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Puppy Found Beaten, Buried Alive in Georgia Gets Another Chance at Life

Credit: WJBF-TV. This adorable four-month puppy pictured in this undated photo was found beaten and buried alive by Augusta Animal Services in Georgia. (AUGUSTA, Ga.) — A puppy found badly beaten and buried alive in Augusta, Georgia, is now getting a second chance at life.

The four-month-old dog was originally found “trying to dig his way out of what appeared to be a little grave” by Augusta Animal Services last week, according to Dr. Scarlett Timmons, the veterinarian treating the pup at Westside Animal Hospital.

“He was nearly comatose when he first came in, and he wasn’t responsive at all” Timmons told ABC News. “He had a pretty significant head injury, a lot of swelling in his head. He also had been bitten by ants and had a respiratory infection from all the dirt that got caught in his nasal passages.”

The medium-sized mixed breed puppy has been fittingly named “Moxie,” a word referring to the ability to face difficulty with spirit and courage, Timmons added.

The veterinary staff wasn’t sure if Moxie was going to make it when he first came in, but now, after five days of treatment, Timmons said they’re hopeful.

“Before, he was complete blank with no reactions, but now he comes up to kiss people, and he’s very affectionate and he’s enjoying the attention he’s receiving,” she said. “He’s now also eating and drinking with us. He still can’t stand on his own — he’s pretty wobbly — but he’s making progress and we’re praying he can make a full recovery. “

Though Timmons said she’s not sure about how long Moxie will have to stay under the hospital’s care, she said the staff will be working to make sure he gets “the loving family and home he deserves once he’s all better.”

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office did not receive a report filed about Moxie’s case, Sgt. Shane McDaniel told ABC affiliate WJBF-TV, but he did say that anyone who harms an animal is looking at a $1,000 to $15,000 fine and possible jail time.

McDaniel added that anyone with information about Moxie’s incident can call Augusta Animal Services or the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Augusta Animal Services did not immediately respond to ABC News’ calls and message on its Facebook page requesting additional information such as how Moxie was found.

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Senate Majority Whip Wants Special Prosecutor Appointed Into Clinton Emails

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) wants Attorney General Loretta Lynch to appoint a special prosecutor to the Hillary Clinton email investigation, according to a press release.

Sen. Cornyn wrote Attorney General Loretta Lynch a letter and says there is precedent for appointing such a special counsel in “extraordinary circumstances.”

“At critical times in our nation’s history, your predecessors have exercised that duty by appointing politically-independent individuals to investigate potential wrongdoing involving senior administration officials. Department of Justice (DOJ) regulations provide that you may appoint a Special Counsel if you believe a criminal investigation is warranted and there is a conflict of interest for the DOJ or if “extraordinary circumstances” warrant the appointment.”

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Why This Guy Tricked Out His Tesla for Bernie Sanders

Paul Sasso(SAN DIEGO) — Paul Sasso kicked off fall with a Bernie Sanders-inspired road trip.

“It’s America, everyone loves road trips,” he said in an interview with ABC News.

A San Diego architect, Sasso said his all-electric Tesla was a hit at the house party he threw for the Vermont senator earlier this summer.

“It’s green and alternative, the perfect match for Bernie,” he said. At the time, the car only had a few “Bernie 2016” bumper stickers, but that’s when he and his wife got the idea to make what they call “The Bern Machine.”

Looking for a creative way to do more for the Sanders campaign, they designed the wrap for the car and set up a fundraising campaign on Twitter and Facebook. The plan: Sasso promises to donate $1 for every picture of The Bern Machine tagged to the fundraising campaign with #BernMachineChallenge (up to $2,700).

In many ways, Sasso exemplifies the local artistic expression and grassroots “everyone-do-what-you-can” attitude that has propelled the Sanders campaign forward in the last few months. Recent polling has Sanders either neck-and-neck or ahead of Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire and Iowa, though nationwide, Sanders is still trailing her by 18 percentage points, according to the latest ABC News/Washington Post Poll.

