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‘Skinny’ the Fat Cat Reveals 22-Pound Weight Loss

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Skinny, as he is now appropriately called, was found abandoned in a Dallas suburb back in 2012. The cat weighed a whopping 41-pounds and had a hard time walking more than five steps.

But all that changed when he was adopted by veterinarian Dr. Brittney Barton, of HEAL Veterinary Hospital, in 2013.

Barton started Skinny on a workout regimen including sit ups, underwater treadmill walking and playtime.

But when it came to walking on land, the feline still needed a bit of extra encouragement. In the beginning, the vet would place treats on the treadmill as inspiration to get moving, but Skinny has now learned to hop on the treadmill with the simple sound of treats shaking around.

“The secret is basically the same secret for all of us,” Barton explained of Skinny’s 22-pound weight loss on ABC News’ Good Morning America Friday. “It’s about calorie intake and calories burned. It’s not just about the diets that we used, but trying to figure out ways to get them moving.”

Barton recommends giving pets “green beans and blueberries in lieu of the commercialized [foods].”

Most importantly, she adds, “Try not to love them with food but try to love them with your attention and your time.”

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Car Crashes into Barricade at US Capitol Building, Police Say

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A car smashed into a barricade at the U.S. Capitol building Friday morning, police said.

The Nissan Altima, which had Florida plates, hit a security gate at Independence Avenue and New Jersey Avenue Northwest.

The driver, who was the only one in the car, was taken into custody by the U.S. Capitol Police.

The car did not make it through the secure perimeter that guards the actual Capitol building, police said.

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Facebook’s Internet Drone: How It Works

Mark Zucerkberg/Facebook(NEW YORK) — Facebook is ready to take to the sky.

Mark Zuckerberg revealed the social network has completed production on Aquila, its first solar-powered drone that could one day help beam the Internet into some of the world’s most remote areas.

The months ahead will involve plenty of testing for the unmanned, solar powered drone.

The aircraft has the wingspan of a Boeing 737, but is lighter than a car.

Running completely on solar power, Zuckerberg said it’s expected the plane could fly for months at a time. Once Aquila is airborne, it will use a new laser capable of transmitting data at 10 gigabits per second, Zuckerberg said, making it 10 times faster than any previous system.

The system is so precise, according to Zuckerberg, that it can connect with a dime-sized object from more than 10 miles away.

“Using aircraft to connect communities using lasers might seem like science fiction. But science fiction is often just science before its time,” Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page. “Over the coming months, we will test these systems in the real world and continue refining them so we can turn their promise into reality.”

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Hillary Clinton to Call on Congress to End Trade Embargo with Cuba

Scott Olson/Getty Images(MIAMI) — Hillary Clinton will deliver a speech in Miami on Friday, calling on Congress to end the trade embargo with Cuba.

Given that Republicans have forcefully criticized President Obama’s rapprochement, this will draw some bright lines between Clinton and GOP rivals in a major general election state with a big Cuban-American population that also happens to be Jeb Bush’s and Marco Rubio’s backyard.

According to excerpts of her speech, the former secretary of state will say, “The Cuba embargo needs to go, once and for all. We should replace it with a smarter approach that empowers the Cuban private sector, Cuban civil society, and the Cuban-American community to spur progress and keep pressure on the regime.”

“Today I am calling on Speaker Boehner and Senator McConnell to step up and answer the pleas of the Cuban people,” Clinton plans to say. “By large majorities, they want a closer relationship with America. They want to buy our goods, read our books, surf our web, and learn from our people. They want to bring their country into the 21st century. That is the road toward democracy and dignity. We should walk it together.”

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Hillary Clinton to Call on Congress to End Trade Embargo with Cuba

Scott Olson/Getty Images(MIAMI) — Hillary Clinton will deliver a speech in Miami on Friday, calling on Congress to end the trade embargo with Cuba.

Given that Republicans have forcefully criticized President Obama’s rapprochement, this will draw some bright lines between Clinton and GOP rivals in a major general election state with a big Cuban-American population that also happens to be Jeb Bush’s and Marco Rubio’s backyard.

According to excerpts of her speech, the former secretary of state will say, “The Cuba embargo needs to go, once and for all. We should replace it with a smarter approach that empowers the Cuban private sector, Cuban civil society, and the Cuban-American community to spur progress and keep pressure on the regime.”

“Today I am calling on Speaker Boehner and Senator McConnell to step up and answer the pleas of the Cuban people,” Clinton plans to say. “By large majorities, they want a closer relationship with America. They want to buy our goods, read our books, surf our web, and learn from our people. They want to bring their country into the 21st century. That is the road toward democracy and dignity. We should walk it together.”

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“Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” Opens Friday

Paramount(NEW YORK) — Vacation wasn’t really a destination spot for moviegoers during its opening day.

The comedy reboot earned 3.8 million dollars on Wednesday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. That total includes the 1.2 million raised from late-night showings on Tuesday night.

[Read a review of the film.]

Vacation is joined at the box office this weekend by the fifth Mission: Impossible movie starring Tom Cruise. He reprises his role of Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation.

This time around, Ethan, along with his team, faces off against a network of villainous special agents known as the Syndicate.

Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson, Alec Baldwin and Sean Harris also star inMission: Impossible — Rogue Nation, which is rated PG-13.

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Cecil the Lion: New Details Emerge into the Moments Before He Was Shot

Glen Stubbe/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The American dentist who acknowledged earlier this week that he shot Cecil the Lion in Zimbabwe had “no idea” that he had killed a beloved and famous lion who was wearing a GPS tracking collar, according to the tour guide’s lawyer.

Professional hunter and guide Theo Bronkhorst was with Dr. Walter Palmer when he killed the lion in a national park, which has garnered worldwide outrage.

Bronkhorst’s lawyer shed new details about what the hunters say took place moments before the lion was killed.

“It was a usual hunting trip. And according to my client, nothing was illegal about the hunt,” Givemore Muvhiringi told ABC News in a Skype interview.

Muvhiringi said only after Palmer had killed Cecil did they realize this was a known lion who was wearing a GPS tracking collar.

“My client did not realize this lion was a collared lion until it had been shot. So it wasn’t his intention to kill such a famous lion,” he said.

Palmer responded later Tuesday, saying in a statement that he “deeply” regretted the pursuit of the early July hunt in Zimbabwe that “resulted in the taking of this lion.” He added that he “had no idea” Cecil the lion was a “known, local favorite, was collared and part of a study. I hired several professional guides and they secured all proper permits. To my knowledge, everything about this trip was legal and properly handled and conducted.”

Pressure is mounting for Palmer to face some sort of justice.

“A lot of people are angry, but I think at this stage, let’s allow justice to take its course,” Muvhiringi added.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has opened its own investigation, but has so far been unable to reach Walter Palmer. Officials are asking Palmer to contact them immediately.

The outrage over Cecil’s death is now being heard loud and clear in Washington. A WhiteHouse. gov petition urging U.S. authorities to extradite Palmer has more than 100,000 signatures, which means the Obama administration will have to respond.

Meanwhile in Zimbabwe, Oppah Muchinguri, the country’s environment, water and climate minister, said he is seeking to extradite Palmer.

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Cecil the Lion: New Details Emerge into the Moments Before He Was Shot

Glen Stubbe/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The American dentist who acknowledged earlier this week that he shot Cecil the Lion in Zimbabwe had “no idea” that he had killed a beloved and famous lion who was wearing a GPS tracking collar, according to the tour guide’s lawyer.

Professional hunter and guide Theo Bronkhorst was with Dr. Walter Palmer when he killed the lion in a national park, which has garnered worldwide outrage.

Bronkhorst’s lawyer shed new details about what the hunters say took place moments before the lion was killed.

“It was a usual hunting trip. And according to my client, nothing was illegal about the hunt,” Givemore Muvhiringi told ABC News in a Skype interview.

Muvhiringi said only after Palmer had killed Cecil did they realize this was a known lion who was wearing a GPS tracking collar.

“My client did not realize this lion was a collared lion until it had been shot. So it wasn’t his intention to kill such a famous lion,” he said.

Palmer responded later Tuesday, saying in a statement that he “deeply” regretted the pursuit of the early July hunt in Zimbabwe that “resulted in the taking of this lion.” He added that he “had no idea” Cecil the lion was a “known, local favorite, was collared and part of a study. I hired several professional guides and they secured all proper permits. To my knowledge, everything about this trip was legal and properly handled and conducted.”

Pressure is mounting for Palmer to face some sort of justice.

“A lot of people are angry, but I think at this stage, let’s allow justice to take its course,” Muvhiringi added.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has opened its own investigation, but has so far been unable to reach Walter Palmer. Officials are asking Palmer to contact them immediately.

The outrage over Cecil’s death is now being heard loud and clear in Washington. A WhiteHouse. gov petition urging U.S. authorities to extradite Palmer has more than 100,000 signatures, which means the Obama administration will have to respond.

Meanwhile in Zimbabwe, Oppah Muchinguri, the country’s environment, water and climate minister, said he is seeking to extradite Palmer.

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“Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” Opens Friday

Paramount(NEW YORK) — Vacation wasn’t really a destination spot for moviegoers during its opening day.

The comedy reboot earned 3.8 million dollars on Wednesday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. That total includes the 1.2 million raised from late-night showings on Tuesday night.

[Read a review of the film.]

Vacation is joined at the box office this weekend by the fifth Mission: Impossible movie starring Tom Cruise. He reprises his role of Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation.

This time around, Ethan, along with his team, faces off against a network of villainous special agents known as the Syndicate.

Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson, Alec Baldwin and Sean Harris also star inMission: Impossible — Rogue Nation, which is rated PG-13.

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“Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” Opens Friday

Paramount(NEW YORK) — Vacation wasn’t really a destination spot for moviegoers during its opening day.

The comedy reboot earned 3.8 million dollars on Wednesday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. That total includes the 1.2 million raised from late-night showings on Tuesday night.

[Read a review of the film.]

Vacation is joined at the box office this weekend by the fifth Mission: Impossible movie starring Tom Cruise. He reprises his role of Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation.

This time around, Ethan, along with his team, faces off against a network of villainous special agents known as the Syndicate.

Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson, Alec Baldwin and Sean Harris also star inMission: Impossible — Rogue Nation, which is rated PG-13.

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