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Girl Scouts Return $100K After Donor Requests It Not Be Used to Support Transgender Girls

Girl Scouts of Western Washington/Facebook(SEATTLE) — The Girl Scouts of Western Washington recently returned $100,000 to a donor who sent a follow-up note to the donation requesting that the gift “not be used to support transgender girls,” the group said.

Despite the loss, the Girl Scouts have now raised the amount back, and some more, in less than 24 hours since they began an Indiegogo campaign using the hashtag #ForEVERYgirl on Monday.

“Girl Scouts empowers EVERY girl regardless of her gender identity, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity [and] sexual orientation,” the group said on a video for their campaign. “EVERY girl deserves access to a safe friendly environment where she can stand up for what she believes in and be proud of who she is.”

The Girl Scouts of Western Washington added they were “thrilled” when they initially received the $100,000 gift, which would have been used to make sure 500 girls would get the financial support they need to join the troop.

The CEO of the Girl Scouts for that region told a local paper that she would not reveal the donor’s identity out of respect for their privacy.

“The relationship is complex,” CEO Megan Ferland told the Seattle Met, adding that she was “very sad” when she got the donor’s follow-up letter.

“Girl Scouts is for every girl,” Ferland said. “And every girl should have the opportunity to be a Girl Scout if she wants to.”

Ferland previously made headlines in 2012 when she fought for 7-year-old transgender girl Bobby Montoya to join a troop in Denver, Colorado, after she was initially denied entry.

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Women Share Surprising Facts About Their Boobs

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Women think about their boobs almost as often as men think about sex…kind of.

Elle magazine knows how important boobs are to women and their everyday lives, so the magazine conducted its first ever “Boob Survey” on Elle.com, and discovered some interesting facts from 7,000 readers.

Women definitely judge their breasts. Sixty percent of the women polled think they look like udders, and 21 percent compare their breasts to fruit for the sake of understanding the size.

Speaking of size, 60 percent of the women polled have never considered getting a breast augmentation, meaning 40 percent have. For those who have not considered the procedure, they probably prefer the quick fix: 29 percent of the sample set have stuffed tissues in their bras. On the other hand, 30 percent use sports bras to make their breast look smaller.

Even if they are dealing with heavy hitters, women like to keep it light. Eleven percent have named their breasts, a fact that shocked the magazine. Sixteen percent have made their boyfriend try on their bra just for fun…or, maybe to teach him a lesson in feminism.

Speaking of feminism, 26 percent of the women polled said they have had to “school” someone on what term to use when talking about their breasts, since there are just so many. One reader commented, “I do wish people would stop using the word ‘boobs.’ It sounds like a fifth-grader would say that.”

Perhaps Elle will name its survey something else next time.

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Your Member of Congress Could Be a Taylor Swift Fan

ABC/Richard Harbaugh(WASHINGTON) — Nothing brings Congress together like Taylor Swift.

Members are holding at least 19 fundraisers around the pop star’s two Washington, D.C. concerts in mid-July, according to the Sunlight Foundation, which tracks political fundraising.

While tickets can be found on Swift’s website for about $180, members are asking supporters for as much as $5,000 in political contributions in exchange for concert seats at Nationals Park on July 13 and 14.

“With so much competition for time and money, politicians are always looking for new and creative ways to fund-raise,” said Jenn Topper, a spokesperson for the Sunlight Foundation.

Swift has been a major draw for politicians since 2010, Topper said, citing the nonprofit’s data. But members traditionally take advantage of any well-known musician in town — from Bruce Springsteen, to the Jonas Brothers.

While both Republicans and Democrats in Congress have plans for Swift’s shows, the 25-year-old singer has kept her own political affiliation ambiguous.

Swift voted for the first time in 2008, and told People Magazine she said she “went with her gut instinct” in the voting booth.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 6/30/15

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — INTERLEAGUE
Pittsburgh 5, Detroit 4, 14 Innings
Minnesota 8, Cincinnati 5
Chi White Sox 2, St. Louis 1, 11 Innings
Colorado 2, Oakland 1
Seattle 5, San Diego 1

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Texas 8, Baltimore 6
Boston 4, Toronto 3
Cleveland 6, Tampa Bay 2
Houston 4, Kansas City 0
L.A. Angels 2, N-Y Yankees 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Chi Cubs 1, N-Y Mets 0
Miami 5, San Francisco 3
Washington 6, Atlanta 1
Milwaukee 4, Philadelphia 3
L.A. Dodgers 6, Arizona 4

WOMEN’S WORLD CUP

USA 2, Germany 0

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Pilots Fired for Letting Playboy Model Take Mid-Flight Pictures in Cockpit

NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — An Argentinian airline has fired two pilots after they were pictured taking selfies with a Playboy model in the cockpit mid-flight, the airline said.