Sasso said he started following Bernie Sanders closely after the 2008 financial crisis, and while he hopes to raise money for the senator, the real goal is getting the word out.

“It’s about social media and getting people engaged. We need people to know who Bernie is,” he said.
So far, the trip has taken Sasso to many pit stops, including Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Denver, Wyoming, Wisconsin, New York and finally to Virginia last night, where he finally met Sanders face-to-face for the first time.

He remembers one day along the way when a group of fans were waiting to meet him at a supercharger electric charging station in Indianola, Wisconsin. “I felt like a rock star. I pulled up and they all started cheering and clapping,” Sasso said.

“Students love it,” he added. “They drape themselves on the car and take pictures.”

After doing a parade in Nyack, New York, he wanted a photo of his car from above, so he rang an apartment building doorbell and asked the tenant for a favor. Turns out the gentlemen was a Hillary Clinton supporter, Sasso said, but he was “open to Bernie,” and let Sasso take his photo.

Sasso’s other favorites include this shot in front of the Wall Street Bull. Sasso asked fans on Facebook to bid on their favorite monument for a photo with the car. The winning team bid a $300 donation to the Sanders campaign for the Wall Street picture. The next highest bid was for a shot of the car in front of Trump Tower. Sasso said to keep a lookout for that one next week.

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Ariana Grande Addresses Doughnut Controversy for the First Time on Live TV

ABC/Fred Lee(NEW YORK) — Ariana Grande made headlines last summer for being caught on camera allegedly licking doughnuts in a shop and then placing them back in the display, and then saying she hates Americans. Two months later, the singer says she’s learned from the very public incident.

“I think one of the biggest things I learned from that was what it feels like to disappoint so many people who love and believe in you and that’s an excruciating feeling,” Grande said Tuesday on Good Morning America, the first time she’s addressed the incident on live TV.

“You have to remember that your words, your actions, have, you know, ramifications and you have to really think about what you’re about to say and do because it’s important,” Ariana said. “It’s important to so many people.”

In July, TMZ released footage of Ariana allegedly licking some doughnuts and saying she hates America at a California shop. She apologized a number of times for the incident via videos on YouTube, saying she was commenting on dietary habits when she made the comment. Tuesday, the singer apologized again. “My behavior was very offensive and I apologized,” Grande said. “There’s no excuse or there’s nothing to justify it.”

“I think that as human beings we all say and do things that we don’t mean at all sometimes and we have to learn from it, I mean, it’s part of our process,” she added. “We have to learn from our mistakes and that’s how we grow.”

Along with her latest project — a new fragrance, ARI by Ariana Grande — the singer also said fans can expect new music from her upcoming album, Moonlight. “I’m announcing the first single really soon,” she teased on GMA. “Like, this week soon.”

Word has it the first single off the album is called “Focus On Me.”

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What We Know About Alleged Delta State Gunman and His Possible 2nd Killing

Delta State University(CLEVELAND, Miss.) — The suspect in a fatal shooting on the Delta State University campus is dead, but police in Mississippi have not said what might have motivated the school instructor to allegedly kill a professor in his office.

And motive in the Monday shooting at the Cleveland, Mississippi, school isn’t the only mystery. Police are also investigating another slaying that they say the Delta State instructor may be connected to, 300 miles away.

Here’s what’s known so far on the two killings:

DELTA STATE SHOOTING:

A shooting was reported around 10:15 a.m. Monday on the Delta State campus, and the school was placed on lockdown, police said. The victim, identified as Ethan Schmidt, was found dead in his office. The school’s Facebook page lists him as an assistant professor of history.

The suspect was identified by police as 45-year-old Shannon Lamb, an instructor of Geography and Social Science Education. Lamb’s connection to Schmidt, if any, was not released by police.
Lamb was at-large all day Monday after the shooting.

