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Mysterious White Flags Fly over NY’s Brooklyn Bridge

Creatas/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The mysterious appearance of two large white flags flying over the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City Tuesday morning has the city scrambling to figure out why they were put there, and by whom.

The New York City Police Department has responded to the scene and is investigating the matter.

The white flags are flying in place of the American flags that are typically atop the bridge.

It’s unclear why they are there and who put them there, authorities said.

The Brooklyn Bridge connects Manhattan to Brooklyn over the East River, and has its base just a few blocks from City Hall and police headquarters in lower Manhattan.

The span is run by the city’s Department of Transportation.

As of 10:30 a.m., the bridge was still open to pedestrian and vehicle traffic.

The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the country’s oldest suspension bridges, dating back to 1883, and is also a National Historic Landmark.

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Britain’s Prince George Turns One Year Old

JOHN STILLWELL/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) — One year ago on Tuesday, the world was waiting for news from Buckingham Palace on the birth of the next British heir to the throne.

The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, delivered — literally — and gave birth to a healthy baby boy, his Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge.

Now Prince George, as he’s called, is a near-toddler who’s taken his first steps, met a bilby named after him, and traveled across the world to Australia and New Zealand with his mom and dad.

“He’s got a good pair of lungs on him, that’s for sure,” George’s father, Prince William, has said of his first-born son.

The royal family marked George’s first birthday by releasing two official photos on Monday showing George fascinated by a butterfly exhibit, accompanied by his mom and dad.

The images were shot on July 2 at the Sensational Butterflies exhibit at London’s Natural History Museum by John Stillwell of the Press Association wire service in the U.K. Stillwell also took the photo released Saturday of George, dressed in overalls, taking steps on his own at the exhibit.

On Tuesday, the Royals are celebrating with a family birthday party for Prince George. Kate’s parents and two siblings, Pippa and James, are expected to attend, along with Prince Harry, George’s uncle, and Zara Phillips, the Queen’s granddaughter and one of George’s godparents, as well as her husband, rugby star Mike Tindall. George’s paternal grandparents, Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall, are on vacation in Scotland.

Jamie Lowther Pinkerton, one of George’s godparents and the long-time private secretary to his parents, was seen arriving at the family’s home at Kensington Palace Tuesday with a birthday present in hand.

Kate made a visit to Buckingham Palace, the home of George’s great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, early Tuesday afternoon. The Palace got into the spirit of George’s birthday with a rendition of Happy Birthday played outside the Palace Gates.

In addition to the official photos, Kate and William, both 32, issued a statement to mark their first son’s first birthday.

“We would like to take this opportunity on George’s first birthday to thank everyone over the last year, wherever we have met them, both at home and overseas, for their warm and generous good wishes to George and our family,” they said.

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ESPN: Donald Sterling Meets with Steve Ballmer

(NEW YORK) — Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling met with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on Monday in Los Angeles to discuss the pending sale of the team, according to ESPN.

Sterling and Ballmer met for about 90 minutes at Sterling’s house in Beverly Hills in their first face-to-face meeting since Ballmer negotiated the record-setting sale with Shelly Sterling on May 29. Sources say it was a “friendly conversation.”

A settlement has yet to be reached, but the sale of the team will reportedly be worth $2 billion.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver said last week that he wasn’t sure a new owner of the Clippers would be in place by the start of next season.

The original agreement called for the sale to close by July 15, with a possible extension to Aug. 15, but Donald Sterling has vowed to fight his termination and the sale of the team.

Ballmer is ready to buy the Clippers, but an issue in that case is whether Shelly Sterling was authorized to sell the franchise to him without the authorization of her husband.

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New Alison Lundergan Grimes Ad Hits Mitch McConnell on ‘Not My Job’ Comment

State of Kentucky(NEW YORK) — Alison Lundergan Grimes’ is out with a new television ad hitting her opponent, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on comments he made about his role in job creation in April.

ABC News got a sneak peak of Grimes’ second television ad, featuring Kentuckians asking questions to McConnell. The ad — titled “Question from David” — begins with Grimes sitting next to David Stanley from Putney, Kentucky outside of a gas station.

“I’m Alison Lundergan Grimes and David Stanley lost his coal mining job in Letcher County, and he has this question for Senator McConnell,” Grimes says.

“Mr. McConnell, in the last two years, we’ve lost almost half of our coal jobs in Eastern Kentucky. Why’d you say it’s not your job to bring jobs to Kentucky?” Stanley said, before taking a long pause.

There is no answer, but Grimes then says, “I couldn’t believe he said that either.”

“I approved this message because, Senator, that’ll be my number one job,” she says, while looking directly into the camera.

The ad refers to McConnell being asked by the Beattyville Enterprise in April what he would do to bring jobs to the county.

“Economic development is a Frankfort issue,” McConnell said then, according to the paper. “That is not my job. It is the primary responsibility of the state Commerce Cabinet.”

Grimes has been consistently hitting McConnell over the comments, but his campaign says he was taken out of context.

The Grimes’ campaign did not say how much money is behind the ad, but describe it as a significant, six-figure, statewide buy that begins airing Tuesday.

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Malaysia Airlines Wreckage ‘Significantly Altered’

(KHARKIV, Ukraine) — Wreckage from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane in Ukraine has been “significantly altered,” international monitors told ABC News, as remains of the victims arrived in territory held by the Ukrainian government.

