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The Mystery of the Presidential Golf Ball

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — Looks like President Obama’s back swing might need a little work.

A customized golf ball was reportedly found in the woods off the first hole at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland.

The ball had “Titleist 44″ printed on one side and “POTUS” on the other.

Instagram user “larrydoh” claimed to have found the ball while playing a round of golf at Congressional Country Club over the weekend, writing “Looks like he’s off line again” in his post Sunday.

Congressional Country Club was unable to verify whether the president plays with such a golf ball, and Titleist did not respond to a request for comment.

However, the presidential golf ball very well may belong to Obama — as he was golfing at Congressional over the weekend.

President Obama played a round of golf Saturday with Mike Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser, co-hosts of ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption.”

And on the first hole, who wouldn’t let POTUS take a mulligan?

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One in Three Americans Have Debts Reported to Collection Agencies

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — More than 35 percent of Americans are facing debt collectors.

A study by the Urban Institute suggests that more than one in three Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, as consumers fall behind on payments including credit cards, hospital bills, mortages, and student debt.

Even past-due gym membership fees or cell phone contracts can end up with a collection agency, potentially hurting credit scores and job prospects.

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Lakers Introduce Byron Scott

Chris Chambers/Getty Images(EL SEGUNDO, Calif.) — The Los Angeles Lakers introduced former showtime era player and new head coach Byron Scott on Tuesday.

Scott won three titles with the team from 1983 to ’93 and played again during Kobe Bryant’s rookie season.

“This has been a dream of mine for so long,” Scott said. “It’s a dream come true to be here sitting here talking to you guys today and be introduced as the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. … The passion and the love that I have for this organization is second to none. The only thing that I regret is that Dr. (Jerry) Buss isn’t here today because he’s somebody who showed a lot of love, a lot of confidence in me back in the day.”

Scott even had the approval from Lakers greats Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Jamaal Wilkes, who were in attendance during the press conference.

“We came here today to support our brother and our former teammate and champion Byron Scott and also we’re here to support the Laker organization,” Johnson said. “This is a great day for all the former Lakers as well as Lakers fans all over the world. We’re just excited for what Byron will bring to the table and get back to playing Laker basketball. … We wish we could put on a uniform for you and help you, but we’re here supporting you and will support you throughout. Again, congrats to the Laker organization. You chose the right guy.”

Scott received a four-year deal from the team and had been rumored to be named the next head coach for a couple weeks.

“I just want to thank him for his patience the last six or seven weeks,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said. “I think it was clear, at least it was clear to us, that Byron was always our first choice.”

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Housing Prices Up More than Nine Percent

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Home prices are going up, but not as fast as they were rising last year.

According to the S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Indices released Tuesday, house prices rose by just over 1% in May from the month before, and are selling more than 9% higher than this time last year.

Both the S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city index and the 10-city index showed slowing price growth in May with price increases of 1.1%, but declines of 0.3% after seasonal adjustments.

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Obama: New Sanctions Against Russia Will Have ‘An Even Bigger Bite’

The White House(WASHINGTON) — The United States will unleash a new round of sanctions against Russia in the wake of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, President Obama said Tuesday.

“The cost on Russia will continue to grow,” the president said in a statement at the White House emphasizing Russian “energy, arms and finance” as targets. “Today is a reminder that the United States means what it says.”

Obama said Russia has, so far, “failed to cooperate with the investigations” into the downing of the Malaysian aircraft, adding that he and key European leaders “are united in our view that the situation in Ukraine ought to be resolved diplomatically.”

Obama said he has been coordinating closely with European allies to ensure a unified response. Earlier Tuesday, the European Union agreed to a new package of sanctions on Russia, for the first time imposing “sectoral” sanctions on Russia’s finance and energy industries, as well as banning arms exports to Russia.

Obama, in his remarks this afternoon, called them the “most significant and wide-ranging sanctions to date.”

The European Union says the sanctions will limit access to E.U. capital markets for Russian state-owned financial institutions, impose an embargo on trade in arms, establish an export ban for dual-use goods for military end-users, and curtail Russian access to sensitive technologies, particularly in the oil sector.

Meanwhile, at the State Department, spokeswoman Jen Psaki emphasized that the United States welcomed “Europe’s determination to take strong new steps and … this trans-Atlantic community and G-7 are united in their determination to respond to continued and intensified Russian aggression.”

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Wall Street: Dow, Nasdaq and S&P All Close Down

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The markets moved lower on Tuesday as investors wait for a batch of key economic reports later this week.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 70.48 points, closing at 16,912.11. The Nasdaq fell 2.21 points to 4,442.70, and the S&P 500 lost 8.96 points, ending the day at 1,969.95.

