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Girl Dies When Large Hole Collapsed on Oregon Beach

Girl Dies When Large Hole Collapsed on Oregon Beach

Monkey Business Images/Thinkstock(LINCOLN CITY, Ore.) — A girl playing on an Oregon beach died Friday when a large hole she was playing in collapsed and buried her, officials told ABC News.

Frantic efforts by others on the beach were unable to rescue the 9-year-old girl.

“When we arrived on the scene with some of our officers, people were trying to dig the girl out of a fairly large hole, but the thing kept collapsing back in on them,” Lt. Jerry Palmer of the Lincoln City police department said.

“When they finally got her out she was unconscious and not breathing,” Palmer said.

Fire Rescue Capt. Jim Kusz said the girl was under the sand for about five minutes.

Palmer said his officers performed CPR on the girl until medics arrived, but when she was taken to the hospital “she was not breathing.” She was later pronounced dead.

The lieutenant said he did not know whether the girl, who was not immediately identified, had dug the hole or was playing in a hole that she had found on the beach.

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WHO Releases Ebola Roadmap, Update on Outbreak

WHO Releases Ebola Roadmap, Update on Outbreak

Dr. Richard Besser/ABC News(MONROVIA, Liberia) — The World Health Organization on Friday issued a Roadmap Situation Report on the ongoing Ebola outbreak that contained data on the spread thus far and the international response.

Thus far, the WHO says, the total number of confirmed, probable and suspected cases of Ebola in West Africa number 3,052, with 1,546 deaths. The report details the cases found in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, though isolated cases have been noted in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Senegal.

Last week, the WHO says, saw the highest weekly increase in Ebola cases in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. That figure “highlights the urgent need to reinforce control measures and increase capacity for case management.”

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Ebola Outbreak Spreads: Senegal Reports Its First Case

Ebola Outbreak Spreads: Senegal Reports Its First Case

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Senegalese Health Ministry has reported its first Ebola case, a Guinean student who had been in contact with sick people in Guinea and was later hospitalized in Senegal.

Earlier this week, the Democratic Republic of Congo — 800 miles from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa — reported 24 suspected Ebola cases, including 13 deaths. None of the patients or their close contacts had traveled to West Africa, according to the World Health Organization.

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

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

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

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Utah Woman Injured After Drinking Sweet Tea Laced with Lye Speaks, Calls for Change

Utah Woman Injured After Drinking Sweet Tea Laced with Lye Speaks, Calls for Change

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SALT LAKE CITY) — The Utah woman who was poisoned after being served tea lace with lye said on Friday that dangerous chemicals should have colors or markers that ensure they can’t be mistaken for food ingredients.

Jan Harding spoke at a Friday news conference. “It’s not my nature to be made at people, it’s not my nature to be vengeful,” she said, adding that she holds no ill will against the restaurant worker who poured the lye into her beverage.

She may have been saved by the fact that she was drinking through a straw, meaning only a small amount of the drink — and the lye — went down her throat before she felt the effects.

Lye is used as a heavy-duty cleaner. Police believe an employee accidentally mixed the cleaner into the tea.

Harding was immediately rushed to a hospital with severe burns to her mouth and throat. She was the only individual injured, employees dumped the vat of iced tea after her injury.

“I asked God if I wasn’t going to make it through this…if he would send an angel to help me with…because it was just so hard,” Harding said Friday.

She hopes that the restaurant industry will take action in response to her accident.

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UN Received Reassurance that Kidnapped Peacekeepers Are ‘Safe and in Good Health’

UN Received Reassurance that Kidnapped Peacekeepers Are ‘Safe and in Good Health’

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(GOLAN HEIGHTS, Syria) — The United Nations said on Friday that it had received assurances that the 44 peacekeepers kidnapped from their positions on Thursday are safe and in good health.

According to a statement from the U.N. spokesperson, the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force has not had direct contact with the peacekeepers. They were informed, however, that the intention behind the holding of the peacekeepers was to remove them from an active battlefield for their own protection.

The UNDOF has been in contact with the other groups of peacekeepers who are being confined to their current positions and confirm that they have not been harmed.

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USC Football Player Advised by Lawyer to Stop Talking to Police

USC Football Player Advised by Lawyer to Stop Talking to Police

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — The lawyer for Josh Shaw, the USC football captain suspended for lying about how he injured himself, has advised Shaw to stop talking to police investigators, he told ABC News Friday.

