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A man is in custody and facing a capital murder charge in connection with the deadly shooting of Darren Goforth, a 10-year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff's Office in what police call a "cold-blooded assassination." The suspect, identified as Shannon Miles, 30, is in custody, Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman said at a news conference Saturday. Miles has a previous criminal history including resisting arrest and disorderly conduct with a firearm, Hickman said.

The White House says, President Obama will announce the renaming of Mt. McKinley tomorrow (Monday) in Anchorage, Alaska. Interior Sec. Sally Jewell signed the order on Friday officially changing the name of Mount McKinley to Denal.The White House has also announced other initiatives on the president’s Alaska agenda, including an environmental engagement program for young Alaskans. 

A 60-year-old man who died after falling from the upper deck into the lower-level stands at Turner Field during a game between the Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees was a longtime season ticket holder and "incredibly passionate Braves fan," the team said Sunday. The Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office identified the man as Gregory Murrey, of Alpharetta, Georgia. The Atlanta Braves paid tribute to Greg Murrey on Sunday. 

The Big Island and Maui are under a tropical storm watch as a Category 3 hurricane approaches Hawaii. The current forecast has Hurricane Ignacio passing northeast of the Big Island on Monday and north of Maui on Tuesday.

Parts of Florida bracing for possibly severe flooding as the remnants of Tropical Storm Erika move over the state.

A powerful storm system moved through parts of the northwest Saturday, leaving two dead and hundreds of thousands without power in Washington state. A man was killed in Gig Harbor when a tree fell onto his car as he was driving. His 3-year-old daughter who was with him was uninjured.

Friends, families and viewers gathered to pay tribute to Virginia television journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward at an interfaith service in Roanoke, Virginia Sunday. The reporter and cameraman were killed during a live TV broadcast Wednesday by a disgruntled former station employee Vesper Flanagan who then shot himself. W-D-B-J-7 station manager Jeff Marks Speaking at the interfaith memorial, W-D-B-J-7 station manager Jeff Marks called for more mental health services.

A Memorial service for three firefighters who died battling the wildfires in Washington State this month was held Sunday.  20-year-old Tom Zbyszewski, 26-year-old Andrew Zajac and 31-year-old Richard Wheeler died last week in the Okanogan wildfire complexes in Twisp. Another firefighter is still in critical condition ... with burns covering his body.

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-- 55-hundred more pages of Hillary Clinton emails expected to be released by State around Noon, ahead of a midnight deadline to get the next batch out
-- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal expressed optimism for his own presidential campaign in the face of  Donald Trump's surging popularity, calling it a symptom of the early campaign season."I think after we get past the summer of silliness and insults, the voters are going to begin to look at who is prepared to do the job," he told Martha Raddatz on ABC's "This Week." "I believe I am the candidate best able to do this job on the first day."
-- Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders said today he does not know whether new poll numbers putting him within 7 percentage points of Hillary Clinton in Iowa mean her campaign for the Democratic Presidential nomination is in trouble, but his campaign is "doing great." “You know, it’s not just in Iowa. It’s in New Hampshire. It’s all across this country,” he said on "This Week." "I think people are responding to our message."

Renowned neurologist and author of "Awakenings" Oliver Sacks died today. He was 82. His assistant, Kate Edgar, told The New York Times the cause was cancer. ABC News was unable to reach Edgar. Sacks, a professor of neurology at New York University School of Medicine, announced in February a rare eye tumor had spread to his liver and that he was in the stages of terminal cancer.

The first African-American to play the role of Jean Valjean in Broadway's "Les Miserables" died early Saturday after falling from a fire escape. 21-year-old Kyle Jean-Baptiste was also the youngest to take on the coveted role.

Thousands of Pacific walrus were captured by a photographer as they came ashore on the northwest coast of Alaska last week, in an event believed to be triggered by global warming.Researchers say less sea ice, brought on by climate change, forced the walruses to haul out for rest on land. According to scientists with the U-S Geological Survey, walruses prefer to haul out on sea ice, rather than on land.

Officials at the U-S Open report that, for the first time in history, tickets for the women's final sold out faster than the men's final as Serena Williams goes for the coveted Grand Slam

A wacky weekend at the box office. Straight Outta Compton is on top for another week and a big box office bomb for Zack Effron's new film.

Two years after her infamous performance Miley Cyrus is back to host the MTV Video Music Awards. 

Tropical Storm Erika in on the way.  The storms winds are now affecting the Virgin Islands and will move over Puerto Rico overnight bringing heavy rain and possible flash flooding.  Erika's track has it moving west and then a northwest movement is expected starting Friday and into the weekend as it heads toward the Southeast US and Florida. Florida's governor Rick Scott is telling residents to be prepared.

Hurricane Katrine hit Louisiana as a category 5 storm on August 29.2005.  It became the fifth deadliest hurricane and costliest natural disaster in U.S. history.  More than 18-hundred people died. Former President George W. Bush will mark the event in New Orleans Friday morning. President Obama marked the tenth anniversary of the storm's landfall Thursday evening.

--Chinese shares ended the week almost 8 percent lower after volatile trading that started on Monday with shock losses and spread fear to global markets. On Friday, the mainland's benchmark Shanghai Composite closed up 4.8 percent at 3,232 points.
--Definitely one of the wildest and memorable weeks on Wall Street since the 2008 financial crisis. What a turn of events, after stocks plunged around the world Monday and Tuesday, they turned positive for the second day in a row on Thursday.  The Dow closed at 369.46 points or 2.27% higher to 16,654. The market is still on a wild rollercoaster ride, with some of the biggest swings ever witnessed in its history occurring. The question now is how does this week end on Friday?

--Investigators continue to dig into Vester Flanagan's troubled past in hopes of understanding why he shot and killed two journalists on live TV Wednesday in Roanoke, Virginia. Flanagan committed suicide before police could apprehend him.
--New details from Tim Gardner who's wife was being interviewed during the shooting.
Tim tells ABC News his wife Vickie told him she could not see the shooter approach, because the lights of the camera were in her eyes.  The first bullets hit reporter Allison Parker, and she was the obvious prime target of the attack.  Then the gunman quickly turned the gun on cameraman Andy Ward, taking him down.  And finally shot Vickie, knocking her to the ground with one bullet to the back as she attempted to run away. While she was on the ground the gunman stood over her attempted to fire several more times execution style, but the gun misfired, she heard it clicking.

-Austrian officials now say more than 70 migrants were found dead inside of an abandoned truck this week.Three Hungarians have been arrested.
--Two boats carrying about 500 migrants have capsized near the port of Zuwara, Libya. So far, at 21 people have been rescued but hundreds of people are unaccounted for. One unconfirmed report says there are at least 100 bodies at a hospital in Zuwara, including nationals from Syria, Bangladesh and several Sub-Saharan African countries

Savannah State University was put on lockdown Thursday night as SSU officers investigated a shooting incident near the Student Union.   A college spokesperson said one male has been transported to the hospital with injuries.

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-The Democratic National Committee holds its Summer Meeting in Minneapolis, MN. Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Lincoln Chafee, and Martin O'Malley will speak.
- Former Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has endorsed Jeb Bush's presidential candidacy at a closed-press fundraiser in Richmond, VA Thursday night. Bush has a Friday morning Town Hall in Norfolk, VA.
- Republican Donald Trump’s hair is real according to an audience member who felt it at a campaign event in South Carolina Thursday.

President Obama will participate in a live webcast to deliver remarks and to take questions from members of the North American Jewish community in an event co-sponsored by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and The Jewish Federations of North America.

Secretary of Defense Carter is announcing the launch of a “manufacturing innovation institute” in San Jose, California – the first to be headquartered on the West Coast – with the purpose of finding new and innovative uses for bendable and wearable electronics. The possible fields of exploration include medical (through the monitoring of vital signs), sensors to monitor government vehicles and infrastructure in harsh environments, and national defense (reducing weight and size of electronics that control unmanned vehicles).

Walmart is giving customers a head start on holiday shopping, launching its annual layaway program two weeks earlier than last year.  Will other retailers follow

Friday marks the 60th anniversary of Emmett Till death. The 14-year-old black teen was killed in Mississippi after flirting with a white woman. The killer's acquittal helped spark the civil rights movement.

Jury deliberations resume Friday in rape trial of a former student at the prestigious Saint Paul prep school, in New Hampshire. 19-year-old Owen Labrie is accused of taking a 15-year-old girl to an empty building, and sexually assaulting her. In closing arguments Thursday, the defense said the girl fabricated the rape after regretting her decision to have sex, but prosecutors said the girl made it known that she never wanted sex.

The MTV Video Music Awards are Sunday night hosted by Miley Cyrus who shocked the show two years ago with her performance. 

