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Virus Delays Homecoming for Toddler Who Received Liver From Dad

Virus Delays Homecoming for Toddler Who Received Liver From Dad

Liver Transplants for our Vietnamese Twin Girls/Facebook(TORONTO) -- A long-awaited homecoming was delayed for a toddler who received a liver transplant, with her father as the donor, after she contracted a virus. Phuoc Wagner made headlines along with her twin sister Binh when both girls needed a liver transplant to survive and their father, Michael Wagner, could only donate to one. Phuoc underwent the surgery last month after doctors determined she needed the operation sooner than her sister. While both the 3-year-old girl and her father are recovering, Phuoc’s return home was delayed this week after she contracted the norovirus, or stomach flu, according to the family’s Facebook page. “No homecoming yet: norovirus is keeping Phuoc in hospital,” Johanne Wagner, the twin’s mother, wrote on Facebook. “And norovirus in my house as well. Homefront needs to be clear before they can come home.” Johanne Wagner also confirmed they still are waiting to hear about the possibility of a living donor for Binh Wagner. Both Binh and Phuoc needed liver transplants after suffering liver damage because of a genetic condition called Alagille syndrome. In an earlier post this week Johanne Wagner said she worried about having Phuoc back after her transplant. “It is scary though to welcome her back so soon after transplant,” Wagner wrote on Facebook. “A lot of new stuff to assimilate. Daily nursing visits for weeks to come to administer IV meds and perform bloodwork. But most of all, the fear of something going wrong, and quickly.” However, Wagner said she is eager for Phuoc to reunite with her twin sister Binh. She posted a few pictures of Binh this week playing and even dancing with her older brother.According to an earlier report from the Canadian Broadcasting Company, the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto has received 400 submissions from people offering to be a living donor for Binh.

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Netanyahu Speech, Politically Strong, Draws Shrugs From Israelis at Home

Netanyahu Speech, Politically Strong, Draws Shrugs From Israelis at Home

ABC NewsREPORTER'S NOTEBOOK By ABC News' Molly Hunter(JERUSALEM) -- At long last, Israelis gathered around TV sets Tuesday night to watch Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu address Congress. And I gathered around the big screens at a Jerusalem sports bar with at least four guys, plus the bar staff. Coming out of the gates, we had one TV in English and one in Hebrew, but the election commission required all Israeli channels run on a five-minute delay, allowing editors to yank any overt campaigning for Israel's general election March 17. It all made the dual-screen experience very distracting.

 

Israeli channels all running on 5 min delay. Distracting watching side by side. #NetanyahuSpeech pic.twitter.com/LJPD59BOgZ

— Molly Hunter (@mollymhunter) March 3, 2015

Canvassing central Jerusalem before the speech, Joseph, an American Jew, and an Israeli friend stopped into Mike's Place in Jerusalem to catch the main event. "We saw it in the news; it's very important," Joseph told ABC News. "It's a historic time for Israel. We had to watch." In a speech Tuesday to a joint session of Congress, Prime Minister Netanyahu blasted an emerging deal with Iran as "a bad deal, a very bad deal." He added "we're better off without it," but fell short of actually laying out an alternative plan.Shay Mamo, an entrepreneur from Tel Aviv, agreed the speech was "a big deal," but added the controversy had piqued his interest. "I'm watching because it's a scandal," Mamo said. "I'm watching because Obama is against it. I'm watching because it split the American political world." Mamo continued, "He has the opportunity to say something new. If he were to give a speech here, it's just another speech." But very little was said that the prime minister had not previously said, and Israelis largely saw Tuesday's speech as an election stunt two weeks before the country's hotly contested general election. "It's Bibi doing his Bibi thing," quipped Elon, 23, of Kfar Abomin. "It's a power move. His signature play, a show.""To be fair, it's a reasonable thing to do," going to Washington to speak, Elon said. "But not in the way he did it. And not now." Analysts say his strong performance could earn Netanyahu a bump in the polls, where he lags ever so slightly behind his biggest challenger, Isaac Herzog. And by all accounts, he turned in a win Tuesday night. Political analysts, and my viewing mates alike, thought Netanyahu hit it out of the political park. But Israelis like Ami Azoulay, who owns a convenience store in central Jerusalem, just shrugged. "Sure people will watch out of curiosity. But for what? Israelis care about the situation in Iran," he said, "but he's going to go and come back, and it will be just like he never left."

