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Chiefs Sign Smith to Four-Year Deal

Chiefs Sign Smith to Four-Year Deal

Jason O. Watson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Kansas City Chiefs have apparently found their quarterback of the future, signing Alex Smith to a four-year contract extension. Multiple media reports say the deal is worth approximately $68 million.

Smith was acquired last season in a trade with San Francisco for a third round pick in 2013 and 2014. The extension will keep the signal caller in Kansas City through the 2018 season as he still has one year remaining on his current contract. 

“It was a priority of ours to get this deal done and keep Alex in a Chiefs uniform long-term,” Kansas City general manager John Dorsey said in a statement. “Alex is a proven leader on and off the field. He is a special individual with a lot of ability, and we are fortunate to have him here.”

The 30-year-old posted one of the best seasons of his career last season, throwing for 23 touchdowns and a career-high 3,313 passing yards. In his first season with the Chiefs, Smith helped the team to an 11-4 record and a spot in the playoffs.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/31/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/31/14

(NEW YORK) — MLB: Toronto Blue Jays 4 (69-67) – New York Yankees 3 (70-65) 

Boston Red Sox 3 (60-76) – Tampa Rays 0 (66-71)

New York Mets 6 (64-73) – Philadelphia Phillies 5 (62-74)

Cincinnati Reds 3 (66-71) – Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (71-65)

Chicago White Sox 6 (62-75) – Detroit Tigers 2 (74-62)

Baltimore Orioles 12 (79-56) – Minnesota Twins 8 (59-77)

Houston Astros 3 (59-79) – Texas Rangers 2 (53-83)

St. Louis Cardinals 9 (73-63) – Chicago White Sox 6 (61-76)

Los Angeles Angels 8 (83-53) – Oakland Athletics 1 (78-58)

Seattle Mariners 5 (73-62) – Washington Nationals 3 (77-58)

Los Angeles Dodgers 7 (77-60) – San Diego Padres 1 (64-71)

Arizona Diamondbacks 6 (57-79) – Colorado Rockies 2 (54-82)

San Francisco Giants 15 (74-62) – Milwaukee Brewers 5 (73-63)

Atlanta Braves 1 (72-65) – Miami Marlins 0 (66-69)

Cleveland Indians 4 (70-64) – Kansas City Royals 2 (74-61) Suspended in the top of the 10th due to rain

NCAAF: (10) Baylor 45 (1-0) – SMU 0 (0-1)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Kasey Kahne wins the Oral B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway

NASCAR Camping World Truck: Ryan Blaney wins the Chevrolet Silverado 250

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Athletics Acquire Adam Dunn From White Sox

Athletics Acquire Adam Dunn From White Sox

Brian Kersey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Oakland Athletics acquired power-hitter Adam Dunn from the Chicago White Sox for minor league pitcher Nolan Sanburn and cash considerations Sunday.

According to ESPN MLB Insider Buster Olney, the A’s will pay Dunn approximately half of the remaining $2.5 million that is owed to him this season.

The 34-year-old Dunn can help an Athletics’ team that has ranked 20th in runs scored since trading away slugger Yoenis Cespedes on July 31.

Dunn is playing in his 15th major league season. During that time he’s compiled a .237 batting average, 460 home runs, 1,158 RBIs and a .365 on-base percentage.

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ESPN: Sam Clears Waivers

ESPN: Sam Clears Waivers

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Defensive end Michael Sam cleared waivers Sunday, according to ESPN.

Sam was attempting to become the first openly gay player in NFL history. He came up short when he was cut by the St. Louis Rams Saturday, when all 32 teams had to trim their rosters down to the league-mandated 53 players. That put Sam on waivers until noon Sunday, meaning any team in the league could have picked him up. But the deadline passed meaning Sam is now clear to join a NFL team’s practice squad.

Sam was cut Saturday in favor of undrafted rookie defensive tackle Ethan Westbrooks. After he was cut, Sam commented on Twitter.

