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ABC/Fred Lee(NEW YORK) — Now that The Bachelorette stars Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth can be open about their engagement, they’re now able to think about their future. The two told ABC News after their appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America Tuesday that kids are part of the long-term plan.

“I want four and he wants five,” she said. “A big family is on the way!”

And while wedding planning may not be their main priority at the moment, both had the same ideas when asked about what they want. “I’m not picky and I’ve never been that little girl who dreamt about her wedding day,” Bristowe explained. “I just can’t wait to be in one room with all family and friends and that’s the only thing I care about.”

“That’s what I was going to say,” agreed Booth. “As long as we’re surrounded by our family and friends, that’s all that matters.”

The next few weeks for the couple will include travel to their hometowns of Vancouver and Nashville, so that they can determine where they’ll settle down. “I think we love the idea of having a summer home in British Columbia or Vancouver and living in Nashville,” Bristowe told reporters Tuesday afternoon. “I think that sounds pretty ideal.”

Added Booth: “I think that might be the best!”

Bristowe also opened up about her Snapchat that almost ruined the entire season. Before the finale aired, she shared a video of herself in bed next to Booth. Bristowe told E! News she “felt really, really bad” about the incident.

“I didn’t realize I’d done that, so we’re talking, and Shawn picks up his phone and he’s on Twitter, and suddenly he’s like, ‘Oh my gosh!'” she explained. “He started hyperventilating.”

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SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Is the boarding pass going overboard?

They could soon become a thing of the past, according to one top transportation official.

To address the glaring lapses in security over the last few months, TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger, who was recently confirmed, will specifically target screening — with a focus on checkpoints.

He predicts that the days of the boarding pass may be numbered, while outlining his 5 to 10-year vision for the “checkpoint of the future.”

“I think we can eliminate the boarding pass,” Neffenger said in a hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday, adding, “the idea that you are your boarding pass and if I can tie you biometrically to a reservation, to an identification and I can do so in a verified way than one — that moves you through the process faster.”

Neffenger notes that eliminating the boarding pass would remove the challenges for the document checkers at the checkpoints since there is little consistency with the passes, as each airline has a different style of boarding pass.

He emphasized that the checkpoint is a critically important element in security, as it is a visible deterrent and the last chance to catch any threat.

“[The checkpoint] is the barrier between the sterile and the non-sterile areas and there has to be an expectation of that area working,” Neffenger said.

Findings in the Homeland Security Inspector General’s report found major lapses in TSA security, showing that agents failed 67 out of 70 tests, when Red Team members who were posing as passengers were able to get potential weapons through checkpoints, according to officials briefed on the report.

Since the report, Administrator Neffenger said he is greatly disturbed by the failure and vowed to close these security gaps.

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Glen Stubbe/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Walter Palmer, the Minnesota dentist who acknowledged hunting and killing Cecil, a beloved lion in Zimbabwe, is now the one being hounded on the Internet by protesters flooding his social media, creating online petitions and mocking him on parody accounts.

Over 273,000 tweets contained the trending hashtag #CeciltheLion on Twitter in the past 24 hours after the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, which is not part of the Zimbabwe government, alleged in a statement on Tuesday that Palmer paid $50,000 for the chance to kill Cecil the lion in early July. ABC News has not been able to independently confirm that figure.

Palmer responded later Tuesday, saying in a statement that he “deeply” regretted the pursuit of the early July hunt in Zimbabwe that “resulted in the taking of this lion.” He added that he “had no idea” Cecil the lion was a “known, local favorite, was collared and part of a study. I hired several professional guides and they secured all proper permits. To my knowledge, everything about this trip was legal and properly handled and conducted.”

But the Internet wasn’t satisfied with Palmer’s apology and descended upon on the Minnesota dentist on social media. Palmer’s Facebook page for his dental practice, River Bluff Dental, was flooded with expletives directed towards him and death threats. The website was seemingly taken down Tuesday evening and was not up as of Wednesday morning.

Palmer’s Yelp page for his practice has also received an overwhelming amount of sarcastic reviews attacking him for killing Cecil. The page was still up as of Wednesday morning.

“I hope your patients abandoned you and that you are never able to earn a living again so that you can no longer bankroll your lust for killing,” a user by the name of Mike C. wrote on the page.

“Five Stars at being a miserable excuse of a human being,” another user by the name of Thomas D. wrote. “You are not a hunter but a coward!”

A parody account mocking Palmer and his dental practice was also created on Twitter under the handle @RiverBluffDental.

Additionally, online petitions to both U.S. and Zimbabwe officials have garnered thousands of supporters.

An online petition to President Obama on Change.org demanded “justice for Cecil” and for the creation of new laws protecting big game from being hunted outside of the U.S. and brought back. Over 7,200 supporters signed the petition as of Wednesday morning.

Another petition on Care2 Petitions was addressed to Zimbabwe Republic President Robert Gabriel Mugabe and also demanded “justice for Cecil” and for the country to “stop issuing hunting permits to kill endangered animals.” The petition had over 350,000 signatures as of Wednesday morning.