The football player spoke twice with Los Angeles Police, lawyer Donald Etra told ABC News, but he has advised Shaw to not do any more interviews with the cops.

“It is now time to move on,” Etra said.

Shaw originally claimed that he sprained both his ankles last Saturday leaping from a second floor balcony to save his young nephew who was floundering in a swimming pool. He later admitted the story was bogus as police reports surfaced that they were called to a Los Angeles address that same night after receiving calls about a woman screaming.

Police initially investigated whether the apartment of Shaw’s girlfriend had been burglarized, but police spokeswoman Nuria Vanegas told ABC News that they are now trying to determine whether Shaw and his girlfriend were involved in a domestic dispute.

Detectives from the LAPD said they would like to speak to Shaw regarding the possible domestic dispute.

Vanegas pointed out that a domestic dispute is different from domestic violence, which is a crime. A domestic dispute is not a crime.

Shaw is not a suspect or considered a person of interest in the burglary investigation, she said.

USC has suspended Shaw indefinitely.

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Federal Judge Rejects Part of Restrictive Texas Abortion Law

Federal Judge Rejects Part of Restrictive Texas Abortion Law

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(AUSTIN, Texas) — A federal judge rejected part of the state’s abortion law that would have required abortion clinics to meet hospital-level operating room standards by Sept. 1 or close.

The law would have left just seven facilities in Texas as legal abortion sites. For now, at least 19 such facilities will remain open. An appeal from the state is expected.

Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis called the decision “a victory for women’s health care.” Davis notably filibustered the abortion bill for 11 hours before it passed during a special session. “These decisions,” Davis said, “should only be made between a woman, her doctor and her God — not Austin politicians like Attorney General Greg Abbott, who would make abortion illegal even in cases of rape and incest.”

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Sanctions Imposed on Six Companies Accused of Supporting Proliferation of Iran WMDs

Sanctions Imposed on Six Companies Accused of Supporting Proliferation of Iran WMDs

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — President Obama and his administration imposed new sanctions on six companies, including four based in Iran on Friday, citing their having engaged in activities that support Iranian weapons of mass destruction.

A statement from Caitlin Hayden, National Security Council spokesperson, noted that the companies and individuals sanctioned on Friday have supported terrorism or aided Iran’s evasion of existing sanctions. The U.S. and its P5+1 partners will continue to work towards a solution, Hayden said, to ensure the Iranian nuclear program is “exclusively peaceful.”

Among the companies sanctioned was the Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research, which was started by Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, considered the father of Iran’s nuclear research program. He has been on the United Nations sanctions list for about six years. The company was created in 2011, and was not subject to sanctions until Friday.

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Mississippi Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Seeking to Overturn Sen. Thad Cochran’s Primary Win

Mississippi Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Seeking to Overturn Sen. Thad Cochran’s Primary Win

Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(JACKSON, Miss.) — A Mississippi judge threw out a lawsuit Friday filed by Senate candidate Chris McDaniel who sought to overturn Senator Thad Cochran’s narrow victory in their June primary runoff.

Judge Hollis McGehee ruled that McDaniel failed to file the challenge within the 20-day period required by Mississippi law.

McGehee’s decision was issued a day after hearing arguments regarding the timing of the lawsuit.

The challenge by McDaniel centered on his frustration over the means by which Cochran won the runoff to their June 3 Republican primary. Refusing to concede his loss, McDaniel argued that he and his campaign team discovered over a thousand ineligible ballots, largely cast by voters who also participated in the state’s Democratic primary the day before. Though state law does not require that voters register with a particular party to vote in a primary, it requires voters to align in the runoff with the party they voted for in the primary.

Out of more than 380,000 ballots cast, McDaniel lost to Cochran in the runoff by fewer than 8,000 votes.

McGehee sided with Cochran’s lawyers, who referenced a Mississippi Supreme Court Law issued in 1959 that stated election challenges must occur within 20 days of the final day of voting. McDaniel filed the challenge on Aug. 14, well past the deadline.

An aide to McDaniel told ABC News it is currently “unclear” whether they will appeal to a higher court, perhaps the same Supreme Court that issued the law that prevented the successful challenge in the first place.

