PlusRaw Video: Inmate Repeatedly Swears at JudgeRaw Video: Inmate Repeatedly Swears at JudgeThe Associated PressA shouting match develops inside a Kansas courtroom between the judge, an assistant district attorney and an inmate being sentenced. Michael Gaines was convicted for spitting in the face of two deputies. He was sentenced to 13 years. (July 18)This video contains ONLY natural sound. No script is available.
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EntertainmentExtraEstelle Getty of 'Golden Girls' Dies at 84Estelle Getty of 'Golden Girls' Dies at 84The Associated PressEstelle Getty, the diminutive actress who spent 40 years struggling for success before landing a role of a lifetime in 1985 as the sarcastic Sophia on "The Golden Girls," has died. She was 84. (July 22)Estelle Getty - star of "The Golden Girls" - has died at age of 84. She would have been 85 on Friday.Her son says she died early Tuesday at home in Los Angeles. He says she suffered from advanced dementia.Getty spent 40 years struggling for success before landing the role of a lifetime in 1985, playing the sarcastic Sophia on "The Golden Girls." The role won her two Emmys.
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Australia's Taronga Zoo in Sydney recently showed off its latest addition, a baby pygmy hippo. Monifa, who is only three weeks old, is currently the size of a puppy. There are less than 3,000 pygmy hippos remaining in the world. (Nov. 7)
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Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama engaged in an angry exchange Monday over past statements on Republican ideas and the words of former President Clinton in a presidential debate five days before the pivotal South Carolina primary. (Jan. 21)
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SelectPlusTot's Grandmother to 911: Dead Body Smell in CarTot's Grandmother to 911: Dead Body Smell in CarThe Associated PressThe grandmother of a missing 2-year-old Orlando girl told an emergency dispatcher that a car driven by the girl's mother smelled like there had been a dead body inside. (July 25)[Notes:911 call NATS]911 Call: "there's something wrong. I just found my daughter's car today. And it smells like there's been a dead body in the damn car." [Notes:ANCHOR VOICE][Notes:cindy anthony in court]Grandmother Cindy Anthony made a pair of calls to 911 when she realized her granddaughter was missing.The first one was to ask police to come and arrest her daughter, Casey Anthony, and to report her granddaughter Caylee was missing.SOT: "I have someone here that I need to be arrested ...In my home...and I have a possible missing child."[Notes:casey anthony in court]During that call, Cindy Anthony also accused her daughter of stealing her car and money.Two hours later, a much more frantic call...SOT: "I called a little bit ago, the deputy sheriff's line, I found out my granddaughter has been taken, she has been missing for a month. Her mother finally admitted that she's been missing."[Notes:still of missing girl]Cindy Anthony cries through the report to the dispatcher.911 CALL: Anthony:"my daughter finally admitted that the babysitter stole her. I need to find her."Dispatcher: "your daughter admitted that the baby is where?" Anthony: "that the baby sitter took her a month ago. That my daughter's been looking for her."[Notes:still of missing girl]The grandmother goes on to describe the missing 3 year old. Then the dispatcher asks to speak to the toddler's mother.911 CALL: Casey Anthony: "my daughter's been missing for the last 31 days."Dispatcher: "and you know who has her?"Anthony: "I know who has her. I've tried to contact her, I actually received a phone call today."[Notes:wide of billboard for missing girl]The dispatcher gets some details from the young mother, then asks, 'why now?'911 CALL:Dispatcher: "why are you calling now? Why didn't you call 31 days ago?"Anythony: "i've been looking for her and have gone through other resources to try and find her...which was stupid."[Notes:casey anthony in court]Since the calls, police say they've learned that the babysitter ... And much of what Casey Anthony told them, may not be true.[Notes:WOFL - exteriors of home and search]And authorities say there is evidence of possible human decomposition in her yard and in her car. [Notes:still of casey anthony]Casey Anthony currently faces charges of child neglect and lying to investigators. She remains behind bars -- her bond set at half a million dollars. [Notes:still of missing girl]While she sits in jail, the search for her 3-year-old daughter Caylee continues. ___ ___, The Associated Press
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A group of undergraduate chess players from Princeton University took on the best chess players at a maximum security prison in Trenton, New Jersey. The 'ivies versus the inmates' competition has been going on since 2002. (Nov. 19)
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PlusGeorge Carlin: in His Own WordsGeorge Carlin: in His Own WordsThe Associated PressDuring a 1997 interview with the Associated Press, comedian George Carlin discussed his ideal obituary, life regrets, accomplishments, and his impact of fellow artists. (June 23)This video contains ONLY natural sound. No script is available.
