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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — With Memorial Day signaling the unofficial kick-off to summer, everyone may be ready to enjoy some fun. But the season can also mean increased risk for a few health hazards like sunburns, spoiled foods and insect bites.

Here’s a rundown of the top summer hazards and how to avoid them.


One of the best parts of the summer is finally being able to bask in the sun. But too much sun can obviously lead to an uncomfortable and unsightly sunburn.

To enjoy the sun safely, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends using water-resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. The sunscreen should have an SPF of 30 or higher.

Experts also advise seeking shade from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., when the sun’s rays are the strongest.

Water can amplify the sun’s rays, so be extra careful at the beach or the pool. And be sure to reapply sun block every two hours or after taking a dip.

Spoiled Food

The start of summer means the start of outdoor dining season, including barbecues and picnics. But, food that sits in the sun can go bad quickly.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has a handy guide on how to keep food safe from spoilage. Any perishable foods should not sit outside for more than two hours. If the temperature creeps up over 90 degrees, food should be put back in the fridge or cooler after one hour.

Grilled meats should be checked with a meat thermometer to ensure they’ve reached a safe temperature.

Insect-Born Diseases

Insect bites aren’t just a nuisance anymore. The rise of the Zika virus last year and the ongoing spread of Lyme disease have drawn attention to real health risks from insect-born diseases in the U.S.

In the northeast, deer ticks can spread Lyme disease via bites. The disease can cause serious symptoms like fever, rash or infection of the heart and nervous system if untreated. The tiny insects are also known to spread Rocky Mountain spotted fever and an extremely rare disease called Powassan virus that can cause neurological symptoms including brain swelling.

In addition to ticks, mosquitoes have been known to spread a few dangerous illnesses including the Zika virus. This year there has been no local spread of the Zika virus in the U.S. yet, but people traveling to areas where the virus was spread previously may want to take extra precautions.

To avoid bites from ticks, mosquitoes and other insects, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advise wearing long sleeves and pants when in the wilderness. Additionally, the agency recommends using bug spray with ingredients such as DEET, picaridin or lemon eucalyptus oil. The Environmental Protection Agency has a database of insect repellents to help consumers choose the best bug spray for their situations.

More information on avoiding bug bites can be found here.

Safety on the Road

Summer means plenty of travel, including road trips for many families. The AAA estimates that as many as 39 million Americans may take to the road on Memorial Day weekend.

Because of increased traffic, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration advises taking extra care when getting behind the wheel during the summer months.

Before hitting the road, make sure the vehicle is in good working order. Check for recalls on vehicles and their parts, have a tune-up and check tires and car batteries.

Take an emergency roadside kit, complete with cellphone and charger, in case of distress.

On the drive, make sure everyone is buckled properly, share the road with other drivers and stay alert.

As always, don’t drink and drive. The NHTSA estimated that in 2015 there was one fatality related to drunk driving every 51 minutes.

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Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — President Donald Trump’s views on the Paris climate agreement are “evolving,” his chief economic adviser Gary Cohn told reporters Friday.

“He came here to learn,” Cohn said. “So his views are evolving, which is exactly what they should be.”

The president’s national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, then chimed in to say that the president’s decision about whether to remain in the agreement would ultimately be based what’s best for the United States; Cohn concurred.

“The basis for the decision is ultimately going to be what’s best for the United States,” Cohn said.

The future of the United States’ involvement in the landmark agreement, which the president repeatedly criticized as a candidate, has been a sticking point at the ongoing summit, with the Italian prime minister pointing to it as an “open question” at the day’s conclusion.

“There is one open question, which is the U.S. position on the Paris climate accords. … All others have confirmed their total agreement on the accord,” Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said at the end of the first day’s session. “We are sure that after an internal reflection, the United States will also want to commit to it.”

The president is not expected to make a final decision on the accord until after he returns home. But Cohn indicated earlier Friday that the president was growing more attuned to the European stance on the issue.

