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Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(NEW YORK) — Joey Logano is off to the best start of his career with two wins and six top-five finishes this season.

Logano has six top-10 finishes at Charlotte Motor Speedway, which is the site of Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600.

“Any time you go to Charlotte, it’s kind of everyone’s home track, Logano said on Tuesday.Everyone knows that. Everyone knows that most race teams are here. Your friends go out there. So it makes it a really big deal to win. Also it’s the Coke 600, it’s one of the crown jewel events that we have, which makes it a big deal.”

Logano was asked if he thinks NASCAR should shorten the Coca-Cola 600 to 500, like the rest of the NASCAR events.

“No, I don’t think so,” Logano said.I think something that’s really cool with the Coke 600 is that it’s 600 miles, and I think that’s what makes it kind of our crown jewel event. It’s the longest race we have of the year, and it feels like it, believe me. But it definitely makes it very rewarding.”

Logano insisted that it’s nice to run 600 miles once a season, but said he wouldn’t want to do it every week.

“Now, if we had to run 600 miles every week,” Logano joked. “I may have a different answer for you, but the fact that it’s only once a year, it kind of makes it unique, makes it a fun race, and I think like I said, it’s one of the crown jewels to win, so I think people put a lot of effort into winning this race just like they do at Daytona or Indy or anything like that. I feel like this is next in line behind those two.”

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NBATV/ABC News(NEW YORK) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver spoke for the first time on Tuesday since banning Clippers owner Donald Sterling from the league.

Silver believes the league is doing everything they can to take away ownership of the team from Sterling.

“We know we’re doing the right thing, and I know I have the owners behind me,” Silver said.

The NBA charged Sterling Monday with damaging the league with his racist comments, and set a hearing for June 3.

“I’ll say that we’ve had strong leadership from Glen Taylor, who’s the chairman of our board, and Peter Holt, who just recently stepped down as the former chairman or who had been the former chairman of the board,” Silver said. “We have a very active advisory finance committee, which is 10 NBA owners who have been meeting on a regular basis to discuss these proceedings, and the timing is laid out in the NBA constitution. We’re following it to the letter in terms of numbers of days that Mr. Sterling has to respond and then when the hearing will be held, and as I said, I know we’re doing the right thing here. This is an unprecedented proceeding.”

Sterling has until May 27 to respond to the charge. If he does not, it will be grounds for termination.

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iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The most valuable brands in the world include many familiar names, but how much do you really know about how the companies behind the brands affect your life?

Marketing firm Millward Brown’s list of most valuable global brands are the cream of the crop because they have a significant “share of life,” says Oscar Yuan, vice president of Millward Brown Optimor. Google, which usurped the top title from Apple after three years as king, isn’t just a search engine company, Yuan said.

“The brands that don’t play in those boundaries are the ones that are doing the best,” Yuan said.

Here are Millward Brown’s most valuable global brands and what you may not know about them:

1. Google ($158,843M)
“No one sees Google as a search company anymore,” Yuan said. Google has a number of businesses, but their “larger commitment” is to organize information, Yuan said.

2. Apple (147,880M)
“It’s antiquated to call Apple a computer company. They’re a consumer products, retail, music company through iTunes and more,” Yuan said.

3. IBM ($107,541M)
The International Business Machines Corp. started by selling hand-cranked calculators, then moved to personal computers.

As the personal computer space became overcrowded, IBM switched from a manufacturing company to services and “building smarter products,” Yuan said. The company has a wide range of consulting and research arms, such as working with city governments to improve traffic patterns to its division dedicated to its Watson business unit.

4. Microsoft ($90,185M)
Yuan called Microsoft “a great story as well.” The company is moving beyond what people know them best for: Windows. It is now known as a software and hardware company, Yuan said.

The company introduced Surface Pro 3 this week, which it describes as a tablet that can replace your laptop. The company brand has also benefited from positive perceptions of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, even after founder Bill Gates is no longer running the tech firm.

