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Jennifer Lawrence Denies ‘Terrible Rumor’ Involving Fight with Director David O. Russell

Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Jennifer Lawrence took to Facebook on Friday to deny rumors that she and director David O. Russell had gotten into an argument on the set of their newest movie.

Lawrence is reportedly on the set of Joy, a film that directed by Russell and starring Bradley Cooper and Robert de Niro. The foursome last worked together on Silver Linings Playbook. Rumors circulated earlier this week that, while on the set of the film, Russell and Lawrence got into quite a screaming match.

Lawrence said in a Facebook post that she doesn’t use the social media site much, “because I can barely work email.” Still, she felt the need to “clear…up” the story, which she calls a “terrible rumor.”

“David O. Russell is one of my closest friends and we have an amazing collaborative working relationship,” the Hunger Games star wrote. “I adore this man and he does not deserve this tabloid malarkey.”

In fact, according to Lawrence, Joy “is going great and I’m having a blast making it.”

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Jeb Bush ‘Will Not Sign Any Pledges’ In 2016

NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Anti-taxman Grover Norquist recently told ABC News he believes Jeb Bush will likely sign his no-new-taxes pledge if and when he officially becomes a candidate for president.

But, as Dana Carvey might say, “Not gonna happen.”

Norquist may have had good reason to believe Bush would sign the Taxpayers Protection Pledge, where candidates vow to oppose “any and all efforts to increase taxes.” After all, the vast majority of Republican candidates for national office and many for local and statewide office have been signing it ever since Norquist started Americans for Tax Reform in 1985.

But Jeb Bush didn’t sign Norquist’s pledge (or any other pledge) in any of his three campaigns for governor of Florida and Bush spokeswoman Kristy Campbell says he is not going to start now.

“If Governor Bush decides to move forward, he will not sign any pledges circulated by lobbying groups,” Campbell told ABC News.

Norquist was quick to reply to that via Twitter.

@jonkarl @kristymcampbell Really? Jeb Bush thinks all American taxpayers (to whom the pledge is written) are a “lobbying group?”

— Grover Norquist (@GroverNorquist) February 28, 2015

Campbell says what is more important than a pledge is Bush’s record on taxes.

“He didn’t raise taxes,” Campbell said. “He cut them every year as Governor for a total of more than $19 billion in tax relief. He does not support raising taxes and believes cutting taxes and reforming the tax code will lead to greater economic growth and more prosperity for Americans.”

Norquist isn’t buying it.

“Most pledge takers keep the pledge,” Norquist said via Twitter. “Those who refuse to sign all raise taxes when pushed hard enough by spenders.”

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Snowstorm Heading for Boston Could Break City’s All-time Snow Record

bizoo_n/iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — The record-breaking month of February may be coming to a close for Boston, but with a new month comes a new snowstorm.

A Winter Storm Watch was issued by the National Weather Service early Saturday morning for the city of Boston and much of southern New England, including Hartford, Connecticut, and Providence, Rhode Island.

This is in anticipation of another round of snow on the way Sunday evening. Boston has experienced its second snowiest season so far with 102 inches of snow, only 5.6 inches away from the all-time record set during the 1995-1996 season.

Boston has tripled its average snowfall to date so far, and it is also the city’s snowiest February on record. The city has also had one of its coldest Februaries on record, with this year likely being Boston’s second coldest February.

The ABC Weather Team is currently forecasting 3 to 6 inches of snow for Boston by early Monday morning, which could make this season the city’s snowiest.

Snow showers will move into the Northeast on Sunday morning and into the early afternoon. However, by Sunday evening, a steadier and heavier snow will overspread the region, reaching Boston closer to sunset.

A wintry mix and even some rain is expected for locations closer to the coast and farther south, including southern New England, New York City, and areas south of Interstate 80.

The city of Boston is forecast to remain all snow throughout the event; therefore, several inches of snow is expected.

The storm will be clearing out of the Northeast by early Monday morning, with the snow likely over before the morning commute throughout the region. Scattered snow showers will linger across northern New England into Monday afternoon with blustery conditions expected from Pennsylvania to Maine.

Even though temperatures will be near or slightly above the freezing mark for most of the Northeast by Monday afternoon, windy conditions will lead to wind chills values below freezing throughout the day.

There have already been reports of a number of roof collapses in New England, including at a skating rink in Canton, Mass., a home in New Braintree, Mass, and another residence in Providence, Rhode Island.

In Dallas, the storm system left travel issues in its wake. More than 700 flights were cancelled at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport on Saturday due to icy conditions.

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Hyundai Recalling Over 200,000 Vehicles for Electronic Steering Problem

crwpitman/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Hyundai is recalling thousands of vehicles due to a steering issue, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said earlier this week.

According to NHTSA documents, Hyundai Elantra and Elantra Touring vehicles manufactured between June 1, 2008, and April 30, 2010 may suffer issues with the electronic control unit of the electronic power steering. The discrepancy that the ECU may detect could cause the disabling of steering power assist.