“I think he is leaning to understand the European position,” Cohn said when asked which way the president was leaning. “Look as you know from the U.S. there’s very strong views on both sides.”

In addition to getting pushed on the topic at the G7 summit, the president also got an earful at the Vatican, where the pope presented the president with one of his writings on the environment and the Cardinal secretary of state further raised the issue during a bilateral meeting.

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U.S. Coast Guard(CAY SAL, Bahamas) — The FBI has joined the investigation into the case of a South Florida woman who went missing at sea while sailing with her husband.

Isabella Hellmann was last seen by her husband, Lewis Bennett, while they were at sea on the night of May 14, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

FBI Special Agent Michael Leverock confirmed to ABC News on Friday that the Bureau is now investigating Hellmann’s disappearance, but declined to provide further information.

According to ABC affiliate WPBF-TV, Bennett said he and Hellman were aboard his 37-foot catamaran near the Bahamas when he went to bed around 8 p.m. Eastern time. He said his wife, who was wearing a life vest at the time, agreed to take watch above deck, U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Eric Woodall told WPBF-TV.

Bennett said he later awoke to something hitting the boat and felt that it was starting to sink, WPBF-TV reported. He couldn’t find his wife, so he jumped onto a life raft and sent out a distress call, he told the Coast Guard. Bennett was found on the life raft the following day.

After days of scouring the waters off the Bahamas, the Coast Guard called off the search for the missing woman late last week, according to WPBF-TV.

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iStock/Thinkstock(CHARLESTON, S.C.) — A man who police say confessed to killing multiple people pleaded guilty to 14 charges including murder and kidnapping Friday, after the family members of his victims delivered emotional statements about the pain he caused them.

Todd Kohlhepp wore an orange jumpsuit and chains in a South Carolina court on Friday, where he pleaded guilty in exchange for serving seven consecutive life sentences with no chance of parole. The solicitor agreed not to seek the death penalty as part of the deal.

Kohlhepp was arrested last year after Kala Brown, who had gone missing along with her boyfriend, was found chained on his property. Brown later told police she saw Kohlhepp shoot and kill her boyfriend, Charles Carver. Carver’s body was later found in a shallow grave on Kohlhepp’s property.

After Kohlhepp was arrested, police say he admitted that he had killed four people at a motorcycle shop in 2003. He pleaded guilty on Friday in connection with the deaths of seven people.

A Spartanburg County sheriff’s investigative report says Kohlhepp “confessed to investigators that he shot and killed” the owner, service manager, mechanic and bookkeeper of Superbike Motorsports, a high-performance motorcycle shop in Chesnee, South Carolina. “Kohlhepp gave details … that only the killer would know,” the report says.

In a statement last year, the sheriff described Kohlhepp as “calm and polite” and said he gave his confession voluntarily.

Family members of the victims filled the courtroom to watch Kohlhepp plead guilty. Many shared how losing a loved one had had a devastating impact on their lives.

Melissa Ponder Brackman’s husband, Scott Ponder, was killed in 2003 at the Superbike Motorsports. She shared how her husband’s murder came just days after they went to an ultrasound for their first child together.

“He heard the heartbeat of my son just two days before he was murdered,” Brackman told the court.

She also said that after her husband’s death she has “lived the last 13 years in complete darkness.”

The father of victim Meagan Coxie said, “May God have no mercy on his soul.”

Brown’s spokesperson told the court that she could not be there in person but that she “wants to thank everyone for the support.”

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Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The revelation that Jared Kushner’s meetings with Russians are under scrutiny brings the federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election to Trump’s inner circle.

The 36-year-old Kushner, who is married to Ivanka Trump, has had a growing role in that circle over the past two years, from Trump family member to trusted campaign adviser to White House senior adviser.

Kushner is a focus in the Russia investigation over his meetings with at least two Russian officials, Moscow’s ambassador to the U.S. and a banking executive, sources tell ABC News.

