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Mystery Colorado Highway Shooting Points to Possible Serial Attacker

iStock/Thinkstock(DENVER) — After four attacks centered on a northern Colorado highway within three days, authorities are concerned a serial shooter may be on the loose.

Police are trying to determine whether the incidents in Larimer and Weld counties are linked, the most severe of which was Wednesday, when a woman was shot in the neck.

The 20-year-old woman was driving alone on Interstate 25 in Larimer County late Wednesday night when she was shot and the front driver’s side window of her car shattered, the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office said.

She said in a call to 911, “I’m on the highway right now and somebody just hit me and I’m bleeding from my neck and I’m scared.”

The 911 operator tells her to place a dry cloth on the wound.

The woman says, “I’m trying but it’s on both sides of my neck. … I’m just scared.”

She underwent surgery and is expected to survive, according to Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith.

“Listening to how calm she remains with the dispatcher, I can tell you that she is a very brave young woman,” Smith said.

While authorities believe the woman was randomly selected, they are concerned the shooting may not be an isolated incident.

The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office cited a Tuesday morning incident when deputies were driving a department van on I-25 in Weld County, transporting three inmates from one jail to another, and the right passenger window shattered. No injuries were reported, the sheriff’s office said.

Two more drivers also reported shattered windows.

A man was driving in Larimer County near I-25 Wednesday night when his car’s rear window shattered, ABC affiliate KMGH-TV in Denver reported, and Thursday afternoon, a man was driving in Weld County near the highway when his driver’s side window shattered. Neither man was injured, KMGH reported.

But David Moore, a spokesman for the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office, said, unlike the Wednesday night shooting, these three incidents have not been “proven to be cases where windows were broken by a bullet.”

Separately, an abandoned truck was also found along I-25 with its back window blown out, according to KMGH. But Moore said it is too soon to connect the truck to the other incidents.

No suspects have been identified and the investigation is ongoing. The authorities urge drivers to report any suspicious behavior.

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Angelina Jolie Rips United Nations for Inaction in Syria

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Famed actress and special envoy on refugee issues, Angelina Jolie, issued a fierce rebuke of international efforts to address the humanitarian crisis in Syria, addressing the United Nations Security Council at the U.N. headquarters in New York Friday.

“The problem is not lack of information. We know in excruciating detail what is happening in Aleppo, in Homs,” Jolie said. “The problem is lack of political will. We cannot look at Syria and the evil that has risen from the ashes of indecision and think this is not the lowest point in the world’s inability to protect and defend the innocent.”

Not enough people realize all that the United Nations does around the world, Jolie said.

“But all of this good is being undermined by the message being sent in Syria — that laws can be flouted, chemical weapons can be used, hospitals can be bombed, aid can be withheld, and civilians starved, with impunity,” she said.

She accused the United Nations of shirking its responsibility to intervene when a nation state fails, and rather “standing by” to watch.

Jolie has been working with the United Nations for 13 years. Before being promoted to special envoy, Jolie worked as goodwill ambassador to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. In her time with the U.N., she has been on 50 field missions spanning more than 30 countries, including Sierra Leone, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Syria.

In addition to her three biological children, Jolie has three adopted children with her husband, actor Brad Pitt. Her adopted children come from orphanages in Cambodia, Vietnam and Ethiopia.

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Armenians Mark 100th Anniversary of Mass Killings

iStock/Thinkstock(YEREVAN, Armenia) — Armenians on Friday are marking a century since the death of 1.5 million of their countrymen at the hands of Turkish Ottoman forces.

Among those on hand for the ceremony in the Armenian capital were the presidents of France and Russia.

Leading up to the date, other world leaders, along with Pope Francis, have referred to the killings as Armenians always have: The first genocide of the 20th century.

However, Turkish leaders refute the claim, saying the deaths occurred during conflict, not systematic killing.

They also say the death toll from the conflict a century ago was much lower.

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Boehner Offers Condolences to Families of Slain Hostages, Says Now Is ‘Not a Time for Excuses’

ABC/Martin H. Simon(WASHINGTON) — House Speaker John Boehner expressed condolences to the families of the American and Italian hostages killed in a U.S. counter-terrorism operation in January.

Speaking Thursday on the deaths of Warren Weintein and Giovanni Lo Porto, Boehner, R-Ohio, emphasized that he believes the independent review that the president announced “is entirely appropriate.”

“As President Obama indicated, this is not a time for excuses,” he said. “We need all the facts, for the families and so that we can make sure that nothing like this ever happens again in our efforts to keep Americans safe.”