 

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Rosetta Spacecraft Takes Shadow Selfie on Comet

Rosetta Spacecraft Takes Shadow Selfie on Comet

ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA(NEW YORK) -- The Rosetta spacecraft was able to snap the most detailed image ever of comet-67P -- getting so close that the spacecraft cast a shadow that can be seen in a photo sent back to Earth. A photo snapped on Valentine's Day released Tuesday by the European Space Agency was taken less than four miles from the surface of the icy comet and packs a resolution of about four and one-third inches per pixel. At the bottom of the image is a fuzzy rectangular shadow cast by Rosetta, which was made possible by the sun being aligned directly behind the spacecraft, according to the ESA. The shadow is blurry because the sun was not a point source, meaning that if a person were to stand on the frigid comet and look toward the sun, the boxy spacecraft would only block part of the giant star.

 

Does this count as a #selfie? Imaged my own shadow on surface of #67P during 6km flyby! http://t.co/lfIQr1jhaA pic.twitter.com/OgYkDGaWjB

— ESA Rosetta Mission (@ESA_Rosetta) March 3, 2015

 

The comet is expected to reach perihelion -- its closest point to the sun -- on August 13. The spacecraft made history in November when it sent its Philae lander to the surface of 67P, a comet that is whizzing through space at speeds as fast as 80,000 miles per hour. Scientists are studying Rosetta's environment to learn more about the rubber-duck shaped comet, which could yield new insights about the origins of comets, stars and planets. It has been conducting a series of flybys from various distances to collect information for analysis. Working nearly 300 million miles from Earth, a one-way signal from Rosetta takes around 26 minutes and 46 seconds to reach Earth, according to a Twitter account the ESA set up for the mission.

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LAPD Shooting: Identity of the ‘Homeless’ Victim Questioned

LAPD Shooting: Identity of the ‘Homeless’ Victim Questioned

Ventura County Sheriff's Office(LOS ANGELES) --  A French official raised questions on Tuesday about the true identity of the homeless man fatally shot by Los Angeles police officers in a confrontation that was caught on videotape. ABC News has learned that the LAPD had identified the man as Charley Saturmin Robinet, a convicted bank robber who carried a French passport. But Arnaud Guillois, the press counselor at the French Embassy in Washington, told ABC News that the homeless man killed on Skid Row "is not French." French officials have checked with the consulate and found that he has never been a citizen of France, Guillois said, adding that French officials did not know the man's nationality at this time. Court documents confirm that the man who used the name Charley Robinet was released from federal prison on May 12, 2014 after serving 14 years in prison. A call to the LAPD Tuesday evening seeking comment wasn't immediately returned. A law enforcement source confirmed to ABC News that Robinet was 39 at the time of his death. A 2005 court document notes that a state psychiatrist examined him and determined that he had a "mental disorder or defect" but it was unclear if he received treatment. Witnesses at the scene told KABC-TV that the man was called "Africa" by people who knew him. The shooting took place on the city's Skid Row, a stretch of Central Los Angeles where many of the city's homeless congregate. Footage obtained by ABC News shows Robinet entering his tent on the sidewalk shortly before police arrive at the scene. At least two investigations into the shooting are underway.

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Benjamin Netanyahu: Why He’s a Secret Millennial

Benjamin Netanyahu: Why He’s a Secret Millennial

Uriel Sinai/Getty images(WASHINGTON) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress Tuesday in what many analysts coined the “most important speech” of his life. So naturally, Bibi brought along his millennial game to help make his case. “Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei spews the oldest hatred, the oldest hatred of anti-Semitism with the newest technology,” Netanyahu said. “He tweets that Israel must be annihilated -- he tweets.” Indeed, Ayatollah Khamenei’s Twitter account did tweet out back in November a step-by-step guide to the elimination of Israel.

 

Why should & how can #Israel be eliminated? Ayatollah Khamenei's answer to 9 key questions. #HandsOffAlAqsa pic.twitter.com/IVPOuNfMQH

— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) November 9, 2014

 

But how can you find that tweet? Well, just take Netanyahu’s advice he offered to Congress later in his speech about how they might find details about the potential nuclear deal forming with Iran. “You don't need intelligence agencies and secret information to know this,” Netanyahu said. “You can Google it.” Google and Twitter, the basic daily diet on the Web for any millennial. But Netanyahu didn’t stop there. “In this deadly Game of Thrones, there's no place for America or for Israel, no peace for Christians, Jews or Muslims who don't share the Islamist medieval creed, no rights for women, no freedom for anyone,” Netanyahu said as he argued that Iran and ISIS were “competing for the crown of militant Islam.” And any fan of the HBO hit show might know that “when you play the Game of Thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground,” as one character famously says. As you might expect, that particular quote struck a chord on, where else, Twitter.

pic.twitter.com/Kd9eg2HcpB

— darth™ (@darth) March 3, 2015

 

 

Game of Thrones reference from #Netanyahu and uh ok

— Olivier Knox (@OKnox) March 3, 2015

 

 

I'm sorry, did Netanyahu just name-check Game of Thrones?