The government’s latest gross domestic product figures will be released on Wednesday and the July employment numbers will be released on Friday.

Twitter’s second quarter numbers, reported after the bell on Tuesday, were better than expected. The company reported revenues of $312 million, up 124% from the same quarter a year ago.

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Andi Dorfman and Josh Murray Talked Engagement Rings in Fantasy Suite

ABC/Javier Pesquer(NEW YORK) — Bachelor and Bachelorette fans often wonder what goes on in the fantasy suite.

For Andi Dorfman and her new fiancé, Josh Murray, it meant a lot of chit-chat about the future, including what engagement ring he should choose.

“It’s a pretty big deal. I might as well tell him [what I want] if we’re getting engaged!” Dorfman told ABC News, adding that she “could not be happier” with his pick. “Normal couples would go ring shopping or talk about it, so I’m like, ‘Round, halo, maybe triple shank.”

He listened. The Neil Lane sparkler — an oval cut diamond surrounded by 154 round cut diamonds — is three carats. The platinum band is also studded with diamonds.

“There’s no triple shank, but this is round, halo and it is nice and big,” Murray said. “I wanted to make sure it was the perfect ring for her.”

However, they didn’t just discuss jewelry. Murray said that he and his bride-to-be talked about their future plans for hours in the kitchen and became “best friends.” Walking out, he felt confident that they’d end up together.

“It’s over,” Murray said he remembered thinking. “Done deal!”

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Two Women Survive After Being Run Down by Freight Train

iStock/Thinkstock(INDIANAPOLIS) — Two women trespassing on railroad tracks in southern Indiana narrowly missed a fatal encounter with a freight train when they were caught in the middle of a bridge as the train approached, authorities said.

The action, which unfolded on the morning of July 10, was captured on a camera mounted on the train, and authorities released the video Tuesday.

When the train engineer spotted the women in the middle of a 500-foot-long bridge known as Shuffle Creek Trestle, the engineer immediately applied an emergency brake and repeatedly sounded the horn. At first, the two women try to outrun the 14,000-ton freight train but when they realize it is catching up too fast, one woman lies down in the middle of the tracks.

The other woman runs off to the edge of the 80-foot-tall bridge as if to contemplate jumping off, then runs back into the middle of the tracks just as the train catches up with them.

By the time the train came to a stop it was past the bridge, running over the women in the process, authorities said.

Assuming the incident had been fatal for the two women, the engineer notified the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, only to realize that the women had survived and escaped to a nearby vehicle, fleeing the scene, authorities said.

The women have been identified by law enforcement, and the incident is now considered a criminal matter.

A representative from the Indiana Rail Road Company could not immediately be reached for comment by ABC News.

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Obama: New Sanctions Against Russia Will Have ‘an Even Bigger Bite’

The White House(WASHINGTON) — The United States will unleash a new round of sanctions against Russia in the wake of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, President Obama said on Tuesday.

“The cost on Russia will continue to grow,” the president said in a statement at the White House. “Today is a reminder that the United States means what it says.”

Obama said Russia has, so far, “failed to cooperate with the investigations” into the downing of the Malaysian aircraft.

Earlier Tuesday, the European Union agreed to a new package of sanctions on Russia — for the first time imposing “sectoral” sanctions on Russia’s finance and energy industries, as well as banning arms exports to Russia.

Obama called them the “most significant and wide-ranging sanctions to date.”

The EU says the sanctions will limit access to EU capital markets for Russian State-owned financial institutions, impose an embargo on trade in arms, establish an export ban for dual use goods for military end users, and curtail Russian access to sensitive technologies particularly in the field of the oil sector.

Meanwhile, at the State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki emphasized the U.S. welcomed “Europe’s determination to take strong new steps and the strong — this trans-Atlantic community and G-7 are united in their determination to respond to continued and intensified Russian aggression.”

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Surgeon General: Skin Cancer Is ‘Major Public Health Problem’

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Surgeon General is calling skin cancer a “major public health problem” and says tanning is a direct cause.

A report from the office of Surgeon General Boris Lushniak says unlike other forms of cancer in the United States, the rate of skin cancer is on the rise, with 5 million people getting treated each year.

About 63,000 people are treated for melanoma and about 10% of those cases are directly linked to indoor tanning.

Lushniak says all states should ban minors from using tanning beds and the report urges everyone to wear sunscreen outside.

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