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US, Partners Conduct More Airstrikes in Iraq and Syria

US, Partners Conduct More Airstrikes in Iraq and Syria

Hope Milam/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD, Iraq) — U.S. and international military forces conducted more airstrikes in Iraq and Syria over the weekend, with eight strikes reported in Syria and four more in Iraq.

According to U.S. Central Command, the latest strikes were conducted using attack planes, fighter jets and remotely piloted aircraft. The strikes in Syria destroyed a tank, three armed vehicles and a Humvee and damaged another tank, oil refineries and a command and control node operated by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

The strikes in Iraq destroyed an ISIS safe house, two checkpoints and a transport vehicle and damaged another checkpoint.

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Two Police Officers Shot in Ferguson, Mo.

Two Police Officers Shot in Ferguson, Mo.

John Roman/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(FERGUSON, Mo.) — Police are investigating whether two officer-involved shootings in St. Louis and its suburb of Ferguson are linked to protests over the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

The first shooting happened shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday when a Ferguson police officer was conducting a business check at the city’s community center, according to a statement from the St. Louis County Police Department.

When the officer spotted two men behind the building, they began running away, said St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar. As the officer ran after the men, one “spun toward the officer armed with a handgun, and fired shots at the officer,” hitting him once in the arm. The officer shot back.

“There is no indication at this time that the suspect was struck by return gun fire from the officer,” read the county police department’s statement.

The officer was treated at a local hospital.

Belmar said he did not think the shooting was related to recent protests in Ferguson, where Brown was shot and killed by a police officer last month.

In a second shooting on I-70, an off-duty St. Louis police officer was driving home after midnight Sunday in his personal car when shots were fired by someone inside a passing Dodge Charger, said police. Investigators aren’t sure whether the shooting was a targeted incident or a random act of violence.

The officer’s car was hit “numerous times,” according to police. He suffered minor injuries from broken glass and was treated at a local hospital.

Investigators don’t believe the shootings are related.

Tensions between police and residents in the St. Louis suburb have continued since Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Brown on Aug. 9. There were weeks of protests, including some incidents of looting and clashes between demonstrators and police.

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Boehner Believes US Ground Forces May Be Needed to Defeat ISIS

Boehner Believes US Ground Forces May Be Needed to Defeat ISIS

ABC/Martin H. Simon(WASHINGTON) — While a U.S.-led coalition continues to strike militants in Iraq and Syria, House Speaker John Boehner said President Obama’s current strategy is insufficient to eliminate the threat posed by ISIS.

“If the goal is to destroy ISIS, as the president says it is, I don’t believe the strategy that he outlined will accomplish that,” Boehner told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos in an exclusive interview for ABC News in Portland, Maine this week. “At the end of the day, I think it’s going to take more than air strikes to drive them out of there. At some point somebody’s boots have to be on the ground.”

“American?” Stephanopoulos asked.

“Listen, the president doesn’t want to do that,” Boehner answered. “If I were the president, I probably wouldn’t have talked about what I wouldn’t do — and maybe we can get enough of those forces trained to get them on the battlefield, but somebody’s boots have to be there.”

“If no one else will step up, would you recommend putting American boots on the ground?” Stephanopoulos pressed.

“We have no choice,” Boehner warned. “These are barbarians. They intend to kill us, and if we don’t destroy them first, we’re gonna pay the price.”

If the president requested new authorization for the use of military force, Boehner pledged to call the House back into session “next week.”

“I’d be happy to,” he said. “The president has not done that. He believes he has authority under existing resolutions to do what he’s done.”

“You don’t agree?” Stephanopoulos asked.

“I think he does have the authority to do it, but the point I’m making is this is a proposal that the Congress ought to consider,” the speaker said.

Boehner predicted that the GOP would take control of the Senate, and that Republicans would also add to their majority in the House. This week, Boehner made a campaign swing for GOP candidates traditionally Democratic territory in New England.

“We can gain seats in this election, and we’ve got great prospects all over the country,” Boehner said. “I don’t think you can be a national party if you just ignore one part of the country.”

