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Tensions Running High Between Obama Administration, Israeli Officials?

Tensions Running High Between Obama Administration, Israeli Officials?

File photo. Pete Souza / The White House(BEIRUT) -- The Israeli-American relationship has taken a beating since President Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have taken office, but it has never been worse than it is now, several Israeli commentators are now saying.The assessment comes in the wake of an article in the Atlantic by Jeffery Goldberg, in which he quotes a senior Obama administration official calling Netanyahu a coward, but using an expletive.The criticism directed at the prime minister is based on the administration's perception that Netanyahu is doing nothing to advance the peace process and is instead expanding settlements in east Jerusalem and the West Bank. He is also cowardly when it comes to starting conflicts, the official said.Netanyahu's office struck back on Wednesday, saying he would not bow to pressure when it comes to defending Israel's security interests and advancing the historical rights of the Jewish people. Israel's president, Reuven Rivlin, tried to smooth things over, saying that the top three principles of Israeli foreign relations are based on its relationship with the U.S.In a statement Wednesday, a National Security spokesperson said, "Certainly that's not the Administration's view, and we think such comments are inappropriate and counter-productive. Prime Minister Netanyahu and the President have forged an effective partnership, and consult closely and frequently, including earlier this month when the President hosted the Prime Minister in the Oval Office.""The U.S.-Israel relationship remains as strong as ever, our security bonds have never been greater, and the ties between our nations are unshakable. We remain fully and firmly committed to Israel's security," the spokesperson added.

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How Vine Star’s Speedo Stunt Hit Turbulence at 30,000 Feet

How Vine Star’s Speedo Stunt Hit Turbulence at 30,000 Feet

Jerome Jarre(MIAMI) — A prank involving a skintight swimsuit and an inflatable pool toy aboard an American Airlines flight caused turbulence for a social media star and ended up with police meeting him at his flight's destination in Miami, the airline said.Jerome Jarre, a Vine star with 7.5 million followers, tweeted that he was about to be arrested and asked for help from his followers as the drama unfolded Tuesday.

LANDING IN MIAMI IN 3 MINUTES. ABOUT TO BE ARRESTED. I NEED YOUR HELP!!!

— JEROME JARRE (@jeromejarre) October 28, 2014

The prank, which Jarre said he planned to release as a YouTube video, did not go over well with the crew on the Mexico-Miami flight, which had law enforcement meet the plane at the gate, though Jarre wasn't charged, according to American Airlines.“Speedos are great on the beach but no one wants to see them dancing down the aisle at 30,000 feet,” an American Airlines spokesman told ABC News.In an email sent to ABC News, Jarre said his "goal was not to scare anyone but making people laugh."Jarre managed to keep tweeting right before meeting police, asking his followers to help him avoid deeper trouble by tweeting and retweeting with the hashtag, #AmericanAirlinesCHILLOUT.

JUST LANDED. ABOUT TO BE ARRESTED. PLEASE TWEET & RT #AmericanAirlinesCHILLOUT 😓 pic.twitter.com/HGHJNesp9r

— JEROME JARRE (@jeromejarre) October 28, 2014

PLEASE HELP ME ⚠️🚨 TWEET #AmericanAirlinesCHILLOUT & RT PEOPLE!! pic.twitter.com/xcWPcKrJV3

— JEROME JARRE (@jeromejarre) October 28, 2014

Jarre said the plane was met by 11 police officers who took him to meet with FBI agents, who told him they were on the phone with Washington. He said his Twitter followers were tweeting in support of him and that he saw the FBI printing out some tweets as they came in."It was pretty funny to see," Jarre said.The FBI did not immediately return a call seeking comment.The airline told ABC News police were called but no charges were filed against Jarre. Neither the Miami-Dade Airport Police nor the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office at the airport had a record of Jarre's detention.

MY YELLOW SPEEDO COSTED ME 3 HOURS WITH THE FBI 😂 GOD BLESS AMERICA 🇺🇸

— JEROME JARRE (@jeromejarre) October 29, 2014

Jarre didn't appear to suffer too badly. Within three hours of landing, he said he was free to get on his next flight to Brazil. He shared the news with his followers on Twitter with celebratory picture.