He is not a target of the FBI investigation and has not been accused of committing a crime, but sources said he is among a number of White House staffers and former Trump campaign officials who are likely to be interviewed by the FBI.

Here are the known meetings of Kushner with Russian officials since his father-in-law was elected.

Meeting the ambassador

Kushner’s name is on the list of Trump team members who met with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the transition between Trump’s election victory and his inauguration. Kushner and Michael Flynn, who would go on to become Trump’s first national security adviser, met with Kislyak together in Trump Tower in December.

The subject matter discussed during the meeting remains unclear.

“They generally discussed the [U.S.-Russia] relationship, and it made sense to establish a line of communication,” White House spokeswoman Hope Hicks said in a statement in March after the meeting was first publicly disclosed. “Jared has had meetings with many other foreign countries and representatives — as many as two dozen other foreign countries’ leaders and representatives.”

Other Trump associates who met with Kislyak before the inauguration include then-Sen. Jeff Sessions, now U.S. attorney general, and former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page.

Trump himself met with Kislyak and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in the Oval Office on May 10 — a meeting that raised questions afterward when it was revealed that the president disclosed classified information about ISIS to the Russian officials. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, current National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell were also present in the meeting

Kushner’s meeting with Russian banker

Separately, the White House confirmed that in December, Kushner met with Sergei Gorkov of Russian bank Vnesheconombank, or VEB, at the suggestion of the Russian ambassador.

A senior White House official said the conversation was “general and inconsequential” and that Kushner took the meeting as part of his campaign role of interfacing with foreign dignitaries. But the bank described the discussion to ABC News as a “negotiation” in which “the parties discussed the business practices applied by foreign development banks, as well as most promising business lines and sectors.”

The December meeting, which like Kushner’s meeting with Kislyak came to light in March, happened as Kushner Companies, the real estate firm of Jared Kushner’s family, was engaged in what has been described in public statements as “active, advanced negotiations … with a number of potential investors” about the redevelopment of a skyscraper the company owns at 666 Fifth Avenue in New York City.

To date, neither Kushner nor the family real estate firm has commented on the meeting with VEB. An official representing the Kushner firm responded to questions from ABC News on March 29, saying that Kushner was the only executive from his family’s real estate firm to attend.

“VEB is not providing financing, lending or any other services to Kushner Companies,” the official said.

In the wake of the revelations in March of Kushner’s meetings, a senior administration official confirmed that Kushner has volunteered to speak with the Senate Intelligence Committee as part of its inquiry into ties between Trump associates and Russia.

His role in the administration

Kushner in addition to being a senior adviser to the president was also named to head the new White House Office of American Innovation.

That is one of his more formal and visible roles, but he also has unofficial duties that are no less important, including helping to represent the administration in meetings with foreign leaders and serving as a point of contact for those trying to get a message through to the president.

Kushner was invited by Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to visit Iraq in April for an on-the-ground update on the fight against ISIS.

And the interest that Kushner, a practicing Orthodox Jew, has in brokering peace in the Middle East is widely known.

At an event for Republican donors and supporters the night before the inauguration, Trump publicly addressed Kushner in his remarks, saying, “If you can’t produce peace in the Middle East, nobody can.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also highlighted his longstanding ties and familiarity with Kushner when he visited the White House in February.

“Can I reveal, Jared, how long we’ve known you?” Netanyahu said while addressing Kushner, who was seated in the front row at the gathering.

“Well, he was never small. He was always big. He was always tall,” Netanyahu said, alluding to Kushner’s height even as a child.

“But I’ve known the president and I’ve known his family and his team for a long time, and there is no greater supporter of the Jewish people and the Jewish state than President Donald Trump,” the Israeli leader concluded.

Kushner’s apparent influence in the White House may stem from his close relationship with his father-in-law. Kushner was a part of the delegation that traveled with Trump this week on his first foreign trip as president. And perhaps because of his being a member of the president’s immediate family, Kushner is included in some meetings that may be closed to other Trump associates, the most recent example being the audience with the pope at the Vatican.