Although last year Boehner told ABC News immigration reform would be passed by the end of the current session of Congress, the speaker still contends it’s one of his highest priorities.

“We had a flood of children coming across the border, once again proving that no good immigration bill can pass until we have real border security,” he said.  “Big things in Washington take bipartisan majorities. [The] issue of immigration? Only way to do it, and frankly the right way to do it, is to do it in a broad bipartisan way.”

“And you think you can bring your party along on that?” Stephanopoulos asked.

“Absolutely,” Boehner said. “I said the day after the 2012 election it was time to do immigration reform. I meant it then and I mean it today.”

So what is Boehner’s message to President Obama about the upcoming session of Congress?

“I think the conversation’s pretty straightforward. ‘Mr President you’ve got two years left. Want to have two years like we’ve had the last four years where we just butt heads and butt heads and butt heads?’” he continued. “It’s up to us to see where the common ground is, but tax reform, a big highway bill, certainly are in the realm of doable.”

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Hundreds Gather Outside White House Protesting Against Opiate Painkillers

Hundreds Gather Outside White House Protesting Against Opiate Painkillers

Joe Ravi/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Hundreds, perhaps thousands of protesters gathered outside the White House on Sunday, condemning President Obama and his administration for their lack of action on regulation of opiate painkillers.

Wearing t-shirts that red “Fed Up!” and chanting, protesters backed by addiction groups and anti-painkiller-abuse advocates held signs with the images of loved ones who died from heroin addictions. Many of them, protesters said, began down that path by abusing prescription painkillers.

The group called for the resignation of Margaret Hamburg, administrator of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration earlier this week.

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Europeans Win Ryder Cup

Europeans Win Ryder Cup

James_Thomas_Photo/Thinkstock(GLENEAGLES, Scotland) — Europe continued its dominance as it won a third consecutive Ryder Cup behind the charge of Rory McIlroy and rookie Jamie Donaldson on Sunday.

McIlroy started the round strong with a score of six under par on the first six holes.

Donaldson sealed the day with a powerful drive on the 15th hole that placed the ball within two feet of the cup. 

The Europeans finshed the Ryder cup with a final score of 16 1/2 to 11 1/2 over the Americans. 

The event was not without controversy for the Americans as Phil Mickelson rode the bench for the final two days of the event and was quick to criticize captain Tom Watson.

“We had a great formula in ’08, and I don’t know why we strayed from it,” Mickelson said. “What Zinger did was really a good format. Maybe we should relive that.”

The Europeans can celebrate with the Ryder cup for another two years until the rivalry renews at Hazeltine outside Minneapolis.  

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Burying Ebola Victims in Liberia

Burying Ebola Victims in Liberia

Dr. Richard Besser/ABC News(MONROVIA, Liberia) — REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK By: Dr. Richard Besser

Matthew Lincoln died Saturday night. He was one of two patients to die at the Bong County Ebola Treatment Unit on Saturday.

When Lincoln died, I was embedded with a group of aid workers tracking down Ebola patients. We were on our way to the center with his 23-year-old wife, Garmai and their 11-month-old son, Freeman, both of whom are believed to be infected with Ebola. We picked up Garmai and Freeman in the small village of Mahwa, but instead of traveling directly to the clinic, we detoured to pick up another suspected Ebola patient. A four-hour trip stretched to six, and by the time we reached our destination, Matthew was dead.

There was no chance for his wife to say goodbye.

Bong County Ebola Treatment Unit is run by the International Medical Corps. It was built by Save the Children and is funded by USAID. It sits on top of a forested hill a couple miles from the main road on property that used to be a leper colony, according to a large sign that hangs by the road.

Eventually the facility will house 52 Ebola patients, but it opened just 13 days ago as part of the increased American support coming into Liberia to fight the outbreak. Now, it can only handle 22 patients.

Taking care of Ebola patients requires meticulous attention to detail; one small mistake and a health care worker can become infected. As a result, new centers scale up slowly, working out there systems with a small number of patients at first.