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It was one of the worst disasters in U.S. school history. 92 students and 3 nuns at Our Lady of the Angels School in Chicago were killed when a fire burning in a basement trash can spread throughout the building on December 1, 1958. (November 29)
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PlusSupreme Court Rules in Favor of Gun RightsSupreme Court Rules in Favor of Gun RightsThe Associated PressThe U.S. Supreme Court offers its first-ever take on gun rights under the Second Amendment, saying Americans can have guns for self defense. The ruling overturns a gun ban in Washington, D.C. (June 26)[Notes:ANCHOR VOICE] [Notes:NATS UP gun firing?]A DECISIVE RULING FROM THE U-S SUPREME COURT ... SAYING AMERICANS CAN KEEP GUNS AT HOME FOR SELF DEFENSE. [Notes:VO court exterior] [Notes:VO broll of gun store]THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THE HIGH COURT HAS OFFERED ITS INTERPRETATION OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT ... GRANTING THE RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS. [Notes:VO Washington beauty shot] [Notes:VO file of crime scene]THE 5-TO-4 RULING STRIKES DOWN A BAN ON HANDGUNS IN THE NATION'S CAPITOL ... THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA HAS ONE OF THE MOST RESTRICTIVE GUN LAWS ... DESIGNED TO STOP VIOLENCE. THE CITY'S MAYOR IS VOWING TO REQUIRE THAT RESIDENTS REGISTER THEIR GUNS. [Notes:DC Scotus Fenty AP 13:06:42]SOT: More handguns in the District of Columbia will only lead to more handgun violence.THE DECISION WAS HAILED BY SUPPORTERS OF GUN RIGHTS. [Notes:DC Scotus Gun Atty 7:39:29]SOT: It basically told us what Americans have long suspected. We do have an individual right in this country to have guns. The government cannot ban guns and it cannot regulate guns out of existence. [Notes:VO Heller outside court]A SECURITY GUARD, DICK HELLER, BROUGHT THE SUIT AFTER THE DISTRICT REJECTED HIS APPLICATION TO KEEP A GUN IN HIS HOME ON CAPITOL HILL ... A SHORT DISTANCE FROM THE SUPREME COURT. [Notes:VO DC police file][Notes:VO rack zoom from son's picture to interviewee]THE RULING WILL MOST IMMEDIATELY BE FELT IN WASHINGTON, WHERE A STIFF HANDGUN BAN HAS BEEN LAW SINCE 1976. KENNETH BARNES SENIOR LOST HIS SON TO GUN VIOLENCE HERE. [Notes:DC Gun Intv AP 15:45:39]SOT: Almost everyday we're hearing about gun violence in Washington, D.C. ... And yet the Supreme Court says to everybody in the city of Washington, all over the world. Let's put more guns on the street. Let's have more guns. Now what kind of message to a civilized community does that send, to a civilized world?*THAT* IS AN ISSUE D.C. LEADERS NOW HAVE TO GRAPPLE WITH ... IN A CITY THAT HAS SEEN MORE THAN 8,400 HOMICIDES SINCE THE GUN BAN TOOK EFFECT 32 YEARS AGO. ___ ___, The Associated Press.(****END****) ANCHOR VOICE:-------------------------VIDEO PRODUCER: Lee Powell------------------------------VIDEO SOURCE: File, WJLA, AP, pool--------------------------VIDEO APPROVAL:------------------------------VIDEO RESTRICTIONS:----------------------------------SCRIPT/WIRE SOURCE: BC-Scotus-Guns, 10th------------------------------------
