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Best-Selling English Novelist Jackie Collins Dies at 77

Vincent Sandoval/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Best-selling novelist Jackie Collins has died.

According to a statement from Collins’ family, the beloved English writer died on Saturday at the age of 77 after a battle with breast cancer.

“She lived a wonderfully full life and was adored by her family, friends and the millions of readers who she has been entertaining for over four decades,” said the statement. “She was a true inspiration, a trail blazer for women in fiction and a creative force. She will live on through her characters but we already miss her beyond words.”

The novelist was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer six and half years ago.

All 32 of her novels appeared on The New York Times bestsellers list, including one of her most famous works, Hollywood Wives.

Actress Joan Collins is her older sister.

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Politics

Martin O’Malley: ‘I Intend to Win’ Democratic Presidential Race

Scott Eisen/Getty Images(MANCHESTER, N.H.) — Despite his lackluster showing the polls so far, Martin O’Malley said Saturday that he is in the Democratic presidential nomination race to win it.

“I intend to win,” the former Maryland governor and presidential candidate told delegates at the New Hampshire State Democratic Party convention.

“I kind of like tough fights,” he continued. “Maybe the toughness of the fight is how the hidden God lets us know we are fighting for something worth saving.”

O’Malley is polling at around 2 percent nationwide among Democratic leaning voters, according to the most recent ABC/Washington Post Poll. In New Hampshire, one WMUR and NPR poll from earlier this month had him at just 1 percent in the state.

Asked how exactly he planned to break through these single digits in the polls, O’Malley answered simply that he was “going to keep on going.” He said he would continue campaigning as he has been: “One living room at a time.”

On the trail O’Malley talks often about his executive experience as a mayor and governor, promising progressive results not just rhetoric. He is quick to list his major accomplishments in the state, including passing a state version of the DREAM Act and tougher gun control. But so far, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has emerged as the dominant choice for the progressive wing of the party.

The New Hampshire primary is four and half months away, but O’Malley spoke confidently that there was still time.

“It’s my sense both here and Iowa, that after Labor Day people’s attention really shifts and [voters] are only now focusing in,” he said.

This was O’Malley’s seventh trip to New Hampshire since announcing.

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National News

Alleged Jewelry Thieves Caught Mid-Getaway When Elevator Gets Stuck

iStock/Thinkstock(CINCINNATI) — Two people accused of robbing a jewelry store were caught mid-getaway after they found themselves trapped in the store elevator.

A man and woman allegedly broke into a jewelry store in Sycamore Township, Ohio, where they took 26 diamond rings Thursday night, according to ABC News affiliate WCPO-TV in Cincinnati. The rings were worth a combined $86,000, the station reported.

They tried to flee down the stairs to their car in the basement parking lot, but the stairs only went to the first floor, so the duo took the elevator, where they became trapped, officials told WCPO-TV.

The fire department responded to open the elevator, and authorities arrested the two people inside — Leroy Bridgman, 57, and Marcie Young, 61, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Michael Robison told WCPO-TV. Jewelry, a ski mask and screw drivers were found in the ceiling of the elevator, he said.

“Sometimes karma makes sure things work out how they should,” Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil said.

Bridgman and Young were charged with breaking and entering and possessing criminal tools, according to WCPO-TV. Young is also facing drug possession and paraphernalia charges.

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

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Politics

Huckabee: Obama ‘Appeasing America’s Homosexuals’ With Gay Army Nominee

Scott Morgan/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said Saturday that President Obama’s plan to nominate an openly gay man to be secretary of the Army showed he was “more interested in appeasing America’s homosexuals than honoring America’s heroes.”

“Veterans suicide is out-of-control and military readiness is dangerously low, yet Obama is so obsessed with pandering to liberal interest groups he’s nominated an openly gay civilian to run the Army,” Huckabee said in a statement.

Obama said Friday that he intended to nominate Eric Fanning, who has served as acting undersecretary of the Army since June, to be secretary of the Army, a civilian position. If confirmed, Fanning would become the first-ever openly gay person to lead a branch of the U.S. military.

“Homosexuality is not a job qualification,” Huckabee, a former governor of Arkansas and ordained Baptist minister, said. “The U.S. military is designed to keep Americans safe and complete combat missions, not conduct social experiments.”

