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NASCAR’s Chase for Sprint Cup Continues at Kansas

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 by

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BananaStock(KANSAS CITY, Kan.) – The Chase for the Sprint Cup championship continues this Sunday afternoon with the running of the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. It’s the fourth race in the 10-race Chase.

Following last week’s race at Dover, the field was whittled down from 16 to 12 drivers.  Advancing to the second round is Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin and Kasey Kahne.

A.J. Allmendinger, Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle and Aric Almirola have been eliminated from the Chase.

After the sixth race in the Chase, the field will be cut to eight drivers and then four following the ninth.

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Bears Sign CB Teddy Williams off Cardinals’ Practice Squad

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Darrin Klimek/Thinkstock(LAKE FOREST, Ill.) — The Chicago Bears signed cornerback Teddy Williams off of the Arizona Cardinals’ practice squad on Wednesday, and waived linebacker Terrell Manning.

The 26-year-old Williams will bring versatility to the Windy City, having seen time on offense, defense and special teams in 10 games over two seasons with the Indianapolis Colts (2012) and Cardinals (2013).

Williams did not play football during his college career at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He was a four-time All-American sprinter with the Roadrunners. Williams came into the NFL in 2010 as an undrafted free agent with the Dallas Cowboys.

Manning appeared in two games with the Bears this season.

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Arizona Expecting a Loud Eugene Crowd on Thursday Night

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Banana Stock/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Arizona Wildcats (4-0) travel to Oregon to play the Ducks (4-0) on Thursday night.

Wildcats head coach Rich Rodriguez will have his team prepared for their explosive offense.

“You just do the best you can,” Rodriguez said of the loud Eugene crowd.  “The communication is the biggest thing you have to prepare for.  It’ll be louder; I think our veterans know that, we just have to do a great job of communicating.”

Rodriguez says last year’s 42-16 win over Oregon won’t mean a thing come kickoff.

“There’s so much at stake,” Rodriguez said.  “I don’t know if last year’s game will be any extra motivation, I think sometimes that’s overplayed a little bit.  I think once the ball’s kicked off, whatever happened last year is in the past.”

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota breaks down the Wildcats defense: “It’s definitely different when they’re playing a 3-2 stack.” He added, “It’s harder to communicate, identify gaps, it’s definitely tough.”

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Rory McIlroy Wins PGA Player of the Year

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 by

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Stuary Franklin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Fresh off a Ryder Cup victory, Rory McIlroy was voted the PGA Player of the Year on Wednesday.

McIlroy finished the 2014 campaign with three victories, including the Open Championship and PGA Championship.

”Being voted player of the year by your peers is something that’s important,” he said. ”They are the guys that you play week in and week out, and the guys you are trying to beat week in and week out. And if they appreciate what you’ve done over the year, and see the hard work you’ve put in, and golf you’ve played, and think that’s been the best of the season, that’s something that means a lot to me.”

With the three wins, as well as 12 finishes in the top 10 and never finishing lower than 25th, McIlroy reasserted himself as the No. 1 golfer in the world. 

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Sabrina Allen: Moment Missing Girl’s Father Found Out She Was Safe

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National Center for Missing and Exploited Children(AUSTIN, Texas) — After 12 years of clinging to hope that his missing daughter would be found safe, a Texas father is now waiting to reunite with the little girl who was taken from him.

Sabrina Allen, who was 4 when she went missing, was located in a small town southeast of Mexico City on Tuesday, authorities said.

Now 17, Allen was taken into custody, along with her non-custodial mother, Dara Llorens, and was flown back to Houston late Tuesday, authorities said.

“I’m going to ask her if I can give her a hug,” the girl’s father, Greg Allen, said through tears at an emotional news conference Wednesday. “She’s in pretty bad shape as far as my understanding….She was not living a regular life. She has not been going to school.”

On April 19, 2002, Llorens allegedly took her daughter for a scheduled weekend visit as part of a court-ordered child custody agreement.

According to the FBI, Llorens never returned Sabrina to her father, who was her primary guardian, at the end of that weekend.

Acting on a tip from a confidential informant, Mexican officials worked with a team from private investigator Philip Klein’s office to locate Allen and Llorens on Tuesday morning at a small apartment in Tlaxcala, authorities said.

Llorens was booked into Travis County Jail on an aggravated kidnapping charge. It was not immediately known if she had hired an attorney.

As Sabrina Allen re-adjusts to life in the United States, her father said he hopes she has some memories of their time together from before she was taken.

“I want to know her. She’s a completely different person, but they say personalities are formed by age five,” Allen told ABC News’ Austin affiliate, KVUE, in an exclusive interview. “[I'm] hoping she has some memories still.”

Allen said hiring Philip Klein as a private investigator and setting up a website for tips allowed him to never give up hope that he would one day be reunited with his daughter.

“Phil told me finding her would be the easy part. Getting her out will be the hard part,” Allen said.

Now that Sabrina Allen is back home, Allen said he’s patiently waiting to reunite with the daughter he worked to bring home for 12 years.

“She needs time to relax and just be a kid,” he said.

