taste of the competition and learning how to become a dancer, and Inaba said the actress was “a seasoned performer” when she hit the dance floor. Shields earned four 8s, for a total of 32 points.Noah Galloway: The U.S. Army veteran is a double amputee and has been dancing with a prosthetic leg. For his Argentine Tango, he rehearsed with a prosthetic arm for the first time but ultimately decided not to use it. Despite that, he showed great strength and dexterity, bending and lifting his pro partner, Sharna Burgess. Hough said she was “blown away” by Galloway’s flexibility and praised Burgess’s choreography. Goodman agreed. “Your imaginative choreography is fantastic,” Goodman told Burgess. Tonioli said Galloway’s lifts were “out of this world.” Inaba also praised Galloway, but drew boos from the crowd when she mentioned that she saw an out-of-sync step from Galloway. Galloway earned two 7s and two 8s, for a total of 30 points.Nastia Liukin: The Olympian’s Samba with partner Derek Hough earned mixed reviews from the judges. Inaba loved Liukin’s flexibility but Tonioli cautioned against being so flexible that Liukin overextended her moves. Goodman called Liukin “a fantastic dancer.” Liukin earned two 9s and two 8s, for a total of 34 points.Monday night’s scores:

Nastia Liukin and Derek Hough: 34 Riker Lynch and Allison Holker: 34 Rumer Willis and Valentin Chmerkovskiy: 33 Willow Shields and Mark Ballas: 32 Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess: 30 Robert Herjavec and Kym Johnson: 29 Chris Soules and Witney Carson: 28 Suzanne Somers and Tony Dovolani: 25 Michael Sam and Peta Murgatroyd: 24 Charlotte McKinney and Keo Motsepe: 22 (They were voted off.) Patti LaBelle and Artem Chigvintsev: 22 Dancing with the Stars returns next Monday at 8 p.m. Eastern time on ABC. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Bravo TV Unveils 2015 Programming Slate

Bravo TV Unveils 2015 Programming Slate

NBC Universal(NEW YORK) — Bravo TV announced Monday that its 2015 original programming slate will include 10 new shows and four returning series.Bravo's lineup of new shows includes Après Ski, which centers on the staff of a ski resort in Whistler, British Columbia, where the rich and famous vacation. Fit Club centers on highly competitive celebrity fitness trainers living in New York City.My Fab 40th appears to be a twist on MTV's My Super Sweet 16, where instead of centering on teen parties, the series showcases birthday celebrations for 40 year olds.While Mother Funders centers on a parent-teacher organization in Locust Grove, Georgia, Tour Group follows those taking mind-blowing and exotic vacations around the globe.Lastly, Recipe for Deception is another Bravo cooking competition. This time host Max Silvestri leads four new chefs into head-to-head competitions where they have to create a dish using one main ingredient.The slate also includes several unscripted series, many of which are spin-offs of popular Bravo shows. NeNe and Kim: The Road to Riches will center on Real Housewives' Nene Leakes and Kim Zolciak as they travel across the country to Los Angeles. Below Deck Mediterranean will follow the yacht charter season in the Mediterranean, while Ladies of Dallas and Married to Medicine Houston, will center on women in the Lone Star State.Bravo also announced a second season for its first scripted series, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, which follows House's Lisa Edelstein as she portrays Abby, a self-help author who hides the fact she's separated from her husband. The cable network also announced the premiere date of Odd Mom Out, which centers on the wealthy world of Manhattan mothers. The comedy series debuts with back-to-back episodes on June 8.With Monday's announcement, Bravo now has a total of 40 original shows on its slate.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Paula Patton Says After Split from Robin Thicke She Became ‘a Real Woman’

Paula Patton Says After Split from Robin Thicke She Became ‘a Real Woman’

