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Bobby Jindal Slams Donald Trump as ‘Egomaniacal Madman’

September 10, 2015 KID News

Scott Olson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Republican presidential contender Bobby Jindal is going on a name-calling spree, in hopes of tanking the White House bid of GOP frontrunner Donald Trump.

The Louisiana Governor lashed out at Trump during a speech at the National Press Club on Thursday morning. Here’s what Jindal called the real estate mogul:

“egomaniacal madman”
“entertaining narcissist”
“full of foolishness and nonsense”
“power-hungry shark” who “eats whatever is in front of him”
“non-serious carnival act”
“unstable”
“insecure and weak”
“shallow”

“Just because a lot of people like watching Kim Kardashian, we wouldn’t put her in the White House either,” Jindal said.

Trump fought back in a statement.

“[Jindal] did not make the debate stage and therefore I have never met him,” he said. “I only respond to people that register more than 1 percent in the polls. I never thought he had a chance and I’ve been proven right.”

Jindal has been polling at 1 percent or lower in most recent national polls, while Trump has been steadily climbing, reaching his highest level of support in any national poll with 32 percent support in Thursday morning’s CNN/ORC survey. Still, Jindal clocked in at 4 percent in the recent NBC/Marist poll in the critical state of Iowa, good enough for a three-way tie for seventh.

When asked whether he would support Trump if he were to become the nominee, Jindal said that he could not become the nominee. “The reason I’m here today is to avoid that hypothetical,” he said.

He dodged the question several times on CNN Thursday afternoon, refusing to say whether he would support Trump. All GOP candidates were asked to sign a pledge to support the eventual nominee.

“You may have recently seen that after Trump said the Bible is his favorite book,” Jindal said. “He couldn’t name a single Bible verse or passage that meant something to him. And we all know why: because it’s all just a show. And he hasn’t ever read the Bible. But you know why he hasn’t read the Bible? Because he’s not in it.”

“Like all narcissists, Donald Trump is insecure and weak,” Jindal said. Trump, however, has been more occupied lashing out at fellow Republicans Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson, questioning the neurosurgeon’s faith and medical career.

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World News

European Refugee Crisis: How To Help

September 10, 2015 KID News

Jordan Pix/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — For those who are interested in helping during the European refugee crisis, Doctors Without Borders, the International Rescue Committee and the United Nations are among the groups providing aid to the displaced.

Medecins Sans Frontieres, also known as Doctors Without Borders, has been providing help for months to refugees who have fled Syria for months.

A spokesman for the organization confirmed to ABC News that they have been helping with rescues in the Mediterranean Sea since May, assisting almost 15,000 people in roughly four months.

They’ve also been providing medical care to people along the land routes from Greece through the rest of Europe.

The International Rescue Committee has been helping refugees in Greece by working on processing and evacuating the individuals as they pass through the Greek island of Lesbos.

The group has been focusing on providing clean water and safe sanitation methods in the Kara Tempe refugee camp on the island and informing new arrivals of their legal rights, according to the charity’s website.

“What [refugees are] most angry about is that they get absolutely no information about the registration process and how they can get off the island quickly,” IRC emergency field director Kirk Day said in a post on the charity’s blog. “We have found that by providing access to that information, we’re gaining the population’s trust.”

UNICEF is focusing on providing aid for the millions of children affected by the crisis.

That aid includes counseling, food, water and educational materials for the many who are missing school during this crisis.

A spokeswoman for UNICEF confirmed to ABC News that they have been helping refugee families in Serbia and Macedonia, setting up safe places for children to play and rest there.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has been providing humanitarian aid for Syrian refugees in the form of basic necessities like cash for medicine, stoves and fuel to heat their tents and warm clothing, according to the group’s website.

Synthetic sleeping mats, tents and thermal fleece blankets are among the items that the UNHCR is providing to refugees.

“The selfless generosity of private citizens and civil society organizations reaching out to welcome and help the new arrivals is truly inspiring,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres said in a release on Sept. 4, though he went on to say that Europe must determine the long-term response.

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Business / Financial

More Recovery for Wall Street as Investors Think About Interest Rates

September 10, 2015 KID News

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Gains for Wall Street as investors wonder if the Fed will raise interest rates.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 76.83 to close at 16330.40.

