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Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — A president who turns to sports to “relax and clear my head,” on Thursday took steps to ensure other Americans don’t hurt theirs.

Convening a first-ever White House summit on concussions, President Obama said there is growing concern among parents about the risks to their children in concussion-prone sports, like lacrosse, soccer, football and ice hockey.

“The total number of young people who are impacted by this early on is probably bigger than we know,” Obama said Thursday. “I say this not to scare people. We want our kids participating in sports. …As parents, though, we want to keep them safe, and that means we have to have better information. We have to know what these issues are. And the fact is we don’t have solid numbers, and that tells me that at every level we’re all still trying to fully grasp what’s going on with this issue.”

Obama announced several new public-private research efforts into the long-term effects of concussions on kids, including a $30 million joint longitudinal study by the NCAA and Pentagon.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 250,000 emergency room visits every year are from young people with potential concussions.

“Researchers are still learning about the causes and consequences of these injuries. Communities are wondering how young it is start tackle football, for example. Parents are wondering whether their kids are learning the right techniques or wearing the best safety equipment or whether they should…have their kids participate in any full-contact sports at all,” Obama said.

We are using “our convening power to help find some more answers,” he added.

The event brought together representatives of the NCAA, MLS, NHL, NFL as well as Little League, Under Armor and ESPN.

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iStock/Thinkstock(HEBER CITY, Utah) — Female students at a Utah high school are taking issue with the editing of their yearbook photos after alterations were made to show less skin.

Teens at Wasatch High School found their pictures edited with higher necklines and added sleeves, according to the Salt Lake Tribune, with one student discovering her collarbone tattoo was erased from the portrait.

Some students raised concerns over the changes due to the fact that other girls wore similar outfits that remained unchanged in their final pictures.

Sophomore Kimberly Montoya had her sleeveless shirt altered in the yearbook photo to have short sleeves added, and said the school culture imposes dress code standards that “humiliate” girls, the Tribune reports.

Addressing the backlash, the Wasatch County School District released a statement Thursday saying the students were informed that editing would be done to correct violations to school policy.

A 4-by-5 foot sign was placed where students could see it before pictures were taken last fall, explaining that school dress standards would be enforced. The policy prohibited tank tops, low-cut tops and inappropriate slogans, among others. If a student was in violation of the rule, the sign made it clear their photos would be edited accordingly, officials said.

“When the yearbook comes out in the spring, students are always excited to see their pictures and are concerned with how they look in the yearbook, so it is understandable that students in violation of the dress code could forget that they received warnings about inappropriate dress,” a statement from the school district reads. “However, there is no question that all students were advised that photos may be edited if the student’s dress did not follow the dress code.”

Still, the high school acknowledged an error, saying the changes were not consistent in how they were applied to student photos. The school district said they are evaluating the editing practices as well as its future use.

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(NEW YORK) — The head of Interpol told ABC News that he has no information to confirm or dispute the assertion earlier this week that top officials in Nigeria know the location of the 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram.

“Interpol doesn’t know where these 200 girls are and, if the Nigerian defense minister knows where they are, it hasn’t been shared with Interpol,” Ronald Noble, the secretary general of Interpol, said in an exclusive interview with ABC News.

Noble said he could understand the logic, as explained by Nigeria’s Air Marshal Alex Badeh, that a rescue has not been attempted because of the danger to the girls, though he has no idea if that claim is accurate either.

“I can tell you what everyone knows: That this terrorist group, Boko Haram, is one of the most notorious, vicious terrorist groups out there. And for them to kill these 200 girls or others very easily, very quickly, there’s no doubt about it. So, if the Nigerian defense ministry does know where they are, I can certainly understand why they want to be careful before moving in to rescue these young girls,” he said.

In addition to offering technical assistance to Nigerian officials, Interpol has also blanketed the region with warnings and photos of the abducted girls to make it harder for Boko Haram to sell them, as the organization has threatened it would.

Noble said his organization is trying to “make sure it’s difficult for them (Boko Haram) to consummate the end that they want in terms of transferring these girls, selling these girls.” Distributing alerts, photos and warnings are key, he said, “so if they cross the border and are stopped by police we’ll be able to identify them.”

