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Royal Baby: Long List of Those in Line to Throne to Get Makeover

Royal Baby: Long List of Those in Line to Throne to Get MakeoveriStock Editorial/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- With the second child of Kate Middleton and Prince William on the way, what this means for the royal line of succession is the new baby will be fourth in line to the throne -- behind Prince Charles, William and Prince George.The top 10 are pretty well known, with Prince Andrew and Prince Edward -- and their families -- close to the top.But as you scroll down the royal line, there's still family connected to King George V, but down in the late 40's or early 50's -- namely Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy and her family.Alexandra, 78, who is the youngest granddaughter of King George V and Queen Mary, was 44 to 48 in the royal line -- different lists have her in different spots -- before the new baby. She and the rest of her family will all move down one spot after the new addition for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.Behind Alexandra is her son James Ogilvy, who is joined down the list by his two children Alexander Ogilvy and Flora Ogilvy. When James, 51, was born in 1964, he was 13th on the list and is the godson of Queen Elizabeth II.Even though James is close to 50th on the list as of the royal birth, he's a successful publisher, launching Luxury Briefing magazine in the late 1990s. His magazine "charts luxury news from around the world, features key people and tackles issues relating to the industry. Our informed commentators and curators of content, such as Faith Hope Consolo, Georgia Fendley and Keith Wilson, give their unique perspectives in monthly columns, providing thought leadership on topics of interest," according to the magazine's website.There's more to know about Alexandra too. Before she married Sir Angus Ogilvy, she was Princess Alexandra of Kent.Alexandra "is the second child and only daughter of the late Duke and Duchess of Ken," according to the official website of the British Monarchy."Much of Her Royal Highness's childhood was spent at the Duke and Duchess of Kent's country home, Coppins, in Buckinghamshire," it adds. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Sandra Bullock Clears Up Rumors She Plans to Adopt More Children

Sandra Bullock Clears Up Rumors She Plans to Adopt More ChildrenABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) -- Sandra Bullock is already mom to a 5-year-old son Louis, whom she adopted in early 2010. Now, she's denying rumors that she has plans to adopt more kids."I've always said that I could have a house full of kids," she tells People magazine, which just named her the World's Most Beautiful. "But at this time the only kids in my house, other than Louis, are the ones whose parents want them back at the end of the play date. But if these drum-beaters know something that I don't, I'd appreciate a heads-up on the details so I can pick up some supplies. I'm wickedly unprepared if Louis is getting a sibling this week." Bullock continued that family "are people you choose to have in your life. There are so many variations of families out there that are perfect. My family looks nothing like I ever imagined it would. It's better than I ever imagined." The Oscar-winning actress said she's especially grateful to her "tribe" made up of family and girlfriends."If you are struggling, the women in my life descend like paratroopers en masse and will not leave your side until they know you are standing on your own two feet again," she tells People. "No judgment, just support." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Clues to Why SkyWest Airlines Passengers Fainted in Flight

Clues to Why SkyWest Airlines Passengers Fainted in FlightiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Investigators have yet to announce what caused three SkyWest Airlines passengers to become ill and lose consciousness mid-flight, but some experts seem to agree on one thing: cabin pressure most likely played a role.Dr. Michael Anderson, chief medical officer at the University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, said people can respond differently to reduced oxygen and, even in a correctly pressurized plane, they might end up fainting."Although oxygen levels are normal ... a slight change in oxygen could cause a person to faint," he said.SkyWest Airlines confirmed Thursday that three people suffered a "loss of consciousness," but said there were "no indications of a pressurization problem or other issues with the aircraft." All three passengers recovered Wednesday after the plane made an emergency landing in Buffalo, New York.But the Federal Aviation Administration said the pilot feared a potential cabin pressure problem and dropped the plane to get breathable air.Anderson said when a passenger faints, the goal is to improve the person’s circulation either by giving oxygen or elevating the legs so the brain can get enough oxygen.He said it’s also wise to check whether the person had underlying medical conditions such as diabetes. A worst-case scenario would be if a patient was in the middle of a cardiac arrest that would necessitate a defibrillator to try and save him or her.But because multiple people became ill in this case, Anderson said there could have been a combination of things that led to their losing consciousness."I think the word that comes to mind is multifactorial ... are multiple things adding to this situation?" he said. "Some people really stress out about flying [or they] haven’t eaten."Anderson said in these circumstances there's also a possibility that "crowd mentality" played a role. Passengers who see a person pass out, if they are in a slightly less pressurized cabin, could end up having similar symptoms.Mary Cunningham, a registered nurse and fellow passenger, assisted the sick patients on the plane and said she also started to feel sick after helping them get oxygen."She was gray, her color looked awful, as soon as she got the oxygen she was alert," Cunningham told reporters of the first passenger who fainted.The pilot feared a potential cabin pressure problem and dropped the plane to get breathable air, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.John Nance, ABC News’ aviation expert, said continued depressurization in a plane, even slightly, could result in passengers’ feeling ill or sick before cockpit alarms go off, whether alarm bells go off and overhead oxygen masks fall.Also, with less oxygen, some passengers who exert themselves will feel the effects more strongly.“The tell-tale thing is when the nurse gets up,” he said, “and gets to feel woozy.” Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Trans Teen to Get Apology from SC DMV for Forcing Her to Remove Makeup

