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Pistons’ Point Guard Brandon Jennings out 6-9 Month with Achilles Injury

NBA via Milwaukee Bucks(MILWAUKEE) — The Detroit Pistons’ biggest fears have come true as point guard Brandon Jennings will miss the next 6-9 months with an Achilles injury.

“6/9months.” Jennings posted on Twitter on Sunday afternoon, confirming the injury.

Jennings fell to the floor during the team’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks Friday night after he planted his left leg while he was guarding on inbounds pass. He had to be carried off the court by teammates.

“We gotta just keep pushin’ WE (Pistons) worked to hard to get down about anything right now. We gotta stay focus on the main Goal. Playoffs!” Jennings tweeted after the game.

Since waiving forward Josh Smith, Jennings has played some of the best basketball of his career for the white-hot Pistons.

This past Wednesday, he dished out a career-high 21 assists and was coming into his own in his second season with the team.

In 41 games this season, Jennings averaged 15.4 points and 6.6 assists per game.

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Pope Francis Releases Balloons of Peace in Place of Doves

GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images(VATICAN CITY) — Pope Francis broke with tradition on Sunday, releasing balloons of peace in place of the typical doves during his Sunday mass.

Last January, shortly after the pontiff released the two peace doves, they were attacked by other birds. During the last Sunday mass of January, the pope traditionally released the doves to symbolize the need to pray and work for world peace, London’s The Telegraph newspaper says.

In the place of the doves, Pope Francis had children release the multi-colored balloons.

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Angelina Jolie Visits Refugees in Iraq

SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images(ERBIL, Iraq) — Angelina Jolie traveled to Iraq on Sunday to visit Syrians and Iraqis displaced in the battle against ISIS.

Jolie is a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees and has made multiple visits to refugee camps in the region. The United Nations says more than three million people have fled the fighting in Syria and another 6.5 million were displaced within Syria. An additional 2.5 million were displaced in Iraq.

“It is shocking to see how the humanitarian situation in Iraq has deteriorated since my last visit,” Jolie said. “Many…innocent people have been uprooted multiple times as they seek safety admist shifting frontlines.”

“Too many innocent people are paying the price of the conflict in Syria and spread of extremism,” the Unbroken filmmaker said. She also expressed her “deepest sympathy” to the family of Haruna Yukawa, the Japanese hostage who was apparently executed at the hands of ISIS.

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Kia to Recall Nearly 87,000 Vehicles in Wake of Fire Risk

Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Kia Motors is recalling over 80,000 vehicles after a defect in the cooling fan resistor was found, creating the risk of potential fires.

According to documents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the recall affects as many as 86,880 Kia Fortes from the 2014 model year. Vehicle owners are expected to be notified next month.

Dealers will replace the cooling fan resistor and the multifuse unit in all recalled cars. Owners of vehicles with a 1.8 liter engine will also have software updated.

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Kia to Recall Nearly 87,000 Vehicles in Wake of Fire Risk

Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Kia Motors is recalling over 80,000 vehicles after a defect in the cooling fan resistor was found, creating the risk of potential fires.

According to documents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the recall affects as many as 86,880 Kia Fortes from the 2014 model year. Vehicle owners are expected to be notified next month.

Dealers will replace the cooling fan resistor and the multifuse unit in all recalled cars. Owners of vehicles with a 1.8 liter engine will also have software updated.

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Ukrainian President: Ukraine Has Evidence of Russian Involvement in Saturday Attacks

FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images(KIEV, Ukraine) — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Sunday that there is evidence of Russian involvement in the rocket attacks on the city of Mariupol on Saturday.

“Interception of radio and phone conversations by the Security Service of Ukraine irrefutably indicates that the given attack was organized by terrorists supported by Russia,” Poroshenko said. “I consider it an issue of every country to determine its attitude to the tragedy in Mariupol and Volnovakha. Evasion of fair and honest assessments is also a support of terrorism, which is unacceptable.”

At least 27 people were killed in Saturday’s attacks, as rockets hit markets, schoools and homes in the city of Mariupol.

President Obama on Sunday said that the U.S. is “deeply concerned about the latest break in the cease-fire and the aggression that these separatists with Russian backing, Russian equipment, Russian financing and Russian troops are conducting.” He vowed to “continue taking the approach we’ve taken in the past” by “ratcheting up pressure on Russia.”