Major pieces of the front of the plane appear to have been cut away, said Michael Bociurkiw, a spokesman for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the group observing the crash site. Earlier, investigators observed someone using power tools to cut into the wreckage.

Rebels have said they had to move and alter big pieces to get at bodies and body parts. But the OSCE said what they saw was a “very invasive” altering of the wreckage.

In a field in pro-Russian separatist territory, the crash site has remained completely unguarded.

A train full of victims of Malaysia Flight MH17 arrived Tuesday at an interim destination on its way west. A Soviet-made locomotive pulled windowless, refrigerated box cars into Kharkiv, where a C-130 was waiting to transport the human remains to the Netherlands.

The black boxes from the downed plane were handed over to Malaysian officials Monday.

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Rachel McAdams Was ‘in Awe’ of Lindsay Lohan’s Talent on “Mean Girls” Set

Paramount(NEW YORK) — Ten years ago, Lindsay Lohan’s career was on fire ahead of her acclaimed performance in Mean Girls, and her co-star Rachel McAdams noticed. The actress tells the August issue of Allure she thinks it’s odd to hear that director Mark Waters says LiLo was apparently intimidated by her on set.

“If anything, I was in awe of her talent,” McAdams recalled. “I looked at her as this experienced actor, and she had great comedic timing, so natural. It’s just funny to hear that because you never know what people are thinking. We all try to act like we’ve got it together.”

Before the release of Mean Girls, McAdams appeared in the Rob Schneider comedy The Hot Chick, in which she performed a striptease — a challenge for her. She says, “I just remember breathing deep and thinking, Oh, my God, I have to go out there and do this striptease, as a man…as a woman. How did I get here?”

She continues, “It was probably one of the scariest moments I’ve had in my career. It stretched me in ways I could never have imagined.” After a pause, she adds, “Literally.”

McAdams, 35, appears on the cover of Allure’s August issue, which hits newsstands July 29.

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Achieving Diversity in the Workplace Can Hurt the Achievers

Steve Hix/Somos Images/Fuse/Thinkstock(BOULDER, Colo.) — It’s obviously good to value diversity in the workplace, but there are times when it can backfire.

Specifically, a University of Colorado study says that women and minorities in executive positions who believe that things will be better with more women and minorities at their job often wind up making things worse for themselves.

For example, women who promote other women are viewed as less warm, while non-white executives seeking to hire more minority candidates are seen as less competent.

These opinions usually turn up in their performance reviews.

On the other hand, male white executives who try to foster more diversity are often lauded for their efforts in their reviews.

David Hekman, one of the study’s authors, maintains that self-interest plays a role in this disparity, concluding, “People are perceived as selfish when they advocate for someone who looks like them, unless they’re a white man.”

Hekman suggests that there are a number of ways to level the playing field, such as using the term “demographic-unselfishness” rather than “diversity.”

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Dan Uggla Signs with Giants

Tony Firriolo/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Just three days after being released by the Atlanta Braves, Dan Uggla signed a minor-league contract with the San Francisco Giants on Monday. The second baseman reported to Triple-A Fresno upon signing the deal.

“This is a chance for us to take a look at him and evaluate him, and a chance for him to go down and get his timing and get some playing time,” said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. “At some point we’re going to have to make a call. I can’t say he’s going to be up here in the next few days, no. He needs some playing time right now.”

A three-time All-Star, Uggla was in his fourth season with Atlanta, but was hitting an abysmal .162 with just 10 RBI and two home runs in 48 games. The 34-year-old struck out 495 times in 451 games with the Braves from 2011-13 while also putting together a franchise record 33-game hitting streak.

Uggla underwent eye surgery last summer and was left off the Braves postseason roster before being reinserted in Spring Training.

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Dan Uggla Signs with Giants

Tony Firriolo/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Just three days after being released by the Atlanta Braves, Dan Uggla signed a minor-league contract with the San Francisco Giants on Monday. The second baseman reported to Triple-A Fresno upon signing the deal.

“This is a chance for us to take a look at him and evaluate him, and a chance for him to go down and get his timing and get some playing time,” said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. “At some point we’re going to have to make a call. I can’t say he’s going to be up here in the next few days, no. He needs some playing time right now.”

A three-time All-Star, Uggla was in his fourth season with Atlanta, but was hitting an abysmal .162 with just 10 RBI and two home runs in 48 games. The 34-year-old struck out 495 times in 451 games with the Braves from 2011-13 while also putting together a franchise record 33-game hitting streak.

Uggla underwent eye surgery last summer and was left off the Braves postseason roster before being reinserted in Spring Training.

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Findlay Budget Gets Mid-Year Review Today

7/22/14 – 4:56 A.M.

Findlay city council will take a look at the budget today to see how things are going halfway through the year. The meeting will allow auditor Jim Staschiak to go over what the numbers look like right now compared to what was budgeted in January.

The Courier reports long-term budget planning will also be a topic of conversation. Staschiak tells the newspaper he’ll make another appeal for long-term budgeting. Mayor Lydia Mihalik says she’s in favor of planning for more than one year at a time, but that expense priorities have to be based on clear revenue trends.

Numbers projected for 2015 look strong so far. General fund revenue is expected to be $26.8 million next year. That’s slightly more than the $26.7 million being estimated for this year.

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