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ESPN Poll: Coaches Favor 8-Team Playoff

Football Texture/iStockphoto(NEW YORK) — According to a poll conducted by ESPN, FBS coaches rather have an eight-team playoff rather than the current four-team format.

The poll, which 103 of the 128 FBS coaches voted in, showed 44 percent prefer an eight-team playoff, 29 percent are happy with the current four-team playoff and 17 percent want a 16-team playoff.

Most off the coaches who voted for an eight-team playoff think that system should be comprised of the conference champions from each of the Power 5 conferences as well as either the top-ranked team from the Power 5 and the two-highest ranked at-large teams, or just the three-highest ranked at-large teams.

ACC commissioner John Swofford said earlier in the week that an eight-team playoff would probably be ideal.

“You have four teams that get a chance to play for the national championship, which is twice as many as before,” Swofford said. “But whoever’s fifth or sixth is not going to be happy. There will be some (Power 5) conferences that won’t have a team in the playoff.”

There was one coach who voted fo a 64-team playoff.

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ESPN Poll: Coaches Favor 8-Team Playoff

Football Texture/iStockphoto(NEW YORK) — According to a poll conducted by ESPN, FBS coaches rather have an eight-team playoff rather than the current four-team format.

The poll, which 103 of the 128 FBS coaches voted in, showed 44 percent prefer an eight-team playoff, 29 percent are happy with the current four-team playoff and 17 percent want a 16-team playoff.

Most off the coaches who voted for an eight-team playoff think that system should be comprised of the conference champions from each of the Power 5 conferences as well as either the top-ranked team from the Power 5 and the two-highest ranked at-large teams, or just the three-highest ranked at-large teams.

ACC commissioner John Swofford said earlier in the week that an eight-team playoff would probably be ideal.

“You have four teams that get a chance to play for the national championship, which is twice as many as before,” Swofford said. “But whoever’s fifth or sixth is not going to be happy. There will be some (Power 5) conferences that won’t have a team in the playoff.”

There was one coach who voted fo a 64-team playoff.

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Guantanamo Detainee Transferred to Saudi Arabia

Credit: Alex Potemkin/Getty Images(GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba) — Another detainee who had been held at Guantanamo Bay Detention Center was released on Saturday, as the Department of Defense announced the transfer of Muhammed Murdi Issa Al-Zahrani from Guantanamo Bay to the government of Saudi Arabia.

Al-Zahrani is the sixth detainee transferred in the last three days and the seventh in two weeks. He had been subject to a periodic review process, including representatives from numerous government agencies. That board determined that Al-Zahrani does not pose a significant threat to U.S. security.

“In the past two weeks, the Department of Defense has transferred seven detainees,” Paul Lewis, special envoy for Guantanamo detention closure said. “A total of 13 detainees have been transferred this year. This strikes a responsible balance and reflects the careful deliberation the Secretary of Defense brings to the transfer process, and follows a rigorous process in the interagency to review several items including security review prior to any transfer.”

Approximately 142 detainees remain at Guantanamo.

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Guantanamo Detainee Transferred to Saudi Arabia

Credit: Alex Potemkin/Getty Images(GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba) — Another detainee who had been held at Guantanamo Bay Detention Center was released on Saturday, as the Department of Defense announced the transfer of Muhammed Murdi Issa Al-Zahrani from Guantanamo Bay to the government of Saudi Arabia.

Al-Zahrani is the sixth detainee transferred in the last three days and the seventh in two weeks. He had been subject to a periodic review process, including representatives from numerous government agencies. That board determined that Al-Zahrani does not pose a significant threat to U.S. security.

“In the past two weeks, the Department of Defense has transferred seven detainees,” Paul Lewis, special envoy for Guantanamo detention closure said. “A total of 13 detainees have been transferred this year. This strikes a responsible balance and reflects the careful deliberation the Secretary of Defense brings to the transfer process, and follows a rigorous process in the interagency to review several items including security review prior to any transfer.”

Approximately 142 detainees remain at Guantanamo.

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Kenya Bus Attack Leaves 28 Dead

Credit: omer sukru goksu/Getty Images(NAIROBI, Kenya) — An attack on a bus in northern Kenya left 28 people dead at the hands of terror group al-Shabab.

The Kenya Red Cross confirmed the attack, for which gunmen from the Somali militant group claimed responsibility. BBC News reports that the gunmen asked passengers to read from the Koran, and those who failed were shot in the head. Some Somali passengers were shot after they pleaded with the gunmen to spare the other passengers’ lives.

Al-Shabab has been responsible for numerous attacks in Kenya in recent years, including the shooting at the Westgate Mall in September 2013, in which at least 61 civilians were killed.

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Kenya Bus Attack Leaves 28 Dead

Credit: omer sukru goksu/Getty Images(NAIROBI, Kenya) — An attack on a bus in northern Kenya left 28 people dead at the hands of terror group al-Shabab.

The Kenya Red Cross confirmed the attack, for which gunmen from the Somali militant group claimed responsibility. BBC News reports that the gunmen asked passengers to read from the Koran, and those who failed were shot in the head. Some Somali passengers were shot after they pleaded with the gunmen to spare the other passengers’ lives.

Al-Shabab has been responsible for numerous attacks in Kenya in recent years, including the shooting at the Westgate Mall in September 2013, in which at least 61 civilians were killed.

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Kenya Bus Attack Leaves 28 Dead

Credit: omer sukru goksu/Getty Images(NAIROBI, Kenya) — An attack on a bus in northern Kenya left 28 people dead at the hands of terror group al-Shabab.