I AM FREE!!!! YOU ALL ARE THE BEST FRIENDS IN THE WORKD 💪 pic.twitter.com/EvARQVYMK5

— JEROME JARRE (@jeromejarre) October 29, 2014

On Wednesday morning, Jarre was back on Twitter starting the day with a cheery greeting to his 872,000 followers.

HI FRIENDS!! 😄😄😄

— JEROME JARRE (@jeromejarre) October 29, 2014

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Taylor Swift to Donate Proceeds of Single to NYC Public Schools

Taylor Swift to Donate Proceeds of Single to NYC Public Schools

ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) -- Taylor Swift is giving back to her new adopted hometown.The singer announced on ABC's The View Wednesday that she's donating the proceeds from the sale of her single, "Welcome to New York," to New York City Public Schools."I’m still learning but I’m so enthusiastic about this city that I feel like when I love something, I’m very vocal about it,” Swift, who was recently named a "Global Welcome Ambassador" for New York City tourism, said earlier this week during an appearance on ABC's Good Morning America.“I just go around going like, ‘Everybody, New York is amazing.’ So I think they just picked up on that and they gave me, like, a title,” she added.Swift, 24, has had a banner week, having just released her new '80s-inspired album, 1989. This marks the first time Swift has put out a pop album, something she described as the "most authentic" move.“I feel so without a doubt [that] this is the best thing I’ve done," she told GMA. "So to have people able to finally have it now and to have the fans understand what I’ve been working on for two years, it’s just the most amazing feeling."

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Elon Musk Called Orbital Sciences’ Rocket Design a ‘Joke’ in 2012

Elon Musk Called Orbital Sciences’ Rocket Design a ‘Joke’ in 2012

NASA/Joel Kowsky(NEW YORK) -- Almost exactly two years before Orbital Sciences' rocket exploded Tuesday during a launch in Virginia, SpaceX founder Elon Musk mocked his competitor, calling its rocket design a "joke."Orbital Sciences Corp., headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, made the Antares rocket for NASA to supply the International Space Station. Investigators are now trying to determine what went wrong with the launch before a safety officer sent a self-destruct command Tuesday evening.While discussing a possible SpaceX mission to Mars, Musk discussed the failings of large aerospace firms with Wired Magazine. These included an aversion to risk as well as the overuse of "legacy components.""The results are pretty crazy," Musk said in the 2012 interview. "One of our competitors, Orbital Sciences, has a contract to resupply the International Space Station, and their rocket honestly sounds like the punch line to a joke. It uses Russian rocket engines that were made in the '60s. I don’t mean their design is from the '60s -- I mean they start with engines that were literally made in the '60s and, like, packed away in Siberia somewhere."Musk, SpaceX and Orbital Sciences did not respond to requests for comment from ABC News.

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Prince Charles and Camilla Make History in Colombia

Prince Charles and Camilla Make History in Colombia

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(BOGOTA, Colombia) -- Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, touched down on their private plane Tuesday night in the rain-soaked capital of Bogota for the first leg of their four-day visit to Colombia.The royal couple was saluted in a red carpet welcome at the Bogota Military Airport with a Guard of Honor. They then took off for a reception at the British ambassador’s residence, where they mingled with a mix of British and Colombian business titans, sports heroes and political leaders.Prince Charles was presented with a Colombia soccer shirt by the president of Colombia Football Federation. Camilla was gifted a snake skin evening bag inscribed with her name designed by Mario Hernandez.The first-in-line to the throne and his wife are making royal history on the trip as the most senior members of the royal family ever to visit Colombia, a country wracked by drugs and violence.While in Colombia, the Prince of Wales will tackle the complicated issues of the ongoing drug crisis, violence and sexual assault against women. He will also look to spearhead more cooperation between the U.K. and Colombia.Prince Charles plans to meet with Colombia’s president, Juan Manuel Santos Calderon.Prince Charles and Camilla’s tour of Colombia will take them to some of the more spectacular sites of the ecologically diverse country, including the Macarena National Park.Charles, who has long been an advocate of conservation issues in South America, will deliver a speech at the Health of the Oceans international conference.Prince Charles and Camilla will travel to Mexico at the conclusion of their visit to Colombia.