— Joanna Weiss (@JoannaWeiss) March 3, 2015

 

Those in Israel are already familiar with Netanyahu’s foray into appeasing to the younger generations. In early February he released a comedic campaign commercial in which he starred as the “Bibisitter.” You can find that video on YouTube, which, as you might expect, Netanyahu also referenced once in his speech.

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Senators Want Investigation Into Federal Agency Overseeing Guardrail Safety

Senators Want Investigation Into Federal Agency Overseeing Guardrail Safety

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Half a dozen U.S. senators are requesting a government investigation into the federal agency charged with keeping America’s highways safe, amid concerns over a popular guardrail system linked to multiple deaths and dismemberments across the country. Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Cory Booker, D-N.J., Ed Markey, D-Mass., Mark Warner, D-Virginia, Sheldon Whitehouse, D-Rhode Island, and Tim Kaine, D-Virginia, sent a joint letter Tuesday to the Government Accountability Office, which audits and investigates federal agencies, following what they called in a press release “troubling developments regarding the FHWA’s evaluation of defective ET-Plus guardrail and end terminals.” “In recent months, we have witnessed a host of troubling developments that call into question the safety of certain roadside devices known as highway guardrail end terminals,” the letter reads. “We are committed to looking closely at this issue.” “FHWA, as the guardian of federal taxpayer dollars, has a unique and vital role and responsibility in ensuring that roadside hardware has been properly vetted for safety purposes and is eligible for reimbursement with federal funds,” it says. The ET-Plus guardrail system, which is made by Trinity Industries in Texas and used in states throughout the U.S., was the subject of an ABC News 20/20 investigation last year. ABC News obtained an internal Trinity email from 2005 in which a Trinity official estimated that making a modification to its widely-used guardrail system -- reducing a piece of metal in the end terminal from five inches to four -- would save the company $2 per end terminal, or $50,000 a year. The company made the change that year, but didn’t notify the FHWA. The modification went unnoticed by the federal agency until 2012, when questions were raised by a competitor of Trinity’s. The FHWA then approved that modified design for continued installation. But critics claimed the modification made the guardrail more dangerous in certain types of crashes, and late last year Trinity was found to have committed fraud by failing to notify government officials about the guardrail modification earlier. Now 42 states have ceased installing the ET-Plus, pending the final report on new government crash tests conducted in December and January. Last month, Sen. Blumenthal told ABC News the FHWA “cannot be considered blameless” in the ongoing controversy. “The Federal Highway Administration has in effect disregarded the claims about lack of safety here, it has condoned sham testing and paid lip service to testing. It bears a major part of the responsibility for the crashes, injuries and some deaths that have occurred,” Blumenthal told ABC News. In their letter, the senators are asking the GAO to address a number of issues, including how transparent FHWA has been in the testing of highway devices for safety. While the letter notes serious safety concerns with the controversial guardrail as prompting the senators’ action, it questions more generally the structure of the agency itself and its ability to properly implement one of its primary purposes. “The developments over the past several months raise serious questions about the effectiveness of the current framework for evaluating the reliability and integrity of roadside hardware products, including guardrail end terminals,” it reads. At a congressional hearing on Tuesday, Blumenthal highlighted the letter to Department of Transportation chief Anthony Foxx. The FHWA is an agency within the DOT. FHWA officials did not immediately respond to ABC News for comment. The letter does not mention Trinity Industries by name. In defense of its product, Trinity has continually noted that it has an “unbroken chain of eligibility” with FHWA, meaning the device has met safety criteria in order to be eligible for federal aid reimbursement when sold to states for use on highways. Of the new ET-Plus crash tests, the government said it passed its first four crash tests, but the analysts have not released the results of the last four. It’s the very last one, the eighth, that has proved controversial already after critics said the crash appeared to severely damage the driver’s side of the car. The senators’ press release Tuesday linked to an ABC News report about questions surrounding the eighth and final crash test, video of which “has raised considerable concern by members of Congress and their constituents,” the release reads. Blumenthal previously told ABC News he found the video “hideously shocking.” “Long term, we're going to insist on an overhaul of the Federal Highway Administration's standards, methods and approach to testing because this experience, particularly the latest test showing shocking damage to the passenger's side of the vehicle, indicates that there is a need for a review of this agency's performance and its approach to safety,” Blumenthal said. Trinity disputes what it calls conclusions made far too early surrounding the eighth test, and a spokesman told ABC News any comments other than what is released by FHWA after its evaluation is “pure speculation.” Results of the final four tests are expected to be released in the coming weeks.

