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Richard Cartwright/CBS ©2013 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved(LOS ANGELES) — For decades, Robin Williams seemed nothing but jovial in many of his award-winning films, TV appearances and stand-up routines.

However, privately, the actor, who died of a suspected suicide Monday, struggled with demons.

“He has been battling severe depression of late,” his publicist told ABC News. “This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”

Williams, who was 63 at the time of his death, had also struggled with substance abuse in the late ’70s and early ’80s. However, after his friend John Belushi died of an overdose in 1982, and his son, Zachary, was born in 1983, Williams quit cold turkey.

“The one thing that cleaned me up from that was having a kid,” he told Nightline in 2011. “That’s immediate. I didn’t have any rehabs or groups. I just kind of took my mother’s advice of vitamins and exercise. You realize, OK, now you have this responsibility, and [I] dealt with it.”

In 2006, however, he began drinking again. This prompted him to check into a rehab facility for two months.

“It’s [addiction] — not caused by anything, it’s just there,” Williams said. “It waits. It lays in wait for the time when you think, ‘It’s fine now, I’m OK.’ Then, the next thing you know, it’s not OK. Then you realize, ‘Where am I? I didn’t realize I was in Cleveland.'”

His commitment to maintain his sobriety was such that this past July, Williams scheduled another visit to a treatment facility. A source told ABC News at the time that he had not relapsed.

“After working back-to-back projects, Robin is simply taking the opportunity to fine-tune and focus on his continued commitment, of which he remains extremely proud,” a rep for the actor told ABC News at the time.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — So far, the United States has launched 17 targeted airstrikes against militant extremists in Iraq.

On Monday, Lt. Gen. William Mayville briefed reporters on the effectiveness of the airstrikes. Mayville said, “We assess that U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq have slowed ISIL’s operational tempo and temporarily disrupted their advances towards the province of Erbil. However, these strikes are unlikely to affect ISIL’s overall capabilities, or its operations in other areas of Iraq and Syria.”

The Pentagon said humanitarian airdrops have helped those fleeing militant extremists in Iraq by providing food and water.

Mayville said U.S. and U.K. air crews have flown 14 successful missions over the last four nights and have delivered almost 16,000 gallons of water and 75,000 meals.

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iStock/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) — While tighter security is in place in metro Atlanta school districts, the schools are in no rush to arm school employees under Georgia’s new open-carry gun law.

John Zauner, the executive director of the Georgia School Superintendents Association, says most metro Atlanta school districts likely won’t make a move to arm their employees with guns. Besides the issue of liability, Zauner says arming staffers would require costly intensive training.

“Most school systems are probably not going to do that under the current circumstances in the law, because there’s probably too many issues and problems that could occur arming somebody who would need some extensive training,” Zauner said.

“That’s an issue that local boards are probably going to leave to the local law enforcement officials or their school resource officers,” he added.

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iStock/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) — While tighter security is in place in metro Atlanta school districts, the schools are in no rush to arm school employees under Georgia’s new open-carry gun law.

John Zauner, the executive director of the Georgia School Superintendents Association, says most metro Atlanta school districts likely won’t make a move to arm their employees with guns. Besides the issue of liability, Zauner says arming staffers would require costly intensive training.

“Most school systems are probably not going to do that under the current circumstances in the law, because there’s probably too many issues and problems that could occur arming somebody who would need some extensive training,” Zauner said.

“That’s an issue that local boards are probably going to leave to the local law enforcement officials or their school resource officers,” he added.

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iStockphoto/Thinkstock(PITTSBURGH) — The Pittsburgh Pirates placed outfielder Andrew McCutchen on the 15-day disabled list Monday with “an avulsion fracture involving the costochondral cartilage of the 11th rib,” according to a news release from the team.

The 2013 National League Most Valuable Player is batting .311 with 32 doubles, five triples, 17 home runs, and 67 RBIs. He has also scored 64 runs and swiped 17 bases.