The Nasdaq climbed 39.72 to end 4796.25, while the S&P 500 finished the session at 1952.29, up 10.25 from its open.

Interest rates are still up in the air as investors continue to guess whether or not the Federal Reserve will raise rates after a September session next week. Early predictions say the Fed will not raise because of the recently volatile market.

According to the Labor Department, fewer people are applying for jobless benefits. The department said the filings have dropped by 6,000, but there was a slight increase in the four-week average.

Duke Energy and the White House have settled a legal case that went on for 15 years after claims the electric company violated federal clean air laws. Duke Energy will have to pay nearly $1 million in the settlement, close one coal-burning unit, and spend more than $4 billion on environmental mitigation projects.

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Sports

Rain Cancels Serena Williams Match and More Thursday Night

September 10, 2015 KID News

Alex Goodlett/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Nothing can stop Serena Williams, except a little rain.

Serena Williams won’t face off against Italy’s Roberta Vinci for a semifinal match after the United States Tennis Association canceled Thursday’s US Open matches because of rain.

The women’s semifinals will be rescheduled for tomorrow, Sept. 11 with play beginning at 11am ET. Gates open at 10am,” tweeted the USTA.

Williams and Vinci’s match was scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday evening.

The other women’s semifinal match that was canceled was between Italy’s Flavia Pennetta and Romania’s Simona Halep.

New York is expecting more rain in the coming days, so it’s possible more matches may be rescheduled.

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Entertainment

“The Big Bang Theory” Showrunner Details What to Expect from Leonard & Penny’s Wedding

September 10, 2015 KID News

Monty Brinton/CBS(LOS ANGELES) — The season nine premiere of The Big Bang Theory is a “big” one. It opens in Vegas with the marriage of Leonard and Penny, played by longtime Big Bang stars Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting.

“It’s season nine and Leonard has been pursuing her since minute three of the series,” Showrunner Steve Molaro tells the Hollywood Reporter. “Even Penny, with all of her commitment issues, is in a mindset of, ‘Are we moving forward with this or not? What are we doing?’ And they do.”

But one thing might be holding the couple back: Leonard kissed another woman not too long ago. “[Penny] thinks she’s OK with it and she may not be,” Molaro continued. “It was a few years ago, but it fluttered. It’s the kind of thing that you wouldn’t expect to happen and that can be a little jarring. I think when you’re Penny, and you have an image that you’ve cultivated of a person for eight years now and those two things aren’t aligning anymore.”

Molaro added Leonard will have to speak to this other woman to “put this fire out.” “Things will start to get better, not necessarily because of that, but Leonard and Penny are both invested in figuring out how to fix this,” he added.

Even though they eloped in Vegas, Molaro said it’s still a beautiful wedding episode. “There’s a really special moment, despite all of the things that are happening, that I think makes Leonard and Penny — and especially their vows — truly a magical moment that I’m really excited about,” he said. “Johnny and Kaley just killed it, it’s so good. It was one of those things where I even called them before we were back [in production] just to tell them how excited I was about it.”

Then there’s Sheldon, Leonard’s roommate, played by Jim Parsons.

“Living arrangements are definitely going to be confronted in the first four episodes. It’s tricky, sure — Leonard and Penny need to move forward, but at the same time we have a broken-hearted Sheldon, who is sort of their little brother and child and it’s tough to ignore that for them,” he added.

The season premiere of The Big Bang Theory airs Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. Eastern.

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National News

Camera Lost at Sea With 1,800 Family Photos Washes Up on Beach

September 10, 2015 KID News

WTVD-TV(EDISTO BEACH, S.C.) — A North Carolina family’s camera that had been lost at sea for the past two months was recently found washed up on a South Carolina beach and is now being returned.

Carrie Bley and her son Lawson Bley, who are originally from Holly Springs, North Carolina, were on vacation this past July in South Carolina’s Edisto Beach, when Carrie lost her 10-year-old son’s beloved camera ABC News affiliate WTVD-TV reported.

Carrie was trying to get underwater shots of Lawson boogie boarding when the wrist strap slipped off her hand and the camera disappeared into the water, she said.

