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Hurricane Turns Mexico Honeymoon into Nightmare for Family

Hurricane Turns Mexico Honeymoon into Nightmare for Family

Courtesy Hess family(SEATTLE) — A Seattle-area couple expecting their first child had just arrived in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, to celebrate their honeymoon when Hurricane Odile struck, wreaking havoc on the resort area and their vacation, their family said.

Siegfried Hess told ABC News that his son, Stephen Hess, and his newlywed wife, Julie, landed Saturday night at Los Cabos International Airport and arrived at the Cabo Villas Beach resort, where they planned to stay for a week. But only a day into their romantic trip, the storm walloped the coast, and Siegfried Hess hadn’t been able to reach his son until Monday.

“I feel very relieved, and my wife, of course, is so emotional,” Hess said. “Having heard his voice and talked to him. …Of course, you can only talk for ten seconds and the line shuts off.”

The hurricane damaged phone lines and cellphone service is spotty. Odile, a Category 3 hurricane, slammed the southern Baja California peninsula overnight, flipping cars, downing trees and breaking windows.

Stephen and Julie Hess married last weekend and this trip is Stephen’s first time out of the country, his sister said. Their daughter is due in November.

“They sustained damage, of course, but they have plenty of food and water,” Siegfried Hess said.

He’s glad the couple is safe, but furious that they were put in danger in the first place.

The airlines shouldn’t have let people land in Mexico if they knew a storm was coming, Hess said.

“I’m not a storm-tracker. I depend on airlines or the resorts or somebody to contact us and let us know that something of this magnitude is on its way to Cabo,” he said. “They put my family in the eye of the storm.”

Alaska Airlines did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

Many vacations were ruined when Odile struck the Mexican coast, forcing travelers to hunker down on air mattresses or cots in shelters and designated safe areas of hotels.

Sarah McKinney of Bentonville, Arkansas, live-tweeted the storm, posting updates about the deafening noise from the wind, and water seeping into her hotel room, forcing her and her 4-month-old daughter to seek shelter in the bathtub.

Other vacations were ruined before they started. Valerie Cos of Maryland was supposed to leave for Cabo Tuesday morning, but her flight was canceled. On the flip side, some travelers escaped the storm just in time — like Alexander Harris of Atlanta, who said he was on the last flight out of Los Cabos International Airport.

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Adrian Peterson Sorry for the ‘Hurt’ He Brought to His Son

Adrian Peterson Sorry for the ‘Hurt’ He Brought to His Son

Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) — Adrian Peterson said Monday that he wants the public to “understand how sorry I feel about the hurt I have brought to my child.”

Peterson, the Minnesota Vikings running back who was benched after being charged with child abuse for allegedly disciplining his son with a switch, made his first public statement on the issue Monday.

“I am not a perfect son. I am not a perfect husband. I am not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser,” he said in a statement released through his agent and posted on social media Monday.

“I never imagined being in a position where the world is judging my parenting skills or calling me a child abuser because of the discipline I administered to my son,” Peterson said.

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The incident occurred at his home in Texas this May but was not known publicly until Friday when he was indicted. He allegedly hit his 4-year-old son with a thin branch and the incident was reported by a doctor who was concerned about how much the boy was bleeding.

“I have to live with the fact that when I disciplined my son the way I was disciplined as a child, I caused an injury that I never intended or thought would happen,” Peterson said in the statement. “I know that many people disagree with the way I disciplined my child. I also understand after meeting with a psychologist that there are other alternative ways of disciplining a child that may be more appropriate.”

Peterson has never spoken publicly about the ways in which he was disciplined as a child, but alluded to having received similar punishments as a child. He said in his statement, “I have always believed that the way my parents disciplined me has a great deal to do with the success I have enjoyed as a man.”

The Vikings benched the star running back for last week’s game but announced Monday that he will be reinstated this week. His next hearing is on Wednesday and he has not yet entered a plea.

Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman said the team has met with Peterson and his lawyers several times before allowing him to return to the team this week.

“This is a difficult path to navigate… on how a parent disciplines their child,” Spielman said. He added, “We believe he deserves to play while the legal process plays out.”

Spielman declined to say whether Peterson’s actions were child abuse.

