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“Avengers: Age of Ultron”: 7 Spoilers and Hidden Eggs From New Trailer

“Avengers: Age of Ultron”: 7 Spoilers and Hidden Eggs From New Trailer

Marvel Entertainment(NEW YORK) -- The Marvel gods blessed the world on Wednesday with a new Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer and they did not disappoint.

The new footage is epic and there are a TON of hidden gems if you watch over and over and over -- like we did. Here are the top 7: 1 - Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are Bad! We had a hunch but it's confirmed that both heroes are bad in this movie -- at least at the beginning. In the clip, you see Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen on Ultron's side and even fighting Captain America and Black Widow. In one scene, the Witch even compels and possibly controls Scarlett Johansson's character. You also see Quicksilver punch Cap.But don't worry, in an overhead shot at the end of the trailer, you see the Avengers fighting Ultron's forces. And guess what -- you can see Scarlet Witch and her red blasts of energy, so it seems like she has a change of heart. But where's Quicksilver? Maybe he needs more convincing. 2 - Black Widow and the Hulk Get Close Later in the clip, we see Mark Ruffalo and Johansson cuddle up and are about to kiss. Nice! 3 - Ultron Wants to Kill All Humans and Iron Man Created Him "There's only one path to peace, their extinction," Ultron says in the trailer. We also see Tony Stark take responsibility for creating Ultron. "I tried to create a suit of armor around the world," he says. "But I created something terrible." Stark created Artificial Intelligence, Bruce Banner notes.4 - Mystery Guys With Claws Around the 1:06 part of the clip, we see a shadowy figure with claws. Is that Wolverine? Probably not, the claws are too strange looking, but it's intriguing nonetheless. It may be Ulysses Klaw or Black Panther, who are slated to appear in the film. 5 - Iron Man Has Loki's Scepter We see him grab it in what looks to be out of desperation. Why? Is he going to use that evil weapon against Ultron? Against the Hulk, who we knows go a bit rogue in this film. What? Tell us!!! 6 - Does Someone Die? "No way we all get through this," Iron Man says. "I got no plans tomorrow night," Captain America replies. Wait, what!? 7 - The Vision! We finally see an image of Jarvis aka the Vision aka Paul Bettany at the very end. He opens his eyes, presumably after being created. Avengers: Age of Ultron is out May 1.ABC News is owned by The Walt Disney Co., which also owns Marvel.Watch the full trailer below:

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Scoreboard Roundup – 3/4/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/4/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Indiana Pacers 105 (26-34) – New York Knicks 82 (12-48)

Phoenix Suns 105 (32-30) – Orlando Magic 100 (19-43)

Boston Celtics 85 (24-35) – Utah Jazz 84 (24-36)

Charlotte Hornets 115 (26-33) – Brooklyn Nets 91 (25-34)

Cleveland Cavaliers 120 (39-24) – Toronto Raptors 112 (38-23)

Memphis Grizzlies 102 (43-17) – Houston Rockets 100 (41-20)

Denver Nuggets 100 (22-39) – Minnesota Timberwolves 85 (13-47)

New Orleans Pelicans 88 (33-28) – Detroit Pistons 85 (23-37)

Miami Heat 100 (27-33) – Los Angeles Lakers 94 (16-44)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (3) Duke 94 (27-3) – Wake Forest 51 (13-17)

(12) Notre Dame 71 (25-5) – (16) Louisville 59 (23-7)

(23) Ohio State 77 (22-8) – Penn State 67 (15-15)

(24) Providence 79 (21-9) – Seton Hall 66 (16-13)

NHL:  Detroit Red Wings 2 (36-15-11; 83pts) – New York Rangers 1 (39-17-7; 85pts) OT

Ottawa Senators 3 (28-23-11; 67pts) – Winnipeg Jets 1 (32-21-12; 76pts)

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Seth Rogen Objects to Pot Stench Story, Says His Weed Smells Good

Seth Rogen Objects to Pot Stench Story, Says His Weed Smells Good

Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Seth Rogen has made it very clear: his pot smells good.That's what he told his followers on social media Wednesday, after The Hollywood Reporter published a story that annoyed him.

It cited anonymous sources who claimed former Sony Pictures Co-Chairman Amy Pascal is unable to move into an office/suite previously used by Rogen and his collaborator, Evan Goldberg, in her new role as producer because "the stench of marijuana cannot be easily removed."The publication added that the suite will be repainted in an attempt to eliminate the smell.Rogen, who isn't shy about his marijuana use, posted a screenshot of the article on Instagram, and wrote, "I don't know what's more irresponsible: that they would print a story that is completely untrue, or that they would refer to how pot smells as a 'stench.'"

The Interview star included a hashtag that stated his weed smells good.

Pascal stepped down as co-chair of Sony Pictures last month. The decision followed the hacking scandal involving the studio in which a private and unflattering email exchange involving her, targeting celebrities like Angelina Jolie, Kevin Hart and Adam Sandler, leaked.