Trans Teen to Get Apology from SC DMV for Forcing Her to Remove MakeupTransgender Legal Defense and Education Fund(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- Chase Culpepper, a transgender girl, is now getting an apology from the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles after she was forced to remove her makeup when trying to take a photo for her first driver's license in March of last year.DMV employees told Culpepper, 17, she needed to "look male" in her license photo and refused to provide her with her driver's license until she removed the makeup she was wearing, the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF) told ABC News Thursday in a statement. The TLDEF was the legal group that filed a federal lawsuit against the South Carolina DMV on Chase's behalf.A settlement was made Monday, according to court documents, which said the South Carolina DMV agreed to change its photo policy, implement training on the treatment of transgender and gender nonconforming individuals, allow Culpepper to return to the DMV and get her license photograph taken wearing makeup, and apologize to Culpepper for how she was treated. “I am thrilled with the outcome of my lawsuit,” Culpepper said. “My clothing and makeup reflect who I am. From day one, all I wanted was to get a driver’s license that looks like me. Now I will be able to do that. It was hurtful to be singled out for being transgender and made to feel that somehow I wasn’t good enough. With this settlement, the DMV can no longer force transgender people to look like someone they’re not."Culpepper, who was assigned male sex at birth, originally identified as gender nonconforming last year, but has since begun identifying as a girl, the TLEDF said.DMV officials asked Culpepper to remove her makeup after passing her driving test last year because of a policy banning license photos when "someone is purposefully altering his or her appearance," according to court documents.Culpepper's mom, Teresa Culpepper, said she was proud of her daughter for "having the courage to stand up to the discrimination she faced at the DMV" and that her "victory will make the DMV experience much better for transgender and gender nonconforming people in the future."TLDEF Staff Attorney Ethan Rice added that the settlement sends a strong message about equal rights."Transgender and gender nonconforming people are entitled to be themselves without interference from the DMV," he said. "It is not the role of the DMV or its employees to decide how men and women should look. People should be able to get a driver’s license without being subjected to sex discrimination. The policy changes and training that the DMV will implement in response to Chase’s lawsuit will help all transgender and gender nonconforming South Carolina residents in the future."The South Carolina DMV's lead attorneys did not immediately respond to ABC News' emails requesting additional comment. Additionally, the South Carolina DMV's website was down Thursday afternoon. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Ben Affleck Reveals Name of Slave-Owning Ancestor in “Finding Your Roots” Controversy

