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Tulowitzki Placed on 15-Day DL

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(DENVER) — Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Colorado Rockies Tuesday with a left hip flexor strain.

The move is retroactive to July 20, when he left the team’s game against Pittsburgh after running out a grounder.

The 29-year-old Tulowitzki has not played over 150 games in a season since 2009.

Before the injury, Tulowitzki was putting up fantastic numbers leading baseball in batting average (.340) and on-base percentage (.432) while scoring 71 runs, hitting 21 homers and knocking in 52 runs.

Both Tulowitzki and Rockies skipper Walt Weiss don’t think the injury is too serious.

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Official: Gun Shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Played Greater Role in Bombing and Aftermath

FBI(BOSTON) — The handgun used by one of the alleged Boston Marathon bombers in a violent firefight with police and to allegedly murder an MIT police officer was given to the Tsarnaev brothers by a local alleged heroin dealer who was taken into custody late Tuesday, several law enforcement sources told ABC News.

Stephen Silva, a Cambridge Rindge and Latin classmate of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, appeared in federal court Tuesday on drug and gun possession charges.

In addition to charges related to alleged heroin dealing, the Eritrea native, “knowingly received and possessed a firearm…a Ruger model P95 9mm pistol, which had the importer’s and manufacturer’s serial number removed, obliterated, and altered,” according to court documents obtained by ABC News. Silva is alleged to have had the gun in Feb. 2013, just months before the marathon blasts.

Law enforcement sources said that gun was the same as the Ruger P95 described in other court documents as used by Tamerlan Tsarneav, Dzhokhar’s older brother, in a gun battle with police three days after the marathon bombing in April 2013. Tamerlan emptied the gun when firing at police and then threw the empty weapon at the officers before he was killed, the documents say. Dzhokhar was injured, but survived the firefight and would be apprehended hours later. He has pleaded not guilty to a litany of charges related to the marathon bombing.

Hours before the police engaged the brothers, the same gun was also allegedly used in the murder of MIT security officer Sean Collier.

Defense attorneys for Dzhokhar have filed papers and have said in open court that Tamerlan was the architect of the marathon attacks that left three dead, 260 wounded, and that Dzhokhar came under the “stronger influence of his older brother.”

However, a high-ranking law enforcement official said that while Tamerlan may have used the Ruger last, it was Dzhokhar who was friends with Silva and in the end, “it was Dzhokhar’s gun.”

“The defense is trying to paint Tamerlan as the mastermind [of the Boston attacks], but they were working in concert and we have evidence that Dzhokhar secured the weapon,” the official said.

Though the serial number was damaged, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was able to use what was left to track it to a gun to a store in Maine where it had been purchased legally, law enforcement sources said.

The original buyer told investigators he gave it to a Portland, Maine drug dealing gang. The alleged leader of that gang has been identified in federal court records as Biniam “Icy” Tsegai, also from Eritrea. Tsegai and others were indicted by federal prosecutors in Maine last year and in recent weeks several of those charged with drug-related crimes have pleaded guilty or been sentenced, according to FBI releases and court records.

It is unclear what connection “Icy” or his associates may have had with Silva or the Tsarnaevs. But Silva was described by investigators as a longtime friend of the younger Tsarnaev – who today turned 21 in jail where he is awaiting trial. Silva told U.S. Magistrate Court Justice Marianne Bowler Monday that he attended Cambridge Rindge and Latin, the same school as Dzohokhar, and graduated in the same year, 2011.

Silva’s attorney, Jonathon Shapiro, did not respond to requests for comment. Silva will return to federal court next month for a bail hearing.

The FBI has doggedly built cases against four other Tsarnaev friends.

Another Cambridge Rindge and Latin classmate, Robel Phillipos, will go on trial this fall for lying to federal agents.

On Monday, Azmat Tazhayakov, who was with Tsarnaev every day after the bombings, according to court testimony in his trial, was found guilty of obstruction charges and faces twenty years in prison.

The FBI dug through a dump for ten days to recover a backpack with spent fireworks that Tazhayakov and roomate Dias Kadrybayev are accused of disposing of the night of Collier’s murder.

Kadrybayev was also charged with obstruction and is slated for trial this fall. He has pleaded not guilty.

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Official: Gun Shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Played Greater Role in Bombing and Aftermath

FBI(BOSTON) — The handgun used by one of the alleged Boston Marathon bombers in a violent firefight with police and to allegedly murder an MIT police officer was given to the Tsarnaev brothers by a local alleged heroin dealer who was taken into custody late Tuesday, several law enforcement sources told ABC News.