On Sunday morning, we attended Matthew’s funeral. No prayers, no remembrances, no loved ones at the grave site. There was just a small procession: the burial team, health care workers, and a small group from USAID.

A narrow trail snaked through the jungle leading from the treatment compound to the burial site. Vines hung down and tangled in our hair and roots tripped our feet as we followed the two yellow-suited members of the burial team carrying Matthew’s body in a white body bag on an orange canvas stretcher. We filmed them from the front, walking backwards, slowing their progress with the body.

“Hurry, hurry,” they said. “He’s getting heavy.”

We stepped aside to let them pass and filmed them from behind.

Seven mounds of freshly filled graves stood side-by-side, each with a little white sign bearing the carefully written name of the deceased. Stretching past these filled graves were 19 empty ones. It was a horrifying sight.

In the short time the treatment unit has been open, they’ve buried seven victims and have two more waiting to go into the ground. There were more empty graves than there were living patients being treated here for Ebola.

“We have to plan ahead,” Dr. Pranav Shetty, director of the unit explained, adding that they have a team of nine gravediggers who can dig three graves a day. “It’s important that they stay ahead of our needs.”

At this rate, within two weeks all these graves will be filled, and they will need to clear a larger area and hire another team of diggers. It’s an overwhelming feeling to see such a forecast of death, to know what is coming but to also know that — with high quality treatment — it doesn’t have to be that way.

I talk to Garmai, the newest widow, through the chicken wire that separates us in the visitors area. A ledge extends out to ensure that we stay a safe distance apart, at least 3 feet. It’s the smart thing to do but it makes it difficult to talk about illness, death, and her baby, Freeman.

“I don’t feel well. My body is cold,” she tells me. “Freeman is not good. He won’t eat. He’s very weak. They took my blood but not from Freeman.”

It is so hard to draw blood from a dehydrated infant. The medical team was trying to decide how best to do this.

Garmai’s blood will be taken to a lab on Monrovia. It will take 2-to-3 days before they know if they have Ebola, but Garmai knows the test is probably just a formality. She and her son shared a bed with Matthew.

I ask Dr. Shetty the question that has been eating at me for weeks: How can it be that all the Americans who get treated in the U.S. survive, and here in Liberia 70 percent die? He explains that they are doing the best they can with what they have.

“All diseases have a better outcome in Western countries,” he says. “Ebola is no different. The key to controlling Ebola is preventing new cases.”

What he says is true about prevention being the most critical need, but I’m haunted by the sight of those empty graves waiting to be filled. The job of saving lives is enormous and cannot be ignored. It is far too big to be handled without a massive influx of health care workers. Yet, no country has stepped in and said that this will be their mission: providing lifesaving care to Ebola patients.

How can the world accept such a preordained path to death?

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Bill O’Reilly and Henry Kissinger ‘Simpatico’ on Global Mercenary Force

Bill O’Reilly and Henry Kissinger ‘Simpatico’ on Global Mercenary Force

ABC/Randy Holmes(WASHINGTON) — Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger supports Bill O’Reilly’s idea of a global anti-terrorism mercenary force, the Fox News host told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.

“I was with Henry Kissinger last night,” O’Reilly said Sunday on This Week. “And he told me my idea of a worldwide anti-terror force paid for by the coalition of nations under the supervision of Congress — Kissinger has endorsed that for years.”

“Bill O’Reilly and Henry Kissinger on a mercenary force?” Stephanopoulos asked.

“Simpatico,” O’Reilly said. He also predicted that a mercenary force would eventually happen, though not under President Obama.

ABC News has reached out to Kissinger for comment.

O’Reilly also said he believes the subject his new book, Gen. George Patton, would handle terrorist threats differently than President Obama if he had the chance.

“If George Patton were alive today, he would be saying to President Obama, ‘Give me the Third. I’ll go into Syria, and I’ll wipe ‘em all out,’” O’Reilly said.

The star of Fox News’s The O’Reilly Factor also said he believes Patton’s sudden death was an assassination by the Soviets, possibly assisted by the American OSS — the predecessor to the CIA. OSS did, as O’Reilly notes, cooperate with Soviet intelligence during the Second World War. This theory is the topic of O’Reilly’s book, Killing Patton.