Palmer and his spokesman Jon Austin did not immediately respond to ABC News’ requests for comment on the outpouring on social media. River Bluff Dental was closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a statement Wednesday noting that the agency is “deeply concerned about the recent killing of Cecil the lion.”

“We are currently gathering facts about the issue and will assist Zimbabwe officials in whatever manner requested. It is up to all of us — not just the people of Africa — to ensure that healthy, wild populations of animals continue to roam the savanna for generations to come,” the agency said in its statement.

In 2008, Palmer pleaded guilty to making false statements to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service about a black bear he shot and killed in Wisconsin outside of an authorized hunting zone, according to court documents.

A professional hunter named Theo Bronkhorst and a landowner named Honest Trymore Ndlovu are facing criminal poaching charges in connection with Cecil’s death and are set to appear in court Wednesday, the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management authority said in a joint statement along with the Safari Operators Association of Zimbabwe on Tuesday.

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Glen Stubbe/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Walter Palmer, the Minnesota dentist who acknowledged hunting and killing Cecil, a beloved lion in Zimbabwe, is now the one being hounded on the Internet by protesters flooding his social media, creating online petitions and mocking him on parody accounts.

Over 273,000 tweets contained the trending hashtag #CeciltheLion on Twitter in the past 24 hours after the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, which is not part of the Zimbabwe government, alleged in a statement on Tuesday that Palmer paid $50,000 for the chance to kill Cecil the lion in early July. ABC News has not been able to independently confirm that figure.

Palmer responded later Tuesday, saying in a statement that he “deeply” regretted the pursuit of the early July hunt in Zimbabwe that “resulted in the taking of this lion.” He added that he “had no idea” Cecil the lion was a “known, local favorite, was collared and part of a study. I hired several professional guides and they secured all proper permits. To my knowledge, everything about this trip was legal and properly handled and conducted.”

But the Internet wasn’t satisfied with Palmer’s apology and descended upon on the Minnesota dentist on social media. Palmer’s Facebook page for his dental practice, River Bluff Dental, was flooded with expletives directed towards him and death threats. The website was seemingly taken down Tuesday evening and was not up as of Wednesday morning.

Palmer’s Yelp page for his practice has also received an overwhelming amount of sarcastic reviews attacking him for killing Cecil. The page was still up as of Wednesday morning.

“I hope your patients abandoned you and that you are never able to earn a living again so that you can no longer bankroll your lust for killing,” a user by the name of Mike C. wrote on the page.

“Five Stars at being a miserable excuse of a human being,” another user by the name of Thomas D. wrote. “You are not a hunter but a coward!”

A parody account mocking Palmer and his dental practice was also created on Twitter under the handle @RiverBluffDental.

Additionally, online petitions to both U.S. and Zimbabwe officials have garnered thousands of supporters.

An online petition to President Obama on Change.org demanded “justice for Cecil” and for the creation of new laws protecting big game from being hunted outside of the U.S. and brought back. Over 7,200 supporters signed the petition as of Wednesday morning.

Another petition on Care2 Petitions was addressed to Zimbabwe Republic President Robert Gabriel Mugabe and also demanded “justice for Cecil” and for the country to “stop issuing hunting permits to kill endangered animals.” The petition had over 350,000 signatures as of Wednesday morning.

Palmer and his spokesman Jon Austin did not immediately respond to ABC News’ requests for comment on the outpouring on social media. River Bluff Dental was closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a statement Wednesday noting that the agency is “deeply concerned about the recent killing of Cecil the lion.”

“We are currently gathering facts about the issue and will assist Zimbabwe officials in whatever manner requested. It is up to all of us — not just the people of Africa — to ensure that healthy, wild populations of animals continue to roam the savanna for generations to come,” the agency said in its statement.

In 2008, Palmer pleaded guilty to making false statements to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service about a black bear he shot and killed in Wisconsin outside of an authorized hunting zone, according to court documents.

A professional hunter named Theo Bronkhorst and a landowner named Honest Trymore Ndlovu are facing criminal poaching charges in connection with Cecil’s death and are set to appear in court Wednesday, the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management authority said in a joint statement along with the Safari Operators Association of Zimbabwe on Tuesday.

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SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Is the boarding pass going overboard?

They could soon become a thing of the past, according to one top transportation official.

To address the glaring lapses in security over the last few months, TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger, who was recently confirmed, will specifically target screening — with a focus on checkpoints.

He predicts that the days of the boarding pass may be numbered, while outlining his 5 to 10-year vision for the “checkpoint of the future.”

“I think we can eliminate the boarding pass,” Neffenger said in a hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday, adding, “the idea that you are your boarding pass and if I can tie you biometrically to a reservation, to an identification and I can do so in a verified way than one — that moves you through the process faster.”

Neffenger notes that eliminating the boarding pass would remove the challenges for the document checkers at the checkpoints since there is little consistency with the passes, as each airline has a different style of boarding pass.

He emphasized that the checkpoint is a critically important element in security, as it is a visible deterrent and the last chance to catch any threat.

“[The checkpoint] is the barrier between the sterile and the non-sterile areas and there has to be an expectation of that area working,” Neffenger said.