“We must defer ot the legal system to determine if he went too far, but we cannot make that judgment,” he said.

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First Full-Length Trailer for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1″ Debuts

First Full-Length Trailer for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1″ Debuts

Lionsgate(NEW YORK) — The first official, full-length trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay is here.

Part 1 hits theaters on Nov. 21 but, in the meantime, here are a few highlights from the almost-two-minute clip.

Jennifer Lawrence opens the scene as Katniss, saying, “I never wanted any of this. I never wanted to be in the games. I just wanted to save my sister and keep Peeta alive.”

To which President Snow responds, “It’s the things we love the most which destroy us.”

Then all heck breaks loose, as we see the rebels led by Lawrence, including other co-stars such as Elizabeth Banks and Liam Hemsworth.

One more thing: Peeta is alive and is being kept in the Capitol.

“Peeta is the Captiol’s weapon,” Woody Harrelson’s Haymitch tells Katniss. “The same way you are ours!”

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Chinese City Creates Sidewalk for Smartphone Addicts

Chinese City Creates Sidewalk for Smartphone Addicts

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A Chinese city has created a smartphone lane for pedestrians where they can tweet, text and surf the Internet without having to worry about where they’re walking or who they’re blocking.

While the 165-foot path located in Chongqing is meant to make a statement, pedestrians are warned to use them at their “own risk.”

A sidewalk split down the center is clearly marked with a mobile phone icon showing it is acceptable to multi-task, while the other side of the sidewalk makes it clear that smartphone multitasking isn’t welcome.

The inspiration for the bifurcated sidewalk is said to have come after National Geographic Television conducted a behavioral experiment in Washington, D.C., using the concept.

While it may be more of a curiosity than a routine now, there are a few people who may benefit from a smartphone lane.

One distracted smartphone user reportedly fell into a fountain in a shopping mall in Reading, Pennsylvania, while another was so engrossed in her phone that she reportedly walked off a pier in Melbourne, Australia, in December.

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Migrants Feared Drowned After Boat Capsizes Off Libyan Coast

Migrants Feared Drowned After Boat Capsizes Off Libyan Coast

iStock/Thinkstock(ROME) — A small fishing boat crammed with migrants — many women and children — capsized off the coast of Libya Monday, with more than 200 feared drowned.

With Libya in chaos, the country’s navy is almost non-existent, so the rescue attempt was carried out by borrowed fishing boats and tug boats from the oil industry.

The incident comes just days after another migrant boat sank near Malta, with survivors saying as many as 500 drowned when traffickers purposely sank the ship.

United Nations spokesperson Carlotta Sami said since the start of the year, 2,500 people — fleeing violence in Syria and beyond — have died or gone missing attempting the perilous crossing.

“They are terrified by the violence that is spreading across country and see the only way to survive is to leave Libya by crossing the sea. They know that they are risking their life because they heard the stories of people that died,” Sami said.

Since January, the Italian naval operation, the largest in the Mediterranean, has rescued upwards of 100,000 people crossing on the rickety boats to Italy.

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Despite Warnings, Antibiotics Still Overprescribed in Kids

Despite Warnings, Antibiotics Still Overprescribed in Kids

iStock/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) — Despite warnings from public health experts that overprescribing antibiotics could lead to difficult-to-treat “superbugs,” doctors are prescribing antibiotics to children about twice as often as they are actually needed, a new study found.

Researchers at Seattle Children’s Hospital examined past studies between 2001 and 2011 to see how doctors treated common childhood respiratory infections, conditions including sore throats, ear infections and sinusitis. They found that although only 27.4 percent of the infections were caused by bacteria and could therefore be treated with an antibiotic, a whopping 57 percent of them were actually treated with antibiotics.

That amounts to 11.4 million unnecessary prescriptions for antibiotics per year, researchers say. Antibiotics are no good against viral infections and have only been shown to work against bacterial infections.

Lead study author Dr. Matthew Kronman, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Seattle Children’s Hospital, said the results are disheartening, particularly because his team found no appreciable change in prescribing rates over 10 years.

“Whatever we are doing now, it isn’t working,” he said. “We need to come up with new strategies to understand why this…exists.”

