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ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) — Do you think Robin Williams deserves one last standing ovation? You can help deliver it Monday at 4 p.m. ET.

A Facebook campaign is urging people to get on their feet Monday in one final tribute to the late actor and comedian, who died a week ago in an apparent suicide.

Asking for “one last curtain call for a man who made our life a little better one laugh at a time,” the organizers of the unofficial event urge people in San Francisco — near where Williams lived — and nationwide to participate in a “one-minute standing ovation,” adding, “Make it the loudest…ever!”

“C’MON USA LETS HEAR IT,” say the organizers. “If you’re in your car, honk that horn!”

Participants are also asked to wear red.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Department of Transportation says cars that talk to each other could prevent more than half a million car crashes a year.

It’s called vehicle to vehicle communication technology — or V2V — and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says it could move the focus from helping people survive crashes to helping them avoid crashes altogether.

A new report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposes a new rule, issued in 2016, that would require new cars to come equipped with two types of V2V.

The report says those advance warning systems could prevent up to 592,000 crashes and save 1,083 lives every year.

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ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) — Do you think Robin Williams deserves one last standing ovation? You can help deliver it Monday at 4 p.m. ET.

A Facebook campaign is urging people to get on their feet Monday in one final tribute to the late actor and comedian, who died a week ago in an apparent suicide.

Asking for “one last curtain call for a man who made our life a little better one laugh at a time,” the organizers of the unofficial event urge people in San Francisco — near where Williams lived — and nationwide to participate in a “one-minute standing ovation,” adding, “Make it the loudest…ever!”

“C’MON USA LETS HEAR IT,” say the organizers. “If you’re in your car, honk that horn!”

Participants are also asked to wear red.

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Dollar General Corporation(GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn.) — A bidding war is heating up for the struggling discount retailer Family Dollar, and big bucks are involved.

Dollar General has made a proposal to acquire Family Dollar for $78.50 per share, or approximately $9.7 billion. The all-cash bid is more generous than a rival offer made last month by Dollar Tree, worth $74.50 a share.

“For Family Dollar shareholders, our proposal is financially superior to the current transaction agreement with Dollar Tree and would provide Family Dollar shareholders with a substantial premium and immediate liquidity for their shares,” Dollar General CEO Rick Dreiling said in a statement Monday.

Neither Dollar Tree nor Family Dollar has commented on the new bid.

Dollar General’s share price rose 9 percent Monday morning. A merger could lead to more intense competition for Walmart, which also serves lower and middle-income consumers.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Department of Transportation says cars that talk to each other could prevent more than half a million car crashes a year.

It’s called vehicle to vehicle communication technology — or V2V — and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says it could move the focus from helping people survive crashes to helping them avoid crashes altogether.

A new report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposes a new rule, issued in 2016, that would require new cars to come equipped with two types of V2V.

The report says those advance warning systems could prevent up to 592,000 crashes and save 1,083 lives every year.

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Feng Li/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Hillary Clinton is going back to Iowa for the first time in six years.

The former secretary of state will headline Sen. Tom Harkin’s annual steak fry in Indianola next month, making her first visit to the state since 2008.

Bill and Hillary Clinton will be on hand for Harkin’s final steak fry, a representative for the couple confirmed. It’s a long-standing tradition that launched a young Barack Obama back in the fall of 2006. This year’s event is scheduled for Sept. 14.

Hillary Clinton’s decision to headline the steak fry, which “might promise to be the best ever,” according to Harkin’s website, could be seen as a swift political move for the former New York senator as she continues to mull a second run for president.

The former presidential candidate has not stepped foot in Iowa since she came in third in the Iowa caucuses on Jan. 4, 2008. And when she skipped the state during her nationwide book tour this summer, some in Iowa started to feel neglected.

The Gazette, an Iowa newspaper, practically begged Mrs. Clinton to visit last month.

“We’ve watched as you have flexed your muscles on the international stage and have been impressed with your ability to connect,” the Gazette editorialized. “But as Iowans, we need to see that connection in action. Our hope, if you are really considering a 2016 run, is that you have learned from your experience and come to Iowa intent on having true conversations about what matters to our state and the fine people in it.”

The Des Moines Register was first to report the news of Hillary Clinton’s upcoming Iowa appearance Monday. It has been confirmed to ABC News by a top Iowa Democrat with long ties to Harkin, who plans to retire next year at the end of his fifth term.

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Feng Li/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Hillary Clinton is going back to Iowa for the first time in six years.

The former secretary of state will headline Sen. Tom Harkin’s annual steak fry in Indianola next month, making her first visit to the state since 2008.

Bill and Hillary Clinton will be on hand for Harkin’s final steak fry, a representative for the couple confirmed. It’s a long-standing tradition that launched a young Barack Obama back in the fall of 2006. This year’s event is scheduled for Sept. 14.

