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Smithsonian’s National Zoo(WASHINGTON) — The Washington National Zoo revealed the gender of Mei Xiang’s baby panda cub on Friday, and it’s a boy.

Veterinarians at the Giant Panda Habitat performed genetic testing from swabs taken from inside the panda’s mouths.

Genetic testing also revealed the father of the baby panda. Tian Tian, a giant panda from China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Wolong in China, sired the panda.

“I’m happy to say the results were very clear,” said Dr. Robert Fleischer, the head of the Center for Conservation and Evolutionary Genetics who performed the genetic testing to determine the sex.

The cub was born last Saturday with a twin sibling, who died Wednesday after struggling with respiratory issues from feeding complications. Results from a necropsy performed on the deceased male cub have not been shared, but zoo veterinarian Dr. Don Neiffer believes the cub died after food material entered the respiratory system.

Giant male pandas can eventually reach a weight of 250 pounds.

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ERIKA SANTELICES/AFP/Getty Images(ROME) — The first Vatican official set to stand trial for sex abuse died in Rome Friday.

Disgraced former Archbishop Josef Wesolowski was a high-ranking Vatican diplomat accused of paying young boys for sex in the Dominican Republic, where he was ambassador for five years.

His trial inside the Vatican was set to begin earlier this summer but was postponed at the last minute when he became ill. He was to be tried under a new court system, set up by Pope Francis for Vatican sex offenders.

Wesolowski was recalled to Rome more than two years ago after authorities began investigating the Polish priest for allegedly picking up shoeshine boys and handing them stacks of cash to perform sex acts on him.

After a year of living in Rome, the Vatican moved to defrock him. During that time, Wesolowski used his computer to access child pornography. He was facing charges for that, as well.

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Scott Olson/Getty Images(HORSHAM, Pa.) — Bimbo Bakeries is recalling several of its bread products because there may be fragments of glass in them.

The company says a broken light bulb at one of its bakeries may have caused glass to end up on the outside of loaves in 11 states.

So far, Bimbo has received three reports from consumers. No one has been injured.

The company, which sells bread under brand names like Sarah Lee, Kroger and Nature’s Harvest, says affected loaves have a “best by” date of Aug. 29 to Sept. 1.


Affected products are being taken down from store shelves, Bimbo says. Anyone who purchased a recalled loaf can return it to the store for a full refund.

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iStock/Thinkstock(ROME) — Hundreds are feared dead after a pair of boats carrying people fleeing conflict and poverty capsized near Libya.

Libyan officials have been working around the clock trying to find survivors of two boats that sank off the coast of Libya Thursday night. One carrying 50 people capsized first, then later, another with 400 passengers.

Rescuers report the bodies retrieved so far are of people from Syria, Bangladesh and African countries. They were hoping to make it to the safety of Italy.

The capsizes occurred as coffins of 52 people arrived in Palermo, Italy. They died of asphyxiation in the hold of a migrant boat earlier this week.

So far, about 2,500 people have died trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea this year.

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NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Newly released e-mails offer a glimpse into Hillary Clinton confidant and personal aide Huma Abedin, who is facing growing scrutiny for her “special government employee” status inside the U.S. State Department while Clinton was in her final year as secretary of state.

Abedin has worked for Clinton for years, including her days in the U.S. Senate through the 2008 campaign and into the Obama administration. But it was a period of several months in 2012 — when she split time working for the State Department, Clinton Foundation, an outside consulting firm, Teneo, which has close ties to the Clintons, and for Clinton herself — that is now drawing a closer look by the State Department Inspector General and Clinton’s Republican critics about potential conflicts of interest.

Some have alleged that Abedin used her ties to Clinton to improperly exert influence for the benefit of her bosses. No evidence has been presented publicly, however, and Abedin has not been charged with any crime or formally accused of violating government policy.

Special government employees are similar to outside government contractors. They are on the federal payroll but subject to guidelines about financial conflicts of interest and other restrictions on outside activities.

The emails — which came to light as a result of a Freedom of Information Act request and lawsuit filed by the conservative group Citizens United, which was seeking information about the Clintons and Abedin’s time as a special government employee — show how Abedin at times brought together players from her three other employers.

One set of e-mails, which were first obtained by the Washington Post, show Abedin e-mailing with Declan Kelly, a Teneo executive, about an outing with Hillary Clinton, Kelly, Clinton Foundation donors and State Department officials during an official State Department trip to Ireland by the secretary of state in December of 2012.

“Maybe we can all gather for drinks/dinner and HRC [Hillary Rodham Clinton] can come join for as long as she can?” Abedin wrote from her State Department account to the group about plans for the night of Dec. 6, 2012. “Declan has kindly offered to organize something. Either way, doubt we will lock anything for a few days but please know she does hope to see you that night!”

Abedin and Kelly exchanged several e-mails about plans for the evening. On Dec. 4, Abedin e-mailed a group that included Kelly, and members of the State Department and Clinton Foundation with the details of the event, which the Washington Post reported was organized by John Fitzpatrick, a Clinton supporter and Irish-American hotel magnate.

The e-mails do not detail whether Clinton attended the dinner with Teneo executives, but the Washington Post determined Clinton did participate, citing interviews with participants. The day of the dinner, Abedin informed a small group, including Kelly, that Clinton might be late because “hrc has to see the russians about Syria.”

The Clinton campaign defended Abedin and criticized Republicans’ for promoting “baseless” allegations about her.