At an overnight news conference, Cleveland Police Chief Charles Bingham said officers followed the suspect’s car until Lamb pulled over on his own, exited the car and ran into the woods.

The officers then heard one gunshot, Bingham said, and found Lamb with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Lamb was declared dead, police said.

GAUTIER MURDER INVESTIGATION:

Before Lamb’s death, he was identified as a suspect in another slaying: the deadly shooting of a woman in Gautier, Mississippi, a coastal town about 300 miles south of Delta State.

A shooting was reported at a house in Gautier just after 10 a.m. Monday, the Gautier Police Department said. Responding officers found 41-year-old Amy Prentiss dead inside the home.

The Gautier Police said Monday the department was looking for Lamb “in connection with her murder,” but did not say how Lamb and Prentiss were connected.

The Cleveland Police and the Gautier Police did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment Tuesday.

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Pentagon Confirms Investigation of Possible Skewed Intelligence on ISIS

Mika Makelainen/iStock/ThinkStock(WASHINGTON) — The Pentagon’s Inspector General’s Office has confirmed to ABC News that it is investigating allegations that U.S. Central Command’s intelligence assessments of the progress of the war on ISIS was distorted to provide a more optimistic picture.

Bridget Serchak, a spokesperson for the Department of Defense’s Inspector General, said in a statement.

“As has been previously reported, the Office of Inspector General Department of Defense has opened an investigation to address recent allegations concerning the processing of intelligence information by CENTCOM Intelligence Directorate.”

“The investigation will address whether there was any falsification, distortion, delay, suppression, or improper modification of intelligence information; any deviations from appropriate process, procedures, or internal controls regarding the intelligence analysis; and personal accountability for any misconduct or failure to follow established processes.”

Previously, Pentagon officials had declined to confirm an ongoing investigation since reports about the CENTCOM investigation first emerged three weeks ago. Last month, The New York Times reported that intelligence analysts alleged that draft intelligence assessments of the war on ISIS had been skewed by U.S. Central Command to present an optimistic view of the fight against ISIS.

Typically, the Pentagon does not confirm investigations being conducted by the Department of Defense’s Inspector General.

Last week, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said the Pentagon was aware of news reports of an I.G. investigation though he would not confirm an ongoing investigation.

According to Cook, Defense Secretary Ash Carter “has made clear that he expects candid intelligence analysis to come his direction, for folks to call it like they see, and that’s his expectation.”

He noted that since reports emerged Carter had “directed the acting undersecretary for intelligence to consult with his leadership, with the combatant commands, to reinforce that message. Unvarnished, transparent intelligence is what this secretary expects on a daily basis.”

He also characterized Carter’s directive as “simply an effort to reinforce down the line what the secretary expects, and that’s candid assessments of intelligence. And I think that’s a message that he’s communicated publicly.”

Cook said Carter gets his intelligence from a variety of different intelligence sources which sometimes disagree over the same material. “That’s a good thing,” said Cook. ” We want that tension as part of this process.”

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Charities Accuse White House of ‘Failure of Moral Leadership’ over Refugees

Oleg Albinsky/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Ahead of the UN General Assembly later this month, representatives of some of America’s biggest aid organizations have accused the Obama Administration of failing Syria’s refugees.

On a conference call with journalists, Oxfam (Oxford Committee for Famine Relief) warned the White House that the refugee crisis is fast becoming “a legacy issue” for the Administration. Oxfam says the 10,000-refugee target the U.S. has agreed to take in is “not close to what the U.S. should be committing to.”

The organization added that if the U.S. was Lebanon (where 25 percent of the population are refugees from Syria) the U.S. could take Syria’s entire population three times over.

Save the Children accuses the White House of a “failure of moral leadership.” The children’s rights organzation’s President and Chief Executive Carolyn Miles says the U.S. has done it before, taking 100,000 refugees from Southeast Asia in 1979 and 200,000 in 1980 and another 124,000 from Cuba during the 1980 Mariel boatlift.