The American Academy of Pediatrics, the top pediatrician’s group in the United States, has periodically issued guidelines on the use of antibiotics in kids, notably in 2001 for sinusitis and 2004 for ear infections. But the demands of parents, as well as difficulties doctors face in quickly distinguishing between viral and bacterial infections, still fuels the trend.

Experts not involved with the research said their big fear is that they will eventually have no treatment options for superbugs.  An estimated 2 million Americans are infected with antibiotic-resistant organisms, resulting in 23,000 deaths each year, according to a 2013 report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

But there are other reasons that antibiotics should only be used when they’re needed.

“For some infections, like acute bronchitis, pharyngitis with a negative strep test, and URI, we know that antibiotics do not help you get better faster and are not needed,” said Dr. Mark Ebell, a family medicine physician and professor at the University of Georgia College of Public Health in Athens. “Even sinusitis and [ear infections] may be caused by viruses and often resolve without antibiotics.”

Ebell added that antibiotics can also hurt kids in other ways, such as causing nausea and vomiting. Antibiotics can also upset the delicate balance of gut bacteria, leading to diarrhea. In rare cases, they can lead to a debilitating allergic reaction called anaphylaxis, which can be life-threatening.

When antibiotics are necessary, however, they can be lifesaving. Patients with more severe symptoms — such as pain, worsening symptom  or high fever — are more likely to benefit from an antibiotic, Ebell said.

Doctor’s Take

Doctors overprescribe antibiotics for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is the difficulty in determining the exact nature of an infection when they see it.

“In several situations, the diagnosis is not very clear cut,” said Dr. Mobeen Rathore, chief of pediatric infectious diseases at Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, and professor at the University of Florida, who was not involved with the research.

All the more reason, doctors say, that parents should be aware of what to do if their child has a runny nose or a sore throat. For patients with the common cold, the best defense is to drink plenty of fluids, get rest and use over-the-counter medications for symptomatic control. Antibiotics should not be taken for mild to moderate sinus infections, unless symptoms last longer than seven days or worsen after clinical improvement, according the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Of course, parents should never hesitate to call their pediatrician or family physician with questions at the first sign of illness. But even then, it is good to ask questions as to the necessity of antibiotics.

“It’s OK to ask your physician, ‘Why are you prescribing an antibiotic for my son-daughter?’” Kronman  of Seattle Children’s Hospital said. “Have a discussion with your physician. Is an antibiotic really needed for this cold or are there other things we can try?”

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Urban Outfitters Apologizes for Insensitive Kent State Sweatshirt Sale

Urban Outfitters Apologizes for Insensitive Kent State Sweatshirt Sale

Urban Outfitters(NEW YORK) — Retail clothing store Urban Outfitters is apologizing Monday after selling a sweatshirt on its website that some see as trivializing a campus shooting from the Vietnam War era.

The red faded Kent State University sweatshirt, billed by the company as a vintage find, retailed for $129 and is now listed on the site as sold out after someone purchased the company’s single available sweatshirt.

“Get it or regret it!” the company urged in its description for the article of clothing.

People on social media immediately identified the offensive connotations of the sweatshirt, pointing out that it looked blood-stained and seemed to refer to the 1970 Kent State deaths when the Ohio National Guard killed four unarmed students and wounded nine others during a protest against President Richard Nixon’s campaign to expand the Vietnam war into Cambodia.

Urban Outfitters prompted some Twitter outrage.

“Just bought a bunch of stuff from Urban Outfitters yesterday. Contemplating returning it all after this disgusting sweatshirt situation,” tweeted Jenna Wright.

Rob Peterson added, “Hey @UrbanOutfitters, thanks for proving that History classes are actually important. Ignorance is not bliss.”

Kent State University has responded to the situation through a statement that reads in part, “We take great offense to a company using our pain for their publicity and profit. This item is beyond poor taste and trivializes a loss of life that still hurts the Kent State community today.”

