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Woman Pledges to Go Vegan So PETA Will Pay Her Water Bill

Woman Pledges to Go Vegan So PETA Will Pay Her Water Bill

David Silverman/Getty Images(DETROIT) — As thousands of Detroit residents struggle without water, one woman is reaching out to an unlikely source to help pay for her overdue bill: PETA.The catch? Leslie Turner will have to go vegan for thirty days as part of a deal she struck with the animal rights group.”I heard about it on the radio,” said Turner, a 46-year-old social worker who lives in Detroit’s Conant Gardens neighborhood. “This would be a tremendous help — it will be one less expense that I have to worry about.”Last week, Turner mailed her overdue bill — amounting to $147.12 — and a pledge to go vegan to PETA, which recently announced it would pay the bills of 10 Detroit citizens who agreed to stop eating animal products. The group’s offbeat campaign takes advantage of the recent water crisis in Detroit, where residents owe more than $89 million on past-due accounts, and more than 7,000 people have had their water shut off in recent weeks, prompting chaos in the bankrupt city.”It was unwarranted, and it was a surprise to a lot of people,” Turner said of the shutoffs. “People have been trying to contact the water company to make payment plans and also had been going to the water company, but the lines would be horrendous or they weren’t even able to get in.”Turner said her water hasn’t been shut off yet — she’s on a payment plan — but is worried it would be soon. She has a job, but says she still struggles to pay her bills.Despite some criticism, PETA calls its latest campaign a “win-win situation.””We had a generous PETA member who saw this as an opportunity to help people in need, while also helping animals,” said PETA spokeswoman Lindsay Rajt. “Not only will people get their water bills paid, they’ll be introduced to a healthy, plant-based diet that will reduce their costs in the long run.”Critics might argue that a vegan diet — popularized by celebrities and health nuts — is anything but cheap, which would pose a problem for the financially-stricken residents of Detroit, where the unemployment rate is 14.5 percent. But Rajt said eating vegan is simpler than most people think.”A lot of people hear about all of these celebrities who are going vegan, so it makes it seem like it’s very elite or expensive, but the fact is that a lot of the foods that most of us eat every day are already vegan and they’re very low-cost,” she said. “What is more budget-friendly than a healthy dinner of rice and beans, for example? Or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, or pasta with marinara sauce?”For Turner, she’s happy to eat vegan if it means her bill will be paid. And it will: PETA says her check is in the mail. Besides, Turner adds, the new diet will probably be good for her.”If I eliminate dairy and animal products I may be able to come off my blood pressure medicine,” she explained.She has no doubt she’ll be able to stick to a vegan diet — and the “welcome” basket of vegan goodies that PETA is sending her will help. But the diet restrictions turned off some of her family and friends who heard about PETA’s offer.”Not very many of them think they will be able to consume just vegetables and fruits and grains, and not have meat products, so that’s the major drawback I’ve heard,” Turner said.Detroit residents interested in PETA’s campaign must mail in their overdue bills and a pledge to go vegan before this Friday. So far, Rajt says they’ve received five applications.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Americans Starting to Get Sold on Driverless Cars

Americans Starting to Get Sold on Driverless Cars

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The very concept of a car that drives itself makes a lot of people shudder, but a new Insurance.com survey suggests most Americans are rapidly warming up to the idea.With cars from Google featuring autonomous capabilities expected on roads before the end of the decade, at least three quarters of those surveyed said they’d be either very likely to buy or at least consider buying a driverless vehicle.As for the other 25 percent of the 2,000 respondents, they say there’s no way they’d purchase a car that takes the wheel out of their hands.Interestingly, the number of those who say they’d never consider a driverless car falls to 13.7 percent if they could get a substantial break on automobile insurance.Meanwhile, just over three in 10 of people surveyed by Insurance.com say that once they get an autonomous car, they will never drive themselves again.However, a majority of Americans are not completely sold on the safety factor of these revolutionary vehicles. For instance, two-thirds say they would not allow their children to be transported to schools in driverless cars while 61 percent don’t think the machines have the same decision-making skills as humans.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Hungry People Feel More Entitled at Work, Study Finds