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Senate Fails to Override Keystone Veto

Senate Fails to Override Keystone Veto

Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Senate could not muster up enough votes Wednesday to put the Keystone XL pipeline back in play.The bill on reconsideration failed to pass with a vote of 62 to 57, with eight Senate Democrats voting in favor of overriding the presidential veto. The vote required support of two-thirds of the Senate to pass. The legislation would have authorized construction of an $8 billion pipeline to transport oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast.  President Obama said the State Department is still conducting its review of whether the pipeline is in the national interest.

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US Ambassador Mark Lippert Attacked in South Korea

US Ambassador Mark Lippert Attacked in South Korea

oztasbc/iStock/Thinkstock(SEOUL, South Korea) -- The U.S Ambassador to South Korea was attacked in the country's capital on Wednesday while giving a speech, officials say. Photos from South Korea's official news agency show Ambassador Mark Lippert with blood on his hand and holding his face. He was attacked by what the Yonhap news agency described was "an armed man" who shouted, "No to war training!" before attacking him.

Lippert was attacked with a 10-inch fruit knife, police told ABC News. He was assaulted Thursday morning local time and is being treated at a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the State Department.

His assailant was arrested, according to Robert Ogburn, an official at the U.S. embassy in Seoul, who said the U.S. strongly condemned the "senseless act of violence."

President Obama called him to tell him that "he and his wife Robyn are in his thoughts and prayers, and to wish him the very best for a speedy recovery,” according to National Security Council spokesperson Bernadette Meehan.Lippert previously held positions at the Department of Defense from May 2012 until September 2014, according to the embassy website.

 Thoughts are w/@mwlippert & his family after today's senseless attack. Grateful to people of #Korea for their care for him & well wishes.

— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) March 5, 2015

 

 

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Defense Sec. Carter, Gen. Dempsey Update Congress on ISIS, Sequestration Cuts

Defense Sec. Carter, Gen. Dempsey Update Congress on ISIS, Sequestration Cuts

DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt (WASHINGTON) -- During a second day of Department of Defense budget hearings, Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Gen. Martin Dempsey took questions on the situation in Iraq and Iran’s role in the Tikrit offensive. Both said on Wednesday they want to ensure that Iraq’s government gets the message that there can’t be a return to the sectarianism that led to ISIS’s resurgence.   “Sectarianism is one of the things that concerns me very much,” said Carter.  “And of course, it's the root of the Iranian presence in Iraq.” Carter said the hope is that an inclusive Iraqi government will promote stability and “the fastest route to the defeat of ISIL.”  House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-NJ, sounded skeptical, cautioning, “Hope is not a plan.”With regards to the AUMF, Carter explained that its three-year duration is due to the political cycle and was not a military requirement. “I think it has to do with the political calendar in our country,” said Carter.  “I wouldn't assure anyone that this will be over in three years or that the campaign will be completed in three years. The three years comes from the fact that there'll be a presidential election in two years and so forth, and I respect that. That's not a military or a defense consideration, but I respect it as a constitutional consideration.” Both Carter and Dempsey repeated the line that they’ll recommend potential changes to the ISIS strategy if it’s needed down the road, which could include the addition of U.S. ground troops.   “If the commander on the ground approaches either me or the secretary of defense and believes that the introduction of special operations forces to accompany Iraqis or the new Syrian forces, or JTACS, these skilled folks who can call in close air support, if we believe that's necessary to achieve our objectives, we will make that recommendation,” Dempsey said.  Dempsey added those possibilities are allowed by the AUMF request.When contacted for comment on if the U.S. might someday consider sending some U.S. troops to Syria, his spokesman said Dempsey was speaking about a hypothetical and that “there is no consideration of sending U.S. troops into Syria beyond personnel recovery/combat rescue forces if necessary as the air campaign continues. ”Dempsey noted the presence of Iranians in the Tikrit offensive and that it’s being watched carefully. He said Sunni politicians in Baghdad and Tikrit support the offensive because it’s targeting ISIS, but “if this becomes an excuse to ethnic cleanse then our campaign has a problem and we’re going to have to adjust our campaign.”Since it was a budget hearing, Carter urged Congress to prevent another round of mandated sequestration cuts that would kick in later this year.   If the cuts continue over the next few years he warned they would change the size and shape of the military but would also significantly affect the ability to carry out the national defense strategy. “We cannot meet sequester with further half-measures,” said Carter.

