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Karwai Tang/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Prince William and Princess Kate enjoyed a rare, kids-free date night Tuesday with a stay at the Coast High Country Inn in Whitehorse, Canada.

Earlier in the day, William and Kate, both 34, revisited their school days when they toured the University of British Columbia Okanagan and watched an exhibition game by the university’s women’s volleyball team.

Kate, who stood out in a $2,600 emerald Dolce & Gabbana dress, and William, dressed in slacks and a blazer, were gifted their own customized volleyball jerseys and teddy bears for their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

What a game! Thank you @UBC for an amazing welcome! And for TRH’s special @UBC jerseys! #RoyalVisitCanada pic.twitter.com/EbaD47Uvj5

— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) September 27, 2016

The royals also visited a winery in Kelowna, where they sampled the region’s finest wines and signature dishes.

The Duke and Duchess sample some signature dishes from British Columbian chefs at #TasteofBC #RoyalVisitCanada pic.twitter.com/fFU7e99zZJ

— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) September 27, 2016

“It’s quite unusual,” Kate said while sampling one delicacy. “I’ve never seen it before.”

William and Kate’s busy day Tuesday also included a stop at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Center in Yukon, where they took in a show.

Chief Bill and Chief Kane welcome TRH to the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre for tonight’s showcase of Yukon’s thriving performing arts. pic.twitter.com/EfsAZGTEuU

— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) September 28, 2016

William later told the young performers, “That was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. You should be very proud.”

William and Kate have so far kept up with their demanding schedule of engagements in Canada on their own while Prince George, 3, and Princess Charlotte, 16 months, have stayed in Victoria with their nanny, Maria Teresa Borallo. George and Charlotte were seen when the family landed in Victoria on Saturday.

Thank you to the @RCAF_ARC who flew the family safely to Victoria. pic.twitter.com/2wEhjaqNCd

— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) September 24, 2016

Wednesday morning, William and Kate will greet the residents of Whitehorse at a colorful street party. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will later make their way along the spectacular Klondike Highway to Carcross, a small town of less than 300 people, where they will be welcomed by the Carcross/Tagish First Nation community.

William and Kate will then travel a short distance to the beautiful Montana Mountain where they will observe a mountain biking demonstration by Single Track to Success, a project that builds world-class trails and provides life-changing experiences to local youth.

William, Kate, George and Charlotte will conclude their eight-day tour of Canada on Saturday.

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Salah Malkawi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Israel’s longest serving statesman Shimon Peres died early Wednesday, leaving the country mourning the last of the state’s founding fathers and a man whose legacy as a would-be peacemaker is celebrated by supporters but eyed with skepticism by many Palestinians.

The Sheba Medical Center in Tel Aviv said Peres, 93, died two weeks after suffering a serious stroke that caused bleeding in his brain.

Peres was present at the birth of the State of Israel. He emigrated from Poland to Palestine, then under British rule, in 1934 with his family when he was 12 years old. He grew up with the young nation, attending a school advocating for the relocation of Jews and as a teenager joined the first generation of Zionists in politics, led by David Ben-Gurion.

“Shimon was the essence of Israel itself,” President Obama said in a statement Wednesday. “The courage of Israel’s fight for independence … and the perseverance that led him to serve his nation in virtually every position in government across the entire life of the State of Israel.”

Peres’ career spanned 10 U.S. presidencies. He served in the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, for over 47 years, and was elected prime minister three times. Peres was present at nearly every key moment in Israel’s history.

“As a man of vision, his gaze was aimed to the future,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday. “As a man of security, he fortified Israel’s strength in many ways, some of which even today are still unknown.”

His reputation was never without controversy, but his popularity grew enormously in the last 15 years of his life.

“He became the darling of the nation,” said Peres biographer Michael Bar Zohar. “He wanted to be loved by the public.”

And he was, at times.

“Sometimes the world is divided between the dreamers and the doers,” said Yehuda Ben-Meir, a former deputy minister of foreign affairs and a member of Knesset. “He was a dreamer, he was a visionary, but Shimon was also a builder. He managed to combine the two.”