Ben Affleck Reveals Name of Slave-Owning Ancestor in “Finding Your Roots” ControversyPeter Kramer/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — Ben Affleck admitted earlier this week that he was embarrassed to learn that one of his ancestors owned slaves. Now, he's revealing the name of that person."Lots of people have been asking who the guy was," the actor tweeted on Wednesday. "His name was Benjamin Cole -- lived in Georgia on my mom's side about six generations back."Affleck, 42, came under fire after an email exchange posted on Wikileaks revealed that he had asked the team behind the PBS program Finding Your Roots not to include Cole in an episode about his family tree. In the emails, Henry Louis Gates, the host of the program, expressed hesitation to comply with Affleck's wishes, though, ultimately, Cole was not mentioned in the October episode that featured Affleck.Meanwhile, the actor pointed out that Finding Your Roots is not a news program, but, rather, "a show where you voluntarily provide a great deal of information about your family, making you quite vulnerable. The assumption is that they will never be dishonest but they will respect your willingness to participate and not look to include things you think would embarrass your family."We deserve neither credit nor blame for our ancestors and the degree of interest in this story suggests that we are, as a nation, still grappling with the terrible legacy of slavery," Affleck said. "It is an examination well worth continuing. I am glad that my story, however indirectly, will contribute to that discussion. While I don't like that the guy is an ancestor, I am happy that aspect of our country's history is being talked about." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Lyrid Meteor Shower Peaks, Illuminating Night Sky

Lyrid Meteor Shower Peaks, Illuminating Night SkyiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Lyrid meteor shower reached its peak overnight with as many as 20 meteors per hour darting through the night sky.The meteors are pieces of the comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher and have made an appearance every April for at least the past 2,600 years as Earth runs into a stream of debris from the comet.Peak meteor action began Wednesday around 10:30 p.m. local time in the Northern Hemisphere, while people in the Southern Hemisphere were able to catch a glimpse after midnight local time.The most breathtaking views were in areas with an unobstructed view of the sky away from artificial lights. While the Lyrid has peaked, the annual meteor shower is expected to continue to a lesser extent into the weekend.The annual show is known for its unpredictability. In the past, as many as 90 meteors per hour have streaked across the sky, providing a spectacular view. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Alanis Morissette Featured in New Film Trailer Touting Breast-Feeding

Alanis Morissette Featured in New Film Trailer Touting Breast-FeedingImeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Singer Alanis Morissette and health experts speak out in a trailer for an upcoming film that advocates for more moms to breast-feed their babies."This is a huge movement that needs to happen right now in America," a lactation consultant says in the trailer for The Milky Way Movie that was released first to ABC News exclusively.More celebrities set to make appearances in the full feature are actress Minnie Driver, model Justine Pasek and more, according to the group behind the film, The Milky Way Foundation, an advocacy group whose mission is to get more women to breast-feed.“We’re trying to come at solving the world’s problems from the symptomatic stuff back,” Morissette says in the new clip. “I think it would be so much easier to start from the beginning and work up.”A national breastfeeding report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that about 77 percent of infants begin breast-feeding at birth. That number drops to 49 percent by six months and 27 percent by 12 months."I like to be sensitive to women who don’t breast-feed for whatever reason," said Dr. Jen Ashton, ABC News' senior medical contributor. "Medical literature shows there are long and short term benefits to breast-feeding but you can only do what you can do.""As a mother, you already have more than enough guilt to go round," she said. "I try to give women a little empathy on that because I know it’s not possible or feasible for every woman to breast-feed her baby. Every woman’s choice should be respected. But medically it’s clear there is a benefit."The Milky Way Movie will make its global debut digitally and on demand on May 5, according to The Milky Way Foundation. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Elizabeth Warren Officially in a Fight with Obama over Trade?

Elizabeth Warren Officially in a Fight with Obama over Trade?US Senate(WASHINGTON) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, came out with a forceful blog post Wednesday on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, saying the administration is hiding the details of the deal from the American people. "The Administration says I'm wrong — that there's nothing to worry about. They say the deal is nearly done, and they are making a lot of promises about how the deal will affect workers, the environment, and human rights. Promises — but people like you can't see the actual deal," Warren writes. Warren’s blog post came after President Obama said in an interview with MSNBC that the Massachusetts senator is "wrong" for opposing TPP. Asked about Democratic opposition to the trade deal, the White House Wednesday admitted that "this has been a difficult political issue for Democrats and political allies in the past,” but that doesn't mean "we're going to shy away from this conversation."Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