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Congressional Black Caucus Works to Find Positive Aspects of AG’s Ferguson Report

Congressional Black Caucus Works to Find Positive Aspects of AG’s Ferguson Report

RedTackArts/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Members of the Congressional Black Caucus decried the Department of Justice’s decision not to charge Darren Wilson with a crime related to the death of Michael Brown last summer in Ferguson, Missouri, but praised the overall assessment of the Attorney General’s report, which found a pattern and practice of discriminatory policing.“The far-reaching report announced today represents an important path forward towards achieving equal justice under the law in Ferguson, Missouri and repairing some of the deep divisions and very real disparity in local law enforcement, which that community has endured for far too long,” Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., the chairman of the CBC, said during a news conference Wednesday afternoon.Rep. William Lacy Clay, the Democratic congressman who represents Ferguson, also tried to highlight the positive aspects of the report, but added his disappointment over the DOJ’s decision not to charge Wilson.“While I’m extremely disappointed that Mike Brown’s killer will not face criminal charges, his death has forced our nation to begin a long-overdue conversation on race and the disparities it continues to perpetuate for too many Americans,” Clay, D-Missouri, said. “We know that there was a miscarriage of justice at the local level on the part of the St. Louis County prosecutor,” Clay added. “The way the case was presented to the grand jury, the fault of the grand jury system. All of that came into play in this case, and it’s unfortunate.”

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Privacy Trumps Security in Clinton’s Choice to Use Personal Email Server, Expert Says

Privacy Trumps Security in Clinton’s Choice to Use Personal Email Server, Expert Says

Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The storage of Hillary Clinton's emails while she was in office has come under scrutiny since it was revealed that she used a personal, non-governmental email address to conduct official business as secretary of state, but a tech expert says the biggest benefit of using a personal server to store an individual email domain is "complete control" over what can be stored and deleted. "Basically you can decide what gets preserved and what doesn’t," information technology consultant Bruce Webster told ABC News. "You have direct immediate monitoring what’s going on and part of it is just you don’t want anyone else looking at what’s been deleted and where and what’s coming in."Clinton is not the only likely 2016 presidential candidate who purposefully used a private server to host their government emails. ABC News can confirm that Jeb Bush used a personal server while he was governor of Florida. According to an aide, it was housed in the governor’s office. "Governor Bush’s office complied with public records laws throughout his administration and beyond," spokesperson Kristy Campbell told ABC News. "His emails have been available via public records requests to the state following his time as Governor and a set resides with the Florida Department of State for historic and archival value." In theory, there is no way of knowing whether every email that was originally on a personal server has been transferred over to a different server because personal servers can be wiped clean without any secondary trace of a message. But, in the case of Bush he released those emails not only to the Florida Department of State, but also to the public earlier this year. Florida has expansive open records laws and this release is required. ABC News was able to obtain copies of his emails at the end of last year due to the state’s open records law. With a private server, "Nothing is ever stored anywhere...no one else has any other copy of it," Webster told ABC News. Webster said that having a personal server is an extreme and rare step that does not inherently make it more secure and people who take this step often hire someone to manage it. "It’s the sort of thing hardcore computer geeks tend to do," Webster said. On Wednesday Clinton’s attorney David Kendall sent an email to the House Select Committee tasked with investigating the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, confirming that in spite of claims made by a Republican congressman, Clinton used only one email address during her tenure and the reason she changed it was because it was publicly released on a news site in 2013. “Secretary Clinton used one email account when corresponding with anyone, from Department officials to friends to family,” Kendall said in his email. The email account that Clinton used while working at the State Department, according to The AP, was hdr22@clintonemail.com, and was traced to a server based out of Chappaqua, where she and former President Bill Clinton have a home. ABC News can confirm that another email domain, wjcoffice.com, which used the former president's initials as their descriptor, was also based out of Chappaqua. Internet records obtained by ABC News show that second domain, wjcoffice.com, was registered by an individual called Eric Hoteham. The AP reports that the same name was used to register the clintonemail.com domain. Efforts to locate public records related to anyone named Eric Hoteham, however, were unsuccessful, in a search that included donor records, birth records, or property records. There is, however, an Eric Hothem who is named as a Clinton aide in a Washington Post article from 2001. At the time, he reportedly dismissed concerns from the White House chief usher who believed that, when leaving the White House at the end of Clinton's second term, the couple took pieces of furniture that should have remained in the White House. Hothem is also thanked in Clinton’s 2003 memoir Living History. An Eric Hothem who works at JPMorgan did not answer requests for comment Wednesday and JPMorgan had “no comment” when asked about the story. On Wednesday evening, Clinton, along with her husband and their daughter Chelsea, will be celebrating at the Clinton Foundation’s annual gala in New York City. The musical guest is Carole King, and Neil Patrick Harris will also appear. Tickets range from $2,500 all the way up to $100,000 for “event chairs,” but it is closed to the press.

