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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Little League star Mo’ne Davis is back in the spotlight, starring in a new Chevrolet ad that aired during Game 1 of the World Series.

And the pint-sized pitcher is still out to prove that throwing like a girl is a good thing.

Davis said she had “the best summer of my young life” as the star of Philadelphia’s Taney Dragons. She led the team to the Little League World Series and made history as one of the few girls to play in the series, and the first Little Leaguer ever to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

“I stand for girls who want to play sports with the boys and to be a role model for people young and old,” Davis, 13, says in the commercial, directed by Spike Lee. “I throw 70 miles per hour — that’s throwing like a girl.”

Chevrolet posted a longer version of the commercial, which aired Tuesday night, on YouTube that includes interviews with her family, coach and other people who have come in contact with the young star.

“There’s this little girl that I’d never seen before and she’s throwing these effortless, perfect spirals, once after another,” said coach Steve Bandura, who spotted Davis on the field when she was only seven years old. “And she’s throwing them like twenty yards and it just looked like it was computer-generated.”

The NCAA says Davis’ appearance in the Chevy ad won’t affect her eligibility to someday play college sports.

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ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) — Bill Murray knows all about Tinder, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to use it.

When asked if he would consider downloading the dating app, he responded in the negative.

“I think it could be amusing but I can’t imagine doing it,” he said during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. “I feel like I’ve lived that life and I can live that life at any moment.”

Need proof? The St. Vincent star, 64, looked into the studio audience and made eyes at a man in the front row.

“I can just sort of say, ‘Hey you, with the camera. No, you. Come here,'” he said. “Dammit, I’m coming your way!”

With that, he pulled the man onstage, to laughter from Kimmel and the crowd.

“Well, he blushes easily,” Murray quipped. We’re never going to get to a lot of the good stuff!”

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ABC/Richard Harbaugh(NEW YORK) — Taylor Swift may sing about universal truths, but her life is decidedly different.

Fame, she said, has allowed her to splurge on things like a private jet (“Isn’t that crazy?” she said in Esquire) but it’s also forced her to lose a bit of autonomy.

“I fought the idea of having security for a very long time, because I really value normalcy. I really do. I like to be able to take a drive by myself. Haven’t done that in six years,” she told the magazine. “[Even in Tennessee, my bodyguards] have to be in a car behind me because just the sheer number of men we have in a file who have showed up at my house, showed up at my mom’s house, threatened to either kill me, kidnap me, or marry me. This is the strange and sad part of my life that I try not to think about. I try to be lighthearted about it, because I don’t ever want to be scared. I don’t want to be walking down the street scared. And when I have security, I don’t have to be scared.”

There have been a lot of changes in Swift’s life recently. The singer, 24, recently moved to New York City and is planning to release her new album, 1989, later this month. And despite recently moving to a place that many stars call home, New York City, Swift said she won’t leave her home if she’s having a bad day, so that she doesn’t accidentally snap at a fan.

“It’s a social situation every time I go out,” she explained. “I just have to wake up in the morning and say, ‘How am I feeling today? If someone asks for a picture, am I gonna feel imposed upon today because I’m dealing with my own stuff? Am I gonna take my own stuff out on some innocent 14-year-old today and be in a bad mood?’ OK, maybe not … Maybe I won’t leave the house.”

Her career also forced the singer to finish two years of high school in 12 months (“That was just the most practical way to do it,” she said) and deal with online trolling in a way that would reduce most people to tears.

“That’s what I don’t like about celebrity culture and the obsession with it, and the takedown culture that we seem to be in. You have celebrities who are pushed to the brink of a public meltdown, and so the public thinks that every person in the public eye has dirty secrets that they’re keeping, or isn’t what they seem, or is masking it and faking sincerity, faking authenticity, faking being surprised at award shows when you win a Grammy,” she said. “I’m not gonna let them make me have a meltdown.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — After two days of gains, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell over 100 points on Wednesday.

The Dow lost 153.49 points, closing at 16,461.32.

The Nasdaq went down 36.63 points to 4,382.85, while the S&P 500 dropped 14.17 points, ending the day at 1,927.11.

After reporting one of its worst quarters in years, McDonald’s is outlining a plan for what it calls fundamental changes to its business. A big part will include simplifying the menu and removing low-selling products.

Boeing is reporting strong earnings, with profits up 18% for the quarter.