Stephen Silva, a Cambridge Rindge and Latin classmate of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, appeared in federal court Tuesday on drug and gun possession charges.

In addition to charges related to alleged heroin dealing, the Eritrea native, “knowingly received and possessed a firearm…a Ruger model P95 9mm pistol, which had the importer’s and manufacturer’s serial number removed, obliterated, and altered,” according to court documents obtained by ABC News. Silva is alleged to have had the gun in Feb. 2013, just months before the marathon blasts.

Law enforcement sources said that gun was the same as the Ruger P95 described in other court documents as used by Tamerlan Tsarneav, Dzhokhar’s older brother, in a gun battle with police three days after the marathon bombing in April 2013. Tamerlan emptied the gun when firing at police and then threw the empty weapon at the officers before he was killed, the documents say. Dzhokhar was injured, but survived the firefight and would be apprehended hours later. He has pleaded not guilty to a litany of charges related to the marathon bombing.

Hours before the police engaged the brothers, the same gun was also allegedly used in the murder of MIT security officer Sean Collier.

Defense attorneys for Dzhokhar have filed papers and have said in open court that Tamerlan was the architect of the marathon attacks that left three dead, 260 wounded, and that Dzhokhar came under the “stronger influence of his older brother.”

However, a high-ranking law enforcement official said that while Tamerlan may have used the Ruger last, it was Dzhokhar who was friends with Silva and in the end, “it was Dzhokhar’s gun.”

“The defense is trying to paint Tamerlan as the mastermind [of the Boston attacks], but they were working in concert and we have evidence that Dzhokhar secured the weapon,” the official said.

Though the serial number was damaged, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was able to use what was left to track it to a gun to a store in Maine where it had been purchased legally, law enforcement sources said.

The original buyer told investigators he gave it to a Portland, Maine drug dealing gang. The alleged leader of that gang has been identified in federal court records as Biniam “Icy” Tsegai, also from Eritrea. Tsegai and others were indicted by federal prosecutors in Maine last year and in recent weeks several of those charged with drug-related crimes have pleaded guilty or been sentenced, according to FBI releases and court records.

It is unclear what connection “Icy” or his associates may have had with Silva or the Tsarnaevs. But Silva was described by investigators as a longtime friend of the younger Tsarnaev – who today turned 21 in jail where he is awaiting trial. Silva told U.S. Magistrate Court Justice Marianne Bowler Monday that he attended Cambridge Rindge and Latin, the same school as Dzohokhar, and graduated in the same year, 2011.

Silva’s attorney, Jonathon Shapiro, did not respond to requests for comment. Silva will return to federal court next month for a bail hearing.

The FBI has doggedly built cases against four other Tsarnaev friends.

Another Cambridge Rindge and Latin classmate, Robel Phillipos, will go on trial this fall for lying to federal agents.

On Monday, Azmat Tazhayakov, who was with Tsarnaev every day after the bombings, according to court testimony in his trial, was found guilty of obstruction charges and faces twenty years in prison.

The FBI dug through a dump for ten days to recover a backpack with spent fireworks that Tazhayakov and roomate Dias Kadrybayev are accused of disposing of the night of Collier’s murder.

Kadrybayev was also charged with obstruction and is slated for trial this fall. He has pleaded not guilty.

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Why OJ Is Getting Squeezed From Breakfast Tables

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — For generations orange juice has been the staple of a nutritious breakfast, but recently, it has been feeling the squeeze.

In June, Americans bought less orange juice than they ever have since the Florida Department of Citrus started keeping track in 2002.

Orange juice consumption in the United States is down 38% over the last decade. It’s also facing competition from supermarket aisles of exotic juices.

At the same time, orange juice is nearly $6.50 a gallon, a record high this month, and up nearly 4% for the year.

Farmers placed the blame largely on a devastating bacteria that has been killing Florida’s citrus crops and said with less fruit, they could not make as much fruit juice.

And while advertisements from the 1970s said natural orange juice was rich in vitamin C, new studies have shown that it’s also rich in calories and sugar — nearly the same amount as in cola drinks.

The Florida Department of Citrus is trying to win back consumers with a new ad campaign launched in June. It’s also getting help from Marvel Comics to redesign a spokes-character, Captain Citrus.

