ABC Digital

Home » Entries posted by ABC Digital (Page 5)

Kids Will Never Turn Their Noses Up at a Treat

Kids Will Never Turn Their Noses Up at a Treat

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(BRISBANE, Australia) -- Moms know how it goes: no matter if their toddler has a belly full of food, they’ll still be able to stuff their face with a treat if one’s at hand.Nutrition researcher Holly Harris at Queensland University of Technology in Australia says this seems to be the case with all children, all the way down to age three.Harris conducted a study with 37 kids ages three and four and every single one of them went for a high-energy treat even though they weren’t hungry. In fact, eight of ten admitted to being really full just 15 minutes prior to getting the snack.Meanwhile, boys and girls had different reasons for eating a treat in the absence of hunger. Apparently, when boys are pressured by moms to finish their meals, it seems to fuel their desire to have a snack when they don’t really crave one. Meanwhile, the same kind of pressure did not compel girls to continue eating although they couldn’t resist having a treat either.According to Harris, people are born with the innate ability to control their feeding practices. However, “as we grow older, we become increasingly aware of the abundance and rewarding value of food, and in turn, our ability to respond appropriately to our appetite may diminish,” she added.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

US Taking a Tougher Stance Against Animal Cruelty

US Taking a Tougher Stance Against Animal Cruelty

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- People who hate animal cruelty should be happy about an important change in federal law that will go into effect next year.Beginning in 2015, the FBI will consider animal cruelty as a crime against society, falling into the same category as homicide, kidnapping, burglary and arson. Animal cruelty crimes will also be included in the Uniform Crime Report -- National Incident Based Reporting System.The change should help law enforcement authorities get a better handle on understanding the motivation behind these crimes as well as stopping future ones from occurring.Animal cruelty crimes will be reported to the UCR under the following classifications: simple/gross neglect; intentional abuse and torture; organized abuse; and animal sexual abuse.Besides protecting animals from some unspeakable acts, the FBI also believes that the new system will help prevent violent crimes against humans since studies have shown that people who commit heinous acts such as serial killing often abused, hurt and killed animals during their adolescence.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Sanders Sails Broncos Past Chargers

Sanders Sails Broncos Past Chargers

(DENVER) -- Emmanuel Sanders caught a career-high three touchdowns to lead the Denver Broncos past the San Diego Chargers 35-21 Thursday night.

Sanders finished his big day with nine catches for 120 yards and those three touchdowns.

"Every week we don't know where the ball is going to go," Sanders said. "The defense really dictates that and what Peyton is seeing. And tonight was just my night."

                                                                  Peyton Manning completed 25 of 35 passes for 286 yards and three touchdowns, including a 31-yard bomb to Sanders with 32 seconds remaining in the first half to put the Broncos up 14-7, giving them the lead for good.Juwan Thompson ran for two second-half touchdowns, and Ronnie Hillman had 98 yards rushing for Denver (6-1).

Philip Rivers completed 30 of 41 passes for 240 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions for San Diego (5-3).

Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Ebola in America: Timeline of the Deadly Virus

Ebola in America: Timeline of the Deadly Virus

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Ebola, a virus that is affecting people thousands of miles away in West Africa, is now in America with two transmissions on U.S. soil confirmed in Dallas and officials calling additional transmissions to health workers a "very real possibility."

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has sickened at least 9,936 people since March, killing at least 4,877 of them -- making it the worst outbreak of the virus in history, according to the World Health Organization.

Find out how the virus first arrived in the United States -- via U.S. missionaries flown here for treatment this summer -- and then how Ebola was unwittingly imported via Thomas Eric Duncan, who flew from Liberia to Texas with the virus and later died in Dallas.

Oct. 23, 2014: Dr. Craig Allen Spencer is diagnosed with Ebola the same day he went into isolation at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan. According to the hospital, he had a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms when he was transferred to Bellevue. Spencer recently returned from Guinea, where he was working for Doctors Without Borders. NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference that Spencer only had symptoms for "a very brief period of time" and only had contact with "very few" people. He described the patient as "in good shape."

Oct. 19, 2014: The unnamed American Ebola patient is discharged from Emory University Hospital, where the patient had been undergoing care since Sept. 9. This patient had been working for the WHO in Sierra Leone and chose to remain anonymous. "Given the national focus on Ebola, particularly with the diagnosis in two health care workers, I want to share the news that I am recovering from this disease, and that I anticipate being discharged very soon, free from the Ebola virus and able to return safely to my family and to my community," the unnamed patient said in a statement released Oct. 15.

Oct. 17, 2014: Officials announce that a Dallas health worker who handled clinical specimens from Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola on American soil, is quarantined aboard a Carnival cruise ship amid concerns the worker may have been exposed to the Ebola virus.

Oct. 16, 2014: Dallas nurse Nina Pham, 26, the first person to contract Ebola in the United States, is flown from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas to the National Institutes of Health hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. Pham treated Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, where she works.

Oct. 15, 2014: Amber Vinson, 29, another nurse who treated Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, is diagnosed with Ebola shortly after midnight and flown to Emory University Hospital that evening.

Oct. 14, 2014: Vinson is taken to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas with a fever.

Oct. 13, 2014: Vinson flies from Cleveland to Dallas on Frontier Airlines Flight 1143, arriving at 8:16 p.m. She has no symptoms, but her temperature was 99.5 degrees that morning, according to health officials. She notified the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before boarding, and no one told her not to fly.

