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Heavy Snow Hits the Midwest; Next a Messy Monday Commute for Millions

Sunday February 01, 2015

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A major winter storm which delivered heavy snow and near blizzard conditions to parts of the Midwest on Sunday is next expected to impact the Northeast.

As of 3 p.m. Sunday, parts of Iowa had received up to 14 inches of snow. Across Chicago, more than 8 inches of snow had fallen at O'Hare International Airport and just to the west at Midway Airport, more than 9 inches of snow had fallen.

A blizzard warning remained in effect for the Chicago Metro Area until midnight local time for gusty winds blowing snow around and creating white-out conditions.

On Sunday afternoon, snow was falling simultaneously all the way from eastern Nebraska to central Pennsylvania, a distance of more than 1,100 miles. The storm also caused more than 2,200 flights to be canceled across the country, according to Flightaware.com.

By Sunday evening, the snow will continue to fall from Chicago to Detroit and areas of light snow will begin to overspread cities from Pennsylvania to New York and New Jersey. A wintry mix and areas of heavy rain are expected further south from Indianapolis to the mid-Atlantic.

Travel on Sunday evening for any Super Bowl fans is expected to be treacherous across the Midwest, however for fans along the Northeast coast, the worst of the storm will hold off until after midnight.

By the Monday morning commute, heavy snow is expected to be falling across much of the Northeast, with a dangerous icy mix further to the south that could affect cities from central Pennsylvania to northern New Jersey and New York City.

Temperatures will be milder to the south, so Philadelphia to Baltimore and Washington D.C. will see mostly rain.

Current forecasts from the ABC News Weather Team call for additional snowfall of 6-10 inches from Chicago to southern New England.

The highest amounts are expected from the eastern Great Lakes, including Detroit, eastward into central New England where a widespread 10-14 inches of snow will fall.

In addition to the heavy snow threat, dangerous icy conditions could cause travel problems from central Pennsylvania to Connecticut Monday morning. Major interstates, including routes 80 and 95, will likely be impacted first from heavy snow after midnight then an icy mix of sleet and freezing rain.

The storm was expected to begin to move out of the Northeast later on Monday morning, although some snow will likely still be falling across parts of New England into the evening.


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3-Year-Old Fires Single Bullet, Injuring Father and Pregnant Woman

Sunday February 01, 2015

Anatoly Vartanov/iStock/Thinkstock(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M) -- A 3-year-old boy got hold of a gun in an Albuquerque, New Mexico motel room, and fired a single bullet, striking both his father and a pregnant woman, police said on Sunday.

The bullet went through his father's hip and hit a pregnant woman in the shoulder, Simon Drobik of the Albuquerque Police Department said.

The woman is eight months pregnant with the man's child, Drobik said. The woman's 2-year-old daughter was also in the room, but neither child was injured, according to police.

Drobik, who was the first officer at the scene Saturday at America's Best Value Inn, said he found the woman sitting on the floor and the man lying on his stomach on the bed.

There was "tons of blood everywhere," Drobik said. "It was a bad scene."

Both were hospitalized, where the woman remained today for observation. The man has since been released.

The woman told police she "bought the gun Saturday before the incident," Drobik said.

The man is a convicted felon, according to police.

"He is going to be picked up by probation parole for being around a firearm," Drobik said. "Because he's convicted, he's not supposed to be around firearms at all, so he violated his probation."

Felony charges for criminal negligence are pending, according to police, but because neither the man nor woman had been charged as of Sunday afternoon. Their names have not been released.

"They're both facing felony negligence charges because they didn't secure the weapon around those kids," Drobik said, adding that both the man and the woman are in their mid-20s.

The children, who are now in the custody of the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department, "didn't appear to realize what was going on," Drobik said. "They're so small, I don't think they even understood what happened."

Drobik said police will conduct interviews with the children.

"They're so small that it's going to be a tough one," he said.


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Super Bowl 2015: Katy Perry's Dress and Other Security Measures

Sunday February 01, 2015

ABC News(PHOENIX) -- There has never been a major security incident at a Super Bowl, America's quintessential iconic annual event, so why has U.S. law enforcement in recent years deployed every imaginable protective measure, despite the fact there has been no specific, credible threat identified?

