Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Tom Brady posts on Facebook before the regular season started on Saturday

In a post on Facebook Friday night, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said he was “very grateful” to Judge Richard Berman for lifting the NFL’s four-game suspension.

“While I am pleased to be eligible to play, I am sorry our league had to endure this. I don’t think it has been good for our sport – to a large degree, we have all lost,” said Brady in his post. “I am also sorry to anyone whose feelings I may have hurt as I have tried to work to resolve this situation. I love the NFL. It is a privilege to be a member of the NFL community and I will always try to do my best in representing my team and the league in a way that would make all members of this community proud.”

Because the suspension was lifted, Brady will be able to play for the Patriots’ season opener next Thursday.

“I look forward to representing the New England Patriots on Thursday night in our season opener,” he ended the post. “I hope to make all of our fans proud this year … and beyond!”

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D Dipasupil/Getty Images(LEWISTON, Maine) — Hope Tom Brady’s judge likes coffee and doughnuts.

If Judge Richard Berman is ever in Lewiston, Maine, a Dunkin Donuts in town is offering him free coffee for life after overturning New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension.

According to FoxSports.com an employee said the owners were “100 percent serious” and the sign outside Dunkin Donuts was put up immediately after the decision.

Brady will play in his team’s season opener on Sept. 10.

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ports.com spoke to an employee — they chose to remain anonymous — who confirmed owners Mike and Diane Connor were 100 percent serious about the offer, which was put on the sign immediately after Judge Berman’s decisio

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ports.com spoke to an employee — they chose to remain anonymous — who confirmed owners Mike and Diane Connor were 100 percent serious about the offer, which was put on the sign immediately after Judge Berman’s decisio

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owners Mike and Diane Connor were 100 percent serious about the offer, which was put on the sign immediately after Judge Berman’s decision.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Pope Francis had a piece of advice for the Americans he spoke to during a virtual audience hosted by ABC News: “Be courageous.”

During the event, which was moderated by ABC News’ World News Tonight anchor David Muir on Monday, the pontiff spoke for nearly an hour via satellite from the Vatican with individuals from the Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago’s inner city, congregants from Sacred Heart Church in McAllen, Texas, located near the U.S.-Mexico border, and homeless men and women and those working with the homeless in Los Angeles.

The three locations were selected by ABC News because they are in parts of the country that Pope Francis will not be visiting during his historic trip to the United States, later this month.

The selected speakers, which included an undocumented teenager who had lost a soccer scholarship to college and a homeless mother of two, were all people who had struggled with adversity. The speakers were told beforehand they would get to share their story with his Holiness.

Pope Francis and the People will air in a one-hour special edition of ABC News’ 20/20 on Friday, Sept. 4, at 10 p.m. ET. In addition, the event will be posted in its entirety in both English and Spanish on ABCNews.com.

Throughout the hour-long event, Pope Francis consoled the speakers, many of whom shed tears as the Pontiff offered them words of praise, encouragement and advice.

“It’s true that there are difficulties on life’s path, many of them,” the Holy Father said. “Don’t fear the difficulties. Be prudent, be careful, but don’t fear.”

One of the most powerful moments during the event was when Valerie Herrera, 17, stepped up to speak.

Herrera, a senior at the Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, told Pope Francis she had struggled with vitiligo, an autoimmune disease that causes white blotches on the face and body, and had endured bullying through elementary and middle school.

Herrera, the eldest of four children born to parents from Mexico, said she sang in her church choir and had found comfort through music.

In her question, she asked what the Holy Father expects from today’s youth and what should they aspire to be.

But before he answered her question, Pope Francis surprised Herrera with a request.

“May I ask for you to sing a song for me?” he said in English. As Herrera hesitated, Pope Francis told her, “be courageous.”

After a long pause and encouragement from the audience, Herrera sang, “Junto a Ti Maria (Next to You, Maria).”

When the applause died down, Pope Francis answered her question.