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PlusHistoric Flooding in Cedar Rapids, IowaHistoric Flooding in Cedar Rapids, IowaThe Associated PressThe Cedar River poured over its banks here Thursday, forcing the evacuation of more than 3,000 homes, causing a railroad bridge to collapse and leaving much of downtown underwater. (June 12)Steve Shriver/owns flooded business "Something is collapsing over there.""What do you think it is?""I think it's a parking garage." (TRACK) CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA IS FALLING APART AS THE CEDAR RIVER SWALLOWS THE CITY. IT LOOKS MORE LIKE VENICE, ITALY THAN THE MIDDLE OF IOWA. Steve Shriver/owns flooded business"The river is literally running through buildings." (TRACK) STEVE SHRIVER OWNS AN ORGANIC LIP BALM BUSINESS LOCATED IN DOWNTOWN. AND HIS PRODUCTION ROOM IS IN THE BASEMENT...SEVERAL FEET UNDER WATER. Steve Shriver/owns flooded business"we have a million sticks of lip balm sitting in the at building waiting to be shipped out, that we cannot reach." (TRACK) DESPITE DAYS OF PREPARING FOR THE FLOOD, NOTHING WAS ABLE TO STOP THE WATER FROM RISING INTO DOWNTOWN. SOT:(Tom Aller/Pres., Interstate Power and Light Alliant Energy) "Water has risen to the point where all of downtown is really under water. All of our steam system is down and under water so the major customers of steam, such as quaker oats and folks like that are out. And our electric system is out as well." MARK CARLSON/STANDUP CEDAR RAPIDS CEDAR RAPIDS IS OVER RUN BY AN UNIMAGINEABLE AMOUNT OF WATER. THE CEDAR RIVER IS TAKING WITH IT ANYTHING IT CAN AS FLOOD WATERS CONTINUE TO RISE. (TRACK)The city has put an evacuation order in and that's helping because the workers are not coming downtown." The amount of flooding in this area is unprecedented and no one knows how long it could take to get back to normal. SOT:(Tom Aller/Pres., Interstate Power and Light Alliant Energy) "As far as what we're telling our customers, we're talking about an indefinite outage here, for sure." Steve Shriver/owns flooded businessNats "deep sigh" IT'S JUST TOO MUCH TO LOOK AT FOR SHRIVER. HIS LIVELY HOOD IS UNDER WATER. Steve Shriver/owns flooded business"There is no insurance to cover it. We need some sort of help from FEMA." FOR NOW, ALL ANYONE CAN DO IS WATCH THE WATER RISE. MARK CARLSON, AP, CEDAR RAPIDS, IA.
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BusinessBeing Big Bird: the Muppet UnmaskedBeing Big Bird: the Muppet UnmaskedThe Associated PressOn the street, Caroll Spinney is a 74-year-old of modest proportions. On the job, transformed into Big Bird, he stands 8 feet 2 inches tall and is 6 years old. (June 16)[Notes:UPSOUND SESAME STREET THEME SONG] For nearly 40 years, Big Bird has been entertaining kids and adults alike on Sesame Street. Since his first TV appearance, Big Bird has seen only a few changes. He's a bit bigger now and he's got a few more feathers - but underneath that fluffy exterior, Big Bird remains the same. Meet Carroll Spinney. Spinney is Big Bird. [Notes:UPSOUND: SPINNEY, (Out of Costume, On Set): OH, HI. I WAS JUST ABOUT TO SEE IF I HAVE ANY MAIL TODAY....]Spinney has been inside the bird suit since the beginning. And while the Big Bird character remains a six-year-old, Spinney, it now 73. Continuing in the role however, suits him just fine. [Notes:SOT: Spinney]ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I REALLY ENJOY ABOUT SESAME STREET IS THAT I GET TO DO SOMETHING THAT MOST PEOPLE ONLY DREAM OF. YEARS GO BY AND YOU'RE STILL THE SAME AGE.Sesame Street's longevity can be attributed to its wide appeal. For kids, it's often the engagement with the show, and parents can take comfort in knowing that their children are learning. [Notes:SOT SPINNEY]I FIND THAT KIDS REALLY ENJOY IT IF YOU TALK TO THEM LIKE YOU RECOGNIZE THEIR INTELLIGENCE. TRY TO BE AN EQUAL AND NOT TALK DOWN TO THEM. And with Big Bird being so, well, big. You'd think Spinney would be talking down to them regardless. But he's actually at about the same level as them, just separated by about six thousand feathers. [Notes:SOT SPINNEY:]HE IS 8 FEET-TWO. SO MY ARM IS IN HIS LEFT WING AND HIS RIGHT WING IS LIKE A CANTALEVER SYSTEM. YOU PLAY TO THE CAMERA AND IM WEARING A TINY MONITOR STRAPPED