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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — At least 20 bodies have been found in the eastern Austrian province of Burgenland, according to the BBC.

At a police press conference on Thursday, an Austrian regional police commander said a refrigerated truck was found on the highway. The truck was apparently parked there on Wednesday.

BBC News says there could be as many as 50 bodies in the truck. Authorities described a strong smell of decomposition.

An investigation is underway to find who is behind this.

The deaths come at a time when many migrants are heading to Europe to escape war and conflict in Africa and the Middle East.

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iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Facebook is testing a new personal digital assistant. Its called “M” and it works inside Facebook Messenger.

But unlike its competitors, the new service can complete tasks on your behalf.

“It can purchase items, get gifts delivered to your loved ones, book restaurants, travel arrangements, appointments and way more,” David Marcus, the vice president of messaging products at Facebook, explains in a Facebook post.

M is currently being tested in San Francisco. A wider roll-out is expected soon.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Amidst privacy concerns and the ubiquity of camera-bearing drones, an ammunition company has created a load aimed at, pun intended, “aerial drone/quad copter training and range shooting systems.”

Snake River Shooting Products claims its new Drone Munition, “also generates a discussion on the growing drone market in general,” according to the company’s site.

Its website notes, “Drones are now a $50 million industry and growing daily. The Drone Munition brand provides a cost effective solution for self defense as the Federal Government and States scramble to take action. Self defense applies whether it is a person based or machine based threat and is just as important as protecting your family! Our shot shell solutions provide a cost effective way to do just that!”

Incidentally, Snake River explains its new product isn’t just for mechanical menaces: “Drone Munition is also a fantastic hunting load for small game, waterfowl, and turkeys!”

While warning about the “drone apocalypse” on one hand, the site also warns it’s not exactly legal to hunt the remote control devices.

“Please remember that drones are aircraft and as such, are protected by the federal government. Our products are designed to be used in accordance with the law. Use your common sense, be informed and obey all laws with respect to drones and firearms,” it says.

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Hemera/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Two American service members were killed after an attacker wearing an Afghan National Defense and Security Force uniform opened fire on their vehicle in Helmand province early Wednesday morning, military officials announced.

Members of the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission returned fire, wounding the attacker and another person in the same Afghan uniform.

The Department of Defense on Thursday said the two American victims were airmen: Capt. Matthew D. Roland, 27, of Lexington, Kentucky and Staff Sgt. Forrest B. Sibley, 31, of Pensacola, Florida.

Instances of Afghan forces turning on allied coalition members, known as insider attacks, have plagued the international war effort in Afghanistan.

In 2014, an insider attack claimed the life of Maj. Gen, Harold Greene, the most senior American officer killed in the 14-year conflict.

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iStock/ThinkstockBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor

Smoothies are not only a summer favorite, but a go-to health option for a healthy diet. But are they really that healthy?

Smoothies taste great, but it turns out that lots of them are loaded with calories from added sugars and fats, and enough carbohydrate grams to match that of a typical fast food meal.

These hidden diet-killers are usually found in your favorite store-bought smoothies — and that’s without considering the serving size.

Try homemade smoothies with fresh or frozen fruit and low-fat milk, yogurt or water. This will provide you with protein to keep you full and the nutrients from the fruit.

You can always add veggies, ice and a splash of orange juice to shake things up without shaking up your calorie count.

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sfreestee/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A new study has found that HIV patients benefit from taking antiretroviral medications regardless of how early the disease is caught, which runs counter to CDC recommended treatments.

The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, looked at nearly 5,000 patients with HIV and a higher count of specific white blood cells, dividing them to either follow CDC recommendations, including waiting until their count dropped below 350 cells per cubic millimeter of blood to take antiretrovirals, or to begin antiretroviral treatment immediately. Researchers found that the patients fared better with the drugs, regardless of what stage the illness had reached.

While antiretroviral drugs can bring serious side effects, the patients involved in the study did not suffer severe side effects.

The findings, according to researchers, could hint that the CDC recommendations could be improved, thereby altering the lives of the more than one million Americans currently living with HIV.

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icholakov/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The U.S. military believes it has killed a senior ISIS recruiter and cyber specialist, a senior U.S. official tells ABC News.

The Pentagon has not confirmed the death of Junaid Hussain, but the official said that he was targeted by a drone strike in Syria earlier this week. Hussain is believed to be a computer expert and propagandist for ISIS, which is known to effectively recruit online.

Prior to an attack on a Garland, Texas cartoon contest in May, one of the gunmen posted a statement on social media urging others to follow Hussain on Twitter.

Hussain is also believed to be responsible for producing “kill lists” in which ISIS calls on people to target particular Americans.

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Monty Brinton/CBS(NEW YORK) — Now we know why Lady Gaga dyed her pool blood-red for that American Horror Story: Hotel cast party. In a new cover story for Entertainment Weekly, we learn that Gaga’s AHS character has a unique obsession with the sticky red stuff.

Show creator Ryan Murphy reveals that Gaga’s character, The Countess, maintains her youthful glow by drinking human blood. He says she’s not a vampire, though.

“I prefer the term ‘ancient blood virus,’ ” Murphy says. “It’s really a form of hemophilia, in a way.”

The Countess — who owns the mysterious Hotel Cortez — is also entangled in a love triangle with the similarly blood-obsessed Donovan, played by Matt Bomer, and a male model named Tristan, played by Finn Wittrock. Angela Bassett plays Ramona Royale, an actress and former lover of The Countess seeking revenge.

But we’d think twice before messing with The Countess, especially since she wears a fashionable, yet deadly chainmail glove. “She’s extremely strong,” Gaga says. “She’s been through so much. It’s kind of impossible for anything to penetrate her.”

The singer tells the mag she’s relishing the show’s macabre storyline. “I’ve just been weeping while I’m here because I have returned to something I’ve believed in so much, which is the art of darkness,” Gaga tells the mag. “It’s not something that everyone understands, but, for the people that do — Horror Storyfans, my fans — there is a true connection between us, and it’s a language within itself.”

American Horror Story: Hotel premieres October 7 on FX.

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snyferok/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Walmart will cease sales of assault rifles in its stores in the U.S.

The New York Times reports that the policy change is related to customer demand and not gun politics. The decision, Walmart says, was made before the Wednesday shooting that left two television journalists dead in Virginia, but was widely publicized later in the day.

The Times quotes Walmart spokesman Kory Lundberg as saying that the retailer would stop selling modern sporting rifles. Similar weapons have been used in prominent shootings including the 2012 movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colorado.

Walmart will still sell shotguns and other hunting weapons, the Times adds. The restocking will take place in the next two weeks — in time for the fall season.

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Justin Stephens/ABC/Fred Lee(NEW YORK) — Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer are not only friends, they’re now colleagues.

The two are collaborating on a comedic screenplay in which they’ll play sisters, the Hunger Games star told the New York Times. They have 100 pages written so far.

“We start the day off on the phone, laughing. And then we send each other pages. And we crack up,” Lawrence said of her work with Schumer. “I’m flying out tomorrow to see her in Chicago. We’ll write a little bit with her sister, Kim, who worked with Amy when she was writing Trainwreck.”

Lawrence explained she first reached out via email to Schumer after seeing Trainwreck a few months ago. “[I] said, ‘I don’t know where to get started. I guess I should just say it: I’m in love with you,'” she recalled.

They began a correspondence, and then found themselves texting each other. Soon after, Schumer invited Lawrence to go on vacation with her and her friends.

“We really hit it off, to say the least,” Lawrence said. “[Writing this film has] been the most fun experience of my life.”

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