“This is someone who has spent nearly two decades in public service, and is widely known for her integrity and tireless work ethic,” Nick Merrill, a spokesman for the Clinton campaign, said. “After the birth of her son she took maternity leave. The IG had questions about the details of her leave, Huma answered. Anything beyond that injected into the public sphere is unfounded and from partisans in Congress with a clear agenda. These emails serve to reinforce that these allegations are baseless. It’s not surprising, but it is disappointing.”

Abedin’s lawyer declined comment.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee has been investigating Abedin’s special employment status and whether her work involved conflicts of interest. He is pressing the State Department and Abedin to clarify the nature of her work on Clinton’s Ireland trip.

In new letters to State and Abedin obtained by ABC News, Grassley suggested that the emails “raise a number of questions” about Abedin’s employment.

“How can the taxpayer know who exactly you were working for at any given moment? How can the ethics officer at the State Department know?” he wrote in his letter to Abedin.

In a letter to the State Department, obtained by The New York Times, Abedin’s lawyer called Grassley’s allegations “unfortunate and unfounded.”

“Ms. Abedin is known for her integrity and her tireless work ethic and has been a role model for young women who have sought careers in government, public policy, and foreign affairs,” the lawyer, Miguel Rodriguez wrote. “No staffer – indeed nobody at all – should be subject to such unfounded attacks based on ill-informed leaks, much less someone who has made countless personal sacrifices in distinguished service to the country she loves.”

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Bob Levey/Getty Images(HOUSTON) — Texans back-up quarterback Ryan Mallett missed practice on Thursday.

Earlier Thursday, the Houston Chronicle reported Mallett had overslept through Thursday’s practice, but according to ESPN, later, Texans Coach Bill O’Brien said the absence was because of a “personal issue.”

“It’s between Ryan and I,” O’Brien said. “It’s a personal issue.”

On Monday, Brian Hoyer was chosen as the Texans starting quarterback after a small competition. He started the preseason opener with Mallett starting the second game of the preseason.

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NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center(MIAMI) — Another powerful storm is churning in the Caribbean.

Tropical Storm Erika arrives in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Thursday night and it may threaten Florida’s Atlantic coast as soon as Monday.

So far, the storm’s 12 inches of rain over the Island of Dominica caused floods and mudslides that led to the deaths of four people.

Will Erika become a hurricane?

To be considered a Category 1 hurricane, the storm’s maximum sustained winds have to hit at least 74 mph. The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Erika’s winds are at 45 mph with no projected significant change during the coming days.

However, the National Hurricane Center cites “unusually high uncertainty” in the intensity of the forecast over the next few days.

According to the National Hurricane Center, there is a Tropical Storm Warning in effect for Anguilla, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten, Montserrat, Antigua, Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis, St. Martin, St. Barthelemy, Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, and the north coast of the Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano to the border of Haiti.

There is a Tropical Storm Watch in effect for Guadeloupe, the Southeast Bahamas, and the Truks and Caicos Islands, said the National Hurricane Center.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — There were mass losses earlier this week? All gains for Wall Street on Thursday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average up 369.26 to finish the session at 16654.77. Its biggest two-day gain since December 2008.

The Nasdaq also jumped 115.17, ending at 4812.71, while the S&P 500 climbed 47.15 to 1987.66.

Crude oil also rose 10 percent for its biggest one-day gain since October 2008.

Although there’s hardly a sign of the plunging stock scare earlier this week, the S&P 500 may be headed toward a “Death Cross” according to Business Insider due to the technical damage. This happens when a stock or index’s 50-day moving average “falls below its 200-day moving average and is often seen as a reversal in the prevailing long-term trend for a security,” said Business Insider.

The second quarter estimate of the U.S. GDP beat expectations expanding at 3.7 percent when an estimate last month by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis had it at a 2.3 percent pace. The BEA believes the reason is because of an increase in exports.

McDonald’s and Tyson have cut ties with a Tennessee poultry farm after a video surfaced showing workers stabbing, clubbing, and crushing chickens. The video was released by animal rights group Mercy for Animals and also reveals “disgusting” living conditions of the factory chickens at T&S Farms.

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iStock/Thinkstock(ROANOKE, Va.) — The cameraman who was killed in the on-air shooting in Virginia Wednesday filmed his attacker being fired from their news station two years prior, according to court records.

Details about the February 2013 firing of Vester Lee Flanagan, who used the name Bryce Williams professionally, have emerged as part of the public court filings in relation to a lawsuit he filed against his former employer, WDBJ. The suit was dismissed in July 2014.

The 167-page file from Roanoke City General District Court documents a series of alleged issues with his former employer — for whom the victims, reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward, also worked — according to memos written to and about Flanagan by station management.

The note about the firing being filmed came amid a description of how Williams became volatile and verbally aggressive after being told about his firing and severance.

When he was escorted back to his desk, two local police officers were on hand, alternating between trying to calm him down and physically moving him from his desk.

“This was being recorded by Adam Ward; Bryce turned his attention to him and said something about paparazzi, told Adam he needed to “lose your big gut,” and again flipped the camera off,” the memo notes.

That memo, which appears to be written by the station’s then-news director Dan Dennison, was one in a series of his notes and emails that were included in the file.

Dennison had previously written a note to Williams, detailing six criticisms of his recent work and journalistic failings.

“These issues combined with other well documented and discussed issues in recent months have led us to a serious juncture,” Dennison wrote in an email dated Dec. 24, 2012.

The details about Flanagan’s firing come as investigators probe his mental state and actions leading up to the deadly shooting on Wednesday in Moneta, Virginia.

Flanagan died later that day as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound he sustained during a highway chase with state police.

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