Peres built Israel’s defense industry from scratch in the 1950s, negotiated Israel’s biggest arms and technology deals and prioritized security above all else. He dealt secretly with European powers, and was the mastermind behind Israel’s nuclear power plant Dimona, which houses a 24,000-kilowatt reactor in the Negev desert.

Two decades before the Oslo Accords and his subsequent Nobel Peace Prize, shared with then-Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yassar Arafat, Peres was a staunch supporter of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.

As defense minister, he encouraged Jewish settlers to move to the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and to the Golan Heights. Some 10 years later, he set his sights on peace with the Palestinians, and to this day, that very peace remains elusive in large part due to the expanding Jewish settlements, according to the United Nations.

And Palestinians remember that.

For Israelis, even those that opposed the Oslo Accords, the Nobel Peace Prize cemented Peres’ legacy as a “man of peace,” but for Palestinians, despite the flicker of hope before Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination in 1995, the impact of settlement expansion and a powerhouse Israeli military leave a cruel legacy, said Diana Buttu, a lawyer who was involved in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

“He was the first to do a number of things,” said Buttu. “Setting up Dimona nuclear facility without inspections — that created a precedent that stands today. And the bombing of Qana, Lebanon, in 1996 where 800 people were seeking shelter in a UN building … it then became acceptable to bomb UN facilities.”

She continued, “For Peres, ‘peace’ meant bombing civilians, stealing land, ethnic cleansing and building settlements. He stripped the word ‘peace’ of any meaning.”

For his part, Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian National Authority, sent a message to the Peres family expressing his sadness and regret in losing “a partner in brave peacemaking.” The message praised Peres for making “relentless efforts to achieve lasting peace since the Oslo agreement until the last moment of his life.”

The struggle between security and peace dominated Peres’ later political life but he never showed regret.

“Shimon was an optimist,” said his biographer, Zohar. “He never looked back in anger. If he did regret, he did not show it.”

Years later, when asked about his change in priorities, he told Newsweek: “It’s not that I changed my character. I found a different situation.”

He worked tirelessly and his peers say nothing was ever enough.

“He was a fighter. He never gave up,” said Ben-Meir. “He knew how to give them hell. And knew how to build.”

Zohar describes it this way: “When [Peres] was 4 or 5 years old in Poland, he would go to his grandmother’s house with a friend who was much stronger than him. They played a game that involved the stronger friend pushing little Peres down again, and again. Finally Peres’ grandmother put an end to it and Peres protested. ‘But perhaps next time I’ll make it!’ he said, and that was Shimon Peres from age 5 until his death.”

An eternal optimist, he told Zohar once, “I never met a pessimist who found another star in the sky.”

And when asked about his legacy, Zohar said, “I don’t think he cared about it very much.”

“People ask me how I would like to be remembered,” Peres told the Sunday Times in a 2013 interview. “I say bubbemeises [nonsense] — no one remembers anything.”

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Thaxton Family/ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a warning about certain top-loading Samsung washing machines after reports that some had exploded, ABC News has learned exclusively.

The agency said it is working with Samsung on a remedy to fix the issue that apparently affects some units made between March 2011 and April 2016.

At first, Melissa Thaxton, 32, of Dallas, Ga. thought her Samsung washing machine was a lifesaver.

“It was just perfect,” Thaxton said.

But she says that changed on the morning of April 8, 2016. Thaxton says she was standing next to the running machine when it exploded.

“It was the loudest sound. It sounded like a bomb went off in my ear,” Thaxton said. “There were wires, nuts, the cover actual was laying on the floor.”

Thaxton says what made it even more frightening was that her then- 4-year-old son, Luke, was right next to her.

“I just remember covering my head and leaning towards my son and just screaming this scream that I didn’t even know I could scream,” she said.

In a similar case in Holly Springs, NC, Sarah Price, said her two-month-old top loading Samsung washing machine flew apart, too.

“Any one of us could’ve been in here,” Price said.

These aren’t the only cases.

GMA Investigates has learned that since early last year, 21 people have reported to the CPSC that their top-loading Samsung washing machines have exploded or blown apart.

Thaxton and several other plaintiffs are suing Samsung in federal court in New Jersey. Their lawyer, Jason Lichtman, argues that a support rod in the top-loading Samsung washing machine is insufficient to hold the tub in place and can become unfastened during the spin cycle.