“If power steering is lost,” NHTSA says, “greater driver effort would be required to steer the vehicle at low speeds, increasing the risk of a crash.”

In total, NHTSA says the recall affects 204,768 vehicles. Hyundai plans to contact owners of affected vehicles and replace the ECU for free.

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49ers Release WR Stevie Johnson

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO, Ca.) — The 49ers will be releasing wide receiver Stevie Johnson, according to NBC reporter Dianna Russini.

Johnson, 28, was traded to San Francisco from Buffalo during last year’s draft for a conditional fourth-round draft pick.

The Bills drafted Johnson in the 7th round of the 2008 draft out of Kentucky. His best season came in 2010, when he caught 82 passes for 1,073 yards and 10 touchdowns. He was never able to recapture that level of production and fell out of favor with the organization. They felt he was expendable after trading up to select Sammy Watkins with the 4th overall pick last year.

Last season he played in 13 games, catching 35 passes for 435 yards and three touchdowns.

The 49ers entered the offseason with just over $6 million dollars in cap space. Releasing Johnson carries no dead money and will free up another $6 million.

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US-Led Coalition Confirms 20 More Airstrikes in Iraq, Syria

Zoonar RF/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) — The U.S.-led coalition says it conducted 20 more airstrikes in Iraq and Syria on Friday.

Strikes in Syria continue to be focused near the border town of Kobani, where four strikes destroyed a pair of tactical units and four fighting positions operated by ISIS. Five additional strikes hit six tactical units while destroying four vehicles and an HQ building.

The eleven strikes in Iraq were targeted around Al Asad, Sinjar, Mosul, Fallujah and Al Huwayjah. In total, those strikes destroyed five fighting positions, two vehicles, a building, a mortar, a humvee, a front end loader and a tactical unit. A second vehicle and a second building were both damaged in the strikes.

The strikes in Iraq also hit two tactical units and a large tactical unit.

The U.S. and numerous nations, including Canada, France and the U.K. have taken part in the ongoing strikes.

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Khloe Kardashian Opens Up About Her Weight Loss

Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Roc Nation(NEW YORK) — Khloé Kardashian has been working hard to get in shape, and she’s seeing results.

The reality TV star discussed her transformation on Instagram, as well as how exercise has changed her life.

“Looking back at pictures of myself I didn’t realize at the time how unhealthy my lifestyle actually was. People love to call me the fat one but as weird as it sounds I still don’t think I would consider myself fat back then,” she wrote. “Definitely overweight and unhealthy, yes. About two years ago I decided to turn to fitness as a form of therapy and as a stress reliever.”

Looking back at pictures of myself I didn’t realize at the time how unhealthy my lifestyle actually was. People love to call me the fat one but as weird as it sounds I still don’t think I would consider myself fat back then. Definitely overweight and unhealthy, yes. About two years ago I decided to turn to fitness as a form of therapy and as a stress reliever. I started slow and eventually I started working out 4 to 5 days a week. We all have to start somewhere and doing something is better than nothing at all. Start small so you don’t get discouraged and give up. Remember it is all about consistency. There are no quick fixes if you want long-term results. Working out is a huge part of my life now. I genuinely enjoy sweating out my frustrations and living a healthier life. My workouts are not all about vanity. They are about clarity for my mind and soul. We all have different journeys in life, make sure your journey is for you and you alone. Remember in the end the turtle won the race. Slow and steady. dedication and tenacity.

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Researchers Identify Possible Blood Test for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

AlexRaths/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Researchers say a simple blood test could help diagnose chronic fatigue syndrome — a chronic condition that affects one in four million Americans.

According to the study, published in the journal Science Advances, while one in four million have CFS, fewer than 20 percent are diagnosed. Currently, there is no test for chronic fatigue syndrome.

Researchers, however, identified markers in the blood that could help confirm a diagnosis more quickly. There is even speculation that those same markers could hold hints toward potential therapeutic targets in the future.

The study’s leaders hope that they may have determined a potential biological cause for CFS.

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Security Breach Could Impact Up to 50,000 Uber Drivers

QUIQUE GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Uber said on Friday evening that a security breach may have affected thousands of the company’s drivers, potentially giving hackers access to their names and license numbers.

The ride-sharing company says it discovered a possible breach in one of its databases in September 2014. Once the possibility of a breach was discovered, Uber said it changed access protocols for the database and opened an investigation.

The company has since determined that a one-time breach led to the unauthorized access to information approximately 50,000 drivers.

“The files that were accessed contained only the name and driver’s license number of some driver partners,” the company said. “To date, we have not received any reports of actual misuse of any information as a result of this incident.”

Still, Uber planned to notify impacted drivers and recommend they monitor their credit cards for fraudulent charges. The company will also provide one year of membership in Experian’s ProtectMyID Alert program for affected drivers.

“Uber takes seriously our responsibility to safeguard personal information,” the statement said. “We are sorry for any inconvenience this incident may cause.”

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