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A Mississippi judge  threw out a lawsuit today filed by Senate candidate Chris McDaniel who seeking to overturn Senator Thad Cochran’s narrow victory in their June primary runoff.

Judge Hollis McGehee ruled that McDaniel failed to file the challenge within the 20-day period required by Mississippi law.

McGehee’s decision was issued a day after hearing arguments regarding the timing of the lawsuit.

Six-Term Incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran Beats Tea Party Challenger, Chris McDaniel

Chris McDaniel Opens Legal Challenge in Mississippi GOP Primary Race

Chris McDaniel Just Won’t Give Up After GOP Senate Primary Loss

The challenge by McDaniel centered on his frustration over the means by which  Cochran won the runoff to their June 3 Republican primary. Refusing to concede his loss, McDaniel argued that he and his campaign team discovered over a thousand ineligible ballots, largely cast by voters who also participated in the state’s Democratic primary the day before. Though state law does not require that voters register with a particular party to vote in a primary, it requires voters to align in the runoff with the party they voted for in the primary.

Out of more than 380,000 ballots cast, McDaniel lost to Cochran in the runoff by fewer than 8,000 votes.

McGehee sided with Cochran’s lawyers, who referenced a Mississippi Supreme Court Law issued in 1959 that stated election challenges must occur within 20 days of the final day of voting. McDaniel filed the challenge on Aug. 14, well past the deadline.

An aide to McDaniel told ABC News it is currently “unclear” whether they will appeal to a higher court, perhaps the same Supreme Court that issued the law that prevented the successful challenge in the first place.

McConnell Campaign Manager Resigns in Wake of Scandal

McConnell Campaign Manager Resigns in Wake of Scandal

US Senate(WASHINGTON) — A campaign manager for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell resigned his position on Friday in the wake of a scandal from the 2012 caucuses.

Jesse Benton, Ron Paul’s grandson-in-law, had worked for the McConnell campaign in 2012 and was expected to run Rand Paul’s campaign in 2016. He released a statement Friday, saying that working for McConnell was “one of the great honors of [his] life.”

Still, Benton offered his resignation effective Saturday to avoid becoming a distraction to McConnell’s reelection campaign. Benton pointed to “inaccurate press accounts and unsubstantiated media rumors” about his role in “past campaigns” as the cause of his resignation.

“This decision breaks my heart, but I know it is the right thing for Mitch, for Kentucky and for the country,” Benton’s statement read.

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Experimental Ebola Drug Shows Positive Signs in Animal Study

Experimental Ebola Drug Shows Positive Signs in Animal Study

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A new study tested the efficacy of the experimental drug ZMapp on treating Ebola-infected monkeys, with potentially promising results.

According to the study, published in the journal Nature, a small group of monkeys, infected with the Ebola virus, were given either the ZMapp antibody cocktail or another antibody combination. Of the six monkeys given the ZMapp cocktail, all six were cured.

Researchers note that the study is just the very beginning, as the study involved a small sample size and animal subjects. The Ebola strain the monkeys were infected with was also a different strain than the current outbreak in West Africa.

Because of the nature of the study, it cannot provide insight into whether Americans Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly were aided by having been given the ZMapp cocktail.

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Why a Former Letter Carrier Says Drones Will Never Replace Postal Workers

Why a Former Letter Carrier Says Drones Will Never Replace Postal Workers

Credit: Hill Street Studios/Blend Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Google, Amazon and Domino’s Pizza are big fans. The FAA is feeling it out. But one person clearly not a part of “Team Drone” is Matty Rose, a 70-year-old Vietnam veteran and retired mail carrier.

Google announced Wednesday that it tested drone delivery of items like dog treats, vaccines and candy to farmers in Australia. Though companies like the search giant are figuring out the legalities of FAA rules regarding commercial drone use, the realities of food and product deliveries by small aircraft appear to be closer than ever before.

Though no companies have declared they will replace mail delivery, Rose says you can count him out of the fan club if they ever decide to do so when it comes to packages and letters.

“I don’t think letter carriers can be replaced. Everything else can be automated or bar-coded to every state for the same price,” he said. “But somebody has to deliver it.”

A former union officer for the National Association of Letter Carriers, Rose delivered mail for more than 12 years in Hollywood, Florida, north of Miami, after his military service in 1966. He is now the president of Nalcrest Trustees, a 500-unit retirement community in Central Florida for former letter carriers.

