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Pelosi Unsure How House Vote to Train Syrian Rebels Will Turn Out

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — As the House prepares to vote on Title X authorization to arm and train Syrian moderates in the fight against ISIS Wednesday afternoon, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi would not predict what the outcome of the vote would be.

“I don’t know how the vote will turn out. It’s not a vote we whip,” Pelosi, D-Calif., said at a news conference Wednesday. “I do think that as members weigh the facts, that they will, I think, give points to the president for all that he has done diplomatically, politically, humanitarian wise and ask for this discreet piece. It is not to be confused with any authorization to go further.”

Asked about the possibility of sending ground troops to combat ISIS, Pelosi said, “I will not vote for combat troops to be engaged in war.”

“We are not there to support combat troops in any of these engagements,” she added. “Our purpose is not to engage in civil war in Syria and our purpose is not to continue the war in Iraq. Our purpose is to stop ISIS from its brutality. ISIS conforms outside the circle of civilized human behavior. It is a threat to our friends in the region. It is a threat to us and it’s a threat to stability and it must be stopped.”

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Most New Cancer Drugs Target DNA, Report Finds

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — One American dies of cancer every minute, according to the latest Cancer Progress Report from the American Association for Cancer Research.

The report, unveiled Tuesday, highlights major advancements this past year in cancer research, diagnosis and treatment. Among its key findings and predictions:

  • More than 1.6 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer in 2014. The number of people who die from cancer worldwide is projected to rise to 14.6 million by 2034.
  • While cancer is the leading cause of disease-related death in U.S. children, more than 50 percent of cancers are diagnosed in those older than 65.
  • In the past year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved six new cancer therapies, five of which belong to a relatively new class of drugs known as molecularly-targeted agents because they are designed to attack highly specific cancer proteins.

While improved cancer screening tools and research have led to earlier detection and therapies in the fight against cancer, declining research budgets have slowed progress. And, as the population continues to age, the numbers of cancer diagnoses are expected to dramatically increase, the report warned.

Additionally, cancer health disparities persist among low-income and minority populations.

For more on the report, watch the video below of a cancer roundtable moderated by Dr. Richard Besser, chief health and medical editor for ABC News:

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Apple Guide Advises Android Users on How to Make the Switch to an iPhone

Apple(NEW YORK) — When the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are released on Friday, Apple is betting that some Android users will be enticed to make the switch.

Apple has released a thorough guide advising Android users on how to move everything from photos, music and documents, off of their Android devices and onto an iPhone.

In order to make the process seamless, the guide advises users on various data copying apps to use, such as Copy My Data and PhotoSync, to make sure everything from their Android device is easily moved to their new iPhone.

Apple’s App Store also includes many apps that may already be familiar to Android users. The guide advises users to search for app they’re already using, install them and simply sign in with their existing user name and password.

Check out the guide here.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has called the devices the “biggest advancement in the history of iPhones” and the “best iPhones” Apple has ever produced, and many technology reviewers have given the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus high marks.

One reason why this particular release is so hot is the larger screen size.

The iPhone 6 is 4.7 inches, while the iPhone 6 Plus measures 5.5 inches diagonally, giving Samsung, which has dominated the giant phone market and runs on Android, some competition.

While it’s unclear just how many Android users plan to make the switch, Apple reported that a record 4 million pre-orders were placed for the new phones on the first day. Many carriers are reporting demand so high that the devices are on back-order until October.

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Taylor Swift Named “People” Magazine’s Best Dressed of 2014

Oliver Hardt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Taylor Swift not only kills it on the red carpet, she kills it every time she steps outside her New York City apartment. That’s why the always-pulled-together singer has been named People magazine’s Best Dressed for 2014.

As People notes, the singer has “truly hit her style stride in the past 12 months,” sporting amazing designer gowns at industry events, and chic casual ensembles on the street. She even looks great coming from the gym.

Her BFF, supermodel Karli Kloss, tells the magazine, “She’s got great style. I need to take some notes from her!”