“The most worthwhile things in life rarely come easy, this is a lesson I’ve always known,” Sam tweeted Saturday. “The journey continues.”

Sam, who was selected by the Rams in the seventh-round of this year’s draft, had 11 tackles and three sacks in four preseason games.

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First NFL Player is Arrested Following League’s New Domestic Violence Policy

First NFL Player is Arrested Following League’s New Domestic Violence Policy

iStock/Thinkstock(SAN JOSE, Calif.) — Ray McDonald, defensive end for the San Francisco 49ers, has been booked on domestic violence charges, becoming the first NFL player to be arrested since league commissioner Roger Goodell instituted new penalties last week for domestic violence.

On Thursday Goodell announced sweeping changes to the NFL domestic abuse policy, including a six game suspension for a first time offense and a potential lifetime ban on any subsequent offense.

The NFL is aware of McDonald’s arrest and a spokesman tells ABC News the league is looking into it. The San Francisco 49ers says the team is still gathering facts.

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Joan Rivers’ Family Keeping ‘Our Fingers Crossed’

Joan Rivers’ Family Keeping ‘Our Fingers Crossed’

Virginia Sherwood/NBC(NEW YORK) — Joan Rivers has been unconscious since her arrival three days ago at a New York City hospital, but her daughter expressed hope on Sunday that the 81-year-old comedian will recover from her illness.

“Thank you for your continued love and support,” Melissa Rivers said in a statement on Sunday. “We are keeping our fingers crossed.”

Her mother arrived at Mount Sinai Hospital Thursday after an emergency call that she was in cardiac arrest at an Upper East Side clinic, Yorkville Endoscopy, sources said.

Doctors are intentionally keeping her sedated and under close supervision until they’re more comfortable with her condition, which remains “serious.”

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NASCAR Driver Tony Stewart Will be Back on the Racetrack Sunday Night

NASCAR Driver Tony Stewart Will be Back on the Racetrack Sunday Night

iStock/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) — NASCAR driver Tony Stewart will be back in a race car Sunday night for the first time following a deadly accident.

Stewart has taken three weeks off after his car struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. on a Sprint Car Track.

The racing community has welcomed him back, including NASCAR President Mike Helton, who said, “He’s been a great asset to NASCAR and a great champion, so it’s nice to have him back.”

Stewart has not been charged in Ward’s death but the investigation is still ongoing.

Sunday night’s race is at the Atlanta Motor Speedway at 7:30 p.m. ET.

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“Guardians of the Galaxy” is Highest Grossing Movie of the Year

“Guardians of the Galaxy” is Highest Grossing Movie of the Year

Buena Vista(LOS ANGELES) — Guardians of the Galaxy has become the highest grossing movie of the year.

The action film kept the number one spot at the box office this weekend earning $16.3 million, bringing its total worldwide gross to $547.7 million.

The film, which was released Aug. 1, stars Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana.

Here are the weekend’s top ten films according to boxofficemojo.com:

1. Guardians of the Galaxy: $16.3 million
2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: $11.8 million
3. If I Stay: $9.3 million
4. As Above/So Below: $8.3 million
5. Let’s Be Cops: $8.2 million
6. The November Man: $7.6 million
7. When the Game Stands Tall: $5.7 million 
8. The Giver: $5.3 million
9. The Hundred-Foot Journey: $4.6 million  
10. The Expendables 3: $3.5 million

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Gabrielle Union Marries NBA Star Dwyane Wade

Gabrielle Union Marries NBA Star Dwyane Wade

Christopher Polk/Getty Images for ESPY(MIAMI) — Dwyane Wade may be an NBA champion, but the basketball star’s biggest accomplishment yet may be tying the knot with the love of his life Gabrielle Union.

The Miami Heat icon, 32, and the actress, 41, were wed on Saturday night in Miami, according to People magazine.

Wade proposed to his muse last December by involving two of his sons — Zaire and Zion — and the nephew he’s been raising.