“The Postal Service is part of the fabric of this nation,” said Darleen Reid, a spokeswoman for the United States Postal Service. “Postal employees make a difference in every community across the country.”

Here are some of the reasons mail carriers may be better than drones:

1. Drones can’t cheer up lonely residents.

“Everybody’s working and busy these days, but in most neighborhoods, especially with people who are seniors, letter carriers are sometimes the only people they get to meet during the course of the day,” Rose said. “Letter carriers keep an eye on the elderly and the neighborhood.

2. Mail carriers have saved lives.

“Letter carriers are saving people’s lives and they can stop crimes,” he said.

Exhibit A: One mailman in Akron, Ohio, Keith McVey, is credited with saving three lives, including saving a drowning girl from a lake, helping a teen who jumped off a bridge on a snowy day and performing CPR on an unconscious man.

Reid said that in 2013 the Postal Service recognized 262 “employee heroes.”

3. Drones can’t be Santa Claus.

Since 1912, postal employees, charities and individual and corporate volunteers have helped children and families in need experience the magic of the holiday season by answering letters to Santa.

4. Mail carriers won’t drop packages on your head.

“A drone could hover over your head. I don’t know if people would trust drones,” whereas many Americans would prefer the “personal touch” of a letter carrier, said Rose. “Something about delivering a letter is special. Look at what we have now. Drones dropping packages on your head. You certainly don’t want that.”

5. Your postal worker knows everything about you, hopefully, in a good way.

“The letter carrier knows everything about you: the kind of mail you get, your hobbies, magazines and who you’re fooling around with,” Rose said.

6. Drones can’t hold food drives.

Reid said the Postal Service and the National Association of Letter Carriers held the largest one-day food drive in the nation. In 2013, more than one million pounds of food were collected. More than one billion pounds of food have been collected since the drive began in 1993.

7. Postal service workers will take a dog bite for you.

Medical expenses from dog attacks cost the Postal Service more than $1.4 million last year, based on data through June 2013. Each year in May, the Postal Service supports National Dog Bite Prevention Week. The campaign raises awareness concerning animal attacks. Last year, 4,734 postal employees were attacked in more than 2,200 cities.

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State Department Issues Updated Travel Warning for Ukraine

State Department Issues Updated Travel Warning for Ukraine

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. State Department issued an updated travel warning on Ukraine on Friday, citing the latest clashes between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian military.The memo from the State Department warns U.S. citize…

Rick Perry Criticizes Obama for Lack of Strategy, Calls ISIS ‘Danger to the Free World’

Rick Perry Criticizes Obama for Lack of Strategy, Calls ISIS ‘Danger to the Free World’

ABC/Matthew Putney(DALLAS) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry criticized President Obama on Friday at the annual Americans for Prosperity summit in Dallas.

Calling out the commander in chief for his admission that the administration does not yet have a strategy on how to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria on Thursday, Perry called the militant group a “clear and present danger to the free world.” Obama, he said, needs to understand that “the peace of the free world requires presidential decisiveness, not dithering and debating.”

Addressing the conservative crowd, Perry called for action, declaring that “presidential leadership is needed now, more than ever.”

Changing topics, Perry also criticized Obama’s overreach on immigration. “On the one hand we’re seeing a willful neglect of clear presidential responsibility,” Perry said, “and on the other, we’re seeing an aggressive overreach into powers that don’t even belong to a president.”

Perry was indicted earlier this month on charges of abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public official for his threat to veto funding for the Texas state public integrity unit when District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg refused to resign following a DUI.

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Cee Lo Green Pleads No Contest to Ecstasy Charge

Cee Lo Green Pleads No Contest to Ecstasy Charge

ABC News(LOS ANEGLES) — Grammy winner Cee Lo Green pleaded no contest on Friday to a felony charge of furnishing ecstasy to a woman in 2012.

Green’s plea came just before a preliminary hearing was to begin, with the singer saying that he wanted to put the case behind him. Green received three years probation.

Speaking outside the Los Angeles courtroom, Green said that he and his attorneys were “very pleased to have finally resolved this matter with an amicable understanding and we’re satisfied.”