Taylor herself tells People, “I’m more willing to take a risk this year than ever before,” and describes her style as “feminine, leggy and ever-changing.”

As far as other musical performers go, People magazine also singles out Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez on its Best-Dressed top-10 list, which is unranked. The mag calls Rihanna “the biggest risk-taker,” offering as evidence the see-through gown she wore to accept her Fashion Icon award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Speaking about his client’s fashion choices, Rihanna’s stylist tells the magazine, “Being sexy is totally a part of it. It’s also about having fun, though, and just experimenting with fashion.”

As for that ageless beauty J-Lo, the magazine says, “[She] has yet to meet a skin-baring trend she doesn’t like…or can’t pull off.” Her stylists tell the magazine, “She looks phenomenal in everything, so we get to have more fun playing with her looks rather than analyzing what needs to be avoided.”

People mag also inducts some Best Dressed Couples into its Style Hall of Fame, and Adam Levine and his supermodel wife Behati Prinsloo are among them, as are John Legend and his supermodel wife, Chrissy Teigen. Voice coach and country star Blake Shelton and his wife, fellow country star Miranda Lambert, also made the cut.

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Consumer Prices Drop 0.2% in August

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Consumer prices dipped 0.2 percent last month, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Wednesday, marking the first drop since April 2013.

Gas, airline tickets and clothing were cheaper in August, and most other core prices remained unchanged. But the same can’t be said for some foods.

“We saw more than a 4 percent drop during the month of August in the prices at the pump. We needed those declines, because we did have increases at the grocery store,” Mesirow Financial chief economist Diane Swonk said.

Prices for meat, poultry, fish and eggs were up, she said, but “if you are a vegan you did ok, because fruit prices and non-alcoholic beverages fell.”

Over the last 12 months, the government says consumer prices have increased 1.7 percent. That inflation rate is slightly lower than what the Federal Reserve would like to see for a healthy economy.

“This is something that is more disturbing to the Fed. The Federal Reserve would like to see a little hotter economy with more job gains rather than an economy that’s cool to the touch,” Swonk said.

Fed Chair Janet Yellen is scheduled to speak later Wednesday as the Federal Reserve wraps up a two-day meeting.

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Bryan Cranston Helps MLB Promote Playoffs with ‘One-Man Show’

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After playing meth dealer Walter White in the AMC series Breaking Bad and President Lyndon B. Johnson in the Broadway play All the Way, what’s next for Bryan Cranston? A one-man show that salutes Major League Baseball’s playoffs.

In a new six-minute ad for TBS’ upcoming postseason coverage, we’re treated to a behind-the-scenes look at Cranston’s faux one-man show on the national pastime. The Emmy winner mimics World Series heroes Carlton Fisk and Kirk Gibson, and spoofs various baseball clichés.

Perhaps the funniest moment comes when Cranston, wearing an Oakland A’s uniform, dramatically recites the lyrics to “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.”

TBS’ coverage of the Major League Baseball playoffs begins Sept. 30.

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Renewed Spotlight on Why the NFL Is a Nonprofit Group

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Attention over the National Football League’s domestic abuse policy and the league’s leadership has drawn renewed scrutiny of a fact that may surprise many people: the NFL is a nonprofit group.

The National Basketball Association has always been a for-profit business, and Major League Baseball gave up its nonprofit status back in 2007. So the NFL should no longer be nonprofit, some sports fans fume. This week, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., called for increasing funding for domestic violence prevention by $100 million over 10 years by taxing the dues professional sports leagues pay to support leagues’ front offices.

The NFL league office has been a tax-exempt 501(c)6 trade association since the 1940s. The Professional Golfers Association and National Hockey League are also nonprofit trade organizations, though neither comes close to the wealth of the NFL.

That doesn’t mean the individual NFL teams aren’t making money or paying taxes for their $10 billion in annual revenue. The NFL’s 32 clubs pay taxes on all revenues on tickets, television rights and jersey sales.

Though the potential taxes owed if these sports leagues were classified as a for-profit entity are estimated at a modest $10 million, the fact that the NFL league office is tax exempt at all is rubbing some people the wrong way anew because of the recent scandals, including the controversial player concussion issue.