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Former Secretaries of State Hit Iowa Senate Race

Former Secretaries of State Hit Iowa Senate Race

Alex Wong / Scott Olsen / Getty(WASHINGTON) -- The Iowa Senate race on Wednesday isn’t just a contest between State Sen. Joni Ernst and Rep. Bruce Braley -- it’s also turning into an endorsement battle between two former secretaries of state.As Braley, D-Iowa, prepares to campaign with Hillary Clinton at an early voting rally taking place later in the day, his Republican opponent released news of an endorsement from Condoleeza Rice.In a statement, Rice, who served under President George W. Bush, touted Ernst’s military service and urged Iowan voters to seize the opportunity to elect the “first female combat veteran to ever serve in the U.S. Senate.”Both Senate candidates can use the added help with just six days to go before Election Day.A new Quinnipiac University poll out Wednesday morning shows Ernst ahead of Braley 49 to 45 percent, with 5 percent still undecided. Among likely voters in the state, 91 percent say their mind is up, while 9 percent say they may change their mind.

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GOP Challenger Pulls Ahead in Colorado Governor’s Race

GOP Challenger Pulls Ahead in Colorado Governor’s Race

Inset: (t) Office of the Governor / (b) US Congress(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Bob Beauprez, the Republican challenger in the Colorado governor’s race, has pulled ahead thanks to male voters, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll out Wednesday.Beauprez is leading Democratic incumbent Gov. John Hickenlooper 45 to 40 percent, with a libertarian candidate receiving 4 percent, a green candidate getting 2 percent, and another 9 percent still undecided. A poll last week showed Hickenlooper up by just one point, 45 to 44 percent. Men are backing Beauprez 54 to 33 percent, up five points from last week. Women are backing Hickenlooper 47 to 37 percent, while independent voters are split between the two at 38 percent. Six days before Election Day, 12 percent of Colorado voters say their mind is not made up, while 88 percent say they are certain about who they are voting for. As for favorability, Colorado voters have a mixed opinion of their governor, giving him a split 46 to 46 percent rating, compared to a positive 51 to 42 percent last week. Beauprez gets a positive 47 to 34 percent favorability rating, up two points from last week.

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Poll: Connecticut Governor’s Race Remains Tied

Poll: Connecticut Governor’s Race Remains Tied

Inset photos: (t) Office of the Governor / (b)State Dept.(WASHINGTON) -- The Connecticut governor's race remains neck-and-neck, with Democratic Gov. Dan Malloy and his Republican opponent Tom Foley still tied at 43 percent, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll out Wednesday.

Six percent are still undecided and another 7 percent are for Independent candidate Joe Visconti.Last week, the poll had Malloy at 43 percent to Foley’s 42 percent -- still a statistical tie.The gender gap is wide in this race with Malloy leading among women voters 52 to 35 percent and Foley leading 51 to 34 percent among men.And with less than a week to go before Election Day, 86 percent of likely voters in Connecticut say they’ve made up their mind while 13 percent could still be persuaded.

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Why Baltimore Is Hesitant to Open a 100-Year-Old Time Capsule