“We got him a waterproof, shockproof camera so that nothing would ever happen to it, and then I’m the one who dropped it,” Carrie told WTVD-TV. “I just went out to the road and cried in private and came back and told him we’d get him a new one and that mommies can make mistakes too.”

Lawson told WTVD-TV the camera contained “the most special moments of my entire life,” including pictures of his family, friends and recent class field trip.

“I thought it would never be found at all, thought it would be lost at sea forever,” Lawson said.

Last week, Mary Kerr from Athens, Georgia, and her 27-year-old son, Sean Kerr, stumbled upon the camera on the same beach, where they also happened to be vacationing.

“It was waterlogged and jammed, but I was able to get it open and discovered that there are over 1,800 family photos on the memory card,” Sean wrote in a Facebook post that was shared over 47,000 times in an attempt to find its owner.

The post was soon noticed by Carrie and Lawson’s friends and neighbors alerting them that Lawson’s camera was found.

The two families connected and Sean is now sending Lawson’s camera back to him and his mom in Holly Springs, North Carolina.

“I think it’s a miracle,” Lawson said. “I think that it is a very good representation of human kindness.”

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Sports

EXCLUSIVE: Olympian Turned Vegas Escort Suzy Favor Hamilton

September 10, 2015 KID News

ABC News(LAS VEGAS) — Suzy Favor Hamilton has spent most of her life running, not just as a former U.S. Olympian, but from facing her mental illness.

For the first time, the three-time Olympic athlete and decorated middle-distance runner is revealing what fueled her double life as a celebrated track hero by day and a high-priced Vegas escort by night, and how she is trying to move forward with her life now.

“It wasn’t Suzy. I keep trying to emphasize that wasn’t me. It was the disease,” Favor Hamilton told ABC News’ 20/20. “The one word I keep saying, ‘shame,’ because it can grab hold of you and you can never recover, can never, ever get better. I won’t let it happen to me. I refuse. I refuse to let the act ruin me.”

Watch the full story on ABC News’ 20/20 on Friday, Sept. 11 at 10 p.m. ET

Favor Hamilton found herself as the center of enormous scandal in 2012 when her secret alter ego as Vegas call girl “Kelly Lundy” was made public. In her new memoir, Fast Girl: A Life Spent Running From Madness, Favor Hamilton, 47, who suffers from bipolar disorder, said she was previously mis-diagnosed and put on the wrong medication that made her symptoms worse.

“I know for a matter of fact I would never have become an escort if I wasn’t on the drug that made me hypersexual. There’s no way possible,” Favor Hamilton said. “But I also know that I was having sex for money. So when I say that it was the bipolar’s fault I’m not pinning it on bipolar and looking at that as the excuse.”

Favor Hamilton said she had long struggled with anxiety and self-doubt, despite being the most decorated runner in college history when she was an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin. The real turning point for her, she said, came when she purposefully fell and pretended to be injured while competing in the Women’s 1,500-meter race at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

“I came around the final corner, and five girls passed me, and that dream of having an Olympic medal was gone, and instead of finishing the race, like most runners would, I told myself, ‘Just fall,’ and I fell immediately,” she said. “And that was the moment of my downward spiral. I didn’t know at the time, but that was Step One of terrible things to happen.”

Then Favor Hamilton became pregnant and gave birth to a daughter, Kylie, now 10 years old. That’s when her husband Mark Hamilton said he started noticing that his wife became “angry, irrational” and had an “unhealthy” attachment to their daughter, refusing to put her down. After she saw a doctor, Suzy Favor Hamilton says she was put on anti-depressant medication.

“It did not take long for [the antidepressant medication] to make me feel really good,” she said. “Not just good. Really good. I’m talking amazingly good. I suddenly was so outgoing and just wanted to talk to everybody.”

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Business / Financial

How Steve Jobs May Have Reacted to the New Apple Pencil

September 10, 2015 KID News

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Apple may be excited now about its new product, the Apple Pencil, but the company’s late founder was less than enthusiastic about similar tools.

The tech giant unveiled a $99 writing tool to pair with the new line of iPad Pros, which can detect pressure from the tip of the Pencil to vary the thickness of the writing strokes. It is precise enough to detail a stroke down to the last pixel, Apple’s design guru Jony Ive said in a video describing the new product at Apple’s event on Wednesday in San Francisco.