The NFL contends that the league office is an administrative office that writes the rules of the game, hires referees, negotiates collective bargaining agreements and more.

A spokesman for the NFL offered to ABC News as comment an op-ed by Jeremy Spector, the NFL’s outside tax counsel and partner with Covington and Burling LLP.

“The league office acts as a trade association for the NFL clubs,” Spector wrote in November. “It establishes rules and standard practices for its members, develops programs to help them run their operations more efficiently and profitably, and promotes the business in the broader community. Trade associations are nonprofit organizations. They don’t engage in any business activity. As a result, they are exempt from being taxed under section 501(c)(6) of the federal tax code.”

Spector wrote an op-ed for the Nov. 29, 2013, issue of U.S. News and World Report in response to questions about the league’s nonprofit status. That’s when Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., introduced the “PRO Sports Act” to repeal tax-exempt status for certain professional sports leagues after 2013. While Coburn has said he still wants to move this bill forward, the bill has not moved out of committee.

The league’s Form 990 filed with the IRS for 2012, the most recent document available, shows the NFL lost more than $304 million in 2012. But that doesn’t mean the NFL is underwater and it’s not making a ton of money in royalties and licensing. The NFL commissioner since 2006, Roger Goodell, earned $44.1 million in 2012, according to the Form 990. The highest paid player in 2012, according to Forbes, Drew Brees, earned $44.4 million on the field that year and $5 million off the field in endorsements and other deals.

Goodell made a total of $85 million from 2010-2012, the last three years for which information is available. Though the other major sports leagues don’t publish executive pay, Goodell is widely thought to be the highest-paid sports commissioner, according to industry experts.

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Renewed Spotlight on Why the NFL Is a Nonprofit Group

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Attention over the National Football League’s domestic abuse policy and the league’s leadership has drawn renewed scrutiny of a fact that may surprise many people: the NFL is a nonprofit group.

The National Basketball Association has always been a for-profit business, and Major League Baseball gave up its nonprofit status back in 2007. So the NFL should no longer be nonprofit, some sports fans fume. This week, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., called for increasing funding for domestic violence prevention by $100 million over 10 years by taxing the dues professional sports leagues pay to support leagues’ front offices.

The NFL league office has been a tax-exempt 501(c)6 trade association since the 1940s. The Professional Golfers Association and National Hockey League are also nonprofit trade organizations, though neither comes close to the wealth of the NFL.

That doesn’t mean the individual NFL teams aren’t making money or paying taxes for their $10 billion in annual revenue. The NFL’s 32 clubs pay taxes on all revenues on tickets, television rights and jersey sales.

Though the potential taxes owed if these sports leagues were classified as a for-profit entity are estimated at a modest $10 million, the fact that the NFL league office is tax exempt at all is rubbing some people the wrong way anew because of the recent scandals, including the controversial player concussion issue.

The NFL contends that the league office is an administrative office that writes the rules of the game, hires referees, negotiates collective bargaining agreements and more.

A spokesman for the NFL offered to ABC News as comment an op-ed by Jeremy Spector, the NFL’s outside tax counsel and partner with Covington and Burling LLP.

“The league office acts as a trade association for the NFL clubs,” Spector wrote in November. “It establishes rules and standard practices for its members, develops programs to help them run their operations more efficiently and profitably, and promotes the business in the broader community. Trade associations are nonprofit organizations. They don’t engage in any business activity. As a result, they are exempt from being taxed under section 501(c)(6) of the federal tax code.”

Spector wrote an op-ed for the Nov. 29, 2013, issue of U.S. News and World Report in response to questions about the league’s nonprofit status. That’s when Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., introduced the “PRO Sports Act” to repeal tax-exempt status for certain professional sports leagues after 2013. While Coburn has said he still wants to move this bill forward, the bill has not moved out of committee.