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“Sharknado 3”: See Who the President and Vice-President Will Be

“Sharknado 3”: See Who the President and Vice-President Will Be

Syfy/NBC Universal(NEW YORK) -- The oddly popular TV movie franchise Sharknado is about to get political. Syfy has announced that the third installment of the satirical disaster film, which is scheduled to premiere in July, will cause “mass destruction in Washington, D.C., before roaring down the Eastern Seaboard and into Florida.” It will star Mark Cuban, of the Dallas Mavericks and Shark Tank fame, as the President of the United States. Conservative political commentator Ann Coulter will assume the position of Vice President. The movie will be set in Washington D.C. and for those who work on the Hill there may a chance for members of Congress to fight against a shark-battered hurricane that will soon take a bite out of our nation’s capital. According to Politico, representatives from the Syfy network are seeking to cast “recognizable Senators and Congressmen, and a few others like Colin Powell and Oliver North.” Along with a sundry list of stars who have made previous cameos, including Tara Reid, Jerry Springer and Chris Jericho, newcomers like Ryan Newman and Jack Griffo will be joining the team for the newest Sharknado movie.

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Sarah Michelle Gellar to Star in “Star Wars Rebels” Season 2

Sarah Michelle Gellar to Star in “Star Wars Rebels” Season 2

Vince Bucci/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Sarah Michelle Gellar and her husband Freddie Prinze Jr. are now working together. Gellar will join the cast of Star Wars Rebels on Disney XD for season two, executive producer/supervising director Dave Filoni revealed Tuesday. "We’re thrilled to have Sarah Michelle Gellar on board for season two," he said in a statement. "She is a true Star Wars Rebels fan and her passion undoubtedly comes through in the voice recording sessions." In addition to Gellar and Prize Jr., the voice cast also includes David Oyelowo, Vanessa Marshall, Steve Blum, Tiya Sircar and Taylor Gray. Star Wars Rebels, an animated show, focuses on the events between Star Wars Episodes III and IV. No details about Gellar's character have been revealed yet. Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

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Kelly Clarkson to Go on Summer Tour

Kelly Clarkson to Go on Summer Tour

ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Kelly Clarkson has a new baby, a new album and now she is taking both of them out on the road.Clarkson, 32, announced Tuesday on ABC’s Good Morning America that she will be going out on tour this summer for her new album, “Piece by Piece.”“I’m so excited,” Clarkson said. "I’ve been at home with a baby.”The former American Idol winner gave birth to daughter River Rose in June 2014. She says the now 8-month-old River will make a great traveling companion during her tour, which Clarkson said will kick off in July.“I have a magical baby. She loves traveling so far,” Clarkson said, adding that River especially loves her newest single, “Heartbreak Song.”“This song, she loves the whole album but she loves this song. It’s crazy,” Clarkson said.The three-time Grammy winner did not reveal any further details about the tour, such as who will open or whether any fellow singers will make guest appearances.One thing Clarkson did clarify, however, is that if she asked fellow singers, they would show up.“I was being funny,” Clarkson said, referring to the firestorm that erupted when she jokingly said in an interview last month on BBC Radio 1 that no major artists want to collaborate with her on a song."I also said I had the Black Plague. I don’t have that,” Clarkson said on GMA. "I was just being funny because people were kind of making it to where, because John Legend and I sang on this record, they were like, ‘Why didn’t you sing with anybody before?,’ like almost making me a snob.”“I was like, ‘I’ve asked people to sing. I would sing with a lot of people but it just doesn’t always work out with the timing,’” Clarkson said. "People will work with me.”Oscar winner Legend joins Clarkson for "Run Run Run," on "Piece by Piece," which was released on Tuesday.Clarkson has previously collaborated with country greats like Vince Gill and Reba McEntire, her stepmother-in-law, and says a return to country could be in her future too."I love country music. I love R&B. I love a lot of styles. I just don’t want to stop changing and growing," Clarkson said of her future."I love Broadway. I grew up in musical theater," she added, hinting at another possible career move.

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Ferguson Shooting: Federal Investigation Expected to Show Pattern of Discrimination at Police Department

Ferguson Shooting: Federal Investigation Expected to Show Pattern of Discrimination at Police Department

Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Department of Justice is expected to release its finding on the investigation into the Ferguson Police Department as early as Wednesday, sources tell ABC News. According to a law enforcement official, the report will say the Ferguson Police Department’s conduct routinely violated the constitution and federal law due to a combination of racial bias and a focus on generating revenue. According to the findings, African-Americans make up 67 percent of the population of Ferguson, but were subject to 85 percent of traffic stops, 90 percent of citations and 93 percent of arrests. In essence they accuse the Ferguson police department of a pattern and practice of discrimination. The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division found multiple examples of police and municipal court officials exhibiting racial bias in emails sent on official Ferguson accounts. Examples include a November 2008 email, which stated that President Barack Obama would not be president for very long because “what black man holds a steady job for four years.”