Poroshenko called Saturday’s attacks “the most dreadful tragedy since the beginning of the war.”

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“American Sniper”: How Bradley Cooper Always Stayed in Character On Set

Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures(NEW YORK) — Bradley Cooper recently earned an Oscar nod for his portrayal of Chris Kyle and for good reason.

Not only did Cooper pack on 40 pounds for the role, he also got Kyle’s accent down.

In fact, Ben Reed, who played Kyle’s father in the film, said Cooper, 40, as far as he knows, always kept the Texas accent going when he was on set.

Reed, 49, and Cooper got to interact during Kyle’s wedding scene and Reed said he got to talk with Cooper quite a bit for that.

“He always kept the accent going,” Reed told ABC News. “I like to do that too, because it’s tough going in and out of an accent. You just want to stay with it the whole time and just keep talking as your character. Then when the clock goes off and the alarm goes off and you are done with work, get out of it.”

He continued, “I wasn’t around after work was over, but I want to say that he stayed in character with that accent the entire time he was shooting the movie.”

Reed also said Cooper was a producer on the film and “was always around, always on the set, making sure everything was smooth.”

Clint Eastwood directed the film and Reed said the culture on set was something he’s not used to.

“It was so calm and so quiet,” he said. “A lot of sets I’m on they are just loud and there’s banging. It was like everything was almost in a whisper. I don’t know if that’s because Clint’s been working with these guys for 25 years but as an actor, there’s no distractions. You can stay in character and really work on your craft. I appreciated that.”

Reed’s been in touch with executive producer Rob Lawrence, who works with director Clint Eastwood directly, and said “they are over the top appreciative of how the movie has been accepted.”

As for controversies like the fake baby, Reed laughed that off.

“Why is that a controversy?” he said. “The one baby was sick. The one baby didn’t show up, Clint said, ‘Grab the doll, let’s do this.’ He’s not gonna wait a half a day to get another baby in. Why is that even a topic.”

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At GOP Summit, Republicans Turn Fire on Obama, Clinton, and Each Other

Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images(DES MOINES, Iowa) — The first conservative showcase of the 2016 cycle is taking place in Iowa Sunday, marking the unofficial start of the presidential cycle. Most of the jabs have been focused directly at President Obama and a Democrat they may be running against — Hillary Clinton.

But there have been some intra-party jabs, mostly directed at two possible candidates not at the forum: Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney.

Here are six examples from the Iowa Freedom Summit:

1. Trump vs. Romney/Bush:

Donald Trump was clear with his fire:

“It can’t be Mitt, because Mitt ran and failed. He failed,” Trump said to cheers from the audience. “He choked. He had that election won.”

He was just as clear when it came to Bush:

“You can’t have Bush,” Trump said, criticizing the former Florida governor’s support for Common Core education standards and immigration views, as well as his brother former President George W. Bush. “The last thing we need is another Bush.”

2. Walker vs. Possible Rivals

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker got quite a rousing reception from the audience and he didn’t name any of his potential political rivals by name, but he made contrasts with the senators he’s likely to run against when he described his “leadership” as “new and fresh and bold and aggressive that has been proven,” adding that “commonsense conservative reforms from outside Washington, D.C., can help.”

He also described in detail how thrifty he and his wife are telling the crowd that next month he will celebrate his 23rd wedding anniversary with his wife Tonette, but when they were first married he “made a critical mistake.”

“I went to a Kohl’s department store and I bought something for the price it was marked at,” Walker said. “My wife said to me, ‘You can never go back there ever again until you learn how to shop at Kohl’s.'”

He then detailed his frugal shopping skills, saying he could get so much money off the price of a shirt, “the next thing you know they are paying me to buy that shirt.”

The crowd cheered his budget-cutting ways, and although he didn’t mention any of his possible Republican rivals by name he set up quite contrast with at least two of his wealthy possible opponents, Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney. Expect to hear this all again if they do get on the campaign trail.