“I think Stalin killed him,” O’Reilly told Stephanopoulos. “Patton was going to go back to the United States and condemn Stalin and the Soviet Union…and Stalin wanted him dead, and I think Stalin got him dead.”

Patton’s death is widely believed to have resulted from injuries from a car accident that happened while he was on a hunting trip in Mannheim, Germany. But O’Reilly in Killing Patton notes that some U.S. sources had pointed to a Soviet plot to kill the general. Immediately after the accident, despite having suffered quadriplegia, the general was improving, and doctors expected that he would survive.

O’Reilly told Stephanopoulos that the general was laughing with hospital nurses and drinking cognac and then died suddenly. He said that under Stalin, the Soviet Union had been hard at work on untraceable poisons.

Medical records obtained by ABC News — records also cited in Killing Patton — show that the afternoon of his death, the general “told nurse several times that he was going to die.” His doctors at the time found “Pulmonary embol[ism] and Right Heart Failure.”

Col. Thomas Frank, an Army historian and Chief of the Department of Medicine at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, told ABC News that the general’s death is consistent with pulmonary embolism following the paralysis caused by the car accident.

Patton’s death remains the subject of debate, in part because Patton’s wife requested that no autopsy be performed, and at least some of the records of subsequent investigations into his death have disappeared.

“What are the odds of that happening to a four-star general?” O’Reilly asked.

Stephanopoulos and O’Reilly also discussed whether Patton could have been poisoned with guards outside his hospital room 24/7; O’Reilly maintained that the guards were there primarily to fend off reporters.

O’Reilly is hoping that his book will provoke the Army to reopen the investigation into the death of one of America’s greatest military heroes, and said that modern science could determine whether his theory is right or wrong.

“Stalin had a factory that produced traceless poisons back then,” he said. “But now, with our advanced technology, we could see if there was something in Patton’s remains.”

Conspiracy theories aside, O’Reilly says there is no one like Patton today.

“General Patton interested me because he was the last no-spin general,” O’Reilly said. “[And it] got him killed.”

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“The Equalizer” Comes Out Ahead at Box Office

“The Equalizer” Comes Out Ahead at Box Office

Sony/Columbia(NEW YORK) — Denzel Washington’s The Equalizer won the box office this weekend, unseating The Maze Runner.

The movie, based on the 1980s television show of the same name, also stars Chloe Grace Moretz, Bill Pullman and Melissa Leo. On its opening weekend, The Equalizer more than doubled the week’s second-highest grossing film, bringing in $35 million.

The Maze Runner slipped to second, while newly-opened The Boxtrolls finished in third.

Here are the top ten films of the weekend according to boxofficemojo.com:

1. The Equalizer: $35 million
2. The Maze Runner: $17.5 million
3. The Boxtrolls: $17.25 million
4. This is Where I Leave You: $7.01 million
5. Dolphin Tale 2: $4.835 million
6. No Good Deed (2014): $4.6 million
7. A Walk Among the Tombstones: $4.234 million
8. Guardians of the Galaxy: $3.789 million
9. Let’s Be Cops: $1.515 million
10. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014): $1.45 million

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Cops Outnumber Marchers in Belgrade Gay Pride Parade

Cops Outnumber Marchers in Belgrade Gay Pride Parade

Photo by Medin Halilovic/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(BELGRADE, Serbia) — Some things are the same at gay pride parades everywhere — rainbow flags, colorful balloons, music pumping from the sound systems, everyone singing and dancing. In Belgrade, though, the parade on Sunday had an unusual accompaniment.

Thousands of Serbian police officers in full gear with water cannons and armored personnel carriers sealed off capital’s sunny downtown, in a reminder that Belgrade is not quite San Francisco, London or Amsterdam when it comes to gay demonstrations.

Several hundred gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transsexuals not only from Serbia but from across the former Yugoslavia, as well as from Italy, Greece, Germany and Canada marched their way trough practically empty streets of Belgrade, for the first time since 2010, calling for greater tolerance, equal rights and the right to civil partnerships.