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Why OJ Is Getting Squeezed From Breakfast Tables

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — For generations orange juice has been the staple of a nutritious breakfast, but recently, it has been feeling the squeeze.

In June, Americans bought less orange juice than they ever have since the Florida Department of Citrus started keeping track in 2002.

Orange juice consumption in the United States is down 38% over the last decade. It’s also facing competition from supermarket aisles of exotic juices.

At the same time, orange juice is nearly $6.50 a gallon, a record high this month, and up nearly 4% for the year.

Farmers placed the blame largely on a devastating bacteria that has been killing Florida’s citrus crops and said with less fruit, they could not make as much fruit juice.

And while advertisements from the 1970s said natural orange juice was rich in vitamin C, new studies have shown that it’s also rich in calories and sugar — nearly the same amount as in cola drinks.

The Florida Department of Citrus is trying to win back consumers with a new ad campaign launched in June. It’s also getting help from Marvel Comics to redesign a spokes-character, Captain Citrus.

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Official: Gun Shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Played Greater Role in Bombing and Aftermath

FBI(BOSTON) — The handgun used by one of the alleged Boston Marathon bombers in a violent firefight with police and to allegedly murder an MIT police officer was given to the Tsarnaev brothers by a local alleged heroin dealer who was taken into custody late Tuesday, several law enforcement sources told ABC News.

Stephen Silva, a Cambridge Rindge and Latin classmate of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, appeared in federal court Tuesday on drug and gun possession charges.

In addition to charges related to alleged heroin dealing, the Eritrea native, “knowingly received and possessed a firearm…a Ruger model P95 9mm pistol, which had the importer’s and manufacturer’s serial number removed, obliterated, and altered,” according to court documents obtained by ABC News. Silva is alleged to have had the gun in Feb. 2013, just months before the marathon blasts.

Law enforcement sources said that gun was the same as the Ruger P95 described in other court documents as used by Tamerlan Tsarneav, Dzhokhar’s older brother, in a gun battle with police three days after the marathon bombing in April 2013. Tamerlan emptied the gun when firing at police and then threw the empty weapon at the officers before he was killed, the documents say. Dzhokhar was injured, but survived the firefight and would be apprehended hours later. He has pleaded not guilty to a litany of charges related to the marathon bombing.

Hours before the police engaged the brothers, the same gun was also allegedly used in the murder of MIT security officer Sean Collier.

Defense attorneys for Dzhokhar have filed papers and have said in open court that Tamerlan was the architect of the marathon attacks that left three dead, 260 wounded, and that Dzhokhar came under the “stronger influence of his older brother.”

However, a high-ranking law enforcement official said that while Tamerlan may have used the Ruger last, it was Dzhokhar who was friends with Silva and in the end, “it was Dzhokhar’s gun.”

“The defense is trying to paint Tamerlan as the mastermind [of the Boston attacks], but they were working in concert and we have evidence that Dzhokhar secured the weapon,” the official said.

Though the serial number was damaged, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was able to use what was left to track it to a gun to a store in Maine where it had been purchased legally, law enforcement sources said.

The original buyer told investigators he gave it to a Portland, Maine drug dealing gang. The alleged leader of that gang has been identified in federal court records as Biniam “Icy” Tsegai, also from Eritrea. Tsegai and others were indicted by federal prosecutors in Maine last year and in recent weeks several of those charged with drug-related crimes have pleaded guilty or been sentenced, according to FBI releases and court records.

It is unclear what connection “Icy” or his associates may have had with Silva or the Tsarnaevs. But Silva was described by investigators as a longtime friend of the younger Tsarnaev – who today turned 21 in jail where he is awaiting trial. Silva told U.S. Magistrate Court Justice Marianne Bowler Monday that he attended Cambridge Rindge and Latin, the same school as Dzohokhar, and graduated in the same year, 2011.

Silva’s attorney, Jonathon Shapiro, did not respond to requests for comment. Silva will return to federal court next month for a bail hearing.

The FBI has doggedly built cases against four other Tsarnaev friends.

Another Cambridge Rindge and Latin classmate, Robel Phillipos, will go on trial this fall for lying to federal agents.

On Monday, Azmat Tazhayakov, who was with Tsarnaev every day after the bombings, according to court testimony in his trial, was found guilty of obstruction charges and faces twenty years in prison.

The FBI dug through a dump for ten days to recover a backpack with spent fireworks that Tazhayakov and roomate Dias Kadrybayev are accused of disposing of the night of Collier’s murder.