“What I hope for from youth is for you all not to walk alone in life,” he said. “Life is very difficult. It’s difficult to walk alone. You get lost. You get confused. You can find the wrong path or you can be walking around in circles, in a maze, or worst, you can stop because you get tired of walking in life. Always walk hand-in-hand with someone who loves you, someone who gives you tenderness.”

“In my country, there’s a saying, ‘it’s better to be alone than to be in bad company,’” continued Francis, who is from Argentina. “That’s true, but walk accompanied… You have the strength to overcome. Don’t be scared. Don’t stop. There’s nothing worse than a young person who has retired before his or her time. I don’t know at what age people retire in the United States, but can you imagine a young person who’s 25 years old, who’s retired? Terrible. Always move forward with courage and with hope.”

The pope praised Rosemary Farfan, 31, for caring for her two young daughters by herself. The family had been living at the Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women and Children, a program of Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, but left in June to move into their first apartment.

“I know it’s not easy to be a single mother,” Francis said. “I know that people can sometimes look askance at you, but I’ll tell you one thing, you’re a brave woman because you’re capable of bringing these two daughters into the world.”

“You could have killed them inside your womb, and you respected life,” the pope continued. “You respected the life you were carrying inside you, and God is going to reward you for that, and he does reward you for that. Don’t be ashamed. Hold your head high. ‘I didn’t kill my daughters. I brought them into the world.’ I congratulate you. I congratulate you, and God bless you.”

Hundreds gathered at Sacred Heart Church in McAllen, Texas, including Ricardo Ortiz, 19, who told Pope Francis that he had come to the U.S. from Mexico on a tourist visa when he was 4 years old. He said his father sometimes had difficulty finding work because he was undocumented. Then when Ortiz was around 17, he said his father had an accident and wasn’t able to work at all.

Choking back tears, Ortiz, who has three younger brothers, said, “That happening impacted my life in a very deep way. I had to become the breadwinner of the family. I had to be the person that supported our family… I never lost faith. I never lost the strength that my father and mother gave me.”

Ortiz told the pope that eventually his father was able to return to work and Ortiz was able to graduate high school. He had even won a soccer scholarship to college, but the scholarship was revoked once the school discovered he was not a U.S. citizen. His father scraped together the money to send him to a community college instead.

Pope Francis, an avid soccer fan, expressed admiration for Ortiz and told him that “the match is played between friendship in society and enmity in society.”

“We are all created for friendship in society. All of us bear responsibility for everyone else,” the pope said. “And each one has to make a choice in his or her heart. And we have to help that choice to be made in the heart. …. Only closeness and giving of myself, all that I have to give, the way you gave everything you could as a boy, when you supported your family. Don’t forget that.”

Another surprising moment during the event is when the pope called out directly to Sister Norma Pimentel, the executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley. Sister Pimentel runs a welcome center at Sacred Heart Church in response to the surge of immigrants being released by the U.S. border patrol. More than 23,000 immigrants have passed through the center.

The Holy Father singled Pimentel out in the audience and called her to the front.

“I want to thank you, and through you to thank all the sisters of religious orders in the U.S. for the work that you have done and that you do in the United States,” the pope said. “It’s great. I congratulate you. Be courageous. Move forward. Take the lead, always. I’ll tell you one other thing. Is it inappropriate for the Pope to say this? I love you all very much.”

The virtual audience was conducted ahead of Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the United States, when he will travel to Washington, D.C., New York City and Philadelphia from Sept. 22 to Sept. 27.

When Marcus Alston, a 19-year-old who had lived on the streets of Los Angeles and on Monday was staying at Covenant House, asked the pope why his upcoming trip to the US was important, the Pontiff said he wanted to connect to Americans.

“There’s something very important for me, which is closeness,” Francis said. “For me it’s difficult not to be close to people. When I approach people, as I’m going to do with you, it’s easier for me to understand them and help them along life’s path. That’s why this trip is so important, for me to draw close to your path and your history.”

Pope Francis and the People will air in a one-hour special edition of ABC News’ 20/20 on Friday, Sept. 4, at 10 p.m. ET. In addition, the event will be posted in its entirety in both English and Spanish on ABCNews.com.