What Blue Bell Creameries Can Learn from Past Recalls

What Blue Bell Creameries Can Learn from Past RecallsiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Blue Bell Creameries, which voluntarily recalled all of its ice cream this week due to possible listeria contamination, can learn lessons of what to do -- and not to do -- from the biggest recent recalls in the country.In its latest statement, Blue Bell said Monday that it was voluntarily recalling all of its products due to the potential for Listeria contamination. Five patients were treated in Kansas and three in Texas after testing positive for Listeria monocytogenes, the company said.“We’re committed to doing the 100 percent right thing, and the best way to do that is to take all of our products off the market until we can be confident that they are all safe,” said Paul Kruse, Blue Bell CEO and president, in a statement.Kruse added, “At this point, we cannot say with certainty how Listeria was introduced to our facilities and so we have taken this unprecedented step. We continue to work with our team of experts to eliminate this problem.”"Blue Bell can learn from the likes of Toyota and GM that the 'death by 1,000 cuts' approach to recall crisis communications doesn't work," Jonathan Bernstein, president of Bernstein Crisis Management and author of Keeping the Wolves at Bay.Earlier this month, General Motors said it had fixed 70 percent of its faulty ignition switches that have led to the recall of about 2.3 million recalled cars around the world. Lawmakers and the families of victims criticized GM for what they allege was a slow recognition to the problem and repair completion rate. At least 80 deaths and nearly 150 injuries in the U.S. have been linked to the faulty switches.In 2012, Toyota announced that more than seven million cars were recalled due to a faulty power window switch that had the potential to start a fire. Bernstein said it was "downright silly" that many of the vehicles were previously recalled for sticky gas pedals and dangerous floor mats in 2009 and 2010, after Toyota first learned of the switch issue.Bernstein said the same issue that GM and Toyota have experienced, poor communication, arose for the Takata airbag recalls. There may be as many as 17 million cars made by 10 different automakers that have been recalled due to faulty air bags from the parts supplier, according to Consumer Reports. Bernstein points out that Takata failed to offer even a holding statement to major media outlets, contributing to a drop in its share price. At least five deaths have been linked to Takata airbags that have exploded, while the number of injured may be as high as 64.Michelle Greenwald, a marketing professor at Columbia Business School, said Johnson & Johnson's response in 1982 is touted as the best example after a recall. At that time, the deaths of seven people were linked to cyanide contamination in its Tylenol products."They admitted it right away and pulled product off their shelves even though it was a big loss to bottom line. And it wasn’t replaced until safe," she said.Greenwald contrasts that response to that of Toyota and Blue Bell, saying neither company figured out the problem immediately. Greewald said, "Toyota couldn’t figure it out internally and they had to bring in experts."Whether consumers will forgive and forget often depends on how "deadly" a faulty product is, Greenwald said."I think it has to do with the severity of the illness, and it’s good if they catch it sooner, before people die," she said. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Here’s How Much Money You Made Facebook Last Quarter

Here’s How Much Money You Made Facebook Last QuarterJustin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Facebook users are a key part of how the company makes its money -- and the social network can put a price on how much revenue the average user helped generate over the past quarter by interacting with advertisements.The Menlo Park, California-based company reported increased engagement Wednesday in its earnings call, with 1.44 billion active monthly users. While those users don't pay Facebook, they do interact with advertisements, making them a key ingredient to how Facebook makes money.For the first quarter of 2015, the average Facebook user helped bring in $2.50 of revenue to the company, according to investor information posted on Facebook's website.Looking at it geographically, the average user in the United States and Canada contributed significantly more revenue -- $8.32. Last quarter, each user in the U.S. and Canada brought in $9 in revenue.Facebook announced a 42 percent rise in revenues, showing $3.54 billion, just falling short of analysts' expectations of $3.56 billion. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Paul Walker’s “Fast and the Furious” Car Headed for Auction

Paul Walker’s “Fast and the Furious” Car Headed for AuctionUniversal(INDIANAPOLIS) — A car driven by the late Paul Walker in the original Fast and the Furious film is headed to auction.The orange 1993 Toyota Supra was used as a stunt car in the movie, which was released in 2001. A listing from Mecum Auctions states the vehicle was used during the final race scene between Walker and co-star Vin Diesel's characters.The listing notes, "Walker drives this Supra head to head against Diesel's Dodge Charger in a race to a railroad crossing where both cars jump the tracks just in time to miss an oncoming train and just as the action appears to calm down, Vin Diesel's character collides with a semi; flipping the Charger over the Supra as it cruises ahead."  The Supra will be on the block in Indianapolis from May 12 to 17. It's expected to fetch between $150,000 and $200,000.Furious 7, which pays tribute to Walker, has been the number-one movie at the box office the past three weekends.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Mila Kunis Sued for Allegedly Stealing Chicken in the Ukraine