Oct. 12, 2014: Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas says that Pham has tested positive for Ebola.

Oct. 12, 2014: An unidentified Dallas health worker who handled Duncan's clinical specimens at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital boards a cruise ship. The CDC notified the worker about active monitoring after the cruise ship left the country, according to a government statement.

Oct. 10, 2014: Vinson takes a commercial flight from Dallas to Cleveland, Ohio, to prepare for her upcoming wedding.

Oct. 9, 2014: A Dallas County sheriff's deputy who reported symptoms associated with Ebola after serving a quarantine order on the apartment where Duncan had been staying tests negative for the virus.

Oct. 8, 2014: Duncan dies at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.

Oct. 6, 2014: Ashoka Mukpo, 33, a freelance American cameraman who contracted Ebola in West Africa, arrives at Nebraska Medical Center for Ebola treatment.

Oct. 6, 2014: Dr. Rick Sacra, 51, who contracted Ebola while treating patients in a Liberian maternity ward a month earlier, is released from his second hospitalization since returning to the United States. He had been hospitalized at UMass Memorial Medical Center on Worcester, Massachusetts, with what doctors initially thought was an Ebola relapse but was soon diagnosed as a respiratory infection.

Oct. 5, 2014: Sacra is hospitalized in Massachusetts with what doctors fear is an Ebola relapse. They isolate him out of what they said was an abundance of caution.

Oct. 2, 2014: Mukpo is diagnosed with Ebola in Liberia. He worked for Vice News, NBC News and other outlets.

Sept. 30, 2014: The CDC confirms that a patient who would later be identified as Duncan has been diagnosed with Ebola on U.S. soil.

Sept. 28, 2014: Duncan returns to the hospital in an ambulance and is isolated.

Sept. 26, 2014: Duncan goes to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas with a fever and tells a nurse he has been to Liberia. But he is sent home with antibiotics and Tylenol.

Sept. 25, 2014: Sacra is deemed virus-free and released from Nebraska Medical Center, where he had spent weeks in an isolation ward recovering from Ebola.Sept. 20, 2014: Duncan arrives in the United States from Liberia to visit family.Sept. 9, 2014: An unnamed American Ebola patient arrives at Emory University Hospital for treatment. This patient had been working for the WHO in Sierra Leone.

Sept. 5, 2014: Sacra arrives at Nebraska Medical Center for treatment. He eventually gets a blood transfusion from Dr. Kent Brantly, the American missionary who survived his bout with Ebola.Sept. 3, 2014: Sacra was diagnosed with Ebola even though he was treating patients in the maternity ward of the ELWA Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, not Ebola patients.Aug. 21, 2014: Dr. Kent Brantly, 33, is discharged from Emory University Hospital, where he was undergoing treatment for Ebola after contracting it in Africa. In a news conference, he hugs several members of the hospital staff.

Aug. 19, 2014: Missionary Nancy Writebol, 59, is quietly discharged from Emory University Hospital, where she was undergoing treatment for Ebola. She also contracted the virus doing aid work in Liberia.Aug. 5, 2014: Writebol is flown from Liberia to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, for Ebola treatment in its isolation ward.Aug. 2, 2014: Brantly is flown from Liberia to Emory for treatment. He surprises everyone by walking out of the ambulance into the hospital in his protective suit.

July 31, 2013: In Liberia, Brantly gets the first dose of an experimental drug called ZMapp, though it was unnamed at the time. Though doctors initially thought there was only enough for one person, Writebol was administered the drug as well.July 27, 2014: Missionary groups report that two Americans are sickened with Ebola while helping patients in Monrovia, Liberia. Brantly and Writebol were working for aid groups Samaritan's Purse and SIM, respectively. Brantly later told reporters he held patients' hands as they were dying.

March 19, 2014: What would become the largest Ebola outbreak in history begins in March 2014 with 23 deaths from what is then called a "mystery" hemorrhagic fever.1976: Ebola is first discovered in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo near the Ebola River in 1976. Thirty-two Ebola outbreaks would follow, bringing the total number of cases before this outbreak to 2,361, including 1,438 deaths, according to the WHO.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

New Questions About White House Fence After String of Intrusions

New Questions About White House Fence After String of Intrusions

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The latest fence-jumping incident at the White House has brought not only the Secret Service into scrutiny again but the fence itself. The bottom line: Is the fence enough?Since President Thomas Jefferson had the first fence erected around the White House in 1801, there has been a constant tension between creating a safe house for the president, his staff and his family, and allowing the White House to be accessible to the public.“Trying to balance protecting a location that is a museum, an office building, a residence to the first family and a symbol of freedom is very difficult,” a person familiar with Secret Service policies and procedures told ABC News. “You want to give the vast majority of visitors who are there for the right reasons an opportunity to enjoy it, [but] also want to make sure security is as aggressive and visible as possible in keeping people out.”

In fact, according to the White House Historical Association, the fence itself hasn’t been changed since 1976, when the wrought iron was reinforced with steel. Since then, security measures have been boosted around the fence, including closing Pennsylvania Avenue to vehicle traffic in 1995.In the past there have been discussions about making the fence taller, but that idea was met with resistance based on “historical and other bureaucratic issues,” said the person, speaking on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of security measures. Still, making the fence taller will only do so much because – as the cliché goes – someone will just get a longer ladder.Others have suggested electrifying the fence or placing barbed wire on top of it.“But is that really how we want the White House to look?” the person asked. “No matter how tall the fence, whether it is barbed wired or electrified, there will always be the potential that people will attempt to defeat it. That's why it’s so important people do their job and know the plan.”Moves like electrifying the fence, placing barbed wire on it or making it taller have consistently been shut down by politicians such as Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C. In a recent letter to then-Secret Service Director Julia Pierson, Norton stated, “These are First Amendment protected areas used by the public on a daily basis to both see the residence of the president and engage in their Constitutional right to petition the government, and must be kept open for their continued daily use.”