The league’s Form 990 filed with the IRS for 2012, the most recent document available, shows the NFL lost more than $304 million in 2012. But that doesn’t mean the NFL is underwater and it’s not making a ton of money in royalties and licensing. The NFL commissioner since 2006, Roger Goodell, earned $44.1 million in 2012, according to the Form 990. The highest paid player in 2012, according to Forbes, Drew Brees, earned $44.4 million on the field that year and $5 million off the field in endorsements and other deals.

Goodell made a total of $85 million from 2010-2012, the last three years for which information is available. Though the other major sports leagues don’t publish executive pay, Goodell is widely thought to be the highest-paid sports commissioner, according to industry experts.

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Independent Scotland? Cases Made Before Thursday Vote

iStock/Thinkstock(GLASGOW, Scotland) — The Scots are about to decide their destiny.

With a mixture of raucous argument, romantic nostalgia, economic number-crunching, and hair-raising suspense, millions of Scots are bracing for the vote Thursday. The urgency in the air is palpable.

What is striking is how vital and universal this debate is. Everyone you meet is talking, canvassing, dreaming, fighting and playing the bagpipes — or at least it seems that way, sometimes. An astonishing 97 percent of Scots eligible to vote have registered for this referendum.

The most recent polls show that those who want Scotland to stay in the United Kingdom have a very slight lead — but one within the margin of error.

In these last 24 hours, it seems, those who will vote “no” to Scottish independence have finally roused themselves and found their passion and their voice.

In Glasgow, Scotland, Wednesday morning, speakers young and old, professional politicians and ordinary citizens, poured out their hearts before a fired-up crowd, urging a rejection of separation from London.

“We are Clyde-built,” said one shipbuilding worker, referring to the river that this proud industrial town bestrides. “And what we’ve built together in the U.K., we will keep.”

Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, a Scotsman from Kirkcaldy, seemed almost overcome with emotion as he summoned the ghosts of the United Kingdom’s war dead down through the centuries, “Scotsmen, Welshmen, Englishmen and Irishmen lying side by side.”

“We who vote no love Scotland,” Brown said.

But on the other side, there is plenty of passion, too. And there is hope that a dream long deferred is about to come true.

“Freedom!” hollered David Bell, a taxi driver, in a pub in Edinburgh, Scotland, last night.

Holding up a 10-pound note with a portrait of Queen Elizabeth on it, Bell savagely crumpled it up in his fist, saying, “Take that!”

The pro-independence movement goes deeper than all that, though. At the heart of the argument for separation from London is a bitter dissatisfaction among many Scots with a trend in the United Kingdom since Margaret Thatcher towards a more market-based conservatism than people in Scotland want. Scots have come to see themselves as more European, more socially democratic, and less reflexively pro-American in foreign policy than the establishment that governs them from London.

There are all kinds of practical problems with independence: Would Scotland use the pound sterling as its currency? What would happen to the U.K. national debt? Would the Union Jack, the flag that combines English, Scottish, Irish and Welsh elements — need to be changed?

But in the end, the question for the voters here is simple and profound: What does it mean to be Scottish?

It’s rare that a people get to ask that sort of question so clearly and so formally as they will Thursday. And after all the arguing and the speechifying and the bagpiping, the Scots are ready to give their answer.

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Marvel Releases Official Synopsis of “Avengers: Age of Ultron”

Buena Vista(NEW YORK) — Marvel has finally released the official synopsis of Avengers: Age of Ultron.

“When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance,” Marvel teases, before continuing, “As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.”

As far as the cast goes, Marvel explains, “Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction.”

Marvel also added this little nugget about Vision: “Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.”

Meanwhile, on his Facebook page Tuesday, Downey promised a “surprise” for Wednesday morning that is likely Avengers-related. He posted, “Seeing as how Tuesday is the most productive day of the week, I’ll not decrease the efficiency. TOMORROW AM, however, I’ll throw a surprise your way…” Under his blue suit jacket, the actor was wearing the Black Sabbath shirt he wore as Stark in The Avengers.

Avengers: Age of Ultron will be released to theaters nationwide on May 1, 2015. Marvel, like ABC News, is owned by Disney.

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