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George Clooney Discusses Feud with “Daily Mail”

George Clooney Discusses Feud with “Daily Mail”

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) — George Clooney couldn’t resist gloating when it came to discussing how he got the Daily Mail to apologize to him. Clooney told Variety on Friday, “It’s just fun to slap those bad guys every once in a while, knock ‘em around.”The Daily Mail published a story earlier this month claiming that Clooney’s future mother-in-law objected to his upcoming marriage to Amal Alamuddin for religious reasons. However, the British tabloid pulled the article and apologized after Clooney wrote an op-ed in USA Today saying the article was completely fabricated.Clooney said he doesn’t go after every tabloid for every false story, but this time he felt a line was crossed. He explained, “That’s why you pick your fights at a tabloid. Every day they write things that aren’t true, but every once in a while they write something that is actually dangerous to your family, and it’s probably not true. And that’s the one you pick.”He said of the Daily Mail, “I would sit with my friends and we’d just go, ‘So they just sat at a computer and just went, “OK, this is what I’m gonna say today.’” I mean, literally, because you just go, ‘there isn’t literally an element of truth in this.’ You just laugh, and let it go. I’m used to it after all these years. But the thing that bothers me is how much the Daily Mail is now bleeding into American press and becoming a source for some pretty legitimate newspapers. So that’s the thing that worries me.”Though the Daily Mail issued an apology, Clooney refused to accept its mea culpa, writing in a second USA Today op-ed piece the report was a “premeditated lie.”On a happier note, Clooney offered Variety this thought on his engagement: “I’m marrying up.”
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Putin Refuses to Order Rebels Away from MH17 Crash Site

Putin Refuses to Order Rebels Away from MH17 Crash Site

MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/AFP/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin issued a statement Monday that fell short of calling for separatist rebels from eastern Ukraine to turn over control of the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 to international teams.Instead, the Russian leader only says that the safety and security of monitors trying to reach the scene must be guaranteed.Putin also used his statement to assign partial blame to the central government in Kiev for creating what he charges are the conditions that have led to the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine.No one yet has taken responsibility for shooting down the plane with 298 people on board, nearly 200 of them from the Netherlands on their way to Malaysia. However, all signs point to the rebels, especially after Ukrainian intelligence claims to have intercepted a call between the separatists and the Russian military that discussed the shoot-down of Flight 17.Meanwhile, Putin promises Russia will “do all that we can to move the conflict in eastern Ukraine from Monday’s military phase to” a negotiated solution.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Monday ordered all Ukrainian forces to cease military operations within 40 kilometers of the crash site, according to Russian news service Interfax. Russian Joint Staff Main Operations Directorate Chief, Lieutenant General Andrei Kartopolov said that the Russian government has evidence that a Ukrainian combat jet was in the vicinity of the plane shortly before it was shot down, the news service reports.
Four days later, nearly all of the bodies of those onboard the plane have been recovered. During a Monday press conference, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said that the bodies of 272 of the 298 people onboard the plane have been recovered. Many of the bodies are being stored in refrigerated rail cars under rebel control.
Dutch investigators and crews from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe arrived at the scene on Monday, after the Malaysian Transport Minister said Sunday that a team of 133 Malaysian experts and officials were denied access to the site.
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Chris Snee Reportedly Set to Announce Retirement

Chris Snee Reportedly Set to Announce Retirement

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Chris Snee is reportedly ready to hang up his cleats and shoulder pads. A source close to the New York Giants lineman says he has scheduled a meeting for Monday morning with team officials to tell them he’s considering retiring.
While his final decision is not 100% made, the 32-year-old would not be able to start the season on time anyway thanks to a longer than expected recovery from elbow surgery in November.
After missing the team’s minicamp in June because of the extended rehab, New York and Snee each began weighing their options. The Giants gave the majority of reps to third-year player Brandon Mosley while also letting their second-round pick, Weston Richburg, see some time.
Snee, a four-time Pro Bowler, could be entering his 11th season as an offensive lineman for the Giants.
Snee played just three games in 2013 and was placed on injured reserve on October 4 due to an ailing hip injury. The 2004 draft pick out of Boston College helped the Giants to two Super Bowls in his 10-year career. He is also the son-in-law of Giants head coach Tom Coughlin.
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UN Security Council Calls for End to Gaza Violence, Two Americans Killed in Fighting

