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Why Hillary Clinton Emailed About Gefilte Fish

Scott Olson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The great gefilte fish mystery may have been solved.

Among the latest batch of Hillary Clinton emails released by the State Department on Monday night was one that left people totally stumped — and it had to do with gefilte fish.

“Where are we on this?” Clinton wrote to two of her advisers on March 5, 2010. The subject line was simply, “Gefilte Fish.”

Gefilte fish, for those who don’t know, is a traditional Jewish dish served at Passover that is made up of ground-up fish and various spices, and is often bought ready-to-eat in jars. It’s highly controversial – people either like it or can’t stand it.

Why Clinton was emailing about the Jewish dish was unclear at first. Regardless, the Internet loved it.

But it appears the case has now been cracked. And the explanation is perfectly logical and work-related.

According to the Washington Post, just before the Jewish holiday that year there was a trade dispute that held up a large shipment of Illinois-caught carp (the fish typically used in gefilte fish) that was destined for Israel.

Clinton had pledged to help resolve the issue.

“I will take that mission on,” she told Rep. Don Manzullo, R-Illinois.

Tablet magazine’s Yair Rosenberg was the first to make the connection on Twitter, where he shared an excerpt of the former Israeli ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren’s, memoir, Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide, in which he recalled the situation.

Clinton’s campaign has not confirmed if this is indeed what Clinton was emailing about, but the timing of it makes sense.

This is not the first time Clinton’s emails have raised eyebrows.

Two emails released by the State Department earlier this summer revealed that Clinton had meetings with an unidentified person referred to as “Santa.”

People wondered if Santa could be a code name for some high-powered Clinton associate, however it turned out Santa was simply the name of Clinton’s longtime hairdresser, Santa Nikkels.

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Biggest Illinois Lottery Winners Lose Their Luck Amid State’s Budget Problem

Tim Boyle/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Danny Chasteen thought he hit the jackpot when he won $250,000 in the Illinois lottery this summer. But a delay in the state’s budget is also delaying his payoff and dampening his celebratory mood.

“Wait a minute. I won this fair and square,” Chasteen, 56, of LaSalle County, said. “I bought a ticket and scratched it off. I don’t get it.”

That’s because until the budget is approved, the state comptroller can’t pay lottery winners with prize money higher than $25,000, state lottery officials said.

“If it was me owing the state money, but I don’t have the budget together, they would take me to court and get my money,” Chasteen said.

Illinois lawmakers have failed to meet their budget deadline of July 1, as Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has battled the Democrat-run legislature. Meanwhile, the Illinois State Museum, subsidized child care and other social services are on the chopping block.

When Chasteen, a manufacturing foreman, learned he won the state lottery’s Cool Cash scratch-off game on July 20, he said he was told he would receive the winnings in four to six weeks. But last week, he received a call from lottery officials saying otherwise.

“They said, ‘We cannot pay you out because the state don’t have a budget,'” said Chasteen, who was hoping to pay off his bills with his lottery winnings.

Last Friday, he took out a $3,000 loan to help pay off his bills and those of his girlfriend. Chasteen said he hasn’t spent more money than he usually does since learning he won the lottery. But he said he wouldn’t have taken out the loan if he had received the lottery prize money, as first reported by ABC station WLS in Chicago.

Lottery officials say the prize money exists, but they legally can’t dole it out.

“Due to the ongoing budget situation in Springfield, some lottery winner payments have been delayed,” a statement from the state lottery read. “All winners will be paid in full as soon as the Lottery and the Illinois Comptroller have the legislative authority to do so.”

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Manhunt in Illinois for Three Men Suspected in Police Officer’s Shooting Death

iStock/Thinkstock(FOX LAKE, Ill.) — A police officer has been fatally shot and a manhunt for three suspects is underway outside Chicago.

The deadly shooting is believed to have happened after the officer sent a radio message saying that he was chasing after three men, authorities said Tuesday.

The Fox Lake police officer has not been publicly identified, but Lake County Sheriff’s Department Det. Chris Covelli confirmed to ABC News that the officer has died as a result of the shooting.

The incident started at 7:52 a.m. Tuesday when the officer said via radio that he was pursuing two white men and one black man, according to a Lake County Sheriff’s Office spokesman at an afternoon news conference.