Even during times of turmoil, presidents have maintained that the White House must be available to the public, relying on the Secret Service to quickly stop any security breach, according to the White House Historical Association.Of course, security at the White House involves much more than a fence.“There is a system of foot patrols, vehicle patrols, bike patrols, surveillance systems, both technical and human-resource driven,” plus the use of intelligence and other countermeasures, the person said. “They all have to be working as one.”Wednesday night’s incident -- in which Secret Service agents and dogs tackled 23-year-old Dominic Adesanya of suburban Washington after he allegedly jumped the White House fence -- is “a perfect example,” the person added. “Everyone knew their responsibility and executed a pre-existing plan.”

On Thursday White House spokesman Josh Earnest echoed that sentiment, saying, “Yesterday’s incident underscores the professionalism of the men and women of the Secret Service.”“There is obviously no margin for error. It is a task that they approach with seriousness and professionalism,” he said, acknowledging that “last night’s efforts were better than” last month, when 42-year-old Omar Gonzalez jumped the White House fence and ran into the White House with a knife in his pocket before he was subdued.According to the White House Historical Association, President Thomas Jefferson built the first fence around the White House in 1801, and since then the fence has evolved into the wrought iron gate enclosing the entire property.Earnest said he would not “prejudge” an active review of Secret Service procedures by the Department of Homeland Security, but he said “it’s possible” changes could be made to the fence.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

A Timeline of the Dramatic Congressional Campaign in California’s 52nd District

A Timeline of the Dramatic Congressional Campaign in California’s 52nd District

Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) -- If anyone in Hollywood writes a movie script based on one congressional campaign of the 2014 midterm election season, Tinseltown should look no farther than California's 52nd Congressional District.The drama, which pits freshman Democratic Rep. Scott Peters against former City Councilman Carl DeMaio, who is seeking to become the first openly-gay Republican candidate to win a seat to Congress, has all the scandalous allegations of a blockbuster:

May 19: DeMaio fired former aide Todd Bosnich for allegedly plagiarizing a campaign report on congressional pensions.May 27: DeMaio blamed Bosnich, who is also openly gay, for a May 27 burglary at campaign headquarters where computers were destroyed, phone lines were cut and a "campaign strategy book" was stolen and quickly leaked to Peters.Oct. 10: Bosnich responded by claiming in an interview with CNN that DeMaio had made unwanted sexual advances towards him, even calling him into his office only to discover DeMaio supposedly masturbating there. Bosnich also passed an independent polygraph exam, which showed he had no deception when he repeated the allegations against DeMaio.

Oct. 19: As the two candidates took their positions at a televised forum last Sunday, DeMaio coolly refused to shake hands with Peters, who DeMaio then confronted about the campaign playbook. While Peters acknowledged that his campaign received "information" last June, he denied any culpability and said he immediately turned it over to police.

Oct. 20: San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis announced DeMaio won't be criminally charged with sexual harassment. Neither will Bosnich face charges of burglary.Oct. 22: DeMaio and Peters appear together at another event, and DeMaio again refuses to shake Peters' hand, gesturing that he was sick.

DeMaio is one of the GOP's most-prized recruits, with House Speaker John Boehner even shunning some conservatives to campaign alongside the Republican challenger. Now, DeMaio is attempting to rebound from two weeks of mudslinging in time for Election Day on Nov. 4.With the sexual harassment allegations all but put to bed, DeMaio has publicly complained that Peters' campaign promoted Bosnich's story behind the scenes, unfairly exploiting his homosexuality to feed the media's infatuation with erotic allegations about a perverted candidate."I guess you can say anything about the gay guy and some people will believe it," DeMaio told The Hill last weekend. "I think that when we learned this week that Scott Peters' campaign was actively promoting this smear to reporters and making other claims that were outrageous, despicable, disgraceful, unethical -- it simply confirmed for me the lengths that this man would go and the lack of judgment that [Peters] possesses to simply hang on to a political seat in Congress."

Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Seven Things You Didn’t Know About Luke Bryan

Seven Things You Didn’t Know About Luke Bryan

ABC/Mark Levine(NEW YORK) -- Luke Bryan is Nashville's reigning golden boy. His song, "Roller Coaster," is just one of five singles off his double-platinum album, Crash My Party, which helped skyrocket him to an elite club of country stars who are able to sell out stadiums.Nightline caught up with Bryan on the road at his record-selling stadium tour in Chicago and also in Florida on his Farm Tour. Bryan's Farm Tour is focused on playing shows in rural communities that might not otherwise have the means to get to the big cities to see his shows."My main focus truly with Farm Tour is embracing small communities that aren't used to putting these things on," he said. "Out here, more than ever, people come up to us and say, ‘This is our first concert.’ ... we’re five minutes away from their back porch."While Bryan, one of country music's hottest stars, has earned wide popularity with his feel-good music and party-stomping concerts, here are a few things you might not know about him:

1. Bryan is a Small-Town Farm Boy with AllergiesGrowing up in the small town of Leesburg, Georgia, Bryan spent much of his childhood outdoors, either working on his father's peanut farm or hunting and fishing.The country star said he has always battled allergies, even now while on his Farm Tour, playing concerts in small towns."I do have funny allergies, and we're out in these hay fields and it does get to me," Bryan said. "I grew up outdoors, working in agriculture, and I used to battle the allergies back then but hey it was all a part of making a living. It still kind of is. You got to get out there and make it happen."