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ABC News(LOS ANGELES) — In the shadow of Hollywood, another, harsher version of Los Angeles exists — a city containing the largest unsheltered homeless population in the country, including up to 10,000 homeless youths.

Marcus Alston, one of those many young people, had the chance to ask Pope Francis a question Monday morning when the Holy Father addressed a crowd of more than 200 homeless men and women in downtown Los Angeles during a virtual audience hosted with ABC News.

“Hi, Holy Father,” Alston, 19, began, “It’s a great honor to meet you and to be able to speak with you– and to represent all the people– the young people here– who are without a home here in the United States. So my question for you– ’cause I know why you’re so important to me– but why is this trip to America so important to you?”

“For me it’s very important to meet with you all, with the citizens of the United States, who have your history, your culture, your virtues, your joys, your sadnesses, your problems like everyone else,” Pope Francis said. “I’m at the service of all churches and all men and women of good will.”

“There’s something very important for me, which is closeness,” the pontiff continued. “For me it’s difficult not to be close to people. When I approach people, as I’m going to do with you, it’s easier for me to understand them and help them along life’s path. That’s why this trip is so important, for me to draw close to your path and your history.”

The ABC News team met with Marcus the previous day where he told us his story. Living in foster care on and off until the age of 17, he told us he lived on the streets after a failed stint living with his biological mother left him homeless. He told us his first night in L.A. he didn’t know where to go so he scaled a fence and slept outside a church

Marcus eventually found Covenant House of California, a youth homeless shelter, where he lived for 13 months. Before moving out this week, he gave us a tour of the bedroom he’d been sleeping in, showing us his skateboards and the jacket he says is his most prized possession.

“This is my prized blazer,” he said. “It builds my self-esteem, and also people, I’ve noticed people take people in suits more serious than they do somebody with a hoodie and sweats.”

An aspiring singer and songwriter, he played a song he’d written himself in the Covenant House’s music room.

The next morning, he would wear his prized jacket to meet the Pope, an experience Marcus found completely humbling and surreal.

“This is my favorite and most honorable day, I get to meet the pope,” he said after the event. “I just I don’t know, maybe it’s just like the lottery… I really do feel special, and feel like I was made for something bigger and this will be the start hopefully.

Pope Francis and the People will air in a one-hour special edition of ABC News’ “20/20″ on Friday, Sept. 4, at 10 p.m. ET. In addition, the event will be posted in its entirety in both English and Spanish on ABCNews.com.

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Carter County Detention Center(MOREHEAD, Ky.) — For Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk in jail for refusing a judge’s order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, she herself holds a jailhouse key.

Davis, who was taken into custody Thursday, could be released as soon as she complies with U.S. District Judge David Bunning’s order to resume issuing licenses in Rowan County.

“With civil contempt, you hold the jailhouse key,” Howard Wasserman, law professor at Florida International University College of Law, told ABC News. “As soon as you comply, you are let out of jail.”

But lawyers for Davis say she has no intention of resigning and any marriage licenses issued by her deputy clerks are void.

Professor Wasserman says he believes Bunning chose jail for Davis because “the less severe sanction of monetary fines would not have been sufficient to get her to comply. So the judge concluded that this was the only sanction he had left.”

Davis’ options appear to be to comply, resign or stay in jail, Wasserman said, adding that it’s unclear what will happen next. But Wasserman noted that it seems as though Davis is “benefiting in an odd way from being in jail.”

“I wouldn’t say she wants to be there … [but] for her cause, this is actually an advantageous thing,” Wasserman said. “Because she has been a martyr to this cause. She has presidential candidates talking about [her as a] victim in a war against Christianity … and how she’s a victim of being the first person ever put in jail for adhering to their conscience, which is not true.

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Ty Wright/Getty Images(MOREHEAD, Ky.) — James Yates and William Smith Jr. were the first same-sex couple to receive a marriage license in Rowan County, Kentucky, Friday morning, while clerk Kim Davis remains in jail for failing to follow a judge’s orders to issue the licenses.