Hungry People Feel More Entitled at Work, Study Finds

iStock/Thinkstock(ITHACA, N.Y.) — You don’t necessarily have to be brought up spoiled to have a sense of entitlement. Instead, all it might take is skipping a meal.After a series of experiments, Cornell University and Dartmouth College researche…

Radio Voices Are Born Not Made

Radio Voices Are Born Not Made

iStock/Thinkstock(SYDNEY) — Say, with a voice like that, you ought to be on the radio. If you’ve been told that, you can thank certain vocal cord vibration patterns that set you apart from people with ordinary voices.Speech pathologists at the University of Sydney Voice Research Laboratory say until now, scientists haven’t been able to figure out what makes radio voices deep, warm and resonant.However, by using a device called a videoendoscopy camera, Dr. Cate Madill and Dr. Samantha Warhurst noticed that announcers’ vocal cords move and close more quickly, giving their voices that unique sound made for radio.Warhurst said these findings offer “some significant clues on how a good voice for radio might be trained.”Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

POLL: President Obama Rated Poorly on Mideast Conflict

POLL: President Obama Rated Poorly on Mideast Conflict

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(NEW YORK) — President Barack Obama falls short of majority approval for his handling of two of the world’s prime hotspots in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, with an especially weak rating for his work on the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.Just 39 percent of Americans approve of Obama’s handling of the situation in Israel and the Gaza Strip, while more than half, 52 percent, disapprove. The president does better for his response to the downed Malaysian Airlines jetliner in Ukraine; 46 percent approve — but virtually as many, 43 percent, disapprove.
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The United States has realized some progress in Ukraine, where European nations this week agreed to join the U.S. in imposing sanctions on Russia. The administration continues to struggle in the Middle East, where U.S. efforts to broker a cease-fire thus far have failed.Obama’s approval rating for handling international affairs overall, at 46 percent, is up by 5 percentage points from his career low last month. But 50 percent still disapprove, unchanged. And the number who strongly approve of Obama’s work on foreign affairs has hit an all-time low, 16 percent. Thirty-six percent strongly disapprove; that gap is the largest of his presidency.There’s a similar, 19-point gap in strong sentiment on Obama’s handling of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians — 14 percent approve strongly, while 33 percent strongly disapprove. The division on the Ukraine incident is less sharp, but still 9 points net negative in strength of sentiment.Partisanship is a key driver of these views: Among Democrats, 77, 72 and 65 percent approve, respectively, of Obama’s handling of international affairs, the Ukraine situation and the conflict in Gaza and Israel. Among Republicans, those numbers plummet to 13, 20 and 18 percent.As often is the case, this poll, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates, finds that the balance is tilted by independents: Just 37 percent approve of Obama’s work on international affairs overall, 41 percent on the Ukraine incident and 31 percent on the Israel-Gaza conflict.Obama’s rating for handling the situation involving Israel and the Palestinians is worse than four such measures for his predecessor, George W. Bush, ranging from a high of 59 percent approval in 2002 to a low of 46 percent in 2003, amid growing doubts about the war in Iraq.METHODOLOGY – This ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted by landline and cell phone July 23-27, 2014, in English and Spanish, among a random national sample of 1,026 adults. Results have a margin of sampling error of 3.5 points. The survey was produced for ABC News by Langer Research Associates of New York, N.Y.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

The Hard Lives of Organ Transplant Doctors

The Hard Lives of Organ Transplant Doctors

iStock/Thinkstock(DETROIT) — Organ transplant surgeons usually deal in life-and-death situations. With so much riding on the outcome of their work, it’s no wonder that so many of these doctors are experiencing burnout, according to a study led by the Henry Ford Transplant Institute.In the survey of 218 transplant surgeons, 40 percent reported feeling emotionally exhausted, which is certainly understandable given the nature of the work they do.However, what is far more surprising is that close to half of these surgeons also admit feeling a low sense of personal accomplishment.The researchers attribute this to several factors, including the health of patients, the often long period of recuperation and the frustration that comes when patients die while still waiting for organs.As for organ transplant surgeons who didn’t experience burnout, their higher sense of accomplishment was related to a sense of greater control in their work lives and more cooperation among co-workers.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Jesse Ventura Wins Lawsuit Against Estate of Slain Navy SEAL

