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Authorities Investigating Mysterious Drones over Paris

iStock/Thinkstock(PARIS) — Paris officials are investigating a rash of mysterious drones that have appeared over the city’s landmarks, including the U.S. Embassy, Eiffel Tower and The Bastille.

The most recent drone appearance happened Tuesday night, with sightings in five locations.

Authorities are still trying to seek out who is piloting the drones and why.

Piloting drones at night in Paris is illegal and requires a permit for use during daytime hours.

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Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke Head to Court over Marvin Gaye Copyright-Infringement Claims

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams are in court to face the family of Marvin Gaye.

Thicke, Williams and Clifford Harris Jr. (aka, T.I.) defended themselves in a lawsuit filed in 2013 against accusations made by Gaye’s loved ones that the singers stole parts of the 1977 Gaye song, “Got to Give It Up,” for their hit, “Blurred Lines.”

However, in October, a judge sided with the Gaye family, ruling that their musicological experts had given enough evidence to allow it to go to trial.

Thicke and Williams are expected to take the stand in the two-week trial, during which a jury of five women and three men will listen to the composition and melody of “Got to Give It Up” to determine if there was a copyright infringement. The trial began Tuesday and continues Wednesday.

They’ll also watch past interviews that Thicke gave, including one with VH1 in which he admitted that “Got to Give It Up” was one of his favorite songs of all time. However, he has since said that he lied during that interview, and wasn’t in his right mind when it was conducted.

Some experts believe that this case could have a resounding effect throughout the music industry.

“Artists have drawn upon the inspiration for their songs, listening to other songs,” legal expert Alison Triessl told Good Morning America. “They may not be able to do that anymore.”

Lawyers for both parties would not comment.

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“American Sniper” Trial: Widow Taya Kyle Praises Jury’s Decision to Convict Eddie Ray Routh

Tom Fox-Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The widow of “American Sniper” Chris Kyle has spoken out for the first time since a jury found her husband’s killer guilty late Tuesday night.

Taya Kyle posted a lengthy message Facebook on this “poetic morning” praising the actions of the jury.

“God Bless the Jury And good people of Stephenville, Texas!!” she wrote on the public figure page dedicate to her husband.

The mother of two went on to share a lengthy story about a friend of her husband’s who wrote a song that matches her mood Wednesday morning before paying tribute to her husband.

“Chris, you are the love of my life. You live on in my heart. You always will. I hope we all live lives that make you proud,” she wrote. “And babe, Rest assured you don’t need a fancy resting place — you live on…Safe In the hearts you left behind.”

Taya Kyle was a constant presence at trial and was the first witness called to the stand.

She spoke emotionally about her life with her husband and their final exchange.

She attended the Academy Awards on Sunday in support of the film based on her husband’s autobiography and returned to Texas for the remainder of the trial.

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Heart Attacks: Women at Greater Risk for Fatal Ones, Study Finds

zaganDesign/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — An important alert about heart disease from a new study finds that too many women fail to recognize the symptoms until it’s too late.

Heart disease kills one in three women every year.

Young women are especially vulnerable because they often don’t recognize the signs and symptoms of heart trouble.

Researchers at the Yale School of Public Health interviewed 30 women between the ages of 30 and 55, who had heart attacks. All of these women delayed treatment because they didn’t recognize the symptoms or lacked knowledge about their risk factors, the researchers found.

“What we know is that the signs and symptoms of a heart attack in women can be very vague and they can mimic the signs and symptoms of something very common things,” ABC News medical contributor Dr. Jennifer Ashton told Good Morning America.

Rosie O’Donnell was just 50 when she had a heart attack in 2012. Even though she had symptoms, she delayed seeking treatment for more than a day, she has admitted.

Ignorance alone could be responsible for the more than 15,000 women who die each year from a heart attack in the U.S, the researchers speculated. It could also explain why women under the age of 55 have twice the risk of dying during hospitalization for an acute heart attack than men in the same age group.

The classic scene where a man clutches his chest and collapses to the ground may not necessarily apply to women, according to the American Heart Association. In reality, symptoms for a woman may be far less dramatic.