Police lost communication with the officer after his radio message, and a backup officer found him injured, police said.

The three suspects remain at large, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said. Canine crews are being used as well as officers on foot and in helicopters in the search.

Fox Lake is a suburb about 60 miles north of central Chicago.

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Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Is Expecting Identical Twin Girls

Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Marissa Mayer is expecting identical twin girls!

The Yahoo CEO, 40, shared the happy news on her Tumblr Tuesday, writing that the “twins part was quite a surprise, because I have no family history of twins or any other predisposing factors.”

Mayer said she is due in December and it appears she won’t be taking full advantage of Yahoo’s parental leave policy.

“Since my pregnancy has been healthy and uncomplicated and since this is a unique time in Yahoo’s transformation, I plan to approach the pregnancy and delivery as I did with my son three years ago, taking limited time away and working throughout,” she wrote.

Mayer was back to work soon after she gave birth to her son in 2012, the same year she took over as Yahoo’s CEO.

“I’ve shared the news and my plans with Yahoo’s Board of Directors and my executive team, and they are incredibly supportive and happy for me,” she said. “I want to thank them for all of their encouragement as well as their offers of help and continued support.”

The announcement of her pregnancy comes as Yahoo prepares to spin off its stake in Chinese e-commerce site Alibaba into a new entity called Aabaco Holdings. The move is expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year.

While Mayer’s quick maternity leave drew some criticism that she was setting an unrealistic example for many women, she later followed up by extending Yahoo’s parental leave, offering mothers up to 16 weeks of paid maternity leave, which also applies to adoption, foster child placement and surrogacy, and eight paid weeks for fathers.

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“Bachelor in Paradise” Recap: New Women Arrive, Ashley I. Makes a Bold Move with Jared

ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) — Monday night’s episode of Bachelor in Paradise marked the arrivals of a few new cast members.

We were reintroduced to Chelsie Webster late in the previous episode. On Monday night she asked out Nick Peterson, who was eager to end his relationship with Ashley Salter. The breakup left Ashley feeling upset; she told the cameras she’d felt deceived.

Chelsie and Nick became acquainted on an ocean cruise, but they lacked chemistry.

Mackenzie Deonigi, from Chris Soules’ season of The Bachelor, joined the crew in Mexico and paired up with Justin Reich, who on Sunday night’s episode went out with Amber James. Mackenzie and Justin took part in a Spanish ceremony led by a shaman that involved smoke and mud. It ended with the shaman telling them, “You’re married.”

Jaclyn Swartz, previously a contestant on Ben Flajnik’s season of The Bachelor, showed up to paradise and had her sights set on Jared Haibon. Jared was interested in her, too, but Ashley Iaconneti — who’s had a crush on Jared all season — had a trick up her sleeve.

Ashley I. obtained an overnight fantasy suite date card from host Chris Harrison and approached Jared with it. Jared agreed to the date, and Ashley I. implied to the cameras she was considering losing her virginity to him.

That left us with a cliffhanger for the two-night season finale, which begins Sunday night on ABC.

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IIHS: Speed Camera Programs Lead to Changes in Driver Behavior

InterestingLight/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that highway speed cameras have “led to long-term changes in driver behavior and substantial reductions in deaths and injuries” in at least one community near Washington, D.C.

Speed cameras were introduced in 2007 in Montgomery County, Maryland, the study notes. As of 2014, the area had 56 fixed cameras, 30 portable cameras and six mobile speed vans. Six months after the installation of the first cameras, the proportion of drivers traveling more than 10 miles per hour over the speed limit had dipped, according to the IIHS.

Further, the study found, after seven years, the program continues to work. IIHS says cameras have reduced the likelihood of a driver exceeding the speed limit by over 10 miles per hour by 59 percent compared to similar roads in nearby counties without speed cameras.

The camera program is also credited with a 19 percent reduction in the likelihood of crashes involving a fatality or incapacitating injury.

“We hope this research will help energize the discussion around speed,” IIHS President Adrian Lund said in a statement. “We’re all accustomed to seeing posted limits ignored, but it’s a mistake to think nothing can be done about it.”