The short answer is that you don't know what you don't know.

And there are some moments in history that remind law enforcement that major sporting events have been the stage for terror, including the horror of the Munich Olympics in 1972, the Centennial Olympic Park bombing of 1996 in Atlanta, and the more recent Boston Marathon bombing.

Customs and border protection program manager Ronald Nunn was on the scene in Atlanta in 1996, so he knows that anything can happen anywhere.

"1996 during the Olympics in Atlanta I was a block away when the bomb went off," Customs and Border Protection program manager Ronald Nunn said. "You know, most people are running away; I ran towards it. I was first on scene commander for the first 30 minutes of that bombing."

Remembering that frightening night, he tries to prepare for every conceivable ugly scenario.

High-tech scanners are being used to search every item entering the University of Phoenix Stadium -- from fixtures and food to the costume worn by halftime performer Katy Perry, Nunn said.

"Katy Perry's stage came in [Wednesday night]," Nunn said. "We've got port-a-potties. We've got everything -- food, hot dogs, hamburgers, the NFL paraphernalia, jerseys, everything."

Officers will be wearing portable radiation detectors, and bomb-sniffing dogs will also be employed.

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, in an exclusive interview inside the stadium, told ABC News that security experts are on high alert, with a focus on smaller-scale and lone wolf-style attacks.

"Our challenges in Homeland Security are evolving. We have more concerns about domestic-based acts of violence, inspired by things people may see or read on the Internet," Johnson said.

While Johnson said there are no credible threats against this weekend's game, he said authorities are prepared to respond by any means necessary. That security involves a U.S. Customs Black Hawk helicopter, part of a fleet of aircraft guarding the Super Bowl from above. F-16 fighter jets will also be in the air.

Roughly 30 miles of airspace over the big game is restricted.

"There is no room for complacency," Johnson said. "Law enforcement, Homeland Security, needs to be on guard. We do not want to discourage people from coming to these types of events, but all of us in government and law enforcement need to be vigilant. We need to be on guard. Absolutely."

The Super Bowl transcends sports, drawing people who could care less about sports, but watch the game as an entertainment event.

"It's more than a football game," Johnson said. "It's an event. It's an American tradition. And so it's the focus of a lot of attention, and therefore it should be the focus of a lot of our efforts in government at public safety, law enforcement, Homeland Security, and federal state and local security. And I believe we will have a successful and safe event."



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Super Bowl 2015: How Stars Are Celebrating at the Big Game

Sunday February 01, 2015

NFL Media(PHOENIX) -- Before Super Bowl Sunday comes celebrity Saturday.

Stars flocked to Arizona on Saturday night, where they performed and made appearances at parties ahead of Super Bowl 49 between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks.

Rihanna posted a photo of the crowd at the Direct TV party, saying it was the "#biggestpartyever".

 

tonight. #DirecTV #biggestpartyever

A photo posted by badgalriri (@badgalriri) on Feb 1, 2015 at 2:50am PST

 

Elsewhere, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen began the night red-carpet ready.

 

Hi bear! Thank you @anitapatrickson @sjblife @jenatkinhair

A photo posted by @chrissyteigen on Jan 31, 2015 at 6:17pm PST

 

Teigen also shared a photo of where the couple ended up - at a Waffle House - with another power couple: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.

 

every house should be a waffle house

A photo posted by @chrissyteigen on Feb 1, 2015 at 1:52am PST

 

Before headlining Saturday's Rolling Stone party, Steven Tyler tweeted a photo of himself with a box full of personalized cupcakes.

 

 

Tyler hasn't been shy about which Super Bowl team he's rooting for, either.

 

 

Other celebrities in town included Drake, who performed at the W Hotel in Scottsdale, and Mark Wahlberg, who appeared at a charity event in Paradise Valley.


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Another Record for “American Sniper” at Box Office

Sunday February 01, 2015

Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) -- It was another another record weekend for American Sniper at the box office.