Model Viky Xipolitakis posted photos to her Twitter account showing her posing between two smiling pilots with the cockpit controls behind them.

In video obtained by Argentinian news program Telenoche and shared with ABC News, one of the pilots is seen explaining how various controls work to the model, who appears to be the one taking the video.

She has since apologized via social media but that has not helped save either pilot’s job.

Patricio Zocchi Molina and Federico Matias Soaje were fired by Aerolineas Argentinas on June 25, three days after the flight in question, though that may not be the end of their punishment.

“Also criminal proceedings against the above-named and against the passenger involved will be initiated under Article 190 of the penal code for putting the flight’s safety at risk,” the Argentinean airline said in a statement.

For her part, Xipolitakis has not taken down the pictures from her Twitter post on the evening of June 24, but has added several statements in Spanish relating to the incident.

“I sincerely and wholeheartedly did not imagine I could cause this much damage,” she wrote in one of the posts.

“With respect to the extraordinary flight, being there was an unforgettable and beautiful experience, I never thought there would be this much fuss,” she wrote in Spanish.

The airline, which referred to her only as “the passenger,” stated that she will be banned from both Aerolineas and Austral flights for the next five years.

The Federal Aviation Administration has no jurisdiction in this matter, since the airline in question is an Argentinian company that handles domestic flights in Argentina, but the agency does have specific rules when it comes to pilots using handheld devices.

Commercial pilots are not allowed to use personal wireless devices “while at their duty station” and it is only allowed if “directly related to operation of the aircraft, or for emergency, safety-related, or employment-related communications,” according to the FAA regulations. That said, these rules do not apply to anyone occupying the jumpseat.

“The FAA is unaware of incidents of pilots violating the regulation,” a FAA spokesman said in a statement to ABC News, referring to carriers over which the agency has jurisdiction.

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Pilots Fired for Letting Playboy Model Take Mid-Flight Pictures in Cockpit

NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — An Argentinian airline has fired two pilots after they were pictured taking selfies with a Playboy model in the cockpit mid-flight, the airline said.

Model Viky Xipolitakis posted photos to her Twitter account showing her posing between two smiling pilots with the cockpit controls behind them.

In video obtained by Argentinian news program Telenoche and shared with ABC News, one of the pilots is seen explaining how various controls work to the model, who appears to be the one taking the video.

She has since apologized via social media but that has not helped save either pilot’s job.

Patricio Zocchi Molina and Federico Matias Soaje were fired by Aerolineas Argentinas on June 25, three days after the flight in question, though that may not be the end of their punishment.

“Also criminal proceedings against the above-named and against the passenger involved will be initiated under Article 190 of the penal code for putting the flight’s safety at risk,” the Argentinean airline said in a statement.

For her part, Xipolitakis has not taken down the pictures from her Twitter post on the evening of June 24, but has added several statements in Spanish relating to the incident.

“I sincerely and wholeheartedly did not imagine I could cause this much damage,” she wrote in one of the posts.

“With respect to the extraordinary flight, being there was an unforgettable and beautiful experience, I never thought there would be this much fuss,” she wrote in Spanish.

The airline, which referred to her only as “the passenger,” stated that she will be banned from both Aerolineas and Austral flights for the next five years.

The Federal Aviation Administration has no jurisdiction in this matter, since the airline in question is an Argentinian company that handles domestic flights in Argentina, but the agency does have specific rules when it comes to pilots using handheld devices.

Commercial pilots are not allowed to use personal wireless devices “while at their duty station” and it is only allowed if “directly related to operation of the aircraft, or for emergency, safety-related, or employment-related communications,” according to the FAA regulations. That said, these rules do not apply to anyone occupying the jumpseat.

“The FAA is unaware of incidents of pilots violating the regulation,” a FAA spokesman said in a statement to ABC News, referring to carriers over which the agency has jurisdiction.

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Jeremy Renner Addresses Sexual Preference Rumors

Peter Kramer/NBC(NEW YORK) — Jeremy Renner recently responded to rumors about his sexual preference. So is he or isn’t he?

“I’m not going to try to prove what I am or am not,” the Avengers star told Playboy magazine. “It’s silly, right? When you Google yourself and the first thing that comes up is ‘Jeremy Renner gay,’ it’s like, ‘Oh, now you’ve arrived. You’re now a giant star.'”

He continued, “I don’t care, ultimately, if that’s what people want to think, read and care about. F***ing say whatever the hell you want about me. Look at where we’re at socially — leaps and bounds ahead of where we started. That’s an amazing thing. To suggest that it’s negative, that being gay is a terrible thing, a perversion or whatever — I just don’t get it.”

When the conversation turned to family, Renner talked about the home he’s in now and his plans for his beloved daughter Ava, 2.

