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Chip Hale Named Manager of Diamondbacks

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(PHOENIX, AZ) — The Arizona Diamondbacks have named Chip Hale as the new manager of their baseball franchise.

After finishing 64-98 last season under Kirk Gibson, who was fired with three games remaining in the season, the Diamondbacks tabbed the 49-year-old Hale to lead the team. Hale spent the least three seasons as the third base coach for the Oakland Athletics.

In May, Arizona named Tony La Russa as the chief baseball officer. After the season, the Diamondbacks fired GM Kevin Towers and named Dave Stewart as his replacement.

“When you walk into a room like that and you sit down to talk baseball you know this is the place you want to be.” Hale said, in reference to working with La Russa, Stewart and special assistant to the team president Luiz Gonzalez.

Under the leadership of Towers and Gibson the Diamondbacks were 353-375. While the team has promising players such as Mark Trumbo and Paul Goldschmidt, La Russa, Hale and Stewart will have work to do bringing in players that fit Arizona’s style of play.

“We wanted a guy that would give us our best chance to communicate with the players that we have in our clubhouse,” Stewart said of Hale. “The chemisty in our clubhouse is important and the guy that leads that chemistry is important.”

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Hagel Speaks with Turkish Defense Minister About ISIS Threat

US Senate(WASHINGTON) — Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel spoke on Monday with his Turkish counterpart Ismet Yilmaz about the regional threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and the security situation in both Iraq and Syria.

According to a readout of the phone call provided by Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby, Hagel thanked Yilmaz for Turkey’s willingness to contribute to coalition efforts to fight back against ISIS. Hagel noted Turkey’s expertise in training members of the moderate Syrian opposition.

The two leaders agreed that a “comprehensive, strategic approach to the threat posed by [ISIS]” is necessary, and that they would continue “close sustained consultations.”

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Democratic Challenger in Kentucky Senate Race Refuses to Answer Whether She Voted for Obama

Photo by Pablo Alcala-Pool/Getty Images(LEXINGTON, Ky.) — In the first and likely only debate in the Kentucky Senate race, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes traded jabs Monday over health care exchanges and voting histories.

McConnell acknowledged the website that administers the state health insurance exchange “can continue” and Grimes again refused to say whether she voted for President Obama, citing her role as the state’s chief elections officer.

When asked why she is “reluctant” to answer whether she cast a ballot for Obama in 2008 and 2012, the Kentucky secretary of state said she has “no reluctance” and instead it is a “matter of principle.”

“Our constitution grants us here in Kentucky the constitutional right for privacy at the ballot box, for a secret ballot,” Grimes said during the debate on Kentucky Educational Television.

“You have that right, Sen. McConnell has that right, every Kentuckian has that right and as secretary of state, the chief elections officer, I’m tasked with overseeing and making sure we are enforcing all of our election laws and I’ve worked very closely especially with the members of our military to ensure that privacy at the ballot box,” Grimes said.

When pressed, she still did not answer, instead saying she would not “compromise a constitutional right” in order to “curry favor on one or other side or for members of the media. I will protect that right for every Kentuckian. … If I as the chief elections officer don’t stand up for that right who in Kentucky will stand up?”

Grimes has grabbed headlines over the past few days for refusing to answer whether she voted for the president, being asked first in an editorial board meeting for the Louisville Courier-Journal and then over the weekend by ABC affiliate WKBO. Grimes did tell the newspaper she was a delegate for Hillary Clinton in 2008 – the Clintons are close family friends — and the moderator on Monday night asked her what separates a Clinton Democrat from an Obama Democrat.

“Growing the middle class the right way and that’s by making sure that we are building from the foundation up,” she answered, to which McConnell said: “There’s not a dime’s worth of difference between a Clinton Democrat and an Obama Democrat.”

“There’s also no sacred right to not answer how we vote,” he said. “I voted for Mitt Romney, proudly. I voted for John McCain and by the way in 2012, 116 out of 120 Kentucky counties agreed with my judgment that we might be in better shape now had Mitt Romney been elected.”

Grimes expressed moments of passion and the two did spar on issues including minimum wage, climate change and Obamacare, which McConnell again said needed to be pulled out “root and branch.” But he did express support for the website for Kentucky Kynect, the health insurance exchange Kentucky implemented under the Affordable Care Act and said the program “can continue if they like to.”

“A lot of catastrophic impact on the nation’s health care system, which could have been avoided by not passing this 2,700-page bill that essentially put the government in charge of America’s health care. I think that was a big mistake,” McConnell said. “Now with regard to Kynect it is a state exchange they can continue it if they like to, they will have to pay for it because the grant will be over.”

When asked directly by the moderator Bill Goodman, host of Kentucky Tonight, if he supports Kynect, McConnell answered, “Well it’s fine. I think it’s fine to have a website.”

The debate became heated when the two got into a back and forth over McConnell’s wealth.

“I don’t fault Sen. McConnell for becoming a multi-millionaire on the backs of hard-working Kentuckians, that’s what America is about,” Grimes said. “But he has gotten rich while consistently voting to keep Kentucky poor and we can’t have a senator like that any longer.”

That claim has been proven false by independent fact checkers and McConnell said he couldn’t “let that stand,” to which Grimes asked: “So you are not a multi-millionaire? Is he not a multi-millionaire?”