Jesse Ventura Wins Lawsuit Against Estate of Slain Navy SEAL

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura was awarded $1.845 million in damages after a jury determined that he was defamed in a book by the late Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle.Kyle, who was murdered in 2013, wrote in his book, American Sniper, that he once punched out a man identified as “Mr. Scruff Face” because he badmouthed the SEALs and said the elite group “deserved to lose a few” members.During a tour to promote American Sniper in 2012, Kyle said the person he “laid out” in a bar was Ventura.Ventura sued, claiming the incident never happened.  The former governor belonged to the Navy’s Underwater Demolition Team during the Vietnam War era, which eventually merged with the SEALs.His award included $500,000 in defamation damages and $1.345 million for “unjust enrichment,” meaning someone, in this case Kyle, made money at the expense of Ventura.Kyle and a friend, Chad Littlefield, 35, were shot to death Feb. 2, 2013 at the Rough Creek Lodge in Texas. Police have charged former Marine Eddie Ray Routh, who had a history of mental problems, with two counts of capital murder. Routh has pleaded not guilty.Kyle’s book is being adapted into a movie starring Oscar winner Bradley Cooper. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Next Season Likely the Last for Lakers’ Steve Nash

Next Season Likely the Last for Lakers’ Steve Nash

NBA via Los Angeles Lakers(NEW YORK) — Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash will suit up for his 19th NBA season in 2014-2015, and according to Nash, it will likely be his last.
“I think this is my last season. But I still love to play,” Nash told reporters. “I love to practice and work on my game. I’m going to spend hopefully many, many years living this life without basketball. So, it’ll be nice to play one more year.”
The 40-year-old Nash is likely headed to the Hall of Fame when he does retire. He’s a two-time NBA MVP during his time with the Phoenix Suns, and is also third in NBA history in assists. For his career, Nash has averaged 14.3 points and 8.5 assists per game.
Still, he’s had a hard time staying on the court in recent years. He’s missed 99 total games the past two seasons as he’s battled various injuries.
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Israel Steps Up Campaign in Gaza

Israel Steps Up Campaign in Gaza

File photo. Credit: David Silverman/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) — Even as the United Nations relief agency for Palestinians warned of a grave humanitarian crisis, Israel intensified its air and ground offensive Tuesday against the militant group Hamas, striking key targets in Gaza.To reduce casualties, Israel says it is making a point of giving non-combatants advance notice of impending rocket attacks but so far has not been able to avoid mass fatalities.On Tuesday alone, more than 100 Palestinian were reported killed, bringing their death toll in the now 24-day conflict to more than 1,200. The Israelis have lost 53 soldiers in the fighting as well as three civilians killed by Hamas missile strikes.Meanwhile, the Palestinian Health Ministry alleged that 15 people where killed Wednesday morning when Israeli artillery struck a school the U.N. was using as a shelter. A spokesman for the Israeli military said he was investigating the claim.According to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, more than 200,000 Palestinians are staying in 85 shelters throughout Gaza, having been displaced by the Israeli offensive. With thousands more expected to crowd into these facilities each day, the UNRWA is pleading with Israel to halt its military operation.However, all attempts at getting the two sides to stop fighting have not succeeded with only a few brief lulls to allow Palestinians to quickly gather necessities.Israel says it wants a guarantee of security from Hamas but failing that, is determined to demilitarize Gaza by destroying the group’s weaponry and tunnels that lead into Israel.
Early Wednesday morning, Israel proposed a four-hour cease-fire period, but Hamas spokesman Sami abu Zohri rejected the offer, calling Israel’s announcement a PR move that carries no value because it keeps areas under shelling out of this ceasefire.
Hamas says it won’t stop fighting until Israel agrees to lift a blockade of Gaza that was imposed when it took control of the region in 2007.
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Militias Creating Havoc in Libya