2. He's Handy With a CrossbowBryan has loved hunting since he was a kid, and is even a part-owner of an outdoor company with Willy Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame. When he's on tour, Bryan likes to bring his crossbow and a few other "toys" with him to practice shooting."I don't remember my life before I was hunting and fishing and doing stuff in the outdoors," Bryan said. "I think the biggest thing as a hunter is to be prepared to hunt. Make sure all your stuff works right."

3. He Pays Attention to Fans' TweetsWith 3.6 million Twitter followers, Bryan gets a lot of tweets from fans, but he says he pays attention to what they ask for. Some he says have even influenced what songs he decides to play at shows."They didn’t even know they were advising me. They just said something about, ‘Why don’t you do this anymore’ and then we’ll put it back in the set," he said. "I don’t think you can ever stop gaining knowledge from, first of all, the fans. They have to tell you your direction."4. He Finds the 'Bro County' Label 'Aggravating'In many of his songs, Bryan croons about partying, falling in love, small-town riverbank living and popping open a can of beer. His first hit, "All My Friends Say," in 2007 became a frat-boy anthem, which led to some critics pegging his music as "bro country," a label he despises."It really aggravates me," Bryan said. "It’s a derogatory term, in my opinion, of what me and the people that are doing this music… Yeah do I sing about a truck and a beer on one song, but then do I sing about a completely different subject matter. I mean, listen to the whole album and don’t judge me on one song."

5. He Plans to 'Tame' the Dance Moves in Years to ComeBryan’s hip-shaking dance moves (he even has a song called "Country Girl (Shake It For Me)") and his tight jeans are so famous among his fans that there are Twitter handles and Facebook fan pages dedicated to "Luke Bryan's Butt.”"But while the 38-year-old country star says he just does his thing when he’s on stage, he plans to tone down the moves as he gets older."Ten years from now will I be on stage dancing? No I won’t be... I would certainly say it will be much more tamed," Bryan said. "I’m up there being really free, relaxed and chilled out ... and that’s really our basis for getting up there and dancing and having fun."

"And if fans want to create fan pages dedicated to my butt I will take that as flattering," he added.

6. Bryan, His Wife and Baby Slept on Suitcases on the Old Tour BusSupporting Bryan through it all has been his wife Caroline Boyer, who first met Bryan when she was just 18 and they were in college."He is completely normal," she said. "I think the hardest thing for me as a wife is that people think we live this certain lifestyle that’s totally opposite to your average mom or dad and that’s just not. It’s different because Daddy travels a lot but really, it’s just normal."The couple have two boys, 6-year-old Bo and 4-year-old Tatum. In the early days, Bryan said his wife used to come out on the road with him, and when they were new parents, the couple had to rough it a bit on his old tour bus."When our first child was 3 weeks old and we were on the bus and we would make the back lounge that had two sofas, we'd make a bed that was just from suitcases and then we would lay a palette over the suitcases and join the couches," Boyer said. "The band had to hear Bo scream all the night for the first couple years."

7. Music Has Helped Him Through Losing His SiblingsBryan's older brother was killed in a car accident as he was preparing to move to Nashville to launch his music career, and his older sister died suddenly a few days after he made his Grand Ole Opry debut. Bryan says their memories are with him constantly, including the night he won Entertainer of the Year at the 2013 ACM Awards."Losing my brother and my sister, that took such a negative emotional toll on me and my family and my friends and when good things happen to me through music and via this path of music it helps my whole family," he said. "When I won the ACM Entertainer of the Year I think we were all backstage and we were all crying backstage and really like sobbing crying ... but we all kept going, ‘Wow this is what being really joyous feels like,' because we had dealt with the complete opposite of that, so it was an amazing moment.""Anytime I'm in a full arena I just can’t help to think, ‘God I know my brother and sister would be coming to a lot of these shows," he added.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Scoreboard Roundup 10/23/14

Scoreboard Roundup 10/23/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: Denver 35 (6-1) - San Diego 21 (5-3)

NCAAF: (18) East Carolina 31 (5-1) - Connecticut 21 (1-5)

Miami (FL) 30 (5-3) - Virginia Tech 6 (4-4)

NHL: New York Islanders 3 (5-2-0, 10 pts) - Boston Bruins 2 (4-5-0, 8 pts)

Detroit Red Wings 4 (4-1-2, 10 pts) - Pittsburgh Penguins 3 (3-2-1, 7 pts) (F/OT)

Minnesota Wild 2 (3-2-0, 6 pts) - Arizona Coyotes 0 (2-3-1, 5 pts)

Nashville Predators 3 (5-0-2, 12 pts) - Chicago Blackhawks 2 (4-1-1, 9 pts)

Vancouver Canucks 4 (4-2-0, 8 pts) - St. Louis Blues 1 (2-3-1, 5 pts)

Calgary Flames (4-3-1, 9 pts) - Carolina Hurricanes (0-3-2, 2 pts)

Buffalo Sabres (1-6-0, 2 pts) - Los Angeles Kings (4-1-1, 9 pts)

Columbus Blue Jackets (3-2-0, 6 pts) - San Jose Sharks (4-2-1, 9 pts)

Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

 

Watch the Canadian Parliament Attack Unfold

Watch the Canadian Parliament Attack Unfold

Mike Carroccetto/Getty Images(OTTAWA, Ontario) -- Canadian police officials released surveillance footage and a description Thursday that gives a moment-by-moment breakdown of the Wednesday attack near and inside Parliament.