“The rod can slide right out,” Lichtman said. “And that’s what causes the washing machine to blow apart.”

In a statement late yesterday Samsung told GMA Investigates: “In rare cases, affected units may experience abnormal vibrations that could pose a risk of personal injury or property damage when washing bedding, bulky or water-resistant items. It is important to note that Samsung customers have completed hundreds of millions of loads without incident since 2011.”

Until the remedy to this safety issue is in place, the CPSC and Samsung Wednesday are advising consumers to only use the delicate cycle when washing bedding and bulky items. They say the lower speed lessens the risk of impact injuries or property damage due to the washing machine becoming dislodged. Consumers can contact Samsung for more information and to determine if they have an affected washing machine.

Thaxton said that Samsung offered her a refund, but she said she’s taking it to court instead because she wants to warn other people about the problem.

“If that would have hit my child there is no telling. It would have been catastrophic,” Thaxton said. “And that’s why I’m speaking out.”

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Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) — Former Israeli president and prime minister Shimon Peres has died in Tel Aviv two weeks after suffering from a major stroke, his family has confirmed.

He was Israel’s longest-serving politician, holding all top posts in government, including twice as prime minister. In 2007, he was elected as the ninth president.

Peres was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize along with Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin for the Oslo Peace Accords signed in 1993 after the first negotiations with the Palestine Liberation Organization.

Peres was 93.

In a statement Tuesday night, President Obama called Shimon the “essence of Israel itself.”

“I will always be grateful that I was able to call Shimon my friend,” the president said. “I first visited him in Jerusalem when I was a senator, and when I asked for his advice, he told me that while people often say that the future belongs to the young, it’s the present that really belongs to the young. ‘Leave the future to me,’ he said, ‘I have time.’ And he was right. Whether it was during our conversations in the Oval Office, walking together through Yad Vashem, or when I presented him with America’s highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom, Shimon always looked to the future.”

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Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) — There are reports from Israel that former Israeli president and prime minister Shimon Peres has died in Tel Aviv two weeks after suffering from a major stroke.

He was Israel’s longest serving politician holding all top posts in government, including twice as prime minister and as the ninth president elected in 2007.

Peres was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize along with Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin for the Oslo Peace Accords signed in 1993 after the first negotiations with the Palestine Liberation Organization.

Peres was 93.

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Raymond Boyd/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Two days before Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf was set to testify at a House hearing over an accounts scandal that has gripped the company, the bank’s independent directors have announced that he will forgo $41 million worth of promised compensation as well as his usual salary as it launches an investigation.

The directors also announced that Carrie Tolstedt, who until July was the head of Wells Fargo’s community banking division — where workers opened bank and credit accounts using customer information without permission — has left the company.

She was slated to leave at “year’s end,” according to a retirement announcement.

Tolstedt, who has been the subject of scrutiny in recent weeks, will not receive a bonus for the year and will not receive severance pay, the directors said in a statement. Similar to Stumpf, she will forgo promised share compensation worth about $19 million.

Stumpf, who has been CEO since 2007, will also not receive a bonus, the statement said.

Separately, in remarks prepared for Stumpf’s appearance before the House Financial Services Committee on Thursday, which were obtained and reviewed by ABC, the CEO is expected to say that the bank is moving up the date it will end its controversial sales program from Jan. 1, 2017 to Oct. 1, 2016.

The compensation and investigation announcement comes as Wells Fargo attempts to recover from a scandal that kicked off on Sept. 8, when regulators alleged that employees opened or applied for accounts without customers’ knowledge or permission.

A portion of the accounts generated more than $2 million in fees, according to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau documents, and some 5,300 employees were fired, authorities said.

The company was fined $185 million and a federal investigation has been launched. The Los Angeles city attorney said that bank workers were opening the accounts to receive monetary rewards by meeting sales goals.

On Sept. 8, the company issued a statement which said, “we regret and take responsibility for any instances where customers may have received a product that they did not request.”

The directors did not rule out that previous compensation could be clawed back, as some have called for.