TO MY CHEST. .... .... .... Spinney also provides the voice of Oscar the Grouch. As Spinney puts it, a character based on a true New Yorker.I ACTUALLY WAS PICKED UP BY THIS CAB DRIVER WHO SAID, 'HEY MACK' AND THEN PROCEEDED TO COMPLAIN ABOUT MAYOR LINDSEY. AND NEW YORK CITY WAS REALLY A MESS BACK THEN WITH GARBAGE LITERALLY PILED ON THE STREET. .... ... AND IS SAID GET AWAY FROM MY TRASH CAN AND JIM HENSON SAID THAT'LL DO FINE AND I HAD A JOBSpinney says that he'll continue with that job - as well as the Big Bird gig - for the foreseeable future. [Notes:UPSOUND SESAME STREET THEME SONG]UPSOUND: Sesame Street has been brought to you by the letter xx and the number xx. and, Jon Belmont, The Associated Press. ___ ___, The Associated Press.(****END****) ANCHOR VOICE:-------------------------VIDEO PRODUCER: Luke------------------------------VIDEO SOURCE: APTN/Sesame Workshop--------------------------VIDEO APPROVAL:------------------------------VIDEO RESTRICTIONS:----------------------------------SCRIPT/WIRE SOURCE:
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Sports41-Year-Old Swimmer Makes Olympic History41-Year-Old Swimmer Makes Olympic HistoryThe Associated PressDara did it. The 41-year-old will be the oldest woman ever to compete in Olympic swimming after finishing first in the 100-meter freestyle event at the Omaha trials. (July 4)((TRACK))((SUPER: Omaha, Neb.)) ((PICS added in WDC)) ON A NIGHT WHEN MICHAEL PHELPS BROKE ANOTHER WORLD RECORD, DARA TORRES STOLE THE SHOW.THE 41-YEAR-OLD POSTED A TIME OF 53-POINT-7-8 SECONDS, TOUCHING THE WALL FIRST IN THE 100-METER FREESTYLE EVENT.SHE BESTED NATALIE COUGHLIN, A SWIMMER 16 YEARS HER JUNIOR, AND A FIELD FULL OF TWENTY-SOMETHINGS.BEIJING WILL BE HER FIFTH GAMES.HER FIRST WAS IN 19-84.NINE MEDALS AND TWO RETIREMENTS LATER, SHE'LL BE THE OLDEST WOMEN TO EVER COMPETE IN OLYMPIC SWIMMING.((SOT))((SUPER: Dara Torres/U.S. Swimmer))'I was shocked when I touched the wall. I could not see the scoreboard. With my age, I was like, 'Gosh, what does that say?' Then, I heard the announcer, and I could kind of see it like, blurry. But, they need to make those numbers bigger for people my age. // I'm shocked. I don't think it's really hit me yet that I'm on a fifth Olympic team. I walked into drug testing and Ryan Lochte and Aaron Piersol and Phelps are in there and I was like, 'Whoa, I'm with them.'((SOT))((SUPER: Michael Phelps/U.S. Swimmer))'You know, Dara. Yeah. As I call her, my mom. You know, at 41. She's 41 right? 41 with a kid?'((SOT))((SUPER: Dara Torres/U.S. Swimmer))Reporter: 'Michael was in here earlier and he referred to you as his second mom. What can you say about that?'I like to be referred to as a big sister to my teammates, although I am as old as some of their parents. // I feel like I'm on their level on one hand. On the other hand I have a lot of experience and I'm maybe not on their level. I actually take that as a compliment that he refers to me as the mom there. But, I don't know if the kids actually think that. Maybe aunt. Go with aunt.'((STANDUP))((SUPER: Jason Bronis/Omaha, Neb.))'Torres isn't finished here in Omaha. She'll look to make history again by qualifying for the Olympics in the 50-meter freestyle event over the weekend. JB, the AP, Omaha, Neb.'
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EntertainmentExtraMadonna Gives It 2 the CamerasMadonna Gives It 2 the CamerasThe Associated PressCatch Madonna on the set of her new video "Give It 2 Me" featuring Pharrell. In this video provided to the AP by her music label, the pop icon voices her opinion about media attention while singing and dancing for the cameras. (July 11)This video contains ONLY natural sound. No script is available.