Why Baltimore Is Hesitant to Open a 100-Year-Old Time Capsule

Mount Vernon Place Conservancy(BALTIMORE) — The 100-year old time capsule discovered at Baltimore's Washington Monument during a restoration project is so old that officials are hesitant to even open it.It will be moved to nearby Walters Art Museum where conservators will assess its condition and determine when it will be safe to open the box, according to the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy.The contents may have been exposed to the monument's dampness for a century and may be in poor condition, officials said.Designed by architect Robert Mills, the nearly 200-year-old monument was the first one to honor the nation’s first president. Work began on the monument in 1815 and ended 1829. Mills designed the larger Washington Monument in the nation’s capital years later.The sealed copper box was behind a plaque commemorating the monument's centennial on Defender’s Day, Sept. 12, 1915.The initial discovery was made while project superintendent George Wilk II was investigating how the plaque was attached to the wall, the conservancy said.The capsule may contain copies of commemorate programs, issues of The Baltimore Sun newspaper and other items, the conservancy said."We were hoping that the plaster in the niche might give us clues as to the appearance of the original plaster in the museum room," Lance Humphries, chair of the conservancy’s restoration committee, said in a statement. "Little did we realize that there was an actual time capsule stashed behind the plaque.”The Mount Vernon Place Conservancy has led a $5.5 million restoration of the monument since January.

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Group Has Change of Heart, Backs Sen. Pat Roberts

Group Has Change of Heart, Backs Sen. Pat Roberts

Inset: US Senate(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Pat Roberts achieved a key, albeit late, endorsement from the Tea Party Patriots on Tuesday, a group the Republican from Kansas previously had to fend off in his surprisingly brutal primary back in August. With the prospect of Independent Greg Orman being the first non-Republican to win Roberts’ seat since 1932, big-name GOPers of all stripes have flooded Kansas to appeal to voters that the very balance of the Senate could rest in their hands. In attack ads that ran against Roberts during his primary, the Tea Party Patriots led the charge in attacking the three-term incumbent for his coziness with the Washington establishment. But the group appears to have joined the ranks of Republicans like Sen. Rand Paul, who said in a Tuesday rally, “we’ve been counting on you, Kansas!” Orman has made a point of celebrating endorsements from more moderate members of the Republican party in recent ads, despite Roberts' attempts to paint him as a liberal Democrat in disguise.

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Victoria’s Secret ‘Perfect Body’ Campaign Draws Social Media Outrage

Victoria’s Secret ‘Perfect Body’ Campaign Draws Social Media Outrage

Victoria's Secret(NEW YORK) — A recently-launched Victoria's Secret campaign is coming under a social media firestorm for what some consider body shaming.The company, long known for featuring beautiful models with enviable figures, may have taken things one step too far with its "The Perfect 'Body'" advertisements. On its web site, the campaign features a row of 10 underwear-clad women, at least three of whom have visible ribs. The only model who might be considered a size more typical of a woman who is not an underwear model is also the only one who has her back to the camera.The perfect body campaign is part of the Body by Victoria line of lingerie."The Perfect 'Body'" has ignited a Twitter firestorm and a Change.org petition. The petition calls for an apology and for the company to "take responsibility for the unhealthy and damaging message that their wording ‘The Perfect ‘Body’ sends out to society about women’s bodies and how they should be judged."

 

I don't see why Victoria Secret wants people to think the perfect body is when your ribs are showing and you are just skin and bones.

— Megan Picha (@PICHA_chuu12) October 28, 2014

 

The petition has more than 2,800 signatures as of mid-morning Wednesday. It also calls for people who find the ad objectionable to take to social media with the hashtag #iamperfect.

 

it's the 21st century and we still have to tell big corporate companies to stop body image shaming young girls #iamperfect #victoriasecret

— ThatGirlCalledRuth (@GirlCalledRuth) October 29, 2014

 

Victoria Secret did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

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Hidden Camera Records More than 100 Catcalls Aimed at New York Woman

Hidden Camera Records More than 100 Catcalls Aimed at New York Woman

AbleStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Aided by a hidden camera, a New York City woman has exposed what she says happens to her every day on the city’s streets.Shoshanna Roberts says she was catcalled over 100 times while being filmed over the course of 10 hours.“It was all types people,” Roberts told ABC News. “All colors, shapes, sizes [and] ages.”Roberts filmed her first-hand view for Hollaback!, a non-profit organization that raises awareness about street harassment.