Another racist email from May 2011 stated: “An African-American woman in New Orleans was admitted into the hospital for a pregnancy termination. Two weeks later she received check for $5,000. She phoned the hospital to ask who it was from. The hospital said, ‘Crimestoppers.’” From April to September 2014, 95 percent of people held at the Ferguson jail longer than two days were African American. African Americans accounted for 95 percent of all “Manner of Walking in Roadway” -- essentially jaywalking -- charges, 94 percent of “failure to comply” charges and 92 percent of all “peace disturbance” charges.

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Basketball Team Disqualified for Wearing Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

Basketball Team Disqualified for Wearing Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

Thomas Cordova/Daily Breeze(LOS ANGELES) -- A girls' high school basketball team was forced to forfeit a semi-final playoff win because the team wore pink letters and numbers on its jerseys to support breast cancer awareness.The organization that oversees Nathaniel Narbonne High School's team in the Harbor City area of Los Angeles has strict rules regarding team colors. So now, Narbonne is appealing a decision that forced the team to forfeit a 57-52 win on Saturday against View Park Preparatory Accelerated Charter High School."Uniform colors may only be a combination of the official school colors. Pink is not a school color at Narbonne. Penalties will include probation and forfeiture of contents," the California Interscholastic Federation's Los Angeles City Section said in a statement, according to ABC News station KABC in Los Angeles.Team members were taken aback by the decision that disqualified the team from title contention."I kind of thought it was maybe just a joke at one point in time until all the teammates started to say, 'No, this is serious.' It was very, very shocking to us," Narbonne senior guard Laticia Smith told KABC. "The punishment didn't fit the crime. You know, we feel like we really didn't know. We had no idea and if we had some type of warning, we would have never come on the court with those uniforms."The approved colors of the top-seeded school are green, gold and black. Earlier in the school year, the North Hollywood High girls' volleyball team forfeited a match because it wore uniforms that were entirely black.Pro teams have changed their colors based on a particular cause or group. For instance, NFL teams have approved use of pink gloves, cleats and wristbands for breast cancer awareness and, in the NBA, the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors were allowed to wear red uniforms with Chinese lettering to celebrate Lunar New Year.Narbonne's athletic director and principal were told of the violation during halftime and the decision to disqualify the team was made later, according to The Los Angeles Times.The school is appealing the decision and a panel is hearing its case on Tuesday, the Times reported.The team hopes to play in the championship game on Saturday, KABC reported.The California Interscholastic Federation's Los Angeles City Section did not respond to a request for comment from ABC News. The statewide California Interscholastic Federation said the issue is under the jurisdiction of CIF LA City Section's rule and not a CIF State rule.Narbonne High School did not respond to a request for comment from ABC News.The City Section gave some teams waivers to wear pink in their uniforms during breast cancer awareness month in October."If they are going to do something against our bylaws, they need to call us to request it," City Section commissioner John Aguirre told the Times.

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Basketball Team Disqualified for Wearing Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

Basketball Team Disqualified for Wearing Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

Thomas Cordova/Daily Breeze(LOS ANGELES) -- A girls' high school basketball team was forced to forfeit a semi-final playoff win because the team wore pink letters and numbers on its jerseys to support breast cancer awareness.The organization that oversees Nathaniel Narbonne High School's team in the Harbor City area of Los Angeles has strict rules regarding team colors. So now, Narbonne is appealing a decision that forced the team to forfeit a 57-52 win on Saturday against View Park Preparatory Accelerated Charter High School."Uniform colors may only be a combination of the official school colors. Pink is not a school color at Narbonne. Penalties will include probation and forfeiture of contents," the California Interscholastic Federation's Los Angeles City Section said in a statement, according to ABC News station KABC in Los Angeles.Team members were taken aback by the decision that disqualified the team from title contention."I kind of thought it was maybe just a joke at one point in time until all the teammates started to say, 'No, this is serious.' It was very, very shocking to us," Narbonne senior guard Laticia Smith told KABC. "The punishment didn't fit the crime. You know, we feel like we really didn't know. We had no idea and if we had some type of warning, we would have never come on the court with those uniforms."The approved colors of the top-seeded school are green, gold and black. Earlier in the school year, the North Hollywood High girls' volleyball team forfeited a match because it wore uniforms that were entirely black.Pro teams have changed their colors based on a particular cause or group. For instance, NFL teams have approved use of pink gloves, cleats and wristbands for breast cancer awareness and, in the NBA, the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors were allowed to wear red uniforms with Chinese lettering to celebrate Lunar New Year.Narbonne's athletic director and principal were told of the violation during halftime and the decision to disqualify the team was made later, according to The Los Angeles Times.The school is appealing the decision and a panel is hearing its case on Tuesday, the Times reported.The team hopes to play in the championship game on Saturday, KABC reported.The California Interscholastic Federation's Los Angeles City Section did not respond to a request for comment from ABC News. The statewide California Interscholastic Federation said the issue is under the jurisdiction of CIF LA City Section's rule and not a CIF State rule.Narbonne High School did not respond to a request for comment from ABC News.The City Section gave some teams waivers to wear pink in their uniforms during breast cancer awareness month in October."If they are going to do something against our bylaws, they need to call us to request it," City Section commissioner John Aguirre told the Times.