The company responded through Twitter, writing Monday morning, “Urban Outfitters sincerely apologizes for any offense our Vintage Kent State Sweatshirt may have caused. It was never our intention to allude to the tragic events that took place at Kent State in 1970 and we are extremely saddened that this item was perceived as such. The one-of-a-kind item was purchased as part of our sun-faded vintage collection. There is no blood on this shirt nor has this item been altered in any way. The red stains are discoloration from the original shade of the shirt and the holes are from natural wear and fray. Again, we deeply regret that this item was perceived negatively and we have removed it immediately from our website to avoid further upset.”

The sweatshirt is now being resold on eBay for $550 by user kentstatesweater who claims to have ordered the piece of clothing and is waiting on its arrival. The description says the owner plans to donate 50 percent of the profit to The Southern Poverty Law Center.

KSU spokesperson Emily Vincent told ABC News in an email that Urban Outfitters reached out to the university with the same statement they released on Twitter.

Urban Outfitters and eBay user kentstatesweater did not immediately return ABC News’ request for comment.

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A Virus Can Spread Like Wildfire in Any Indoor Setting

A Virus Can Spread Like Wildfire in Any Indoor Setting

iStock/Thinkstock(TUSCON, Ariz.) — Germ-a-phobes of the world unite. Your anxiety appears to be well-founded. At least that’s what a new study suggests. 

The study measured just how quickly viruses were spread in a work setting despite people’s best efforts to isolate themselves from sneezing and coughing co-workers.

To demonstrate how avoiding germs may be a losing battle, study researcher Charles Gerba, a microbiologist at the University of Arizona, placed a harmless virus on a few surfaces inside an office building, hotel rooms and a health care facility.

Later in the day, Gerba’s team sampled between 60 and 100 surfaces in each of the buildings that were contaminated with bacteriophage MS-2.

The result was that the virus was found on 40 to 60 percent of light switches, door knobs, tabletops and various other surfaces within two-to-four hours.

What Gerba was trying to prove was how a far more dangerous infectious agent, such as norovirus, can move swiftly through just about any place where people congregate.

So is it really a losing battle? Not entirely, according to Gerba, who says that disinfecting wipes and diligent hand cleaning reduces the spread of viruses by as much as 80 to 99 percent.

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Cairo Talks on Israel, Hamas to Resume

Cairo Talks on Israel, Hamas to Resume

iStock/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) — The deadline for another round of Egyptian-mediated talks between Israel and Hamas is fast approaching.  

According to the Gaza truce that was signed, negotiations are to begin by Sept. 25. While no official start date has been announced, both sides are gearing up to resume negotiations.

Senior sources on both the Israeli and Palestinian side tell ABC News a second round of Cairo talks will begin sometime next week.

The prime minister’s office in Jerusalem says Israel is ready to ease restrictions on building materials entering Gaza and that the negotiating team will recommend international organizations supervise building projects to ensure cement and steel go to housing projects and not attack tunnels.

Palestinian sources said disagreements with Hamas were narrowing and would not hold up the Cairo talks.

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Second ‘Slender Man’ Suspect Unfit to Stand Trial, Lawyer Argues

Second ‘Slender Man’ Suspect Unfit to Stand Trial, Lawyer Argues

iStock/Thinkstock(WAUKESHA, Wis.) — The second Wisconsin girl accused of stabbing a classmate 19 times, allegedly to please the fictional character “Slender Man,” is unfit to stand trial, her lawyer contends.

Anissa Weier, 12, will be back in court Monday. She and her friend, Morgan Geyser, are both charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide in the May 31 attack.

In a letter to Judge Michael Bohren, Weier’s attorney, Assistant State Public Defender Joseph Smith Jr., said his client met with a forensic psychologist, and that “in his professional opinion, she is not presently competent to proceed.” That same argument worked for Geyser last month, when Bohren ordered her to receive treatment after two mental health experts said she was incompetent.

The survivor’s spokesman, Stephen Lyons of the Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. law firm, told ABC News that the girl’s family stands behind prosecutors’ efforts.

“They have the full confidence in the DA and his team and the judicial system that ultimately justice will be served,” Lyons said.

The 12-year-old survivor has remained anonymous since the attack on May 31, when she managed to attract the attention of a passing bicyclist. An online fundraising page — “Hearts for Healing” — has raised more than $60,000 for her recovery efforts. Additionally, thousands of people have sent the girl homemade hearts, messages of hope made of construction paper, fabric and wool.