The film, starring Bradley Cooper, finished at number one for the third weekend in a row, and it’s estimated $31.9 million take is the best ever for a Super Bowl weekend.

Paddington finished the weekend in second place, while new releases such as Project Almanac and Black or White, starring Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer, finished in third and fourth place.

The Loft, a thriller around five married men who decide to secretly share a penthouse loft, finished tenth.

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

1. American Sniper: $31.850 million
2. Paddington: $8.505 million
3. Project Almanac: $8.5 million
4. Black or White: $6.456 million
5. The Boy Next Door: $6.093 million
6. The Wedding Ringer: $5.7 million
7. The Imitation Game: $5.173 million
8. Taken 3: $3.650 million
9. Strange Magic: $3.441 million
10. The Loft: $2.879 million


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Australian al-Jazeera Reporter Freed, Deported from Egypt

Sunday February 01, 2015

KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images(CAIRO) -- Jailed al-Jazeera English reporter Peter Greste was released and deported from Egypt after more than a year of imprisonment, Egypt's Interior Ministry said on Sunday.

Greste left Cairo with his brother on a flight bound for Cyprus, airport authorities told ABC News. They are expected to continue on to Australia.

“We’re ecstatic that Peter has been released and we now ask if the world could respect his privacy, to give him time to appreciate his freedom before he faces the media," read a statement from Greste's brother Andrew.

“We’re pleased for Peter and his family that they are to be reunited," Mostefa Souag, acting director general of al-Jazeera, said in a statement. "It has been an incredible and unjustifiable ordeal for them, and they have coped with incredible dignity. Peter’s integrity is not just intact, but has been further enhanced by the fortitude and sacrifice he has shown for his profession of informing the public."

The Australian national was jailed for exactly 400 days after being arrested on Dec. 29, 2013. Two other al-Jazeera employees - Mohamed Fahmy, a dual-Canadian citizen, and Baher Mohamed, an Egyptian cameraman - remain behind bars in Egypt.

The Interior Ministry did not provide additional details on reports that Fahmy's release will follow Greste’s.

All three have consistently denied charges they faced, which included spreading false news and collaborating with the Muslim Brotherhood, and maintain they were working as journalists.

“We will not rest until Baher and Mohamed also regain their freedom," Souag said. "The Egyptian authorities have it in their power to finish this properly today, and that is exactly what they must do.”

Greste and Fahmy were handed seven-year sentences, while Mohamed received an additional three years for a bullet found in his possession, which he had picked up at a protest site, according to al-Jazeera.

On Jan. 1, 2015, Egypt's Court of Cassation accepted a retrial, but the three journalists did not appear at the hearing and were not granted bail.

The imprisonment has provoked criticism from press freedom advocates around the world and sparked the successful online campaign #FreeAJStaff.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has helped lead the charge to free the journalists and repeatedly called on President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi to free all three immediately. According to CPJ, more than 65 journalists have been detained since former President Mohamed Morsi was ousted in July of 2013.


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Jordan Still Attempting to Free Pilot Captured by ISIS

Sunday February 01, 2015

AndreaAstes/iStock/Thinkstock(AMMAN, Jordan) -- Officials in Jordan said on Sunday they will continue to try to free one of their pilots captured by ISIS.

The extremist group says it wants to exchange the pilot for a woman imprisoned in Jordan on charges relating to a 2005 bombing.

Leaders in Jordan say they are willing to release the woman in exchange for pilot Maaz al-Kassasbeh, who was shot down over Syria last month.

The woman in Jordanian custody, Sajida al-Rishawi, was convicted of being a member of al Qaeda involved in a triple bombing that killed numerous people.

Al-Rishawi was facing the death penalty until ISIS offered to trade her for the Jordanian pilot.

There are concerns however about the fate of al-Kassasbeh following the recent deaths of two Japanese nationals killed by ISIS militants.

Jordanian officials say they cannot free the female bomber unless they know for certain their pilot is alive.