Mila Kunis Sued for Allegedly Stealing Chicken in the UkraineABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Mila Kunis, a chicken thief? That's what a woman is claiming in a lawsuit.According to TMZ, Kristina Karo claims she was best friends with Kunis when they were kids in the Ukraine. One day, she says, Kunis stole a chicken of hers named Doggie. Supposedly, Kunis told her, "Kristina, you can have any other chicken as a pet, you have a whole chicken farm."Karo, who now lives in Los Angeles, claims she's suffered emotional distress as a result of the incident, and is seeking $5,000.Kunis and her husband, Ashton Kutcher, have mocked the complaint in a video shared via the Meerkat app and posted on TMZ. Kunis sarcastically said she was "devastated," "weeping" and "dumbfounded" when she learned of the lawsuit.Kutcher wondered, "The girl has a music video coming out the same time she is suing you for $5,000...?" Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Study Busts Myth About Yogurt’s Health Benefits

Study Busts Myth About Yogurt’s Health BenefitsiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — For years, yogurt has been marketed as a health food but perhaps it’s time to rethink that claim based on a study by Spanish researchers who say the tasty dairy product is not all that it's cracked up to be.What’s more, Esther López-García, lead author of the study, goes as far to say that yogurt offers no proven physical or mental benefits to those who enjoy it.López-García isn’t saying that yogurt, which contains calcium, protein and probiotics, is bad for people who regularly consume it.However, based on a three-and-a-half-year analysis of 4,450 Spanish adults, researchers found yogurt lovers weren’t any better off physically than people who didn’t eat it and only showed a slight improvement mentally but nothing that was remarkable.Furthermore, López-García said that the study also ruled out the possibility that poor health choices might hide yogurt’s benefits since there wasn’t any correlation between the food and better health for those who ate a Mediterranean diet and didn’t smoke.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Treating Depression Now as Simple as a Flick of the Wrist

Treating Depression Now as Simple as a Flick of the WristiStock/Thinkstock(AUGUSTA, Ga.) — Treating depression isn’t easy but scientists at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University may have come up with an easy way to at least figure out what medications are appropriate for particular patients.It’s a wristband that records motion over a 24-hour period to determine who is a night owl or a lark, according to W. Vaughn McCall.Typically, night owls -- the people more likely to suffer from major depression -- respond better to SSRIs, which are drugs that often have to be taken over many months in constantly changing doses.On the other hand, if the wristband identifies someone as a “lark,” who has a different sleep pattern, physicians might prescribe drugs other than SSRIs that help these patients readjust their times to slightly later in the day.Either way, McCall says the simple wristband will give therapists a better understanding of the rest-activity patterns of those suffering from depression in order to decide what drugs to give them.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Chelsea Clinton Defends Family’s Foundation Against Book Allegations