The event, a culmination of Pride 2014, a week-long festival of parties, films and debates, showed Belgrade to be a place where gays and lesbians aspire the level of acceptance found in the West, yet remain a part of Christian Orthodox society that is still generally opposed to homosexuality and where politicians do not seem ready or willing to change that.

Although there were only several hundred participants, the parade is most likely the largest gathering of its kind in Serbian history, where the event was banned for the last three consecutive years because of threats of violence.

In 2010, the event went forward in Belgrade but opponents attacked armed police with stones and Molotov cocktails, shouting “Death to homosexuals!” Police clashes with rioters trying to disrupt the parade left more than 140 people injured, most of them policemen.

For most part, the parade went smoothly, but many gay men and lesbians say they continue to fear repercussions from coming out of the closet.

“I lived in Amsterdam, there and here are two different worlds,” says Ana, a sociologist from Nis.

About 5,000 police officers were there to control the crowd, five policemen for every participant of the march. A Greek man, who said he was there to show his support, remarked that he had never seen so much security at a gay pride parade in his life.

“Maybe next year this ratio will change,” U.S. Ambassador to Serbia Michael Kirby said as he walked in parade. “It takes time, but hopefully, this will become a new normal.”

In Belgrade, local media live-streamed the day’s events and one of the city’s iconic landmarks, Albania Palace, turned on its rainbow lights to mark Pride 2014.

There were several high-profile ministers and a mayor of Belgrade marching, but even if the ruling parties wanted to send gay legislators to join the march, they couldn’t have — not even one member of Serbian Parliament is openly homosexual.

It’s probably the law of paradox that says that the country to provide the hub for sex-change surgery is Serbia. And transgender surgery is subsidized by Serbia’s national health insurance.

Ivan Djuric, one of the organizers of the Pride, says he sees improvement not just in Belgrade but also outside of the capital in more conservative corners of Serbia.

“Every year there are fewer negative reactions,” Djuric said. “People see that the gay clubs are more friendly, that these are the places where there are no fights and you can have fun.”

Visitors from abroad said they’ve come specifically because they’ve heard the situation for gays in Serbia was bad.

“I wouldn’t go on a gay pride march in Brussels,” a man from Italy who identified himself only as Lorenzzo. “But we’ve been having a great time here.”

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Oklahoma Bus Crash That Killed Four Being Investigated ‘Like a Homicide’

Oklahoma Bus Crash That Killed Four Being Investigated ‘Like a Homicide’

Robert Wilson/Hemera/Thinkstock(ARDMORE, Okla.) — The crash of a bus and a tractor-trailer that left four Texas college softball players dead and 15 others injured is “being investigated like a homicide,” police said, as officials try to piece together what happened.

The early indication is that the tractor-trailer crossed over Interstate 35, into the southbound lanes, near the Oklahoma-Texas border, and struck a bus owned by North Central Texas College that was carrying the team back to campus after a game Friday evening.

“We just know that the semi impacted the bus and the bus was traveling southbound on the interstate when the collision occurred,” Oklahoma Highway Patrol Capt. Ronnie Hampton said.

“Right now, it’s being investigated like a homicide,” Hampton said. “Something happened to cause [the tractor-trailor] to depart the roadway and impact the other vehicle.”

According to the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety report, the weather was clear and the roads were dry when the crash occurred.

The side of the team bus was crushed where it was struck by the semi, but the front end remained mostly undamaged.

The truck kept going after striking the bus until it finally went off the side of the road, Hampton said.

“It took about an hour before we found the semi,” he said.

Hampton said both drivers would undergo toxicology tests, and there were no charges pending.

A team of investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board arrived Saturday afternoon to look for answers about the deadly crash.

The four players killed were identified by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol as Meagan Richardson, 19, Brooke Deckard, 20, Katelynn Woodlee, 18, and Jaiden Pelton 20. All of them were from small North Texas towns near the college.