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Wall Street Rebounds from Thursday Losses, Google Testing Drone Delivery

Wall Street Rebounds from Thursday Losses, Google Testing Drone Delivery

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — After a day of losses, Wall Street returned to its form from the beginning of the week, with all three major indices posting gains and the S&P 500 posting a record close.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 17098.38, up 18.81 from Thursday.

The Nasdaq gained 22.57, finished the day at 4580. 27, while the S&P 500 climbed 6.62, finishing the day at a new high close of 2003.36. The S&P 500 finished the month up 3.8 percent, its best August in 14 years.

The market gains come after Google, earlier this week, announced that it is working on a system that would allow the company to delivery goods using drones. Other companies, including Amazon and Dominos Pizza have previously tested similar drone delivery systems.

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Jennifer Aniston Opens Up About Not Having Kids

Jennifer Aniston Opens Up About Not Having Kids

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Jennifer Aniston and fiancé Justin Theroux aren’t worrying about whether they are going to have children.

“It’s not something that’s in our everyday life, quite honestly. It’s more questions that arise in a red carpet line or in an interview,” she told People magazine earlier this week.

She continued, “I just find it to be energy that is unnecessary and not really fair for those who may or may not [have children]. Who knows what the reason is, why people aren’t having kids. There’s a lot of reasons that could be, and maybe it’s something that no one wants to discuss.”

She added that whether she and her fiancé of two years have babies, it’s “everyone’s personal prerogative.”

Aniston, 45, this week also joined Lisa Kudrow and Courteney Cox on Jimmy Kimmel Live for a mini Friends reunion.

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49ers’ LB Aldon Smith Suspended 9 Games

49ers’ LB Aldon Smith Suspended 9 Games

Brian Bahr/Getty Images(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) — San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has been suspended for the first nine games of the season after violating the NFL’s personal-conduct policy.

Smith was sentenced in July to 11 days of work release in a Santa Clara County (Calif.) court after his September 2013 arrest for drunken driving.

On April 13, Smith was arrested at Los Angeles International airport for making a false bomb threat after an altercation at the security checkpoint, but the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office declined to press charges.

“Our organization has known this decision would come and we have prepared for it as a team,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. “Aldon has taken responsibility for his actions and has continued to show growth personally and professionally. We will continue to support him, but it is time to put this matter behind us and focus on the season ahead.”

Smith is eligible to return to the 49ers roster on Nov. 10.

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Four More Airstrikes Conducted by US Military Near Mosul Dam

Four More Airstrikes Conducted by US Military Near Mosul Dam

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOSUL, Iraq) — U.S. fighter and attack aircraft were involved in four more airstrikes in the area of the Mosul Dam, the U.S. Central Command said on Friday.

The latest strikes bring the total since Aug. 8 to 110 within Iraq. The most recent strikes destroyed four armed vehicles and three support vehicles, while severely damaging another armed vehicle, all controlled by militants with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

As with other strikes conducted in Iraq in recent weeks, the U.S. military says it has acted to support Iraqi security forces and Kurdish defense forces, as well as in the interest of protecting key infrastructure and U.S. interests in the region.

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Beyonce Calls Blue Ivy ‘My Biggest Muse’

Beyonce Calls Blue Ivy ‘My Biggest Muse’

Eric McCandless/CBS ©2013 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved(LOS ANGELES) — Beyoncé rarely talks about her personal life.

In a new poem, however, she reflects on how her daughter has affected her life.

“It’s my daughter, she’s my biggest muse/There’s someone, we all find out soon/more important than ourselves to lose,” she wrote in a piece called Bey the Light for CR Fashion Book. “But for my daughter I dream a day/When no one roots for others to fail/When we all mean what we say.”

Beyoncé, 32, recently made headlines for delivering a show-stopping performance at the MTV Video Music Awards. For those kinds of shows, she wrote, she taps into her stage persona, Sasha Fierce — and it doesn’t stop there.

“Though we’re different as blue and red,” she wrote. “I’m not afraid to draw from her in performance, rifts, even in bed.”

The poem also touches on her deep connection with her late grandmother, the value she places on prayer and how she views her role as a performer.

“You call me a singer, but I’m called to transform/to suck up the grief, anxiety and loss of those who hear me into my song’s form,” she wrote. “I’m a vessel for all that isn’t right/for break-ups and lies and double-cross/I sing into that vessel a healing light.”

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