“I was completely surprised. Him and the boys planned it completely, as a family,” Union told Live with Kelly and Michael in January. “We were just gonna spend the day together, having a little quality time, went to brunch, I’m clueless.”

After the brunch in December, Union said, they went to visit their home, which was under construction at the time. The boys told the actress they had something to show her.

“Me and [Dwyane] turn around and they’re like, ‘OK, now!’ And they’re holding signs that say, ‘… Will you marry us?’” But the thing is, they ask me all the time, so I was like, ‘Oh, this is embarrassing! Now they’ve made signs!’” she said. “I turn to D like, ‘Here we go!’ and he’s down on one knee.”

And by saying “I do” this weekend, the rest is history!

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Wet, Windy Weekend Promises a Labor Day to Forget

Wet, Windy Weekend Promises a Labor Day to Forget

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Taking an umbrella to the barbecue is probably a good idea this Labor Day weekend.

Severe weather threatens to put a damper on outdoor holiday plans for millions of people across the country.

Widespread thunderstorms with strong winds, large hail and even some tornadoes are expected across the central United States on Sunday.

Rainfall is expected to begin Sunday afternoon and continue into Monday, making it a Labor Day washout for the East Coast and in cities such as Chicago, St. Louis and Kansas City further west.

Severe weather has already put a stop to Labor Day festivities nationwide.

In Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana heavy rain turned roads into rushing rivers, forcing residents to wade to safety. One Louisiana man had his house entirely submerged by flood waters.

And in Florida, heavy rains postponed opening night for University of Florida football fans. Drenched spectators waited three hours before lightning forced game officials to cancel the game.

Finally, out west in Washington State, 40 mph winds whipped up a disastrous dust storm that blinded drivers and caused a 50-car pileup on an interstate highway.

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US Launches Air Strikes, Drops Humanitarian Aid in Iraq

US Launches Air Strikes, Drops Humanitarian Aid in Iraq

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The United States launched more airstrikes Saturday targeting ISIS militants.

Reportedly Australia, France, and the United Kingdom assisted the U.S. in delivering the international aid by dropping food and water to thousands who’ve been cut off by ISIS in the beleaguered Iraqi town of Amirli.

The Pentagon is saying that these strikes are specifically in support of the humanitarian mission and they will be limited in both there scope and duration.

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Richard Clarke Calls Obama ‘Wrong’ on World’s Dangers

Richard Clarke Calls Obama ‘Wrong’ on World’s Dangers

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama is “wrong” to downplay the dangers facing the United States, longtime counterterrorism official and ABC News contributor Richard Clarke said in response to the president’s attempts to calm concern over the escalating threat from ISIS and turmoil in the Middle East.

Obama told an audience at a Democratic fundraiser in New York Friday that the “world has always been messy” but added, “I promise you things are much less dangerous now than they were 20 years ago, 25 years ago or 30 years ago.”

Clarke, appearing Sunday on This Week, said simply, “I think he’s wrong.”

“We’re much more capable of defending ourselves now,” said Clarke, who served under both Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush as the nation’s top counterterrorism official. “We have the Department of Homeland Security, we have a lot of resources going into counterterrorism, but the threat has also increased. And I think the threat has probably increased more than the defenses.”

Speaking of the Islamic terrorist group ISIS, Clarke told ABC News’ Martha Raddatz, “ISIS is highly capable. It has a lot of money. It has people from many, many countries. And our fear is it may have people in its ranks that we don’t know about. We have the names of thousands of people, and we can stop them if they try to get into this country, but if we don’t know their names, and we don’t know they’re involved, they can get in.”

Others experts on This Week echoed these concerns. Mubin Shaikh, a former Taliban jihadist who became an undercover counterterrorism operative, said that while terrorist recruiting efforts in the U.S. could eventually be brought under control, “the horse has bolted from the farm” in terms of  existing efforts.