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US Forces Searching for Marine Missing in North Arabian Gulf

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 by

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Michael Fitzsimmons/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MANAMA, Bahrain) — U.S. forces are searching for a Marine who was missing on Wednesday after he bailed out of an aircraft that lost power during takeoff.

U.S. Navy and Marine Corps forces are involved in the search in the North Arabian Gulf. Two crewmen bailed out of the plane into the gulf at about 5:10 p.m. local time, but only one was recovered. The MV-22 Osprey they had been flying in had reportedly just taken off from the U.S.S. Malkin Island.

The pilot of the aircraft was able to regain control and land safely aboard the ship.

The incident is under investigation by the Navy and the Marine Corps.

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Arrest in Missing UVA Student Has Cops Checking Cold Cases

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 by

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Charlottesville Police Department(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) — At least two additional sheriffs’ offices in Virginia are reviewing old murder cases to see if they are connected to the suspect in the disappearance of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham.

Virginia State Police have already confirmed that they found “a new forensic link” between the 2009 murder of Morgan Harrington and Jesse Matthew, 32, who has been arrested and charged with abduction with intent to defile in the case of Graham’s disappearance last month.

Virginia State Police investigating Harrington’s death found a DNA link in 2010 between her murder and the 2005 sexual assault of a woman in Fairfax, Virginia. The woman survived the attack.

Now, investigators in the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s office are checking if two open murder cases have any connection to Matthew.

Cassandra Morton, 23, was reported missing in Lynchburg on the same night that Harrington, 20, vanished in Charlottesville in October 2009. The two young women were approximately 60 miles apart. Morton’s remains were found on Candlers Mountain in November of that year, while Harrington’s remains were not found until January.

Campbell County Sheriff Steve Hutcherson told ABC News that the investigator in Morton’s case will now be checking to see if Matthew has any connection to her death “like any other lead.”

“If any leads come in, of course they follow up on them,” Hutcherson said.

“It’s way too early to say that someone’s a suspect in the case,” he said.

Investigators 70 miles further east in Montgomery County are checking to see if there is any connection between Matthew and a double homicide that occurred near Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.

The murders of Heidi Childs and David Metzler, who were shot near a camp ground in August 2009, are also considered an open investigation by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s office and they are looking to see if there is a connection to Matthew.

“Our investigators will certainly follow up and look at the facts surrounding the Hannah Graham case to see if there is a connection. However, at this time we have nothing to lead us to believe that there is a connection,” Capt. Brian Wright of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s office told ABC News.

Attempts to reach Matthew’s attorney, Jim Camblos, were not immediately returned.

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Russia Explains Why It Canceled Student Exchange Program with US

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 by

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iStock/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — A popular high school exchange program between Russia and U.S. is coming to an end after Russia’s Foreign Ministry pulled out of the deal as a result of conflicting student experiences.

Russian authorities cut off the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program, saying some students weren’t protected and wanted to return them to their home country. Officials claimed that one teenager stayed in the U.S. and was “handed over” to a homosexual couple. The teen reportedly befriended the gay couple but had not been placed with the family, according to authorities.

Russia stated the incident violated their ban on adoptions to the U.S. and put the student in moral danger.

Still, experts disagree, citing the belief that the decision is the latest in the political standoff between the two nations.

The FLEX program started more than two decades ago following the Cold War, created in part as a means to build bridges between Americans and former Soviet countries. An estimated 8,000 Russians traveled to the U.S. for year-long homestays, living with an American family and studying at an area high school.

“These young Russians have served as cultural ambassadors, representing the best of Russia, to millions of Americans throughout all 50 states,” U.S. Ambassador John F. Tefft said in a statement. “…We deeply regret this decision by the Russian government to end a program that for 21 years has built deep and strong connections between the people of Russia and the United States.”

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WATCH: 35,000 Walruses Swarm Alaska’s Shores

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 by

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iStock/Thinkstock(JUNEAU, Alaska) — Thousands of walruses washed along the beach of an Alaskan eskimo village in early September, gathering as the result of increasing ocean temperatures.

An estimated 35,000 of the sea mammals massed on the shores in early September. Usually, the animals will position themselves on ice, but climate change and warmer conditions have forced the walruses to swim to the coasts, according to experts.

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Chinese Foreign Minister to US: Stay Out of Hong Kong Situation

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 by

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MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — China’s foreign minister sent a clear message to the United States over the protests in Hong Kong: stay out of this.

During a photo spray before Secretary of State John Kerry’s meeting with Foreign Minister Wang Li, Wang said this was a domestic issue that only concerns Hong Kong and China.

“Hong Kong affairs are China’s internal affairs, all countries should respect China’s sovereignty and this is also a basic principle of governing international relations,” Wang said.

Wang also made it clear that China would not tolerate continued protests.

“I believe for any country, for any society, no one would allow those illegal acts that violate public order. That’s the situation in the U.S. and that’s the situation in Hong Kong,” he continued.

For his part, Kerry reiterated the U.S. position but didn’t directly confront the Chinese on their plans of interfering with Hong Kong’s elections.

“As China knows we support universal suffrage in Hong Kong,” Kerry said. “We have high hopes that the Hong Kong government will exercise restraint with respect to protestors.”

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