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iStock/Thinkstock(ANN ARBOR, Mich.) — When Chad Carr fell and broke his nose, the four-year-old boy’s parents took him to a hospital. Medical staffers saw him and sent him home, but the incident had his mother thinking about all the other times her son had fallen.

“I just said I think we have to take him back to the ER, I don’t think something’s right….,” Tammi Carr, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, told ABC News.

While Carr and her husband, Jason, waited on the results of an MRI that was to have taken two hours but which took over three hours instead, Carr said she knew something was wrong.

“When the anesthesiologist came out I just knew something was really bad because she literally couldn’t look at us and she’d been crying…so it was — she just said they found something, and then a doctor came in later and told us what it was,” Carr said.

The Carrs were told that their son -– the youngest of their three young boys –- had diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), an aggressive, inoperable tumor in his brain stem.

He was soon started on radiation and put into a clinical drug trial at the University of Michigan. Asked about his prognosis, Carr said doctors said it was “not good,” but she added that her son has been improving.

One bright spot came in the form of a text from a friend, who wrote that his family had been inspired by Chad’s challenge and was writing a song about him. He sent them lyrics, and Carr said the song was “totally catchy and adorable.”

It became Chad’s own superhero theme, with rousing music and lyrics that extol the virtues of a boy who’s “stronger than the darkest night, faster than the speed of light,” with a chant in the background: “We need Chad tough.” The video features appearances by Chad, his two brothers, his cousins, his father, and the basketball team of the University of Michigan.

The video, first posted to YouTube on Monday, now has over 6,000 views.

Carr said, “It’s a great song. It’s something I’m going to cherish forever.”

Proceeds from the sale of the song will go for Chad’s care and treatment. A separate GoFundMe page for Chad had raised more than $9,000 of the stated $50,000 goal. That fund was started fifteen days ago.

Carr hopes the family won’t have to use the funds.

“It’s our goal that we don’t have to use that and we can do something great with it for research but if our son needs it then we’re going to do whatever we can, so it’s great to have that started. It’s a peace of mind for sure because there’s a lot coming our way. We don’t exactly know yet what it is but none of it is expensive,” she said.

Carr said Chad is being kept out of preschool while he undergoes treatment.

“We want to make sure we’re spending time with him as much as we can and, you know, God willing, he’s able to go back to school next year and, you know, get ready for kindergarten the next year,” she said.

Carr said her family also has a fund started at the University of Michigan for brain cancer research.

“I worked in raising money for 11 years to build the hospital that we’re getting treated in now,” she said, adding that the building that houses the unit where her son is treated bears her father-in-law’s name. “It’s just crazy.”

Carr is pleased that the video has caught on, not only because it’s spreading her son’s story, but also because it’s giving her the opportunity to spread the message about the importance for greater funding for childhood cancer research.

According to the National Cancer Institute, childhood cancer is the top cause of disease-related deaths among children and adolescents up to age 19 in the United States. DIPG affects between 200 and 300 children every year, and the outlook for patients is generally poor, according to information from the National Institutes of Health.

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iStock/Thinkstock(LONGVIEW, Texas) — Even after his death, Mitchell Whisenhunt has found a way to surprise and bring comfort to his wife and young daughter, with a trove of letters he designated to be opened on certain dates.

Whisenhunt, who would have turned 27 next week, lost his battle with Marfan syndrome last Saturday. The rare genetic disorder affects the body’s connective tissue, which is used to hold together organs, cells and tissue.

Ashley Whisenhunt, 22, cared for her husband until his death, but said she was astonished when she discovered the 30 letters he left for her and their 18-month-old daughter, Brynleigh.

The little girl will grow up with a letter every year from her second to 18th birthday from a man she didn’t get to spend much time with but who left no doubt that he loved her unconditionally.

“Through his testimony, there is so much she is going to learn,” Whisenhunt told ABC News.

One letter was also addressed to their Longview, Texas, community, thanking them for their support.

“It just blows my mind,” Whisenhunt said of her husband’s secret gesture. “He thought about everybody else instead of himself.”

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Whisenhunt said she would respect her husband’s wishes and open each letter as he planned. However, there was one special surprise left for her that she said hit her the hardest.

In a spiral notebook that Whisenhunt used before she dropped out of college to care for her husband, he wrote a letter to her asking that she publish a book of poetry he had had written.