--WDBJ Reporter Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward were killed in the field Wednesday during a live news segment in Moneta, Virginia.The gunman, Vester Lee Flanagan II, who used the name Bryce Williams on air, is a former reporter who was fired from the station two years ago. There was a short chase after a Virginia state police trooper spotted the suspected killer's vehicle, but when police approached they found Flanagan with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He later died at the hospital.
-- ABC News received a 23-page suicide note via fax from the suspected killer, detailing his anger, frustrations, and motives. He said the carnage was triggered in reaction to the racism of the Charleston church shooting. Two hours after the shooter opened fire and killed his two former colleagues, ABC News received a phone call from a man identifying himself as Vester Lee Flanagan. ABC News immediately alerted authorities.

The President is once again addressing gun violence in America. In a one-one-one interview with ABC News affiliate W-P-V-I, President Obama spoke about the shooting death of the two Virginia journalists on live TV Wednesday.

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--Clinton hits her lowest nomination number (45 percent) in any national poll this election cycle according to the latest Quinnipiac poll released Thursday morning. The former Secretary of State still holds a broad lead: 23 percent. The poll finds Clinton's number on national honest and trustworthy is very low: 34 percent honest and trustworthy, 61 percent not. Also favorability is at 39 percent - also low. Joe Biden does just as well or better than Hillary Clinton in general election matchups according to the poll.
--Saying she's "stricken," Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton spoke about the Virginia shootings while campaigning through Iowa Wednesday.  Clinton said  "we have got to do something about gun violence in America and I will take it on."  Republican candidates tweeted their condolences to the victims' families and friends. Clinton will attend a Grassroots Organizing Event at Case Western University Thursday in Cleveland OH.
- On a conference call with top Democrats ahead of the party’s summer meeting, Vice President Joe Biden said that he is still undecided about a run for the White House in 2016 and weighing whether he has the "emotional fuel" to endure a campaign, sources familiar with the session told ABC News.
- Republican candidate Donald Trump will be in South Carolina Thursday.

President Obama heads to New Orleans Thursday to join city leaders and citizens in marking ten years since Hurricane Katrina came ashore. Dubbed the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history, Katrina made landfall on Aug. 29, 2005 near the mouth of the Mississippi River, rolling into New Orleans and causing the collapse of the city’s aging levee system.

The Leeward Islands will begin to feel Tropical Storm Erika Thursday.  Topical storm warnings are up for much of the eastern Caribbean.  The storm is projected to be off the eastern coast of Florida by Monday.  

After a six-day losing streak, U.S. stocks surged Wednesday, helping to reverse some of the $500 billion in losses that were suffered.The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up about 619 points, or 4 percent, while the S&P 500 jumped about 3.9 percent, the index's biggest rally since November 2011, at the close of New York trading.

Authorities in Sunset, Louisiana confirm a police officer was shot and killed with his own weapon while responding to a fatal domestic dispute Wednesday. The suspect, identified as Harrison Lee Riley Junior, is also accused of stabbing three women, killing one.

The FAA confirms to ABC News it is investigating an incident involving an Allegiant Airlines plane that led to the airline inspecting all of its MD-80 type aircraft.  The problem happened onboard an Allegiant Airlines MD-83 taking off from Las Vegas heading to Peoria, Illinois last week.  During takeoff, the pilots lost some control -- the plane reportedly began lifting off the ground too soon. The pilots aborted the take off.  The airline says it was a problem with the plane's elevator control. Allegiant tells ABC News it initiated a fleet wide inspection of all of its MD80 aircraft and is cooperating with the FAA.

Colorado movie theater gunman James Holmes was formally sentenced on Wednesday to 12 life terms plus 3,318 years in prison for the crime he committed. Family members of victims reacted to the Judge's sentence.

Ending months of speculation, a Santa Clara County Grand Jury indicted former San Francisco 49ers player Ray McDonald on one count of raping an intoxicated woman following a party at his house in December. The District Attorney's Office also charged 49er Ahmad Brooks with one count of misdemeanor sexual battery against the same woman at the same party nine months ago.

The smaller of Washington's National Zoo's newborn panda cubs has died.  Zoo officials say the smaller of the two giant panda cubs born at the Smithsonian's National Zoo Aug. 22, died shortly after 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Singer Celine Dion returns to the stage at Caesars in Las Vegas Thursday night.

The famed triple-crown winning horse arrived in Saratoga, NY Wednesday ahead of Saturday's Travers race and received the rock star treatment.

August 26--  The Vidalia School Board has a meeting Thursday at 12 p.m. at Vidalia High School.

Meeting Agenda


A. Principal's Report: Vidalia Comprehensive High School
B. Consent Agenda
C. Regular Agenda
1. Bond Referendum


August 26--  The City of Vidalia reminds us that the Thursday afternoon Farmer's Market in the City Park downtown will be in full swing from two till six p.m.

Market Coordinator Melissa Moore says some new vendors are expected with fresh Georgia shrimp, pasture-fed pork and chicken, farm eggs, goat's milk soap, lotions and essential oils. 

Asian stocks are seesawing into positive and negative territory Wednesday after four straight days of volatility that's caused a global market meltdown.  Wall Street saw promising signs for much of the day Tuesday until the final hour of trading which sent prices plunging again.  The major U.S. markets closed lower again.

Two weeks after a jury failed to decide on a sentence for Aurora, Colorado theater shooter James Holmes,Wednesdy the judge will issue a formal sentence.  He will give Holmes 12 terms of life in prison for each of the victims who died, but he could also give Holmes over 3000 more years in prison for all of the victims who were injured.  

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-- News anchor Jorge Ramos, who works for Univision and ABC's sister network Fusion, was thrown out of a Donald Trump event in Dubuque, Iowa Tuesday night after asking questions without being called on. Trump, the Republican presidential hopeful, told Ramos, who was trying to ask about immigration repeatedly to "sit down." A security guard removed Ramos. Trump was later asked about the altercation and said he would welcome Ramos back into the room. Ramos returned a short time later.
--Democrat Hillary Clinton is in Iowa Wednesday cutting her Hamptons vacation short.

South Florida is officially on notice as Tropical Storm Erika continues churning in the Atlantic Ocean. National Hurricane Center in Miami issued tropical storm warnings for Puerto Rico and the U-S Virgin Islands and forecasts the storm strengthening.

The Moroccan-born suspect from Friday's foiled train attack has been formally indicted in Paris. The French prosecutor says the suspected 26 year-old gunman was charged with attempted murder in connection with terrorism and affiliation to a terror group. 23 year-old Anthony Sadler, who was one of the Americans that helped foil the attack, arrived back in Sacramento with his family Tuesday.

An teen boy armed with a pistol was taken into custody after holding students and a teacher hostage at a West Virginia high school Tuesday, police said. A 14-year-old, who was not named, held "numerous students" and a teacher hostage in a classroom at Philip Barbour High School in Philippi.

An hour outside of Chicago the hunt is on in suburban Geneva, Illinois for a poisonous cottonmouth snake. It was spotted not once, but twice in recent days curled up next to a house in Geneva.  The neighborhood is made of of families with small children, and there's a concern that local hospitals don't carry anti-venom.

What looked nearly impossible not too long ago, appears to be a real possibility now.  President Obama finding enough support in the Senate so that the Iran treaty bill doesn’t even come to a vote, thus enabling him to avoid having to use his veto authority.  

Wisconsin-based Oshkosh Defense won a major Pentagon contract to provide more than 55,000 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles that would replace the iconic Humvee for the Army and Marine Corps. The initial contract is for $6.7 billion but could be worth more than $30 billion and is one of the largest awarded by the Army in recent years. Oshkosh was chosen over the Humvee manufacturer, AM General, and the Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin.

A man arrested for breaking onto White House grounds by jumping over a fence in March was shot and killed Tuesday after he attacked a deputy in Pennsylvania with a knife at a courthouse, authorities said. Curtis Smith, 34, of Coatesville, Pennsylvania, went into the Chester County Justice Center in West Cheste where he attacked a sheriff's deputy with a knife, according to the Chester County District Attorney's office.

Divers are searching the New Jersey's Sandy Hook Channel after a fishing boat capsized Tuesday afternoon. The missing boat has been identified as a 40-foot fishing trawler called "El Jefe". The U.S. Coast Guard says it's not clear if anyone was on board the boat when it when down. No one has been reported missing as of late Tuesday night.

Prosecutors Tuesday rested their case in the sexual assault trial of a New Hampshire prep school graduate. Jurors heard from the lead police investigator and a criminologist who presented DNA evidence as the state wrapped up its case against Owen Labrie, a former St. Paul's School student accused of assaulting a 15-year-old freshman in May 2014.

IndyCar Series driver Justin Wilson, who died Monday after being struck in the head by debris from another driver’s car in a race at Pocono Raceway, was an organ donor.  His younger brother Stefan tweeted Tuesday that Justin had saved six lives.

With Halloween a little more than two months away one costume already on sale is raising some eyebrows.  The "Call Me Caitlyn" costume is a play on Caitlyn Jenner's Vanity Fair cover after she came out as a transgender person.Some buying the outfit see humor in it, but other in the LGBT community fear it'll lead to more transgenderphobia.