“It’s part of who we are,” Miles said.

Mercy Corps says the likelihood of any infiltration by Islamist sympathizers is minimal. The process for being verified by the U.S. is extremely rigorous and takes between 18 months and two years.

As of now, says Mercy Corps, Syria is experiencing a humanitarian catastrophe not seen in decades, and warns that “for every one refugee being helped, scores are getting nothing.”

“Imagine what the crisis will look like next year if we don’t end it now,” Mercy Corps said.

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Mysterious Delta State Slaying May Be Tied to Another Killing

Delta State University(CLEVELAND, Miss.) — The suspect in a fatal shooting on the Delta State University campus is dead, but police in Mississippi have not said what might have motivated the school instructor to allegedly kill a professor in his office.

And motive in the Monday shooting at the Cleveland, Mississippi, school isn’t the only mystery. Police are also investigating another slaying that they say the Delta State instructor may be connected to, 300 miles away.

Here’s what’s known so far on the two killings:

DELTA STATE SHOOTING:

A shooting was reported around 10:15 a.m. Monday on the Delta State campus, and the school was placed on lockdown, police said. The victim, identified as Ethan Schmidt, was found dead in his office. The school’s Facebook page lists him as an assistant professor of history.

The suspect was identified by police as 45-year-old Shannon Lamb, an instructor of Geography and Social Science Education. Lamb’s connection to Schmidt, if any, was not released by police.
Lamb was at-large all day Monday after the shooting.

At an overnight news conference, Cleveland Police Chief Charles Bingham said officers followed the suspect’s car until Lamb pulled over on his own, exited the car and ran into the woods.

The officers then heard one gunshot, Bingham said, and found Lamb with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Lamb was declared dead, police said.

GAUTIER MURDER INVESTIGATION:

Before Lamb’s death, he was identified as a suspect in another slaying: the deadly shooting of a woman in Gautier, Mississippi, a coastal town about 300 miles south of Delta State.

A shooting was reported at a house in Gautier just after 10 a.m. Monday, the Gautier Police Department said. Responding officers found 41-year-old Amy Prentiss dead inside the home.

The Gautier Police said Monday the department was looking for Lamb “in connection with her murder,” but did not say how Lamb and Prentiss were connected.

The Cleveland Police and the Gautier Police did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment Tuesday.

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Google Under Fire in Russia

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — Google is being accused of requiring phone-makers to pre-install Google apps on Android phones in Russia, according to the BBC.

The accusations come from Russia’s anti-monopoly watchdog.

The BBC reports that the company could be penalized up to 15% of its revenue in Russia in 2014 for abusing its dominant position.

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Refugee Arrests Soar as Hungary Clamps Down on Border Controls

Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images(ROSZKE, Hungary) — The first string of refugees have been arrested on the Hungarian border since new protection orders were put in place to attempt to stem the flow of refugees.

Three men appeared to be the first arrested in Roszke, southern Hungary, in the early hours of Tuesday after they were seen illegally crossing from Serbia.

The identities of the men have not been released but they are believed to be Syrian.

The arrests come as a state of emergency was declared in two counties in Hungary, meaning that the government will deploy military forces to support the police in the counties that share a border with Serbia.

Under such a declaration, soldiers are authorized to use rubber bullets, tear gas and dogs to apprehend refugees who are attempting to enter illegally. They are also permitted to use deadly force if they feel their lives are threatened.

Additional fences were put up Monday afternoon leading up to the midnight implementation of the new rules. Razor wire lined the tops of the fences and lines of police officers were present to allow the construction to occur uninterrupted.

There are still legal crossings, and people can apply once they reach Hungary but even if they make it across to be processed, they still face deportation to Serbia because Hungarian officials view Serbia as a safe country. Serbia, however, has warned they may not accept them either.

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