Ida Astute/ABC(NEW YORK) — Paula Patton and Robin Thicke are not yet officially divorced, but the actress says she's already a changed woman since splitting from the "Blurred Lines" singer last year."I live in a place of gratitude and [I'm] growing up in many ways, I think. I moved from my parents' house to moving in with Robin," she says on Tuesday's episode of The Meredith Vieira Show, according to a preview clip obtained by E! News. "And now I'm like becoming an adult at this old age. I'm really like a real woman now."The former high-school sweethearts wed in June 2005 and split in February 2014 after rumors of Thicke's infidelity."You know I'm doing really well. It's been a long year and a lot of challenges but I've grown quite a bit and [I'm] just getting used to change," she explains, adding that she tries to "embrace it and just be thankful for everything I do have."Their divorce will be finalized on April 14. The two will share custody of their 4-year-old son Julian.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Vin Diesel Teases Sequels to “Furious 7” and “XXX”

Vin Diesel Teases Sequels to “Furious 7” and “XXX”

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — On Monday's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Furious 7 star Vin Diesel promoted the seventh movie in the franchise, and hinted that despite some rumors to the contrary, an eighth Fast and the Furious movie is in the future.In the same way they teased Jason Statham's character at the end of Fast 6, only to have him emerge as the main heavy in the follow-up, Diesel explains series newcomer Kurt Russell plays a character who has a much bigger role in an upcoming adventure."You know I always think of these films...as trilogies," the actor explained. "We really hired [Russell] because of a story that follows us, that takes place in New York."

Speaking of follow-ups, Diesel also hinted he's in for another XXX movie, and explained to Kimmel that fans can thank Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg.Diesel starred as extreme athlete-turned spy Xander Cage in the 2002 original, only to be replaced, improbably, by Ice Cube in the far less successful 2005 sequel XXX: State of the Union. In that film, Diesel's character was said to have been killed on a mission, although a DVD extra featuring Diesel's stunt double, shot from behind, purported to show Cage killed in an exploding building.However, the rumors of his demise have apparently been greatly exaggerated.Diesel explained he took a meeting with Zuckerberg, who the actor claims did some work on his Facebook page: "I said I wanted to take some of the spam off my page," the actor said of the billionaire, to which Kimmel replied, "You treated him like an IT guy, basically." 

"Basically," Diesel laughed.The actor said Zuckerberg told him, "I want another XXX," which got the star thinking. "So I was like, 'Hm, another XXX...' the actor mugged, as the crowd cheered approvingly.Furious 7 opens nationwide Friday.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Virginia Hospital Escape: Armed Prisoner in Manhunt Captured

Virginia Hospital Escape: Armed Prisoner in Manhunt Captured

Fairfax County Police(FALLS CHURCH, Va.) — Police have captured a convict who became the subject of a manhunt after escaping from a Virginia hospital Tuesday morning, a law enforcement official confirmed.Law enforcement sources said the suspect was arrested in Washington, D.C., by MPD without incident. The location was 25th and Pennsylvania Ave. SE.The escaped prisoner, identified as Wossen Assaye, earlier prompted a lockdown at a Northern Virginia hospital after he overpowered a guard, fired a gun and escaped, authorities said.Earlier, officials found a car he was believed to be in, prompting them to believe he may have switched cars."The Toyota Camry w/VA tags: XZP-8513 has been located," Fairfax County Police in Virginia said via Twitter. "The suspect is still at large and we are continuing the search."Police said Assaye may have switched to a 2008 gray Hyundai Elantra with Virginia plates XTU-5024, and be wearing a dark colored jacket and blue jeans.Inova Fairfax Hospital, located in the city of Falls Church, Virginia, less than 10 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. was placed on lockdown Tuesday morning after Assaye escaped from custody, authorities said.Assaye overpowered a private security guard and took the guard's gun, Fairfax County Police said. Police said Assaye had been taken to the hospital for medical treatment after attempting to harm himself.A struggle broke out between the private security guard and Assaye, and one shot was fired, but no one was injured, police said. The suspect, who was wearing a hospital gown and no shoes, was considered armed and dangerous.

