Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Tiger Woods tweeted that he is seeking “professional help” for his use of prescription drugs, weeks after his arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence.

Woods released a statement Monday evening explaining why he’s in treatment.

“I’m currently receiving professional help to manage my medications and ways that I deal with back pain and a sleep disorder,” the statement read. “I want to thank everyone for the amazing outpouring of support and understanding, especially the fans and players on tour.”

No other details were immediately available.

Woods, 41, was arrested May 29 and said he’d been taking prescription drugs at the time. The golfer, who had back surgery in April, released a statement at the time of the arrest in which he apologized to his family, friends and fans, noting, “I expect more from myself too.”

“I understand the severity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions,” he said. “I want the public to know that alcohol was not involved. What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. I didn’t realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly.”

For the past decade or so, Woods has experienced a number of personal and professional setbacks. Though he racked up 14 major championships before the age of 32, Woods, who has been plagued by injuries, has not won one since the U.S. Open in June 2008.

About two years later, he admitted that he had been unfaithful to his then-wife, Elin Nordegren, and was seeking treatment for sex addiction.

“I felt I was entitled,” he said at the time. “I was wrong. I was foolish. I don’t get to play by different rules. I brought this shame on myself.”

Nordegren filed for divorce in 2010 after nearly six years of marriage. They have two children, Sam, 10, and Charlie, 8. Woods said during a visit to ABC News’ Good Morning America in March that his family has become his priority.

“My kids now dominate my life, and I think that’s a good thing,” he said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

Cincinnati 7 Tampa Bay 3

Cleveland 12 Baltimore 0
Toronto 7 Texas 6
Kansas City 4 Boston 2
Houston 4 Oakland 1
Seattle 6 Detroit 2

Miami 8 Washington 7
Atlanta 9 San Francisco 0
Pittsburgh 8 Milwaukee 1
Chi Cubs 3 San Diego 2
L.A. Dodgers 10 N-Y Mets 6

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ESPN Images/Phil Ellsworth(NEW YORK) — Olympic legend Michael Phelps was critical of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) decision to add new swimming events to the Games while speaking at a promotional event in New York City.

The IOC recently announced that it will add a women’s 1500 meter freestyle, a men’s 800 meter freestyle, and a mixed-gender 4×100 relay to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, much to the annoyance of the 28-time Olympic medalist. Phelps says the expansion make it seem like “there’s too much going on,” adding, “it takes away from the sport… it’s not swimming anymore.”

He compared the additions to the high-tech, polyurethane-based swimsuits that swimming introduced to the world at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. They were banned after those Olympic Games once officials determined the suits were too much of a performance enhancer. Phelps believes that officials are essentially picking and choosing which races they want in the Games.

However, the racing legend does not completely oppose the idea of adding new events. It gives athletes another opportunity to win a gold medal and one day break his record of 23 career golds. Katie Ledecky, the women’s swimming star who earned four gold medals at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, will now have a chance to compete for one more thanks to the new 1500 meter race.

Phelps seems to welcome that opportunity, telling reporters he “doesn’t care” if a swimmers break his Olympic records. In fact, he says he would, “Love to see it, adding, “I think it’s good to have somebody out there that is willing to challenge themselves in way that they had no idea.”

The legendary swimmer also discussed what he has been up to in retirement, and some of it does not involve swimming. In fact, he has picked up a new sport: golf.

Phelps also spends time with his wife, former Miss California Nicole Johnson, and one-year-old son, Boomer.

As for work, he is spending a lot of time working with his foundation, promoting swim safety to get kids active and prevent drowning accidents. He also testified before Congress earlier this year, speaking out against doping in Olympic swimming.

Phelps joked with reporters that every so often he will post a picture on Instagram with the caption “#2020?” teasing fans about a potential comeback. However, he assures the public that his Olympic career is definitely over.

He did not say, however, that his racing career is over. In fact, he is actually preparing for another highly-anticipated race coming up later this summer. Phelps will race against a great white shark as a part of Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week,” a dream for Phelps as he calls sharks his “number one favorite animal in the world.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(SMYRNA, Del.) — A Delaware Department of Correction employee is dead after a hostage situation that lasted nearly 24 hours inside the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, officials said Thursday morning.