The recording of Roberts, an actress, is now being used by the organization as a PSA titled, "10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman."“I wanted to give it to guys who would maybe consider whistling at a girl,” said Rob Bliss, the owner of his own creative firm who reached out to Hollaback! with the idea of creating the PSA.“To see things from the other side and to really feel for the first time, going through this every day, I feel kind of sick,” said Bliss, who captured the catcalling with a GoPro camera hidden on his back while he walked in front of Roberts.Viewers of the PSA have responded with comments online like, “No woman should ever have to experience this,” and, “All you men should be ashamed of yourself.”The woman at the center of the catcalls says it is time for change. “It is not acceptable,” Roberts said. “Enough is enough.”

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Vanished Broncos Fan ‘Decided to Go for a Walk,’ Police Say

Vanished Broncos Fan ‘Decided to Go for a Walk,’ Police Say

Tia Bakke(DENVER) -- A Colorado man who vanished at a Denver Broncos game, then turned up more than 100 miles away five days later, told police he "had his fill of football and decided to go for a walk," according to a police statement.Paul Kitterman, 53, was "medically sound" when they found him in a K-Mart parking lot Tuesday, the Pueblo, Colorado Police Department said."He wanted to walk 'somewhere warmer,'" the Pueblo police statement read. "Kitterman mentioned sleeping in treed areas and in bushes during his journey to Pueblo and even mentioned disposing of his Broncos hat as he did not want to be recognized."Kitterman's friend Tia Bakke and stepson Jarod Tonneson, who both attended the Thursday game with him, told ABC News that his disappearance remains a mystery to them."Right now we are still unsure what happened to Paul. We know he is very tired. We are not certain of what has happened but we know Paul had some sort of breakdown. We are moving forward and taking all of the appropriate steps to help Paul," Bakke and Tonneson said in a statement.Pueblo police had a department chaplain find him a room once they identified him because he said he was tired and they called relatives to pick him up."He was speaking and answering questions intelligibly that were asked of him," the statement read.Kitterman's relatives earlier thanked the public for its help but did not explain his disappearance."The family is happy to report Paul has been found and they are now with him and he is safe," relatives wrote in a statement posted on a Facebook page dedicated to Kitterman's case."We know there are many questions that some of you may have but for the time being we are asking that you respect [their] privacy as they have been through a lot," the family statement read. "We love all of you and we will never forget your kindness, compassion, and your willingness to help us find Paul."Denver Police said Kitterman, a construction worker from Kremmling, Colorado, was found in Pueblo, Colorado, on Tuesday. He was unharmed and "no foul play was suspected," police said, revealing few other details and deferring questions to Kitterman's family.Kitterman's friend Tia Bakke, who was at the game on Thursday, said that he did not have his cellphone or any credit cards with him at the time he disappeared, bringing only about $50 cash to the game.Before he was found, Kitterman was last seen at the game on Thursday around halftime when he told his stepson that he was going to meet Bakke and another friend who were sitting in a different section.Bakke said that he appeared to be in a good mood when while at Sports Authority Stadium, and he said that it was "awesome" to experience his first Broncos game in person."He would never bail on his son or anyone, so by Friday night we knew something was really, really, wrong," Bakke told ABC News.

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Extra Chills Coming in Halloween Forecast

Extra Chills Coming in Halloween Forecast

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- After a very mild start to the week for most of the country, a cold front is bringing some of the coldest weather of the season to the eastern United States just in time for Halloween. And yes, there is a chance of Halloween snow for some.Two storm systems could affect the country for Halloween. One will be in the Great Lakes and the other will be along the West Coast.

In the Great Lakes, cold air will be spilling in with gusty winds and snow showers, especially from Michigan to West Virginia where some areas could get a few inches of very wet autumn snow. The Northeast will be mostly dry Friday with cooler temperatures mostly in the 50s.The second storm system will move into the West Coast from San Francisco to Seattle with rain in the lower elevations and snow in the Sierra and Cascade Mountains.Most of the Plains and the South will be dry. However, it will be turning cooler from Dallas to Atlanta with highs at or below normal. The only areas in the country that will have a true summer-like feel will be in the desert Southwest with Phoenix topping out in the 90s. Orlando, Florida and Miami can expect temperatures in the 80s.If you have plans this weekend on the East Coast, you should monitor the possibility of development of a coastal storm. Major cities along the I-95 corridor will see rain and wind but further north and inland, rain could turn to snow.