It was a Nightmare on Wall Street yesterday.  Will today (Tuesday) be a repeat?  Foreign markets may hold a clue to what's in store for us today. The Shanghai Composite Index tumbled another seven-point-six percent, and the Chinese government's attempts to intervene have done little to stop the freefall.  Meanwhile a mixed day around the rest of the world...the Nikkei fell another four percent, while Europe is recovering, slightly, from yesterday's monster losses. The Dow Jones finished 588 points lower, after plunging more than a thousand points in the first few minutes of trading.

Tropical Storm Erika has formed in the Atlantic with maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour.  It's currently moving west and at the moment is not a threat to land.  But, its forecast track has it headed into the Caribbean Sea this week and into the weekend.  

In the city rocked by unrest after a police officer's killing of an unarmed teenager, sweeping changes have come to the judicial system. Thousands of arrest warrants issued in Ferguson, Missouri have been withdrawn.

In a brief press conference in Indianapolis late Monday, INDYCAR announced driver Justin Wilson succumbed to the injuries he received in Sunday’s race at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania. He was 37. Wilson was originally airlifted out of the track with a head injury after he was hit by a large piece of debris that broke off Sage Karam's car when Karam spun into the wall. Wilson died surrounded by his family at Lehigh Valley Hospital.

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--The assumption is that President Obama will stay neutral if Joe Biden  challenges Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary. But White House Spokesman Josh Earnest said he "wouldn’t rule out the possibility of an endorsement in the Democratic primary.  The Vice President will attend the funeral of former Ohio Congressman Louis Stokes Tuesday in Cleveland.
--Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush speaking at the U-S/Mexico border in Texas Tuesday ignited a firestorm when he said his use of the controversial term "anchor babies" is "more related to Asian people.

President Obama wants more Americans to go solar by issuing an executive order to help homeowners afford it.  The President delivered the details during a speech at the Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas Monday night.

What went up last week because of high prices in the Midwest has come back down because of prices in the Midwest. The Energy Department reports the average price of regular unleaded is down 8 cents in the past week to $2.64 per gallon.  The Midwest is down 12 cents to $2.67.  California still leads the pack at $3.48 per gallon.

The Air Force will nominate Airman First Class Spencer Stone with for the Airman’s Medal, the services’ highest medal for non-combat bravery, Air Force Secretary Deborah James announced Monday. We are learning more about Mark Moogalian, a French academic originally from Virginia, who may have been the first to try to disarm the gunman on a Paris bound train. ABC News spoke with witness Christian Coons.

Police arrested two men with a drone near a Maryland state prison as the men prepared to fly drugs, tobacco and pornography into the maximum-security institution, state police and prison officials said Monday. The arrests on Saturday near Cumberland highlight a growing problem for prison operators nationwide as they struggle to get ahead of the mini-helicopter technology. Officials have also reported prison contraband smuggling attempts involving drones in South Carolina and Ohio.

Following days of tension, North and South Korea agreed today to end a standoff following heightened military escalation on both sides of the border. North Korea plans to lift its semi-state of war and expressed "regret" for causing injuries of South Korean soldiers from a landmine blast on August 4, a key demand of South Korea. In return, South Korea, starting on Tuesday, will cease anti-North Korean broadcasts from loudspeakers along the border.

 Veteran Louisiana State Police officer Steven Vincent died one day after he was shot during a traffic encounter with a suspected impaired driver. The state police said Tuesday Vincent was "the first trooper killed in a hostile encounter since the murder of Trooper Donald Cleveland near Lafayette in 1977."

Police in Toronto say hack of the cheating website Ashley Madison may have resulted in the suicides of two clients. Toronto Police say Avid Life Media - the company that owns the website is offering a 500-thousand dollar reward for information leading to an arrest of those responsible for the hack.

A 10-year-old boy who went missing in Utah while hiking with his family has been found. Malachi Bradley disappeared Sunday while looking for mushrooms near a remote mountain lake by the Wyoming border. He was found in good shape Monday afternoon.

Testimony Monday in the sexual assault trial of a prep school graduate focused on his classmates at St. Paul's School and what he said to them. Several took the stand to testify about what they knew or were told about the encounter between Owen Labrie, 19, and the then-freshman who accused him of assaulting her. Labrie's classmates testified about life at St. Paul's and the year-end tradition known as the Senior Salute, in which upperclassmen ask younger girls out on a date. Prosecutors said it was during a Senior Salute that Labrie sexually assaulted the girl in May 2014. 

To honor the 99th anniversary of the National Park Service, entry at all national parks will be free Tuesday. To celebrate "Founder's Day," the park service has created a birthday list of 99 Ways to Find Your Park, including everything from urban hikes and sunrise selfies to writing poetry and earning a Junior Ranger badge. 

Researchers say they are closer to developing a universal flu vaccine that would give life-long protection against any type of flu. The research being published in Science Journal and Nature Medicine would remove the problem with current flu vaccines which must be changed every flu season.

Justin Gatlin won the silver medal at the 100-meter event at the World Championships in Beijing, China. When he was on the podium stand, he called out a fan who was heckling his mom.

The first two women to make it through the grueling Army Ranger training program graduate Friday.  26-year-old Capt. Kristen Griest of Orange, Connecticut and 25-year-old 1st Lt. Shaye Haver of Copperas Cove, Texas will become the first women to wear the Army's coveted Ranger tab when they graduate alongside 94 male soldiers at Fort Benning, Georgia. Women are not yet permitted to serve as Rangers, but that could change next year after the Pentagon makes its recommendations.

The stock market had its worst day in a year-and-a-half. The Dow closed down 358 points, in part because of a slump in Chinese shares.

Speaking of three firefighters killed battling wildfires, Washington Governor Jay Inslee says the fires have "burned a hole in our state's heart." A fourth firefighter, age 25, remains in critical condition with burns over 60-percent of his body.  For the first time since 2008, foreign firefighters are heading to the US to help battle the fires in the West. The first contingent from Australia and New Zealand is likely to arrive over the weekend.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un has ordered troops on high alert according to the North Korean broadcaster KCNA. It follows an exchange of artillery shells across their heavily-fortified border. Meanwhile Japan has urged North Korea to refrain from provocative acts.

An explosion at a downtown Los Angeles office building injured 4 people and knocked out power at the nearby Staples Center Thursday night. Officials believe a generator in the basement of the 19-story building was involved in explosion. The Staples Center temporarily lost power during a Shania Twain concert.

Former President Jimmy Carter began radiation treatment for cancer Thursday, the same day he spoke candidly about the melanoma that has spread through his body.

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A national poll released Thursday shows several G-O-P presidential candidates leading Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton in key swing states. In his own state, Florida Senator Marco Rubio is in third place among Republicans, but favored by Florida voters over Clinton by the widest margin. ABC's Tom Llamas confronts a couple of the Republican hopefuls who have  embraced a political term that some call crass: anchor baby.  Among the candidate appearances Friday: Trump in Mobile, AL; Sanders in Columbia, SC.

Danny has strengthened ... becoming the first hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season.  It's currently located east of the Windward Islands. 

The 16-year-old who accuses an upperclassman of raping her while they attended an elite New Hampshire prep school has finished her testimony. Prosecutors say the accused former St. Paul's School student was two days from graduating when he attacked the teen in May 2014, as part of a campus ritual of sexual conquest called Senior Salute.

Amid the financial turmoil in Greece, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras says he is stepping down and calling early elections.

Sheriff's officials investigating the fatal Malibu crash involving Caitlyn Jenner are submitting the case to the Los Angeles District Attorney's office and recommending a manslaughter charge.

--A fast moving wildfire near Twisp, WA killed three firefighters Wednesday afternoon and four injured as two nearby towns were forced to evacuate. The firefighters crashed their vehicle before the fire overtook them. Washington State Governor 
Jay Inslee said:  "My heart breaks over the loss of life." Inslee added, the fire conditions throughout the area remain extremely dangerous and residents and visitors should heed evacuation orders or other emergency directions. Across Washington, fires statewide have burned more than 235,000 acres of land, 50 homes, and 60 other structures in the current past two weeks.
--In California, a wildfire burning for weeks on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada jumped in size Wednesday, forcing more than 2,500 campers, hikers, employees and residents to evacuate a recreation area outside Kings Canyon National Park

St. Louis Police say protesters engaged in acts of violence Wednesday night in the aftermath of the police shooting death of an 18-year-old black teen.  Police had gone to the neighborhood to execute a search warrant, when the say the teen ran from the back of a home and a gun at officers. Police say nine protesters have been arrested.

Late last week it was revealed that ex-President Jimmy Carter has been diagnosed with cancer. The 90-year-old former Commander-in-Chief has not said what type of cancer he has or whether it is benign or malignant, but on Thursday he may do just when he holds a news conference to discuss his cancer at The Carter Center in Atlanta.

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Donald Trump and Jeb Bush went after each other Wednesday night at dueling New Hampshire town halls.  Republican presidential contender Donald Trump spoke in Derry Wednesday night at Pinkerton Academy in Derry and held a town hall meeting. Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush held a town hall event Wednesday night. The event was held at the Merrimack VFW.  Jeb called Trump a Democrat, Trump mocking Jeb and his policy positions.