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SportsRaw Video: Minor League Manager Loses CoolRaw Video: Minor League Manager Loses CoolThe Associated PressWichita Wingnuts manager Kash Beauchamp apparently thought an umpire's call stunk Wednesday night and to prove it to him, the manager waved his shoe in the ump's face. (July 11)This video contains ONLY natural sound. No script is available.
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PlusTeen Accused of Giving Cops Marijuana CookiesTeen Accused of Giving Cops Marijuana CookiesThe Associated PressA teenager is suspected of giving several police stations in north Texas gift baskets filled with drug-laced cookies. Officials say he was fulfilling court-ordered community service work when he made those deliveries. (July 9)[Notes:ANCHOR VOICE] (vo)18 year old Christian Phillipps could be in big trouble..(sot)They appeared to be distinctly chocolate chip...(vo)In trouble for delivering cookies to cops all across north texas...(sot) Brett McGuire/lake worth tx police chiefHe did have in his possession a spreadheet with 24 or 25 police agencies on it..(vo)From fort worth, to wautaga, to lake worth texas.. Phillips drove his car dropping off gift baskets to the police.. All as part of community service for a previous charge of assaulting a police officer..The trouble??(sot)When the officers detected a strong order of what they believed to be marijuana we then took one of the cookies out of the basket(vo)That cookie tested positive for LSD.. Then a drug dog was brought in..(sot)the canine did alert to the cookies (vo)Now police want to know if the cookies were laced with drugs intentionally, phillipps has a diiferent explanation..(sot)The cookies smelled like marijuana because some of his friends were smoking marijuana while he was baking them...(vo)Wautauga's police department received one batch...(sot) Randy benjamin/watauga, tx police chiefOfficers ate the cookies, one officer ate quite a few no problems, I'm going to send them to be tested...(su)rich matthewsHere at the fort worth police dept seven civilians and officers either ate the cookies or handled them, all seven have been given drug tests, but none reported feeling any effects..(vo)Several baskets of the cookies have been sent to the medical examiners office for further tests... Rich matthews the ap fort worth texas..
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EntertainmentExtraFans React to 'The Dark Knight'Fans React to 'The Dark Knight'The Associated PressAP Entertainment caught up with some moviegoers after they watched 'The Dark Knight' in New York. See what they had to say about the film. (July 18)This video contains ONLY natural sound. No script is available.
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SelectPlusThe Vatican's Take on Aliens?The Vatican's Take on Aliens?The Associated PressAccording to the Vatican's chief astronomer, believing that the universe may contain alien life does not contradict a faith in God. (June 8)he Gandolfo Castle perched above a glistening green lake near Rome has a magical aura. It is the Pope's summer residence, and it is here that Vatican astronomers have for decades studied the heavans.Perched on the roof of this 17th century castle are two domes holding telescopes that Vatican astronomers have been using since the 1930s.Now they have much more powerful telescopes for their research located in Tucson, Arizona, but it is here at Castel Gandolfo that the astronomers have their headquarters. One would almost expect to find the wizard Gandalf from the "Lord of the Rings" striding through the long hallways in his dark robes, with his wooden staff and flowing beard. But, instead, inside the walls of this Castle an unassuming Jesuit from Argentina leads the Vatican Astronomical research and has recently caused an uproar by opening a debate about aliens.SOUNDBITE FATHER JOSE GABRIEL FUNES, CHIEF VATICAN ASTRONOMER, IN ENGLISH" In a universe so big, huge I would say, as the one where we live with 100 billion of galaxies, each galaxy with a hundred billion stars probably with many of these stars having planets, it could be possible that life could evolve as they way we know on earth." Father Funes says he is not sure if other forms of life would be more or less intelligent than humans, but he is convinced that the existence of Aliens is not a contradiction with the Catholic faith.There has been no word from top vatican officials about Funes' comments, but some people on the street find them odd. Richard Charnock was taking a group from the All Hallows Catholic High School on a trip to Italy when he heard about the comments from the Vatican astronomerSOUNDBITE RICHARD CHARNOCK, COORDINATOR RELIGIOUS EDUCATION, ALL HALLOWS CATHOLIC HIGHSCHOOL, in English"I think it is preposterous that they are saying that--there is one human that god created --. We can go back to the bible. He didn't create Adam, eve and ET did he, it was Adam and Eve. It goes against what we believe as Christians." STAND-UPWe probably won't be seeing aliens attending mass any time soon, but the Vatican's chief astronomer says that they could be other forms of life outside earth and if they are out there, he says they are God's Creatures.Tt, Castel Gandolfo, Italy