At 5:06 a.m. Thursday, Delaware State Police breached the C Building, where the situation with two remaining hostages was unfolding, according to the state’s Department of Correction.

One of the two hostages, a Department of Correction employee, was found unresponsive and pronounced dead at 5:29 a.m., the Department of Correction said.

The second hostage, also a Department of Correction employee, “was safely rescued and is being examined at a local hospital,” the Department of Correction said, adding that she was “alert and talking.”

The incident began Wednesday around 10:30 a.m. with four hostages. The first two hostages were eventually released on Wednesday.

Officials said the building is secure.

The James T. Vaughn Correctional Center is Delaware’s largest male correctional facility, with approximately 2,500 inmates.

This story is developing. Please check back for more updates.

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File photo. iStock/Thinkstock(PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa.) — Punxsutawney Phil says Americans shouldn’t put away their coats just yet and to expect a longer winter.

The Pennsylvania groundhog saw his shadow when he emerged from his home on Thursday morning. According to legend, that means Americans won’t see an early spring.

“Six More Weeks of Winter!!” the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club tweeted Thursday morning.

Six More Weeks of Winter!! #punxsutawneyphil #ghd2017

— Punxsutawney Phil (@GroundhogClub) February 2, 2017

Had Punxsutawney Phil not seen his shadow Thursday, legend says that would have signaled an early spring instead.

Punxsutawney, the Pennsylvania town that is home to one of the most famous weather-predicting groundhogs, Punxsutawney Phil, has been carrying on the tradition of Groundhog Day since the 1800s, according to The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club.

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iStock/Thinkstock(FULLERTON, Calif.) — Police in Southern California have detained two 16-year-old high school students for allegedly planning a mass school shooting they bragged would be “bigger than Columbine,” police said Wednesday.

The Fullerton Police Department in Orange County — located south of Los Angeles — said in a statement that the two students “have been detained for making criminal threats and conspiracy to commit a felony.” They have been released to the custody of Orange County Juvenile Hall. Their names have been withheld as California law prevents law enforcement from releasing the identities of juvenile suspects.

Officials learned of the alleged plot on Wednesday after a Fullerton Police Department Resource Office assigned to Troy High School “received information regarding a possible ‘school shooting’ plot.”

The statement adds, “the School Resource Officer was told that the previous evening, two students were attending a Troy High School athletic event and during the event, the reporting party overheard the two students discussing their plans to ‘shoot up’ the school in a manner ‘bigger than Columbine.'”

The two students were also overheard discussing the types of firearms they would use, and the effectiveness of various firearms.

The individual who overheard the two students’ conversation took a photo of them, which allowed them to be identified to police.

“The reporting party in this incident may have saved countless lives, and untold heartache for an unknown number of families, simply by reporting to police what was overheard,” police said in the statement.

After obtaining the photos of the students and identifying them, officers contacted the students at school, where an “initial investigation indicates the students did make statements similar to the statements reported to police,” the police statement said.

After obtaining search warrants for “multiple locations in Anaheim,” police say they found evidence that the students had conducted online research of mass shootings.

The evidence indicated that the students were researching “weaponry and prior school shootings (including Columbine) as recently as yesterday, in preparation for their plot,” according to police.

The investigation is ongoing.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General on Wednesday announced that it is reviewing the DHS’ implementation of President Trump’s controversial executive order issued last week that bans immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations and puts a halt to admitting refugees.

In a statement released late Wednesday night, the Inspector’s General’s office said the review of how the executive order was rolled out is in response to “congressional request and whistleblower and hotline complaints.”

Last Friday, President Trump announced a ban that immediately suspended immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries in the Middle East and Africa — Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Iran and Libya — for 90 days, ended for 120 days the entry of any refugees into the U.S., and indefinitely stopped the entry of Syrian refugees.

The action set off an immediate firestorm of national protests and more than a dozen legal challenges, including over the fact that a number of U.S. green card holders returning from travels had been refused entry at several airports across the country.