UN Security Council Calls for End to Gaza Violence, Two Americans Killed in Fighting

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(GENEVA) — The United Nations Security Council called for an immediate end to fighting in Gaza, expressing concerns over the rising civilian death toll.The death toll from the two-week conflict continues to rise. In all, more than 500 Palestinians — many of them civilians, including children — were killed and more than 3,100 wounded in the past two weeks, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry. The overall death toll on the Israeli side rose to 20, including 18 soldiers, along with dozens of wounded troops. The U.N. Security Council held an emergency session on Sunday night, which ended in a call for a return to a November 2012 ceasefire agreement. The U.S. State Department confirmed that two American citizens were killed in Gaza. The deceased were identified as Max Steinberg and Sean Carmeli. State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki said in a statement that the agency would not comment further on the matter, “out of respect for those affected by this.”
On Sunday, Hamas claimed that it had captured an Israeli soldier, a claim that Israel denies. “There is no kidnapped Israeli soldier — those rumors are untrue,” said Israel’s UN Ambassador Ron Prosor prior to the U.N. Security Council meeting Sunday night.
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Kerry to Travel to Cairo Monday, Push for Gaza Cease-Fire

Kerry to Travel to Cairo Monday, Push for Gaza Cease-Fire

Credit: US Department of State(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. State Department said Sunday that Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Cairo, Egypt on Monday to meet with senior officials on the ongoing tensions in Gaza.”The United States — and our international partners — are deeply concerned about the risk of further escalation, and the loss of more innocent life,” a State Department statement said.
Kerry is expected to support a push for a ceasefire, similar to a truce agreed upon in November 2012. Kerry is also expected to meet with Egyptian officials, as well as other officials from nations in the region. The Egyptian government has pushed for a ceasefire agreement that is supported by both the United States and Israel, however, Hamas rejected the proposal.
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Angels Walk-Off for 30th Comeback Win

Angels Walk-Off for 30th Comeback Win

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(ANAHEIM, Calif.) — The Los Angeles Angels scored two runs off former teammate Fernando Rodney to walk-off against Seattle (52-46) for the second time in three days.
The 6-5 victory was the 30th time this season that the Angels (59-38) have come from behind to get a win.
What made the win a little more intriguing was the back-and-forth between the Angels and their old closer. Rodney, who entered the game with one out in the eighth, used his trademark “bow-and-arrow” celebration after Kole Calhoun flew out to end the inning.
That stirred up the LA dugout as Albert Pujols doubled to score Mike Trout and tie the game off of Rodney. The two then traded arrows before Grant Green singled home the winning run, handing Rodney the loss.
“That’s his thing,” Pujols said of the celebration. “I’ve known Rodney for 15 years, so we go way back. And every time I see him, I tell him I’m going to do that to him if I get a big hit against him.”
Rodney said after the game that he was directing the arrow towards the Angels fans who booed up him upon entering the game. The 12-year veteran spent two seasons with Los Angeles and was just 17-for-28 in save opportunities. 
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Afghan Election Audit Stalled by ‘Misunderstanding’

Afghan Election Audit Stalled by ‘Misunderstanding’

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) — An audit into the recently completed Afghan Presidential Election has been halted, the Afghan Independent Election Commission said Sunday. Without providing further detail, the AIEC blamed the suspension on a “misunderstanding.”
Over the weekend, officials on each side staged walkouts in response to disputes over the audit process.Both candidates, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Dr. Ashraf Ghani have accused each other of electoral fraud following the June 14 run-off election. Abdullah won the initial round of voting, but failed to secure the 50 percent of the vote needed to void a runoff. In the second round of voting, Ghani finished on top.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said earlier this month that all votes in the election would be audited, a process that was always expected to take weeks to complete.
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IDF Opens Field Hospital for Palestinians at Border Crossing