Clarke emphasized the importance of law enforcement working with the local Muslim communities to combat those recruiting efforts, saying, “our best defense are our own American Muslims who have been very cooperative. They don’t want anything to happen like this again in this country.”

On the This Week roundtable, former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson called the ISIS threat to America a “potential 9/11 moment,” but sounded a note of caution on dealing with the terror group, saying, “They’re bad, but what is their goal? Can they reach the American homeland?”

Richardson acknowledged the regional threat posed by ISIS, but said the U.S. shouldn’t act without allies and “go it alone” with military action against the group in Syria.

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NY Man, Already in Prison for Murdering Son, Now Charged in Wife’s Death

NY Man, Already in Prison for Murdering Son, Now Charged in Wife’s Death

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A New York man who is already in prison for murdering his son is now facing new murder charges in California for the death of his first wife.

Karl Karlsen, 54, who is currently serving 15 years to life at a prison in upstate New York for killing his son Levi Karlsen, was charged today with first-degree murder in the 1991 death of his wife, Christina Karlsen, who is also Levi’s mother. She died on Jan. 1, 1991 in a fire at their family home in California. Her death had been initially ruled an accident.

Barbara Yook, the district attorney for Calaveras County, charged Karl Karlsen with one count of murder during the commission of arson. Yook declined to comment on the case.

Unlike his case in New York state, if convicted in this new case in California, Karlsen could face the death penalty. A court date has yet to be announced.

Levi Karlsen, 23, was crushed to death in 2008 when the truck he was working on slipped off a jack and landed on top of him. His death was initially ruled an accident, but prosecutors later claimed Karl Karlsen killed him so he could collect a $700,000 life insurance payout.

During his trial last year, Karlsen admitted he rigged the jack so the truck would fall on Levi, and pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in November 2013.

New York authorities started investigating Karlsen after his second wife, Cindy Karlsen, came forward last year and told police of her suspicions of Karlsen’s involvement with Levi’s death. Authorities in California then opened an investigation into Christina Karlsen’s death. That investigation was concluded this week.

Karl Karlsen collected a $200,000 life insurance payout after his first wife died, but hadn’t been charged in anything related to her death until now.

Christina and Karl Karlsen’s daughter Erin told ABC News’ 20/20 in a 2013 exclusive interview that she was always suspicious of her father.

“We knew what he had done to our mother, and I knew what he did to my brother,” Erin said at the time.

Erin was 6 years old when she, Levi and their sister Katie escaped from the house fire that killed their mother. According to Erin, their father helped his children get outside safely, and then they stood and watched the house burn.

“I didn’t understand that my mother was behind that wall dying,” Erin told 20/20 at the time, adding that her father “didn’t make an effort to save her. He just stood there.”

A week after the fire, Karl Karlsen and his three children left California for upstate New York to be near his family, and he eventually remarried.

As they got older, Erin said she and Levi started to wonder if their father had been responsible for their mother’s death. However, when they confronted him about it, Erin said, “his biggest concern was that he wondered what the community would think of his own children accusing him of murdering their mother.”

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Three Atlantic City Casinos Are Closing Their Doors

Three Atlantic City Casinos Are Closing Their Doors

iStock/Thinkstock(ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.) –  In the past few years, the dozen gambling venues in Atlantic City have been rolling the dice to try to turn a profit, but too many casinos and too few tourists are leading to dramatic changes.

The Showboat Casino-Hotel is closing its doors this weekend for good and will soon be joined by two others, the Revel and the Trump Plaza.

More than 6,000 people, or about 25% of the Atlantic City work force, will be jobless.

Now, Atlantic City’s mayor Don Guardian is saying New Jersey may try to help with possible mortgage payment extensions, and the remaining casinos are also pledging to hire some of those laid-off workers.

“The governor is bringing down a program to the state of New Jersey that has forgiveness for mortgages,” Guardian said. “It’s really a holiday. So you add up to 12 months of non payment to the end of your mortgage. So you get the credit now, you don’t pay the mortgage until you get some time.”