5. McDonald’s ($85,706M)
“McDonald’s is definitely known for fast food, but more recently brought the notion of sharing — creating more opportunities for people to connect and share,” Yuan said. The company not only markets its french fries as a menu item you can share, but it has marketed its McCafes and free wi-fi, “encouraging people to savor, sit, chat and connect — beyond just grabbing your food and going.”

6. Coca-Cola ($80,683M)
Yuan said Coca-Cola has “owned the space of happiness,” and encouraged consumers to “create their own happiness.”

Case in point: the company has placed “Freestyle machines” around the country, each featuring more than 100 flavors that you can mix and match.

You can customize Cherry Coke with your Fanta, Cherry Coke with Sprite, “in one machine, packaged in a way that’s fun,” Yuan said. “It’s a way to create delight with consumers and sell the experience of trying their products.”

7. Visa ($79,197M)
“People think of [Visa] as a credit card company, but they call themselves a transactions company,” Yuan said, adding that the company facilitates transactions globally as an “enormous cyber-security company.”

8. AT&T ($77,883M)
Though AT&T has dropped two rankings since last year, the brand is more than just a telecom company with expanding mobile services. It recently announced a bid for DirecTV, the satellite TV provider.

“As world goes increasingly mobile, the brands that enable communication, sharing, and data transfer to mobile devices will undoubtedly play a larger and larger role,” said Yuan. “As the nation’s largest wireless carrier, AT&T’s brand will continue to be featured centrally in the mind of the consumer. From being the iPhone launch carrier to being a champion of home automation and security services, AT&T is seen by many customers, in addition to its wired and broadband services, as on the forefront of wireless communications,” Yuan declared. “It will be interesting to see whether the planned acquisition of DirectTV enhances the brand, or, perhaps, drives consumers to smaller competitors.”

9. Marlboro ($67,341M)
Sure, Marlboro is restricted by federal law and can’t advertise the way it used to as a tobacco company; all the more reason why the brand’s representation of American ruggedness is all the more impressive, said Yuan.

10. Amazon ($64,225M)
Amazon cracked the top 10 list this year.

“Amazon is no longer purely an online retailer,” Yuan said. “It’s a review site, a peer-to-peer commerce site and product delivery space,” with the promise of drone delivery one day.

“These brands understand that they don’t need to play in the categories they operate. When they do that, it’s really powerful,” Yuan said.

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moodboard/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Think you can swim? Before you say “yes,” better think about whether you’re capable of saving your own life in the water.

The American Red Cross reports that of the 80 percent of Americans who believe they can swim, only 56 percent can perform five skills necessary to avoid drowning.

So before diving in this summer, the Red Cross recommends reviewing whether you’re capable of entering water over your head and subsequently returning to the surface; floating or treading in water for a full minute; able to turn into a full circle to find a way out of the water; swimming at least 25 yards to find an exit; and actually able to get out of the water, even if there’s no ladder nearby.

While that all sounds pretty basic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it’s important to remember that almost 4,000 people die by drowning in the U.S. every year, many of them under age 14.

What’s more, the Red Cross has found that more than half of parents admit their kids don’t know the basic skills needed to avoid drowning.

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Fuse/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Relax, kids: school will be out soon, if it hasn’t already let out for the summer.

The long break is apparently needed, judging by an American Psychological Association survey that says teens are as least as stressed as adults but that their anxieties aren’t taken as seriously.

It should be no surprise that adolescents feels most stressed during the school year, which might explain why teens appear to be so irritable, or often on the verge of tears.

The “Stress in America” survey finds that more than a third of stressed teens report sleeping problems, while a quarter treat their worries by overindulging in food.

More girls report feeling stressed than boys, although males may not want to admit feeling overwhelmed, thinking it might make them seem weak.

Another problem: many teens don’t realize that stress could be affecting them both physically and mentally.