Militias Creating Havoc in Libya

iStock/Thinkstock(TRIPOLI, Libya) — Libya has descended into chaos as armed militias fight for control of the embattled country.It is the worst siege of violence since dictator Moammar Gadhafi was overthrown and executed three years ago.Foreign nations, including the U.S., are pulling out their diplomats as the weak central government has had no luck in establishing any semblance of order among the militias fighting one another.Adding to the mayhem is a major fire at a fuel depot near Tripoli’s airport that has raged out of control since last weekend. There are worries the blaze could reach a natural gas reservoir that, if ignited, could be unstoppable.Libya’s appeal for international help to put out the fire is apparently contingent on a halt to the fighting that’s not likely to happen.Mostly, the conflict is between Islamist extremists and supporters of ex-Libyan General Khalifa Haftar. While estimates of casualties are hard to determine due to the violence, it’s believed the death toll is in the hundreds.It’s estimated there are as many as 1,700 armed groups operating in Libya, many of whom captured weapons left behind by Gadhafi’s military.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

House GOP Offering a Fraction of What Obama Asks to Fix Border Crisis

House GOP Offering a Fraction of What Obama Asks to Fix Border Crisis

John Moore/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — House Republicans are offering a relative pittance of what President Obama is asking to help shelter and deport tens of thousands of Central American children who crossed the border into Texas.While the president said $3.7 billion is needed, the GOP is only willing to ante up $659 million, which is even less than half of what House lawmakers proposed last week.The Republican plan also includes a provision untenable to most Democrats: it would do away with an amendment in a 2008 law that protects Central American migrants from immediate deportation if stopped by Border Patrol agents.There is also resistance within the GOP from those on the far right who don’t want to provide any emergency funding at all.Even if a House bill does pass, with a vote likely scheduled for Thursday, there’s virtually no chance of it getting approved by the Senate.With Congress heading out of town after that for a five-week recess, any emergency funding package is probably dead through the end of the year with lawmakers focusing their efforts on the midterm elections.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Cubs Top Rockies 4-3 in 16-Inning Marathon

Cubs Top Rockies 4-3 in 16-Inning Marathon

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — In a wild game that neither team will likely forget for a while, the Chicago Cubs defeated the Colorado Rockies 4-3 in 16 innings.
Emilio Bonafacio’s home run in the bottom of the 4th inning tied the game 4-4, …

Athletics Rally Past Astros in the 9th Inning

Athletics Rally Past Astros in the 9th Inning

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(HOUSTON) — The Oakland Athletics have proved once again why they very well may be the best team in all of Major League Baseball. On Tuesday night, Oakland scored six runs in the ninth inning to rally back and defeat the Houston Astros, 7-4.
Trailing 4-1 in the ninth inning, the Athletics were able to get the best of closer Chad Qualls.
Alberto Callaspo started the rally as he single home both Derek Norris and Josh Reddick. Yoenis Cespedes proceeded to tie the game with an RBI single.
With the game tied at 4, Brandon Moss was the hero as he singled home Jed Lowrie, giving Oakland a 5-4 lead.
“It had not been a very good day until that last at-bat,” Moss said. “I was just trying to battle, stay on the ball a little bit. Get on base any way I could. If I got a good pitch to hit, hit it hard.”
Josh Donaldson gave the team some insurance runs as he later doubled home Yoenis Cespedes and Moss.
The Athletics are now 66-40, and have the best record in all of Major League Baseball.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/29/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/29/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Seattle Mariners 5 (55-51) – Cleveland Indians 2 (52-54)
Cincinnati Reds 3 (53-53) – Arizona Diamondbacks 0 (46-61)
Chicago White Sox 11 (52-55) – Detroit Tigers 4 (57-46)
Philadelphia Phillies 6 (47-60) – New York Mets 0 (51-56)
Toronto Blue Jays 4 (58-50) – Boston Red Sox 2 (48-59)
Miami Marlins 3 (53-53) – Washington Nationals 0 (57-47)
Tampa Bay Rays 5 (53-54) – Milwaukee Brewers 1 (59-49)
Baltimore Orioles 7 (59-46) – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 6 (63-42) – 12 Innings
Oakland Athletics 7 (66-40) – Houston Astros 4 (43-64)
Minnesota Twins 2 (48-57) – Kansas City Royals 1 (53-52)
New York Yankees 12 (55-51) – Texas Rangers 11 (42-65)
Chicago Cubs 4 (44-61) – Colorado Rockies 3 (43-63) – 16 innings
Los Angeles Dodgers 8 (60-47) – Atlanta Braves 4 (58-49)
San Diego Padres 3 (47-59) – St. Louis Cardinals 1 (56-49)
Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (57-49) – San Francisco Giants 1 (57-50)
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Five Things to Know About the New VA Secretary