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Jason Merritt/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Elle Fanning plays Princess Aurora in her latest film, Maleficent, but it turns out, in real life she actually has royal blood.

Ancestry.com recently discovered the connection between Britain’s royal family and the 16-year-old actress and her big sister, Dakota Fanning.

“It’s so weird,” Elle Fanning told E! News at the film’s Hollywood premiere Wednesday night. “I saw it the other day. My cousins called me up and they were like, ‘Look online!’ I looked online and like King Edward III is my great-great-great-grandfather. I was like, ‘Is this real?’”

What’s more, the Fanning sisters are also distant cousins of Kate Middleton.

“It’s crazy,” Fanning told E!

For Fanning, the news comes as a welcome surprise. “I’ve always wanted to do the ancestry.com thing because I think it would be really cool,” she said. “But someone did it for me, which I think is great.”

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NBC Universal(LOS ANGELES) — If you’re a fan of Chelsea Lately, get your fill now.

Late night host Chelsea Handler has announced that she’s ending the show on Aug. 26.

“I myself am more surprised than anyone that I was able to hold down a job for seven years, and it was a fantastic seven years,” she told Variety in a statement. “I will always look back at my time on E! as most people look back at their time in college. I’m glad I went.”

Chelsea Lately will continue to run until its finale. After that, a new version of E! News will air at 11 p.m. on E!.

“We are very proud of Chelsea Lately’s long-running success and the unique space that the series carved out in late night television,” Suzanne Kolb, president of the network, added in a statement to Variety. “Chelsea brought a distinct voice to late night with her acerbic wit and fearless commentary, and we look forward to providing fans with a memorable sendoff that lives up to that tradition.”

Handler has not yet revealed what her next career move will be, though in April, amid speculation that she was in contention for The Late Show, she tweeted that fans should expect something different from her.

“I have never had nor will have any desire to take a job someone else has already had,” she wrote. “Speculation to the contrary is inaccurate. Godspeed.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(DENVER) — The climber who was airlifted off a 13,000 foot ledge in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park Wednesday said he was “stupid” for making the climb unprepared.

A team of 28 rescuers used helicopters to extract 19-year-old Samuel Frappier after he became stuck on his descent from Longs Peak.

“Going down, at first it was going well, not too dangerous,” he said. “But one time it became too dangerous. It was just very, very steep.”

Frappier took a shorter path down the mountain than the route he had climbed because he was exhausted, he said, but the path soon became dangerous and he had no technical hiking gear or experience.

“It’s a very, very technical climb and I’m equipped with running shoes,” he said.

Frappier spent Tuesday night on the mountain despite having no overnight supplies. Rescuers had to wait for the weather to clear in order to extract him from the ledge. They communicated with him using cellphones, according to ABC News affiliate KMGH.

Late Wednesday, the helicopters flew to him but had trouble landing, at first.

“The helicopter was trying to get near but it was very steep, so it could not get near,” he said. “It tried three times and I was going to sleep another restless night when they called, finally. I looked for a better spot for the helicopter to pick me up.”

Frappier was grateful to have been rescued from the situation and admitted he made many mistakes.

“I imagine people saying I am stupid and they’re right: It was stupid, and I’m never going to do that again,” he said. “But I’m lucky it ended well.”

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Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — For some contestants, spelling is all in the family.

Two of the kids competing in Thursday night’s Scripps National Spelling Bee finals are following in the footsteps of older siblings who won the competition in an earlier year. It sounds like a lot of pressure, but it’s definitely not stressing out 12-year-old Vanya Shivashankar, whose older sister won the bee in 2009.

“She doesn’t think about being a legacy,” Vanya’s father, Mirle Shivashankar, from Olathe, Kansas, told ABC News. “She’s just into it.

“In my opinion,” he added, “If kids like what they’re doing, they succeed. And she likes it. They’re both passionate about it.”

Vanya’s personality is entirely different from her 18-year-old sister, Kavya, who just finished her freshman year at Columbia University, where she’s studying neuroscience and pre-med, her father said.

“My younger one is very outgoing. She likes the camera, just enjoys being on stage,” he said. “My older one was very focused, hard-working.”

Vanya’s choice to compete was all her own, her dad added. The family is just there for support — and practice.