In the U.S., Kushner is constantly spotted in the Oval Office and joins Trump on his frequent weekend trips to the president’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

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Disney – 2017(LOS ANGELES) — Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the fifth movie in the franchise starring Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, opens this weekend, and is expected to rake in somewhere around $80 million for the four days.

The trailer may call it the “final” adventure, but executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer tells ABC Radio that Sparrow may not be ready to walk the plank just jet.

“If people show up and Johnny wants to come back and Disney wants to write a check, we’d love it,” Bruckheimer tells ABC Radio.

Espen Sandberg co-directed the latest adventure, his first Pirates movie, and Depp made his job pretty easy. As far as giving orders to his star, Sandberg says, “Not in this franchise.”

“[Depp] knows Jack Sparrow so well,” he tells ABC Radio. “So what we are doing is just helping the process. Coming with suggestions here and there, but no, he doesn’t need direction.”

And speaking of Depp, Kaya Scodelario, the fresh new face opposite Johnny this time around, did her best to keep things as professional as possible, but she didn’t always succeed.

“I met Johnny and I was like, ‘OK, I handled that pretty well,’ and then the first day on set he came out dressed as Jack Sparrow and I absolutely lost it,” she admits. “I was much more star struck by Jack Sparrow than I was by Johnny Depp. There’s something so iconic about it.”

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales opens nationwide today from Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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© 2017 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND RATPAC ENTERTAINMENT, LLC(TEXAS) — The boutique theater chain Alamo Drafthouse’s flagship Austin location caused a stir when it announced it’ll host a women-only screening of Wonder Woman next week.

The film, directed by Patty Jenkins, stars Gal Gadot as the iconic superhero. It opens June 2nd.

“Apologies, gentlemen, but we’re embracing our girl power and saying ‘No Guys Allowed’ for one special night at the Alamo Ritz,” read a release. “And when we say ‘People Who Identify As Women Only,’ we mean it. Everyone working at this screening — venue staff, projectionist, and culinary team — will be female.”

Ticket demand was so high, the theater added a second women-only screening. That’s when the theater was bombarded with complaints on social media, saying the women-only screenings weren’t fair.

Alamo Drafthouse defended the decision on Facebook, writing, “Very sorry if you feel excluded. We thought it might be kinda fun — for one screening — to celebrate a character who’s meant a great deal to women for close to eight decades. Again, truly, truly, truly, truly sorry that we’ve offended you. These screenings are just a way to celebrate the character and how important she’s been to women over the last eight decades.”

In response to the backlash, Morgan Hendrix, creative manager for the theater, told ABC News, “Providing an experience where women truly reign supreme has incurred the wrath of trolls [and] only serves to deepen our belief that we’re doing something right.”

She continued, “As a result, we will be expanding this program across the country and inviting women everywhere to join us as we celebrate this iconic superheroine in our theaters,” locations for which include cities like New York and Denver.

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WABC-TV(NEW YORK) — A 67-year-old man was hospitalized after thieves dressed as construction workers robbed a jewelry store in New York City, police said.

According to the New York City Police Department, officers responded to a 911 call about a robbery at Court Street Jewelers in downtown Brooklyn on Thursday night around 5:30 p.m.

Detectives determined that three men had entered the jewelry store, brandished a handgun and assaulted the 67-year-old male employee before making off with approximately $800,000 worth of jewelry, gold and cash. One man remained outside the store during the robbery as a lookout, police said.

The employee suffered a laceration to his head and was transported to a local hospital in fair condition, police said.

According to ABC station WABC-TV in New York City, police said the three men inside were dressed as construction workers, while their lookout was clad in a white protective Tyvek suit and used an umbrella to obstruct the view into the store.

No arrests have been made in the case and the investigation is ongoing, police said.