Five Things to Know About the New VA Secretary

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The Senate confirmed Robert McDonald as the new Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs on Tuesday, one month after President Obama nominated him for the post.
McDonald was confirmed with a vote of 97-0. McDonald, a former CEO of Procter & Gamble, will join the VA as the embattled department tries to ease wait times for veterans by providing health care outside the VA system as well as hiring new doctors, nurses and clinicians at VA facilities.
Here are five things that could help McDonald in his new position leading the VA.
1. He Is a West Point Grad
McDonald graduated in the top 2% of his class at West Point and went on to serve in the United States Army as an Airborne Ranger captain in the 82nd Airborne Division. During his confirmation hearing, McDonald told senators his experiences at West Point and in the military influenced his leadership style at Procter & Gamble and will help him at the VA.
“I am still guided by the West Point Cadet Prayer, which encourages us to ‘choose the harder right rather than the easier wrong,’” McDonald said earlier this month.
2. He Comes From a Military Family
Not only did McDonald serve in the military, but so did multiple members of his family, including his father, who was part of the Army Air Corps after World War II. His wife’s father became a POW after he was shot down over Europe, and his wife’s uncle served in Vietnam, where he was exposed to Agent Orange, which he still receives treatment for through the VA system.
3. He Worked at Procter & Gamble for 33 Years
McDonald started his career at Procter & Gamble as a brand assistant, eventually making his way to the top of the company, where he managed more than 120,000 employees. Procter & Gamble is a unique company in that its employees are promoted from within, similar to the tradition of rising in the ranks in the military. Lawmakers who met with McDonald ahead of his confirmation said they were impressed with his management experience at Procter & Gamble.
4. He Will Give Lawmakers His Personal Cell Phone Number
At his confirmation hearing, McDonald said he would give his personal cell phone number to all the senators on the committee to make sure he is held accountable for his work at the VA, even if that means after-hours phone calls.
“Every member of the committee will have my cell phone number. And I would expect if we’re not meeting your needs you will call me,” McDonald said. “When you run a large corporation globally, you have a cell phone that’s on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and it gets called. And so if you have concerns I want to know about them and I want to react to them.”
5. He Compiled a List of What It Takes to Be a Leader
McDonald wrote a list called “What I Believe In,” which includes 10 principles he lives by and could be applied to his time at the VA.
Here’s the list: 1. Living a life driven by purpose is more meaningful and rewarding than meandering through life without direction. 2. Companies must do well to do good and must do good to well. 3. Everyone wants to succeed, and success is contagious. 4. Putting people in the right jobs is one of the most important jobs of the leader. 5. Character is the most important trait of a leader. 6. Diverse groups of people are more innovative than homogeneous groups. 7. Ineffective systems and cultures are bigger barriers to achievement than the talents of people. 8. There will be some people in the organization who will not make it on the journey. 9. Organizations must renew themselves. 10. The true test of the leader is the performance of the organization when they are absent or after they depart.
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Obama: New Sanctions Against Russia Will Have ‘An Even Bigger Bite’

Obama: New Sanctions Against Russia Will Have ‘An Even Bigger Bite’