Smith and Yates, of Morehead, Kentucky, have been together for nearly a decade. They arrived minutes after the office opened, and became the first same-sex couple to get their marriage license in Rowan County’s history.

After the men paid the $35.50 fee, deputy clerk Brian Mason said, “Congratulations.” They said this was their sixth attempt to get a license.

Yates rushed to embrace his mother in a long hug.

When Yates and Smith exited the courthouse, they were met with cheers from about 35 supporters, chanting, “Love wins.”

Clerk Davis was jailed Thursday after a judge found her in contempt of court for her refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses. But five of her deputies said under oath they would comply with the court’s order to issue the licenses.

Davis’ stay in jail has not made her reconsider her stance on issuing same-sex marriage licenses, her attorney Matthew Staver told ABC News.

“One thing about Kim, she may be incarcerated behind the jail bars but her conscience remains free,” Staver said. “And just knowing Kim, she’s made a decision and she can’t violate that conscience and she can’t have this collision with her religious convictions.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — One of the alleged masterminds behind what has been called “one of the most financially destructive computer viruses in history” is expected to appear Friday afternoon in a New York federal courtroom.

Deniss Calovskis, a Latvian national, was arrested in November 2012 for his alleged role in writing some of the code that allowed the Gozi virus to be so effective. The malicious code infected at least 40,000 computers in the U.S., including NASA computers, and was allegedly used to steal tens of millions of dollars from bank accounts around the world, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Calovskis’ appearance in court comes as he has been in plea talks with the government, according to his attorney. Calovskis allegedly wrote the code that tricked victims into divulging personal information.

The malicious code, described as “one of the most financially destructive computer viruses in history,” was first discovered by American cyber-security experts in 2007, but New York prosecutors said the criminal operation continued until March 2012.

Gozi spread to the U.S. no later than 2010 and eventually infected 160 computers belonging to NASA, according to court documents. In total, the scheme “caused tens of millions of dollars in losses and affected well over one million computers,” court papers noted.

One method for infecting victims was to disguise the virus as a PDF document, which when opened, would install the virus on the target’s computer while remaining undetectable by anti-virus software, according to the Department of Justice. The virus would then collect personal data from the computer, including bank account information, which was then used to transfer funds from the victims and ultimately into accounts the hackers could access, the Department of Justice said.

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ABC News(MCALLEN, Texas) — When Sister Norma Pimentel participated in a virtual papal audience hosted by ABC News this week, she was excited to see Pope Francis, but never expected him to address her directly.

Sister Pimentel runs a welcome center at Sacred Heart Church in McAllen, Texas, which has helped more than 20,000 immigrants. Pope Francis was watching and listening intently via satellite from the Vatican as Sister Pimentel was introduced briefly. Then, after young mothers and children who had just arrived shared their stories, the Holy Father returned to the sister who had been mentioned before.

“There was a sister there of a religious order, I want to see her,” he said.

“I said, ‘Oh, that’s me,’” Sister Pimentel said, reflecting on the moment afterwards. “He’s actually speaking to me. And then I saw his little hand go like, ‘come, come, come, come,’ and I’m like, ‘Oh, my God.’ I felt like a little child called forth by their dear father.”

The 62-year-old nun made her way to the center aisle and stood before Pope Francis’ smiling face, on a 9-by-9-foot screen.

“I want to thank you,” Francis said. “And through you to thank all the sisters of religious orders in the U.S. for the work that you have done and that you do in the United States. It’s great. I congratulate you. Be courageous. Move forward.

And then the pope, 78, said something she could never have imagined: “I’ll tell you one other thing. Is it unseemly for the Pope to say this? I love you all very much.“

She bowed, her hands in prayer, and returned to her seat. Then the tears began to flow. “I’m still in heaven still experiencing his presence,” she said. “He’s telling me I love you very much at the end I was like, ‘Oh, wow. … I will cherish and treasure this moment forever. I am blessed.”

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A STRONG SIGNAL TO U.S. SISTERS

It was a personal moment of triumph for Sister Norma, but Vatican experts say it also sent an important message to Catholic sisters across the United States that their work is valued and supported by the church.