Police are looking for this escaped prisoner. He is wearing a hospital gown and no shoes & armed with a gun. pic.twitter.com/sMtvEYkWeL

— FairfaxCounty Police (@fairfaxpolice) March 31, 2015

Authorities released a photo of the suspect's girlfriend, stating that Assaye may be with her.

 

The escaped prisoner may be with his girlfriend pictured here. pic.twitter.com/Ccb6D5qsv8

— FairfaxCounty Police (@fairfaxpolice) March 31, 2015

 Authorities said Assaye escaped by carjacking the 2002 silver Toyota Camry they located later in the morning, police said.According to a court complaint, Assaye was accused in a string of bank robberies in eastern Virginia between October 2013 and March 20, 2015. In each situation, authorities say, the perpetrator entered the bank -- often with a cell phone to his ear -- either displayed a handgun or demand note, and verbally demanded money.Assaye had a criminal history, with convictions for multiple burglary and robbery offenses in 1998 and 1999, and served time in prison between 2000 and May 2013, according to the complaint.A heavy police presence was reported near the hospital, and police vehicles were seen blocking the hospital’s entrances during the search for the prisoner. Hospital employees were being sent to a nearby high school, and a shuttle bus was carrying the employees to work during the lockdown, police said.Fairfax County Police Second Lt. Brooke Wright said multiple law enforcement bodies -- including the FBI, U.S. Marshals Service and state police -- are helping with the search.“We don’t believe that he has gone far,” Wright said.

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Connecticut Won’t Fund Travel to Indiana

Connecticut Won’t Fund Travel to Indiana

iStock/Thinkstock(HARTFORD, Conn.) — The Nutmeg State is saying "nuts" to Indiana's so-called "religious freedom law."With questions still unanswered on whether business owners would be able to use their personal beliefs to discriminate against gays and lesbians, Connecticut Democratic Governor Dan Malloy announced Monday that no one from his state would be able to travel to Indiana on the taxpayers' dime.Malloy said his executive order also pertains to "any other state that has laws or are using laws to allow them to discriminate against our citizens here in Connecticut."The governor remarked, "Somebody's got to stand up to this kind of bigotry and I'm prepared to do it."Actually, at least one other high-profile politician has. On Sunday, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray signed an order prohibiting municipal employees from traveling to Indiana on city funds, explaining the new law "doesn't reflect the values" of his city.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Fewer Americans Moving But More Making Repairs

Fewer Americans Moving But More Making Repairs

Photos.com/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — “You gotta move" as the old blues song made famous by The Rolling Stones once advised, but Americans won't be uprooting themselves as much in 2015.An American Express survey says that while 27.8 million people in the U.S. will move to another location this year, that represents just 12 percent of the population compared to the 16 percent who found new digs in 2014.Obviously, this would suggest the housing market, which has been revived lately, might be slowing down, but American Express says the recovery is still going strong.

Just because more people plan on staying where they are doesn't mean they'll be sitting on their hands. The survey says that 75 percent will perform home improvement projects, up slightly from the 73 percent who did so in 2014. The average project is expected to cost $4,100, up a hundred bucks from last year.Another thing that bodes well, at least for professional contractors, is that twenty-one percent of consumers will use their services in 2015, way up from the 15 percent from a year ago.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Making Friends in High School May Be as Important as Making Good Grades

Making Friends in High School May Be as Important as Making Good Grades

Creatas/Thinkstock(LONDON) — No one ever said making friends in school was easy but if your children manage to do so, they might be setting themselves up for a very secure financial future.According to a survey of U.S. high school students that followed them to adulthood, teens who made a lot of friends earned salaries that were ten percent higher than adolescents who had fewer close pals.What's more, high school kids improved their earning power if they became the center of their group of friends and influenced their peers.Researchers said the major takeaway of the study is the need to show youngsters the importance of developing social skills and participating in school activities, which can benefit them now and in the future.The findings from the AddHealth study were presented at the Royal Economic Society’s annual conference in England.