The White House(WASHINGTON) –  The United States will unleash a new round of sanctions against Russia in the wake of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, President Obama said Tuesday.”The cost on Russia will continue to grow,” the president said in a statement at the White House emphasizing Russian “energy, arms and finance” as targets. “Today is a reminder that the United States means what it says.”Obama said Russia has, so far, “failed to cooperate with the investigations” into the downing of the Malaysian aircraft, adding that he and key European leaders “are united in our view that the situation in Ukraine ought to be resolved diplomatically.”
Obama said he has been coordinating closely with European allies to ensure a unified response. Earlier Tuesday, the European Union agreed to a new package of sanctions on Russia, for the first time imposing “sectoral” sanctions on Russia’s finance and energy industries, as well as banning arms exports to Russia.
Obama, in his remarks this afternoon, called them the, “most significant and wide-ranging sanctions to date.”
The European Union says the sanctions will limit access to E.U. capital markets for Russian state-owned financial institutions, impose an embargo on trade in arms, establish an export ban for dual-use goods for military end-users, and curtail Russian access to sensitive technologies, particularly in the oil sector.
Meanwhile, at the State Department, spokeswoman Jen Psaki emphasized that the United States welcomed, “Europe’s determination to take strong new steps and … this trans-Atlantic community and G-7 are united in their determination to respond to continued and intensified Russian aggression.”
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Surgeon General: Skin Cancer Is ‘Major Public Health Problem’

Surgeon General: Skin Cancer Is ‘Major Public Health Problem’

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Surgeon General is calling skin cancer a “major public health problem” and says tanning is a direct cause.A report from the office of Surgeon General Boris Lushniak says unlike other forms of cancer in the United States, the rate of skin cancer is on the rise, with 5 million people getting treated each year.
About 63,000 people are treated for melanoma and about 10% of those cases are directly linked to indoor tanning.
Lushniak says all states should ban minors from using tanning beds and the report urges everyone to wear sunscreen outside.
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YouTube Comedy Star Pays Off Parents’ $340,000 Mortgage

YouTube Comedy Star Pays Off Parents’ $340,000 Mortgage

iStock/Thinkstock(PARAMOUNT, Calif.) — How does a popular YouTube star who calls his six-figure comedy talents “obscene” spend his money?
Timothy DeLaGhetto typically entertains his 2.5 million subscribers with sex jokes and television parodies. By contrast, his latest video is a real tearjerker.
The comedian and rapper’s real name is Tim Chantarangsu, and he’s the son of parents who immigrated from Thailand. Chantarangsu said his income is primarily driven by advertisements from his YouTube channel called Timothy DeLaGhetto.
His videos include satire, including a raunchy take on the popular Snuggie blanket. He also writes and produces skits, including a recent video that mimics the MTV reality show Catfish.
“Not a lot of people do what I do, especially as an Asian American guy. My comedy is pretty obscene and I’m pretty blunt with the jokes I make, so I stick out from the norm. I’ve built a pretty strong following of people who enjoy what I do,” he said. “I try to have a strong message of positivity and spreading joy and love to the world.”
This week, he posted a YouTube video in which he surprised his parents with $340,000 to pay off their home mortgage.
Chantarangsu, who lives not too far from his folks in Paramount, California, told ABC News that he cranks out YouTube videos, at least one a week, so that his parents don’t have to work so hard. He also is a regular on MTV2′s improvisation show, Wild ‘N Out, hosted by Nick Cannon.
In his newest video, he presents a check to his parents, who own a restaurant. The generous gift — $210,000 to the loan company and $130,000 to the bank — brings his mother to tears.
While his parents have always supported him, they were initially cautious, especially when he left college in 2010 to pursue a career in entertainment.
“I was going to college for my parents, but eventually I got to the point where I was doing all right at both — college and Internet stuff. I realized I needed to pick one if I wanted to excel at something, so I stopped going to school,” he said.
He said his mother occasionally asks him if he is going to return to school.
“I would tell her, ‘Do you want me to go back to school or pay your bills?’” Chantarangsu said with a chuckle.
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Pilot Who Crashed on Florida Beach ‘Never Saw’ Victims Below