Lawyers for Oscar Pistorius areexpected to head to court try and force the South Africa's justice department to release him. The Olympic star was expected to be released Friday after serving 10 months in prison for killing his girlfriend before that decision was put 'on hold.' South Africa's Department of Justice says the case will have to be reviewed again because he was approved to be moved to 'house arrest'..too early.

A large bomb exploded early Thursday near a national security building in Cairo, Egypt wounding at least six people including at least one police officer, according to security officials.  It comes on the heels of new controversial anti-terrorism laws.

The bomb attack that killed 20 people at Bangkok's Erawan shrine on Monday was carried out by a "network", Thailand's Chief of Police said.  Police have released a sketch of the main suspect, a man in a yellow T-shirt who was filmed by security cameras leaving a backpack at the shrine.  But they later said two other people seen on CCTV were being treated as suspects. The country's Prime Minister has described the incident as the worst-ever attack on Thailand. Authorities are still also looking for a motive behind the deadly attack.  

Tropical Storm Danny is moving slowly westward, far out over the Atlantic, and could still become a hurricane by Friday, according to the National Hurricane Center.  The storm is centered about 1,270 miles east of the Lesser Antilles.  The storm does not currently pose a threat to any land.

Prosecutors in Indiana say former Subway restaurant pitchman Jared Fogle has admitted to receiving and sending child pornography involving 12 minor victims in Indiana and paying for sex with at least two minors in New York. Fogle appeared in federal court in Indianapolis Wednesday.

Airline critics say Delta is essentially shaming passengers into spending more on upgrades.  A passenger's rights group says when people buy basic economy on Delta’s website, the air carrier lists several restrictions for the cheap ticket; including being the last to board and last for overhead bin access space and also no seat assignment, no refunds, no ticket changes.

U-S Existing Home Sales will be released at 10AM Eastern on Wednesday. On Tuesday the Commerce Department says U-S builders started work on single-family houses last month at the fastest pace since the Great Recession began. Construction shooting up more than 12 percent last month to the highest rate since December 2007. Low mortgage rates are helping. 

A 17-foot-wide sinkhole that killed a Florida resident in 2013 has re-opened in the same location it once did two years ago, authorities said.The hole opened again at 9:30 a.m. today at 240 Faithway Drive in Seffner and is about 20 feet deep, according to Larry McKinnon of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Scientists at Johns Hopkins are claiming a major breakthrough in ALS research a year after the Ice Bucket Challenge went viral and raised more than $220 million in donations.

The Little League World Series kicks off today in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The winners of the U-S bracket will take on the international champions at the end of the 10-day tournament.

Subway spokesman Jared Fogle is expected to plead guilty to child pornography charges. Fogle's home was raided by FBI agents and Indiana State Police who removed several items from his home including electronics. The raid lead to Fogle being suspended from Subway ads. Earlier this year the former president of the Jared Foundation, Russell Taylor, was arrested and charged with child pornography. 

--A tornado touchdown was reported near Cornell, Illinois and a tornado watch was in effect for much of the Chicago area Tuesday night.
--Two twisters were confirmed over Lincoln County, Colorado.

Talks between New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and the NFL were at a stalemate Tuesday as both sides met to settle the star quarterback's attempt to overturn a four-game suspension. Brady was in New York with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to participate in the settlement talks, according to multiple reports. Brady - however- will not attend Wednesday's hearing in New York Federal Court.  It's unclear whether Goodell will either as both sides present oral argument. Absent a settlement, which is the preferred method of the judge, both sides have urged a ruling by Sept. 4, a week before the Patriots first regular season game.  

An apparently exasperated Hillary Clinton threw-up her arms after finishing taking questions from reporters about her past emails in Las Vegas Tuesday. The former Secretary of State said the dispute has nothing to do with her. It's a debate of disagreements between the State Department and the intelligence community: "Everybody's acting like this is the first time it's ever happened. It happens all the time."  

VOTE 2016
--Seven Republican presidential candidates are headed to New Hampshire Wednesday. Six of them will speak at a major education summit hosted by a conservative school choice advocacy group in Londonderry: Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, John Kasich, Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal and Chris Christie. Donald Trump will host a Wednesday evening town hall in Derry, NH.  
--Republican Mike Huckabee is in Israel.
--Rick Perry, Marco Rubio and Lindsay Graham will be in Iowa.
--Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley will be in Las Vegas and finish the night in San Francisco. 

Democratic New Jersey Senator Bob Menedez announced Tuesday he will not be backing the President's nuclear deal with Iran. Menedez says the deal doesn't go far enough to roll back the country's abilities to create nuclear weapons. Menedez follows New York Senator Chuck Schumer as the second Democrat to oppose the deal.

In a historic move, the FDA Tuesday approved the first drug to treat female sexual desire disorder. The drug called Addyi Flibanserin is aimed at treating hypoactive sexual desire disorder, HSDD, which affects approximately 1 in 10 women. Sprout Pharmaceuticals, the drugs makers, say they hope to have it on the market by October. 

Data stolen by hackers from dating website Ashley Madison has reportedly made its way to the 'dark web', only accessible via encrypted browsers. The info reportedly includes names, addresses, and credit card info for some 32 million users of the social networking site which touts itself as 'the most famous name in infidelity and married dating." Ashley Madison released a statement calling this a criminal act by people "who have appointed themselves as the moral judge, juror, and executioner, seeing fit to impose a personal notion of virtue on all society. We will not sit idly by and allow these thieves to force their personal ideology on citizens around the world."

Prosecutors and defense lawyers faced off Tuesday in Concord, New Hampshire in the trial of elite prep school graduate Owen Labrie charged with raping a freshman girl as part of a campus sexual conquest ritual. The case involves students at the prestigious St. Paul's School. The 16-year-old victim took the stand and testified that Labrie became violent and raped her.  

Rosie O'Donnell's 17-year-old daughter Chelsea has been found, after she went missing in the New York City suburb of Rockland County. Chelsea was found safe down on the Jersey Shore.

Authorities in Bangkok think the suspect wanted in connection with a deadly blast had help from others. One law enforcement official says the suspect could not have acted alone suggesting he may been part of a "network." The manhunt continues for the man seen in a surveillance video following a second bomb blast on Thailand's capital city. Monday’s explosion killed 20 people and wounded more than 100.  Tuesday's attack resulted in no casualties, however officials in Bangkok said the bombs were similar and likely the work of the same perpetrators.  A man recorded on surveillance video just before Monday's explosion is the chief suspect in the deadly attack at a Hindu shrine in a busy shopping and tourism district.

It’s been a year since a video surfaced of the beheading of American James Foley at the hands of ISIS.  For many Americans that video has come to represent what the fighting is all about.  

Travel to Cuba could soon be nearly as easy as travel to any other part of the world. The Obama administration plans to unilaterally ease the travel restrictions to Cuba, sources told ABC News. The new measures would bypass limits on travel imposed by Congress by changing regulations at the executive level.

The two officers at the center of a deadly officer-involved shooting have been charged and will go to trial. Officer Dominique Perez and now-retired Officer Keith Sandy shot and killed James Boyd after a tense three-hour standoff in the foothills in March 2014. Perez and Sandy face second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, aggravated assault and aggravated battery charges.

There was a very scary landing for a U-S Airways flight from Atlanta to Charlotte with 159 on board Saturday as it was forced to go around again because of windshear. There were no injuries when the plane finally landed but quite a bit of damage. The N-T-S-B has both the black boxes and is investigating.

The State Fair of Texas, where corny dogs and funnel cakes are dietary staples, has released details of the culinary offerings for the next run of the 129-year-old event. And, as usual, it’s a deep-fried wonderland. Fried alligator, beer-battered deep-fried buffalo and chicken-fried lobster tail have made the cut for the 2015 State Fair of Texas, as have some non-fried items. The fair opens Sept. 25th.

Officials in Bangkok have released video of a "suspect" wanted for the deadly blast in an area popular with tourists in Thailand. Authorities say the male suspect,seen wearing a yellow shirt, is seen with a backpack which he puts downs minutes before the blast. At least 20 people died and 125 injured from the explosion.

A data breach back in May at the Internal Revenue Service now appears to be much bigger than the agency first reported. It's now warning people that an additional 220-thousand people have had their information stolen...or a total of 334-thousand.

Intelligence community officials involved in the review of Hillary Clinton's emails have flagged 305 messages for further inspection, new court documents released Monday say. The emails were found in a sampling of 20 percent of the total 30,000 emails.  A State Department spokesperson says: "At this point in the review, we haven't see any indication that anybody did anything willfully or negligently"  - Video has been released of Clinton's closed door meeting last week with Black Lives Matters protesters.- Clinton will hold a town hall event in Las Vegas Tuesday.