Kadrybayev was also charged with obstruction and is slated for trial this fall. He has pleaded not guilty.

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Why OJ Is Getting Squeezed From Breakfast Tables

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — For generations orange juice has been the staple of a nutritious breakfast, but recently, it has been feeling the squeeze.

In June, Americans bought less orange juice than they ever have since the Florida Department of Citrus started keeping track in 2002.

Orange juice consumption in the United States is down 38% over the last decade. It’s also facing competition from supermarket aisles of exotic juices.

At the same time, orange juice is nearly $6.50 a gallon, a record high this month, and up nearly 4% for the year.

Farmers placed the blame largely on a devastating bacteria that has been killing Florida’s citrus crops and said with less fruit, they could not make as much fruit juice.

And while advertisements from the 1970s said natural orange juice was rich in vitamin C, new studies have shown that it’s also rich in calories and sugar — nearly the same amount as in cola drinks.

The Florida Department of Citrus is trying to win back consumers with a new ad campaign launched in June. It’s also getting help from Marvel Comics to redesign a spokes-character, Captain Citrus.

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How Eric Stonestreet Spoils His Parents

ABC/Lou Rocco(LOS ANGELES) — Eric Stonestreet lives in California now, but he hasn’t forgotten his Midwestern roots.

Now a star on Modern Family, he enjoys spoiling his parents when he can.

“[I enjoy] just having them out and giving them a comfortable place to stay,” he told ABC News. “They don’t need anything but … [I] give them a first class trip all the way out and make sure they’re comfortable and have everything they want.”

However, recently, his mother, who lives in Kansas, has another reason to jet to Los Angeles: She filmed a Swiffer commercial with Stonestreet, who is a spokesman for the product

“She was nervous and excited,” he said. “She’d never worked with me before. She’s never done anything like that before!”

When shooting ended, she extended her trip a bit and got to “sit by the pool and relax.”

“Both my mom and dad have been able to participate in the more fun aspects of my life in the past few years,” he said. “It’s fun.”

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Cockpit of Malaysia Airlines Plane Remains Unguarded Amid Pleas to Preserve, Protect Evidence

(KIEV, Ukraine) — Fields with wreckage from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane remained completely unguarded Monday amid international calls for the evidence to be protected and secured from looters.

A team of international experts was on their way to the rural Ukrainian town of Donetsk to examine the crash site first hand, but until then, the plane wreckage remains out in the open.

One field, miles from the main crash site, was littered with debris and completely unguarded, reported ABC News’ Kirit Radia.

Another clearing had the remains of the cockpit of the plane, with pilots’ bags, flight plans, and maps scattered throughout, open to the elements as well as looters.

Both sites had several pieces of metal that appeared to be burned and had small holes–which would inevitably be important to investigators because they may give clues about the nature of the surface-to-air missile that was used to shoot down the plane.

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What Happens When Online Dating Meets the Middle East

iStock/Thinkstock(RAMALLAH, Palestine) — Dating is hard, but it’s even harder if you’re trying to meet someone in the capital of a war-torn region like Palestine, according to excerpts from a new blog called PalesTINDER.

The Tumblr page posts singles’ conversations from the dating apps Tinder and Grindr, revealing that there really is no escaping the area’s political tensions amid attacks in Israel and the Gaza Strip– even if you’re just trying to spark a conversation.

“It started as my roommate and I were sitting on the couch like, ‘Let’s see what’s happening on Tinder,'” Caitlin Kent, 26, told ABC News on Monday from Ramallah, Palestine, where the San Francisco native works at a summer camp.

But Kent said she was shocked by the “racist” responses she got when other users learned she lived in Ramallah, and decided to gather screenshots of similar conversations her friends in Palestine had, and posted them on a blog.

Now the excerpts, which Kent says are all from her or her friends’ personal conversations, are gaining traction online, highlighting how even something innocent like an online chat can spiral into heated political discussion.

In one conversation, someone claiming to be from Tel Aviv, Israel, refuses to visit Ramallah because he says he doesn’t want to be killed. In another, someone assumes the other party is a Hamas supporter because she is in Palestine.

Yet another conversation brings up Romeo and Juliet – a way to justify an Arab and a Jewish person speaking to one another.

The dialogue can go both ways, as tensions have been high between Israelis and Palestinians for decades.

Kent, who blurred names and faces before she posted the snapshots online, said the blog isn’t designed to shed light on what dating life is like there, but just serves as further proof of how divisive the Middle East has become.

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