Pilot Who Crashed on Florida Beach ‘Never Saw’ Victims Below

Photo Credit: Zack Arceneaux(SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla.) — The pilot whose plane crashed-landed on a Florida beach Sunday, killing a man and his daughter who were walking along the shore, “never saw them” during his frantic efforts to land the stalled single-engine plane, according to his statement released Tuesday.
“It was only after I landed and we exited the plane that I realized that there were people on the beach,” Karl Kokomoor said in his statement, which Pastor Victor Willis of Englewood United Methodist Church read at a news conference outside his Englewood, Fla. church.
Ommy Irizarry, 36, and his daughter, Oceana Irizarry, 9, were walking along the beach in Sarasota County, Florida, when the small plane made an emergency crash landing along the shore around 2:45 p.m. Sunday, killing the man on impact, Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Wendy Rose said.
The girl died of her injuries the next day.
“Words cannot express the sorrow I feel…,” Kokomoor said in his statement, before citing Ommy’s surviving wife by name. “I send my heartfelt apologies to the Irizarry family for my role in this tragic accident, and I will keep Rebecca Irizarry and her family in my prayers for as long as I live.”
The frantic moments after a single engine plane crashed on a Florida beach were captured on scanner traffic as first responders raced to the scene.
“We’ve got Caspersen Beach, airplane crash, multiple subjects around the plane. Advising head injuries,” scanner traffic said a few minutes after the crash. “They are advising open head injury.”
A trauma alert was called in approximately 20 minutes later when authorities reached the site of the crash and found the child with a head injury.
“This is going to be a trauma alert,” a man’s voice says around 3:03 pm.
Someone else asks dispatch if a flight is on standby to take the child to the hospital.
“Confirmed, flight on standby,” the dispatcher replies. “Command, Is this for the adult or for the child?”
“This is going to be for the child,” a responder replies.
Neither pilot Kokomoor, 57, of Englewood, Florida, nor the passenger on the plane, David Theen, 60, also of Englewood, were injured in the landing, Rose said. From the moment the pilot radioed a distress call to the time he landed on the beach unfolded quickly.
“The pilot radioed that he was not going to be able to make it back to the airport, and he was going to try to land on the hard-packed sand of the beach,” Rose said. “He landed about the water’s edge and the pilot and his male passenger were both unharmed.”
Venice Mayor John Holic, a former air traffic controller, said it is likely the plane lost power in flight and was trying to land in an open space or at nearby Venice Airport.
“One of the first things that you learn when you’re flying is to always be aware of your surroundings and where you may be able to touch down in the event of loss of power. A beach is a viable place,” he told ABC News.
A woman who witnessed the crash was also taken to a hospital after having stress-induced cardiac issues not directly related to the crash, according to Rose.
National Transportation Safety Board investigators were on their way to the scene of the accident to begin investigating, in cooperation with the FAA.
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Andi Dorfman and Josh Murray Share Details of Their Secret Atlanta Dates

Andi Dorfman and Josh Murray Share Details of Their Secret Atlanta Dates

ABC/Javier Pesquera(NEW YORK) — Bachelorette fans learned Monday night that Andi Dorfman and Josh Murray were engaged.
But the proposal actually happened months ago and, since the end of filming, the two have had to sneak around Atlanta, where they both live, to see each other.
“We kind of just chilled all the time,” Murray told ABC News. “We couldn’t do anything outside, obviously, and [we wore] a lot of disguises: wigs, hats. [And there was a lot of] coming over back ways.”
To pass the time, Dorfman, 27, cooked meals for Murray (think short ribs and steak) and even taught him to love sushi (almost!) as much as she does.
“I’m like, ‘I’ll take three sashimi combos,’” she recalled, laughing. “I’ve got to feed him at all times.”
Added Murray, “She’s an amazing cook. She cooks any and everything.”
Now that the world knows that they’re engaged, the couple can’t wait to go on their first real date. While they declined to reveal specifics, they did say that they’ve already picked the restaurant.
“We’re going to a good steak place,” she said. “But we don’t even know when we’re going to be able to go.”
Added her smiling fiancé, “It’s just going to be nice for her and I to not have to hide anything.”
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