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A New York City artist is using some unlikely materials for his latest creation. When Joshua Allen Harris' design is lying on top of a subway grate it could be mistaken for trash, but when a train passes underneath it becomes a giraffe. (April 8)
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Badgered by lawmakers, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan denied the nation's economic crisis was his fault on Thursday but conceded the meltdown had revealed a flaw in a lifetime of economic thinking. (Oct. 23)
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Thousands of protesters gathered in St. Paul, Minn., the site of the Republican National Convention. As tensions mounted between those gathered and police, AP photojournalist Evan Vucci was in the middle of the crowd. (Sept. 2)
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PlusPolygamist Rape Victim Speaks OutPolygamist Rape Victim Speaks OutThe Associated PressThe woman who helped convict polygamist Warren Jeffs is speaking out. The AP has an interview with former FLDS member Elissa Wall. (May 19)The woman who helped convict polygamist leader Warren Jeffs is speaking out.She was by forced by Jeffs --at the age of 14 ---to marry a 19-year-old man.... [Notes:Elissa Wall//Former FLDS Member] [Notes:SOT: "Warren was a sexist person. he viewed his women as property. and it has since become a very widespread reality for many women."]Elissa Wall --- has written a book---- Stolen Innocence.In it--she chronicles her life -before breaking free from the polygamist culture----and F-L-D-S church. [Notes:Elissa Wall//Former FLDS Member] [Notes:"from day one i was told i had a choice in everything i did. but followed up with that sentence....was your choice was to willingly place your life in the hands of the what they call the priesthood and the leaders. so my choice was to give my life to them...for them to decide what happened in it."]In the tell all book --she also writes about her time with cousin and former husband Allen Steed, whom she describes as having a violent temper and a "calculating and controlling" personality.Steed is charged with raping Wall during their marriage, which was arranged in 2001 by Jeffs and other church leaders. [Notes:Elissa Wall//Former FLDS Member] [Notes:Former FLDS Member "so when Allen and i were married. even though i was extremely resistant towards him., i couldn't stand being around him. i had a really hard time around him. he was a boy to me. something didn't feel right to me. so when it came time to consummate the marriage people don't clearly don't understand the mindset i was in. because i didn't have any concept of sex. i didn't understand or any inkling of what it took to have children. i didn't really know where babies came from. i didn't know about the sexual acts that had to happen between a husband and a wife to have the children i was supposed to have.] Wall was granted an FLDS divorce from Steed and left the church in 2004...She is now married and has two children with husband Lamont Barlow --also a former F-L-D-S member. [Notes:Lamont Barlow][Notes:in my opinion any man that would marry a 14 year old girl is a pedophile. in today's society and the laws we have today, a 14 year old is barely reaching maturity. she is a young child. there is no excuse for that. "] A Utah judge agreed ----- and in November Warren Jeffs was sentenced to two consecutive prison terms of five years to life for his conviction on two counts of being an accomplice to rape. Steed, still a member of the church, could spend his life in prison if convicted.The Associated Press does not generally identify people who say they were sexually assaulted, but Wall has spoken publicly and is on a promotional tour for her book. ___ ___, The Associated Press