Here is a detailed account of Michael Zehaf-Bibeau's attack that shocked Canada:9:50 a.m.: Zehaf-Bibeau approached the rear of the National War Memorial and fired twice at Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, who was on guard at the time. Zahef-Bibeau fired another shot at a second guard at the memorial, but he missed. Witnesses recalled hearing Zehaf-Bibeau yell something, but it is unclear what. He then flees the scene in the used beige car that he had purchased the day before the attack.9:52.23 a.m.: Just as the police received their first calls about the shooting, surveillance footage showed Zehaf-Bibeau pulling up and parking his car at the entrance to Parliament. Passersby are seen looking back down the street towards the War Memorial, presumably because of the shots. One witness even approached Zehaf-Bibeau's car before running away when he saw him get out of the vehicle with a large gun.9:53.16 a.m.: Zehaf-Bibeau ran through a row of iron posts and approached a black car with a driver waiting for one of the ministers. The driver got out of the car and Zehaf-Bibeau took his place, driving the vehicle over to the entrance to the Centre Block building about 20 seconds later.9:53.46 a.m.: He entered the Centre Block building and footage shows that there were three cars filled with members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police pursuing him. They followed him in the building, but dropped back when they heard shots being fired.Zehaf-Bibeau headed down the main hall, where he was confronted by Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers and others who got in a shootout with him.Vickers and others were hiding behind pillars while shooting at Zehef-Bibeau. At one point, Zehef-Bibeau repositioned himself to get a better shot at Vickers, but Vickers shot him first.Zehef-Bibeau was pronounced dead.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Atlanta Braves Name John Hart President of Baseball Operations

Atlanta Braves Name John Hart President of Baseball Operations

Tom Szcaerbowski/Getty Images(ATLANTA, GA) -- John Hart has accepted a permanent role as president of baseball operations with the Atlanta Braves.

The team announced that Hart has signed a three-year deal that will run through the 2017 season.

Atlanta fired longtime GM Frank Wren after a disappointing 2014 season that saw the Braves finish 79-83, and named Hart as interim GM.  Wren had been the GM since 1990.

Earlier in October the Braves had offered Hart the role of general manager, but he turned down the role. Now Hart will likely search for the man to take on the challenge as Braves GM.

 

“I’m delighted that John Hart has agreed to accept the position of President, Baseball Operations,” team president John Schuerholz said in a press release. “Our organization is now poised to move forward in the best possible manner to do the important work that lies ahead. John’s credentials speak for themselves. He has had great success as a baseball executive and demonstrated remarkable ability to construct championship teams. We are excited by John’s dynamic and positive leadership style and look forward to him leading our baseball operations.”

Hart certainly has the pieces in place to contend for a title.  With star players like Freddy Freeman, Jason Heyward, and Justin and BJ Upton, the Braves have the players for a potent offense.

"You certainly love your star players, but I tell you I love the winning players," Hart said. "I like the players with grit. I like players that care more about winning than anything else. It's a team game and it is about winning."

Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Despite Diplomatic Friction, US and Cuba Working Together Against Ebola

Despite Diplomatic Friction, US and Cuba Working Together Against Ebola

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The United States and Cuba are working ever closer together to stamp out the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, inviting each other's top diplomats to meetings about the virus even though the countries don’t have formal diplomatic ties, U.S. officials said.Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis, chief of the United States Interests Section in Havana, Cuba, the de facto American diplomatic mission in Cuba, participated in a foreign ministers' briefing on Ebola on Wednesday, a State Department spokesperson confirmed on Thursday.And last week, the Chief of Mission at the Cuban Interests Section in the United States, José Ramón Cabañas, sat in the audience during a similar Ebola briefing in the State Department's lavish Benjamin Franklin room and heard Secretary of State John Kerry pay Cuba a rare compliment."Already we are seeing nations large and small stepping up in impressive ways to make a contribution on the front lines," he said. "Cuba, a country of just 11 million people, has sent 165 health professionals, and it plans to send nearly 300 more."But a State Department spokesperson said coordination with Cuba as part of the international effort against Ebola should not signal a breakthrough in other areas of the relationship, like a 52-year trade embargo between the two nations.“We will continue to pursue more constructive relations between the United States and Cuba, consistent with our national interests, though significant issues remain between our two countries,” the spokesperson said, citing Cuba’s “poor” human rights record and its infringement on freedoms of expression and assembly.The spokesperson also noted that Cuba has kept Alan Gross, a contractor who was jailed after distributing communications materials throughout the country for USAID, detained since 2009.But the official reiterated that the U.S. and Cuba would continue working together on Ebola as two of the many nations concerned about the spread of the disease.“The Ebola virus outbreak is a global problem that knows no borders. The United States is working with all members of the international community involved in this shared effort,” the official said.A total of 4,877 deaths and 9,936 cases of Ebola have been reported in seven countries, according to the latest World Health Organization situation report.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Jodi Arias Trial Hit With Another Juror Issue