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Praetorian Standard Contractors Identified as Three Americans Killed in Kabul

Sunday February 01, 2015

mustafabilgesatkin/iStock/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- The Americans killed in a shooting at the international airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, were three contractors working for Praetorian Standard, the company said on Saturday.

The three employees, all aircraft mechanics, were killed "while supporting the efforts of the U.S. Government," Praetorian Standard said.

They were identified as Walter Fisher of North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Jason Landphair of Fayetteville, North Carolina; and Mathew Fineran of Summerville, South Carolina.

"These brave men died protecting their fellow Americans," Praetorian Standard Executive Director Richard Davis said in a statement. "They are heroes, and we are deeply saddened by their tragic deaths."

Another man, Bradley James of Atlanta, Georgia, suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries, Praetorian Standard reported.

The shooter was wearing the uniform of an Afghan national policeman, but it was unclear whether he was actually a member of the Afghan security forces, a U.S. official said.

The shootings were on the civilian side of the airport, the official said.

The incident is under investigation, the official said. It is also unclear whether the Afghan listed as a fatality is someone other than the shooter who was shot dead by the security team at the airport.


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Outreach Campaign by Catholic Church Receives Ridicule

Sunday February 01, 2015

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(ROME) -- Woman across Italy have reacted with ridicule to a new Vatican outreach campaign ahead of an all-male meeting in Rome to discuss the role of women in the Catholic Church.

The YouTube video features an actress who urges women to send in a one-minute video clip about their lives to be shown at the all-male conference.

Italian women have mocked the video, one responding on Twitter that, “A Vatican discussion about female culture is like vegans giving advice on how to BBQ.”

The Vatican says the aim of the meeting is to find ways for women to offer their skills in “full collaboration and integration with men in the Catholic church.”

Some Vatican observers say the upcoming all-male gathering on women’s issues is a step forward for the church because of its call for more female collaboration.


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Canadian Woman’s Tweets Tracked to ISIS-Controlled Areas

Sunday February 01, 2015

drorhan/iStock/Thinkstock(TORONTO) -- A Canadian woman is believed to be the first documented female foreign fighter working for ISIS in the Middle East.

The woman, called “Toronto Jane,” posted tweets in support of ISIS from Toronto until November 2014.
            
Then in December, she suddenly reappeared in Raqqa, Syria an ISIS stronghold.
           
Researchers have since been tracking GPS data embedded in her tweets.

“She clearly is affiliating with ISIS,” said Jeff Weyers, who works for a private Canadian intelligence research group. “She clearly has bought into the propaganda.”
           
The woman has sent messages from Kobani, Syria and Aleppo, Iraq, in addition to other places where ISIS fighters are engaged in fierce battles.

“All we can really do is make an inference, but it would appear that she is gathering intelligence for ISIS and possibly, getting in there because she is in fact, a female,” said Weyers.
            
The Canadian government has refused to confirm or deny whether they are investigating the woman's actions.


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The Super Bowl Doritos Commercial Will Win Someone $1 Million

Sunday February 01, 2015

Anna Sirotina/iStock/Thinkstock(PHOENIX) -- Before the big game on Sunday, ten lucky finalists and young filmmakers were all wondering who was going to be the big winner for Doritos' "Crash the Super Bowl" contest.

The way the winner finds out is just like everyone else. They watch as their commercial airs live during the game.

What does the winner get besides their own Doritos commercial during the biggest sporting event in the world? Well, they also get $1 million and a job with Universal Pictures, working with the likes of Pitch Perfect 2 director, producer and actress Elizabeth Banks.

In fact, Banks was part of the judging panel for the contest and told ABC News, "one of my favorite parts of this process was getting to call the 10 finalists and tell them they are going to the Super Bowl ... we were like making their life when we made these phone calls. There's no better feeling than making someone's dream come true."

You can watch the 10 finalists now at Doritos.com to see all the great work that went into this campaign.

"They come from all walks of life," Banks, 40, said of the finalists. "Some are screenwriters, some are filmmakers, some are cameramen, it runs the gamut. The commercials came out really, really well and they are all different and surprising."