She’s back at school now and making major strides, Lyons said.

“On May 31, this little girl was lured into the woods and stabbed 19 times. At that point, she was a victim…and today she is a survivor,” Lyons said. “And that’s how we refer to her and to the family: They’re survivors. They rose above this horrific crime and they survived. And she is thriving.

“What an ultimate testimony of the human heart to know she can both physically heal and then emotionally begin this journey of healing,” Lyons added.

ABC News Chief Legal Affairs Anchor Dan Abrams said the main goal for the suspects’ attorneys is to get the case transferred to juvenile court, which requires a waiver for children above the age of 10 who face murder or attempted murder charges.

It’s unlikely that both of the suspects will avoid trial or a criminal punishment, Abrams said.

“Incompetent does not mean insane. Incompetence is generally supposed to be a temporary state,” Abrams said. “The treatment is supposed to bring the defendant to a state of competence so they can be tried.”

Attorney Wendy Murphy said the judge has a duty to get a complete understanding of the suspects’ mental state.

“The defense benefits greatly from putting the brakes on. And in a case like this, fighting about competency is one of the ways to put the brakes on,” Murphy said.

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“The View” Premieres with New Hosts

“The View” Premieres with New Hosts

Lou Rocco/ABC(NEW YORK) — It’s a new era for The View.

The ABC talk show kicked off a new season with three new co-hosts — Rosie O’Donnell, Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace — in a new studio in New York City.

“The thing that never changes on The View is it’s great conversation with great women,” Whoopi Goldberg said at the start of the show. “That is not going to change.”

First up to introduce herself was O’Donnell, who was returning to the show after getting married, having a new baby and sending her oldest off to college. Sitting cross-legged and barefoot, she also said that she had lost about 50 pounds after having surgery.

“I’m good. I’m happy,” O’Donnell, 52, told the live studio audience. “I had a heart attack two years ago in August and then I had the vertical gastric sleeve. …It is sort of a last change thing after you tried everything else. …I feel better.”

Perez went next, explaining that in addition to joining the talk show, she’s also gearing up to star in a new Broadway show alongside Larry David. She also recently married musician Eric Hayes, and is a longtime activist now working as part of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV and AIDS.

“Life is good,” Perez, 50, said. “I could go on and on and on and brag about myself but I usually like other people to praise me, not to praise myself. It’s a Latin thing.”

Another new face was Wallace, 42, who worked in the White House with George W. Bush before joining John McCain and Sarah Palin’s ill-fated presidential campaign. She’s also a novelist and the mother of a 2-year-old son.

“I am a Republican,” she declared before O’Donnell — who famously sparred with Republican Elisabeth Hasselbeck — announced, “And I really like her!”

The only remaining panelist from last season was Goldberg, 58, who emerged thinner, having topped out at 217 lbs.

“I’m happy to have a gig and happy to be working with y’all,” she said. “[I'm] happy we get to carry on the tradition.”

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Pope Francis Marries 20 Couples at Vatican: Why It’s Important

Pope Francis Marries 20 Couples at Vatican: Why It’s Important

Dan Kitwood/Getty Images(VATICAN CITY) — In another signal that Pope Francis’ Catholic Church is not your mother’s Catholic Church, the transformative pontiff married 20 couples at the Vatican on Sunday, some of whom had lived together and one who had a child out of wedlock.

Yes, you read that right. Couples who had lived together, couples who had sex before marriage, even one with a grown child were married in the Vatican by the pope himself.

All of those things remain a sin in the Catholic church. But the pope’s message Sunday was not one of blame. In his homily before the exchange of vows, the pope stressed forgiveness for past sins.

“To spouses who ‘have become impatient on the way’ and who succumb to the dangerous temptation of discouragement, infidelity, weakness, abandonment,” the pope said to the brides and grooms, “God the Father gives his Son Jesus, not to condemn them.”

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So why is it important?

1. It’s another signal that Pope Francis is changing the church to be more open and inclusive. Last July, Pope Francis suggested that that he would not judge priests for their sexual orientation. The pope has also said the church is too focused on issues such as abortion, contraception and divorce. In an interview last year, the pope warned that “the church sometimes has locked itself up in small things, in small-minded rules.” The church’s teaching “must be more simple, profound, radiant,” he wrote. Sunday’s wedding ceremony appears to be a practical application of that philosophy.