While there are no easy answers, Norman Anderson, APA executive vice president, recommends parents talk more often to their youngsters. Some ways of relieving anxieties include exercise and more bed rest.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — With calls growing louder for the Obama administration to take action about alleged wrongdoing that led to the deaths of as many as 40 veterans, the White House said Tuesday that Rob Nabors, a deputy chief of staff, would assist in the investigation of the Phoenix VA hospital where the deaths occurred, and would also help look into charges at other facilities.

Before Nabors arrives in Phoenix, he will meet Wednesday with members from several veterans organizations to hear their concerns.

The scandal surrounding allegations that VA officials fudged records to disguise wait times in Phoenix and elsewhere is threatening to become a major issue that Republicans will likely exploit during a mid-term election year in which Democrats are vulnerable and President Obama’s popularity is hovering at an all-time low.

The American Legion and some top GOP lawmakers have demanded the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, claiming, at the very least, that he has been ineffectual in his post.

However, House Speaker John Boehner says that letting go of Shinseki now would make it more difficult to get to the root of the problems plaguing the Veterans Affairs Department.

Meanwhile, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has insisted Obama “take responsibility” for an alleged secret list that officials used to manipulate backlog data at the VA, adding that he was “disturbed” to learn that the president claims to have only heard about the damaging allegation in the news.

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Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(MANSFIELD, Ohio) — Tough Mudder, races that have acquired a reputation for dangerous obstacles and bizarre injuries, experienced another setback recently when a rescue diver’s heart stopped in the middle of a race in Ohio.

The diver, whose name has not been released, was stationed in the water at the Walk-the-Plank obstacle in Mansfield, Ohio, where racers are required to jump off a 15-foot platform into cold, muddy water, according to Tough Mudder spokesman Ben Johnson. Johnson could not confirm details of what happened to the diver, but race participant Bret Buike said he was the one to notice the diver and helped save his life.

“We just happened to be in the right place at the right time,” Buike told ABC News. “We were able to act quickly enough that it seems like we potentially saved this man’s life.”

This was the same type of obstacle where 28-year-old Avishek Sengupta drowned after another racer jumped into the water on top of him in April 2012 during a Tough Mudder race in West Virginia, Sengupta’s family claimed in a wrongful death lawsuit filed against Tough Mudder earlier this month.

The race promises to be “Probably the Toughest Event on the Planet,” and has obstacles with names like “Fire in Your Hole,” “Electric Eel” and “Arctic Enema.”

Researchers examined emergency room visits following a Tough Mudder in Allentown, Pennsylvania, in a study published by the American College of Emergency Physicians in 2013, and reported that they encountered one Tough Mudder racer who received 13 electric shocks on the course, which caused heart inflammation. Another racer had a stroke and suffered temporary paralysis, according to the study.

Read about the other potential risks associated with obstacle races here.

Buike, a former paramedic who was participating in the Ohio race last weekend, told ABC News he was about to jump off the platform, when he noticed a rescue diver below who didn’t look right.

“I yelled down to see if he was OK,” Buike said, adding that a few other people followed suit. But the diver didn’t answer.

When another lifeguard bumped the rescue diver with a flotation device and the diver still didn’t move, Buike said he sprang into action. He jumped off the platform, swam to the diver, and helped pull the man out of the water with help from three other people, he said.

“I wasn’t sure what was wrong with him at first,” he said. “As soon as we got him out of the water, the first thing you do is check for a pulse, and there wasn’t one.”

They started CPR, and cut the man’s wet suit off, Buike said. Soon, someone rushed over with a defibrillator, and another person began breathing for the diver with a mask attached to a squeezable bag called an AMBU bag, he said.

Once Tough Mudder personnel seemed to have the situation under control, Buike said he moved on and finished the race. That night, he learned that the man survived but was in critical condition. The rescue diver’s family passed on their gratitude through the Tough Mudder organization, he said.

Johnson said what happened at the Walk-the-Plank Obstacle was the result of a “personal health issue,” and “not an accident or injury on site.” The diver also wore a “buoyancy compensator device,” which kept his head above water the entire time, Johnson said.