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Virginia Girl with Cancer Gets Sweet 16 Surprise Party

Virginia Girl with Cancer Gets Sweet 16 Surprise Party

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WINCHESTER, Va.) -- Throwing a surprise “Sweet 16” party in the age of cellphones and social media is no easy task. But an entire Virginia community pulled it off for a girl with cancer.The night of her birthday, Abby Snider thought she was going to give a speech to help raise money for the Stillbrave Childhood Cancer Foundation, a local charity that provides non-medical support for the families of kids with cancer. It was all part of an elaborate ruse to bring the teen to the George Washington Hotel in Winchester, Virginia, last Thursday evening, where 100 people (including a team from ABC News affiliate WJLA) were waiting.Snider, who was diagnosed with leukemia a year ago, spent weeks writing her speech. At the same time, a group of friends, family and complete strangers worked quietly behind her back to plan the big bash. AES, a local car service, provided a stretch limo. SAS salon arranged for makeup. Other vendors donated food, flowers, photography and entertainment.Snider’s parents had wanted to throw her the fancy sweet 16 she has been dreaming about since she was 2, she said, but with the mounting medical bills it just wasn’t in their budget. Tom Mitchell, who runs StillBrave, stepped in to rally local businesses.“It was amazing to see how many people in community embraced the idea and helped to pull it all together,” he said.Snider was expecting a car to pick her up for the fundraiser, so she said she was pleased rather than suspicious when a stretch limo pulled up to her house. She thought the makeup session was simply a nice touch too. None of this tipped her off to the party.But when she walked into the ballroom and everyone shouted, “Surprise,” Snider told ABC News she was blown away.“At first I was confused and then I started screaming and then I started crying," she said. “It was awesome. I literally felt like Cinderella for the night.”Snider said the chemo used to treat her disease has brought her to the brink of death several times. Just recently she spent three weeks in the hospital with acute pancreatitis that resulted from her latest treatment.“There are times you just want to give up but you have to keep going,” she said. “Even when it’s hard you just have to keep fighting.”After missing last year’s birthday because she was too ill, Snider said she’d hoped for some kind of party this year, even if it was something small. Mitchell told ABC News he was relieved that all involved managed to keep it a secret.“I hated lying to her but she definitely bought it hook, line and sinker,” he said.Mitchell said the only downside to the ruse was that Snider worked so hard on a speech she didn’t get to deliver. But Snider said she’s good with that.“I was freaking out about it and I was so relieved I didn’t have to give it,” she said. “I’ll save it for another time.”

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Breast Augmentation: Smaller Implants Becoming a Bigger Trend

Breast Augmentation: Smaller Implants Becoming a Bigger Trend

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Victoria Beckham, Heidi Montag, Pamela Anderson and Tamra Barney have all had their implants downsized or removed all together.And the trend is catching on with everyday women, according to plastic surgeons.Though there are “regional differences” when it comes to requested cup size, said Dr. David Hidalgo, a New York City plastic surgeon, “natural is now the look.”Dr. Elie Levine, AOB Med Spa National Medical Director and New York City plastic surgeon agreed.“I’ve seen a significant change in the size of breast implants that my patients request for their breast augmentation surgery,” he said. “Many women simply want to increase their bust by approximately one cup size.”Levine said that while the most-requested cup size used to be a D or DD, now, women more commonly request a B-cup or small C-cup size implants.“Celebrities are also requesting more modest results when they undergo breast augmentation surgery,” he said.While he wouldn't name names, Dr. Scot Glasberg, president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, also said the celebrities he sees in his practice are opting to trade in their larger implants for smaller ones.But what’s modest in one place may not translate to another, Hidalgo said. While women in Miami might have one idea of what looks attractive, women in the Northeast tend to have another. Glasberg agreed, saying the trend is currently most prevalent in New York and Beverly Hills.