The heaviest accumulations of snow will be away from the coast in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Higher elevations of the White Mountains could get more than a half a foot of snow. Portland, Maine could see a dusting as well.

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Air Force Cadet: I Blew the Whistle on Football Players, Sex Assaults

Air Force Cadet: I Blew the Whistle on Football Players, Sex Assaults

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- As the Air Force Academy football team heads to West Point for the big game against Army this weekend, the new superintendent is going on the offense against allegations the school has a culture of tolerating sexual violence by football players and other cadet athletes."We want to acknowledge it, we own it and we want to move on. We want to do better," said Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson in an interview to be broadcast Wednesday night on ABC's World News Tonight with David Muir and Nightline.Johnson was appointed superintendent after an investigation led to the court-martials of two football players for sexual assault and the dismissals or resignations of 15 other cadets.The case was first reported by the Colorado Springs Gazette."It’s profoundly disappointing, especially at our institution," said Johnson, adding the Air Force does not intend to deny there had been a problem she described as "bad."The Air Force's rival this weekend, West Point Academy, is playing under its own cloud of scandal, as the school's athletic program has come under fire in recent days for allegedly using the lure of booze and women to recruit high school phenoms.The Air Force Academy has recruited cadet athletes to produce a video urging others to report any instance of sexual assault or violence, as well as other initiatives it says it has implemented on campus to address the issue and "instill a culture of commitment and climate of respect."“I feel like now that this has been out in the media, we hold each other better accountable,” said Christian Spears, a member of the Air Force football team.But even as the Air Force Academy says it is trying to move forward, members of Congress are raising questions about the dismissal of a cadet who worked undercover to expose sexual violence.”It’s a case of retaliation,” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., who along with Sen. John Thune, D-S.D., has asked for a new investigation of the Air Force handling of the case.For nearly a year, Eric Thomas worked as an undercover cadet, secretly feeding information to agents of the Air Force Office of Special Investigation about alleged sexual assaults and other crimes and misconduct by his fellow cadets."If I heard it was sexual assault, I would report it," Thomas told ABC News. "The information I’m providing is what every other cadet should provide."Thomas’ information helped break a code of silence about the sexual assaults and members of the football team, said Brandon Enos, the agent with the Office of Special Investigations who handled Thomas at the time.“I can confidently say there would have been no convictions at the academy probably to this day without Eric,” Enos told ABC News in his first broadcast interview.But despite the success of what was called Operation Gridiron, Thomas was branded a problem and dismissed from the Academy for misbehavior.“I was crucified, I was told how much of a terrible cadet I was,” Thomas said.Thomas claims that many of the demerits he accumulated were because of his undercover assignment which required him to leave campus without approval and to attend parties with other cadet athletes.An investigation by the Air Force Inspector General concluded most of the demerits he earned were not connected to his undercover work.And the then-superintendent Lt. Gen. Michael Gould, said he had no hesitation in kicking Thomas out of the academy.“He deserved to be disenrolled,” he told ABC News. “You would not want that particular individual to be an officer in our Air Force today.”Gould said he did not accept that Thomas played an important role in uncovering cases of sexual assault at the Academy.“I don’t really buy into the fact that he helped bring these cases,” Gould said.But even the Air Force Inspector General gives Thomas credit for helping to bring the cases in Operation Gridiron.“His work definitely helped the Office of Special Investigations in their investigation and later on helped obtain a couple of court-martial trials,” said Tim Timmons of the Inspector General’s office.And the agent who handled Thomas, Brandon Enos, says he was ordered not to come to Thomas’ defense at the hearing where his status was being decided.“Here’s a man that actually upheld the honor code and he gets hammered and kicked out of the academy,” said Enos. “And the message that sends to everybody is, ‘You don’t talk about sexual assaults.’”Enos says he also faced retaliation for his efforts in bringing the cases, and was forced out of the Air Force after being given what he calls punishment assignments.“I was vacuuming floors, taking out trash, just really degrading things,” Enos said.Thomas approached Protect Our Defenders, a group that traditionally represents service members who have been raped or sexually assaulted, for help with his case. He is now being represented by the organization's Pro Bono Legal Network."Special Agent Enos and (then) Cadet Thomas were punished for taking sexual assaults at the Academy seriously and attempting to hold accountable those who perpetrated violence and created a dangerous and hostile environment," said Nancy Parrish, president of Protect Our Defenders. "But after their work led to the first prosecutions of sexual assault at the Academy in over ten years, the Air Force Academy responded by sweeping further cases under the rug."Sens. Gillibrand and Thune say an independent investigation is required “to get to the bottom of the facts concerning the circumstances” of what happened to Enos and Thomas.Thomas now works at a nutrition store at Ellsworth Air Force base near his home in South Dakota, still holding onto the dream that he might one day fly jets for the Air Force.