“Chest pain is still the most common symptom of a heart attack,” Ashton said. “There can be shortness of breath and almost flu-like symptoms including nausea, abdominal pain and vomiting.”

Symptoms may start several days or even weeks before a major heart attack, Ashton added.

Other common heart attack symptoms for women include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach, the American Heart Association noted. If you have any of these signs, the association urges you not to wait more than five minutes before calling for medical help.

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Boehner Mum on Plan to Fund DHS

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday said that the House is in a “wait-and-see mode” while the Senate continues to attempt to pass legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security.

“I don’t know what the Senate’s capable of passing and until I see what they’re going to pass, no decisions have been made on the House side,” Boehner, R-Ohio, insisted, resisting questions about how he would hypothetically deal with a clean bill.

“The House has done its job to fund the department of Homeland Security and to stop the president’s overreach on immigration, and we’re waiting for the Senate to do their job,” he reiterated. “Senate Democrats have stood in the way now for three weeks over a bill that should have been debated and passed, and so until the Senate does something, we’re in a wait and see mode.”

As of Wednesday morning, Boehner has not spoken personally with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, although a deadline looms at the end of the day on Friday.

“You know, our staffs talked back and forth but Senator McConnell’s got a big job to do and so do I,” Boehner said, dismissing a reporter’s perception that the two leaders should be speaking as the deadline approaches.

“Our staffs have been talking back and forth but at the end of the day, the Senate has to act,” he said. “I’ve made it pretty clear over the past couple of weeks, we’re waiting for the Senate to act.”

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Video Shows Ex-NFL Player’s Shock at Learning He Swam 16 Hours to Shore

tuja66/iStock/Thinkstock(PALM BEACH, Fla.) — Former National Football League player Robert Konrad couldn’t believe it when he was told he swam 16 hours to the Florida shore after falling off his boat into the Atlantic Ocean, according to video that has surfaced of emergency responders comforting him after his ordeal.

“You are a lucky son of a b****,” a voice can be heard telling Konrad as he sat huddled in a police car in Palm Beach, Florida, shivering under a blanket with the heat cranked all the way up in the early hours of Jan. 9.

Konrad, 38, who played for the Miami Dolphins from 1999 to 2004, had told the responders, including police and rescue workers, that he’d fallen off his boat around 1 p.m. as it continued on autopilot toward the Bahamas.

One official offers Konrad a seat in a vehicle as the other offers to look for another blanket.

“How far out were you?” one voice asks.

“About 10 miles,” Konrad says. “I’ve been swimming since 1 o’clock.”

“One o’clock in the afternoon?” the voice asks in disbelief.

“What time is it now?” Konrad asks.

“Like almost 5 o’clock in the morning,” the voice responds.

“Shut the **** up,” Konrad says with shock in his voice.

After asking for water, Konrad asks, “Is there any chance you have a phone…to just let my family know I’m alive?”

Konrad dictates a number and a police officer can be heard telling Konrad’s mother, “He’s OK. He’s a little cold and wet. He was in the water for a while but he’s fine and we have the medics looking at him now.”

Konrad later recounted his ordeal for the media, saying he “prayed to God” after falling from his 38-foot boat as he was trying to reel in a fish just as a large wave hit.

“I shouldn’t be here,” Konrad told reporters.

He described the frustration of seeing Coast Guard helicopters that didn’t spot him. He faced darkness, 10-foot waves and 25-mile-per-hour winds while his boat moved away on autopilot. Despite being bitten by jellyfish and seeing a shark circle him, he kept swimming.

Once he reached shore, he said it was “bittersweet” because he couldn’t walk.

“I had hypothermia and my body was shaking uncontrollably. I didn’t realize it was five in the morning,” he said.

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Joe Biden’s Got Jokes: One Night, Five Punchlines

Drew Angerer/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Few politicians pack the same entertaining punch as Vice President Joe Biden. He tends to cause a stir in the Twittersphere with his one-liners and gif-worthy reactions. That habit continued Tuesday night in the opening of his remarks during a Black History Month event at his residence in Washington, D.C.

Biden started with a jab at members of Congress, blaming them for his late arrival at the event.

“I’ve been waiting for Congress all my life,” he joked.