Three of the players died at the scene and a fourth died at a hospital in Sulphur, Okla., Hampton said.

Bailey Buchanan, 18, was in critical condition at Oklahoma University Medical Center, hospital clinical coordinator Darina Shellman said.

Rachel Hitt, 19, was listed in fair condition at Norman Regional Hospital, spokeswoman Kelly Wells said.

“This is the most traumatic event that NCTC has had in its 90 years of history,” College President Brent Wallace said today in Gainesville, Texas, about 60 miles south of the crash site.

The school announced that there would be a prayer vigil for the students Sunday evening.

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Fifteen Injured in Miami Shooting

Fifteen Injured in Miami Shooting

JaysonPhotography/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MIAMI) — Police are searching for at least one suspect after fifteen people were injured in a shooting at a Miami night club.

A spokesman for the Miami-Dade Fire Department said that the victims ranged in age from 12 to 17 years old. One boy is in critical condition.The club was the site of a “gathering,” the spokesman said, noting that there was a “very large crowd.”

There was no immediate word regarding what may have sparked the shooting.

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Reflecting on Ferguson Unrest, Obama Expands Minority Youth Outreach Program

Reflecting on Ferguson Unrest, Obama Expands Minority Youth Outreach Program

Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama says the turmoil in Ferguson, Mo., over the shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer last month exposed a racial divide between law enforcement and black America, and he vowed to expand a White House program aimed at empowering black youth.

“We have to close the justice gap: How justice is applied but also how it is perceived, how it is experienced,” the president said in an address to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual gala Saturday night.

“That’s what we saw in Ferguson this summer when Michael Brown was killed and a community was divided,” he said. “We know that the unrest continues.”

The shooting death of Michael Brown pitted activists and the local black community against law enforcement for weeks and sparked a renewed national debate about police use of force. The Department of Justice is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death.

Michael Brown’s parents watched the president’s speech Saturday night from the audience.

“The anger and the emotion that followed his death awakened our nation once again to the reality that people in this room have long understood that in too many communities around this country, a gulf of mistrust exists between local residents and law enforcement,” Obama said. “Too many young men of color feel targeted by law enforcement, guilty of walking while black or talking while black — judged by stereotypes that fuel fear and resentment and hopelessness.”

Speaking before a mix of minority leaders, celebrities, lawmakers, and veterans of the civil rights era, the president announced he would be expanding the White House’s “My Brother’s Keeper” program, an initiative launched in February as an outreach program to develop support networks for “young men of color.”

Through it, the administration has gathered $200 million from private donations to go into youth programs including literacy, college preparation, and child engagement over five years. It has featured tutoring programs started by NBA players, and under the program Obama himself has traveled to low income neighborhoods to speak frankly with youth about his own upbringing without a father and drug use.

The White House is expected to announce the details of the new expansion, called a “community challenge” by the president, next week.

The president also took the time to thank Attorney General Eric Holder, who announced this week he would be resigning in the coming months. Holder, who attended the black-tie event, received a standing ovation for his work reducing minimum sentences for minor drug offenses and rehabilitation efforts in the prison system.

“Since I took office the overall crime rate and the overall incarceration rate has gone down by about 10 percent,” Obama said. “That’s the first time they’ve declined at the same time in more than 40 years. Fewer folks in jail. Crime still going down.”

Holder had also traveled to Ferguson in the aftermath of the shooting.

The president’s keynote capped four days of the annual Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s legislative conference. The foundation is the non-profit wing of its Capitol Hill delegation; Obama has attended nearly every year since assuming office with the exception of 2012, when first lady Michelle Obama went in his stead.

Each year the foundation recognizes individuals for their contributions to minority empowerment. Tonight the Phoenix Awards went to boxing legend and activist Muhammad Ali, writer and journalist Susan L. Taylor, media mogul Cathy Hughes, and civil rights leader Prof. Wade Henderson were this year’s recipients alongside Robert L. Wright, CEO of FE Holdings.