IDF Opens Field Hospital for Palestinians at Border Crossing

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) — The Israel Defense Forces announced on Sunday that it would open a field hospital for Palestinians at the Erez border crossing.The hospital began operating at 8 p.m. on Sunday, according to an IDF statement. The hospital was established to provide medical assistance and humanitarian care to Palestinians from Gaza amidst the ongoing tensions.Among other services, the hospital will offer an emergency clinic, pediatric and gynecologic services and a delivery room. Staff will include doctors, nurses, X-ray technicians and lab technicians.
The establishment of such a hospital was approved by the IDF Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Benjamin Gantz.
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Researchers Say Better Schools May Be Remedy for Kids in Poverty

Researchers Say Better Schools May Be Remedy for Kids in Poverty

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles found that higher quality schooling has a significant impact on the ability of children in poverty to improve their academic performance and avoid risky behaviors.According to the study, published in the journal Pediatrics, researchers at UCLA selected 900 economically disadvantaged students, 500 from a charter high school and 400 from a public school, to compare their academic achievement through graduation. They determined that 91 percent of students who attended charter school graduated, compared to just 76 percent in public school.The students who were given the opportunity to attend charter school were less likely to skip classes, and performed better in standardized testing in both math and English. Researchers also noted that while students at the charter school or the public school both engaged in risky behaviors — including drugs, alcohol and risky sex — the students in the charter school were less likely to engage in multiple of those behaviors simultaneously. The data suggests that given the opportunity to attend better schools, disadvantaged students may be able to improve their school performance, researchers say.
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Meditation May Reduce Stress in Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilities

Meditation May Reduce Stress in Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilities

amana images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Mothers of children with developmental disabilities may be able to reduce their increased stress, anxiety and depression by learning to meditate.According a study published in the journal Pediatrics, mothers of children with autism or other neuro-developmental conditions who received “Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction,” a program that included breathing, meditation and movement techniques, saw greater improvement in depression, anxiety, sleep and life satisfaction. Researchers selected 243 mothers of children with developmental disabilities and assigned half of them to receive the stress reduction regimen, and the other half to receive “Positive Adult Development.” The latter plan involved training with peer mentors to develop coping strategies. While both programs were linked to reduced stress, researchers say the program that included breathing and meditation lessons was more effective. The study highlights the effectiveness of “mindfulness” in coping with stress, but also notes that peer mentoring can improve the lives of parents as well.
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Two Injured, 5,000 Gallons of Fuel Spilled in Wisconsin Train Derailment

Two Injured, 5,000 Gallons of Fuel Spilled in Wisconsin Train Derailment

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SLINGER, Wis.) — A pair of freight trains collided in southeastern Wisconsin on Sunday night, causing a derailment and a fuel spill.Rick Hanke, Fire Chief from the Slinger Fire Department said at an early morning new conference that 13 train cars derailed, including three engines. The trains, operated by Canadian National Railway and Wisconsin & Southern Railroad, were carrying sand, lumber and other materials.Two people were injured, Hanke said, though their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening. Additionally, more than 100 homes were evacuated in the wake of the 4,000 gallons of spilled diesel fuel.
The evacuated residents were allowed to return to their homes later Monday morning. Washington County Hazmat was on the scene and began the cleanup phase of the response on Monday. Hanke said that officials were not sure what caused the accident, though an investigation is underway.
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Four Killed in Single-Engine Plane Crash in Arizona

Four Killed in Single-Engine Plane Crash in Arizona

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SEDONA, Ariz.) — A plane crash in the Bear Mountain area of Sedona left four people dead and a fire burning.U.S. Forest Service spokesman Brady Smith said he did not know how many people were onboard the plane at the time of the crash, but that authorities believe four people were killed. The crash site is difficult to access due to steep terrain and the ongoing fire, authorities said. Initial flyovers at about 4 p.m. on Sunday were unsuccessful in locating the wreckage, but just after 6 p.m. the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that it had located the downed single-engine plane. The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration were alerted to the crash.
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Malaysia Airlines to Retire MH17 Flight Number