VOTE 2016
-Republican presidential hopefuls Sen. Marco Rubio and Gov. John Kasich take their turn speaking on the soapbox at the Iowa State Fair Tuesday.  After dealing with union hecklers in Iowa Monday, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker heads to Minnesota where he's expected to deliver his alternative to Obamacare.
- Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders fired up supporters during an appearance Monday night in Chicago.

    AAA is warning drivers about an email phishing scam targeting E-ZPass users. Scammers send official-looking emails with false claims of unpaid tolls and when the unsuspecting users click on a link to pay, it allows the scammers access to the users computer.

    A jump at the pump. Gas prices went up about 9 cents a gallon last week to a nationwide average of $2.72 a gallon. Meanwhile, crude oil futures prices closed down $41.87 a barrel.

    Wildfires are have burned over a million acres across four western states: California, Washington, Idaho and Oregon.  Nearly 6 million acres have burned across the US from more than 36 thousand wildfires since the start of the year according the US Forest Service. For the first time since 2006, the Army has deployed some 200 troops to help battle the blazes.

    Shell gets the final federal permit it needs to start drilling for oil in the Arctic Ocean off Alaska's northwest coast for the first time in more than two decades.

    The FAA now says it was a software upgrade that caused delays for thousands of weekend airline passengers throughout the Northeast.

    Airlines for America (A4A) predicts more than 14 million people will fly during the Labor Day holiday, which would be a three percent increase from last year. The industry trade groups estimates more than 2 million travelers a day will pack airports from September 2nd through September 8th.

    Closing arguments begin Tuesday morning in the shooting trial of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer Randall “Wes” Kerrick. Kerrick is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of unarmed black man Jonathan Ferrell in 2013. The defense rested its case Monday afternoon, but not before loading up with three witnesses primed to help make its case that Kerrick’s decision to shoot Ferrell came because he was being attacked. In a videotaped interview, fellow officer Thornell Little said Ferrell was clawing at Kerrick and that he thought Ferrell was out of control. Shortly after a defense expert disputed the state's contention that Kerrick's decision to shoot Ferrell 10 times amounted to excessive force.

    As the 10th anniversary of the hurricane Katrina approaches, officials are looking back and discussing the progress made since the powerful story devastated New Orleans and other parts of the Gulf Coast.

    The FDA is expected to announce Tuesday whether it will approve, deny or postpone "Flibanserin" - a drug dubbed "the female Viagra." If the drug does win approval you shouldn't expect to see a lot of advertising for it, at least not at first because the maker of the drug has promised the FDA that to curb potential misuse, it will not advertise on TV or on Radio for 18 months.

    Two women make history in the U-S Army...they are the first ever to complete the grueling course to become elite Army Rangers.

    US Military commanders are constantly demanding increased Predator flights for surveillance over world hot spots, so the Pentagon says it will ramp up drone use 50-percent by 2019.

    A jury was selected Monday in the trial of a Concord prep school graduate accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old freshman. Owen Labrie, 19, of Turnbridge, Vermont, is accused of sexually assaulting a girl on May 30, 2014, in a building on the campus of St. Paul's School. Prosecutors accused Labrie of taking part in a tradition known as the "Senior Salute," in which graduating seniors strived for sexual conquests and kept a list of prospective targets. 

    A horrific scene at New York's Yankee Stadium Monday night. Yankees pitcher Brian Mitchell hit in the head by a line drive ball hit by Eduardo Nunez of the Minnesota Twins. Mitchell was taken to a hospital for further evaluation.

    What a birth: A baby was born on the side of the road in Seattle with police standing by as make-shift midwives. Officers pulled the parents over for racing through red lights early Sunday morning. The soon-to-be father jumped out of the car, telling the officers his wife was in labor. They called an ambulance, but the baby beat the medics to it. Within just a few minutes, the pregnant mom was giving birth to a baby girl. 

    Hundreds if not thousands of California Rams fans turned out to watch the St. Louis football team practice with the Dallas Cowboys in Oxnard, CA Monday.  The teams will practice for another two days. The Rams are considering a return move to the Los Angeles area after leaving 20 years ago.

    Montgomery County Board of Education

    August 17, 2015

    Board Room; 703 Dobbins Street; Mount Vernon, Georgia

    Regular Meeting


    1. Welcome
    2. Invocation/Pledge of Allegiance
    3. Approval of Agenda
    4. Approval of Minutes - work session 7-17-15, regular BOE meeting 7-20-15, work session and called meeting 7-28-15, called meeting 8-04-15
    5. Public Participation

    The public may address the Board of Education concerning issues other than specific student or individual matters. To participate in the public participation segment of the meeting, please sign in at the desk at the Board room entrance before the meeting begins at 7:00 PM (or 6:00 PM during Eastern Standard Time). A five (5) minute time limit will be imposed for each speaker. No speaker shall indulge in personal attacks

    1. Call to Order

    while speaking. All comments are to be addressed directly to the Board of Education. Personnel concerns may be addressed in writing to the Superintendent or the Chairman of the Board of Education. (MCBOE Policy BCBD)

    1. Superintendent’s Report
    2. Local Board Governance Annual Training Plan
    3. Local Board Governance Annual Training Report
    4. School Level Finance Report
    5. FY16 Budget
    6. Fund Raisers Recommendations– MCES, MCMS, MCHS
    7. IE2 Contract
    8. July Accounts Payable Report
    9. Executive Session – personnel, consult with attorney over litigation
    10. Return to Regular Session
    11. Personnel Recommendations
    12. Adjournment

    Firefighters are battling dozens of major wildfires in at least eight states. A complex of fires near Chelan, Washington has burned more than 2-dozen structures and forced 27-hundred evacuations.

    Triple digit heat in the West is expected to ease a bit but near record temps in the East are bringing more misery.

    The head of Indonesia's national search and rescue agency, Bambang Soelistyo, said a search plane had spotted suspected debris and billowing smoke at 8,500 feet above sea level, that may be Trigana Air Flight 267. The twin engine turbo prop disappeared Saturday with 54 aboard. Trigana Air Service is blacklisted in Europe due to safety concerns.

    Two small airplanes collided and crashed in a field near an airport in San Diego County, California on Sunday, killing four people.

    A US Army "Golden Knight" parachutist critically hurt in Saturday's mid-air collision with a Navy skydiver at the Chicago Air and Water Show has died. 

    VOTE 2016
    After making a splash at the Iowa State Fair, Donald Trump is set to report for jury duty in New York in the day ahead. Ben Carson was among those speaking on the soap box at the fair Sunday.

    Two former inmates allege workers at a privately run jail in Nasvhille, Tennessee forced them to work without pay to create goods for the jailers' side business...selling games and other goods at flea markets. The state is investigating.


    The death toll rose to 112 from Wednesday's gargantuan chemical explosions in Tianjin, China. Dozens remain missing and more than 700 people were hurt. Residents worry about the sodium cyanide found at the blast site.

    Anti-government protestors took to the streets across Brazil Sunday... there's growing discontent with the increasingly unpopular President Dilma Rousseff. The protests by thousands in Rio forced organizers of a pre-Olympic cycling test to change their route.

    Straight Outta Compton went straight to the top at the box office. The biopic of the influential rap group N.W.A. earned an unexpected 56.1 million dollars in its debut weekend.

    August 14--  Today's Top Stories from ABC News.


    Another huge step in US-Cuban relations: Secretary of State John Kerry will be in Havana Friday - the first U.S. Secretary of State to visit since 1945 - for the formal reopening of the U.S. embassy in Havana. Kerry will raise the flag over the embassy, but the State Department says there are no plans for him to meet with Cuban President Castro.

    VOTE 2016
    - For those running for president, a visit to the Iowa State Fair may be the purest distillation of the campaign experience in the state that starts the voting. The 11-day event, which started Thursday, presents a time-honored opportunity for most of the 2016 hopefuls to chomp on deep-fried snack foods, visit with locals and talk with voters possibly showing off a side of the candidate not often shown by the media.
    - GOP candidate Donald Trump plans to arrive at the Iowa State Fair on Saturday in his Trump helicopter.  He plans to give rides on the chopper to the kids — although his aides acknowledge this will be logistically challenging and caution it may not be possible.  Republican Sen. Rand Paul is airing attack ads against that potray Trump as more of a Democrat.   
    - Republican candidate Jeb Bush was uncharacteristically supportive of several of his brother’s policies in Iraq while speaking about national security in Davenport, Iowa. The former Florida governor declared his support for GWB’s troop surge in Iraq, saying, "He had the courage to do something that is completely against the political grain” adding “I'm proud of what he did to create a secure environment for our country.”
    -Another Democrat could be exploring a run for the presidency.  Former Vice President Al Gore and some of his former advisers have begun meeting in preliminary discussions about the feasibility of a Gore campaign. Gore has taken no concrete steps towards running, but he is definitely not ruling it out.

    --Why did Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton turn over her email server to federal investigators when she did? According to her campaign, once some of the emails on her server were deemed classified, that’s when Clinton decided to turn it over.
    --The emails thought to be classified were a discussion about a news article about a drone operation according the Associated Press.