2. Being married by the pope is incredibly rare. Pope John Paul II was the last pope to publicly perform the rite of marriage, when he married eight couples in 2000. So rare is the event that one couple said that “when we discovered that it was happening, that it wasn’t a dream — well, it transformed us,” The New York Times reported. The marriage of those, by the pope himself, who might have been shunned just a couple years ago, sends a powerful message not only to those couples but also to the rest of the world.

3. He wanted to stress the importance of marriage for all Catholics, whatever their situation. He also want to encourage local priests to follow his example and marry couples in similar situations. Pope Francis has long emphasized the importance of the family and marriage between a man and a woman and these topics will be discussed at a Vatican meeting of bishops later this year.

Marriage, the pope said, “is a symbol of life, real life: it is not fiction.” It’s also not fiction that the Catholic Church is changing — and changing from the top down.

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Holder Unveils New Steps to Prevent Homegrown Terror

Holder Unveils New Steps to Prevent Homegrown Terror

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says the U.S. must do more to prevent homegrown terror with the rise of ISIS.

In a video message Monday, Holder says the country will begin new pilot programs to confront the threat.

“These programs will bring together community representatives, public safety officials, religious leaders, and United States attorneys to improve local engagement, to counter violent extremism,” he says.

Holder says law enforcement is increasing outreach to Muslim communities in the U.S., hoping to detect terrorist threats before they emerge.

“We have established processes for detecting American extremists who attempt to join terror groups abroad,” he notes.

Overseas, Holder says the U.S. is working with partner nations and Interpol, hoping to track Westerners who have made the trip to Syria and Iraq, and flag them before they attempt to come home.  

“Ultimately, the pilot programs will enable us to develop more effective and more inclusive ways to build a more just, secure, and free society that all Americans deserve,” he says.

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Cheryl Burke Done with “Dancing with the Stars”?

Cheryl Burke Done with “Dancing with the Stars”?

ABC/Craig Sjodin(NEW YORK) — After 10 years of dancing with stars from Drew Lachey to Emmitt Smith to Rob Kardashian, Dancing with the Stars pro Cheryl Burke may be hanging up her dancing shoes — on TV at least.

“As of now, this is probably going to be my last season,” Burke told ABC News’ Good Morning America on the eve of her first dance with star partner Antonio Sabato Jr., on the show’s 19th season, premiering Monday night.

“I started when I’m 20. I’m 30. I want to try new things and just see what’s out there,” she said.

Burke has appeared on 18 of the show’s 19 seasons. She is the show’s first professional dancer to appear in the finals seven times and the semi-finals 10 times.

Burke, a two-time winner of the show’s coveted Mirror Ball trophy, has been open about exploring other opportunities while on the show, including opening her love life up to TV.

In 2012, Burke told reporters she had spoken to ABC executives about becoming the next Bachelorette.

“There hasn’t been a firm offer, but if they offer it to me, I would love to do it,” she said at the time.

The 19th season of Dancing with the Stars, and possibly Burke’s last, premieres Monday, Sept. 15, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Microsoft Buys Minecraft Creator in $2.5 Billion Deal

Microsoft Buys Minecraft Creator in $2.5 Billion Deal

Miles Willis/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse(REDMOND, Wash.) — Microsoft will pay $2.5 billion to acquire the maker of one of today’s most popular online games. Microsoft Xbox head Phil Spencer announced deal to buy Mojang, the creator of Minecraft, Monday on the company’s website.

“This is a game that has found its audience on touch devices, on phones, on iPads, on consoles and obviously, its true home on PC. Whether you’re playing on an Xbox, whether you’re playing on a Play Station, an Android, IOS device, our goal is to continue to evolve and innovate with Minecraft across all those platforms,” Spencer said about the game’s appeal among its diverse community of players.

Minecraft, a game that lets players contruct their own 3D virtual world, is the most popular online game on Microsoft Xbox, and the top paid app for both Apple and Google. The game has been downloaded more than 100 million times on PCs alone since its launch in 2009.