Chelsea Clinton Defends Family’s Foundation Against Book AllegationsAlex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Chelsea Clinton defended her family’s charity Thursday against allegations that foreign governments received favors in return for donations -- saying that despite all the questions, the Clinton Foundation does “important” work and is “among the most transparent” of foundations.“What the Clinton Foundation has said is that we will be even more transparent, even though Transparency International and others have said we’re among the most transparent of foundations,” the former first daughter and vice chair of the Clinton Foundation said when asked during a panel in New York City Thursday morning about claims made in a new book Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich."I very much believe that that is the right policy. That we’ll be even more transparent. That to eliminate any questions while we’re in this time, we won’t take new government funding, but that the work will continue as it is,” Clinton continued, referring to the foundation’s recent policy change to limit donations from foreign governments, like Saudi Arabia.Chelsea Clinton’s comments come the same morning the New York Times and other media outlets reported on the soon-to-be released book by Peter Schweizer, which asserts that foreign entities have received special favors from Bill and Hillary Clinton after donating to the Clinton Foundation, particularly during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of State.Many of Hillary Clinton’s likely Republican opponents have used the book as a way to attack the Democratic presidential candidate.The Clinton campaign has brushed off the allegations, saying in a statement released to ABC News that the book is part of the Republicans’ “coordinated attack strategy” against the Clintons.Hillary Clinton also dismissed the book’s claims, telling reporters at a campaign stop in New Hampshire this week that the allegations are simply a “distraction” from her presidential campaign.Chelsea Clinton made her remarks during a panel on women and girls at the Council on Foreign Relations, moderated by ABC News’ JuJu Chang.During the panel, Clinton also weighed in on Hillary Clinton’s recent presidential announcement, and hinted that her own role on the campaign trail -- at least for now -- will be more limited than in 2008 due to her responsibilities as a new mom.“My life is very different now than it was in 2008,” Chelsea said. "I’m a mom and my first responsibility is to my daughter, and ensure that she feels the same way I always felt, that I was the most important person in the world to my parents.”Chelsea added that “very much for this year” she will likely limit how much she travels, but that she is still very “committed” to helping her mom win in 2016.“I think certainly all of us try to figure out how to balance roles in our lives,” she remarked. “How I’ll figure that out is an open question. But I’m committed to doing so, and all advice is very appreciated.” Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

The Surprising Topic of First YouTube Video Posted 10 Years Ago

The Surprising Topic of First YouTube Video Posted 10 Years AgoiStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The first YouTube video ever was in praise of elephants.The video sharing website's story begins with a short video of a guy at a zoo admiring the elephants and their "really, really, really long trunks."Ten years later, YouTube has turned into a billion dollar video sharing juggernaut and one of the most visited websites on the Internet. The website is said to be valued as high as $40 billion.Meanwhile, the first video ever posted on the site 10 years ago on Thursday is nearing 20 million views.In the 18-second video -- entitled "Me at the zoo" -- YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim stands in front of the elephant enclosure and delivers a quick message about how the elephants have "really, really, really long trunks," which he thinks is "cool." The video is grainy and a far cry from the slick high-definition videos seen on the site today. It was, however, an important first step in what would become a company that changed the way media is consumed and enabled anyone to build a following and become a star.Today, as much as 300 hours worth of video is uploaded to YouTube every minute.Although Karim left YouTube early to get a graduate degree in computer science, he earned a windfall for his work on the site when it was acquired by Google in 2006 for $1.65 billion.The New York Times reported Karim received 137,443 shares, which were worth around $64 million at the time of the deal. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Chile’s Calbuco Volcano Erupts in Stunning Display

Chile’s Calbuco Volcano Erupts in Stunning DisplayIvan Konar/LatinContent/Getty Images(SANTIAGO, Chile) -- Chile's Calbuco volcano erupted Wednesday after being dormant for more than four decades.The eruption, the first since 1972, emitted a huge ash cloud and prompted evacuations in nearby towns.Time-lapse video footage showed an ash cloud forming as the volcano erupted: Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Warren Weinstein: A Look at the American Hostage Killed During Counterterrorism Operation

Warren Weinstein: A Look at the American Hostage Killed During Counterterrorism OperationWarren Weinstein's wife Elaine and their daughters Alisa Weinsten and Jennifer Coakley spoke with reporters in 2013 about Warren's kidnapping. Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The American held hostage by al Qaeda who was was killed during a U.S. counterterrorism operation was a former Peace Corps official working in Pakistan for community projects.Dr. Warren Weinstein was taken hostage in 2011 when he was a USAID contract worker in Lahore, Pakistan, who was helping Pakistani families escape poverty, according to President Obama. Gunmen stormed his apartment and took him captive before he was traded to al Qaeda.Thursday, the White House said Weinstein and another hostage, Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian national, were killed during an American government's counterterrorism operation this past January. President Obama called him a humanitarian who "devoted his life" to help people across Africa and South Asia.Weinstein's wife, Elaine, spoke to ABC’s Good Morning America in December 2013 after seeing a video of her husband.“I wanted to die right there on the spot,” Weinstein’s wife, Elaine, said at the time about her reaction to the video, “because he has no idea how hard we’ve tried to get him back…and it’s just heartbreaking because he’s asking for help and I can’t give him any.”In 2012, Weinstein pleaded with President Obama to comply with the terrorists’ demands, saying, “My life is in your hands, Mr. President,” he said. “If you accept the demands, I live. If you don’t accept the demands, then I die.”“I've done a lot of service for my country, and I would hope that my country will now look after me and take care of me and meet the demands of the mujahedeen,” he added."I tell the captive soldiers of al Qaeda and the Taliban and our female prisoners held in the prisons of the crusaders and their collaborators, 'We have not forgotten you and in order to free you we have taken hostage the Jewish American Warren Weinstein,'" al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri said in a 30-minute statement months after Osama bin Laden was killed in 2011. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Bill Clinton Cashed In When Hillary Became Secretary of State