    The U.S. has found it credible that ISIS used a “blistering agent” earlier this week against Kurdish forces in northern Iraq, according to officials. But no determination has been made as to what type of chemical agent may have been used in the attack, which affected a small number of Kurdish fighters. A U.S. official said the attack occurred several days ago and involved a small amount of blistering agent that affected a small number of Kurdish fighters. It is unclear how ISIS may have obtained the undetermined chemical agent.

    Smoke is filling the horizon and debris is littering the streets in Tianjin, as the northern Chinese city is struggling to survive the devastation from two fiery explosions that rocked a port warehouse storing hazardous chemicals. The first blast happened at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday (local time), followed by a second explosion just 30 seconds later, according to a statement from the Tianjin Fire Department. The overwhelming destruction in Tianjin today includes burned cars and shattered windows. And dozens of people were forced to sleep outside or in emergency shelters.

    Gen. Raymond T. "Ray" Odierno, 38th Chief of Staff of the Army, will transition responsibility to Gen. Mark A.Milley during a Change of Responsibility Ceremony hosted by the Honorable John M. McHugh, 21st Secretary of the Army.

    Authorities in Ohio say a man killed by a roller coaster at Cedar Point amusement park Thursday was in a restricted area of the ride when he was struck by a Raptor train. Friends apparently told investigators that the man lost some personal items on the ride and went back to retrieve them when he was struck. Sandusky Deputy Police Chief Phil Frost provided information on the victim.

    ABC News’ Paula Faris with an exclusive interview with the parents of Kevin Ward, Jr., the Sprint car driver killed by NASCAR star Tony Stewart during a race last year. Kevin Ward, Sr. and his wife Pamela spoke out about their son’s life and passion for racing and why they hold Tony Stewart responsible for his death.

    The head of the EPA thinks the accidental mine waste spill into a Colorado river seems to be clearing and the Governor even thinks it's safe to drink the water: John Hickenlooper  - anxious to reopen the now-tainted Animas River -- took the Durango Herald to the riverbank and drank, using an empty water bottle - dropping in an iodine pill which may or may not have fully killed any giardia parasites -- and warning the public not to ever drink river water. EPA administrator Gina McCarthy says the agency is working on the spill and that the river is restoring itself.

    We are now hearing from a California man attacked by a bear - who fought off the animal Thursday morning in the Sierra Nevada foothill town of Midpines.  Larry Yepez  - a Vietnam vet and former wildland firefighter -- says his Yorkshire Terrier helped protect him - distracting the 200 pound black bear by biting his heels.  Yepez has serious puncture wounds all over his body. 

    While it's true that most kids don't look forward to the start of school, some kids dread it -  for them, back-to-school means back-to-bullying. An estimated 30% of kids ages 12 to 18 are picked on at school.

    VJ DAY
    A 'Kiss-In' at New York's Times Square today will mark the 70th anniversary of Victory over Japan Day. Ray and Ellie Williams of Georgia, both U.S. Navy World War Two veterans celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary today, will lead hundreds of couples  --  all provided with sailor hats and roses - to re-enact the famous kiss between the US sailor and a woman in a white dress on VJ Day in 1945. The photograph was taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt and published on the cover of Life magazine the next week.

    A North Carolina man brought millions of dollars in counterfeit poker chips to a Texas Hold 'em tournament in Atlantic City. Then in a panic, he dumped them down his hotel room toilet, which clogged. He got caught and will spend five years in prison. He owes the Borgata Casino nearly a half a million dollars for the canceled tournament. He also owes the hotel for plumbing repair.

    We are hearing reactions from parents to Thursday's news that, starting this fall, Sesame Street will air its new episodes exclusively on H-B-O. The same episodes will air on P-B-S nine months later. 

    It's N.W.A. vs U.N.C.L.E. at the box office this weekend. "Straight Outta Compton" should be cruising to first place. Estimates have the N.W.A. biopic taking in around $40 million, but it could go much higher if word of mouth is strong.  The reviews have been good. Also opening this weekend: "The Man from U.N.C.L.E"

    August 13--  Today's Top Stories from ABC News


    Dozens were killed and hundreds more were injured or hospitalized after two huge explosions rocked the port city of Tianjin, China Wednesday. Authorities are investigating what caused the explosions at a storage terminal of hazardous chemicals. Firefighters are still searching the scene for survivors.

    Former President Jimmy Carter has announced he has cancer. The 90-year-old says recent livery surgery revealed the cancer has spread to other parts of his body. Carter will undergo treatment at Emery Health Care, a hospital in Atlanta.

    No words from either New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell as they left federal court in New York on Wednesday. Both sides are at odds over Brady's four-game deflate-gate suspension. With no apparent resolution to the four-game suspension, lawyers for both side will be back at this courthouse next week for oral arguments before the judge. Of course, it could settle anytime between now and then. And that's the preference for the judge. He really gave each side a taste of what it would be like to litigate and made it seem by the tone of his questions that having this decided in open court may not be pleasant for either the league or the players union. It's unclear whether Brady will play in the Patriots first exhibition game as they host the Green Bay Packers Thursday night.

    On Friday, the U.S. Embassy in Havana will have its ceremonial opening with Secretary of State John Kerry traveling to Cuba.  It will be the first visit by a Secretary of State to the communist country since 1945. The building officially became an embassy July 20th, but waited to “raise the stars and stripes” until Secretary Kerry’s schedule allowed for him to travel to Havana.  

    On Wednesday, the United States began flying manned counter-ISIS missions from Turkey. Strikes were conducted. This follows Turkey's announcement last month that it would open its bases to United States and coalition member's air operations against ISIS, as part of deeper U.S.-Turkey counter-ISIS cooperation.  

    The ceiling of a Minneapolis nightclub seen in the 1984 movie “Purple Rain” partially collapsed Wednesday, injuring three people. According to the Minneapolis Fire Department, a 30-by-30-foot section of the ceiling collapsed during a concert. None of the injuries were life-threatening.

    A 19-year-old Mississippi student who is accused of attempting to travel to Syria to join ISIS is a smart and “kind, bubbly person,” according to a college friend. Jaelyn Delshaun Young of Starkville, Mississippi, and her companion, 22-year-old Muhammad Oda Dakhlalla, planned for months to travel to Turkey in order to slip into Syria and join ISIS, according to the FBI. They were caught after allegedly engaging in online conversations with undercover FBI agents posing as terrorist sympathizers. Crystal Worley, a college friend of Young, told ABC News she was shocked and didn’t imagine Young to be “that kind of person.”

    Drone sightings by pilots are on the rise. Through August 9th of this year the FAA has received 650 reports of drone sightings by pilots. In all of 2014 the agency had 238 similar reports. The FAA receives approximately 2 to 3 reports of a drone sighting by a pilot every day. 

    The firestorm growing over Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton.  Clinton has agreed to turn that server over to the Justice Department, which is investigating whether classified information in her emails has been properly secured.  ABC News has learned that at least two of Clinton's private emails included information now classified as Top Secret.

    VOTE 2016
    --A new advertisement from Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul that will run through the weekend in Iowa and New Hampshire will target Donald Trump. The ad is the first from Sen. Paul directly attacking Trump and includes different clips of Trump over the years supporting Democratic principles, identifying as a Democrat and sharing his support of the Clintons. Trump is already firing back saying Paul is faltering in the polls and months ago asked the billionaire for financial support.
    --Black Lives Matter protesters disturbed the end of Republican candidate Jeb Bush's speech in Las Vegas Wednesday night.
    --A new Boston Herald/Franklin Pierce University poll shows progressive rival Sen.Bernie Sanders leading Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton by seven points in New Hampshire, 44-37 percent. It’s the first time the Vermont independent has led in any poll in any state this election cycle.  Clinton, however, still leads Sanders in Iowa.

    House Republican Majority leader Kevin McCarthy and 35 GOP House members sat down with Prime Minister Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Wednesday.  These Republican House members see eye-to-eye with Netanyahu on what he calls the dangers of the Iran nuclear deal and are leading the fight to kill it in the House. 

    Environmental Protection Agency chief Gina McCarthy said Wednesday that water quality in La Plata County has "returned to pre-event conditions" after last week's Gold King Mine wastewater spill. The spill was caused by an EPA cleanup crew on Aug. 5 and released 3 million gallons of acidic water into the Animas River basin.

    A former beauty queen, who was once crowned Miss Pennsylvania U.S. International, has been arrested for lying about a cancer diagnosis and allegedly scamming people out of thousands of dollars, police said. Investigators said Brandi Lee Weaver-Gates, of Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, told people she was battling chronic lymphocytic leukemia and fraudulently took funds from events that raised money to help her pay for medical bills. The 23-year-old was arrested Monday and charged with theft by deception and receiving stolen property.

    The hour long of version of Sesame Street - is being dropped. A half hour less of Sunny Days - teh show is getting shorter.  Reports online say PBS will cut Sesame Street back to 30 minutes in the fall. They've been experimenting with a half hour version in the afternoons since last year, and apparently stations and viewers like it. Sesame Street started as an hour long show in 1969.