“Based on the results of the investigation, the Independent Members of the Board will take such other actions as they collectively deem appropriate, which may include further compensation actions,” Lead Independent Director Stephen Sanger said in the statement, where he noted that “clawbacks” were on the table.

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KARAM AL-MASRI/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. State Department announced Tuesday the U.S. would provide more aid to Syrian citizens affected by the country’s bloody civil war.

The U.S. will give an additional $364 million in humanitarian assistance to Syria, bringing the total amount of aid provided since the conflict began in the past few years to $5.9 billion.

Anne Richard– the assistant secretary of state for Population, Refugees, and Migration– said Tuesday the aid was “lifesaving.”

“Faced with the unprecedented scale of tragedy and human suffering that Syrians have endured for more than five years and continue to endure today, this announcement reflects the immense generosity of the American people,” she said. “It will support desperately needed food, shelter, safe drinking water, medical care and other urgent help to millions of Syrians and refugee hosting communities.”

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NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama has taken another step forward in the normalizing of relations between the U.S. and Cuba by nominating the first U.S. ambassador to the island nation in over half a century.

The president announced the nomination of Jeffrey DeLaurentis on Tuesday and praised the top U.S. diplomat, who has worked in Havana since 2014, for his leadership.

“Jeff’s leadership has been vital throughout the normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba, and the appointment of an ambassador is a common sense step forward toward a more normal and productive relationship between our two countries,” President Obama said in a statement.

DeLaurentis’ nomination faces a fight with Congress, however, as Republican opponents of President Obama, including Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), have criticized renewing relations with Cuba.

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Arizona), who supports the president’s push for relations with Cuba, said Tuesday he was in favor of the nomination.

“Americans traveling & doing business in #Cuba will be well-served by the prompt confirmation of Jeff DeLaurentis to serve as US ambassador,” he said in a tweet Tuesday.

Americans traveling & doing business in #Cuba will be well-served by the prompt confirmation of Jeff DeLaurentis to serve as US ambassador

— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) September 27, 2016

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Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — In a letter to Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Tuesday, six Democratic senators have asked the tech company to provide further details of a massive data breach the company revealed last week, including when exactly the company became aware of it.

Since the hack was publicly revealed on Sept. 22, questions have mounted over Yahoo’s handling of the data breach, including what it knew and when, and whether it violated securities laws by not disclosing news of the hack earlier.

More: Senator Questions Yahoo’s Handling of Data Breach Disclosure, Calls for SEC Investigation

Yahoo said when it announced the breach that a “recent investigation” led them to believe that data associated with 500 million accounts was stolen from its servers in late 2014 by a “state-sponsored actor.” The company has not been specific about when it first detected the breach.

The company said that the stolen data may have included password information, names, email addresses, dates of birth and telephone numbers.

“This is highly sensitive, personal information that hackers can use not only to access Yahoo customer accounts, but also potentially to gain access to any other account or service that users access with similar login or personal information, including bank information and social media profiles,” the senators wrote in the letter to Mayer.

“We are even more disturbed that user information was first compromised in 2014, yet the company only announced the breach last week,” the senators added. “That means millions of Americans’ data may have been compromised for two years.”

The letter was signed by Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Al Franken, D-Minn., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Edward Markey, D-Mass.

The senators said it was “unacceptable” that there was a nearly two-year gap between the time when the hack is believed to have taken place and when it was revealed. They asked Yahoo to brief their staff “on the company’s investigation into the breach, its interaction with appropriate law enforcement and national security authorities, and how it intends to protect affected users.”

The lawmakers also demanded a timeline “detailing the nature of the breach, when and how it was discovered, when Yahoo notified law enforcement or other government authorities about the breach, and when Yahoo notified its customers.”

They asked if anyone within the U.S. government had warned Yahoo “of a possible hacking attempt by state-sponsored hackers or other bad actors,” and if so, when that warning took place.

“Press reports indicate the breach first occurred in 2014, but was not discovered until August of this year,” the senators added. “If this is accurate, how could such a large intrusion of Yahoo’s systems have gone undetected?”

In early August, multiple media reports surfaced claiming that a hacker identifying himself or herself as “Peace” was attempting to sell information associated with some 200 million Yahoo accounts on the dark web. Those claims were reported by the BBC, Ars Technica, and Motherboard, among others.