“He is all I ever had,” Whisenhunt said of the man she fell in love with as a teenager. “We have been together since before we knew what love and life was about.”

Mitchell Whisenhunt planned his own funeral, and as his wife raises money to pay for it, she said she can’t help but wonder what other surprises her husband has in store.

“There are ones we still don’t know about,” she said. “The funeral director said he couldn’t tell me. It was Mitchell’s plan and secret.”

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Thinkstock(SAN DIEGO) — The San Diego Padres fired hitting coach Phil Plantier on Wednesday. Under his watch, the Padres finished this past season batting just .226, worst in the majors.

The Padres will be looking for their seventh hitting coach since they moved into Petco Park in 2004.

In 2014, Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko led the team in RBIs with 51 while playing in only 111 games. San Diego was shut out 19 times during the season, including getting no-hit by the Giants’ Tim Lincecum on June 25.

The Padres finished the season 77-85, their best record since 2010.

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iStockphoto(LOS ANGELES) — Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Dan Haren underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder Wednesday afternoon, the club said. The procedure, which lasted 30 minutes, cleaned out bursitis and the AC joint in his non-throwing arm.

Haren is expected to begin rehab next week and should be ready by the start of spring training.

In 32 starts this season for the Dodgers, the 34-year-old went 13-11 with a 4.02 ERA. He had 145 strikeouts in 186 innings of work.

During his 12-year big league career with the St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland Athletics, Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Angels and Dodgers, Haren has compiled a record of 142-122 with a 3.77 ERA. He was named to the All-Star team from 2007-2009.

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Alex Boutilier/Toronto Star via Getty Images(OTTAWA, Ontario) — Sgt. at Arms Kevin Vickers is being hailed a hero on Wednesday for shooting the gunman who ambushed the Parliament building in Ottawa.

Lawmakers confirmed to ABC News that Vickers fired the fatal shot that killed the gunman, who has not been identified.

Vickers, 58, is a former police officer who had worked for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for nearly three decades before he joined Canada’s House of Commons as the head of security in 2005. He was appointed Sgt. at Arms the following year.

Vicker’s younger brother John Vickers told CBC News that his brother called their mother to say he’s safe.

“I just couldn’t be prouder of him right now,” John said, noting that Kevin has “always been committed to service, people and country.”

Kevin Vickers, who lives in Ottawa, according to his Facebook profile, also drew praise on social media.

Justice Minister and Attorney General Peter MacKay called Vickers and other security forces “true heroes,” and politician Glenn Thibeault called him the “nicest guy you’ll ever meet.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(HITCHCOCK, Texas) — Newlyweds in Texas are rebuilding their lives after a fire burned down their home — just 20 hours before they welcomed their son into the world.

Chad and Leslie Hunt, of Hitchcock, Texas, were out to dinner Saturday night, celebrating their two-year dating anniversary and one-month wedding anniversary, when they got a phone call from a friend that their apartment was on fire.

“I thought it was a joke but realized it was real,” Chad Hunt, 24, told ABC News. “We were focused on getting home and getting our dog, but by the time we got there it was too late.”

The couple’s dog died and they lost all of their belongings in the electrical fire that started in the ceiling of the apartment below theirs and shot straight up into the nursery they had spent months creating for their then-unborn son.

“We just had what we were wearing and had go-bags packed for the hospital and that’s it,” said Hunt.

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As the couple stood outside their home speaking with firefighters and Red Cross officials, Leslie’s water broke.

The couple raced to the hospital and, after 20 hours of labor, Leslie, 21, gave birth to a son they named Casey.

“I think that if she would have gone into labor earlier and she had been at home with the baby, all three of us would have died,” Chad said. “It really is a blessing that it happened while we were out.”

The family of three is now staying in a room in Leslie’s mother’s house while they try to find a new place to live.

With no homeowners’ insurance, the couple is starting completely over, according to Chad, who works for a local air conditioning company. Despite the circumstances, he says they have been touched by the generosity of others.

“Randomly people stopped by the hospital with clothes for us and clothes for the baby so we have stuff to make do for right now,” he said. “I’d like to say thank you to everyone and their generosity.”

Friends have also started a GoFundMe page for the family. Donations have soared to above $6,000 in just the two days since it was created.

“It’s such a blessing to have all this help,” Chad said. “It could have been a lot worse.”

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