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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World News

Pope Francis Arrives in Havana, Cuba

Buda Mendes/Getty Images(HAVANA) — Pope Francis arrived in Havana, Cuba, Saturday afternoon, beginning his 10-day visit to Cuba and the United States.

He is the third pontiff to visit Cuba in the last 17 years.

In a special Alitalia flight, the pope, his entourage and a group of reporters took off Saturday morning from the main airport in Rome. This is the pope’s first trip to Cuba and the United States.

On the eve of his departure, Pope Francis promised he would do everything possible to build bridges, remove barriers and foster communication between Cuba and the United States.

Pope Francis has never visited either country but has already played a key role in helping thaw hostile relations that led to the reopening of mutual embassies in July.

The Vatican expressed hope that the Pope’s trip would lead to an ed to the 53-year-old US embargo against Cuba and bolster human rights in a country that has jailed dissidents.

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Hillary Clinton Dances With Supporters on the Rope Line in New Hampshire

andykatz/iStock Editorial/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) — If Hillary Clinton has any concerns about her campaign, she didn’t let on Saturday.

Following her remarks at the New Hampshire Democratic Party annual convention, the Democratic presidential candidate appeared overwhelmed and energized by the reaction from the crowd — so much so, she did a happy dance with her supporters on the rope line.

“Unbelievable. It is amazing,” Clinton told ABC News about the crowd. “It feels great.”

During her speech at the convention, where her Democratic opponents Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley also delivered remarks, Clinton described herself as a “fighter” who will get things done, and drew contrasts between herself and the Republicans.

“If you want a president who will listen to you, work her heart out to make your life better, and work to make a better, stronger, fairer country, then you’re looking at her,” Clinton told the crowd to a rousing applause at the Verizon Arena in Manchester.

Clinton also weaved Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim questioner controversy into her remarks.

“The way he handled the question about President Obama was shocking, but not surprising,” Clinton said, referring to Trump’s response to a voter who said that Obama was a Muslim. “He’s been trafficking in prejudice and paranoia throughout this campaign.”

On Friday, Clinton told reporters Trump’s handling of the question was “appalling” and called on the Republican presidential candidate to apologize.

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World News

Canadian Government Wants Muslim Woman to Remove Face Veil

Mike Ridewood/Getty Images(TORONTO) — The Canadian government is trying to stop a Muslim woman who wears the niqab, or face veil, from being sworn in as a Canadian.

Zunera Ishaq wants to vote in next month’s election. She’s eligible but still has to swear the oath of citizenship.

Regulations say she must first take off her face veil, something she says violates her freedom of religion.

A court recently ruled in her favor but now Prime Minister Stephen Harper is appealing and asking the court to put the lower court ruling on hold.

Her lawyer, Lorne Waldman, is asking the court to hold a hearing on the application for stay, in time for Zunera to vote in the October 19th election.

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National News

Navy Veteran Pulls Woman Out of RV Engulfed in Flames

arinahabich/iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) — A Navy veteran rescued a woman from a burning RV that left wreckage he described as being like a “war zone.”

Christopher Chmielnicki sprang into action once he learned a woman was inside the RV as it burned on Route 611 in Mount Pocono on Friday, ABC affiliate WNEP-TV reports.

“I ran inside and it was so toxic, I went to my knees I couldn’t see in front of me,” Chmielnicki said. “Then finally I felt her leg. The woman was unconscious, so I picked her up and dragged her all the way to the front of the RV.”

Chmielnicki was later taken to the hospital and treated for smoke inhalation, reports WNEP-TV. While there, he met with the woman he pulled out of the RV.

“Just standing outside the door and hearing the tears going back and forth was, it was tough,” said his fiance Nicole Palmer. “I’m so proud of him.”

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Sports

Tiger Woods Recovering From Second Back Surgery

Stuart Franklin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Golfing great Tiger Woods has announced he’s gone under a successful second microdisectomy surgery on his back.

Woods will not play the next three scheduled tournaments remaining for this year but did indicate he’s hoping for an early return in 2016, reports ESPN.

Woods made the announcement via twitter but had said on his personal website that he had felt discomfort in his hip and back recently.

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