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Coffee Reduces Risk of Liver Cancer

Coffee Reduces Risk of Liver Cancer

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The dangers of excessive alcohol consumption are well documented. Now comes a new report from the World Cancer Research Fund International that states the chances of contracting liver cancer go up significantly with as few as three alcoholic drinks daily.Scientists made this discovery through an analysis of almost three dozen studies involving more than eight million people.However, drinkers and non-drinkers alike may be able to reduce their risk of liver cancer by drinking coffee, based on research from the same study. According to the report, a single cup of coffee daily may cut the chance of contracting liver cancer by 14 percent.Previous studies have shown that coffee and its extracts lessen the inflammation of genes that can cause cancer in the liver.An estimated 24,550 people die each year in the U.S. from liver and intrahepatic duct cancers, according to the American Cancer Society.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Many US Kids Are Skipping Lunch

Many US Kids Are Skipping Lunch

Fuse/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Breakfast is often touted as the most important meal of the day but in reality, all three repasts are on equal footing.That's why a new study from the Nestlé Research Center is somewhat alarming: it claims that millions of kids ages 4 to 13 are not eating lunch regularly.Based on stats from the 2009-2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, a whopping 13 percent of youngsters ages 4 to 8 don't eat lunch while an even greater number of 9- to 13-year-olds -- 17 percent -- are also eschewing lunch.Things actually get worse on the weekend for the older kids in the study since one in four also don't bother having lunch.Study author Kevin Mathias contends, "This study highlights an opportunity for both government and the food industry to develop new strategies to encourage children and adolescents to consume a healthy lunch."Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Quit Procrastinating! It Could Save Your Life

Quit Procrastinating! It Could Save Your Life

iStock/Thinkstock(SHERBROOKE, Quebec) — Don't put stuff off until tomorrow that you can do today, especially since your life might depend on it.According to one study, people who tend to procrastinate are at greater risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and hypertension, two conditions that can shorten one's life.Participants in research conducted at Bishop University in Canada filled out questionnaires prepared by the psychology department that delved into their personality, health and the way they cope with stress.Generally speaking, people who were older, less educated and were habitual procrastinators are more prone to CVD and high blood pressure.While the researchers didn't establish a definitive link between procrastination and serious diseases, it's presumed that people who don't get around to doing things right away add more stress to their lives when they finally do.Another theory is that they also delay healthy habits such as eating right, exercise and quitting smoking.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Penguins Letang Released from Hospital

Penguins Letang Released from Hospital

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(PITTSBURGH, Pa.) -- Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang was released from the hospital Sunday and diagnosed with a concussion after a scary collision in Saturday's game against the Arizona Coyotes.

Letang lay on the ice in a disoriented state when he fell backwards into the boards after a check by Coyotes winger Shane Doan.

"I just went to make sure I got a piece of him so he couldn't jump by me and he obviously went into the boards awkward," Doan said.

"You never ever want to see anyone like that, especially a guy with his caliber and everything he's went through in the past couple years," he added. "You feel awful as a player when something like that happens." 

Letang has a history of concussions and suffered a stroke last season, in what doctors attributed to a small hole in his heart.

Currently, there is no scheduled date for Letang's return, according to coach Mike Johnston.

“We'll see how he feels over the next few days and go from there,” Johnston said.

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Tidal, a New Streaming Service, Boasts Owners Jay Z, Beyonce and More