"It'll take awhile to catch on in Miami and Texas," he said, adding, however, that it "absolutely" would in time."Subtlety is in," Glasberg said. "Women are also taking into account the long-term effects. Since implants last longer now than they used to, they're asking 'do I really want these large breasts when I'm older?' They want to avoid another surgery, if possible."Natural looking or not, breast augmentation remains one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures. According to the most recent data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in 2013, breast augmentation was the most popular cosmetic surgical procedure, with 290,000 performed.

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Obama: Netanyahu’s Speech ‘Nothing New’

Obama: Netanyahu’s Speech ‘Nothing New’

Pete Souza / The White House(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama thought Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before Congress Tuesday morning was “nothing new.”Speaking to reporters at the White House, the president said Netanyahu offered no “viable alternatives” to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. “The alternative that the prime minister offers is ‘no deal,’ in which case Iran will immediately begin once again pursuing its nuclear program…without us having any insight into what they’re doing and without constraint,” Obama said.In contrast, the president adamantly defended the U.S.-led nuclear negotiations.

“If we are successful in negotiating then, in fact, this will be the best deal possible to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. Nothing else comes close. Sanctions won’t do it, even military action would not be as successful,” he said.“That’s demonstrable and Prime Minister Netanyahu has not offered any kind of viable alternative that would achieve the same verifiable mechanism to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon,” he continued.Obama noted that the case Netanyahu outlined on Tuesday was the same argument he made before the current interim deal and “even officials in his own government have had to acknowledge that Iran has in fact maintained their end of the bargain.”Asked if the speech was appropriate, Obama said “what I’m focused on right now is solving this problem. I’m not focused on the politics of it and I’m not focused on the theater of it.”The president spoke to reporters as he met with Defense Secretary Ash Carter in the Oval Office.

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Hillary Clinton Email: Potential Risks of Using a Private Account

Hillary Clinton Email: Potential Risks of Using a Private Account

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- When Hillary Clinton used a private email address to conduct business during her tenure as secretary of state, her team said she acted within "the letter and the spirit" of State Department rules.However, the revelation has left some people wondering why the nation's top diplomat would use an outside channel to communicate."When you have the secretary of state conducting official business on a private domain, this is the sort of the stuff [you read in] spy novels," Bruce Webster, an information technology consultant at Ironwood Experts, told ABC News. "As soon as you go to a private domain and Web server, you, in effect, have no guarantee."There are plenty of unknowns about Clinton's private email account. It's not yet even clear which email service she used for her State Department business or the level of security attached to that account.The domain "clintonemail.com" was registered the week before Clinton was sworn in as secretary of state in 2009, the Washington Post reported. However, Clinton's team has not confirmed that she used an email at that address.Without naming names, a senior state department official said Clinton’s predecessors practiced a similar private email policy.However, two prior secretaries of state either exclusively used government email or used no email at all, and a third avoided private email for classified matters, sources close to them told ABC News.

An official close to Condoleezza Rice, who led the State Department for three years under George W. Bush, said Rice never used a personal email account for State Department business. A former State Department official close to Secretary Madeline Albright, who served in the late '90s, said she didn’t use email at all. Peggy Cifrino, a spokesman for Colin Powell, said the emails he did send from a personal account were mostly unclassified in nature and preceded any policy forbidding the practice of using personal email for work.Robert Siciliano, an online safety expert for Intel Security, told ABC News that it's within the realm of possibility that whichever hosting company Clinton used for her private email address could have had access to her private messages."If a company is hosting a website, they have access to the web servers and the inner workings of the website," Siciliano said. "If they're hosting email, it would be safe to say that company could have access."Also at issue is whether Clinton's emails were stored in accordance with the Federal Records Act. While her personal account would not have fallen under that umbrella, her team noted that much of her correspondence still was covered as a result of emailing people on their government accounts."For government business, she emailed them on their department accounts, with every expectation they would be retained," Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill said in a statement.Siciliano said it all comes down to whether the message passes through a wide-open server that anyone with access can read, or if it has a level of encryption attached to it. While Clinton's choice may deviate from the norm, it's also possible she was working with a service that provides encryption keys on both ends."It's a good rule of thumb to keep in mind that your emails are generally not completely private," Siciliano said. "Email can be read with a subpoena and someone on the inside of an organization that has access to the servers could have access as well."Webster called Clinton's choice to use a private email account a potential "staggering breach of security" and said the implications could have been huge if hackers tapped in."You are just asking for world intelligence agencies, both friendly and hostile, to start looking at this domain and find ways to get into it it -- whether through technical hacking or social engineering," he said.