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US Military Conducts 14 Airstrikes Against ISIS in Syria, Iraq

US Military Conducts 14 Airstrikes Against ISIS in Syria, Iraq

iStock/Thinkstock(TAMPA, Fla.) -- The U.S. military conducted 14 more airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) targets in Syria and Iraq on Tuesday and Wednesday.According to U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), eight of the strikes were in Syria, near Kobani. They destroyed five fighting positions, a small unit, six vehicles, a building occupied by ISIS and a command and control node.In Iraq, the remaining six airstrikes destroyed three small units near Fallujah, and one small unit and two vehicles near Sinjar.CENTCOM said all the aircraft used in the attacks managed to exit the areas safely.

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Katie Holmes Doesn’t Want Tom Cruise Divorce to ‘Define Me’

Katie Holmes Doesn’t Want Tom Cruise Divorce to ‘Define Me’

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Katie Holmes had never really spoken publicly about her split from Tom Cruise in 2012 -- until now. The former Dawson's Creek actress says she's moved on from all the attention she got from the split and wants to keep that in the past."I don't want that moment in my life to define me, to be who I am," Holmes tells People magazine. "I don't want that to be what I'm known as. I was an actor before, an actor during and an actor now."As for how she lives her life, Holmes added, "I don't have any fear now, I don't have a lot of rules for myself, and I don't take myself that seriously."

Holmes, 35, and Cruise, 52, were married from 2006 to 2012 and have an eight-year-old daughter, Suri.The actress also opened up about being a single mother to Suri, who also gets a lot of attention.  "I'm learning every day, and I have been since the minute I became a mom," she said, adding Suri "means everything to me."

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Up to 50 Hawaiian Buildings at Risk as Lava Flow Advances

Up to 50 Hawaiian Buildings at Risk as Lava Flow Advances

ABC News (PAHOA, Hawaii) — A lava flow has reached properties in a small Hawaiian town, burning at least one building, with 40 to 50 homes and businesses at risk, officials said.Thick clouds of smoke blanketed Pahoa on the Big Island as the river of molten lava seeped toward front doors.

Residents such as Sarah Williams focused on packing, trying to save anything they could.“We've had so much to do that we've really just stayed focused on what we've had to do,” she said. “Luckily, it's slow. But that's also the downside, is it's painfully slow in a way.”The lava has left fiery destruction in its wake, swallowing structures and other materials in a ball of flames. Utility poles are being insulated and surrounded by dirt, with authorities hopeful that the lava will go around the utility poles.Since Kilauea’s current eruption began in 1983, unstoppable lava flows have added 500 new acres to the island and destroyed at least 181 homes, a visitor center, a church and a community center, according the National Park Service.