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House Select Committee on Benghazi Seeks All of Hillary Clinton’s Private Emails

House Select Committee on Benghazi Seeks All of Hillary Clinton’s Private Emails

Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- After news spread that Hillary Clinton relied exclusively on a personal email account while she served as secretary of state, the House Select Committee on Benghazi has sent subpoenas to the State Department Wednesday explicitly requesting all of her communications related to Libya. “The Select Committee on Benghazi today (Wednesday) issued subpoenas for all communications of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton related to Libya and to the State Department for other individuals who have information pertinent to the investigation,” Jamal Ware, communications director for the committee, wrote in a statement. “The Committee also has issued preservation letters to internet firms informing them of their legal obligation to protect all relevant documents.” The documents are the latest request from Rep. Trey Gowdy, the chairman of the committee, as his investigation into the deadly attack continues. “You do not need a law degree to have an understanding of how troubling this is,” Gowdy told reporters. “There are chain of custody issues, there are preservation of materials and documents issues...there are best evidence issues, in addition to asking about archives and what safeguards may have been in place to protect this information." While Gowdy stressed that Clinton had “more than one” private email account that she used during her tenure at the State Department, her lawyer wrote the committee today hoping to clear up any misconception. “Secretary Clinton used one email account when corresponding with anyone, from Department officials to friends to family,” Clinton’s attorney David E. Kendall wrote in an email to the committee. "A month after she left the Department, Gawker published her email address and so she changed the address on her account. At the time, the emails were provided to the Department last year this new address appeared on the copies as the ‘sender,’ and not the address she used as Secretary. This address on the account did not exist until March 2103 [sic], after her tenure as Secretary.” Nevertheless, Ware maintained that “the Select Committee on Benghazi is in possession of records with two separate and distinct email addresses used by former Secretary Clinton and dated during the time she was Secretary of State.” "Without access to the relevant electronic information and stored data on the server -- which was reportedly registered to her home -- there is no way the Committee, or anyone else, can fully explain why the Committee uncovered two email addresses,” Ware said in a statement. “As Chairman Gowdy has noted, this is why former Secretary Clinton’s exclusive use of personal emails to conduct official U.S. government business is so problematic and raises significant issues for transparency. The American people have a right to a full accounting of all the former Secretary’s emails, and the Committee is committed to working to uncover all the facts.” Gowdy said the committee discovered the existence of Clinton’s personal email accounts after obtaining documents late last summer that had not been previously produced to any committee investigating the deadly terrorist attack. "The fact is the State Department cannot certify they have produced all of former Secretary Clinton’s emails because they do not have all of former Secretary Clinton’s emails, nor do they control access to them,” Gowdy said. “The State Department is relying on Secretary Clinton herself and her attorneys and advisors to tell us and to tell you what emails they think are to be preserved.” Asked whether he still intends to call on Clinton to testify at the committee, Gowdy suggested the emails will lead to an invitation for the former secretary of state to sit down behind closed doors with committee investigators. “This revelation, which we’ve known about which has now been made public, may well lay the groundwork for additional conversations with the secretary in some setting or another,” he said.

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Report: QB Peyton Manning Nearing a Pay Cut with Broncos

Report: QB Peyton Manning Nearing a Pay Cut with Broncos

Thinkstock(DENVER) -- Quarterback Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos are closing in on an agreement which will see the 14-time Pro Bowler take a $4 million pay cut for the 2015 season, according to ESPN.  The deal will allow the Broncos more flexibility when the free agency market opens on Tuesday.

The 38-year-old Manning will earn a base salary of $15 million in 2015, which is down from the $19 million he was set to earn.

In 16 games last season under center for Denver, he passed for 4,792 yards with 39 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He holds the NFL record for most career passing touchdowns, with 530.

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Prince William Visits Elephant Sanctuary Just Minutes From Circus

Prince William Visits Elephant Sanctuary Just Minutes From Circus

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(XISHUANGBANNA, China) -- Prince William visited an elephant sanctuary while on a historic trip to China on Wednesday in hopes of raising awareness about the endangered animals. “It is appalling that elephants and many others may be extinct in the wild in our lifetimes, and that we seem to be hurtling towards that tragic outcome,” the prince said in a speech. The sanctuary is located in Xishuangbanna, a fast-developing area in southwestern China, where elephants are part of the culture. Just a few miles from the sanctuary is a local circus, where patrons line up to ride and get picked up by elephants that have had their tusks either cut or removed for safety.

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NBA Teams With Sheryl Sandberg to ‘Lean In’ for Women and Equality