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American Doctor to Be Admitted for Observation After Exposure to Ebola in Sierra Leone

American Doctor to Be Admitted for Observation After Exposure to Ebola in Sierra Leone

VILevi/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — An American doctor who had been volunteering in an Ebola treatment unit in Sierra Leone will be admitted for treatment at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center after being exposed to the virus.

According to the NIH, the decision to admit the patient was made “out of an abundance of caution.” The patient, who was not identified, will stay in a specially-designed unit with high-level isolation capabilities. The unit is also staffed by infectious diseases and critical care specialists.

The NIH says it will take every precaution to ensure the safety of all of its patients and staff, as well as the public.

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Hundreds of Flights Cancelled or Delayed at Chicago Airports

Hundreds of Flights Cancelled or Delayed at Chicago Airports

Meinzahn/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — Dozens of flights are delayed at Chicago airports on Sunday, with hundreds more canceled due to the fire at the air traffic control center in Aurora, Illinois.

FlightAware says that 717 flights were cancelled at Chicago O’Hare International Airport and 49 more were cancelled at Chicago’s Midway International Airport. Another 33 flights into or out of O’Hare were delayed, and 11 flights were delayed on the way to or from Midway.

On Saturday night, the Federal Aviation Administration said flights were being “managed” due to Friday’s incident involving a fire in an air traffic control building. The equipment in the building apparently suffered damage from both the fire and the water released by the sprinkler system. Air traffic could be delayed for days or even weeks.

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Family, Friends Gather at Memorial for Robin Williams

Family, Friends Gather at Memorial for Robin Williams

ABC/Randy Holmes(SAN FRANCISCO) — Hundreds gathered on Saturday to honor late actor and comedian Robin Williams.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, numerous celebrities attended the memorial, including Ben Stiller, Better Midler, George Lucas, Danny DeVito, Gus Van Sant and Jeff Bridges, among others. Stevie Wonder performed with the Glide Ensemble and Change Band, which represent a San Francisco house of worship.

Us Weekly says that Gov. Jerry Brown, D-California, and Rep. Nancy Pelosi. D-California, were also in attendance.

Williams died in an apparent suicide last month.

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5-Year-Old Tests Positive for Cocaine After Parents’ Drug Bust

5-Year-Old Tests Positive for Cocaine After Parents’ Drug Bust

Alex_Schmidt/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOORPARK, Calif.) — A 5-year-old boy who police say was in the car with a half-pound bag of cocaine as his father allegedly ran a drug deal tested positive for coke, cops said.

Marco Cuevas, 31, and his wife were arrested Friday in Moorpark, Calif., after a months-long investigation by the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit. Cuevas was arrested after officers from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office witnessed him allegedly selling cocaine.

Police said they found cocaine on his person and a half-pound bag of the drug in his car.

Police decided to test the child after finding him next to the half-pound bag of cocaine.

The investigation into Cuevas started in July after police noticed a sharp increase in cocaine use in the region.

At the Cuevas’ home, police allegedly found hundreds of prescription pills, several pounds of marijuana, $75,000 in cash, 16 guns, and nearly 3,000 rounds of ammunition. Police said there was evidence of gun sales in addition to drug sales in the home.

Capt. Don Aguilar of the Venture County Sherriff’s Office said other children lived in the home, but all were taken into protective custody after the arrests.

The couple’s 5-year-old son was released from the hospital after from testing positive for cocaine, he said.

“It was out of a safety concern,” Aguilar said of the decision to test the child for cocaine, noting he had been sitting very close to the bag of drugs.

Marco Cuevas faces multiple charges including possession for sale of cocaine, conspiracy to sell cocaine, child endangerment, and multiple weapons violations. He was in jail with bail set at $1 million. He is scheduled to go to court for next month.

Cuevas’ wife, Sandy Cuevas, 29, was also arrested and charged with possession for sale of cocaine, conspiracy to sell cocaine, and child endangerment.

A phone call made to a number listed to Sandy Cuevas was not answered.