The study also argues that speed corridors, in which enforcement is focused on long stretches of road rather than precise locations, are even more effective. “Speed-camera corridors force drivers to watch their speed for the length of the road, instead of slamming on the brakes at a specific location and then speeding up again,” IIHS Senior Vice President for Research Anne McCartt said.

Interestingly, the study also found that cameras are only effective in altering drivers’ behavior if the drivers are aware that they are there. More than three-quarters of drivers in Montgomery County reported reducing their speed due to the speed camera program.

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Pope Francis: Priests Can Absolve Women Who Have Had Abortions

neneos/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(ROME) — In a letter to Archbishop Rino Fisichella, Pope Francis on Tuesday decided to allow priests to absolve women who have had abortions.

“One of the serious problems of our time,” the pope wrote, “is clearly the changed relationship with respect to life. A widespread and insensitive mentality has led to the loss of the proper personal and social sensitivity to welcome new life,” he added.

“I think in particular of all the women who have resorted to abortion,” the letter continues. “I am well aware of the pressure that has led them to this decision. I know that it is an existential and moral ordeal.”

As part of the upcoming holy year, Pope Francis said that “the forgiveness of God cannot be denied to one who has repented.”

“For this reason…I have decided…to concede to all priests for the Jubilee Year the discretion to absolve of the sin of abortion those who have procured it and who, with contrite heart, seek forgiveness of it.”

The pope added that priests can offer absolution by “expressing words of genuine welcome combined with a reflection that explains the gravity of the sin committed.”

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Satellite Photos Reveal ISIS’ Destruction of Temple of Bel in Palmyra

On Left: 27 August image (before destruction): “Airbus DS, UNITAR-UNOSAT” On right: 31 August image (after destruction): “UrtheCast, UNITAR-UNOSAT”(PALMYRA, Syria) — Confirmation from the United Nations on Monday that ISIS destroyed a historic site in Syria.

Satellite photos from the UN have confirmed ISIS detonated explosives in Palmyra on Sunday, destroying the Temple of Bel.

“We can confirm destruction of the main building of the Temple of Bel as well as a row of columns in its immediate vicinity,” said the UN’s training and research agency Unitar.

The Temple of Bel is the most significant monument in Palmyra and one of the most significant in all of Syria.

ISIS has destroyed sites and items of historic importance recently including tombs and last week’s destruction of a small temple.

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KeyRaider Malware Targets Jailbroken iPhones

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Login information for as many as 225,000 Apple accounts may have been stolen using a sophisticated malware called KeyRaider that targets jailbroken devices — those that have hardware restrictions removed and are no longer protected by Apple.

Cyber security company Palo Alto Networks, working alongside Chinese technology group WeipTech, published research detailing the breach, which apparently allows hackers to download apps using the person’s account to remotely lock a device and hold it for ransom.

“We believe this to be the largest known Apple account theft caused by malware,” researcher Claud Xiao wrote.

The malware appears to have been spread by being built into jailbreak tweaks, which are software additions not evaluated by Apple, Xiao said. The tweaks have been downloaded more than 20,000 times, leading researchers to believe at least that many people are taking advantage of the 225,000 stolen account credentials.

Some people have reported unusual purchasing history in their App Store accounts while others have had their devices locked for ransom, according to researchers.

Apple advises users to not jailbreak their devices due to security issues.

“Jailbreaking your device eliminates security layers designed to protect your personal information and your iOS device,” Apple’s support website explains. “With this security removed from your iOS device, hackers may steal your personal information, damage your device, attack your network, or introduce malware, spyware or viruses.”

Palo Alto Networks said it provided the stolen account information to Apple on Aug. 26. It was also noted that researchers were only able to recover half of the stolen account information before the hacker fixed the vulnerability.

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Fostoria Trailer Fire Ruled An Arson. Reward Offered.

8/31/2015    4:15pm

Saturday’s mobile home fire at Nye’s Trailer Park in Fostoria has officially been ruled an arson, officials announced this afternoon. Fostoria Police Chief Keith Loreno says that the investigation has determined the fire to be incendiary and anyone with information about the blaze is encouraged to come forward.

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Authorities are looking for any information on the fire, and a reward is being offered for information about who may have set the fire.

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Anyone with information is urged to call either Fostoria Police Department at 419-435-8573 or the Ohio State Fire Marshal at 800-589-2728.

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