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Hewlett Packard Unveils New Sprout Computer

Hewlett Packard Unveils New Sprout Computer

Hewlett Packard(NEW YORK) -- Hewlett Packard unveiled a new computer Wednesday that is so intuitive you probably already know how to use it.Called "Sprout," the dual-screen computer is being billed as a game changer in the desktop market by seamlessly marrying the physical and digital worlds.The desktop unit looks like a computer, but where the magic happens is in the "Sprout Illuminator" system, which includes a scanner, depth sensor, high resolution camera and a projector.The result is dimensional images that are integrated into the digital work space and can easily be shared. Users can create collages, designs and collaborate with friends around the world -- all while using a personal, hands-on approach."Sprout is a long-term play at a long-term bet," Brad Short, distinguished technologist at Hewlett Packard and the inventor of Sprout, told ABC News. "It has that 'pour water on the plant and it will grow' spirituality inside the company. It means a lot to us."Featuring a 23-inch diagonal full HD touch screen and a 20-point touch mat, Sprout is the first product available under Hewlett Packard's "Blended Reality" ecosystem.Short said the idea for Sprout was born a few years ago when his daughter kept bringing home artwork. They wanted to scan it and share it with family, however a flatbed scanner crushed the projects."I was looking for ways to revolutionize the scanning process," Short said. He got to work and created the first prototype of the device, marrying a computer and a small projector.Five years later, Sprout is making its public debut -- and Short said the possibilities for creation and collaboration are infinite. Potential users include everyone from fashion designers and home decorators to the everyday user wanting a way to stay connected to friends, family and colleagues around the world.Users can even digitally scrawl on the touch pad making it easy to share notes or even a real-time game of Tic-Tac-Toe."It evolved into a way to communicate remotely," Short said. "The idea of using a product and placing things on the desk [touch pad]...that became another really big inventive part of the experience we were trying to achieve."Sprout is available for pre-orders in the United States beginning Wednesday and will be in select retail stores on Nov. 9 for a starting price of $1,899. Hewlett Packard is expected to announce an international roll out plan at a later date.

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Hewlett Packard Unveils New Sprout Computer

Hewlett Packard Unveils New Sprout Computer

Hewlett Packard(NEW YORK) -- Hewlett Packard unveiled a new computer Wednesday that is so intuitive you probably already know how to use it.Called "Sprout," the dual-screen computer is being billed as a game changer in the desktop market by seamlessly marrying the physical and digital worlds.The desktop unit looks like a computer, but where the magic happens is in the "Sprout Illuminator" system, which includes a scanner, depth sensor, high resolution camera and a projector.The result is dimensional images that are integrated into the digital work space and can easily be shared. Users can create collages, designs and collaborate with friends around the world -- all while using a personal, hands-on approach."Sprout is a long-term play at a long-term bet," Brad Short, distinguished technologist at Hewlett Packard and the inventor of Sprout, told ABC News. "It has that 'pour water on the plant and it will grow' spirituality inside the company. It means a lot to us."Featuring a 23-inch diagonal full HD touch screen and a 20-point touch mat, Sprout is the first product available under Hewlett Packard's "Blended Reality" ecosystem.Short said the idea for Sprout was born a few years ago when his daughter kept bringing home artwork. They wanted to scan it and share it with family, however a flatbed scanner crushed the projects."I was looking for ways to revolutionize the scanning process," Short said. He got to work and created the first prototype of the device, marrying a computer and a small projector.Five years later, Sprout is making its public debut -- and Short said the possibilities for creation and collaboration are infinite. Potential users include everyone from fashion designers and home decorators to the everyday user wanting a way to stay connected to friends, family and colleagues around the world.Users can even digitally scrawl on the touch pad making it easy to share notes or even a real-time game of Tic-Tac-Toe."It evolved into a way to communicate remotely," Short said. "The idea of using a product and placing things on the desk [touch pad]...that became another really big inventive part of the experience we were trying to achieve."Sprout is available for pre-orders in the United States beginning Wednesday and will be in select retail stores on Nov. 9 for a starting price of $1,899. Hewlett Packard is expected to announce an international roll out plan at a later date.

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