Findings in the Homeland Security Inspector General’s report found major lapses in TSA security, showing that agents failed 67 out of 70 tests, when Red Team members who were posing as passengers were able to get potential weapons through checkpoints, according to officials briefed on the report.

Since the report, Administrator Neffenger said he is greatly disturbed by the failure and vowed to close these security gaps.

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Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) — The Department of Justice indicted Pennsylvania Rep. Chaka Fattah and four associates for their alleged role in a conspiracy that involved misdirecting funds for Fattah’s and other’s political benefit.

In a statement, the DOJ said they were charging Fattah, 58, his congressional district director, a lobbyist and two others with 29 counts of racketeering conspiracy and other crimes.

The DOJ detailed several allegations, including that Fattah redirected a political contribution for his own use, tried to repay a campaign consultant by arranging the award of federal grant funds, used campaign funds to repay his son’s student loan debt.

The DOJ also alleged that the lawmaker accepted bribes in exchange for Fattah’s efforts in securing an appointment to the U.S. Trade Commission for one of the others charged.

The case is being investigated by the FBI and IRS.

Fattah, a Democrat, represents parts of Philadelphia and is currently serving his 11th term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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iStock/Thinkstock(LACKAWANNA, N.Y.) — A western New York man has been arrested on charges of supporting ISIS, officials said.

A member of the Muslim community in Lackawanna, near Buffalo, New York, tipped the FBI to Arafat Nagi.

“A member of the community expressed concern that Nagi could, in fact, commit violence either in the United States or abroad,” an official said Wednesday.

U.S. Attorney William Hochul charged Nagi with supporting the Islamic State, and said he traveled to Turkey to make contact with ISIS militants in Syria and to Yemen where Nagi blamed rebel killings on the United States.

Before one trip, court records said that Nagi bought “military combat items,” including body armor, night vision goggles and a machete.

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Delta Airlines(NEW YORK) — For a few very frequent fliers, an upgrade no longer means a seat in first class. On Delta, the very best customers will have the option to fly private instead.

The airline calls the option to fly private “a new surprise-and-delight program” limited to Medallion members traveling on select commercial Delta flights. Being a Medallion member on Delta requires a minimum silver-level spend of $3,000 per year and 25,000 miles or 30 flight segments. The highest level of membership requires a $15,000 spend per year and 125,000 miles or 140 flight segments.

The private upgrade opportunities will be limited to select passengers in specific markets where an available Delta Private Jets aircraft is otherwise not in use, the airline said. Customers will be contacted by Delta Vacations via email and offered the upgrade for a fee, which includes transportation to the airport’s private aviation area and complimentary on-board catering.

The cost of the upgrade is between $300 and $800.

“Private travel offers concierge-level services that Delta’s premium customers are sure to appreciate, and Delta Vacations is pleased to offer opportunities for these experiences,” said John Caldwell, president of Delta Vacations. “This is an innovative way for us to thank valued Delta customers for their loyalty.”

The new program, which the airline said is patent-pending, is a joint effort of Delta, Delta Vacations and Delta Private Jets.

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ABC/Fred Lee(NEW YORK) — Ed Helms stars in Vacation, the reboot of the 1983 film comedy National Lampoon’s Vacation, something the comic actor says he doesn’t take lightly.

“It’s such a privilege. I mean, the whole Griswold universe is something that has meant to so much to me over the years,” Helms said on Wednesday’s Live with Kelly and Michael.

Helms plays a grown-up Rusty Griswold in the movie, who decides to take his wife, played by Christina Applegate, and their two sons on a cross-country trip to Walley World, the amusement park made famous in the 1983 original, starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo. The two veteran actors also reprise their roles in Vacation.

“It’s fun to see Chevy kind of become Clark Griswold because it’s different than who he is in person,” Helms explained. “I met him that morning and it was like, ‘Oh, this is Chevy! I’m excited to meet you.’ Then all of a sudden he just morphs into Clark on set”

Chris Hemsworth also stars in the film as Helm’s onscreen brother-in-law. “He’s such a good actor. Like, he showed up so prepared,” Helms said about his co-star, who’s best-known for play the superhero Thor in four Marvel movies. “And he works out a lot. I think his abs were surgically replaced with clay and they’re freshly sculpted every morning.”

Vacation is now in theaters.

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Image Group LA/ABC via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still shared the great news that his daughter, Leah Still, remained cancer-free after undergoing new scans Tuesday.

The girl, who battled a stage 4 neuroblastoma, had a routine scan done Tuesday and Still was happy to later share that there were no signs the cancer had returned.

“Just the email I needed heading into camp..the tests from today came back negative,” Still wrote on Instagram.

Before the tests, Still posted a picture of Leah in a party dress about to undergo the scan. He said they were hoping the fancy dress would be good luck and help ensure good results.

“She wanted to dress up pretty because if you look good you feel good and if you feel good you get good results,” Still wrote on Instagram. “If that theory is right then I have nothing to worry about because she looks beautiful today.”

The good news comes just weeks after Still accepted the ESPYs Jimmy V Perseverance Award on his daughter’s behalf.

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