Jodi Arias Trial Hit With Another Juror Issue

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The Jodi Arias trial ended early on Thursday because of a "juror issue," the latest incident in the four-day-old trial involving jurors.The jury is not expected to return to court until Monday. The court did not make clear what the issue was.But so far, the panel has already lost two alternates.The judge ordered a group of 19 jurors to sit through what is expected to be a two-month trial that will determine whether Arias should be condemned to death for the 2008 murder of her boyfriend Travis Alexander. Arias, 34, was convicted last year of killing Alexander with a gunshot, 27 stab wounds and by slitting his throat. But the jury was split on whether Arias should be executed, requiring a second jury for the sentencing phase of the trial.The plan to have seven alternate jurors for the sentencing phase was whittled to six on the first day when one juror didn't show up because of a family emergency.On Wednesday, a second juror was dismissed because of improper contact with a member of the media that the juror mistook for ABC News legal analyst Nancy Grace, and for not wearing her juror badge.If a third juror gets booted, the trial will be left with four alternates as the lengthy trial is just beginning.The trial promises to be an ordeal with lots of grisly testimony and photos about the wounds, as well as raunchy photos, texts and phone message between Arias and Alexander. On the first day of the trial prosecutor Juan Martinez showed the jury a photo of Alexander's gaping neck wound.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Uber Turns From Taxis to Nurses With Home Delivery of Flu Shots

Uber Turns From Taxis to Nurses With Home Delivery of Flu Shots

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Ride-service app Uber isn’t content sticking to the world of taxis and limousines, so they’re now working on changing public health.In time for flu season Uber launched a pilot program Thursday called UberHEALTH. In connection with the healthcare service originally developed by Google, Vaccine Finder, the program aims to make flu prevention as easy for users as opening their front door.On Thursday UberHEALTH temporarily launched in New York, Boston and Washington, D.C. The service allowed users to have a flu prevention pack and even a flu shot delivered to their front door.The shot is not just dropped off, but is administered by a registered nurse. During the pilot program, the cost for flu protection is free and for each shot ordered the company has offered to donate $5 to the Red Cross vaccination efforts.

Public health experts say the one-day pilot program will likely not make a measurable difference in flu shot rates this season, but that an expanded program could encourage more people to get the important flu shot.Infectious disease specialist Dr. William Schaffner called the program “Uber-wonderful” and said anything that encourages people to get their flu shot is a good thing.“We’re trying to reach the entire U.S. population,” said Schaffner. “There’s not going to be one solution.”Schaffner said in recent years health officials have offered flu shots at more locations in an effort to have nearly everyone over the age of 6 months be vaccinated against the seasonal flu. Flu shots are now available at some airports, drive-thru vaccination programs and pharmacies.By reaching people at home the UberHEALTH program could have a lasting impact, since getting the shot just one time will make people more likely to get the flu shot in following years, he added.According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 41.5 percent of adults over the age of 18 were vaccinated against the seasonal flu during the 2012-2013 flu season. The rate was slightly higher at 45 percent for children over the age of 6 months during the same time period.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Three Ways Your Smartphone Can Help You Get Out of Debt

Three Ways Your Smartphone Can Help You Get Out of Debt

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Thomas and Megan Sneed’s daughter, Nora, is growing fast, but so are their bills.

“We’re like a lot of people. We graduated with college debt, we put our honeymoon on our credit card and then a year after being married, we had a baby,” Thomas said. “We found ourselves in debt, just like that.”

With the holidays around the corner, they had one unique wish: to be free of debt by Christmas.

With $14,000 in debt left to go, the Sneeds said they knew it would take discipline. To cut the biggest bill — housing — Thomas, an IT specialist, and Megan, a nurse, moved back in with their parents.

To help them address the rest of the debt, the “Real Money” team connected the Greenville, South Carolina, couple with Will Parker, another Greenville resident who climbed out of his own $20,000 debt in just nine months.

“I’m just a guy with a smartphone,” he said. “Anybody can do it!”

Parker shared the following tips with the Sneeds to help them on their way to a debt-free Christmas:

Reach for your phone rather than your wallet. Track what you’re spending on groceries, gifts and entertainment. Parker suggested using apps like Simple, WalletUp or Mint to see exactly where your money is going. Eliminate late fees and higher interest rates. Average overdraft fees are at a record high of $32.74, so set notifications on your phone to warn you when you’re getting close to your limits and deadlines. If you’re late on a payment just once, some banks can hike their interest rates from the average 15 percent to 30 percent. If you make only the minimum payments, it would cost you an extra $18,586 in interest to pay off a $5,000 debt, according to Bankrate. Be careful about where you get cash. ATM fees have risen 23 percent in the last five years to an average of $4.35 for out-of-network transactions, no matter how little cash you take out. Use locators on your phone to find the nearest “no-fee” ATMs in your area.

Parker said it was all about setting a budget and sticking to it.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Actress Elizabeth Peña’s Death Tied to Alcohol Use

Actress Elizabeth Peña’s Death Tied to Alcohol Use

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Overture Films(LOS ANGELES) -- Actress Elizabeth Peña died of cardiopulmonary arrest, with complications related to alcohol abuse as a contributing cause, according to her death certificate.Peña suffered from “cirrhosis of the liver due to alcohol,” according to the death certificate obtained by TMZ and verified by the Los Angeles Department of Public Health’s Office of Vital Statistics.Peña had cirrhosis for “months” before her death, according to her document.Also contributing to Peña’s immediate cause of death, “cardiopulmonary arrest,” were “acute gastrointestinal bleeding” and “cardiogenic shock,” both listed on the death certificate as conditions she had for hours before her death.