Tidal, a New Streaming Service, Boasts Owners Jay Z, Beyonce and More

Cliff Lipson/CBS(NEW YORK) -- There's a new way to listen to music. A who's who of musicians appeared at a news conference Monday to formally unveil Tidal, a music streaming service with videos and editorial content owned by the stars themselves. "This is incredible. This is so powerful," said Alicia Keys, one of the owners of the service. "We want to create a better service and a better experience for both fans and artists." The celebrity owners of Tidal are Keys, Win Butler and Régine Chassagne of Arcade Fire, Beyoncé, Calvin Harris, Chris Martin of Coldplay, Daft Punk, Jack White, Jason Aldean, J. Cole, Jay Z, Kanye West, deadmau5, Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and Usher. After signing a "declaration of independence," the stars made their way off the stage and a video played. "I just thought about how crazy this is," said West in the footage. "This is the beginning of the new world." "You tell people what they're getting, and they're gonna hear the difference," added Harris. Tidal is available online, and is available in two different packages. Tidal Premium costs $9.99 and features standard quality sound and high definition music videos. For $10 more, users can access Tidal HiFi, which boasts lossless high fidelity sound quality, high0definition music videos. Both have editorial content.

 

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Victoria Kennedy’s Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute

Victoria Kennedy’s Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute

ABC News(BOSTON) -- Anyone can now experience the challenge of life as a U.S. senator. The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate opens to the public this week in Boston, following a public dedication Monday attended by President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden as well as a bipartisan contingent of Capitol Hill colleagues of former Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy, who died of brain cancer in 2009 after serving nearly 47 years as the "Liberal Lion" of the Senate. "Ted understood that the only point of running for office was to get something done. Not to posture. Not to sit there worrying about the next election or the polls. To take risk," President Obama said at the dedication on Monday. "There are Republicans here today for a reason – because they knew Ted as somebody who bridged the partisan divide over and over and over." Victoria Kennedy, co-founder of the Institute that bears her late husband's name, gave ABC News' David Wright a behind-the-scenes tour last week, explaining her husband's vision for the institute, which was first discussed over a family dinner in 2002. "Teddy said everybody knows about the presidency because there are presidential libraries, but the truth is that nobody understands or knows anything about the Senate. And he'd get that mischievous look in his eye and say, 'We're in Article 1 of the Constitution,'" Victoria Kennedy said. "And he was such a man of the Senate, loved it so much, he wanted people to feel that same way." "He also thought about that next generation of men and women who would serve in the Senate, and he wanted them to get inspired to get into the public sphere," Kennedy added. The institute, located next to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library at the University of Massachusetts at Boston, features a full-scale replica of the U.S. Senate chamber, as well as a recreation of Kennedy's Capitol Hill office filled with Kennedy family mementos. But more than a museum, the Kennedy Institute is a high-tech civics class, using touch tablets to guide visitors through interactive exhibits on the history and functioning of the Senate. Student groups can participate in longer sessions in the replica Senate chamber, debating and voting on a legislative issue of the day, such as comprehensive immigration reform. "What we're hearing from teachers is the whole way back from school, it's not like any other field trip, they're talking about the issues," Victoria Kennedy said. "They're engaged talking about what they just experienced, they want to come back and be senators again." The Kennedys were the only three brothers in history to all serve as senators. John F. Kennedy was a senator from 1953 until his election as president in 1960, while Robert Kennedy was a senator from 1965 until his assassination in 1968. Ted Kennedy sat at JFK's desk in the back of the Senate chamber the entire time he served from 1962 until 2009. "He was entitled to sit in the front row, move up with seniority because he certainly had a lot of that," Victoria Kennedy said while giving a tour of the replica Senate chamber in Boston. "But he always liked sitting in the back and I think it's because you can see everything from here. I think he also enjoyed being with younger, more junior members where he could talk to them." Echoing President Obama's words Monday on Kennedy's legacy in the Senate, Victoria Kennedy says it was her husband's ability to connect with other senators through personal relationships that made him successful at legislating. "Ted Kennedy reached across the aisle and he had great relationships across the aisle," Kennedy says. "He would listen until...they could find common cause and move an issue forward." And while Washington remains gridlocked today, Kennedy says she hopes the institute will help teach its visitors, young and old, the value of debate and compromise. "Legislating is hard and that's one of the things you learn when you go through this place....But what we're showing here is you need to look each other in the eye, talk, and find that nugget of common ground," Kennedy said.

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