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Oprah Winfrey to Shut Down Harpo Studios in Chicago

Oprah Winfrey to Shut Down Harpo Studios in Chicago

Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Chicago is "everything" to Oprah Winfrey. It's where the media mogul became a superstar and where she first planted her showbiz roots.But in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter posted Tuesday, Winfrey revealed Harpo Studios in Chicago will be shut down by year's end in favor of a transition to OWN headquarters in Los Angeles. This move ends Harpo's 26-year run in the Windy City.OWN just moved into its new space at West Hollywood's The Lot."I've spent more hours in this building than I have any other building on Earth. ...We were here when there was nothing but hoes and rats on the street, and now it's one of the hottest neighborhoods [in Chicago]," she told the magazine.The talk-show host and actress, 61, added: "The time had come to downsize this part of the business and to move forward. It will be sad to say goodbye, but I look ahead with such a knowing that what the future holds is even more than I can see."Winfrey noted that top OWN execs had been going back and forth between Chicago and Los Angeles and that she wanted all her operations in one place. OWN has been around for the past four years and plans to expand further.Around 200 employees will be impacted by the closing of the Chicago offices. The report adds that a "small group" of Chicago employees will join OWN.The interview also notes that Winfrey will soon see how much time she has to get back in front of the camera on the big screen, including an upcoming Richard Pryor biopic. As for Broadway rumors, Winfrey told the magazine she decided to stay away due to the morbid nature of the play night, Mother. She will head to New York City soon to look at other projects and shows.

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What White House Said in 2011 that May Not Look Good for Hillary Clinton

What White House Said in 2011 that May Not Look Good for Hillary Clinton

Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Hillary Clinton is under fire for using a private email account during her four-year tenure at the State Department, though the White House press secretary said in 2011 that all the administration’s work was being conducted on official government email accounts.Amid questions over whether Clinton's email practices potentially violated federal archival requirements, Clinton's spokesman, Nick Merrill, said, "both the letter and spirit of the rules permitted State Department officials to use non-governmental email."But in June 2011, when Clinton was still secretary of state, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said, point blank, "all of our work is conducted on work email accounts; that’s part of the Presidential Records Act."Here's the full exchange:REPORTER: What is the U.S. government’s policy towards personnel having private Gmail accounts?CARNEY: Well, the U.S. government policy -- certainly, the administration policy that is effective here is that we -- all of our work is conducted on work email accounts; that’s part of the Presidential Records Act. So the issue in terms of, as I mentioned, our work accounts, we have no evidence to suggest that any of those accounts were accessed or compromised.REPORTER: But is it the policy that you’re not allowed to have a Gmail account for private use --CARNEY: No.REPORTER: -- or another nongovernmental --CARNEY: No, that’s not the policy.REPORTER: So there’s no policy in place that would say certain members of the government, senior officials, are not allowed to use Gmail accounts at all for private use?CARNEY: Well, again, if you’re talking about private use that’s just different from work use. We are definitely instructed that we need to conduct all of our work on our government accounts as part of the Presidential Records Act. I’m not aware of any law or rule that suggests that government workers cannot have separate private email accounts.

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Tamir Rice’s Mother Says City’s Apology over Wording Is ‘Disrespectful’

Tamir Rice’s Mother Says City’s Apology over Wording Is ‘Disrespectful’Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- The mother of the 12-year-old boy who was fatally shot by Cleveland police would accept an apology from the department for shooting her child if one were offered, she said at a news conference Tuesday morning...

NASA Celebrates 100th Birthday of America’s First Flight Program

NASA Celebrates 100th Birthday of America’s First Flight Program

NASA(HOUSTON) -- NASA is celebrating the 100th birthday of the United States' original aeronautics program on Tuesday with photos showing what the dream of flight looked like a century ago.Founded on March 3, 1915, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, called NACA, focused on innovation in aeronautics, including the creation of the retractable landing gear, jet engine compressors and turbines, among other technologies.The mission, according to NASA administrator Charles Bolden, was to "supervise and direct the scientific study of the problems of flight with a view to their practical solution."Starting with a small budget and no payroll, the committee grew into a powerhouse around World War II, developing cutting edge aeronautics technology that helped lead American troops to victory overseas.It wasn't until the 1950s that the reality of space travel came into the picture. All 7,500 NACA employees became part of the newly formed National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or what we commonly call NASA.The influence of NACA can be seen today in "streamlined aircraft bodies, quieter jet engines, techniques for preventing icing, drag-reducing winglets and lightweight composite structures are an everyday part of flying thanks to research concepts and tools that trace their origins to the NACA," Bolden said in a statement celebrating the milestone anniversary.NACA's place in history is also cemented by a set of footprints left behind on the moon. Before NASA was formed, the first man to set foot on the moon, Neil Armstrong, was a NACA employee.

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