Peña died Oct. 14 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She was 55.Peña’s manager, Gina Rugolo, who had said at the time that Peña died of natural causes, and Peña’s family did not immediately respond on Thursday to ABC News’ request for comment.Over her four-decade career, the versatile actress shifted between dramatic roles in such films as Lone Star and La Bamba, and comedic parts in TV shows like Modern Family and American Dad.Peña is survived by her husband, Hans Rolla, her two children, her mother and her sister.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Police Deny Wrongdoing in Treatment of Misty Upham Before Her Death

Police Deny Wrongdoing in Treatment of Misty Upham Before Her Death

Brian To/WireImage(AUBURN, Wash.) -- Police in Auburn, Wash., say they did nothing wrong in dealing with now-deceased actress Misty Upham in the days and weeks leading up to her death.The Native American actress, who appeared in August: Osage County, Frozen River, and Django Unchained, was found dead in Auburn, a suburb of Seattle, on Oct. 16, more than a week after her family reported her missing.Since her death, the family has criticized the Auburn Police Department for its handling of Upham and said the department bears some responsibility for her death.“We believe that Misty’s death was accidental. She did not commit suicide,” the actress’ father, Charles Upham, wrote in statement on Facebook the day after her body was found. “We believe she ran into the wooded area behind her apartment to hide from the police. The area in question has a hidden drop off and evidence suggests that she slipped and fell off of the steep embankment when she tried to get out of a view from the road.”

Charles Upham wrote that his daughter was afraid of the Auburn police.“In an incident prior to her disappearance, the Auburn PD came to pick up Misty on an involuntary transport to the ER. She was cuffed and placed in a police car. Some of the officers began to taunt and tease her while she was in the car,” he said. “They were tapping on the window making faces at her.”But in a statement sent to ABC News, the Auburn Police Department denied any wrongdoing and said they have received no complaints of mistreatment from the actress, her family or town or medical officials.“Since July of 2013, the Auburn Police Department has responded to five separate incidents involving Ms. Upham,” the statement read. “On four of those incidents, she was contacted by officers and she did not object to being transported by private ambulance for further evaluation. On the 5th incident, Misty had already left the residence and officers were unable to locate her. Each contact was handled professionally and with compassion, with the goal of getting Ms. Upham the attention and care she needed.”After Charles Upham wrote that his daughter had “a swollen jaw, black eye and scratches and bruises on her shoulder,” after contact with police during the incident prior to her disappearance, police responded that any inference that it was “at the hands of the police” was “not correct.”“Rather, included in a related written report, Ms. Upham stated that she had sustained a sprained ankle and black eye when she jumped out a two-story window,” the statement said.Upham’s family also faulted police for their handling of the actress’ disappearance on Oct. 5, maintaining that the police could have done more to find her.The police statement countered that police “did not ignore Ms. Upham’s disappearance in this most recent episode.”

As soon as her information was entered into a missing person’s database, police added, “an active search and investigation commenced,” which included checks in the areas where she was last seen, interviews with family members and friends, and the involvement of the Seattle Police Department.Police also tried to locate Upham through her cell phone signal but said her service had been disconnected prior to her disappearance.The department said that it “will continue to search for answers to unravel the mystery behind her passing,” according to the statement. “We intend to find the information that will help bring closure to the people who loved and cared for Ms. Upham.”

Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Missing Nashville Boy Told Police He Rode Megabus Solo to Atlanta

Missing Nashville Boy Told Police He Rode Megabus Solo to Atlanta

iStock/Thinkstock(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- An 11-year old boy from North Nashville who went missing earlier this week has been found safe in Atlanta after apparently hopping a Megabus near his hometown to make the trip by himself.

Police said Wednesday that they discovered the boy walking in downtown Atlanta early Tuesday morning. He had last been seen the previous day in downtown Nashville.

The fact that the boy, identified as Nathan Long, made it from Tennessee to Georgia has raised questions about how he was able by himself to buy a ticket and board the Megabus.

The policy of Megabus, outlined on its website, states, "All children under 17 years of age must be accompanied by an adult (17 years of age or over) when traveling on Megabus.com. Unaccompanied children under the age of 17 are not permitted to travel on Megabus.com. We recommend that young adults be prepared to produce a photo ID with proof of age to avoid being refused from traveling on our buses."

Sean Hughes, associate director of corporate affairs for Megabus, told ABC News that the bus line is investigating the report. "We're looking into it and we take it very seriously," Hughes said. "Safety is our number one priority."

Asked if Long actually boarded the Megabus in Nashville, Hughes said, "Were not sure. We're actively looking to piece it together."

Hughes said that if the surveillance video, referenced in a Tennessean article, that places Long at 28th Avenue North and Buchanan Street at 7:15 p.m. Monday is accurate, it's unlikely that he actually took a Megabus. The timing would make it incredibly hard for the boy to catch the one bus headed to Atlanta that night. The Megabus website shows only one departure to Atlanta Monday night, at 7:30 p.m.

Long was last seen at about 6 p.m. Monday leaving his home in the Cumberland View public housing complex. Siblings told police that the boy took his backpack, the Tennessean reported.

Metro Nashville Police told ABC News that Long's mother was scheduled to go to Atlanta to pick up her son Thursday.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Ohio College Gives Terminally Ill Lauren Hill Chance to Fulfill Her Basketball Dream

Ohio College Gives Terminally Ill Lauren Hill Chance to Fulfill Her Basketball Dream

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- An Ohio student whose last wish is to play in a college basketball game will see her dream come true in front of thousands of fans after the NCAA agreed to move up her team’s season opener so she would be well enough to play.