He continued to poke fun at the Department of Homeland Security funding fight. The department could shut down if Congress doesn’t agree on a department budget by the end of the week. A provision in the budget aimed at stopping President Obama’s executive action on immigration has stalled the measure.

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson was at the event and Biden joked that the secretary could be out of a job if Congress doesn’t find a solution.

“Be good to Jeh. Jeh may need some help because he may lose his pay,” Biden joked. “Congress is, you know, shutting down. I don’t know Jeh, man, I’d think you had a little more whack than that.”

Biden also traded comments with D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, who he complimented for her ability to “get things done.”

“The only good thing is I don’t have to pay taxes in the district,” he joked. The mayor shouted back “not yet!”

But Biden spoke highly of his residence at the Naval Observatory in Northwest D.C. — even commenting that the president wanted to switch houses.

“Not a problem as long as the power goes with the house!” Biden joked.

He added on, alluding to the possibility that he will run for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016.

“By the way, if I ever ran for president, I’d turn this into the White House,” he said.

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Target Launches Ava and Viv Plus-Size Clothing Line

Target(NEW YORK) — Plus-size fashion is popping up everywhere.

This year, Sports Illustrated magazine featured a plus-size model, Robyn Lawley, in its swimsuit edition for the first time ever.

“The average size of the American woman is size 14 and that accounts for a large portion of our population,” said Lori Bergamotto, style director for Good Housekeeping magazine. “But it’s been largely ignored by a lot of our retailers despite the fact that it’s actually a multi-billion dollar industry.”

Now, Target, one of the nation’s biggest retailers, is catering to the plus-size market with its new line, Ava and Viv.

Target went directly to some well-known plus-size fashion bloggers, Gabi Gregg and Nicolette Mason, to get the inside scoop on what women want.

The department store also reached out to style writer Chastity Garner for her input after she wrote a letter to the retailer taking it to task for not offering plus sizes in one of its new designer collections. With her call for plus sizes in designer chic clothes answered, their relationship is now on the mend.

“It looks beautiful in my body type, in my shape,” said Garner. “I’m just loving the clothes.”

“It’s really wonderful as a consumer to know that a brand is listening,” said Mason.

The line was created by Target’s internal design team and features nearly 90 pieces — including tops, pants, skirts, sweaters, dresses, swimwear and outerwear. The items range in price from $10 to $79.

The line was launched on Feb. 9. Some pieces in the line will be available on March 1.

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Mars Rover Curiosity Snaps a Selfie on the Red Planet

NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS(NEW YORK) — NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover has snapped a selfie on the red planet showing off the terrain where it has been working for the past five months.

Dozens of images taken from the rover’s robotic arm were woven together to create the selfie, which shows off the Pahrump Hills site where Curiosity has been exploring and drilling to learn more about the Martian environment.

A version of the photo released by NASA points out the various spots where Curiosity has been conducting research over the past five months. The images used for the mosaic selfie were taken at the Mojave 2 drilling site.

Curiosity’s next stop will be at a site called Telegraph Peak, where NASA plans to have it drill for another sample that can be analyzed and shed new insight on how Mars’ environment has changed.

The car-sized, nuclear powered explorer was launched in November 2011 and arrived on Mars in August 2012.

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Report: Missing British Schoolgirls Likely in Syria to Join ISIS

Metropolitan Police, London(NEW YORK) — The BBC reports that three British school girls who left the country last week to presumably join the Islamic State are likely now in Syria.

The three girls — Shamima Begum, 15, and her friends Amira Abase, 15, and Kadiza Sultana, 16 — were all last seen on February 17 when they boarded a flight from London’s Gatwick airport headed for Turkey.

According to the BBC’s source, the trio may have entered Syria at least five days ago near the Kilis border crossing.

The Metropolitan Police said in a statement that, “Officers continue to work closely with the Turkish authorities on this investigation.”

Turkish leaders complained that they weren’t notified about the teenage girls until three days after they arrived in Istanbul and aren’t responsible for what happened to them.

The BBC says that the Begum, Abase and Sultana, who all attended Bethnal Green Academy may have crossed into Syria with the help of smugglers.

Their family members in Britain have pleaded for them to return.

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