NBA Teams With Sheryl Sandberg to ‘Lean In’ for Women and Equality

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- ABC World News Tonight anchor David Muir interviewed Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg on a basketball court – a location Sandberg dubbed as “perfect.” The setting complemented the recent initiative from Sandberg’s organization LeanIn.org, which has partnered with the NBA to encourage men to support women at home and in the workplace. The NBA produced a PSA highlighting her campaign, ”Lean In for Equality,” featuring stars from the NBA and WNBA. Sandberg says she's thrilled with the partnership and lauded the NBA for recognizing that “men should not just be the center of the court, but they should be the center of the fight for equality.” Sandberg hopes the NBA’s PSA will have a profound impact on its followers. In the spot, the Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade says: "I'm leaning in for my wife, my mother, my grandmother." Elena Delle Donne, who plays for the WNBA’s Chicago Sky, added: “My brother would always pick me above of his friends to be on his basketball teams." Sue Bird of the WNBA’s Seattle Storm affirmed that “it’s moments like that that you carry with you forever.” The players spoke out as fathers, sons and husbands. Men are vital to the fight for women’s equality, which Sandberg emphasizes benefits them as well. ”Equality is good for men, too...when men support women at work, they outperform their peers. When men are 50/50 partners at home, their relationships are stronger, and they have more sex. And when they're active fathers, their kids are healthier, happier, more successful … I tell men, ‘Don't buy flowers, do laundry,’” she noted. By doing their share of household chores, Sandberg says men are subliminally empowering their daughters. She cites a study that shows girls by the age of 14 have “broader career aspirations” if they live in households where fathers are actively involved in chores. “No amount of, ‘You can do anything, dear,’ is actually as important as your daughter seeing you doing the dishes,’ says Sandberg. Inequality starts at home, per Sandberg, and at a very young age. “We have a toddler wage gap in this country,” she insists. “We pay little boys more for chores than little girls, and they do fewer of them.” The “toddler wage gap” is based on the difference in chores allotted to boys and girls, says Sandberg. “Boys take out the trash, girls set the table, and boys get paid more. But we can change this. Both of your kids can take out the trash,” according to Sandberg, who said she implements this at home. Women’s equality is good for business, according to Warren Buffet and Sandberg, who in addition to her Facebook duties is also on the board of The Walt Disney Co., ABC News’ parent company. “Warren Buffett has famously said, one of the reasons he did so well, because he was only competing with half the population,” points out Sandberg. She and Wharton Professor Adam Grant have co-authored four essays for a NY Times series on women at work. In their fourth installment, they quote Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba, whose company went public and became the largest tech IPO of all time, saying “one of the secret sauces for Alibaba’s success is that we have a lot of women.” Women hold 47 percent of all jobs at Alibaba and 33 percent of senior positions. Sandberg tells Muir that companies with more women, and more diverse leadership, outperform others. Women tend to do more “housework” at work, per Sandberg. Women are “taking notes, planning the parties, doing the communal stuff, helping others. And it's not benefiting them, because when women do it, people don't notice. But when men do those same things, they get raises, bonuses, a lot of favors paid back,” she points out. Therefore, she concludes that women should do fewer of these chores and men should do more – to the benefit of both genders. She cautions that the person taking the notes “almost never makes the killer point” and so when both genders do the chores, both should be celebrated for it whether in the workplace or at home. At LeanInTogether.org, Sandberg’s foundation has practical, everyday things men and women can do for work, for home and for managers as well. A simple one to do, said Sandberg, is if the family is going out to eat, let the young daughter order for the family at the restaurant. Equal chores for equal pay is obviously a must. If men have any doubts of the importance of women in their success, Sandberg suggests they watch the speech Kevin Durant gave when he became MVP last year: “He said that his mother was the real MVP, that she's the one who took care of them, make sure he could eat when there wasn't enough food for him--for her, made sure that he had the opportunities to stand up there and get that award.” Dwyane Wade agrees and says in the NBA PSA, “When men lean in, everyone wins.” Visit #LeanInTogether or LeanIn.Org to learn more.

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Lawmakers Push Capitol Police to Grant Freedom to Capitol Hill Sledders

Lawmakers Push Capitol Police to Grant Freedom to Capitol Hill Sledders

hroe/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Powdery snow after a big snowfall begs for a good sledding outing -- but on Capitol Hill, sledding is a giant no-no. However, a few lawmakers are pushing the Capitol Police Board to lift its ban on sledding for the next four days as a major snowstorm moves into the Washington, D.C. area. “This could be the last snowstorm the D.C. area gets this winter, and may be one of the best for sledding in years,” Washington, D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton wrote in a letter to U.S. Capitol Police Board Chair Frank Larkin. “Children and their parents should able to enjoy sledding on one of the best hills in the city. This is a one-time waiver that will allow D.C. kids to sled while we await a more formal review of the ban, which will likely come after the last snow has fallen in our region.” “Have a heart, Mr. Larkin, a kid’s heart that is,” she added. Norton has asked the board to grant a temporary waiver to allow sledding on the Capitol Grounds from Thursday through Sunday, and wants a review of the entire policy to follow. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, who worked as a Capitol Police Officer while attending law school at Georgetown, echoed the sentiment.

 

Co-sign RT @EleanorNorton: I just wrote to U.S. Capitol Police requesting a waiver of the sledding ban for Thur-Sun: https://t.co/Ny32wyW6fP

— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) March 4, 2015

 

The Capitol Police Board Code of Traffic Regulations for the United States Capitol Grounds outlines the rules for traffic activities on Capitol Hill -- including snow-related activities. It specifically says all forms of sledding are off-limits. “No person shall coast or slide a sled within Capitol Grounds,” the regulations read. What about snowmobiling?  That’s only allowed if on a “street closed by the Capitol Police Board to motor vehicular traffic due to conditions of ice or snow.” And skiing? That’s banned too unless you’re using “cross-country skis or snowshoes as a means for transportation.” The Capitol Police is responsible for enforcing the regulations, which they expect to do on Thursday. “The USCP will continue to work with the Capitol Police Board to ensure the safety and security of the Capitol Campus,” Capitol Police Lieutenant Kimberly Schneider said. Earlier this year, a few snow enthusiasts were able to sneak in a quick sled down the hill of the Capitol Grounds, so stay tuned for potential sledding mischief in the next few days -- ban or no ban.