To take McCutchen’s roster spot, the Pirates recalled right-handed pitcher Casey Salder from Triple-A Indianapolis. In 18 starts with the Indianapolis Indians, the 24-year-old is 9-4 with a 3.06 ERA. He’s 0-1 with a 6.23 ERA in four appearances with the Pirates this season.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Despite their terrifying reputation as cold-blooded killing machines, once sharks get a taste of human flesh, they rarely come back for a second bite, according to the Discovery Channel, which is in the midst of its annual Shark Week.

In fact, sharks kill only about four people a year worldwide and only one in the U.S., according to the nonprofit organization Oceana.

Sharks aren’t even close to being the most deadly animal on Earth. Here are five creatures that are — perhaps surprisingly — more likely to lead to your demise than a shark.

1. Hippos

They reach up to 15 feet in length and weigh up to three and a half tons. They can sprint up to 20 miles an hour and their 20-inch teeth never stop growing. And, according to the Bill Gates Foundation, hippopotamus kill up to 500 people a year.

Of course, there aren’t any reports of death by hippo on urban streets. Most hippo deaths take place in the wilds of Africa, with one study verifying an average of 30 people a year are killed by hippos in the country of Mozambique alone. In Africa, crocs and elephants are the only land animals more deadly.

2. Cows

Cows may look docile, but they kill more than five times the number of people than sharks do. Using statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one research study reported an average of 22 deaths a year by bovines, typically due to stomping or goring.

The study noted that horses are also pretty lethal, causing up to 20 deaths per year. Agricultural workers are among the groups at greatest risk of “death by mammal,” a category that also lists cats, pigs and raccoons as the cause of death.

3. Dogs

Man’s best friend is high up on the list of killer critters.

CDC statistics show nearly 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year. Half of dog bite victims are children. Though only about 40 canine bites a year are fatal, according to the group dogsbite.org, the CDC reports that nearly 27,000 people require reconstructive surgery yearly as the result of a dog bite.

For the record, dogsbite.org identifies pit bulls as the most dangerous dog breed, claiming they account for over 60 percent of reported attacks. Rottweilers, American bull dogs and huskies round out the list of top canine chompers.

4. Snails

They aren’t large and their top speed is only about three feet per hour, but the United States Agency for International Development lists snails as one of the top killers on the planet.

More accurately, certain freshwater snails carry parasitic worms that in turn carry a deadly disease known as schistosomiasis. When humans come into contact with water where these snails live they can become infected and die of organ failure. In sub-Saharan Africa, schistosomiasis is the second-leading cause of death after malaria, with more than 200,000 deaths per year reported.

5. Ants

Death by teeny tiny ant is becoming more common and is almost certainly more common than death by shark — though reliable statistics of ant deaths are hard to come by. We do know that insect stings send more than 500,000 Americans to emergency rooms every year, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, and more than 40 people die annually from insect sting anaphylaxis.

A recent study listed 280 species of ants throughout the world capable of causing fatalities in humans. The red fire ant, species that has invaded the southeastern part of the U.S. from Asia, stings an estimated 14 million people annually, according to entomological studies done at Texas A&M University.

Up to six percent of the population has a severe reaction to their stings, and a number of deaths have recently been reported. Last year, a woman in Georgia died shortly after being attacked by a swarm of red fire ants.

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Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — It’s not just celebrities mourning the death of Robin Williams — politicians are also reflecting on the life of the actor and comic.

Obama said in a statement, “Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most – from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets. The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin’s family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams.”

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said, “San Francisco mourns the profound loss of Robin Williams who inspired us with his comedy and art. His legacy has had a deep and inspiring impact on our City and on our residents.

His ties to San Francisco were deep, having found early success in our City’s comedy clubs with his popular stand-up routines and where he was destined to launch a successful career that included starring roles in classic television shows and big screen success including an Academy Award.

Despite his success, he has never forgotten San Francisco. He was a philanthropist who gave generously, and he was a friend of the City. San Francisco is heartbroken by the tragic loss of Robin Williams who forever changed the world with laughter and joy. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time of mourning.”

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo tweeted, “We will never forget how you made us laugh. Rest in peace, Robin Williams.”