On Jan. 29, Democratic Sens. from Illinois, Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin sent a letter to the DHS Inspector General John Roth to request an investigation into what they called the “chaotic execution” of the order.

Wednesday’s statement noted that “in addition to reviewing the implementation of the Executive Order, the OIG will review DHS’ adherence to court orders and allegations of individual misconduct on the part of DHS personnel.”

“If circumstances warrant, the OIG will consider including other issues that may arise during the course of the review,” it added.

The statement indicated that a final report would be issued to DHS Secretary John Kelly.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:


Cleveland 125, Minnesota 97
Indiana 98, Orlando 88
Miami 116, Atlanta 93
Boston 109, Toronto 104
Detroit 118, New Orleans 98
NY Knicks 95, Brooklyn 90
Dallas 113, Philadelphia 95
Utah 104, Milwaukee 88
LA Clippers 124, Phoenix 114
Memphis 119, Denver 99
Chicago 128, Oklahoma City 100
Golden State 126, Charlotte 111


Washington 5, Boston 3
Calgary 5, Minnesota 1
LA Kings 5, Colorado 0


(3) Kansas 73, (2) Baylor 68
(4) Villanova 66, Providence 57
(9) Virginia 71, Virginia Tech 48
(11) UCLA 95, Washington St. 79
(14) Cincinnati 57, Tulsa 55
(15) Florida St. 75, Miami 57
(19) South Carolina 88, LSU 63
(23) Purdue 80, (25) Northwestern 59

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(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)(NEW YORK) — Police in North Dakota have ordered dozens of “rogue” protesters to vacate the property of the North Dakota Access Pipeline.

Police officers with representatives of the camp, including American Indian activist and Standing Rock Sioux Tribe member Chase Iron Eyes, according to the sheriff’s department. The group was told they were criminally trespassing on private property and that they needed to leave immediately, the Morton County Sheriff’s Department said in a press release Wednesday.

“In response to the actions of a rogue group of over 40 protesters who were attempting to establish another illegal camp on private property in southern Morton County, law enforcement officers warned them to vacate the area or face enforcement actions,” police said.

The group was given a period of time to begin dismantling the camp and leave, but they did not show signs of vacating despite “multiple warnings,” police said, adding that the group insisted they would not leave.

“This led to the decision to take action to enforce the law and evict the rogue group of protesters,” the sheriff’s department said.

[PRESS RELEASE] Rogue Protesters try to Establish Illegal Camp on Private Property #dapl #nodapl #ndresponse

— MortonCountySheriff (@MortonCountySD) February 1, 2017

A group of demonstrators from one of the already established protest sites attempted to set up a new camp across the road from the existing one, one of the group leaders told ABC News Wednesday. The leader said the group believed they had the rights to use the land, although it is now private property, under a 19th century treaty.

When the group did not disperse within the time allotted by police, officers moved in and arrested about 20 protesters, the group leader said. The arrests were “relatively peaceful,” the leader added, saying that while national guardsmen were on the scene to assist the sheriff’s office, they did not participate in the arrests.

Days after he was inaugurated, President Donald Trump signed a memorandum aimed at advancing the pipeline. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers may issue an easement in the coming days, which is one of the steps necessary to proceed with the controversial pipeline, according to two Republican lawmakers.

However, recent statements from the Army and the project’s opponents indicate a decision is not imminent.

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pandemin/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers may issue an easement in the coming days needed to finish the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, according to two Republican lawmakers. But statements from the Army and the project’s opponents indicate a decision is not imminent.

The 1,172-mile, four-state crude oil pipeline is almost finished, except for a section under Lake Oahe in North Dakota that’s been the focus of massive protests in recent months.

Within the final days of President Obama’s administration, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy announced on Dec. 4 that an easement would not be granted for the pipeline to cross under the large reservoir on the Missouri River, just upstream of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation.