Banks is entering into her own uncharted territory with her directorial debut in Pitch Perfect 2. She believes she is "building on an amazing legacy" from the first film and said this sequel, due out May 15, will move the story line forward.

"We wanted to give the audience as much of what they love about Fat Amy and Beca and all the rest of these characters and the sort of joyfulness of the first movie, but that we also gave you something new, something fresh," she said. "I really feel strongly that we found a great movie that can stand on its own ... we're really taking it to another level."


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This Week (2.01.15) Podcast

Sunday February 01, 2015

In today’s episode of the This Week Podcast, ISIS has beheaded a Japanese journalist while Jordan continues negotiations for the release of an Al-Qaeda prisoner in exchange for a Jordanian pilot. President Obama called for a review of the United State's hostage policy, but says the White House's policy of no negotiations, no ransoms or concessions will stay in place. Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker saw a boost in the polls after a successful speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit. He's now the top GOP pick among likely caucus goers. Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced he will not run in 2016 for the third time. This and more on the This Week podcast.This Week podcast.

 


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FTC Takes Action Against Two Auto Title Lenders

Sunday February 01, 2015

ilyast/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A first of its kind case has targeted subprime car loans.

The Federal Trade Commission announced on Friday it has taken action against two car title lending companies, reaching settlements that will require them to stop using deceptive advertising to lure borrowers who often end up paying much more than the face value of the loan.

Sandy Brown, assistant director in the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection, told ABC News the action is needed to protect consumers who are most vulnerable.

“They lure consumers in by claiming that consumers can get a zero percent loan based on a car titles,” Brown told ABC News on Friday. “The problem here is there are some very important elements of those loans that the consumers are unaware of before they walk in the door.”

The companies, First American title Lending of Georgia and Finance Select, Inc., have agreed to settle those charges, the first against title lenders.

Brown told ABC News the settlement would require the two companies to be up-front about their fees and terms.

“They must disclose what the post introductory rate of their loans are,” she said. “They have to disclose any kind of qualifying conditions. They have to disclose to consumers what the affect is of failing to make complete repayment in the introductory term.”

The FTC says vulnerable borrowers may not understand how costly these loans can be with interest rates up to 300 percent. If consumers don't repay, promptly high finance charges pile up, and they could lose their cars

More than a million people took out a car title loan in 2013.


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Gov. Scott Walker Wouldn’t Rule Out US Boots on the Ground in Syria

Sunday February 01, 2015

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who has surged to the top of the potential GOP presidential field, said in an appearance on ABC’s This Week Sunday that he wouldn’t rule out putting U.S. boots on the ground in Syria if he were the commander-in-chief.

“We have to be — go beyond just aggressive air strikes. We have to look at other surgical methods. And ultimately, we have to be prepared to put boots on the ground if that’s what it takes,” Walker told ABC News’ Martha Raddatz on Sunday.

“I don’t think that’s an immediate plan. … I wouldn’t rule anything out,” Walker said. “I think when you have the lives of Americans at stake and our freedom loving allies anywhere in the world, we have to be prepared to do things that don’t allow those measures, those attacks, those abuses to come to our shores.”

Walker also said the United States should “aggressively” take the fight to ISIS to prevent a potential attack on the U.S.

“I think aggressively, we need to take the fight to ISIS and any other radical Islamic terrorist in and around the world, because it’s not a matter of when they attempt an attack on American soil, or not if I should say, it’s when, and we need leadership that says clearly, not only amongst the United States but amongst our allies, that we’re willing to take appropriate action,” he said.

After his well-received speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit, Walker has quickly moved to the front of the large potential GOP 2016 field.

A new Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register poll of likely 2016 Iowa caucus-goers showed Walker leading the field with 16 percent of the vote, followed by Sen. Rand Paul at 15 percent, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at 13 percent, after factoring in 2012 nominee Mitt Romney’s decision not to run.

Asked if he was 99 percent sure he’d end up making a bid for the White House, Walker responded, “I don’t know that I’d take the odds. I’ll just tell you one thing. After three elections for governor in four years in a state that hasn’t gone Republican since 1984 for president, I wouldn’t bet against me on anything.”