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wrote on Twitter, “Rest in peace, Robin Williams—a tragic ending to an inspired life and illustrious artist.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — Lawmakers in California are debating a law that could be used in investigating sexual assault allegations at universities.

The first-in-the-nation measure would require all colleges receiving public funds to set a standard for when “yes” means “yes.”

Each party would have to make an unambiguous decision to engage in sexual activity — silence, lack of resistance, or if the person is drunk, drugged, or asleep, would not constitute consent.

This new law consideration follows a White House task force report that found that one in five female college students is a victim of sexual assault.

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Art Streiber/CBS© 2013 CBS Broadcasting Inc.(LOS ANGELES) — Celebrities are igniting social media with reactions to the death of beloved actor Robin Williams.

English actress Minnie Driver, who famously played alongside Williams in Good Will Hunting, tweeted, “My Heart’s broken. Robin was a beautiful, kind soul. Can’t bear that he’s gone. So incredibly sorry for his family.”

Steve Martin posted to Twitter, “I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul.”

Pam Dawber, Williams’ co-star on Mork & Mindy, said in a statement, “I am completely and totally devastated. What more can be said?!”

Here are more celebrity reactions to Williams’ death:

  • Steve Carell: “Robin Williams made the world a little bit better. RIP.”
  • Katie Couric: “The world has lost a comic genius & huge talent. Interviewing Robin Williams was like taking the wildest roller coaster ride of your life.”
  • Larry King: “Sorry to learn of the tragic death of Robin Williams. Spent a lot of time with him. Even performed with him in San Francisco. So sad.”
  • Henry Winkler: “Robin Williams was like no other ..To watch him create on the spot was a privilege to behold.. Robin you are an angel now !!! REST IN PEACE”
  • Brad Paisley: “Devastated right now. Loved you Robin”
  • Jared Leto: “Thank you to the beautifully original + brave artist that is #RobinWilliams. You taught us how to stand on the edge, fearless, + shine.”
  • Carson Daly: “In shock about Robin Williams. Praying for his family and hoping his soul finds peace. It’s just so sad and hard to fathom.”
  • Sharon Osbourne: “The entire Osbourne Family is grieving the loss of a kind, funny, generous and talented man, Robin Williams.”
  • Josh Groban: “Stunned. Devastated. I treasure my time with him. Robin was and will always be an original and a brilliant kind soul.”
  • Kelly Clarkson: “Devastating finding out about @robinwilliams today. He was an amazing talent and incredibly sweet. So sad.”
  • Pink: “My prayers + sad heart are with Robin Williams’ family tonight. Only met him once, but it was one of the most enjoyable moments of my life RIP.”
  • Billy Idol: “Stunned to hear about Robin Williams death… he made us laugh so much! :( #restinpeace”
  • Chris Daughtry: “A great talent lost. Very sad news. #robinwilliams was one of the most versatile comedians of our time.”

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    ABC/Randy Holmes(MARIN COUNTY, Calif.) — Actor and comedian Robin Williams is dead of a suspected suicide at the age of 63.

    According to a release from the Marin County Sheriff’s Office in California, a 911 call made Monday morning at approximately 11:55 a.m. reported that a male adult — Williams — was found unconscious and not breathing inside his home in Tiburon. Shortly afterward, emergency personnel arrived on the scene. Williams was pronounced dead at 12:02 p.m.

    The Sheriff’s Office Coroner Division suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia, but an investigation into the cause of Williams’ death is ongoing.

    Williams’ rep said in a statement obtained by ABC News, “Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”

    Williams’ wife, Susan Schneider, said in a statement, “This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”

    It was announced in early July that Williams had entered a rehab facility to help maintain his sobriety. Previously, he had reportedly struggled with cocaine and alcohol addiction.

    During his accomplished career, Williams was nominated for an Oscar four times, winning the best supporting actor prize in 1998 for his performance in Good Will Hunting. He most recently starred in the CBS comedy The Crazy Ones, which was cancelled earlier this year after one season.

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