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S.D. Padres Win Third Straight Game In Extra-Innings

S.D. Padres Win Third Straight Game In Extra-Innings

iStockphoto(SAN DIEGO) — The San Diego Padres (54-70) edged past the Los Angeles Dodgers (76-60) in 10 innings on Saturday night, 2-1. It’s the first time in franchise history that the Padres have won three consecutive games in extra-innings.

With one out and Will Venable on second base, Padres shortstop Alexi Amarista took the first pitch he saw from Dodgers reliever Jamey Wright and singled home the go-ahead run.

Los Angeles’ Zack Greinke and San Diego’s Ian Kennedy were locked in a pitcher’s duel. Grienke allowed one earned run on four hits in eight innings of work. He struck out eight while walking two. Kennedy gave up one earned run and four hits over seven innings. The right-hander struck out eight and walked three.

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Ebola Virus Arrives in Fifth Country During Worst-Ever Outbreak

Ebola Virus Arrives in Fifth Country During Worst-Ever Outbreak

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Ebola virus arrived in a fifth country this week, after health officials reported that a man with Ebola symptoms showed up at a hospital in Senegal. The man was a student from Guinea, where the virus has affected 648 and killed 430.

Across West Africa, the virus has already killed more than 1,552 people in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, according to the World Health Organization.

While doctors and government officials have spent months trying to stop the outbreak, the infections continue to rise: More than 40% of the total cases in this outbreak have occurred within the past 23 days.

Here are things you should know about the outbreaks as fears continue to mount in Africa and beyond.

Congo Reports Possible Ebola Cases, Deaths

The Democratic Republic of Congo may be 800 miles from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, but the Central African country has reported 24 suspected cases, including 13 deaths. None of the patients or their close contacts had traveled to West Africa, according to WHO.

“At this time, it is believed that the outbreak in [the Democratic Republic of Congo] is unrelated to the ongoing outbreak in West Africa,” the agency said in a statement, adding that samples from the Congo cases are being tested for the virus.

The first known case in Congo occurred in a pregnant woman who became ill after butchering a “bush animal” that her husband killed, according to WHO. She died on Aug. 11. Health care workers who tended to her, including a doctor, two nurses and a ward boy developed similar symptoms and died, the agency said.

Ebola was first discovered in the Congo in 1976 and is named for the Ebola River.

African Patients Who Got ZMapp to Leave Hospital

There’s no cure for Ebola, but at least six people have received the experimental drug ZMapp: American health workers Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, a Spanish priest, two African doctors, and one African nurse. Brantly and Writebol survived but the Spanish priest and one of the African doctors did not.

The remaining African ZMapp recipients were expected to be discharged from the hospital this week.

Still, experts say it’s unclear whether ZMapp — a cocktail of three antibodies that attack the virus — actually helped those who received it. Before Brantly received his dose, the drug had only been tested in monkeys.

“Frankly we do not know if it helped them, made any difference, or even delayed their recovery,” said Dr. Bruce Ribner, director of Emory University Hospital’s infectious disease unit, where Brantly and Writebol were treated.

Officials Warn of ‘Shadow Zones,’ ‘Invisible’ Cases

The Ebola outbreak is already the deadliest on record, and WHO officials say the impact may be far worse than reported.

The number of known infections — currently 2,615 — is underestimated because of those who hide the infected and bury the dead in secret, WHO said in a statement Aug. 22. The number also excludes so-called “shadow zones,” which are rumored to have Ebola cases that go unconfirmed because of community resistance and a lack of medical staff, the agency said.

Health officials also suspect an “invisible caseload” in Liberia because new treatment facilities are filling with previously unidentified Ebola patients as soon as they open.

One in Four Americans Fears Ebola Outbreak, Poll Shows

About a quarter of Americans fear that they or someone in their family will come down with Ebola in the next year, according to a Harvard School of Public Health poll.

Harvard and SSRS, an independent research company, conducted the poll of 1,025 adults last week and found that 39 percent of respondents feared a large Ebola outbreak in the United States.