Bill Clinton Cashed In When Hillary Became Secretary of StateJustin Sullivan/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- After his wife became secretary of state, former President Bill Clinton began to collect speaking fees that often doubled or tripled what he had been charging earlier in his post White House years, bringing in millions of dollars from groups that included several with interests pending before the State Department, an ABC News review of financial disclosure records shows.Where he once had drawn $150,000 for a typical address in the years following his presidency, Clinton saw a succession of staggering paydays for speeches in 2010 and 2011, including $500,000 paid by a Russian investment bank and $750,000 to address a telecom conference in China.“It’s unusual to see a former president’s speaking fee go up over time,” said Richard Painter, who served as chief ethics lawyer in the White House Counsel’s office under President George W. Bush. “I must say I’m surprised that he raised his fees. There’s no prohibition on his raising it. But it does create some appearance problems if he raises his fee after she becomes secretary of state.”Public speaking became a natural and lucrative source of income for Clinton when he returned to private life in 2001. Records from disclosure forms filed by Hillary Clinton during her tenures in the U.S. Senate and then in the Obama Administration indicate he took in more than $105 million in speech fees during that 14-year period.That steady flow of income has come under scrutiny in recent days, as it formed an element of a book by author and conservative think tank fellow Peter Schweitzer called Clinton Cash, due for release in coming days. ABC News received an advanced copy of the book, which highlights instances where domestic and foreign companies with pending interests before the State Department made large donations to Clinton’s charitable enterprises or, in some cases, helped underwrite the former president’s speeches. The book offers no proof that Hillary Clinton took any direct action to benefit the groups and interests that were paying her husband.An independent review of source material by ABC News uncovered errors in the book, including an instance where paid and unpaid speaking appearances were conflated. Schweitzer said the errors would be corrected. But those same records supported the premise that former President Clinton accepted speaking fees from numerous companies and individuals with interests pending before the State Department.A spokesman for Hillary Clinton’s campaign did not respond Wednesday to requests for comment from ABC News, but the campaign’s leadership has been very aggressive in attacking the premise and content of the book. John Podesta, the campaign chairman, told PBS, "He's cherry-picked information that's been disclosed and woven a bunch of conspiracy theories about it.”During her first visit to New Hampshire as a presidential candidate Monday, Hillary Clinton brushed off other finance-related allegations referenced in Clinton Cash about the Clinton Foundation's acceptance of donations from foreign governments, dismissing them as being a "distraction" from the issues of her campaign."Well, we're back into the political season and therefore we will be subjected to all kinds of distractions and attacks and I'm ready for that. I know that that comes unfortunately with the territory," Clinton told reporters.When Hillary Clinton took over as secretary of state, Bill Clinton's attorney, David E. Kendall, drafted guidelines intended to help him avoid conflicts as he continued to accept payment for speeches.“l am writing to describe the voluntary steps, above and beyond the requirements of law and ethics regulations, that President Clinton intends to take to assist Senator Clinton to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest with her duties as secretary of state,” Kendall wrote.The rules required the State Department’s ethics officials to review and approve speaking requests.In practice, there were few if any instances where ethics officials inside the State Department asked the former president to refuse to accept payment for a speech. Hundreds of pages of emails, first obtained through a Freedom of Information request by the right-leaning group Judicial Watch, show that requests from Clinton’s personal office to the State Department for approval of speaking engagements were almost always granted.In October 2010, for instance, Clinton accepted $225,000 to give a speech in Jamaica sponsored in part by the Irish telecom firm Digicel. Just weeks earlier, Digicel had submitted an application to USAID, an agency overseen by the State Department, for millions of dollars in grant money to fund a mobile-phone money transfer service in Haiti. Two months after the speech, Digicel received the first installment of grant money. The company’s chairman, Irish billionaire Denis O'Brien, was also a major contributor to the Clintons' charitable enterprises. He has not responded to questions sent to him through a Digicel spokesperson.The former president collected large payments from companies with global interests such as Canada’s TD Bank, which had an interest in the Keystone Pipeline, a subject of intense lobbying in Washington. In just one week in March of 2011, Clinton collected $1.3 million giving speeches in Nigeria, Brazil and Grand Cayman.One instance where the State Department did raise questions about a speech recipient came in 2012, when President Clinton requested to speak at an aviation conference sponsored in part by an organization called the Shanghai Airport Authority. The audience was billed as “6,000 business leaders, government officials, and high net worth individuals.” The State Department ethics officer, Kathryn Youel Page, flagged the request in an email back to the former president’s office indicating the sponsor had ties to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) government.“I don't believe we've previously cleared acceptance of fees from PRC-linked entities, but could consider this variation,” she wrote.Clinton did not accept the fee. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Obama: ‘I Take Full Responsibility’ for US Operation that Killed Innocent Hostages Held by Al Qaeda