Shortly after the breach was revealed last Thursday, a source familiar with the matter who requested anonymity as they were not permitted to speak publicly about the matter, told ABC News in an email that Yahoo launched an internal investigation “following a report earlier this summer (July 2016) of a hacker indicating that 280 million user credentials were for sale on the black market.”

According to the source, the company “found no evidence to substantiate the hacker’s claims,” but when an internal security team broadened the scope of its investigation, “they identified evidence of the theft by a state-sponsored actor occurred in 2014.”

The source did not make clear when the discovery of the data breach revealed on Sept. 22 was made.

The Financial Times, a U.K. newspaper, published a report on Friday, citing an unnamed source that made very similar claims about how Yahoo discovered the massive breach.

“The initial investigation found no evidence for the claim in July by a hacker known as Peace that details of more than 200m accounts had been accessed, this person said, but concern about the allegation triggered a deeper probe,” the newspaper reported. “That investigation uncovered what Yahoo on Thursday called a state-sponsored hack affecting more than 500m accounts.”

“Marissa Mayer has known since July that Yahoo was investigating allegations of a serious data breach,” The Financial Times reported. ABC News has not been able to independently verify this detail.

In a statement issued on Friday, Yahoo said: “As we disclosed yesterday, a recent investigation by Yahoo has confirmed that a copy of certain user account information was stolen from our systems in late 2014 by what we believe is a state-sponsored actor. Our investigation into this matter is ongoing and the issues are complex.”

“Some things, however, are clear: Yahoo has never had reason to believe there is any connection between the security issue disclosed yesterday and the claims publicized by a hacker in August 2016. Conflating the two events is inaccurate,” the statement also said.

The senators’ letter Tuesday comes a day after Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., asked the Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate whether Yahoo “fulfilled its obligations under federal securities laws to keep the public and investors informed.” Warner was not among the signatories of the letter sent Tuesday.

“Press reports indicate Yahoo’s CEO, Marissa Mayer, knew of the breach as early as July of this year,” Warner wrote in the letter to SEC Chairwoman Mary Jo White. “Despite the historic scale of the breach, however, the company failed to file a Form 8-K disclosing the breach to the public.”

“Disclosure is the foundation of federal securities laws, and public companies are required to disclose material events that shareholders should know about via Form 8-K within four business days,” Warner added.

Yahoo did file a Form 8-K with the SEC on Sept. 22 pointing investors to a news release it issued, in which the company revealed the data breach.

Yahoo and Verizon announced on July 25 that Verizon would acquire Yahoo for around $4.83 billion. That deal is still pending.

On Sept. 22, the day the breach was revealed, Verizon released a statement saying that it found out about it “within the last two days.”

“We understand that Yahoo is conducting an active investigation of this matter, but we otherwise have limited information and understanding of the impact,” Verizon said in that statement. “We will evaluate as the investigation continues through the lens of overall Verizon interests, including consumers, customers, shareholders and related communities. Until then, we are not in position to further comment.”

Yahoo did not immediately return a request for comment on the letter sent Tuesday by the six senators.

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JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Almost two weeks after announcing an official government recall of its Note7 smartphones, Samsung said on Tuesday that more than 60 percent of the phones sold in the U.S. that were affected by the battery issue have been exchanged or replaced.

Users of the affected Note7 smartphones could choose between a replacement of the same model, exchange for a different model or a refund.

Samsung said on Tuesday that about 90 percent of owners have elected to receive a replacement of the same model.

The statistics were announced six days after replacement Note7 smartphones became available in the U.S. At that time, the company said that about 130,000 of the approximately 1 million affected devices in the U.S. had been exchanged.

Owners who have not exchanged their phones now face nagging warning messages and a cap on how much they can charge the batteries after the company rolled out a software update for affected devices.

The government recall, announced on Sept. 15, and Samsung’s exchange program followed several reports that Note7 smartphones were exploding or catching fire. When the official recall was announced, government officials said that “Samsung has received 92 reports of the batteries overheating in the U.S., including 26 reports of burns and 55 reports of property damage, including fires in cars and a garage.”

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