According to the poll, 68% of Americans thought the disease could spread “easily” and 33% said they thought there was an available treatment for it, both highlighting a lack of understanding about Ebola in this country.

In reality, the virus is only transmitted through contact with bodily fluids like blood and urine, and there is no cure. It’s unclear whether ZMapp, the unofficial drug given to the American Ebola patients, helped or hindered their recovery, experts say.

Officials Request Exit Screenings at Airports, Seaports

The World Health Organization has requested exit screenings at international airports, seaports and land crossings in all countries affected by the Ebola outbreak.

“Any person with an illness consistent with [Ebola virus disease] should not be allowed to travel unless the travel is part of an appropriate medical evacuation,” WHO said in a statement. “There should be no international travel of Ebola contacts or cases, unless the travel is part of an appropriate medical evacuation.”

Ebola symptoms include fever, weakness, muscle pain and sore throat, before they progress to vomiting, diarrhea and rash. Some people may also experience bleeding.

The WHO Ebola Emergency Committee advised against international travel or trade restrictions at this time.

Governments Are Reviving the ‘Cordon Sanitaire’

Officials from Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia have implemented a “cordon sanitaire” or sanitary barrier — a cross-border isolation zone designed to contain people with the highest infection risk.

The tactic, used to prevent the spread of plague in medieval times, literally blocks off an area thought to contain 70% of the epidemic. But some experts say there’s little proof that isolation zones can prevent the spread of disease.

“It may not be sufficiently structured so it can prevent people from leaving,” said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn.

FDA Warns Against Fake Ebola Treatments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning people to avoid fake Ebola treatments and vaccines being sold online. The agency said products claiming to protect people from the infection began popping up online after the outbreak began in March.

“There are currently no FDA-approved vaccines or drugs to prevent or treat Ebola,” the agency said in a statement. “Although there are experimental Ebola vaccines and treatments under development, these investigational products are in the early stages of product development, have not yet been fully tested for safety or effectiveness, and the supply is very limited.

“There are no approved vaccines, drugs, or investigational products specifically for Ebola available for purchase on the Internet,” the FDA added. “By law, dietary supplements cannot claim to prevent or cure disease.”

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Cruz Invites Obama to Border, Calls for Bombing ISIS ‘Back to the Stone Age’

Cruz Invites Obama to Border, Calls for Bombing ISIS ‘Back to the Stone Age’

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(DALLAS) — Sen. Ted Cruz Saturday invited President Obama to accompany him to a golf course on the Texas-Mexico border, telling conservatives at an Americans for Prosperity summit in Dallas he thought that was “the only way there is a chance in heaven that he might come” to the region.

The Texas Republican and potential 2016 presidential contender also heavily criticized the president’s foreign policies and suggested that the U.S. should bomb ISIS “back to the stone age.”

“Tonight I am officially extending an invitation for Barack Obama to come join me at the border in Texas,” Cruz said. “I figured the only way there is a chance in heaven that he might come: I am inviting him to a golf course.”

Cruz told the audience that he is inviting Obama to join him at Lajitas Golf Resort in Big Bend, where, on “the 11th hole, the pin is on the other side of the Rio Grande, so you can only go for a hole in one.”

Cruz devoted much of his speech to lambasting Democratic immigration reforms and warned that it would be “utterly lawless” for Obama to offer “amnesty” without the consent of Congress. Obama is expected to take executive action on immigration sometime this fall, but it has remained unclear when or how aggressively the president would seek to change U.S. policy.

“I’m expecting to get a call back from the president any day now to accept this invitation,” Cruz said.

Cruz briefly mocked Obama’s comment that he has no “strategy” yet to attack ISIS in Syria, a remark the president made in a live news conference on Thursday, on which fellow high-profile Republicans have seized.

“I’m sure everyone was shocked to hear this,” Cruz said sarcastically, of the president’s remark, contrasting it with Ronald Reagan’s strategy in the Cold War and quoting the former president: “We win, they lose.”

