ABC/Donna Svennevik(NEW YORK) — You’ve been getting a lot of emails, so I’ll make this quick:

These past few days Mitt Romney has been flooding inboxes with emails that begin exactly like the sentence above. The chances you’ve received an email from Mitt Romney are high if you have subscribed to any Republican political e-mail list.

So why has the former GOP presidential nominee been personally reaching out?

The inbox barrage is all part of an effort to boost campaign, party and committee donations before Tuesday’s deadline. Sept. 30 marks the Federal Election Committee’s final quarter report – the fundraising cutoff for campaigns to tout their fundraising prowess before the November election.

Mitt Romney has sent three emails out so far for the National Republican Congressional Committee. And Daniel Scarpinato, the group’s national press secretary, told ABC News that Romney has been effective in raising money, raking in more contributions than anyone else emailing the same list.

“It’s no surprise he’s our number-one sender because a lot of Americans want to see him as president,” Scarpinato said.

But Romney isn’t the only one sending email.

A big contributor to Democratic candidates, actress and singer Barbra Streisand, recently hit up inboxes to support New Hampshire incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. The subject line read, “I’m asking for a favor.”

The message began:

“Hi, Friends – It’s me, Barbra. I was struck by something and had to write: My friend Jeanne Shaheen, the first woman to be elected both as a governor and U.S. senator, is facing attacks from right-wing men desperate to undo 30 years of social progress.”

Former George W. Bush political guru Karl Rove expressed urgency in an email sent on behalf of the National Republican Senatorial Committee — “TIGHT AS A TICK.” (Note the all-caps).

“President Obama’s approval ratings keep dropping, no reliable poll shows battleground Senate Democrats with over 50% support, and GOP voters are excited to cast their ballots in 41 days,” Rove wrote. “The midterm environment is toxic for Democrats, yet there’s a chance Republicans may not take the Senate.”

And then there was singer Carole King’s email for New York candidate Domenic Recchia’s campaign, which was much more personal. The New York native recalled trips to Staten Island where she played on the swings, wolfed down hot dogs, and felt the strong sense of community.

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iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MINNEAPOLIS) — After 13 seasons, Ron Gardenhire is out as manager of the Minnesota Twins. He had one year remaining on his contract.

Gardenhire took the helm in 2002, leading the Twins to six American League Central Division titles. He compiled a record of 1,068-1,049 (.507), trailing only Tom Kelly on the Twins’ all-time managerial wins list. In the postseason, Gardenhire went 6-21, advancing out of the first round once during his tenure.

Since 2011, Gardenhire and the Twins have lost at least 92 games each season. He’s only the fourth manager in Major League Baseball history to lose 90 games or more for four straight seasons with the same team.

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U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kelly Goonan(WASHINGTON) — A U.S. military 25-bed field deployable hospital arrived in Monrovia, Liberia, this weekend, three weeks after the Pentagon announced plans to send the hospital there to help with the Ebola outbreak.

Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said on Monday the hospital was shipped to the African country aboard three C-17’s. Additional military personnel also arrived in Liberia this weekend, pushing the total up to 150.

The extra 40 personnel who arrived include 34 who will set up the hospital and six who will set up a mobile lab. The plan all along has been that military personnel will set up the facility but not staff it or treat Ebola patients.

The hospital, which is intended to be used to treat health care workers who become infected with Ebola, is expected to be up and running in mid-October.

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LornaWu/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Microsoft announced on Monday that it would open its first flagship store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

According to a blog post written by David Porter, Corporate Vice President of Worldwide Retail Stores for Microsoft, the New York City store will “serve as the centerpiece of our Microsoft Stores experience.” It will contain retail space in addition to experiential space to allow for further engagement with customers and partners.

While the flagship store is under construction, the company also plans to open up other stores. The blog post notes that 10 new locations — not including the Fifth Avenue store — will open in time for the holiday season.

The flagship store, which Porter says is “five years in the making,” will be “worth the wait.”

Furthermore, Porter says, “we could not be more excited to join one of the most visited streets in America.”

Microsoft currently has 104 retail stores in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, and online stores in 189 countries.

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Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) — Like most people would be, Ben Affleck was pretty impressed with his batsuit.

However, even he couldn’t convince the powers that be to let him keep it.

“I asked them, ‘So, how about maybe taking the suit home at the end of this thing?'” the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice star said during a visit to Live with Kelly and Michael. “They were like, ‘For $100,000 we could!'”

Affleck, 42, explained that “a lot goes into it,” which is why it’s such a pricey item. In fact, because every element of the film is meant to be perfect, the actor explained that it’s forced him to hit the gym a little more often than usual.

“Audiences have an increasing expectation,” he said. “You see guys like Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans and all these guys whose bodies are just like, you think, ‘How is that even possible?!’ So, exercising is as much of the job now in some ways as the rest of it.”

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Uriel Sinai/Getty images(NEW YORK) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday said “the world’s hopes for peace are in danger” because of Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

“Iran, the world’s most dangerous regime, in the world’s most dangerous region, would obtain the world’s most dangerous weapons. Allowing that to happen would pose the gravest threat to us all,” Netanyahu said, addressing the United Nations General Assembly.

He said Iran must not be allowed to acquire the ability to make atomic bombs.

“Iran’s nuclear military capabilities must be fully dismantled,” the prime minister stressed.

While he acknowledged “ISIS must be defeated,” Netanyahu said having Iran as a nuclear power would be a graver threat than the militant group.

“[T]o defeat ISIS and leave Iran as a threshold nuclear power is to win the battle and lose the war,” he said.

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DesignforU/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The man who broke into the White House two weeks ago was able to make his way farther into the White House than previously believed.