McConnell called the claim an “outrageous suggestion” and said the money was the result of an inheritance his wife received from her mother.

“She’s consistently gone around all over the state and suggested I have somehow enriched myself at the public’s expense. Let me tell you, her family has made more money off the government over the last 10 years than I’ve been paid in a salary in all my time in the Senate,” McConnell fired back.

While most of the current election cycle’s Senate races have several debates before Election Day, this is likely the only time the two will meet. It’s the only debate the two campaigns would agree to.

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Teenage Pitchers at Higher Risk of Shoulder Injuries Later in Life

tammykayphoto/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Teenagers who play baseball, specifically pitchers, are at an increased risk of shoulder injuries later in life, researchers say.

According to a study published in the journal Radiology, young pitchers who throw more than 100 pitches per week are more likely to develop long-term shoulder damage. Acromial apophysiolysis, the incomplete fusion and pain at a bony shoulder structure known as the acromion, was identified in 2.6 percent of participants in the study. In the long term, 68 percent of those with the newly-identified injury were found to have rotator cuff tears later in life, compared to just 29 percent of those who did not have the injury.

The American Sports Medicine Institute currently recommends pitchers between the ages of 15 and 18 play in no more than two games per week, with 50 pitches per game.

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Winston Under Investigation for Autograph Signings

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Florida State University compliance department is investigating how an authentication site received more than 340 items reportedly signed by quarterback Jameis Winston.

Head coach Jimbo Fisher apporached Winston after the team’s 38-20 win at Syracuse and asked if the quarterback was paid for his signatures. Winston reportedly denied that he received any money and his head coach expressed no concern in a postgame press conference.

Of the items that have been authenticated, many include the Florida State logo. According to reports, 75 mini helmets, over 50 jerseys and more than 76 Florida State logo footballs are among the pieces of memorabilia listed for sale.

The website, James Spence Authentication, also received over 500 items signed by University of Georgia running back Todd Gurley. The school suspended Gurley indefinitely as it conducts its own investigation.

Winston is already facing a disciplinary hearing from the university regarding his alleged 2012 sexual assault case. The second-ranked Seminoles host fifth-ranked Notre Dame this weekend in a battle of unbeaten teams.

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Three More Men Arrested on Terrorism Suspicions in London

Raylipscombe/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LONDON) — The United Kingdom’s Metropolitan police announced the arrest of three men in a continuing terrorism investigation on Monday.

The three men, aged 21, 24 and 25, were taken into custody on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism, according to a press release. They were all located and arrested in central London.

The arrests come six days after five other men were arrested on terrorism suspicions. Two of the five have since been released from police custody.

Police also noted that they had searched a business address in west London and were continuing to search four residential addresses in northwest London.

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NYPD Releases New Video from Smoke Bomb Incident

Matteo Battagliarin/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The New York Police Department released a new video on Monday of an incident in which a man popped up from a subway grate and threw a smoke canister into an outdoor seating area.

No one was injured in the incident. Police said on Monday that the suspect is believed to have entered a subway station and walked through the tunnel to the grate. Detectives continue to search to try to find his point of entry, which they believe will also be his point of exit.

The hatches are important for public and subway rider safety — they allow for first responders to get into subway tunnels for rescues and for evacuating subway riders or personnel in emergencies.

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Alaska Governor Vows to Appeal Ruling Striking Down State’s Definition of Marriage

Mike Watson Images/moodboard/Thinkstock(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) — Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell announced on Sunday that the state would appeal a U.S. District Court ruling that struck down the state’s constitutional definition of marriage.

“As Alaska’s governor, I have a duty to defend and uphold the law and the Alaska Constitution,” Parnell said Sunday. “Although the district court today may have been bound by the recent Ninth Circuit panel opinion, the status of that opinion and the law in general in this area is in flux. I will defend our constitution,” he added, noting the recent ruling that struck down similar laws in Nevada and Idaho.

Alaska’s constitution had defined marriage as being “only between one man and one woman.”

In a brief to the district court, the state of Alaska had called the right to same-sex marriage “a decision for the citizenry to make through the democratic process, not the judiciary.”

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Death Toll Linked to Faulty GM Ignition Switches Rises to 27

General Motors(NEW YORK) — The latest update to the ongoing investigation into the General Motors ignition switch problem indicated that the number of people killed in accidents caused by the issue has climbed to 27.

GM’s initial reports indicated that the faulty ignition switches led to accidents that killed 13, but the number has slowly climbed as the investigation continues. An additional 1,193 claims have been received by the company related to accidents caused by the faulty switches. Only 25 of those nearly 1,200 have been determined eligible as of Monday.

At least 178 of those claims allege that a death resulted from the ignition switch defect, in addition to the 27 already determined to be eligible.

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Kim Jong-un Makes First Public Appearance in Over a Month

KNS/AFP/Getty Images(North Korea) — North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made his first public appearance in over a month, appearing at a newly-constructed residential complex, according to South Korean news agency Yonhap.

Kim’s previous public appearance came on Sept. 3, when he attended a concert by the Moranbong Orchestra. Korean Central News Agency, the North Korean state media organization, said that Kim received “field guidance” during his trip to Wilsong Scientists Residential District.

Speculation had grown in recent weeks as Kim remained out of sight. Some wondered whether the North Korean leader may have been ill or injured.

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