The Kenya Red Cross confirmed the attack, for which gunmen from the Somali militant group claimed responsibility. BBC News reports that the gunmen asked passengers to read from the Koran, and those who failed were shot in the head. Some Somali passengers were shot after they pleaded with the gunmen to spare the other passengers’ lives.

Al-Shabab has been responsible for numerous attacks in Kenya in recent years, including the shooting at the Westgate Mall in September 2013, in which at least 61 civilians were killed.

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US Embassy in Mexico Issues Security Warning for Acapulco

Pedro PARDO/AFP/Getty Images(ACAPULCO, Mexico) — The U.S. Embassy in Mexico has issued a security warning on Saturday, urging U.S. citizens to avoid Acapulco due to violence and protests.

The protests have escalated in recent weeks after the disappearance of 43 Mexican students. U.S. Embassy personnel have been told to put off all non-essential travel to the area by air or land. The embassy also notes that road travel in other areas of Guerrero state is prohibited.

The embassy notes a ban in the Mexican Constitution on political activities by foreigners, warning Americans to avoid demonstrations or other activities that could be deemed political by Mexican authorities, as such actions could result in detention or deportation.

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US Embassy in Mexico Issues Security Warning for Acapulco

Pedro PARDO/AFP/Getty Images(ACAPULCO, Mexico) — The U.S. Embassy in Mexico has issued a security warning on Saturday, urging U.S. citizens to avoid Acapulco due to violence and protests.

The protests have escalated in recent weeks after the disappearance of 43 Mexican students. U.S. Embassy personnel have been told to put off all non-essential travel to the area by air or land. The embassy also notes that road travel in other areas of Guerrero state is prohibited.

The embassy notes a ban in the Mexican Constitution on political activities by foreigners, warning Americans to avoid demonstrations or other activities that could be deemed political by Mexican authorities, as such actions could result in detention or deportation.

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Craigslist Fires Back After Government Criticism Over Recalled Products

ABC News(NEW YORK) — The CEO of Craiglist posted an open letter to a top U.S. government safety official Friday, saying that while he agrees the consumer product recall system is deeply flawed, he was “dismayed” that the official singled out his company in an ABC News report.

“You rightly lamented to ABC [News] that for a typical recall, 95 [percent] of the recalled items are still in the hands of consumers 5 years after the recall notice… These figures are utterly shocking,” the letter from Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster says. “Imagine our dismay when you and ABC ‘came out shooting’ at craigslist. Last we knew from your representatives, earlier this year, we were taking all appropriate steps to reduce the number of free classified ads for recall items by craigslist users.”

Buckmaster invited Kaye to San Francisco to “discuss how craigslist can further assist the CPSC in addressing product recalls.” “Since you, personally, have been the one leading the criticism, I trust you agree it will be time well spent for you as CPSC chairman, and I as craigslist CEO, to meet in person,” the letter says.

The letter came hours after ABC News Good Morning America broadcast parts of an interview with Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Elliot Kaye, who said that Craigslist is “morally irresponsible” for not doing what some other major internet resale sites do to block the sale of defective products under government recall.

“They do not and will not do it to date,” said Kaye, despite repeated requests from commission officials to set up the same filters used by Amazon and eBay to prevent recalled items from being posted.

Kaye said the result is the easy availability of items that could injure or kill children.

”I think it is irresponsible,” Kaye told ABC News in an interview to be broadcast further Friday night on World News with David Muir and 20/20.

Previously, Craigslist founder Craig Newmark refused to answer questions about the site’s refusal, saying he was only a “customer service representative” at the company that has made him a multi-millionaire.

An ABC News investigation, conducted with 17 ABC stations across the country, found the Craigslist site loaded with items that are illegal to sell because they have been recalled for safety defects.

Among the potentially dangerous items discovered on the Craigslist site was a Bumbo baby seat linked to a series of accidents in which infants fractured their skulls or suffered other serious injuries.

The Bumbo was later recalled, and owners were offered a safety belt, but the original version continues to be offered for re-sale on Craigslist.

When ABC News attempted to list the recalled version of the Bumbo on Amazon it was immediately blocked. On eBay, the listing was removed by the site 24 hours after we posted it.

But the Craigslist ad ABC News posted for the recalled item remained on the site for a week until we took it down on our own.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission praised Amazon and eBay for acting “responsibly.”

“They filter hundreds and thousands of online product notices to make sure with certain tags, make sure that these products are not up there,” Kaye said.

Craigslist, he said, “will not do it, has not done it, but should do it.”

In a written statement, the Washington government relations executive for Craigslist, William C. Powell, said the site has an automated system to help prevent posting of recalled items and also “provides a system where users can flag postings advertising recalled items for removal.” (Click here to read Powell’s statement in full.)

The spokesperson said Craigslist prohibits the sale of recalled items.

That notice is on the posting page, and elsewhere the prohibition of recalled items is on line 15 of a 22 line-long list of a wide range of prohibited categories.

“I still think it’s irresponsible not to join in with the rest of the community who have certainly recognized that they should take action in this arena,” he said.

Craig Newmark and Craigslist came under similar criticism five years ago over its policy of allowing postings that appeared to be ads for prostitution, and were linked to several murders.

At the time, Newmark addressed the issue in an interview with ABC News, saying, “If an ad on our site appears which is wrong for any reason, if it is criminal, we don’t want that on our site.”

Craigslist later dropped its adult service section.

Five years later, Newmark refused to address the issue of ads for the illegal sale of recalled items, saying he was no longer involved in the management of the company is only a customer service representative. In his letter, Buckmaster said Newmark had become a “victim of completely underserved criticism” and is a “dedicated philanthropist.”

After asking for the name of the ABC News director, he walked away from ABC News cameras.

To see if a product you’ve purchased has been recalled, go to www.SaferProducts.gov.

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