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David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(WELLESLEY, Mass.) — Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, who has shied away from the spotlight until recently, delivered a stinging rebuke of President Donald Trump’s behavior and policies on Friday, despite not mentioning him by name.

Under a tent in the rain, Clinton delivered the 2017 commencement address at her alma mater, Wellesley College.

Clinton was met by cheers and applause when she made an indirect comparison between former President Richard Nixon and Trump.

“We were furious about the past presidential election of a man whose presidency would eventually end in disgrace with his impeachment for obstruction of justice after firing the person running the investigation into him at the Department of Justice,” said Clinton, referring to the outrage her generation felt toward Nixon’s presidency.

“But here is what I want you to know: We got through that time, and we started to thrive as our society changed laws and opened the circle of opportunity and rights wider and wider for more Americans,” she added.

Clinton, whose losing 2016 presidential campaign was the target of Russian hacking, told the 2017 graduates they face “a full-fledged assault on truth and reason.”

“Just log on, just log onto social media for 10 seconds, it will hit you right in the face,” said Clinton. “People denying science. Concocting elaborate hurtful conspiracy theories about child abuse rings in pizza parlors, undocumented fears about immigrants, Muslims, minorities, the poor.”

Clinton called the budget proposed by the Trump administration “a con.”

“Look at the budget that was just proposed in Washington,” said Clinton. “It is an attack of unimaginable cruelty on the most vulnerable among us — the youngest, oldest, poorest, and hard-working people that need a little help to gain or hang on to a decent middle-class life. It grossly underfunds mental health and an attempt to combat the opioid epidemic. It puts our nation at risk. And to top it off, it is shrouded in a trillion-dollar mathematical lie. Let’s call it what it is. It is a con.”

She also talked about how she has spent her time out of the public eye and what has helped her get over her election defeat.

“You may have heard that things didn’t exactly go the way I planned,” said Clinton. “But you know what? I’m doing OK. I’ve gotten to spend time with my family, especially my amazing grandchildren.”

Clinton joked that long walks in the woods and organizing her closets have helped her move on, and added, “I won’t lie, Chardonnay helped a little too.”

Earlier this month, Clinton announced she is launching “Onward Together,” a political action group aimed at encouraging people to run for office. “More than ever, I believe citizen engagement is vital to our democracy. I’m so inspired by everyone stepping up to organize and lead,” Clinton tweeted.

Clinton gave the college’s first-ever student graduation speech in 1969, and returned in 1992 to deliver the commencement address when she was the first lady of Arkansas and wife of then-Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton.

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(WASHINGTON D.C.) — If you’re planning to spend your Memorial Day holiday on the couch this year, considering tuning in to watch Vanessa Williams, along with a host of other stars, including Laurence Fishburne, whom Vanessa considers “a dear friend,” and actors Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise, during this year’s National Memorial Day Concert telecast on PBS.

Williams, who will perform the classic song “Let There Be Peace on Earth,” also promises that viewers will be treated to special tributes throughout the broadcast, including one in honor of famous African-American military pilots the Tuskegee Airmen, who fought during World War II.

Vanessa adds, “They are an amazing group of men and we’re lucky to still have some of them around.”

The “Sweetest Days” singer also anticipates a segment during the show that will feature the last surviving member of the original 80-member air raiding group the “Doolittle Raiders,” retired Lieutenant Colonel Dick Cole.

Vanessa explains, “Colonel Cole is a 101 years old and he will be there and they’re giving a tribute to him. He was one of the bombers after their Pearl Harbor attack and he’s still alive. I can’t wait to see that moment as well.”

Overall, Vanessa hopes that as many people as possible will tune in for the special television event, which she says is “a wonderful day to celebrate our veterans.”

“It’s done in a spectacular fashion and it truly makes you feel like you’re an American citizen.”

You can watch the National Memorial Day Concert on Sunday, May 28 at 8 p.m. ET on PBS.

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