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Ben Carson Has Found Himself in Hot Water These Five Times

Ben Carson Has Found Himself in Hot Water These Five Times

Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Just two days after launching his exploratory committee, potential Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson found himself in hot water for arguing on CNN that prison proves homosexuality is “absolutely” a choice. "Because a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight -- and when they come out, they're gay. So, did something happen while they were in there?” the retired neurosurgeon said Wednesday morning. “Ask yourself that question.” Carson’s comments sparked outrage from the Human Rights Campaign. "Ben Carson is putting his own personal ambition ahead of medical science by suggesting that a person can change their sexual orientation,” HRC’s Vice President of Communications Fred Sainz said in a statement on Wednesday. “As a doctor, Carson surely knows that countless mental health and medical organizations have condemned the idea that you can change a person’s sexual orientation. “The only thing that’s really been proven here is that when Ben Carson says what he really thinks, he reveals himself as utterly unfit for office.” This is not the first time Carson has found his name in a headline next to the word “controversial.” Scrutiny of his past comments has led Carson to clarify his statements more than once. ‘POORLY CHOSEN WORDS’ ON HOMOSEXUALITY Carson’s views on homosexuality have sparked outrage before. “Marriage is between a man and a woman, it’s a well-established fundamental pillar of society,” Carson said in an interview with FOX News’ Sean Hannity in 2013. “No group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA [North American Man-Boy Love Association], be they people who believe in bestiality, it doesn’t matter what they are. They don’t get to change the definition.” “It’s not something that’s against gays, it’s against anybody who wants to come along and change the fundamental definitions of pillars of society,” he added. Enraged by Carson’s comparison of homosexuality with bestiality and pedophilia, students at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine petitioned the school to jettison him as their commencement speaker. Carson, who was director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, voluntarily stepped down as commencement speaker and apologized for his comments, saying in a letter to the dean, “My poorly chosen words caused pain for some members of our community and for that I offer a most sincere and heartfelt apology...Although I do believe marriage is between a man and a woman, there are much less offensive ways to make that point.” ISIS AND US PATRIOTS ‘WILLING TO DIE’ At the RNC winter meeting earlier this year, Carson made what some saw as an inappropriate comparison between ISIS and America’s Revolutionary War heroes. "A bunch of rag-tag militiamen defeated the most powerful and professional military force on the planet. Why? Because they believed in what they were doing. They were willing to die for what they believed in," Carson, 63, said, according to NBC News. "Fast forward to today. What do we have? You've got ISIS. They've got the wrong philosophy, but they're willing to die for it while we are busily giving away every belief and every value for the sake of political correctness. We have to change that." In an interview with FOX News' Bill O’Reilly, Carson reiterated that he was “not saying that as a comparison between our patriots and ISIS.” OBAMACARE – WORST THING ‘SINCE SLAVERY' A fierce opponent of the Affordable Care Act, Carson made headlines back in 2013 for equating Obamacare to slavery. “I have to tell you, you know Obamacare is really, I think, the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery,” Carson, who’s African-American, said at the conservative Values Voters Summit in 2013. “And it is slavery in a way because it is making all of us subservient to the government.” Carson addressed his remarks on Fox and Friends, saying, “The issue that I was bringing up is not slavery. The issue is that we have taken the most important thing we have as free Americans and turned it over to the government.” ‘WE ARE VERY MUCH LIKE NAZI GERMANY’ “We are very much like Nazi Germany,” Carson said in an interview with Breitbart News last March. “And I know you’re not supposed to say ‘Nazi Germany,’ but I don’t care about political correctness. You know, you had a government using its tools to intimidate the population. We now live in a society where people are afraid to say what they actually believe.” Carson doubled down on his statements more than once, most recently telling CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, “What you were doing is allowing words to affect you more than listening to what was actually being said. And that's part of the problem. You are just focusing on the words 'Nazi Germany' and completely missing the point of what is being said."

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Dow Suffers Worst Day Since January As Markets Drop

Dow Suffers Worst Day Since January As Markets Drop

JaysonPhotography/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- An upbeat report on job creation did little to help the markets as stocks moved lower on Wednesday.The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished the session on Wednesday at 18,096.90, down 106.47 from its open. The Nasdaq also fell by 12.76 to close at 4,967.14. The S&P 500 fell by 9.25 points to close at 2,098.53. It was the Dow’s worst day since Jan. 30. Payroll processor ADP announced on Wednesday that that private companies added 213,000 jobs in February, the 13th straight month of gains. The number, however, was down from the 250,000 added in January. The government’s employment report will be released on Friday.McDonald’s wants its customers to know where it’s getting its chicken. The fast food giant says it will no longer buy from suppliers that raise birds with antibiotics. It’s the strongest move from a food company so far in the fight against superbugs.