“Especially after the Vatican’s recent investigation of Catholic sisters, Pope Francis’ beautiful words of encouragement remind people of the incredible work these women do day in and day out,” said the Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit priest and editor-at-large for America magazine. “It’s a sign that he ‘gets it’ when it comes to Catholic sisters in this country.”

The investigation of the sisters by the Vatican, which began under Pope Benedict, was incredibly painful for U.S. women in the church, according to ABC News consultant Cokie Roberts.

“This is a very strong signal that he admires the work of American women religious, and that the moment of discord is over,” Roberts said. “These nuns are doing exactly what the pope is talking about: They work on the margins with people who need help.”

‘WE TOO LOVE POPE FRANCIS’

Francis showed his support for the U.S. Catholic sisters in April when he met with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LGWR) in Rome. LGWR executive director Sister Joan Marie Steadman, who was at the meeting with the pope, said she was heartened by the pope’s recent comments on ABC News.

“I was very moved by the pope’s recognition of Sister Norma and the critical work she is doing on behalf of immigrants, and was heartened that he extended his gratitude to all Catholic sisters serving in the United States,“ Steadman said in a statement to ABC News. “We will take heart from his words to be courageous and to keep moving forward, and I am sure sisters will delight in his spontaneous expression of affection as well. We too love Pope Francis.”

Martin, the Jesuit priest and editor-at-large for America magazine, told ABC News, “The pope speaks with both gestures and words, just like Jesus did, His gesture of meeting with the LGWR leadership, coupled with his words now of support for this sister, shows his deep admiration and support for the Catholics sisters in this country.”

As for Sister Norma, she believes the Holy Spirit was guiding what transpired in the church. “It’s a new beginning right?” she said. “It is a historical moment where our holy father acknowledges and recognizes the wonderful work that we as nuns in the US are doing and are committed in making a difference in the lives of so many people.”

For more information on Sister Norma Pimentel and the Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley visit their website HERE.

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Dennis Macdonald/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Summer’s nearly over, and that means most summer vacations are, too. If you haven’t yet had the chance to take yours, you might want to think twice about visiting certain cities that, apparently, would rather you not visit at all.

Stratosjets compiled Twitter data to analyze over 37,000 geotagged tweets from June 1, 2014 to July 20, 2015. Tweets that included the words “tourist” and “tourists” were then checked to see if they were positive or negative. Then based on the number of negative tweets, the company compiled a list of the cities where the locals were most unfriendly to tourists.

While the method may not be scientific, it does show how a fair few people in those cities feel about tourists. Based on those results, here are the top ten cities where the locals are most unwelcoming of tourists:

1. Arlington, Texas
2. New York City, New York
3. Las Vegas, Nevada
4. Boston, Massachusetts
5. New Orleans, Louisiana
6. Orlando, Florida
7. Greensboro, North Carolina
8. Phoenix, Arizona
9. Los Angeles, California
10. San Francisco, California

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Photo by Ty Wright/Getty Images(MOREHEAD, Ky.) — Kim Davis thinks she has a solution to her problem.

The Kentucky county clerk, jailed for failing to follow a judge’s orders to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, wants her name removed from the marriage certificates, her attorney Matthew Staver told ABC News.

“She has a very strong conscience and she’s just asking for a simple remedy, and that is, remove her name from the certificate and all will be well,” Staver said. “That simple remedy has simply been ignored by the court and by the governor and that’s what should have been done.

“I think it’s reprehensible that she’s in jail for this when a simple fix could have been easily handled.”

Marriage licenses in Kentucky are required to include an authorization statement of the county clerk issuing the license.

Five of Davis’ six deputies are expected to begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses Friday.

Davis’ stay in jail has not made her reconsider her stance, Staver said.

“One thing about Kim, she may be incarcerated behind the jail bars but her conscious remains free. And just knowing Kim, she’s made a decision and she can’t violate that conscious and she can’t have this collision with her religious convictions,” Staver said.

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