“This will be my daughter’s place in the future,” he said. “I own it now, but Ava owns me. When she drew her first breath and with that palmar reflex grabbed my finger, the thought came to me, if all goes well, this same scenario will happen when I take my last breath.”

With his daughter and his love for her in mind, Renner also opened up about the struggles of his ongoing divorce from ex Sonni Pacheco. The two announced they were married late last year, but the two split months later. Divorce proceedings began earlier this year.

“I haven’t slept more than four hours a night in the past week,” he revealed. “My skin’s breaking out. I’ve got dark circles under my eyes. I’m dehydrated. I look like s**t. I felt pretty insecure walking into a photo shoot this morning, and I was running late because I had just gotten out of my fourth deposition for the divorce.”

The Oscar-nominated actor’s parents also split when he was just in third grade and his situation contributed to the man he is today. “They didn’t have a lot of money, and after the divorce, we moved around a lot. Up until junior high, I thought a new grade meant a new school for everybody,” he said, adding that may be what spawned his “shyness.”

Renner won’t be acting shy, however, when he stars in his next film, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, out July 31.

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Jeremy Renner Addresses Sexual Preference Rumors

Peter Kramer/NBC(NEW YORK) — Jeremy Renner recently responded to rumors about his sexual preference. So is he or isn’t he?

“I’m not going to try to prove what I am or am not,” the Avengers star told Playboy magazine. “It’s silly, right? When you Google yourself and the first thing that comes up is ‘Jeremy Renner gay,’ it’s like, ‘Oh, now you’ve arrived. You’re now a giant star.'”

He continued, “I don’t care, ultimately, if that’s what people want to think, read and care about. F***ing say whatever the hell you want about me. Look at where we’re at socially — leaps and bounds ahead of where we started. That’s an amazing thing. To suggest that it’s negative, that being gay is a terrible thing, a perversion or whatever — I just don’t get it.”

When the conversation turned to family, Renner talked about the home he’s in now and his plans for his beloved daughter Ava, 2.

“This will be my daughter’s place in the future,” he said. “I own it now, but Ava owns me. When she drew her first breath and with that palmar reflex grabbed my finger, the thought came to me, if all goes well, this same scenario will happen when I take my last breath.”

With his daughter and his love for her in mind, Renner also opened up about the struggles of his ongoing divorce from ex Sonni Pacheco. The two announced they were married late last year, but the two split months later. Divorce proceedings began earlier this year.

“I haven’t slept more than four hours a night in the past week,” he revealed. “My skin’s breaking out. I’ve got dark circles under my eyes. I’m dehydrated. I look like s**t. I felt pretty insecure walking into a photo shoot this morning, and I was running late because I had just gotten out of my fourth deposition for the divorce.”

The Oscar-nominated actor’s parents also split when he was just in third grade and his situation contributed to the man he is today. “They didn’t have a lot of money, and after the divorce, we moved around a lot. Up until junior high, I thought a new grade meant a new school for everybody,” he said, adding that may be what spawned his “shyness.”

Renner won’t be acting shy, however, when he stars in his next film, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, out July 31.

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DOJ Report Cites Law Enforcement Shortcomings in Ferguson Unrest

Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — A report commissioner by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, a part of the Justice Department, found that multiple shortcomings on the part of law enforcement contributed to the violent riots in Ferguson, Missouri last year.

The report has been disseminated to certain agencies, but the final version won’t be released for a few weeks. The draft version of the report, obtained by ABC News, included 42 findings related to law enforcement’s reaction to the initial protests.

Among the findings were that inconsistent training and different policing philosophies contributed to poor incident command and management, that the Ferguson Police Department and the St. Louis County Police Department used only immediate tactical responses do to the mistaken belief that riots would be “short-lived,” and that use of canine units “unnecessarily [incited] fear and anger among amassing crowds.”

The report also cited military-style uniforms, equipment, weapons and armored vehicles used by law enforcement that “produced a negative public reaction.”

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DOJ Report Cites Law Enforcement Shortcomings in Ferguson Unrest

Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — A report commissioner by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, a part of the Justice Department, found that multiple shortcomings on the part of law enforcement contributed to the violent riots in Ferguson, Missouri last year.

The report has been disseminated to certain agencies, but the final version won’t be released for a few weeks. The draft version of the report, obtained by ABC News, included 42 findings related to law enforcement’s reaction to the initial protests.

Among the findings were that inconsistent training and different policing philosophies contributed to poor incident command and management, that the Ferguson Police Department and the St. Louis County Police Department used only immediate tactical responses do to the mistaken belief that riots would be “short-lived,” and that use of canine units “unnecessarily [incited] fear and anger among amassing crowds.”

The report also cited military-style uniforms, equipment, weapons and armored vehicles used by law enforcement that “produced a negative public reaction.”

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