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Gold Bar Robbery Possibly an Inside Job, Police Theorize

Gold Bar Robbery Possibly an Inside Job, Police Theorize

WTVD-TV(WILSON COUNTY, N.C.) -- Police suspect that the alleged armed robbery of a truck transporting bars of gold in North Carolina was an inside job as more details about the highway heist have emerged, according to a search warrant application that was obtained by ABC News. Three suspects allegedly stole $4.8 million worth of gold after one of the two armed guards -- the driver and another man, both inside the truck's cabin -- said that he felt sick and prompted the driver to pull over, Wilson County Sheriff Calvin Woodard Jr. told reporters on Wednesday. That account is different from what was presented in the first police report on the case, which said that a mechanical issue caused the truck's driver to pull over. “There is suspicion at this time that this could be an inside job due to the circumstances of the robbery," a Wilson County Sheriff’s Office detective wrote in a search warrant application to get access to one of the guards' cell phones, one of two search warrants in the case obtained Wednesday. "The fact that the truck was robbed immediately upon it pulling over at an unannounced stop is suspicious in and of itself," the document added. "It is also suspicious because there are no markings on the side of the truck that would indicate the type of cargo contained therein. The suspects also went directly to the trailer and found the gold which was in unmarked five gallon buckets. It is not believed that this is a random act due to the nature and facts of this robbery." The second search warrant application was to get access to the truck and the trailer it was pulling. Woodard told reporters Wednesday that the case was "suspicious," but declined to reiterate the theory expressed in the search warrant that the robbery could have been an inside job. Woodard shared sketches of the three suspects who allegedly bound the hands of the driver and the passenger, and a photo of a traffic cone that was placed behind the truck as the suspects allegedly removed the gold from the vehicle after breaking a lock on the back. The traffic cone had the marking of a company that only does work in Florida.The truck was bringing gold and silver to Bridgewater, Massachusetts, and being driven on I-95 by armed guards employed by a Miami-based company, TransValue Inc., Woodard said. One of the search warrants states that approximately $5 million worth of silver was left in the truck, meaning that when the truck left Miami on Sunday morning, it had close to $10 million in metals inside the back compartment, which, the sheriff said, was protected solely by a Master lock on the door. "The suspects attempted to steal the truck and trailer but could not get the truck started," according to one of the search warrants. "The truck was in proper working condition so the suspects had to [have] not been experienced in the operation of a commercial motor vehicle. The suspects loaded the gold in the minivan and fled the scene." The metal was owned by Republic Metals Corporation in Opalocka, Florida, according to a search warrant. The company did not immediately respond to a call seeking comment. The police said they were seeking a search warrant for the phones of the armed guard who felt sick because of the suspicious nature of the case, but Woodard said at Wednesday's news conference that the driver and the passenger have not been considered suspects. Both men have been interviewed separately several times by police, Woodard added. Woodard noted that the driver and the passenger apparently violated their company’s policies by exiting the vehicle without their firearms and leaving the firearms inside the truck.

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Passengers Evacuate US Airways Flight After Smoke Fills Cabin

Passengers Evacuate US Airways Flight After Smoke Fills Cabin

Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(DENVER) -- Passengers on US Airways Flight 445 from Charlotte were told to evacuate the plane as soon as it landed at Denver International Airport on Wednesday, authorities said.“The flight did have a smoke smell in cockpit. Evacuation slides deployed as plane was on the ground. Passengers were evacuated and bussed to concourse,” said Stacey Stegman, a spokeswoman for Denver International Airport, told ABC News.While only one person was injured, everybody else arrived safely, said Stegman.Brooks Robinson, of Atlanta, who was on the flight, described to ABC News the scene. “The jet stopped abruptly on the taxiway and then passengers saw and smelled smoke,” he said.“All of a sudden the captain comes over the intercom and goes, ‘Ladies and gentlemen evacuate, evacuate, evacuate!’ And you could tell he was a little…disturbed and a little shaken up,” he added.“It got pretty smoky. I mean, me, I’m not one to really panic over minor stuff, but it was enough where I wanted to put my shirt over my face because it was kind of a foul smell and awkward odor,” said Robinson.Robinson and many passengers took to social media, where they posted videos and pictures of the incident.“Fire department ruled out fire as the cause of the smoke,” Stegman said. She also said NTSB continue to investigate the cause.

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US General Says Airstrikes Have Killed 8,500 ISIS Fighters

US General Says Airstrikes Have Killed 8,500 ISIS Fighters

Juan Bernal/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Gen. Lloyd Austin of US Central Command and Christine Wormuth, the Pentagon’s top policy chief, were on the Hill Tuesday to talk about the authorization of use of military force against ISIS.