Boehner said he has not spoken personally to President Obama about the killed hostages, although he said he was “notified prior to the public disclosure of this.”

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Royal Baby Watch, Marathon and Prince Harry’s Return Have London Abuzz

Clive Mason/Getty Images(LONDON) — Mothers know that delivering a baby can sometimes be a marathon and sometimes, if you’re lucky, a sprint.

The world’s most famous expectant mother, Duchess Kate, may find herself literally in the midst of a marathon if she goes into labor with her second child Sunday.

Kate, 33, and due any day now, is waiting out her pregnancy at her and Prince William’s home in Kensington Palace, which happens to be right in the heart of London, a city hosting its annual marathon Sunday.

The 2015 London Marathon will see over 30,000 runners take to the streets to run the 26.2-mile course.

The thousands of runners, and their fans, will join an already crowded city full of royal watchers who have been camped out at St. Mary’s Hospital, where Kate is expected to deliver, for days.

“Been here since last Thursday,” one royal superfan, sleeping on a bench outside the hospital, told ABC News.

Duchess Kate has said only that she is due sometime between mid-April and the end of the month. The longer Kate is pregnant, the greater the chance the baby’s uncle, Prince Harry, could make it back to London for the birth.

Harry, 30, has been stationed in Australia as part of a month-long exchange program with the Australian Defense Force. Both he and his father, Prince Charles, the baby’s grandfather, will be attending the ANZAC celebrations in Gallipoli, Turkey, on Saturday.

Prince Harry will then make a quick turnaround to return by Sunday to London, where he will help hand out the medals to the London Marathon winners. A Saturday or Sunday royal baby birth would mean Harry may get to meet his second nephew before he has to return to Australia.

“We are so close to the due date now,” ABC News royal contributor Victoria Murphy said. “William and Kate are at Kensington Palace, ready to go, just a short drive to the Lindo Wing.”

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Seven Apple Watch Apps You Need to Try

Apple, Inc.(NEW YORK) — Screen real estate is at a premium on the Apple Watch and has challenged developers to figure out how to create unique and valuable experiences for the wrist.

Along with the arrival of the Apple Watch Friday, more than 3,000 apps have been optimized for the wearable device — including many social networking staples, such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

“Developers need to give a lot of thought how they translate their iPhone app experience to the watch,” Patrick Moorhead, an analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, told ABC News. “Developers need to get the right information at the right time on their watch apps. It needs to have great load times, too, or users will just get frustrated and use another app.”

While there are plenty of apps worth trying, here are seven of the early standouts that will help you get from morning to night.

WebMD

We all know WebMd as a repository of medical knowledge and the place we go to when (insert body part here) hurts. The medical website’s Apple Watch experience focuses on making it even easier to follow the doctor’s orders.

A medication reminder will help keep wearers on track, letting them know when they need to take their medication and the proper dosage.

Citymapper

Never get lost again. Citymapper helps navigate public transit by giving you the fastest route. You won’t miss your stop either — the app will give the wearer a gentle tap when they’ve reached their destination.

Mint

The Mint app makes it easy to keep an eye on your spending via your watch. Alerts will help users make sure they’re sticking to their budget.

MLB at Bat

Baseball fans never have to miss a moment from their favorite teams. The MLB app lets wearers follow a game as its happening, along with in-game scoring, pitch counts, base positions and player stats.

PowerPoint

Here’s one way to take your PowerPoint presentation to the next level — use your Apple Watch. The PowerPoint for the Apple Watch app acts as a remote control, allowing the wearer to control the speed of their presentation.

Chipotle

It’s easier than ever to get your burrito fix. Using the Chipotle app, hungry customers can find the nearest restaurant, choose their order, pay for it and pick it up when it’s ready. A countdown clock in the app lets users know when it’s burrito time.

OpenTable

Never forget a reservation again. The OpenTable app offers glanceable moments to remind users of upcoming dining plans, along with directions for how to get to the restaurant. It will also offer an alert if it’s a “Pay with OpenTable” restaurant, which will allow wearers to use Apple Pay in the app — and stealthily pick up the check for their dinner date.

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Warren Weinstein Family Blasts US Government over Al Qaeda Hostage Crisis

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — President Obama personally took responsibility Thursday for the death of an American and an Italian hostage killed in a U.S. counter-terrorism operation in January, but his words appear to be little comfort to the family of the American, who said the U.S. government as a whole has been “inconsistent and disappointing” for years in their time of need.