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Why iPhone 6 Could Be Apple’s Biggest Success Ever

Why iPhone 6 Could Be Apple’s Biggest Success Ever

Apple(NEW YORK) — The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are bigger than their predecessors in more ways than one.

The devices, which boast larger screens, are so popular since their unveiling last week that they have broken all iPhone pre-order sales records.

More than four million pre-orders for the phones were placed when they went on sale Friday, according to Apple.

Demand has been so high that Apple said it has exceeded the pre-order supply, meaning that some customers won’t receive their new phones until October.

If you haven’t pre-ordered a new iPhone but are clamoring to have one by the end of the week, there’s still a glimmer of hope if you’re willing to wait hours or days in line. Apple said a limited supply of phones will be available in its stores for walk-in customers beginning Sept. 19 at 8 a.m. local time.

The iPhone 6 Plus was also in high demand from mobile carriers, who projected delivery dates stretching into October.

What makes the iPhone so hot, aside from having the latest Apple product, is the larger screen sizes.

The iPhone 6 is 4.7 inches, while the iPhone 6 Plus measures 5.5 inches diagonally, giving Samsung, which has dominated the giant phone market, some competition.

The iPhones are also packed with new features, including “reachability.” With a double touch, the display can slide down so users can reach “anything” at the top of the phone, an ideal feature for multitasking.

Apple Pay, the company’s digital wallet that is aiming to be a credit card killer, will also be supported on the new iPhones.

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New Film Features E-Cigarettes Product Placement

New Film Features E-Cigarettes Product Placement

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — E-cigarettes are coming to the movies.

For the past 16 years, tobacco companies have been forbidden from product placement in the industry. But those restrictions don’t apply to e-cigs.

“I don’t see a problem with glamorizing something that saves lives,” SmokeStik’s CEO Bill Marangos tells The Wall Street Journal.

Marangos’ company paid for product placement in a new film adaptation of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline.

In the movie, actress Milla Jovovich is shown puffing on a SmokeStik. And, as the newspaper notes, signs for the brand can be seen hanging in a convenience store during one scene.

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KFC-Owner Yum Brands Tries Saigon Street Food

KFC-Owner Yum Brands Tries Saigon Street Food

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Is America ready for Saigon street food?

Yum Brands — the owners of Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC — is betting that many people will like the taste of banh mi sandwiches, Asian salads and wok-fried food.

On Friday, Yum opened its first “fast casual” Banh Shop in Dallas.

“With Southeast Asian cuisine growing in popularity in the U.S., we saw an opportunity to design a unique fast-casual concept that emulates delicious Saigon street food, with a focus on the Vietnamese banh mi sandwich,” Yum Brands executive Christophe Poirier told Nation’s Restaurant News.

Vietnam is famous for its Chinese and French-influenced cuisine, and for years many business travelers and tourists have been raving about the quality of its fresh and spicy street food.

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Convicted Killer Jodi Arias Selling Glasses She Wore During Trial

Convicted Killer Jodi Arias Selling Glasses She Wore During Trial

ABC News(PHOENIX) — Jodi Arias, the Arizona woman who was convicted of stabbing, shooting and slitting the throat of her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander, is auctioning the glasses she wore during her 2013 trial.

“Get ready to own a one-of-a-kind piece of history,” Arias’ website says.

The starting bid for the spectacles begins at $500. The auction will close on Sept. 24. The website says 100 percent of the profits will go to a Phoenix-based non-profit, however it does not name the charity.

It’s not the first time Arias has apparently tried to sell an item online from prison.

In January 2013, shortly after her murder trial began, Arias’ jailhouse art was listed for sale online. At that time, descriptions listed with the art noted that the profits would go to costs associated with the trial, including paying for Arias’ family to travel from their homes in California to Arizona for the five-month trial.

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Jerry Jones: NFL Owners Support Commissioner Roger Goodell

Jerry Jones: NFL Owners Support Commissioner Roger Goodell

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — As the NFL continues to dominate the headlines for the wrong reasons, Dallas Cowboys Jerry Jones says that the owners are standing behind their maligned commissioner, Roger Goodell.
Goodell has been …

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