“It’s comparable to any other sport,” Mirle Shivashankar said. “If you want to be better, you have to work hard. But for them to work hard, that drive has to come from them.”

Vanya isn’t the only legacy in Thursday night’s competition.

The spelling skill also runs in 14-year-old Ashwin Veeramani’s blood. His older sister, Anamika, won the competition in 2010. Ashwin tied for 33rd place last year.

Family ties are common in the Scripps National Spelling Bee’s history. In this competition alone, 22 spellers have relatives who have participated in the bee before. And sometimes, it’s a long line of brainiacs.

The grandmother of 11-year-old Matthew Prus from Georgia competed in the early 1960s.

The Shivashankars even joked they hope their knack for spelling rubs off on the entire family — even the dog.

“We have a son. We’re trying to teach him spelling but it’s hard,” Mirle Shivashankar said, “because he’s a four-legged Labrador puppy!”

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Amy Dreher/National September 11 Memorial & Museum(NEW YORK) — The National September 11 Memorial Museum has pulled its controversial commemorative cheese platter from its shelves after an outcry at the museum’s opening.

The USA-shaped platter featured hearts over New York, Washington and Pennsylvania, where the planes crashed on 9/11. The item was first reported by Gothamist a week ago and was met with resounding criticism.

The museum opened last week to mixed reactions from the public, many of whom praised the actual museum while criticizing the gift shop and restaurant that were built on the land once known as “Ground Zero.” Many likened it to having a gift shop at a cemetery, noting the many individuals who perished there.

“Once the public starts coming in, you learn so much,” Joe Daniels, president of the memorial foundation, told the Wall Street Journal. “We in no way presume to get everything right. We will accept that criticism, absolutely.”

The museum declined to comment on the change to ABC News, but pointed out that family members of 9/11 victims are involved in helping to choose gift shop items.

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U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter D. Blair/Released(PERTH, Australia) — Officials are going back to the drawing board in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

The Boeing 777 is believed to have disappeared in a section of the southern Indian Ocean on March 8 with 239 people on board, but an underwater search of that area has turned up no signs of the plane.

“The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has now advised that the search in the vicinity of the acoustic detections can now be considered complete and, in its professional judgment, the area can now be discounted as the final resting place for MH370,” Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said on Thursday.

Signals consistent with the pings of an airplane’s black box led crews to the search area, deploying the U.S. Navy’s Bluefin-21 to create a sonar map of the area to chart any debris on the sea floor.

The robotic submarine completed its last mission on Wednesday and after analyzing the data, Australia’s Joint Agency Coordination Center (JACC) said in a statement Thursday that “no signs of aircraft debris have been found.”

“We concentrated the search in that area because the pings or the information we received was the best information available at the time, and that’s all you can do in circumstances like this to follow the very best leads,” Truss said.

Since being deployed, the Bluefin-21 has scoured over 850 square kilometers of the southern Indian Ocean floor, according to the JACC, which is leading the search for the jetliner.

Truss said all the data collected will now be extensively reviewed.

“We’re still very confident that the resting place of the aircraft is in the southern ocean and along the seventh ping line,” he said.

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iStock/Thinsktock(WASHINGTON) — The American economy contracted at an annual rate of 1 percent in the first quarter of this year, worse than the small growth the Commerce Department had initially estimated. The drop comes after an annual rate increase of 3.4 percent in the second half of 2013.

This contraction, which has been widely expected due to the harsh winter, is not expected to kick off another recession.

Consumer spending grew, reflecting a sharp jump in health care and utilities consumption, while other segments of consumer spending appeared to rise only slightly, according to the Commerce Department’s report out Thursday. Spending on food services and accommodations also dropped for the first time in four years.

The White House is downplaying the economy’s contraction — the first to occur in three years. Jason Furman, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, says the shrinking economy is “due almost entirely to a downward revision” in the “highly volatile inventories category.” He also blames the “historically severe winter” that hit struck across the U.S.

“A range of more up-to-date data from March and April, including jobs, manufacturing, housing and other indicators, provide a more accurate and timely picture of where the economy is today and show that it continues to recover from the worst recession since the Great Depression,” Furman said Thursday in a statement.

He continued, adding that President Obama “will do everything he can” to accelerate U.S. job growth.

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