Darcy said at the time of the decision that the Army Corps “shall engage” in additional review and analysis to include a “robust consideration and discussion of alternative locations for the pipeline crossing the Missouri River,” additional consideration of the tribe’s treaty rights and more detailed reviews of the potential risks and impacts of an oil spill.

All these steps, Darcy determined, would best be accomplished by the Army Corps preparing a full Environmental Impact Statement allowing for public input, a process that could take years. Darcy is no longer in the position after the change in administrations.

The move to deny the easement was hailed by the tribe and other pipeline opponents as a major victory, but on his second weekday in office, President Trump signed a memorandum aimed at advancing the Dakota Access Pipeline through a presidential memorandum, along with one directed at the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Then late Tuesday, Sen. John Hoeven said in a statement that U.S. Army Acting Secretary Robert Speer “has directed the Army Corps of Engineers to proceed with the easement” necessary to complete the $3.8 billion Dakota Access project. The North Dakota Republican said he spoke with Speer as well as Vice President Mike Pence.

“This will enable the company to complete the project, which can and will be built with the necessary safety features to protect the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and others downstream,” Hoeven said. “This has been a difficult issue for all involved, particularly those who live and work in the area of the protest site, and we need to bring it to a peaceful resolution.”

Rep. Kevin Cramer also issued a statement saying he “received word” on Tuesday that the Army Corps notified Congress it will grant the easement. The North Dakota Republican cheered the announcement and called Trump “a man of action.”

However, despite what Hoeven and Cramer have said, the Army has indicated the easement may not be imminent.

The U.S. Army said Wednesday it has “initiated the steps outlined” in the president’s Jan. 24 directive, which it said orders Speer “to expeditiously review requests for approvals to construct and operate the Dakota Access Pipeline in compliance with the law.” But the Army also said that an the easement has not yet been granted.

“These initial steps do not mean the easement has been approved,” Maj. Gen. Malcolm Frost, chief of public affairs for the U.S. Army, told ABC News. “The assistant secretary for the Army Civil Works will make a decision on the pipeline once a full review and analysis is completed in accordance with the directive.”

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe called Tuesday’s announcement “disappointing,” while noting that it is “not a formal issuance of the easement” but rather “a notification that the easement is imminent.” The tribe also renewed its vow to legally challenge any granting of the easement.

“The Corps still must take into consideration the various factors mentioned in the presidential memorandum, notify Congress, and actually grant the easement,” the tribe said in a statement on Facebook late Tuesday. “If and when the easement is granted, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will vigorously pursue legal action.”

In July, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe sued to block the pipeline project, claiming it was never meaningfully consulted before construction began. The tribe also cites an 1851 treaty that it says designated the land in question for Native American tribes. That lawsuit is still pending, and the Army Corps as well as the pipeline company argued in court papers that they followed a standard review process.

In court papers filed in U.S. District Court in D.C., the Army Corps noted: “Issuance of the January 31st Memorandum does not mean that a final decision on the application for an easement to construct the Dakota Access pipeline under Corps-managed Federal land at Lake Oahe has been made. The Army will make any decisions once a full review and analysis is completed in accordance with the Presidential Memorandum.”

A status hearing is slated for Monday in federal court in Washington, D.C.

Jan Hasselman, an attorney with the nonprofit group Earthjustice representing the tribe, told ABC News on Tuesday night that the statements from Hoeven and Cramer saying the easement would be granted are premature. Hasselman said he expects the easement to be issued “soon,” but probably not before next week.

Hasselman has indicated that the tribe would likely file a renewed legal challenge to the easement, if and when it’s approved.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has been at the forefront of the prolonged protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Thousands of Native Americans, environmental activists and their allies have camped out near the Standing Rock reservation for months to protest the project, making it one of the largest Native American demonstrations in decades. The protesters, who call themselves “water protectors,” argue that the pipeline will threaten the reservation’s water supply and traverse culturally sacred sites.

Kelcy Warren, CEO of Energy Transfer Partners, the Texas-based firm that’s building the pipeline, has said that “concerns about the pipeline’s impact on local water supply are unfounded” and “multiple archaeological studies conducted with state historic preservation offices found no sacred items along the route.”

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