Hillary Clinton’s decision to headline the steak fry, which “might promise to be the best ever,” according to Harkin’s website, could be seen as a swift political move for the former New York senator as she continues to mull a second run for president.

The former presidential candidate has not stepped foot in Iowa since she came in third in the Iowa caucuses on Jan. 4, 2008. And when she skipped the state during her nationwide book tour this summer, some in Iowa started to feel neglected.

The Gazette, an Iowa newspaper, practically begged Mrs. Clinton to visit last month.

“We’ve watched as you have flexed your muscles on the international stage and have been impressed with your ability to connect,” the Gazette editorialized. “But as Iowans, we need to see that connection in action. Our hope, if you are really considering a 2016 run, is that you have learned from your experience and come to Iowa intent on having true conversations about what matters to our state and the fine people in it.”

The Des Moines Register was first to report the news of Hillary Clinton’s upcoming Iowa appearance Monday. It has been confirmed to ABC News by a top Iowa Democrat with long ties to Harkin, who plans to retire next year at the end of his fifth term.

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Brazoria County Sheriff’s Department(ALVIN, Texas) — The murder trial begins Monday for a Texas father charged with gunning down a suspected drunken driver who struck and killed his two sons.

David Barajas, 32, is accused of taking the law into his own hands, executing the driver who authorities say killed his sons, ages 12 and 11, in a December 2012 crash.

The accident happened near Alvin, about 30 miles southeast of Houston. Barajas’ truck had run out of gas, and he and the boys were pushing the truck down a rural road when Jose Banda, who investigators say was intoxicated, slammed into their truck and killed David Jr. and Caleb.

Prosecutors say the enraged father ran home, grabbed a gun and shot the 20-year-old in the head.

Cindy Barajas, mourning the loss of her two sons, is worried that she could lose her husband, too. “Half of my life is gone. There’s no bringing that back,” she said, speaking exclusively to ABC News.

Cindy Barajas said her husband is innocent.

“The fact that they’re sitting there trying to say that he did something he didn’t do … He was sitting there trying to revive my sons,” she said.

David Barajas has pleaded not guilty and says he didn’t shoot anybody. The case features many complexities. Police never found the gun. The defense says there were no witnesses to the shooting.

Barajas has lots of support in the community: There’s even a Facebook page dedicated to freeing him.

“While there appears to be evidence beyond all doubt of motive, what’s lacking is credible evidence to prove that he’s the one who pulled the trigger,” Mark Eiglarsh, a Miami-based criminal defense attorney and legal analyst with no connection to the case, said.

Banda’s family also set up a Facebook page, demanding his killer go to prison. Banda’s fate should have been handled by the legal system, they argue.

“Whoever did it is getting away with murdering my nephew. He deserves justice,” said Janie Tellez, Banda’s aunt.

If convicted of murder, Barajas faces up to life in prison. Cindy Barajas remains adamant in her husband’s innocence.

“Trying to take my husband away from me after my kids are gone, accusing him of something he didn’t do…I just don’t think it’s right,” she said.

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SIM(ATLANTA) — Nancy Writebol, one of two American Ebola patients, was reunited with her husband on Sunday, sharing a tender moment through the isolation glass at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

“We both placed our hands on opposite sides of the glass, moved with tears to look at each other again,” David Writebol said in a statement. “She was standing with her radiant smile, happy beyond words.”

Nancy Writebol was working for the aid group SIM in Liberia when she contracted the virus, which has killed 1,145 people in West Africa. She was evacuated to Atlanta on Aug. 5, shortly after the other American Ebola patient, Dr. Kent Brantly.

David Writebol returned from Liberia a week ago but was placed under quarantine in North Carolina out of an abundance of caution. Since he has not shown any symptoms of the virus since his wife’s diagnosis three weeks ago, he was cleared to visit her in Atlanta.

“She is continuing to slowly gain strength, eager for the day when the barriers separating us are set aside, and we can simply hold each other,” he said.

Brantly, who is also recovering at Emory University Hospital, said he is “continuing to heal.”

“I hold on to the hope of a sweet reunion with my wife, children and family in the near future,” he said in a statement Friday.

Both Brantly and Nancy Writebol received the experimental drug known as ZMapp.

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Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Former Sen. Jim Jeffords, I-Vt., passed away Monday morning at the age of 80, a former aide to Jeffords confirmed to ABC News.

Jeffords, who once was a Republican before becoming an independent and caucusing with Democrats, was in declining health and died at the Knollwood Military Retirement Residence in Washington, D.C. around 7 a.m.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., weighed in on Jeffords’ death in a statement to ABC News.

“He was a partner in our work for Vermont, and he was a friend. He was a Vermonter through and through, drawn to political life to make a difference for our state and nation. Part of his legacy will also stand as an enduring chapter of the Senate’s history,” Leahy said.

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