Cruz railed against ISIS, the jihadist group that has seized large swaths of Iraq and Syria and which shocked many in the West by executing American journalist James Foley.

“America has always been reluctant to use military force, but we have never shied away from defending the United States of America,” Cruz said. “ISIS says they want to go back and reject modernity, well I think we should help them. We ought to bomb them back to the stone age.”

Earlier this month, Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes against ISIS positions in northern Iraq. On Saturday, the U.S. military’s Central Command announced five more drone and fighter-jet strikes had destroyed ISIS positions near the contested Mosul Dam. Those strikes brought the total up to 115 since Obama’s authorization three weeks ago, CENTCOM said.

Cruz criticized Obama’s foreign policy in general, alleging he’s been outplayed by Russian President Vladimir Putin on the geopolitical stage. Cruz also blasted the FAA’s short-lived ban on flights to Tel Aviv, during the recent Gaza conflict.

“The Obama Doctrine works very, very well,” Cruz said. “You simply let Putin eat your lunch every day.”

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Cruz Invites Obama to Border, Calls for Bombing ISIS ‘Back to the Stone Age’

Cruz Invites Obama to Border, Calls for Bombing ISIS ‘Back to the Stone Age’

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(DALLAS) — Sen. Ted Cruz Saturday invited President Obama to accompany him to a golf course on the Texas-Mexico border, telling conservatives at an Americans for Prosperity summit in Dallas he thought that was “the only way there is a chance in heaven that he might come” to the region.

The Texas Republican and potential 2016 presidential contender also heavily criticized the president’s foreign policies and suggested that the U.S. should bomb ISIS “back to the stone age.”

“Tonight I am officially extending an invitation for Barack Obama to come join me at the border in Texas,” Cruz said. “I figured the only way there is a chance in heaven that he might come: I am inviting him to a golf course.”

Cruz told the audience that he is inviting Obama to join him at Lajitas Golf Resort in Big Bend, where, on “the 11th hole, the pin is on the other side of the Rio Grande, so you can only go for a hole in one.”

Cruz devoted much of his speech to lambasting Democratic immigration reforms and warned that it would be “utterly lawless” for Obama to offer “amnesty” without the consent of Congress. Obama is expected to take executive action on immigration sometime this fall, but it has remained unclear when or how aggressively the president would seek to change U.S. policy.

“I’m expecting to get a call back from the president any day now to accept this invitation,” Cruz said.

Cruz briefly mocked Obama’s comment that he has no “strategy” yet to attack ISIS in Syria, a remark the president made in a live news conference on Thursday, on which fellow high-profile Republicans have seized.

“I’m sure everyone was shocked to hear this,” Cruz said sarcastically, of the president’s remark, contrasting it with Ronald Reagan’s strategy in the Cold War and quoting the former president: “We win, they lose.”

Cruz railed against ISIS, the jihadist group that has seized large swaths of Iraq and Syria and which shocked many in the West by executing American journalist James Foley.

“America has always been reluctant to use military force, but we have never shied away from defending the United States of America,” Cruz said. “ISIS says they want to go back and reject modernity, well I think we should help them. We ought to bomb them back to the stone age.”

Earlier this month, Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes against ISIS positions in northern Iraq. On Saturday, the U.S. military’s Central Command announced five more drone and fighter-jet strikes had destroyed ISIS positions near the contested Mosul Dam. Those strikes brought the total up to 115 since Obama’s authorization three weeks ago, CENTCOM said.

Cruz criticized Obama’s foreign policy in general, alleging he’s been outplayed by Russian President Vladimir Putin on the geopolitical stage. Cruz also blasted the FAA’s short-lived ban on flights to Tel Aviv, during the recent Gaza conflict.

“The Obama Doctrine works very, very well,” Cruz said. “You simply let Putin eat your lunch every day.”