“This type of medical incident could have occurred anywhere on course,” Johnson said. “Tough Mudder is conducting an investigation, as is our protocol, and we remain deeply confident in the response from our expert medical staff on-site.”

At the time of Sengupta’s death, Tough Mudder said Sengupta’s was “the first fatality in the three-year history of the company,” and that the event “was staffed with more than 75 ALS, EMT, paramedics, water rescue technicians and emergency personnel.”
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Oli Scarff/Getty Images(HALIFAX, Nova Scotia) — Prince Charles caused a stir in what was supposed to be a celebratory visit to Canada, likening Russian President Vladimir Putin’s actions in Ukraine to Nazi actions in Europe.

The Prince of Wales reportedly told Marienne Ferguson, a Polish refugee who emigrated to Canada in 1939 just before the Nazi occupation, that “now Putin is doing some of the things Hitler was doing.”

Ferguson, in an interview with the Daily Mail, concurred with the assessment.

“I must say that I agree with him and am sure a lot of people do,” she said. “I was very surprised that he made the comment, as I know they [members of the Royal Family] aren’t meant to say these things, but it was very heartfelt and honest.”

Ferguson escorted Prince Charles around Canada’s National Museum of Immigration Monday, telling him how she fled the city of Gdansk in Poland with her family for Canada when she was 13. She survived, but several of her relatives were killed in Nazi concentration camps.

Clarence House released a statement on the matter.

“We do not comment on private conversations. But we would like to stress that the Prince of Wales would not seek to make a public political statement during a private conversation,” the statement reads.

Members of the Royal Family shy away from making statements that might be construed as political in any way.

The Prince of Wales is due to meet Putin at events honoring the 70th anniversary of D-Day next month in Normandy.

BBC Royal correspondent Peter Hunt told ABC News that Charles’s comments have had ramifications.

“This was an unplanned foray into a vexed international issue. Charles’s supporters will argue his views are in tune with those who’ve been appalled by the Russian president’s actions in Ukraine. His critics believe an unelected future head of state should be seen and not heard,” Hunt said.

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iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — They’re among society’s most trusted and revered: police officers, firefighters and nurses. The very people sworn to uphold the law and keep people safe are now accused of committing crimes beyond comprehension, ABC News has learned.

Federal agents and prosecutors in and around New York City are prepared to announce several dozen arrests, including police officers, firefighters, nurses, a rabbi, a youth baseball coach and Boy Scout leader, all of whom are accused of creating and distributing child pornography, a senior law enforcement official told ABC News.

Agents found these suspects on peer-to-peer file sharing networks, sources say. The agents seized hard drives and devices that are expected to lead to even more suspects and more charges.

The arrests represent one month’s work by agents from Homeland Security Investigations, who use special filters to search file sharing networks for individuals who possess, produce or distribute sexually explicit images of children.

The arrests were carried out mainly in New York City and surrounding suburbs but are expected to lead to “hundreds” of so-called collaterals, other arrests around the country once agents track all the data from every computer hard drive seized.

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iStock/Thinkstock(BAKERSFIELD, Calif.) — The cheers keep coming for Tara the tabby cat: Last week, she was seen saving her owner’s 4-year-old son from an attack by a neighborhood dog. Tuesday night, she and the boy threw out the first pitches at a minor league baseball game.

The crowd cheered as the boy, Jeremy Triantafilo of Bakersfield, California, threw the very first pitch at the Bakersfield Blaze game.

Then Tara stepped up, held by Jeremy’s father, Roger Triantafilo. At first, Tara’s attempts to throw out a pitch by swatting a ball guided by a string failed. So Roger Triantafilo simply grabbed a ball and guided Tara’s paw. As the pitch sailed, the crowd cheered.

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Tara went berserk on a neighborhood dog attacking Jeremy. As the dog bit the boy’s leg, Tara was seen on a viral video coming out of nowhere and hurling her body at the dog, disrupting the attack and chasing the dog away.

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