“I want to thank Congressman John Delaney, Senator Barbara Mikulski, and Senator Ben Cardin — as well as specific officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigation — for their relentless efforts to free my husband,” Elaine Weinstein, wife to slain hostage Warren Weinstein, said in a statement shortly after the White House’s grim announcement. “Unfortunately, the assistance we received from other elements of the U.S. Government was inconsistent and disappointing over the course of three and a half years. We hope that my husband’s death and the others who have faced similar tragedies in recent months will finally prompt the U.S. Government to take its responsibilities seriously and establish a coordinated and consistent approach to supporting hostages and their families.”

Elaine Weinstein also blasted the Pakistani government and military, for whom she said her husband’s safe return “should have been a priority for them based on his contributions to their country.”

“[B]ut they failed to take action earlier in his captivity when opportunity presented itself, instead treating Warren’s captivity as more of an annoyance than a priority. I hope the nature of our future relationship with Pakistan is reflective of how they prioritize situations such as these,” she wrote.

On Friday the Pakistani government said it can “fully understand this tragic loss,” having lost “thousands of innocent civilians in the war against terrorism.”

The White House recently ordered a full review of how the U.S. deals with hostage situations, in the wake of the deaths of several Americans either in the clutches of al Qaeda or at the hands of the al Qaeda offshoot ISIS. U.S. officials told ABC News significant changes will be recommended in the coming weeks.

Weinstein was killed along with Italian aid worker Giovanni Lo Porto in a CIA drone strike in mid-January in Pakistan’s tribal area, a U.S. official told ABC News Thursday.

“I want to express our grief and condolences for the families of two hostages,” Obama said Thursday from the White House briefing room, noting that at the time, the U.S. believed no civilians were present at the site.

“Since 9/11, our counter-terrorism efforts have prevented terrorism attacks and saved innocent lives, both here in America and around the world, and that determination to protect innocent life only makes the loss of these two men especially painful for all of us,” he added. “It is a cruel and bitter truth that in the fog of war generally and our fight against terrorists specifically, mistakes, sometimes deadly mistakes, can occur. But one of the things that sets America apart from many other nations, one of the things that makes us exceptional is our willingness to confront squarely our imperfections and to learn from our mistakes.”

That strike and another just days later also took out two American members of al Qaeda, Ahmed Farouq and Adam Gadahn. Neither, officials said, were the intended targets of the strike.

Prior to Thursday’s announcement, the U.S. government had acknowledged killing four Americans in drone strikes since 2009 — only one of whom, al Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, was an intended target.

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How Your Old CDs and DVDs Can Save the Environment

iStock/Thinkstock(KENT, Ohio) — Still trying to figure out what to do with all those CDs and DVDs that have collected in your living room and den?

If you’re so inclined, pack them up and ship them off to Mietek Jaroniec, a chemist at Kent State University, who together with fellow U.S. and Polish researchers has come up with a way to fight climate change using discarded CDs and DVDs.

Jaroniec says that disc fragments can be processed into activated carbon with large surface areas and volumes of fine pores that actually capture carbon dioxide.

Using this method, the researchers are able to reduce CO2 in the atmosphere, a key greenhouse gas.

This activated carbon from optical discs is also good for absorbing both hydrogen and the carcinogenic compound benzene.

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How Your Old CDs and DVDs Can Save the Environment

iStock/Thinkstock(KENT, Ohio) — Still trying to figure out what to do with all those CDs and DVDs that have collected in your living room and den?

If you’re so inclined, pack them up and ship them off to Mietek Jaroniec, a chemist at Kent State University, who together with fellow U.S. and Polish researchers has come up with a way to fight climate change using discarded CDs and DVDs.

Jaroniec says that disc fragments can be processed into activated carbon with large surface areas and volumes of fine pores that actually capture carbon dioxide.

Using this method, the researchers are able to reduce CO2 in the atmosphere, a key greenhouse gas.

This activated carbon from optical discs is also good for absorbing both hydrogen and the carcinogenic compound benzene.

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How Your Old CDs and DVDs Can Save the Environment

iStock/Thinkstock(KENT, Ohio) — Still trying to figure out what to do with all those CDs and DVDs that have collected in your living room and den?

If you’re so inclined, pack them up and ship them off to Mietek Jaroniec, a chemist at Kent State University, who together with fellow U.S. and Polish researchers has come up with a way to fight climate change using discarded CDs and DVDs.

Jaroniec says that disc fragments can be processed into activated carbon with large surface areas and volumes of fine pores that actually capture carbon dioxide.

Using this method, the researchers are able to reduce CO2 in the atmosphere, a key greenhouse gas.

This activated carbon from optical discs is also good for absorbing both hydrogen and the carcinogenic compound benzene.

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