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Six Things You Should Know About Money and Happiness

Six Things You Should Know About Money and Happiness

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — If you were offered a well-deserved raise at work or a no-strings-attached wad of money, would you take it? You’ve surely heard that money can’t buy happiness, but it can certainly get you closer to an enjoyable life, right?

Yes and no, says Elizabeth Dunn, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia and author of Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending. “It turns out, what you do with your money seems to matter just as much to your happiness as how much you make,” she says; good news for those of us without a sudden windfall or promotion in our near futures.

Here are six facts that may surprise you—and tips on how to live the good life, no matter how much you’ve got.

1. Don’t sweat the six-figure job

“There is definitely a correlation between income and happiness,” says Dunn. “But actually, money buys less happiness than people assume.”

And in some ways, it buys happiness only up to a certain point: A 2010 Princeton University study found that emotional well-being—defined by the frequency of emotions like joy, anger, affection, and sadness—tended to rise with salary, but only up to about $75,000. Beyond that, people continued to rate their lives as more satisfying, but they didn’t seem to experience any more happiness on a day-to-day basis.

2. Spend on experiences, not things

Material goods may last longer, but a 2014 San Francisco State University study shows that life experiences—like trips, fancy dinners, and spa treatments—provide more satisfaction in the long run. Researchers interviewed volunteers before and after they made purchases of both types, and found that afterward, most people viewed the intangibles as a better use of money. However, they add, an experience has to fit a person’s personality in order to have benefit; someone who doesn’t like show tunes, for example, probably won’t see the value in a Broadway play.

3. Donate to charity

Giving to people or organizations in need “has a direct correlational effect on happiness that is basically equivalent to a doubling of household income,” says Dunn, citing research from a Gallup World Poll. How you give matters, too, she says: You’ll get more of an emotional reward by supporting groups you feel closely connected to, or when a close friend asks for your help. (In other words, accept that Ice Bucket Challenge already—the giving money part, at least!)

4. Pay it off early

“The pleasure of consumption can be dragged down by the pain of having to pay for it,” says Dunn. One way to get around that? Put money down for things as early as you can, even if you won’t actually experience them for a while—book trips months in advance, pre-order books and albums you’re excited about, or purchase credit for a service you can redeem at a later date. “Research shows that what lies in the future is much more emotionally evocative than what lies in the past,” she adds. “If we paid for something last year, it’s almost like our brain forgets we ever spent money on it.”

5. Give thoughtful gifts

When money gets tight, it may seem wasteful to splurge on presents and tokens of affection—but Dunn’s research shows that spending money on others, especially a loved one, is one of the happiest things you can do with your money. (In one study, people who had been asked to spend $5 on someone else felt better at the end of the day than those who’d been asked to spend it on themselves.) It’s the thought that counts, too: Both givers and receivers are happier when a gift is a good fit for the recipient’s personality.

6. Use a debit, not credit card

Being in debt is negatively associated with happiness, and is linked to health problems such as depression and anxiety. It may be hard to avoid all forms of debt, but one way to keep from falling deeper into it is to make everyday purchases with debit accounts, rather than charging them.

“Debit cards are way happier plastic,” says Dunn. “They provide a lot of the same conveniences as credit cards, but don’t have the same long-term problems associated with them.”

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Sunday Marks 17 Years Since Princess Diana’s Death

Sunday Marks 17 Years Since Princess Diana’s Death

Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images(LONDON) — Sunday marks 17 years since Princess Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris.

Princess Diana initially survived the Aug. 31, 1997, limousine crash, but later died from her injuries. Egyptian film producer Dodi Al-Fayed and the driver were also killed. A bodyguard was seriously injured.

French authorities investigating the crash found the driver had a high level of alcohol in his system when the crash happened. The paparazzi trailing Princess Diana was also scrutinized.

Thousands turned up for her funeral, held at Westminster Abbey.

Born Lady Diana Spencer, she became the Princess of Wales when she married Prince Charles in 1981. They had two children – Princes William and Harry – before they divorced in 1996.

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