    1989's "Back to the Future Part II" could be cinematic Nostradamus.  First, Lexus comes out with the hoverboard, now the Cubs are buildng excitement for a World Series run. The movie made reference to the Cubs winning the 2015 World Series.  Now, fans of the loveable losers are so excited about the team's hot streak - winners of 12 of the last 13 games including Wednesday night's walk-off home run at Wrigley - that there's a new surge of entries in a Delorean giveaway contest. Earlier this year,
     Volo Auto Museum in Illinois vowed to giveaway one of the classic cars should the Cubs fulfill the movie's World Series prophecy. 

    August 12--  Today's Top Stories from ABC News.


    Her campaign says Hillary Clinton will surrender her private email server to the Justice Department. Some of those emails are said to have classified info, and Sen. Charles Grassley says two of the emails that went through Clinton's insecure home server, were deemed "Top Secret."

    VOTE 2016
    Donald Trump is among the first of the GOP presidential hopefuls to weigh-in on the latest development in the Clinton email controversy....calling it a "big big problem."

    A Texas police officer who shot and killed an unarmed college football player last week during a burglary call has lost his job.  Arlington's police chief says he has "serious concerns" about the use of deadly force employed by officer Brad Miller, in the shooting death of 19-year-old Christian Taylor during a car dealership burglary.

    Another element of tension to the uneasy calm in Ferguson, Missouri: A group calling itself the Oath Keepers. Before the Monday night demonstration, a handful of its members, in camouflage and with assault-style rifles slung over their shoulders, walked among the crowd. State law allows it, but the police chief calls the group's presence 'unnecessary and inflammatory.'

    EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy calls the spill of mine waste into Colorado's Animas River "really a tragic and very unfortunate incident" and she will visit the scene this week.

    We're hearing more about the shooting deaths of six children and two adults in a home in Houston this past weekend.  Authorities say victim Valerie Jackson and David Conley -- the man accused of executing the eight -- had recently ended a relationship.  And a neighbor says the home was troubled.

    A Manhattan Supreme Court Judge ordered Gossip Girl actress Kelly Rutherford to send her children back to their father in Europe. The actress who played mom Lily van der Woodsen on Gossip Girl was supposed to send her real children: eight-year-old son Hermes and five-year-old daughter Helena back to Monaco on Friday.

    Martin Luther King once famously said "I Have a Dream"... but first, he practiced on a crowd in North Carolina. A restored version of a recording of King's speech to a high school gym in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, was played in public for the first time Tuesday. A North Carolina State English professor found the old tape at a library, in an unmarked box. The recording, from November, 1962, came nine months before King's speech at the March on Washington (Aug. 28, 1963).


    August 11-- If you haven’t voted in the last two general elections in Montgomery County, please check with the Montgomery County Registrar’s Office in the courthouse or call 583-4296 to be sure your name is still on the voter’s list.


    Monday, August 17 2015 is the last date to register to be eligible to vote in the Special Election on Tuesday, September 15, 2015.

    August 10--  Today's Top Stories from ABC News


    People turned out by the hundreds to march and attend a church service to mark one year since Michael Brown was gunned down by officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. A peaceful commemoration turned chaotic when a man fired shots at police. St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar says the suspect was shot by police and is in critical condition. One officer was hit in the face with a brick. 


    Texas authorities say a check on a home turned into a SWAT standoff, and the discovery of eight people...a couple and six children... dead in their home in Harris County early Sunday. The suspect eventually surrendered; authorities say David Conley had a prior relationship with the mother of the children.


    Waste from a mine spill in Colorado ... has now reached New Mexico.  A river has been carrying the 3-million gallons of orange-colored sludge, which was accidentally released last Wednesday from an old mine by a clean-up crew with the Environmental Protection Agency.


    VOTE 2016
    On ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Donald Trump doubles down on his criticism of debate moderator Megyn Kelly, and refuses to apologize.


    Pro football hall of famer and longtime ABC Sports broadcaster Frank Gifford has died. His family says he died Sunday of natural causes at his Connecticut home. He was 84.


    A pivotal ruling is expected Monday in the so-called Slender Man stabbing case. A judge is scheduled to announce whether two 13-year old girls from Waukesha, Wisconsin charged with trying to kill a classmate should be tried as adults or juveniles. The two accused told police after the May 2014 attack they were trying to appease a fictional internet character, Slender Man.


    TURKEY F-16S
    Bulking up the arsenal against Islamic State. A half dozen American warplanes have arrived in Turkey to target extremists groups in neighboring countries. The US mission to NATO announced that the F-16s will operate out of an air base in the country's south.


    Fantastic Four flops...The latest "Mission: Impossible" movie was tops at the box office for a second week....beating out the debut of "Fantastic Four."  "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" pulled in an estimated 29.4 million dollars.

    -Thursday night's first Republican Presidential debate in Cleveland began with fireworks. Donald Trump was the only one of the ten candidates on stage to raise his hand in the Fox News debate when asked who would not necessarily support the ultimate Republican nominee.
    -Democrati Hillary Clinton’s camp says she’s won’t watch the debate – she’ll be on a plane.

    The much anticipated July jobs report will be released Friday morning.

    A prominent Senator says he will support the Obama administration's nuclear deal with Iran. New York's Senior Senator, Chuck Schumer, the third-ranking Democrat says "The very real risk that Iran will not moderate and will, instead, use the agreement to pursue its nefarious goals is too great." Speaking in Vietnam, Secretary of State John Kerry said he "profoundly disagrees" with the reason behind Schumer's decision.

    Soudelor is expected to make landfall in Taiwan Friday night (Eastern time) with winds of 110 mph, which is the equivalent of a Category 2 Hurricane. It is expected to make landfall in China Saturday morning (Eastern Time).

    The jury in the Colorado movie theater shooter trial is now deliberating life or death for James Holmes. Jurors began the task on Thursday afternoon.

    More details about the attack at a movie theater in the Nashville suburb of Antioch.  Police have identified the man who carried out that attack as 29-year-old Vincente David Montano of Nashville. 

    Jon Stewart hosted his final Daily Show on Comedy Central Thrusday night.  He took over the news satirical program in 1999.

    It's back home for some.  Fire crews ... gaining ground on a massive Northern California wildfire which forced the evacuation of thousands of people.

    A call to start school later in the day. Doctors say it would be better for kids' health...and their grades.

    It’s been one year since President Obama authorized airstrikes in Iraq in order to help defend Americans from Islamic militants and protect civilians under siege.  

    Congress is on its almost five-week summer recess. President Obama begins his vacation on Martha's Vineyard.

    Friday marks ten years since the death of ABC News Anchor Peter Jennings.

    Marvel releases its 3D rendition of ‘Fantastic Four’ to theaters, rebooting the franchise with a new origin story.

    Donald Trump will be front and center at Thursday night's Republican Presidential debate. All indications are the other candidates will have a hard time knocking down Trump. The candidates that have gone at Trump the hardest, Rick Perry and Lindsey Graham, are so far down in the polls...they won't even be on the debate stage Thursday night.  Hillary Clinton’s camp says she’s won’t watch the debate – she’ll be on a plane.

    A man armed with a hatchet and gun unleashed a volley of pepper spray at audience members inside a movie theater in suburban Nashville, Tennessee Wednesday, exchanging fire with a responding officer before being shot dead by a SWAT team as he tried to escape out a back door. Authorities said the 29-year-old gunman, Vincente David Montano, was carrying two backpacks, and he wore a surgical mask, possibly to protect himself from the pepper spray he unleashed in large amounts during the showing of "Mad Max: Fury Road" at an Antioch theater. Police say Montano had a history of mental illness, but no motive for his actions have been established.

    With "a heavy heart," Malaysia's prime minister announced Wednesday that a piece of a wing found washed up on Reunion Island last week is from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that vanished last year. He said he hoped the news would end the "unspeakable" uncertainty of the passengers' families.

    A date has been set for Bill Cosby to answer questions under oath about sexual abuse allegations.  October 9th could mark the first time in years Cosby will be directly questioned in a legal setting about the dozens of sex abuse accusations he's facing. A judge in Los Angeles has cleared the way for Cosby to be deposed in the case of a woman who says the comedian assaulted her at the Playboy mansion in 1974, when she was 15. The other cases will likely be brought up in connection to this one. Cosby's attorneys previously tried to block the questioning, but that appeal was denied. His lawyers say the woman in this case tried to extort him.

    After three and a half months, testimony has now come to an end in the Colorado movie theater shooter trial and jurors will have to decide life or death for James Holmes.  Both prosecutors and the defense told the judge they have no more witnesses to call.  The final witness was Ashley Moser.  She's now confined to a wheelchair and lost her 6-year-old daughter in the attack. On Thursday jurors will hear closing arguments and then will begin deliberating. 