A law enforcement official confirmed to ABC News on Monday that Omar Gonzalez, 42, made his way through the entrance hall and cross hall — passing a stairwell to the president’s quarters — before being tackled in the East Room, the room where President Obama and so many other presidents have made some of their most important announcements.

The development calls into question the narrative originally released by the Secret Service, which suggested Gonzalez, of Texas, had been taken into custody near the front doors of the White House.

News of how far Gonzalez breached the White House was first reported on Monday by the Washington Post.

“Gonzalez failed to comply with responding Secret Service Uniformed Division Officers’ verbal commands, and was physically apprehended after entering the White House North Portico doors,” the Secret Service said in a statement on Sept. 20.

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Neilson Barnard/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Amanda Bynes has been arrested for alleged DUI, ABC News has confirmed.

The California Highway Patrol confirmed that the actress was arrested at 4:10 a.m. on Sunday and charged with a misdemeanor. She was booked by the Los Angeles Police Department at a station in Van Nuys, California at 7 a.m. and held on $15,000 bail. Bynes was released that day at 12:44 p.m. on her own recognizance.

Last year was a troubling one for the 28-year-old actress. She was arrested in May 2013 for allegedly throwing a bong out of her New York City apartment window, though the case was dismissed in June 2014. Later in 2013, she entered rehab after being detained for a mental evaluation when she was involved in a disturbance in Thousand Oaks, California. Afterwards, her mother acted as her conservator, though it was not clear if she still was functioning in that role.

Things seemed to be improving for Bynes, who left rehab in December and, shortly thereafter, enrolled in fashion school.

“She’s doing extremely well. Her primary focus is bonding with her family and being a student,” her attorney, Tamar Arminak, told People magazine in April, adding that Bynes was on “zero medication.”

People also reported that, around that time, Bynes got her driver’s license back following earlier legal troubles, including a 2012 DUI arrest. The magazine added that this past February the actress pleaded no contest to a lesser alcohol-related offense in her DUI case to avoid jail time. As a result, she was placed on three-years probation and had to attend a three-month alcohol education course and pay fines.

Bynes is due in court on this new charge on October 23.

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iStock/ThinkstockREPORTER’S NOTEBOOK By ABC News’ Terry Moran

(KOBANE, Syria) — It was another surreal day on the hills overlooking the Syrian border, watching the battle for city of Kobane, inside Syria.

ISIS is tightening its grip here. Kobane is a Kurdish city and it is nearly surrounded. Tens of thousands of residents have fled across the border, and the Kurdish defenders left behind seem both outgunned and outmanned.

But they are tough. And this place is their home.

This morning, ISIS fighters shelled the city. It was very strange and very sad to stand on a hill less than a mile away and watch the shells fall on the downtown streets and into the neighborhoods of the city. There is no targeting, no military objective here; ISIS is just raining fire on civilians.

This whole campaign — now more than a month old — has shown again how ruthless and efficient is the ISIS playbook for taking territory.

First, a lightning advance seizes roads, villages and key points and shapes the coming battle. Then, ISIS forces move forward slowly and engage on the ground, probing the defenses, looking for opportunities to advance further. Next come the bombardment and that is followed by the final assault — and the slaughter.

In the past few days, the city’s Kurdish defenders have finally gotten some help. The U.S. and it’s allies have carried out air strikes against ISIS — apparently targeting ISIS positions and supply lines. In fact, we saw what seemed to be several air strikes to the west of the city today. Kobane’s defenders say these strikes have not stopped the jihadist advance.

Perhaps that is because ISIS may be getting some help here, too, from Turkey.

Turkey has long been concerned about Kurdish separatists in its southeastern provinces and their allies across the border in Syria — in Kobane. There were reports earlier this year of arms shipments from Turkey crossing the border into ISIS-controlled Syria. The Turkish government called these shipments “humanitarian aid” — and slapped a court order banning any further press coverage of the issue.

The politics are murky. But the progress of the battle is clear.

A few miles west along the border, we watched the Kurdish defenders of Kobane try to hold a key approach to the city. As night fell, the ISIS fighters moved forward, trying to flank the Kurdish positions. The fighting grew fierce, as the crack-and-thump of tracer rounds, the thud of mortar fire and the increasingly desperate snapping and pinging of small-arms exchanges filled the narrow valley. The jihadist fighters just kept pushing ahead.

In the gathering darkness, we could hear the wind carry across the barren hills chorus after chorus of their ancient, piercing cry: “Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar!”

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iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) — The Texas doctor convicted last week of poisoning her lover was sentenced on Monday to 10 years in prison.

Dr. Ana Gonzalez-Angulo, who was found guilty of aggravated assault Friday, was charged after prosecutors said she spiked Dr. George Blumenschein’s coffee in 2013 with ethylene glycol, a sweet-tasting chemical found in antifreeze.

“I am very grateful; justice has been served,” Blumenschein said at the start of the trial’s sentencing phase Friday.

Gonzalez-Angulo, 43, and Blumenschein, 50, both worked as oncologists at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

Blumenschein’s girlfriend had testified in court last week that he suspected his mistress, Gonzalez-Angulo, was responsible but that he was afraid to contact authorities.

Evette Toney told a Houston courtroom about how she found out her boyfriend, Blumenschein, was having an affair with fellow cancer researcher Gonzalez-Angulo at the prestigious cancer center.

Prosecutors said Gonzalez-Angulo spiked Blumenschein’s coffee after he picked Toney over her.

The poisoning left Blumenschein with permanent kidney damage, according to testimony from doctors who treated him.

Gonzalez-Angulo had pleaded not guilty, and could have faced up to life in prison.

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