Those perks may not have swayed over the company’s former boss, however.

In 2007, Steve Job addressed the crowd at that year’s Macworld conference in San Francisco, only to bash the prospect of using a pencil-like stylus on the then-new iPhone.

“Who wants a stylus? You have to get them, and put them away and you lose them — yuck! Nobody wants a stylus, so let’s not use a stylus,” he said.

Tim Cook, who has led Apple since Jobs died in 2011, was not on stage during the Pencil announcement, but Ive, Apple’s chief design officer, who worked closely with Jobs, was the one to voice the product’s introductory video.

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Cool Things You Can Do with Apple’s New iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

September 10, 2015 KID News

Brandon Chase/ABC News(NEW YORK) — Apple unveiled the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus on Wednesday with new multi-touch gestures that encourage multi-tasking and faster access to functions.

The company introduced new gestures through “3D Touch,” allowing the devices to distinguish force for the first time, such as a quick tap and a long press. “Capacitive sensors” integrated into the backlight of the retina display measure “microscopic” changes in the distance between the cover glass and the back light, Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer, said in a video presented on-stage at Apple’s event in San Francisco on Wednesday.

“This allows us to create shorter, more distinct feedback events, like a mini-tap lasting just 10 milliseconds and a full tap which lasts 15 milliseconds,” he said.

Customers can pre-order the new iPhones starting this Saturday, and the devices will ship starting Sept. 25. With a contract, the iPhone 6s will start at $199 for 16 GB and the iPhone 6s Plus starts at $299 for 16 GB.

Here are some of the new features of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus:

1. Peek

In iPhone apps, you can press “lively” and it gives you a peek into the content, Ive said in the video. An on-stage demo showed that a “little bit of pressure” allows users to get a preview of an email, then return to the inbox.

“You can dip in and out of where you are without losing a sense of your context,” Ive said in the video. “It provides distinct, tactile feedback for your actions, letting you know exactly what you’ve done and what to expect.”

While you’re peeking at an email, you can swipe left to delete it or right to mark it as unread.

2. Pop

Once you’ve used “peek” to preview an email, if you want to open one, you press “a little deeper,” to open it.

3. Previewing Links

Using the new gestures, you can press a link someone sends you lightly, then the top of the page appears as it would in your Safari browser. And when you stop pressing, you’re back in your message.

In the phone’s messages, tapping a flight number can lead to more information about flight times. Without having to go to Safari, a website link in messages can also provide a preview of that site.

4. Reviewing Photos

You can review the photos you’ve taken while you’re taking new ones by using “peek” and pressing lightly on a thumbnail image. Let go to continue taking photos.

5. Peek at a Location

If someone sends you an address, you can peek at it on a map without leaving the screen you’re on.

6. Quick Actions

The new gestures can also work on the home screen by giving users short cuts to the things they do most often. To quickly call or message one of your “favorite” contacts, press the phone or messages icon on your phone, respectively. Or, you can start shooting video or take a selfie from the camera icon on the home screen.

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Obama Asks Administration to Accept at Least 10K Syrian Refugees in 2016

September 10, 2015 KID News

Ayhan Mehmet/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama has directed his administration accept at least 10,000 more Syrian refugees in the next fiscal year, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said on Thursday.

“The president has directed his team to consider how we can further scale up our response and one thing that the United States can do is to begin to admit more Syrian refugees into the United States,” Earnest told reporters. “The president has directed his team to scale up that number next year and he’s informed his team that he would like them to accept, at least make preparations to accept at least 10,000 Syrian refugees in the next fiscal year.”

Earnest said that the U.S. will take in about 1,500 Syrian refugees in FY2015, which ends at the end of the month.

He added that financial assistance is “by far the most effective way” for the United States to meet this urgent humanitarian need, by providing Syrians with medical supplies, food, water and education.

“Now we know the scale of this problem. It’s significant. And there are millions of people who have been driven from their homes because of this violence,” he said. “We know that admitting that it certainly is not feasible for millions of Syrians to come to this country, but what we can do is make sure that we are doing everything we can to try to provide for their basic needs.”

Earnest said that the State Department has long considered raising the overall cap on refugees from throughout the globe, but it’s unclear how high that cap may be raised next year.

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