Austin noted that airstrikes have killed 8,500 fighters and that U.S. overhead intelligence indicated that Iraq was planning an attack on Tikrit. Austin told the House Armed Services Committee that “we are making significant progress” against ISIS, as ISIS’s advances have been halted.  The general said that U.S. airstrikes have killed an estimated 8,500 ISIS fighters, destroyed hundreds of vehicles and reduced their ability to gain revenue from oil facilities. But Austin said that the focus shouldn’t be on the numbers but how the airstrikes have affected ISIS’s behavior – no more large convoys and no longer able to take over large areas of territory:“The fact is that he can no longer do what he did at the outset, which is to seize and to hold new territory. He has assumed a defense crouch in Iraq. And although he has greater freedom of movement in Syria, he's largely in a defensive there, as well.”He stressed that the Iraqi government has to become inclusive: “If we don't get things right there first before expanding our efforts in Syria, then we risk making matters worse in both countries.” He warned, “They must control the activities of Shia militia. They must guard against any kind of atrocities going forward of those elements.”Iran is believed to be helping with Iraq’s offensive on Tikrit, and Austin emphasized that there’s no coordination between the U.S. and Iran on the ground in Iraq, which also means that “absolute knowledge of what their intent is, is not always there.” “Our policy is that we don't coordinate with Iranian forces on the ground in Iraq,” said Wormuth. “We are not communicating with those forces, we are not coordinating with those forces. So that is our policy.”

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Chloe Rutzerveld’s 3-D Printed ‘Snack of the Future’ Is Natural and Delicious

Chloe Rutzerveld’s 3-D Printed ‘Snack of the Future’ Is Natural and Delicious

Chloe Rutzerveld(NEW YORK) -- Most people don’t associate high-tech, 3-D printed food with health or taste. Dutch food designer Chloé Rutzerveld hopes to change that perception. Rutzerveld said her new Edible Growth project, which imagines 3-D printing an elegant yet healthy and natural hors d'oeuvre, is truly “food for thought.” “[It’s] an example of high-tech but fully natural, healthy, and sustainable food made possible by combining aspects of nature, science, technology and design,” she explained. The basket shapes will be printed using a gelatin-like, vegan-friendly protein known as agar. As it comes out of the printer, the center will be stuffed with seeds, spores and yeast. After a few days the baskets will sprout a tasty crop of seedlings and mushrooms. It is the consumer’s choice at which stage they choose to eat them, Rutzerveld said. As the appetizers roll out the printer, Rutzerveld said, it is easy to see the straight lines of technology. "But as it develops, you can see organic shapes. You can see the stages of growth and the development of taste and flavor," she said. Right now Edible Growth is just a concept. Rutzerveld said 3-D printing is not sophisticated enough yet to produce something quite so complex. She said it will be some time before printed food moves beyond using anything more complicated than sugar, dough or chocolate. “It seems as if it's easy,” she told ABC News, “but it's not, actually.”

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American Bison Slams Into Parked SUV in Yellowstone National Park

American Bison Slams Into Parked SUV in Yellowstone National Park

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(YELLOWSTONE, Wyo.) -- An American bison being trailed by cars inside Yellowstone National Park took its anger out on a parked SUV in its path, ramming into the car that had two passengers inside. Tom Carter, a 60-year-old attorney from Texas, was sitting inside a Nissan Xterra with his friend, Suzie Hollingsworth, a Yellowstone tour guide, when they saw a group of bison approaching them head-on. Carter pulled out his phone just in time to record a video of the bison veering off on its own and ramming their SUV. “We did everything we could think of to do to avoid problems,” Carter told ABC News. “I figured that they would just keep running right by us at a full gallop but at the last minute it intended to hit us.” “It was mad,” he said. “It pretty clearly intended to hit us.” Carter, who spent six summers as a Yosemite tour guide in the 1970s, says the bison were being followed by “essentially a line of cars that was chasing them into us.” The incident occurred in an area of the park known as Lamar Valley. Carter says the bison’s angry outburst is likely attributed to the agitation of the cars as well as the mild winter the area of Wyoming in which Yosemite is located has received. “It’s been a really light winter and the animals are a lot more feisty this winter,” he said. “Normally the winters are so harsh they don’t want to expend any outside fuel.” The bison caused nearly $2,800 in damages to the SUV, which belongs to Carter’s friend, Hollingsworth. Neither she nor Carter was injured inside the vehicle. “We turned the engine off which was a good thing because the air bags probably would have deployed,” said Carter, who estimated the bison weighed around 2,000 pounds. “We were never concerned about safety,” he said. “The buffalo picked on something about its own size. We were laughing about it because it was kind of crazy.” Carter’s video of the mid-February event has received nearly 400,000 views on YouTube. He later posted a video showing the damage to Hollingsworth’s car. He says the bison walked away unscathed. “It sort of shook its head and continued along the road,” Carter said.

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