    With less wind to contend with, firefighters have upped containment on the massive Rocky Fire from 20% to 30% in just 24 hours. No new structures have been lost to the flames.

    He's been called one of the most dangerous drug lords in the world. Now, there's a tool to aid in "El Chapo's" capture. It's a tip line that will hopefully lead to the capture of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. The DEA plastered the toll free line on brand new wanted posters showcasing different images of the man who escaped from a maximum security prison in Mexico last month.

    New Hampshire fire officials say circus workers at first told spectators to stay put in the tent that collapsed but as the storm approached then told them to seek shelter in their cars.  Two people died and more than 50 now have been reported injured. 

    With the historical peak of the Atlantic hurricane season just weeks away, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is preparing its updated outlook for the remainder of the season. The Atlantic hurricane season began June 1 and continues through November 30.

    Capitol Hill got a little star power Wednesday as Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow and her mother, Blythe Danner, visited to talk about G-M-O laws.

    Goats are returning to Historic Congressional Cemetery for a second round of "heavy-duty landscaping." They will perform their 24-hour grazing that "clears out invasive vines, poison ivy, ground cover and other unwanted vegetation, all while depositing their own slow-release fertilizer." The Browsing Green Goats of Prosperity Acres in Sunderland, Maryland will perform their "environmental magic" along the perimeter of the cemetery.

    An opera on the late-founder of Apple is happening.  The Santa Fe Opera  has commissioned a new work called "The Revolution of Steve Jobs."  It'll premiere during the company's 2017 season.  

    VOTE 2016
    --The debate lineup is set. The 10 Republicans who will square off in the first nationally televised presidential debate Thursday in Cleveland are: Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Chris Christie, John Kasich. Those who failed to make the cut will face off in a debate earlier in the day against the candidates who are only polling at 1 percent or less.
    --Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton engage in a mini-Twitter war after Bush reacts to the recent Planned Parenthood debate by saying "I'm not sure we need half a billion dollars for women's health issues."

    Emotional testimony at phase three of the sentencing trial for the Colorado theater shooter. Prosecutors have been calling loved ones of the victims to the stand to try to convince the jury to choose the death penalty for James Holmes.

    President Obama speaks about the Iran nuclear deal at American University. A White House officials says the president will cast Congress’ debate on whether or not to support the deal as "the most consequential foreign policy debate since the decision to go to war in Iraq" and will make the case that it would be “an historic mistake” not to approve the deal.

    Following negotiations with creditors and attorneys for plaintiffs, the Milwaukee Archdiocese has agreed to pay 21-million dollars to more than 300 victims of clergy sex abuse.

    As we move toward cold and flu season, the C-D-C has a warning about drug resistant illnesses.

    A security scare at a National Guard facility in Mississippi, used to train troops from across the country. Perry County Sheriff Jimmy Dale Smith says someone in a pick up truck fired shots near Camp Shelby Tuesday afternoon. No one's hurt but a suspect is being sought.

    The National Coalition for Safer Roads is out with an interactive map detailing America's most dangerous cities when it comes to red light running. Using government data, the group says more than seven thousand people lost their lives because of red light running from 2004 through 2013. Houston ranked as the most dangerous city for red light running according to the group.

    Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, caught on video knocking out his now-wife in an elevator, tells ESPN he is a "rehabilitated man", and is ready for a comeback.

    A sweet gesture to help the family of the bat boy accidentally killed during a baseball game in Kansas last weekend. A doughnut shop in Wichita sold donuts to look like baseballs in honor of 9-year-old Kaiser Carlile...the company says they've raised nearly 10-thousand dollars to help Carlile's family pay for his medical and funeral expenses

    Two people were killed at least 32 others injured when a circus tent collapsed in a strong storm at the fairgrounds in Lancaster, New Hampshire.

    VOTE 2016
    All but three of the 17 major Republican candidates for president took part in a debate-like forum in New Hampshire Monday night. The first nationally televised debate is Thursday in Cleveland.

    Memphis police say they have in custody the man sought for the shooting of an officer Saturday. 29-year-old Tremaine Wilbourn is accused of shooting 33-year old officer Sean Bolton on Saturday

    The prosecution will begin its case for the death penalty for James Holmes Tuesday, now that  the jury has decided that Holmes' mental illness and other factors do not outweigh the fact that he killed 12 people and injured 70.

    Some opposition to President Obama's announced plan to restrict carbon emissions at power plants in the U-S.  The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity says the new rules will cost U.S. jobs.  The new requirements will include an order that carbon emissions be reduced 32-percent by the year 2030 relative to 2005 levels. 

    The Senate's procedural vote on moving Planned Parenthood defunding bill failed 53-46.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he would not try again if this vote failed, and move on to other legislation.  

    Political leaders and health officials held a meeting on Monday night after a seventh person died due to Legionnaires' Disease in the Bronx, NY. There are now 81 confirmed cases of the disease since July 10. 

    Comedian Amy Schumer is joining forces with her cousin, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), to push for new gun control legislation on Capitol Hill. The "Trainwreck" star appeared with the New York senator Monday morning at a news conference with a sign saying "Enough Is Enough" by their side.  For Schumer, the subject of gun violence and mass shootings became "extremely personal" last month, when John Russell Houser opened fire in a movie theater in Lafayette during a screening of her film "Trainwreck," killing two people and injuring nine others. 

    President Obama will host entrepreneurs Tuesday.  It’s a first for the White House and it is called Demo Day.

    A Southern California construction worker has died after being stung by a swarm of bees Monday.  Officials say three construction workers were stung after underground sprinkler control vault that housed a bee hive was disturbed.

    Players on a Kansas baseball team are mourning the tragic death of Kaiser Carlile, their 9-year-old bat boy, who died after he was accidentally struck by a bat during a game."Kaiser will always hold a special place in my heart," Brady Cox, one of the players with the Liberal Bee Jays summer team in Liberal, Kansas, said through tears at a news conference Monday.

    The man who revolutionized drip coffee in millions of Americans households has died.
    Mr. Coffee machine creator Vincent Marotta Sr. died at his home in Pepper Pike, Ohio Saturday. He was 91.  Marotta personally recruited Yankees legend Joe DiMaggio to become the face of the franchise.

    Severe storms in Illinois are blamed for killing one person and injuring several others when a tent blew over at a music fest in suburban Chicago. And an inflatable sports dome in Rosemont, Illinois collapsed in the storm.

    The biggest of the western wildfires, the Rocky Fire in northern California, has already chewed through nearly 50 thousand acres, destroying at least 24 homes, and threatening thousands more.

    Rick Perry isn't the only high-profile Texan facing felony charges. Indictments are to be unsealed today against the state's current Attorney General. Ken Paxton's problems go back long before his election as Texas' top prosecutor.

    Memphis police know who they're looking for in Saturday night's cop killing. Police say 29-year-old Tremaine Wilburn is a convicted bank robber on supervised release, and is considered armed and dangerous. The Memphis police director says officer Sean Bolton, an Iraq war veteran, was gunned down after approaching an illegally parked car and apparently interrupting a marijuana deal.

    A Malaysian official says a second piece of debris found on the same Indian Ocean island where a plane part was found last week, is not connected to the missing flight. Testing on the first piece begins in France this week.

    The jury in the Aurora movie theater shooting trial resumes deliberations in the mitigating stage of the penalty phase. Jurors have to decide if the good James Holmes has done in life – and even the fact that he was baptized as a child — along with problems like his mental illness outweigh the crime he committed.  If the jury says yes, he will get life in prison.  If jurors say no then the penalty phase will continue and prosecutors will begin pushing for death.

    Police and the FBI are investigating two explosions at two different area churches Sunday morning in Las Cruces, New Mexico.  They say one occurred in a mailbox at Calvary Baptist Church ... and the second happened in a trash container at Holy Cross Church.  Nobody reported hurt. 

    An outbreak of legionnaire's disease in New York City has killed at least four people, sickened dozens, and left an entire community on edge.

    VOTE 2016
    --The vice president's advisers tell ABC News Joe Biden is seriously considering a presidential run, but warn a decision is weeks away.
    --The first Republican presidential debate is Wednesday, but there will be a warm-up in the day ahead: a presidential forum in New Hampshire
    --Bernie Sanders plays the confection card: free ice cream.

    A 9-year-old bat boy died Sunday, after getting hit in the head as a baseball player took practice swings in Kansas. Kaiser Carlile, a bat boy for the Liberal Bee Jays, was hit while heading to retrieve a bat. He was wearing a helmet.

    President Obama is moving ahead with tougher carbon dioxide emission cuts on power plants; he will unveil the final version of his regulations Monday. He says it's the biggest and most important step the U.S. has ever taken to combat climate change. The move sets up a certain confrontation in the courts with energy producers and Republican-led states.

    History making race horse American Pharoah wins the Haskell Invitational in New Jersey, his first race since capturing the Triple Crown.

    Mission accomplished for the latest "Mission: Impossible" movie...  The fifth installment in the series was tops at the box office, pulling in an estimated 56-million dollars on its opening weekend.