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SportsU.S. Men's Basketball Practice Before BeijingU.S. Men's Basketball Practice Before BeijingThe Associated PressThe United States took a small first step on the long march to Beijing. The Americans tried on their new uniforms, then went through a two-hour practice at Cox Pavilion on the UNLV campus, as the AP's John Mone reports from Las Vegas. (June 29)[[VO: US Olympic team practicing]] [[SUPER: Las Vegas]]12 AMERICAN MEN AREN'T TAKING THE SUMMER OFF AFTER A GRUELING NBA SEASON......- [[SOT]] [[SUPER: Kobe Bryant//Team USA]]" you know it would really suck a championship and gold medal in the same year. no away around it. no we are going to get this done." [[VO]] [[TRACK]]TO ACHIEVE A LOFTY GOAL... [[SOT]] [[SUPER: Lebron James//]]"i think it's just important for us to represent our country. it's a tough commitment to make. you give up at least three summers, that could be rest time." BRING HOME GOLD MEDAL NUMBER 13 FOR TEAM U-S-A BASKETBALL, WHEN THE 12 MEN SQUAD HEADS TO THE OLYMPICS IN BEIJING LATER THIS SUMMER. [[STAND UP]] [[SUPER: John Mone//The Associated Press]]" after a less than stellar performance in...team members are fining tuning their skills for the global game." [[SOT]] [[SUPER: Lebron James//]]" what happened in 2004 wasn't the best for me, Dwayne and Carmelo. It was a bad situation,. we didn't play as a much as we should have. we're hoping to make an impact on team USA. " LEBRON JAMES, CARMELO ANTHONY, DWAYNE WADE AND CARLOS BOOZER ARE ALL SHOOTING FOR GOLD...BECAUSE IN 2004 THEY WALKED AWAY WITH BRONZE. THE CHALLENGE FOR TEAM U-S-A ...GET USED TO PLAYING THE FASTER PACED WORLD GAME,..AS OPPOSED TO NBA BASKETBALL..WHICH SHOWCASES INDIVIDUAL TALENT. [[SOT]] [[SUPER: Dwayne Wade//]]"the international game, is more team play. you have to play as a team. on defense you gotta pick it up. it's actually more physical." [[SOT]] [[SUPER: Mike Krzyzewski//Team USA Coach]]" if they just use what they see in the nba it won't be enough. the international players in the nba all take it to a different level. " COACH MIKE KRZYZEWSKI ISN'T THE ONLY ONE EMPHASIZING A CHANGE OF THE GAME [[SOT]] [[SUPER: Carlos Boozer//]]" his communication, his terminology. i am used to it. and the guys who have been doing this for 2-3 years. they're used to it too. that's gonna help us as a team." CARLOS BOOZER, PLAYED UNDER COACH K AT DUKE UNIVERSITY. HE SAYS THE VETERANS OF TEAM USA HAVE FORMED A BETTER BOND... [[SOT]] [[SUPER: Lebron James]]"we know each other better personally. that means alot." AND WILL BRING THAT CAMARADERIE TO THE NEWBIES...EVEN IF THEY'RE SUPERSTARS... [[NATS FULL...OF KOBE SHOOOTING]]GAME ONE FOR TEAM USA IN BEIJING '08...CHINA.... [[SOT]][[SUPER: Kobe Bryant//Guard]]"china being the host...they'll have alot of energy. a tough match which i am looking forward to." [[VO]][[TRACK]]THEIR FIRST PRACTICE MARKS THE FIRST STEP IN A LONG MARCH TOWARD CHINA AND MAYBE GOLD THIS SUMMER. JOHN MONE THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, LAS VEGAS. ___ ___, The Associated Press.
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EntertainmentEntertainmentExtraInvestigation Into Heath Ledger's Death ClosedInvestigation Into Heath Ledger's Death ClosedThe Associated PressFederal prosecutors have decided not to pursue a criminal case into how Heath Ledger obtained the powerful painkillers that contributed to his overdose death this year. (Aug. 6)Just month's before Heath Ledger's blockbuster hit The Dark Knight was released ---- the actor's death was ruled an accidental drug overdose....And now---the AP has learned--federal prosecutors will not pursue a criminal case into *how* Ledger obtained the powerful painkillers which contributed to his death earlier this year. The decision comes in the wake of recent reports --- that actress Mary-Kate Olsen was demanding immunity before answering questions about the startling death of her close friend.Authorities say Olsen was the first person called by a masseuse who found the 28-year-old actor's lifeless body in his Manhattan apartment.Government investigators had obtained a subpoena that could have forced Olsen to speak--- if she continued to hold out. That supaeona is no longer valid because it was contingent upon prosecutors pursuing the case.Authorities believe the painkillers oxycodone and hydrocodone found in Ledger's system were obtained with phony prescriptions or other illegal means. However, it appears that the investigation surrounding Ledger's January 22nd death --- is now closed. Ledger died after filming the latest "Batman" movie.He has earned rave reviews for playing a maniacal Joker and the film has already taken in over 400 million dollars. ___ ___, The Associated Press.(****END****) ANCHOR VOICE: Mike Gracia-------------------------VIDEO PRODUCER: Michael Waldon------------------------------VIDEO SOURCE: Warner Bros--------------------------VIDEO APPROVAL: Donna Starddard------------------------------VIDEO RESTRICTIONS: Courtesy----------------------------------
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