Malaysia Airlines to Retire MH17 Flight Number

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(KUALA LUMPUR) — Malaysia Airlines announced on Sunday that it would retire the flight number MH17 after the flight was tragically shot down over eastern Ukraine last week.In a statement, Malaysia Airlines said the decision was made “out of respect for our crew and passengers of the mentioned flight code.” The change will take effect on Friday, July 25. The airline insists that there will be no changes to the route aside from the flight number, with the same flight frequency between Amsterdam and Kuala Lumpur. The route will take on a new flight number, MH19, on Friday.
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Eyes Up Here for Love, Elsewhere for Lust

Eyes Up Here for Love, Elsewhere for Lust

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Where the eyes wander is the best way of knowing whether a person feels love or lust.That’s the upshot of a study out of the University of Geneva, although its conclusion doesn’t seem all that startling.Lead author Stephanie Cacioppo and her husband, John Cacioppo from the University of Chicago, examined how male and female students looked at one another, and their finding was that when the eyes focus on the face, it’s more indicative of romantic love.However, if the eyes target other parts of the human anatomy, it’s a surer sign that they’re more interested in sex.So why is this important? As Stephanie Cacioppo explains, “By identifying eye patterns that are specific to love-related stimuli, the study may contribute to the development of a biomarker that differentiates feelings of romantic love versus sexual desire.”
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Study Claims Lean Beef Can Reduce Hypertension

Study Claims Lean Beef Can Reduce Hypertension

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Red meat to lower your blood pressure? That’s what Penn State researchers say, provided that it’s lean beef you’re eating.The other important factor is that this protein source is part of the larger DASH-diet plan, which stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension.Researcher Penny M. Kris-Etherton says DASH features plenty of fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products, and with the inclusion of lean beef, it becomes the BOLD+diet (Beef in an Optimal Lean Diet Plus additional protein).In order to maintain a heart-healthy diet to lower blood pressure, Kris-Etherton recommends the BOLD+diet, which includes 5.4 ounces of lean beef daily. This proved most effective compared to other diets that had a smaller daily portion of meat.A good rule of thumb to find lean or extra lean beef is shopping for meat that has round, chuck or loin in its name.
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“Treme” Star Rob Brown Settles Racial Profiling Suit Against Macy’s, New York City

“Treme” Star Rob Brown Settles Racial Profiling Suit Against Macy’s, New York City

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Rob Brown, best known for his role as trumpet player Delmond Lambreaux on the HBO series Treme, is settling his racial profiling lawsuits against Macy’s and the City of New York, according to the New York Daily News.In court papers obtained by the newspaper, Manhattan Federal Judge Lorna Schofield writes, “The court has been informed that the parties have reached a settlement in principle.”The 30-year-old actor claimed he was handcuffed, “paraded” through the Macy’s flagship store in New York City’s Herald Square, and detained in June of last year after being accused of using a fake credit card to buy his mother a $1,300 watch.In his complaint, Brown alleged false imprisonment, negligent training and civil rights violations. He was seeking unspecified money damages and a court order forcing Macy’s and the NYPD to stop the alleged practice of targeting minorities who shop at high-end stores.A spokeswoman for Macy’s tells the Daily News, “The lawsuits by various plaintiffs who alleged racial profiling by Macy’s have been settled in principle. We are making no further comment.”The spokeswoman adds, “Our company strictly prohibits discrimination of any kind and has zero tolerance for racial profiling.”A lawyer for the city says, “A settlement has been reached in principle, but the details are still being finalized.”Brown’s lawyer, Douglas Wigdor, confirmed the report, but declined to comment on the terms of the settlement.
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“Breaking Bad,” “The Good Wife” Among Television Critics Association Award Winners

“Breaking Bad,” “The Good Wife” Among Television Critics Association Award Winners

Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — AMC’s Breaking Bad and the CBS drama The Good Wife were among the winners at the 2014 Television Critics Association Awards, held Saturday in Beverly Hills.Breaking Bad received an award from the TCA in its final year of eligibility. It was honored with program of the year for the second year in a row.The Good Wife won outstanding achievement in drama, while outstanding new program went to the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black.HBO’s True Detective and Veep were the only series to earn multiple awards. Matthew McConaughey got individual achievement in drama and Julia Louis-Dreyfus walked away with the award for individual achievement in comedy.McConaughey’s True Detective also got a win for outstanding achievement in movies, miniseries and specials, while Veep shared outstanding achievement in comedy with FX’s Louie.Here’s a list of winners:Program of the YearBreaking BadOutstanding Achievement in DramaThe Good WifeOutstanding Achievement in ComedyTie: Veep and LouieOutstanding New ProgramOrange Is the New BlackIndividual Achievement in DramaMatthew McConaughey, True DetectiveIndividual Achievement in ComedyJulia Louis-Dreyfus, VeepOutstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and SpecialsTrue DetectiveOutstanding Achievement in News and InformationCosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey Outstanding Achievement in Reality ProgrammingRuPaul’s Drag Race Outstanding Achievement in Youth ProgrammingThe Fosters Career Achievement AwardJames BurrowsHeritage AwardSaturday Night Live
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Southwest Jet Turns Back After Smoke Reported in Cabin

Southwest Jet Turns Back After Smoke Reported in Cabin

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(AUSTIN, Texas) –  A Dallas-bound Southwest Airlines flight returned to Austin minutes after takeoff Sunday due to a report of smoke in the cabin, an airline spokesperson confirmed.Flight 4625 left Austin at 9:18 p.m. Central Time. The smoke was reported after takeoff — and the plane turned back, landing after 9:30 p.m., according to FlightAware.Firefighters responded to Austin Bergstrom International Airport after the plane landed, ABC affiliate KVUE reports.According to a Southwest Airlines spokesperson, passengers boarded onto a new plane and arrived in Dallas about two hours behind schedule.The aircraft, a Boeing 737, was taken out of service for inspection. No one was injured, and the cause of the situation remains under investigation.
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Sources: Cavaliers to Sign Top Pick Wiggins

Sources: Cavaliers to Sign Top Pick Wiggins

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Despite the rumored talks between Minnesota and Cleveland that include trading Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love, sources now say the Cavaliers plan to sign their top draft pick later this week. Those same sources also say the delay in signing Wiggins has nothing to do with the apparent trade talks.
Instead, the Cavs have been reportedly weighing how to use the remaining $1.4 million available to them after signing the Kansas forward. Wiggins’ contract will net him in the neighborhood of a reported $5.5 million as a rookie. Once signed, Cleveland must wait at least 30 days before they can trade him. 
After the Cavs sign Wiggins, they are expected to ink Mike Miller to a two-year $5.6 million deal.
Cleveland has also been rumored to have interest in Ray Allen, a teammate with Miller in Miami. However, the Cavaliers would only be able to give Allen the league minimum of $1.4 million.
All of these front office moves have been to try and build the best possible team around returning forward LeBron James.
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Red Sox Sweep Royals Behind Lester’s Gem

Red Sox Sweep Royals Behind Lester’s Gem

Lisa Blumenfield/Getty Images(BOSTON) — Jon Lester tossed eight shutout innings, striking out eight batters in a 6-0 Red Sox win over Kansas City on Sunday. The win was the fourth in a row for Boston (46-52), giving them a sweep over the Royals (48-49) at Fenway Park.
The Boston ace dominated, allowing no earned runs for the third time in four starts.
Throughout the 2014 season, the talk about Lester off the field has been surrounding his impending free agency. The southpaw can become a free agent at the end of the season and has been pitching without negotiating a new contract during the year. In his last seven starts, Lester is 4-0 with a 0.85 earned run average.
“You’ve got to take each one as an individual,” Lester said. “If I’m out there thinking about what I did last time, I’m not worried about the right things.”
His offense gave Lester more than enough run support, beginning in the first with an RBI groundout from Dustin Pedroia. Daniel Nava drove in three runs on the day, including a two-run double in the third. The game was blown open in the fourth after David Ross’ two-run home run made it a 5-0 Red Sox lead.
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