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Minnesota Rolls Past Michigan, 30-14

Minnesota Rolls Past Michigan, 30-14

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ANN ARBOR, Mich.) — Golden Gophers senior running back David Cobb rushed for 183 yards on 32 carries as Minnesota (4-1; 1-0 Big Ten) rolled past Michigan (2-3; 0-1 Big Ten) 30-14, in front of 102,926 fans at the Big House on Saturday.

Michigan got on the board first when sophomore running back De’Veon Smith scored on a 10-yard run to give the Wolverines a 7-0 lead with 11:10 left in the second quarter.

Minnesota proceeded to score 30 unanswered points, with the big blow coming late in the third quarter when sophomore quarterback Mitch Leidner connected with sophomore tight-end Maxx Williams on a 1-yard TD pass to give the Golden Gophers a 27-7 lead.

During the game, Michigan fans chanted for the dismissal of head coach Brady Hoke and athletic director Dave Brandon. It’s the first time in the program’s 135-year history that they have ended September with three losses.

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Demetrious Johnson Maintains UFC Belt

Demetrious Johnson Maintains UFC Belt

Mark Kolbe/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) — For the fifth time in his career, Demetrious Johnson successfully defended his UFC flyweight title at UFC 178 on Saturday night. Johnson submitted Chris Cariaso in the second round to improve to 21-2-1 in the mixed martial arts career.

The fighter known as “Mighty Mouse” was in cruise control from the start, scoring multiple takedowns in the first round. Johnson controlled the tempo throughout and landed an overhand right, coupled with a left knee to the chin, that dazed Cariaso (17-6) as time expired.

In the second round, Johnson immediately scored a double-leg takedown and worked to side control. After securing an arm bar, the 28-year-old switched to a kimura and finished the fight at 2:29 of the second round. It was the eighth submission of his career and improved Johnson to 6-0-1 since dropping to the 125-pound weight class.

Donald Cerrone (25-6) also picked up a win at UFC 178 by defeating Eddie Alvarez (25-4) by unanimous decision, while Conor McGregor (16-2) earned a knockout victory over Dustin Porier (16-4) in the first round.

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(6) Texas A&M Needs Overtime to Beat Arkansas

(6) Texas A&M Needs Overtime to Beat Arkansas

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) — With Johnny Manziel on the sidelines, (6) Texas A&M’s Kenny Hill used a little “Johnny Football” magic to help the Aggies avoid a monumental upset on Saturday. Texas A&M (5-0) rallied from a 28-14 deficit to beat Arkansas 35-28 in overtime at AT&T Stadium, home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys.

Hill threw for 386 yards and four touchdowns in the win, leading a fourth quarter comeback that included two 50-plus yard scoring passes. His first was an 86-yard strike to Edward Pope just three minutes into the final frame. Hill then found Josh Reynolds for a 59-yard touchdown pass, knotting the game at 28-28 with 2:08 to play in regulation.

The Aggies had a chance to win the game in regulation, but let the clock run out when facing fourth down at midfield. They took their shot early in the extra session, scoring on the first play as Hill found Malcome Kennedy for a 25-yard score.

That forced Arkansas (3-2) to go for it on fourth-and-one to keep the game alive, but a defensive stand by Texas A&M sealed the victory. It was the 14th straight conference loss for the Razorbacks who did not score in the final 20:02 of regulation.

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Lucroy Sets Record in Brewers Win

Lucroy Sets Record in Brewers Win

Milwaukee Brewers/ML​B(MILWAUKEE) — With an RBI double in the bottom of the fifth, Milwaukee’s Jonathan Lucroy set the Major League record for doubles by a catcher in a single season with 46. It also gave the Brewers (82-79) a 2-1 lead over the Chicago Cubs (72-89), a score they would later go on to win by.

The record was previously held by Texas’ Ivan Rodriguez who recorded 45 doubles in 1996. Lucroy has hit a total of 53 doubles this season with seven of them coming as a first baseman. The All-Star’s RBI hit also guaranteed Milwaukee of a winning season.

Wily Peralta (17-11) struck out 13 batters, a career high, in seven innings to pick up the win. Closer Francisco Rodriguez moved into the top-10 all-time in saves, picking up the 348th in his career.

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