Obama: ‘I Take Full Responsibility’ for US Operation that Killed Innocent Hostages Held by Al QaedaOfficial White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — President Obama said Thursday that he takes "full responsibility" for a U.S. government counterterrorism operation that killed two innocent hostages held by al Qaeda.Dr. Warren Weinstein, an American held by the terror group since 2011, and Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian national who had been an al Qaeda hostage since 2012, were "accidentally" killed in a U.S. operation in January, the president acknowledged."I want to express our grief and condolences for the families of two hostages," Obama said from the White House briefing room, noting that at the time, the U.S. believed no civilians were present at the operation site. "Since 9/11, our counterterrorism efforts have prevented terrorism attacks and saved innocent lives, both here in America and around the world, and that determination to protect innocent life only makes the loss of these two men especially painful for all of us," he added. "It is a cruel and bitter truth that in the fog of war generally and our fight against terrorists specifically, mistakes, sometimes deadly mistakes, can occur. But one of the things that sets America apart from many other nations, one of the things that makes us exceptional is our willingness to confront squarely our imperfections and to learn from our mistakes."Though the administration asserted in a statement that the operation was “lawful and conducted consistent with our counter-terrorism policies,” President Obama promised a thorough independent review, saying he declassified the mission "because the Weinstein and Lo Porto families deserve to know the truth."In a video released by al Qaeda in 2012, Weinstein, a former peace corps and U.S. aid official abducted from his home in Lahore, Pakistan, pleaded with Obama to comply with the terrorists’ demands.“My life is in your hands, Mr. President,” he said. “If you accept the demands, I live. If you don’t accept the demands, then I die.”“I've done a lot of service for my country, and I would hope that my country will now look after me and take care of me and meet the demands of the mujahedeen,” he added.Since Weinstein's abduction, government officials had worked "tirelessly" to bring him home safely, Obama said Thursday."For decades, Warren lived the ideals of our country," he said. "He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, who willingly left the comforts of home to help the people of Pakistan.""We are devastated by this news and the knowledge that my husband will never safely return home," Weinstein's wife, Elaine, said in a statement.“Unfortunately, the assistance we received from other elements of the U.S. Government was inconsistent and disappointing over the course of three and a half years. We hope that my husband’s death and the others who have faced similar tragedies in recent months will finally prompt the U.S. Government to take its responsibilities seriously and establish a coordinated and consistent approach to supporting hostages and their families,” she said.While the family looks forward to the results of the U.S. government's investigation into the operation, "those who took Warren captive over three years ago bear ultimate responsibility," she added. "The cowardly actions of those who took Warren captive and ultimately to the place and time of his death are not in keeping with Islam and they will have to face their God to answer for their actions."According to a White House statement, “two other Americans were recently killed in U.S. Government counter-terrorism operations in the same region.”Ahmed Farouq and Adam Gadahn were both members of al Qaeda, but neither was “specifically targeted,” the White House says. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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