Walker also sought to contrast himself with Hillary Clinton, widely considered the likely favorite for the Democratic presidential nomination, pitching himself as a new face and a Washington outsider.

“[W]hat I’ve heard across the country, is that people want new, fresh leadership with big, bold ideas, and the courage to act on it,” Walker said. “And if we’re going to take on a name from the past, which is likely to be former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, I think for the party we need a name from the future.

“I think former Secretary of State Clinton embodies all the things that we think of Washington,” he said. “She lives here, she’s worked here, she’s been part of the Washington structure for years.”



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Hikers Rescued After Falling off Oregon Mountain

Sunday February 01, 2015

mtcurado/iStock/Thinkstock(MOUNT HOOD, Ore.) -- Two people were recovering from serious injuries after falling off the side of a mountain in Oregon.

A married couple was hiking an icy ridge at Mount Hood - about 10,000 feet up - when they nearly fell to their death early Saturday.

A rescuer, Kevin Watt, who was "facing the upper mountain when the climbers fell," said he saw the hikers "sliding down the mountain at a high rate of speed."

A rescue team training in the area raced to help, forming a human shield around the couple by using their packs as protection.

"They lined up above the patients and held their packs out to deflect the ice and rocks that were coming down," said rescuer Mark Morford.

A National Guard helicopter airlifted the couple to a hospital. The man suffered a broken femur and the woman has two broken ankles.

A third hiker, who also tumbled during the rescue, made it down with the help of the crew.



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Mom of 3-Year-Old Measles Patient Calls Diagnosis 'Shocking'

Sunday February 01, 2015

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- The mother of a measles-infected child said she was shocked and scared when doctors gave her the diagnosis.

Kellie Krueger's son Uriah is one of the at least 84 confirmed measles cases in a multi-state outbreak that started in December at Disneyland amusement park in California.

Krueger said she was surprised when doctors told her that her son had measles. Uriah was given one dose of the MMR vaccine that helps protect against the measles virus, but was too young to get the recommended second dose that would help further his protection.

"It was such a weird, old fashion thing like, 'Who gets measles?'" Krueger said. "He had his vaccination, so it was a little bit shocking to find out that he had still gotten the measles."

Krueger said the measles rash eventually covered Uriah's face and body.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that children receive two doses of the MMR vaccine, one between 12 to 15 months and one between the ages of 4 and 6. A fully-vaccinated person is 99 percent protected from contracting the disease, according to the CDC.

Krueger said her son's ordeal seemed to start out with a persistent cough and fever. However when their pediatrician saw the tell-tale rash, the family was immediately sent to the hospital for treatment.

"We spent the next few days in the hospital," Krueger said. "He was severely dehydrated. He hadn't eaten in a few days. So really there's not a lot they can do for him apart from helping him recover.

"It was pretty traumatic for him," Krueger said of Uriah's time in the hospital. "He got poked a lot, a lot of needles and IV... It was a pretty traumatic experience and even afterward when you talk to them about it often he gets a little upset."

Krueger said she believes her son contracted the disease from another child while visiting a Children's Museum. She told ABC News that even after her son's illness she feels that every parent has the right to make their own decisions about vaccinations.

"I can agree to disagree with them all I want but it's still their choice what they choose to put in their body and do that type of thing," she said. "If they feel strongly about it, then that's their decision."

Measles is one of the most contagious viruses in existence, with symptoms including cough, fever, and rash. In rare cases the disease can cause pneumonia, encephalitis or swelling of the brain or death.

The airborne disease will infect 90 percent of non-immune people who become exposed to the virus.


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'Zombie Cat' at Center of Pet Custody Battle

Sunday February 01, 2015

Courtesy Tampa Humane Society(TAMPA, Fla.) -- The so-called "zombie cat" that seemingly came back to life after being buried is now at the center of a custody dispute between his original owner and the Tampa Bay Humane Society, according to the Humane Society.