3. Gilmore vs. Christie/Bush/Romney

Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore went after both Bush and Romney without mentioning them by name, attacking Bush for his support of Common Core education standards and then asking the crowd, “Do we want a nominee who enacted state control of health care and then flipped and said he was against Obamacare?” The audience yelled, “No” in response. Gilmore was referring to Romney’s health care plan in Massachusetts, sometimes referred to as Romneycare.

Gilmore then aimed his fire directly at a possible presidential candidate who was actually slated to take the stage later in the day. Also without mentioning New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie by name, he asked the crowd, “Do you want a nominee who wrapped his arms around President Obama while all of us were fighting on behalf of our candidate for President of the United States?” The crowd again bellowed “No!” in response.

Gilmore is referring to Christie’s infamous embrace of the president after Hurricane Sandy when the two were touring devastation together. It took place just a few weeks before the 2012 presidential election.

4. Santorum vs. Paul

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum also didn’t mention rivals by name, but it was clear he had a vague dig at one potential opponent, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, and others he may face who have spent less time in office than he did, warning the crowd not to support a candidate similar to President Obama.

“We have seen the impact of isolationism, we have seen the impact of weakness and indecision on the part of an American president, an inexperienced, raw American president who had ideologies that didn’t face reality,” Santorum said. “Ladies and gentleman, in this election cycle, we need to be looking for somebody who has that experience, who’s been tested and understands. I spent 16 years in the House and Senate, eight of those in the Senate Armed Services committee.”

Santorum has previously criticized Paul on his foreign policy, calling him an isolationist, something Paul regularly denies.

5. Palin vs. The Establishment

Sarah Palin regularly speaks up against the GOP establishment and Saturday at the summit was no different, although she made sure to praise GOP governors. The former Alaska governor paraphrased former President Ronald Reagan, saying, “Now is the time for bold, conservative colors, not establishment pale pastels.”

She told the crowd the “GOP primary” should be a “competition, not a coronation.”

6. O’Brien vs. Romney/Bush

Bill O’ Brien, the former speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, didn’t mention Romney and Bush by name, but he also could not have been clearer when he told the audience, “We lose when we nominate RINOS,” or Republicans in Name Only.

“What is worse, nominating someone merely because he’s been nominated twice before or nominating a liberal supporter of Common Core because he has a familiar name,” O’Brien said.

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Japan PM Shinzo Abe Condemns ISIS Execution of Hostage as ‘Outrageous and Impermissible’

YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images(TOKYO) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday condemned the apparent execution of a Japanese hostage at the hands of ISIS.

The video, which was posted online on Saturday, shows a still picture of Japanese television reporter Kenji Goto holding a photo of the beheaded body of Haruna Kuwana. Abe said in a statement that Japan has “been pursuing every possible means including all available diplomatic channels, first and foremost, the save the lives of the two Japanese nations” who had previously been shown in videos purportedly posted online by ISIS.

Abe said the most recent video left him “speechless.”

“Such an act of terrorism is outrageous and impermissible,” he said, expressing “resolute condemnation.” Abe demanded that Goto, the second hostage, be released immediately.

“The Government of Japan will never give in to terrorism, and actively contribute to the peace and stability of the world together with the international community in an unwavering manner.”

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Michelle Obama Has India Buzzing About Her Outfit

Photo by Vipin Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images(NEW DELHI) — Michelle Obama is taking something of a backseat on her husband’s second trip to India, with no official schedule of her own and no Indian first lady on hand to keep her company. But she is creating buzz with her wardrobe, turning heads with her choice of outfit the second she stepped off Air Force One.

Her knee-length floral dress by Bibhu Mohapatra, a famous Indian designer who lives in New York but was born in Rourkela in Odisha, was paired with a matching coat and black pumps.

Mohapatra celebrated Mrs. Obama’s choice as soon as she got off the plane.

“The President and the First Lady arrive in #India. @flotus wearing @bibhumohapatra #spring15 poppy,” he wrote.

The first lady has been seen in public wearing Mohapatra before, most recently in 2012 during her appearance on The Tonight Show.

The fact that Mrs. Obama will be a third wheel is described in India as a “bit of drama” because Modi is married but estranged from his wife. They wed when she was very young and as one local described it, they “parted ways” but “as part of Indian tradition, she still considers him as her husband. It’s a bit of a drama here.”

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