Lauren Hill, 19, was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), an inoperable brain condition, in November 2013, not long after she committed to playing college basketball at Cincinnati’s Mount St. Joseph’s University on her 18th birthday.

Last month, Hill, who was recruited as a local high school standout, got the news that her brain tumor had grown and she had only months to live.

After the diagnosis, Hill kept playing basketball, joining her Mount St. Joseph teammates for practices.

“She wanted to be a part of the team and wanted to do as much as she could,” Dan Benjamin, Mount St. Joe’s girls’ basketball coach, told ABC News. “When she came to the Mount, she told her players, ‘You guys have to be committed. You have to play hard. Just like I have to play hard,’” Benjamin said.

When Benjamin learned of the progression of Hill's tumor, he mentioned to an NCAA official and the coach of the team Mount St. Joe’s was scheduled to open their season against -- Hiram College -- that he was going to seek a waiver to move the game to an earlier date.

“By the time I got into my office that Monday morning, I not only had an email from the NCAA but a message saying, ‘Just send us the medical documents,’” Benjamin said. “They have moved fast and it’s been remarkable.”

Instead of a Nov. 15 face-off, Hill and her teammates will now play Hiram Nov. 2 at Xavier University's 10,000-seat Cintas Center.

“We typically only get 100 or 200 people per game so they’re excited to play in front of so many people,” Benjamin said of his team. “They’re more excited to help Lauren finish her mission.”

A big part of the mission for Hill, who could not be reached for comment Thursday by ABC News, has been to help raise awareness for DIPG, which, according to Benjamin, typically strikes children.

“Lauren took this upon herself to say, ‘There’s no one that can tell the story because these kids can’t talk about it,’” Benjamin said. “She said, ‘I can be the spokesperson.’”

Hill and her teammates created T-shirts to sell as a fundraiser. Proceeds from the T-shirts as well as tickets to the Nov. 2 game will go to The Cure Starts Now Foundation and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Despite all the attention Hill’s story has received – including a visit from Cincinatti Bengals player Devon Stills, whose daughter is battling pediatric cancer – her coach says she is focused on the game.

“She wants to hear the squeakiness of her tennis shoes on the floor. She wants to hear the dribbling of the ball and the roar of the crowd,” Benjamin said. “That’s all she wants.”

“She’s taught me, don’t ever give up,” he said. “There’s no reason to not roll out of bed with a smile on our face like she does.”

Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Air New Zealand Releases ‘Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made’

Air New Zealand Releases ‘Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made’

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- As the "official airline of Middle-earth," Air New Zealand would naturally want to capitalize on the final movie in The Hobbit trilogy, scheduled to be released in December.The theatrical release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is a few months away, but Hobbit lovers can get a fix by watching "The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made," featuring cast members from all three films in the trilogy -- Elijah Wood (Frodo Baggins), Dean O'Gorman (Fili the Dwarf) and Sylvester McCoy (Radagast).The video, directed by Kiwi filmmaker Taika Waititi, also features cameos from The Hobbit trilogy director Sir Peter Jackson, Weta Workshop co-founder Sir Richard Taylor and Waititi himself, who appears as a wizard.Not one moment of the safety video actually takes place in an airplane.

More ABC news videos | ABC Health NewsIt's not the first time the airline has made an airline safety video in connection with The Hobbit films. In 2012, director Peter Jackson and The Hobbit characters appeared in a Middle-earth-themed safety video. "An Unexpected Briefing" has been viewed more than 12 million times online."We're confident our final Hobbit-inspired on board safety video will delight fans as much as the first one and inspire even more people to consider a visit to Middle-earth," said Jodi Williams, Air New Zealand Head of Global Brand Development.Since its release Wednesday, the video has been viewed more than 1 million times on YouTube.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Air New Zealand Releases ‘Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made’

Air New Zealand Releases ‘Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made’

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- As the "official airline of Middle-earth," Air New Zealand would naturally want to capitalize on the final movie in The Hobbit trilogy, scheduled to be released in December.The theatrical release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is a few months away, but Hobbit lovers can get a fix by watching "The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made," featuring cast members from all three films in the trilogy -- Elijah Wood (Frodo Baggins), Dean O'Gorman (Fili the Dwarf) and Sylvester McCoy (Radagast).The video, directed by Kiwi filmmaker Taika Waititi, also features cameos from The Hobbit trilogy director Sir Peter Jackson, Weta Workshop co-founder Sir Richard Taylor and Waititi himself, who appears as a wizard.Not one moment of the safety video actually takes place in an airplane.

More ABC news videos | ABC Health NewsIt's not the first time the airline has made an airline safety video in connection with The Hobbit films. In 2012, director Peter Jackson and The Hobbit characters appeared in a Middle-earth-themed safety video. "An Unexpected Briefing" has been viewed more than 12 million times online."We're confident our final Hobbit-inspired on board safety video will delight fans as much as the first one and inspire even more people to consider a visit to Middle-earth," said Jodi Williams, Air New Zealand Head of Global Brand Development.Since its release Wednesday, the video has been viewed more than 1 million times on YouTube.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Advertise With Us

Would you like to advertise on East Idaho News? Fill out this form to contact a representative.
  • Full and Last
  • The name of your company, business or brand.