The cat, named Bart, made headlines after his owners reportedly found him hit by a car and buried him. Days later his owners reported the cat was found by a neighbor who returned the animal.

According to the Tampa Bay Humane Center in Tampa, Florida, the cat with nine lives had fairly severe injuries including a broken jaw, facial lacerations and a damaged eye that had to be removed.

The center announced they would not return to the cat to its original owners.

"Recently we have learned new information about Bart's home environment and the circumstances leading up to his burial," the center's statement read. "Therefore, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay does not intend to return Bart to the Hutson family. We are prepared to fight for the best interests of this cat."

Ellias Hutson, the cat's owner, could not immediately be reached for comment. He previously told ABC News the family was devastated when he had to bury the animal.

"We were so close, I couldn't stand to bury him," Hutson said in an earlier interview. "I put him on the shoulder of the road and went and got David. He dug a hole and covered up the cat with dirt. I witnessed him bury the cat."

The 1-year-old cat was recovering at the animal hospital and the Humane Society has started a fundraiser page for the resilient cat.


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Val Kilmer Undergoing Tests for Possible Tumor

Sunday February 01, 2015

Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Val Kilmer is undergoing tests for a possible tumor, his rep said on Saturday.

The 55-year-old actor was undergoing treatment at Los Angeles Hospital. His two children are caring for him, his rep said.

The actor posted to Facebook on Saturday, saying he "had a complication" and was admitted into the intensive care unit.

Kilmer, 55, had been hard at work lately, shooting Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn, which is due out in April, and another film, directed by Terrence Malick and co-starring Christian Bale, Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman.

He was also preparing to direct and star in a movie about Mark Twain, Mark Twain and Mary Baker Eddy, which prompted him to drop a significant amount of weight.

"I'm preparing as most of you know, for my dream role, Mark Twain in a film I've written and will direct about his obsession with Mary Baker Eddy. Mark Twain was a thin man, and finally after the usual amount of effort, I'm thin again too," he wrote on Facebook this past December. "Perfect health."


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Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel Expecting First Baby

Sunday February 01, 2015

Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel are expecting their first baby, the singer made clear on Saturday as he celebrated turning 34.

"Thank you EVERYONE for the Bday wishes! This year, I'm getting the GREATEST GIFT EVER. CAN'T WAIT. #BoyOrGirl #YouNeverKnow #WeDontEvenKnow #WeAreTakingBets," he posted on Instagram.

Timberlake and Biel, 32, who have been together since 2007, were married on Oct. 19, 2012 in Italy.

The former NSYNC' star actually serenaded his bride as she walked down the aisle on her special day.

"I figured if there was something I was going to be able to offer, it would be to sing her down the aisle," Timberlake told Hello. "Grown men were weeping."

Biel told Good Morning America back in 2012 that taking on the role of a mom in Playing for Keeps definitely made her think about having a child one day.

"Yeah sure, especially because the kid Noah that played my son is literally the coolest kid I've ever met," she said, adding that the best part of being married to Timberlake was, "it feels like nothing's changed, yet everything has changed. It's kind of that intangible thing. But I guess the idea of having sort of a partner in crime and I guess the word 'husband.' is pretty amazing."

The couple just celebrated their two-year anniversary earlier this month by vacationing in New Zealand.

This will be the first child for both the "20/20 Experience" singer and the 7th Heaven actress.

 

 


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“Fifty Shades of Grey”: Tour Christian Grey's Apartment

Sunday February 01, 2015

Focus Features(NEW YORK) -- Mr. Grey will see you now.

Thanks to the modern marvels of technology, Fifty Shades of Grey fans can explore the apartment of Christian Grey ahead of the film's release in two weeks.

Universal Pictures has created an online portal to his luxury Seattle penthouse that allows users to take a 360-degree tour.

Once inside, users can discover new objects, rooms, and arousing recipes. Though proceed with caution - you must sign a nondisclosure agreement first.

To some fans disappointment, the Red Room is locked. It seems the much anticipated room is a reveal left to the big screens come Valentine's Day.

Enter at your own risk here.

Who knows, Grey may even play a song on the piano for you.


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